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Haines Watts London Holborn Phone icon 0207 025 4650
You’re ambitious and successful. You have a clear goal in mind but you need guidance and expertise to help you realise it. That’s where we can help. We work with business owners, investors and others to make it happen. We understand the market, are well connected with buyers, investors and funders, and have global reach through our network of international partners.

Supporting business owners across Greater London with buying a business, selling a business and raising finance

  We are an independent corporate finance boutique providing corporate finance advisory services to private business owners and investors across Greater London. We typically work on transactions ranging in size from a £2m development capital raising to a £50m sale mandate, across a wide range of industries. Whether you are an owner contemplating buying or selling a business, a management team considering an MBO, need support with raising finance or refinancing, or require a formal business valuation, or objective strategic advice, our corporate finance advisers can help. Our long-standing relationships with private equity houses, banks and alternative lenders means we understand each stakeholder’s drivers and requirements, which strengthens our ability to deliver for our clients. Our reach extends globally through our membership of Geneva Group International (GGi) giving us access to overseas buyers and sellers to add to our insight at a local level. Our association with Haines Watts gives us access to substantial resources and specialist expertise such as tax planning and structuring , estate planning and legal services, as well as post-sale wealth planning through our association with Tilney.

Buying a business

Whether you’re aiming to gain a foothold in a new market or striving to leapfrog the competition, growing your business through acquisition can be a great strategy. However, it also comes with risk.

We’ve been there before and can support you through the process from start to finish.

Our team have substantial expertise in company mergers and acquisitions, Management Buy-outs and Management Buy-ins.

We’ll support you with:

  • Identifying and approaching appropriate targets
  • Valuing target businesses
  • Negotiating and agreeing the deal
  • Raising finance
  • Tax structuring
  • Project management


Whether you are looking to fund growth or make an acquisition, it is not always possible to achieve this through cash flow alone. Similarly, managers often need to rely on external finance to support their ambition to buy-in to a business or buy a business from the current owners.

There are many funding structures available. We focus on helping you assess the options, understand the risk and choose the most appropriate solution.

We work with a variety of funders including private equity, venture capital, high networth investors, banks and alternative lenders. Through our relationships and understanding of these key finance providers, we can help you make the best decision.

We’ll support you with:

  • Reviewing funding options
  • Writing financial business plans for funders
  • Negotiating the best deal

Selling your business

Selling a business is seldom ever purely a commercial transaction. There are a range of personal factors that drive every sale. Being sensitive to these drivers is essential to a successful outcome.

Equally, choosing the right buyer is often more about the right fit than price alone.

We work closely with you to understand your motivations so that we pursue the right solution for you. Our principal aim is to secure a strategic premium for your business based on our insight into what drives value for buyers.

We’ll support you with :

  • Exit planning
  • Maximising business value
  • Valuation of your business
  • Identifying buyers
  • Selecting a preferred buyer
  • Vendor due diligence
  • Advice on tax aspects of the sale
  • Negotiating terms of offer
  • Project management

Maximising business value

When working with business owners on a sale we not only focus on securing the right buyer but also the highest price possible. We work to identify parties with the will and means to pay a strategic premium, but at the same time work with you to enhance that premium by focusing on the drivers of business value.

By working through the drivers of value in your business, we can ensure the quantity and quality of profits enable you to improve the earnings multiple you can command. We also have keen insight into the industry range for multiples in your sector.

For help with buying a business, selling your business or raising finance, get in touch with our Greater London Corporate Finance team on +44(0)20 7025 4600 or use fill in our contact form