Accounting, tax and treasury

Mergers and acquisitions jobs

Continued growth is key for ambitious businesses and whether this is driven by acquisitions or alliances, advice on the correct structure and pricing is essential to reduce the risk of these moves. 
Mergers and acquisitions include company acquisitions, disposals, mergers, Joint Ventures (JVs), and Initial Public Offerings (IPOs). Accountants are on hand throughout the lifecycle of these transactions:
  • Establishing the acquisition criteria
  • Conducting a strategic review and competitor analysis of the sector
  • Identifying key targets locally and internationally
  • Overseeing valuation
  • Structuring the tactics and negotiation of the transaction
  • Supervising due diligence, legal and other issues
  • Helping with systems integration and business planning, post transaction

Business disposals

Whether dealing with a major transaction, the sale of a corporate division, a subsidiary or a private company, achieving the best possible terms is the primary concern when overseeing a business disposal. 
Overseeing the process from inception to completion, the accountant will begin with a review of the company’s strategy. If disposal is the most suitable strategy they will help the business achieve its objectives by:
  • Developing the sales strategy to exploit optimal return for the vendor, as well as establishing price expectations and realistic valuation parameters
  • Involving tax and industry focused professionals to assist in developing the most beneficial environment for the sale
  • Identifying and assessing prospective purchasers within the sector
  • Advising and assisting on the drafting of the disposal information memorandum
  • Assisting with negotiations and dealing with various parties including solicitors, bankers, due diligence and purchaser's advisors to guide the transaction to a successful closure

Flotations and IPOs

Whether floating on the alternative investment market or the main market of the London Stock Exchange, the IPO process requires careful planning. The accountant will maintain objectivity to offer the business  advice on every facet of the IPO process, including:
  • IPO strategy, timing and business preparation
  • The choice of broker to place the shares
  • Process management - co-coordinating the work of broking, accounting, PR and legal
  • Establishing with brokers the appropriate parameters for pricing and share distribution
  • Guidance on the regulatory aspects of an IPO and drafting of the prospectus

Valuations and Appraisals

Companies seek valuations for corporate governance or regulatory reasons. It may also be undertaken by management to ascertain the value of an asset, subsidiary or investment for use as collateral in future business decisions. A valuation is not a simple numbers exercise – it requires in-depth understanding of business dynamics and key value drivers.
For further information about corporate finance and the services we offer in this sector, please contact:
Nathan Mehaffy
T: 020 7269 2429