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  • Transaction Services

    Helping our clients transact deals by delivering strategic,
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Transaction Services

Are you looking to buy or sell all or part of a business? Are you reshaping your business through private equity or debt finance, or through the capital markets? Whatever you are trying to achieve, we will help you throughout the process. Our comprehensive range of due diligence and transaction services includes financial and tax due diligence and vendor due diligence, as well as other specialist areas of deal support such as transaction readiness advice and IT, operational, market and commercial due diligence. We also work with our colleagues to offer other deal related services including Private Equity, M&Avaluations, employee incentivisation, technology risk assessments, transaction structuring, and integration and operational performance advice.

Our clients operate in the UK and across the globe. They include;

  • Companies
  • Private equity investors
  • Banks and other lending institutions

Our Services

Our advice and various transaction services are tailored to your needs and the requirements of your unique transaction. We deliver bespoke reports that are prepared by due diligence experts and sector specialists. The reports provide the ideas and actionable insights that will help you complete a successful deal or transaction. We provide the following services;

Buy side services and acquisition due diligence

Sell side services and vendor due diligence

Pre-lending reviews

Our People

Our Transaction Services team comprises due diligence experts and sector specialists with huge collective experience of transactions with both companies and private equity investors, as well as capital markets. Every member of the team is focused on identifying, understanding and communicating the key value drivers, risks and opportunities that will impact on your deal. Our experience and expertise enables us to meet your strategic objectives, make the most of negotiation opportunities and minimise risk.

Every one of us is part of BDO’s UK and international network of transaction service expertise that operates from 17 offices in the UK and 1,500 offices in 164 countries and every major global business centre. 

Trust

We will put you and your objectives at the heart of everything we do because the trust of the people and businesses we work with is our currency. We aim to earn your trust by;

  • working with you to define the appropriate services to meet your unique needs
  • providing excellent advice and insight
  • delivering our advice and services at the right time for you

Buy-side services and due diligence

There are many reasons why you may want or need to buy a company. You may be looking to access new sectors, new customers or new markets. You may also be expanding your product range or even acquiring a rival product.

When you have found a suitable target, it is the right time to carrying out acquisition due diligence.

Why carry out acquisition due diligence?

Comprehensive due diligence will provide you with a deep understanding of your potential acquisition. That information and knowledge will enable you to;

  • get the right price for your target
  • minimise risks and maximise returns
  • make the most of your target’s strength
  • mitigate any weaknesses

BDO and acquisition due diligence

The Transaction Services team advises on a large number of deals with SMEs, large and multi-national companies and private equity firms, across a range of sectors. This gives us a depth and breadth of experience that means we can give you the advice, analysis and recommendations that matter.

We will draw on financial, commercial, operational and strategic information to challenge assumptions about future performance and the strategic value of your target business. We will also take the time to understand your business so we can help you understand and manage potential synergies, operational issues and deal structuring.

We are a multi-discipline team. Our expertise covers data analytics, financial modelling, financial, tax, IT, operational and commercial due diligence, SPA and completion mechanism support and valuations.

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Sell side services and vendor due diligence

The decision to sell part or all your company is an important one. Above all, you will want to negotiate the best price for your business. To achieve this, you need to have robust financial information, have a strong sales message for potential buyers and to control the sales process. You will need to do all this while avoiding any disruption to the day-to-day running of your business as even a small issue may affect the sale.

How we can help you with selling your business

Our advice and recommendations will help you through every step the sales process. We have deep and broad experience of vendor due diligence and our team has experts with experience of your specific sector and market. The BDO international network operates from 1,500 in 164 countries and has a presence in every global business centre.

Our robust, independent review of your business is designed to deliver the information you need to support your sales messaging and process. It will identify potential obstacles to a smooth sales process and we will make recommendations on how overcome those obstacles.

We are a multi-disciplinary team. Our expertise covers exit readiness, data analytics, financial modelling, financial, tax, IT, operational and commercial due diligence, SPA and completion mechanism support and valuations.

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Pre-lending reviews

When you want to use debt to re-finance or grow your business, a robust, complete and independent review of your business will be a cornerstone of your application for lending.

Our pre-lending review and report will address everything that your finance provider will need and want to know about your business. This information will vary greatly from the requirements of private equity investors and firms. Our report will also help you identify which factors will affect your application and more importantly the terms of finance on offer to you.

How we can help with pre-lending reviews?

Our review will always start by taking the time to understand you, your business and what you are trying to achieve. This will also cover your concerns and the main risks.

Our reviews and reports are completed by our team of dedicated specialists with deep sector experience. They will draw on their extensive knowledge of and relationships with debt providers to ensure that any potential concerns are addressed. Whenever necessary we work with our colleagues across the BDO international network to deliver integrated international advice and services.

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