How we help you grow through acquisition
Great care needs to be taken in finding, assessing, negotiating and completing acquisitions. We guide our clients through the whole process, from initial confidential dialogue with potential targets, through to negotiating and eventually closing the deal. Using our extensive experience working on the buy and sell-side of transactions as well as our skills as "door openers", we provide an extensive list of appropriate acquisition targets to our client and, once negotiations begin, ensure no stone is left unturned, giving our clients confidence that there will be no nasty shocks down the line.
Our aim is that every transaction on which we advise results in the optimal mix of what we call the Corbett Keeling "3 Cs". Having listened carefully to our clients' objectives, our approach ensures they achieve the best possible combination of:
- CashMinimising the consideration you pay both upfront and on an earn-out
- CertaintyAchieving the greatest confidence the transaction will go ahead on the terms agreed
- ChemistryEnsuring the business you acquire fits your culture and flourishes
Where our clients are considering international acquisitions, Corbett Keeling works closely with our partners at Globalscope, who provide the local presence and knowledge that is vital in cross-border transactions as well as identifying acquisition opportunities.
We have built strong relationships with all the key equity, debt and other funders and, therefore, are ideally placed to arrange acquisition finance on behalf of our clients. See our Raising Capital page for more information.
See what our clients say about us
Not only was Corbett Keeling’s advice always timely, to the point and in our best interest but, crucially, they had outstanding knowledge and understanding of the potential buyers, whether trade or financial and UK or overseas.
John HorganCo-Founder and Director
Corbett Keeling created a way forward, where others could not, at a critical moment for the management team. Their access to the appropriate funders in the UK and overseas, and their ability to move quickly, were both crucial to making this transaction possible.
It was a pleasure dealing with Jim Keeling and his team throughout the process. We wanted to find the right partners and to do the right deal for us - Corbett Keeling delivered just that.
Chris LeachChairman and Founder
As with most entrepreneurs, we have poured our hearts into our business and, although realising we would at some point need to step back, were cautious about beginning the process. The team at Corbett Keeling really were excellent at guiding us through the options and, when the time came, ensuring we secured the best deal with the best partner.
I regretted choosing one of the big four global accounting/consultancy firms for the sale of my business – although they have a big brand name, I did not feel they provided the level of detail or interaction with prospective buyers that I was expecting and I wish I had used Corbett Keeling as I did in the previous sale. As a result I have come back to Corbett Keeling to deal with our next transaction as I feel they provide their clients with both a first class and personal service which is ultimately what we are all looking for.
Andy LeslieGroup Chairman