We can help you secure more than £2 million to finance the acquisition of another company. We focus on articulating your buy-and-build strategy to generate funder interest and confidence. Our expertise includes debt financing, equity financing, and everything in between. We present your corporate acquisition strategy to the right funders, in the right way, and negotiate the best finance structures for you. This gives you the best chance of buying your target company.Book a meeting
Business acquisition finance is sought for the purpose of buying another business. Whether it’s a direct competitor, or a business in the supply chain, acquiring a business can be a quick way to achieve scale and strengthen your competitive advantage. But the process to secure acquisition finance can be time consuming, stressful and costly if you don’t know what you’re doing. That's why it's important to work with a business acquisition finance specialist.
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Our finance specialists work with growing businesses that require in excess of £2 million to buy another business. Our clients typically need sophisticated acquisition finance products such as cash flow based lending or private equity investments. Our value lies in helping clients access funding that relies on the future trading opportunities and cashflows of the combined entity.
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We can confidently say that every client we engage is not fully prepared when taking their acquisition proposal to funders. If you are under-prepared for funder scrutiny, you are less likely to secure acquisition finance. Remember: first impressions count!
Here are some things that can erode funder confidence and jeopardise your chances of buying another business:
To successfully secure acquisition finance, you need to achieve five fundamental objectives:
Funders need to have confidence in your acquisition plan from the beginning to the end of the process. First impressions matter and you must never approach the funding market until your business is ready to acquire the target company.
Our advisory service helps you secure acquisition finance. We do this by optimising your financing proposal to build funder confidence. This gives you the best chance of securing the necessary finance to make your acquisition happen. This is what our advisory service provides:
We add exceptional value by reviewing and challenging your business plan, and the business plan of the acquisition target, to ensure they are robust. We'll evaluate your USP and identify what contributes to your overall competitive advantage. Our experts know exactly where funders will make challenges and what they expect to see in your proposal.Learn more
We will show you how to optimize your financial modeling and forecasts so funders have confidence in your business and the future performance of the combined organisation. We check ratios and returns making sure your projections will meet funder requirements. If not, we revisit the plan.Learn more
If your acquisition project is fundable, we will deliver funder confidence by drafting a funding proposal that presents your business in a balanced and professional way. It will answer critical funding questions and leave a positive lasting impression of your business and the combined organisation.Learn more
We approach the funding market on your behalf. We save you significant time, hassle and stress by knowing which funders to approach. We will present the best version of your business and combined organisation to maximise interest among the funding community.Learn more
We deliver confidence by keeping you informed at every stage of the financing process. We provide transparency by advising what impact each financing package will have on your business. Our process allows you to make an informed business decision on what financing solution to go for.Learn more
We add exceptional value by negotiating better terms with your preferred funder. We do this by leveraging our independence and extensive market knowledge. We know where, and where not, to push funders.Learn more
We add further confidence and value by managing the funder’s due diligence process on your business and the combined organisation. We will save you significant time by helping you answer the funder’s questions in the right way.Learn more
We will deliver confidence and save you time. We will manage the final offer and facilitate the legal closing process on your behalf and to your required timeline. As soon as the legal contract for the financing has been signed, the funds will be transferred to your company bank account.Learn more
We’re 100% independent of any funder. Unlike brokers, we are not tied to certain funders or products. Neither do we accept commissions which create conflicts of interest. We leverage our independence to get you the best deal. Let us deliver confidence.
We save you considerable distraction advising you on exactly what funders need and how their requirements change. Don’t risk a funding rejection by guessing how to create a funding proposal. Let us show you the way.
We work with the funding market on a daily basis. We save you considerable time knowing who to approach and what they need to see as well as knowing current market rates and practices. Let us add exceptional value.
We can use our industry knowledge to provide an independent valuation of the business you wish to acquire.
We can help you develop your acquisition strategy, raise the funds, negotiate the deal and make buying another business happen.
We can help you secure the most appropriate funding, whether that’s right debt, equity or a combination of both, to finance growth.
Our Masterclasses will put you at an advantage when it’s time to plan for a business acquisition.
