Business Acquisition Financing

Acquiring another business can be a good way to increase scale and competitive advantage. But without expertise in the fragmented funding markets, you could end up with an unsuitable deal. Our experts can save you time, stress and reduce risk by helping you navigate the complexity and secure financing to make your acquisition happen.

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How we can help

ASSESS YOUR FUNDING CAPACITY

We will assess if financing a business acquisition will be workable. We will use our knowledge of the whole funding market to determine how much debt or equity funding you could raise.

ADVISE ON THE RIGHT FUNDING OPTION FOR YOU

We will assess the most viable funding options based on the funding capacity of both businesses. We will present these options to you and advise on the most suitable solution to make the acquisition happen.

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GET THE RIGHT FUNDING WITH ACCESS TO 700+ funders

We will drive a competitive process in the funding market to find the most suitable solution among our network of 700+ lenders. We will advise on the varying criteria different lenders have for their business funding solutions.

WE WILL REPRESENT YOU TO HELP SECURE YOUR FUNDING

Knowing what lenders are looking for and pitching to them in the right way saves  time, reputation and prevents losing the acquisition opportunity. We will approach lenders on your behalf.

Additional benefits

Cash flow Lending

We help growing businesses raise funds against their future cashflows. This is vital for modern businesses that are light on tangible asset security.

Competitive options

We deliver truly competitive “all-of-market” funding solutions offering the best structures, pricing and financial partners for your needs.

best of both worlds

We will find the optimal blend of funding solutions from both traditional banks and alternative lenders.

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Why Shaw & Co

WE MAKE DEALS HAPPEN

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.

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Fees & charges

COMPLETELY TRANSPARENT & ALIGNed With your GOALs

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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FAQS

How can a corporate finance advisor help me?

Corporate finance transactions are not an everyday activity and it is unlikely you will have the up-to-date knowledge you need in your team to navigate a deal. We provide expert advice when you need it to get the right solution for you.

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Are you sector specialists?

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.

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How long does it typically take to secure finance for a business acquisition?

On average this can take between 6 weeks and 16 weeks depending on the complexity of the deal and the quality of information available for a lender to make a decision.

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Is debt financing or equity financing the best route to fund a business acquisition?

Debt is often preferred as this will not dilute the ownership of existing shareholders and does not require a seat on the Board. However, there are occasions when equity is preferable should the level of debt sought be considered too onerous for the business.

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What is the minimum and maximum amount of financing you can help me raise for my acquisition?

We typically look to raise a minimum of £1.5m with no ceiling on maximum amount.

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What things are often overlooked when trying to raise finance for a business acquisition?

There are many angles to consider when financing acquisitions. Often borrowers are not aware of the level of detail a funder may require on both the acquirer and target. Also, the breadth of funders in the market makes it difficult for a borrower to know who best to approach.

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Why should I use Shaw & Co to help me find finance for a business acquisition?

We run a whole of market competitive process to make sure you not only have the best price but also the best structure and lending partner for the loan.

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Will I need to inject more equity to secure the acquisition?

This is not always required but considered preferable by many lenders as a sign of commitment to the transaction.

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Can I still get business funding if my bank says no?

Very likely yes. Generally speaking, banks have reduced risk appetite compared to the alternative market where many acquisition deals are now financed.

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If you can't get me funding, do I still pay Shaw & Co's fees?

Certain fees remain payable on most transactions like commitment fees which tend to equate to approximately 10% of the overall success fee. Success fees are only payable on successfully completing the transaction.

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