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Smith Cooper specialises in the sale of companies on behalf of corporate clients, entrepreneurs, and owner-managers typically up to £50million in value. We are a top 10 Corporate Finance adviser in the Midlands and a serial award winner.

Our expert team focus on thoroughly understanding client objectives and the business, enabling the creation of innovative, bespoke solutions that specifically address clients’ needs.  

To optimise value it is important to take advice well ahead of any sale process in order to plan, evaluate options and adequately prepare the business for sale.

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is to provide a partner-led service throughout the process, recognising that for many clients selling a business is an important, once in a lifetime occurrence.

A company sale can be time-consuming and challenging but we provide support through every step of the process. Our advice is delivered with empathy, positivity, tenacity and commercial realism to achieve your objectives and maximise value.

Our experienced corporate finance team will work closely with you, listening to your personal objectives and where appropriate, those of key management. This enables the formulation of a bespoke strategy which satisfies your aspirations and timescales, and maximises and highlights the strengths, opportunities and value-drivers of your business.   We can seamlessly liaise with Smith Cooper’s specialists in tax and other disciplines to get vital input to the overall deal strategy.

We will not accept an assignment if we believe we cannot deliver a successful outcome. This philosophy and our confidence in delivering solutions that delight our clients is supported by our fee arrangements which are typically success-based.

Our Services

Smith Cooper provides a full project management service covering all aspects of sale including:

  • Initial assessment of value and options
  • Advice on preparing for sale to achieve maximum value
  • Identifying and intelligently researching a tailored list of potential purchasers with strategic interest and adequate funding
  • Preparing marketing material that highlights the value drivers of the business
  •  Negotiation and ongoing dialogue with buyers to elicit optimised offers
  • Handling complex negotiations
  • Managing the buyer’s due diligence process
  • Working closely with clients’ solicitors to provide commercial input to the legal agreements
  • Organising and managing all parties within the deal process to a successful conclusion

Our Capabilities

We have a strong UK and international contact network that aids identification and communication with potential purchasers.

Our large client base and the high volume of deals we complete each year provides us with very broad experience across many industries; this in-depth knowledge helps us assess buyer appetite and the value your business.

We have in-house taxation experts who ensure that any transaction is structured efficiently and any tax risk is minimised.

Next Steps

It is never too early to start considering the exit route for your business so please contact any of us for a confidential, no-obligation initial consultation.