So, you want to sell your business?

Or maybe you’re in the market to buy or merge with one.

You may be wondering whether you can do it all yourself, or if you should engage the services of an M&A advisor.

Let’s take a look at the benefits of hiring an M&A advisor to assist you with your transaction.

1. Identifying whether or not it's time for you to buy, sell, or merge

If you’re struggling to decide whether or not you should buy, sell, or merge with another business, we highly recommend seeking professional guidance. Without it, you could wind up with big financial consequences. 

An M&A advisor will use their experience to analyze your business goals along with the market conditions to help you make an informed choice. Without this guidance, you risk making a decision based on impulse and instant gratification, which almost always never ends well.

2. Assisting in the creation of your growth or exit strategy

Buying, selling, or merging a business is extremely complicated, and it comes with a lot of pressure. Transactions like these require sound strategy and planning. 

When it’s time to sell, a business intermediary will help you see things that you wouldn't normally see and avoid consequences that you normally wouldn’t anticipate. 

This is what M&A advisors like National Business Search (NBS) have been doing for decades. An M&A firm will help you create the perfect pitch for potential buyers, showing off your unique selling points.

3. Helping you find potential buyers or sellers

Finding potential buyers for your business can be both time-consuming and risky.

If you put your name out there and your employees find out about it, you may start to see a mass exit of valuable workers. If a competitor finds out that you’re selling, it can ruin your prospects for future business. 

By engaging with an M&A firm like NBS, this is no longer a concern--the entire process is confidential. We require a Confidentiality Agreement before any information is disclosed, and will generate a company acquisition list based on our knowledge and experience in working with other businesses like yours. We know what buyers are looking for and can assist you in finding the right business to suit your needs.

Once an M&A firm has identified potential businesses for sale or merger, we will negotiate with these companies on your behalf. This means that you don't have to worry about any legal or financial terms--we will handle all of that for you. At NBS, we provide you with a list of M&A lawyers and CPAs and work closely with your selections. 

4. Assistance with due diligence processes

If you’re planning on buying or selling your business, the due diligence process shouldn’t be left to an untrained individual. 

When selling, it’s imperative that you have someone on your side working for you. When buying, you’ll want to hire a professional who will dig deep into any issues that might affect value. 

An M&A advisor will work with you to find a great price for your business. We will accurately calculate the worth of your company and negotiate well so that you can maximize its value. 

At NBS, we also have experience working on the behalf of buyers, so we can help you find a company that will be a good fit for your business--as well as one who is willing to pay what your business is worth.

5. Help planning for post-merger integration (or pre-sale preparation)

Post-sale or post-merger, you’ll want an M&A specialist to work with you through the transition period to help you get used to the new management and guide you in making the appropriate decisions.

We know just what it takes to make a smooth shift in ownership--and can help ensure that everything goes accordingly. A business intermediary like National Business Search can be a great asset to you--whether you want our help finding your next acquisition or selling your business. 

Our expertise will save you from many headaches and financial consequences down the road and make sure that everyone is satisfied. We will continue to work with you even after the merger is complete--helping to manage any new employees and assets. This includes anything from negotiating lease agreements, to transferring suppliers or clients over to your name. 

All in all, hiring an M&A firm can help you save time and money while streamlining the process of finding a business to buy, sell, or merge with. Schedule an appointment with us today for a free business valuation!

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