There are advantages and disadvantages to most things in life.   

Selling to a strategic buyer is no different.  On the one hand, synergy with the buyer can mean an easier transition and less disruption, plus most trade will not require the same level of diligence as private equity. 

On the other hand, revealing detailed information about the inner workings of your company can feel risky and the timeframe to realise value from a strategic sale may be longer, with buyers under less time pressure than PE investors.  Integral to the decision-making process is truly understanding what your motivations are for selling, and what you and your core team would like to achieve in the near and distant future. 

Our role transcends simply buying and selling business.  As entrepreneurs we know what it takes to make a business a success and the legacy attached to it.  Therefore, whichever type of sale emerges, we will position and prepare your business to be most attractive option to every potential buyer, and we will handle it with care.

“Throughout, it has been a well-run, well-thought-out process and Clearwater has been exceptional. We have ended up with the best possible, long-term sustainable investor, without a doubt, the best result for the future of the business.”

CLIENT

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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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<p>Clearwater has advised on Palatine’s investment in BK Plu...

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<p>Clearwater has advised the management of Novag, a company...

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