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  • Choosing an M&A adviser

    Not all M&A advisers are created equal.  The M&A process may appear standardised – but the depth and quality of each step can differ greatly.  And then there’s personal chemistry, independence, and a genuine commitment to extensively engage with your specific case.  How will you go about choosing the right adviser?  Are you clear on the need for an adviser?  Are you aware of the value an adviser can create?

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  • Partnering with PE

    If partnering with private equity (PE) evokes images of aggressive cost-cutting and heavy leveraging, let us reassure you that the contemporary approach of PE firms today is a far cry from the practices of times gone by!  Focusing on sustainable growth and long-term value rather than short-term gains, the primary mission of PE firms is to maximize investor returns, a goal that extends beyond the mere application of leverage.  But what’s the secret for entrepreneurs and companies seeking PE investment?

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  • Selling to a strategic buyer

    Often regarded as the ‘cleaner’ option, trade (or strategic) sales represent around 50% of all M&A.  It is an attractive option, not least because fellow businesses within your sector are often best positioned to recognise the strategic benefits of acquiring your business, so may offer a higher price to do so…

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  • Strategies to unlock value

    We believe that every business has a latent reservoir of talent, innovation, and value just waiting to be discovered and harnessed, however preparing and showcasing your business in such a way that it is the most attractive option for a potential buyer or investor requires both technical skill and creativity...  

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  • The process of selling a business

    Whilst there is no such thing as a typical transaction, and one size doesn’t fit all in the world of M&A, there are certainly some core steps in the process of selling a business, whether it be part or all the business, to a strategic buyer or PE...

    Read more
  • Valuing a business

    Valuing a business is as much of an art as it is a science. This means that, in practice, people generally don’t rely on just one approach to build a valuation...

    Read more
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Choosing an M&A adviser

Not all M&A advisers are created equal.  The M&A process may appear standardised – but the depth and quality of each step can differ greatly.  And then there’s personal chemistry, independence, and a genuine commitment to extensively engage with your specific case.  How will you go about choosing the right adviser?  Are you clear on the need for an adviser?  Are you aware of the value an adviser can create?

Read more
45cbebe37bcacab61eb15b49b61cc42c

Partnering with PE

If partnering with private equity (PE) evokes images of aggressive cost-cutting and heavy leveraging, let us reassure you that the contemporary approach of PE firms today is a far cry from the practices of times gone by!  Focusing on sustainable growth and long-term value rather than short-term gains, the primary mission of PE firms is to maximize investor returns, a goal that extends beyond the mere application of leverage.  But what’s the secret for entrepreneurs and companies seeking PE investment?

Read more
45cbebe37bcacab61eb15b49b61cc42c

Selling to a strategic buyer

Often regarded as the ‘cleaner’ option, trade (or strategic) sales represent around 50% of all M&A.  It is an attractive option, not least because fellow businesses within your sector are often best positioned to recognise the strategic benefits of acquiring your business, so may offer a higher price to do so…

Read more
45cbebe37bcacab61eb15b49b61cc42c

Strategies to unlock value

We believe that every business has a latent reservoir of talent, innovation, and value just waiting to be discovered and harnessed, however preparing and showcasing your business in such a way that it is the most attractive option for a potential buyer or investor requires both technical skill and creativity...  

Read more
45cbebe37bcacab61eb15b49b61cc42c

The process of selling a business

Whilst there is no such thing as a typical transaction, and one size doesn’t fit all in the world of M&A, there are certainly some core steps in the process of selling a business, whether it be part or all the business, to a strategic buyer or PE...

Read more
45cbebe37bcacab61eb15b49b61cc42c

Valuing a business

Valuing a business is as much of an art as it is a science. This means that, in practice, people generally don’t rely on just one approach to build a valuation...

Read more

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H&MV and Clearwater: Driving exponential growth during a ten-year partnership

Advising H&MV Engineering on investment from Exponent

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We don't hide behind jargon and complexity.  Instead, we aim to open up the black box of M&A, illuminating the path with clear insight, simplifying the process, and delivering valuable information.

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