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Post merger integration: company culture


When making an acquisition, a company can typically expect to gain access to markets, brands, technology, products and people. It is therefore surprising that the 'people' element is often given so little consideration c...continue reading

Raising finance for acquisition


Smart business purchasers will usually try to leverage their acquisition as the first priority. In other words they will try and acquire the majority, controlling share in the company by paying as little as possible from their own...continue reading

UK Companies Entering Administration Reaches Highest Level For 10 Years


The latest corporate insolvency figures from credit agency Experian show that the number of UK companies entering administration has reached its highest level since the firm began monitoring it in 1997. Furthermore, insolvency pr...continue reading

Internal Rate of Return and the Discounted Cash Flow Model


Valuing a business can often be a subjective process, and there are no hard and fast rules. When asked how to value a business, many people would probably first think of a multiple of its net profits, or perhaps it's asset (b...continue reading

Family business owners opt for sale


Owners of UK family businesses are increasingly opting to sell their business rather than pass it on to the next generation, reveals a recent study by accountants KPMG. The firm surveyed 100 medium-sized UK family and owner-mana...continue reading

Private Equity Debt at Record Levels


Private equity groups are getting into increasing levels of debt when buying new companies, according to a warning from credit rating agency Standard and Poor's. Leverage multiples, which show the relationship between a comp...continue reading

Owners of Business Neglect Own Finances


Business owners are increasingly reliant on their business as a "job for life" which will pay for their retirement, and this is leading them to neglect planning for both their personal finances and the succession of their business...continue reading

Post merger IT integration


While it may not be the first thing that springs to mind, smooth IT integration is vital to the success of your merger or acquisition. If you sideline IT integration and leave it until too late, you can find it becoming a giant di...continue reading

Ten takeover disasters how to avoid them


Taking over another company can quickly turn from an exciting venture into a nightmare if the deal is not properly thought through and resources are not in place. Along with the excitement of expanding and the new possibilities fo...continue reading

Preparing a Business for Sale


The New Year is traditionally a time when many of us take stock of our lives and make plans for the future. If you are thinking of selling your business in 2007, you need to consider how you are going to maximise the purchase pric...continue reading

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