If you’re planning to exit your business, whether it’s to allow your business to grow, balance your risk portfolio or to simply retire, it’s time to explore your options. A poorly planned exit can dilute the value you’ve created. Our experts help owners maximise value and make their business exit happen.Book a meeting
We will help define your goals for exiting your business. We’ll also help align personal financial objectives and your post-exit commitments whilst balancing important considerations such as legacy and employee retention.
We will advise you on the options, the realities and the complexities of the exit process and map the way to achieve your desired goals.
We undertake initial financial and commercial due diligence on your business to advise on your exit readiness. The process of exit is rigorous, and your business must be truly ready if the process is to be successful.
We will help you make strategic decisions about product/service development, branding and the overall direction of the business that can make it more appealing to the buyer audience.
We will help you select an independent financial planning expert who can help shape a life-focused financial plan. When you know what you need to achieve in your financial goals, we’ll help you get there.
We have the expertise and capability to help sell your business no matter what industry you operate within.
We have the capability to help market and sell your business to interested buyers overseas.
We act as a ‘circuit breaker’ to remove the emotion and difficult conversations from your hands.
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.
No, we are not brokers. We are professional advisors. Whilst our role often involves the introduction of parties to a deal, our value is much greater than a simple introduction service. We support you in the development and articulation of your business case, the negotiation of terms and the management of completion - all of which materially improve the end result, adding significant value to your transaction.
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.
The process of preparing a business for exit, marketing the opportunity and completing a deal on average takes 9 months. However, this all depends on the readiness of the business and the value aspirations of the owners. We have worked with business owners for several years before an exit is formally started to align business value and personal financial aspirations.
No, it is never too early to think about an exit. Many businesses are created with exit in mind so that the exit planning process starts before the business does. In reality, most businesses 'evolve' during their earlier years and change significantly over time. Therefore a meaningful exit planning process is best undertaken up to 4 years before the desired exit point when the business is better established.
The critical thing to have in place is a plan. An exit rarely just happens. Many owners are guilty of putting their head in the sand when it comes to an exit believing that a buyer will approach at some point. The second most critical thing is to understand your buyer or investor market and ensure your business is going to meet their needs. This includes market positioning, strategic direction and good corporate governance.
The truth is that building value takes time and there are no real short cuts. This is why starting an exit planning process early is always beneficial. An organisation can take time to change, processes can be challenging to imbed and should an element of repositioning in the market be needed, it can take several years to complete.
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. We take pride in our fees always being a proportion of the value we add.
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.
We have taken many clients through this process. We have years of experience of helping owners assess the value of their business today, build and importantly execute a plan that delivers results. Our support is not theoretical it is based on actually exiting businesses for clients. We deliver results and make exit ambitions happen.
The simple answer is lots of things. Every deal has its nuances, and each deal throws up a new challenge. But the most common issues come from a lack of understanding of the key drivers of the business. When in the business day-to-day owners often fail to sit back and ensure that they can measure and articulate the levers of growth. When challenged they are then unable to articulate to a buyer or investor why the business is successful which erodes confidence. Other common issues come from poor housekeeping where compliance requirements have not been met or legal contracts are not in place. Buyers and investors are rarely able to overlook these issues.
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