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Corporate Finance & Business Sales

The key to raising finance or securing a business sale and maximising shareholder value is through a carefully considered process, often to a tight time scale. We have found that the value of a business can be significantly enhanced through proper preparation prior to a sale or re-finance, and offer full support throughout this process.

MulliganWilliams works with businesses looking to enhance value and position businesses for sale during the 6-18 months prior to commencing a sale exercise.

The exercise could include, for example:

  • A 'spring clean' of accounts to ensure that every figure in there could be supported and justified as part of a due diligence exercise.
  • Checking that all assets are properly, and fully, reflected within your accounts the balance sheet value can underpin a business valuation.
  • Reviewing bad debts (including those provisionally written off in prior years) to capture any that may be recovered.
  • Bad debts often indicate a trading risk to the extent that these can be reduced, for example by introducing tighter terms & conditions, business practices can be made more robust very easily.
  • Properties may be held outside of company structures this may not be the most tax efficient route for a company, and we would review the business in its entirety (trade, premises and any personal objectives) to advise on the best structure.
  • Having worked these through aspects with you, we then work with your legal advisers, or can arrange for legal advisers, to guide you through any changes that need to be made in order to put your business in the best possible position for re-finance or sale.

A family business faces very different dynamics to a management buyout or a sale to an unconnected competitor. We understand this and work with you to understand all of your objectives, not just the business ones. We have considerable experience of working with different finance providers.

It is difficult to generalise the best route forward, but any initial consultation is free of charge and we would look to identify the best route forward for you. We would then help support you with your choices, and recognise that any business decision is often heavily influenced by a number of personal factors.

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