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Buying a Business - Due diligence and identifying potential risks and exposures

Business acquisitions typically require the purchaser to undertake a significant amount of due diligence. This invariably includes a thorough review of historic and current financial statements and testing of the future projections and underlying assumptions to check they are reasonable and believable. It is also critical to understand what...


Date: 28th November, 2016
Author: Caroline Stark

Private company valuation

There are a number of situations which may require a company to be valued, for example when it is being bought or sold; or seeking investment; in a divorce settlement; or for tax purposes, such as the implementation of an employee incentive scheme. In the absence of a stock market quoting the price of the shares, the valuation of a private...


Date: 28th November, 2016
Author: Ross Lane

Tax consideration for the purchase and sale of companies

When you are buying or selling a company there are plenty of tax opportunities and potential tax pitfalls to consider. Cathy Corns and David Hadley of Mercer & Hole’s Corporate and Business Tax team are authors of the chapters covering these subjects in Tolley’s Tax Planning 2016-17. Below they summarise just a few of the key...


Date: 28th November, 2016
Author: David Hadley

Corporate Advisory Services & Brexit

How will Brexit affect the business transactions we work on? Working with stakeholders to deliver transaction, financing and restructuring services, we encounter a huge range of businesses. Each is unique and our approach is tailored, but the economic impact of Brexit and the legal consequences of this highly political issue have similar high...


Date: 28th November, 2016
Author: Chris Laughton

Overcoming boardroom opposition to prevent administration

Despite boardroom opposition, a resolution to commence administration, and a rejection of his prior offers for funding, a director and minority shareholder sought advice from Mercer & Hole’s Corporate Advisory team to prevent an administration order being made over a 30 year old manufacturing business which he was trying to rescue. The...


Date: 28th November, 2016
Author: Henry Page

Chris Laughton presents at ICAEW webinar

Corporate Advisory Partner, Chris Laughton, presented at the ICAEW webinar on 11 October covering ‘Insolvency litigation post-Jackson’. Alongside lawyer and partner at Pinsent Masons LLP, Nick Pike, Chris looked at the insolvency litigation landscape post-Jackson and how to approach the challenges this presents for IPs. The webinar is...


Date: 13th October, 2016
Author: Mercer & Hole Media

Peter Godfrey-Evans features in Accounting Web

Corporate Advisory Partner, Peter Godfrey-Evans is featured in Accounting Web regarding ‘How an accelerated sale process saved a business’. Business Rescue should always be considered for viable businesses in financial distress. For Mercer & Hole’s restructuring team this is more than a belief – it’s what we do....


Date: 10th August, 2016
Author: Mercer & Hole Media

Corporate restructuring during the proposed moratorium

Mercer & Hole has, for many years, championed the benefits of creating a breathing space during which a financially stressed business can seek to invoke a real restructuring and avoid formal insolvency. While an insolvency process may become a necessity both to protect the creditors’ interests in any residual assets and to protect the...


Date: 13th July, 2016
Author: Henry Page

Purchase price and working capital adjustments in M&A transactions

On an acquisition, it is usual for the initial purchase price offered to be stated on a 'debt-free cash-free' basis.  In simple terms, this means that any cash in the business is retained by the seller and that all debt is repaid by the seller upon completion. Most deals also involve a purchase price adjustment mechanism in...


Date: 13th July, 2016
Author: Ross Lane

Caveat emptor?

Or to put it more colloquially – make sure you are not buying “a pig in a poke”!  If you buy a company, you take over not only its trade, assets and goodwill but all of its history, including any skeletons in closets. The sellers may not realise they have a problem - which makes unearthing details and disclosure somewhat...


Date: 13th July, 2016
Author: Cathy Corns

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