No - We work exclusively with UK-based SMEs and small cap PLCs. However, our clients often have international activities and we regularly transact with overseas buyers and investors or arrange overseas acquisitions on behalf of our UK clients.
We pride ourselves on understanding the requirements of, and having access to, funders in both the debt and private equity markets for funding in the range of £2m to £100m. Our team actively maps the ever-evolving funding market to give you confidence that all suitable options are being considered on your behalf. Our aim is to provide you an ‘all of market’ appraisal of your options.
That very much depends on your funding proposal. A huge benefit of working with Shaw & Co is that we do not have any bias towards a given lender, investor or type of funding, and we have the breath of expertise to advise across both debt and equity products. Both debt and equity have pros and cons, so our team can talk you through each so that you can make an informed decision and find the right solution.
No. Funders appreciate a robust proposal and opportunity that has been thoroughly prepared and which they can engage with. They get frustrated by poorly prepared approaches and having to waste precious time coaching businesses on the information they need. Although funders will know that they are in a competitive process when receiving a proposal from Shaw & Co, they would much prefer this approach rather than dealing with ill prepared applications and patchy information. We give funders confidence that the information they are assessing is saving them both time and money - and by doing some of their work for them, we are able to negotiate lower arrangement fees.
Yes, of course. We work with you to agree which funders we will approach and discuss with you why we think that they will be good for your business. You ultimately decide the preferred funder to work with (or any to avoid!).
Certainly not! When arranging your business funding, we are careful to agree how the process will be run, what the timescales are, which funders we will approach, and what outcome we are looking to achieve. From then on, we will we keep you informed every step of the way.
We are remunerated only by our clients (not the funders). Our fees are predominantly 'Success Fees’, meaning that we get paid on completion of the deal. We take great care to make sure our fees are aligned with your goals, and we take pride in our fees always being a proportion of the value we add. We do also ask for a 'Commitment Fee' on all transactions which is calculated as a modest percentage of the expected ‘Success Fee’. Everything we may receive on a transaction is completely transparent to our clients.
No, because we think that it is wrong. Some funders, particularly debt lenders, typically pay a referral fee to third parties for introducing a borrower and the client has no control over these arrangements. We believe this creates a conflict of interest and puts any client at a disadvantage, because any third party whose business is based on receiving a referral fee will be incentivised to ‘recommend’ the offers that earn them the biggest fees, rather than that which is best for the client. Furthermore, nothing is ever free. A referral fee paid by a lender to an introducer still comes out of the borrower’s pocket because the lender adds the referral fee onto the lending fee it charges for agreeing the facility. The lender and the introducer are in fact working against the client. If we are offered a referral fee, we either ask the lender to net it off the arrangement fees, or we pay that fee straight through to our client to make sure the client benefits, not us.
Absolutely not! Here is a reminder of what we do for you: We optimise your proposal, your financial model and articulate your USPs. Very few, if any, businesses are ready to, or know how to, approach a provider of finance. We approach the right funders in the right way on your behalf. By offering a professional, well thought through, easy to engage with proposal to funders, we create interest and run a competitive process which reduces funding costs. We can help to negotiate the entire package on your behalf, not just the price. There is so much more to an offer than the headlines. All this results in three benefits for you 1) a higher chance of securing the funding you need; 2) We can save you money by driving down funding costs, and 3) peace of mind that you have secured the right funding for your business.
We have specific sector knowledge derived from many years of collective deal making experience. However, we pride ourselves on the diversity of sectors we work with which challenges us to think creatively. This creative and challenging approach brings huge value to our clients when helping them to build robust business cases.
We take all of our clients through a carefully crafted journey. Firstly, to ensure that we are a great match for each other and once engaged, to ensure we deliver exceptional client service that exceeds expectations.
Why Shaw & Co
Our highly talented people are creative, innovative and thrive when faced with a deal-making challenge. It's no surprise that we make deals happen and turn your ambition into a greater outcome.
Fees & charges
Our objective is to ensure that our fee more than pays for itself from the value we create for you and your business.
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