The stages of an acquisition usually follow this process, irrespective of the size of the deal. Some stages are more fluid and may begin sooner than shown below (eg opening conversations with financiers) and several are carried out simultaneously (eg legal due diligence and re-negotiating terms of the deal including warranties etc)

We will take the lead to maintain momentum during the early stages of the transaction and we can introduce you to suitable corporate lawyers who can provide the legal expertise, if you wish.

This process can take weeks or months or sometimes even years! The key to success is to understand the reason for your acquisition and develop a strategy to identify and assess suitable target businesses.

More information about developing that strategy can be found on our blog here.