We support business owners wishing to maximise shareholder value whether through growth strategies or through a company sale. We offer a full-service capability and provide a personalised and experienced approach for each project.
For market ready companies, we offer a fully-managed business sale service. Our strength is identifying strategic partners – investors or companies that offer strong symbiotic alignment.
For longer-term objectives, we offer a structured advisory and mentoring program to develop shareholder value and if required, to prepare a business in readiness for potential exit.
We deliver exceptional results with a particularly high-conversion ratio. We have completed transactions totaling over £90M deal value. As we gain a strong reputation each year our tally rises.
Our approach is data driven, strategic and results orientated. We cap the number of projects at any one time to ensure we can devote sufficient time to create the optimum outcome for each project.
We have deep know-how of manufacturing, technology, wholesale and distribution, however, have worked across sectors such as healthcare, leisure, food & beverage and construction. We work with SME’s with revenues typically from £3M – £30M.
Based in South-West UK, client projects range from UK-centric to global. We have completed transactions as far afield as China, Australia and South Africa.
We bring a unique blend of business leadership experience combined with corporate finance know-how.
We gained over twenty years hands-on leadership experience with world-class organisations before embarking full-time in the world of M&A almost ten years ago.
This experience was complemented with several years supporting private equity (PE) investment. So, we have insight into both the corporate and the PE perspective when it comes to screening and evaluating investments.
We believe this experience lends us several advantages:
- We understand how to increase shareholder value.
- We understand how to commercially position a business in readiness for exit.
- We know how to find buyers who will value a company at its highest.
- We have a strong track record of sourcing and negotiating successful deals.
We continue to deliver concrete results across our advisory and sell-side services.
And in a world where less than 30% of companies sell, our sale-mandates are delivered with a high conversion ratio and in many cases, outstanding results.
Our service options are:
Depending on our client goals, we can engage to sell the business in the near term, or we can help guide company owners achieve a maximum return some years downstream.
For business owners wishing to set out a roadmap, our Strategy Blueprint allows business owners to analyse ‘where the business currently is’ and to help shape ‘where the company needs to get to.'
For business owners wishing to be guided over a period of time to achieve a growth in shareholder value, we provide a formal program of advisory services that delivers a step-change in business performance.
For business owners wishing to sell, we provide a full-service sell-side capability. From initial instruction through to completed sale, we specialise in identifying strategic buyers both nationally and globally. With a strong conversion ratio and a bespoke approach, we deliver exceptional outcomes.
Supported by a dedicated team, our Managing Director Justin Levine provides hands-on leadership of all client projects.
Prior to mergers and acquisitions (M&A), Justin enjoyed a fast-track career as an MD, CEO and VP within several well-known global enterprises specialising in high-technology industrial products. With over twenty years business experience in Asia Pacific, the Americas and Europe, Justin struck out full-time in M&A in 2011. He was educated at Imperial College (Aeronautical Engineering) and Kingston Business School (MBA). Justin is a guest speaker at the West London Business Forum and speaks widely at various business forums.
Justin is supported by a co-Director and a small team of analysts and researchers. Having operated on numerous M&A projects as far afield as China, Australia and South Africa, the team are highly adept at identifying strategic acquirers across practically any business segment. The team has access to a plethora of research tools including various proprietary M&A database platforms, allowing us to handle a wide variety of sale mandates.
Justin acts as a non-executive Director for various companies aiming to significantly improve shareholder value.
We work with companies with revenues typically from £3M – £30M. Our clients’ can be based globally – projects have come from Asia Pacific, Europe, USA, Africa and the UK.
Projects over the years have covered sectors such as manufacturing, engineering, technology, IT, wholesale, distribution, healthcare, digital, retail, food & beverage & education.
Our clients’ can be based globally – projects have come from Asia Pacific, Europe, USA, Africa and the UK.
We are industry agnostic.
We support clients within both B2B and B2C.
Our USP does not lie in our industry focus. It lies within being able to devote sufficient quality time with each client to truly understand his or her company, market and USP.
Here’s a selection of past clients across a variety of projects….
Our client relationships are based on exceptional discretion and long-term engagements.
Here’s what a few of our clients’ say about our advisory and sell-side services:
Justin spent significant time to fully understand our business. He had an excellent understanding of the Groups financial structure with multiple holding companies and consolidations and joined me in trips to all our locations. I was very impressed by his quick grasp of the issues and his sound advise in dealing with them. Justin was superb at managing complexities across multiple financial and legal jurisdictions and drove the project for all sides. A first class M&A professional, highly recommended. You will not find better or a nicer guy to work with
Bill Cody, CEO and Chairman, Challenge Group
Justin successfully negotiated the purchase of my partner’s shares. He made a very difficult and stressful situation manageable
Stephen Halliwell, Managing Director, Mellor Electrics Limited
I would once again like to thank you for your time in managing the sale of our business with all the professional negotiation and communication skills required from the start until completion. Understanding our company and our future requirements were key, and the complex selling process that you took responsibility for enabled us to keep our stress levels to a minimum. A highly recommended M & A Gentleman.
Steve Grinter, Managing Director, Hyphose Limited
A tough negotiator, persistent and worth his fee!
Paul Brook, CEO, ESET UK
We acted for the same client in a deal which involved the sale of shares in a high-profile business. I can honestly say that I enjoyed every minute of it! Justin is a great guy to work alongside. He took the lead on the commercial negotiations and I on the legals. He is an excellent team player, a great communicator and was clearly focused on the best possible outcome for our mutual client.
Grant Esterhuizen, Partner & Head of Corporate, Lester Aldridge LLP
Justin was able to deliver real value to the selling shareholders by increasing, significantly, the price the buyer was prepared to pay for the business.
Nick Davies, Company Commercial Partner, Steele Raymond
Justin has delivered a first class result by selling my business!
Bob Watts, Chairman, Dorset Orthopaedic Limited
Following his acquisition of EMD Drives, Justin’s business acumen positioned the company as the UK’s leading small electric motor & gearbox manufacturer.
Steven Clark, CEO, Clark Group
Just wanted to say a big thank you for all the work you put into making the deal happen – it turned out to be a long and complicated process, but we got the result we wanted in the end!!
Well done Justin – you earned every penny.
James Cody, General Manager, OBIT, Ningbo, China
I find Justin a joy to work with, good fun but also very professional. I tap into his vast knowledge and experience to help develop my own business.
Simon White, CEO, Enhanced Group
Justin offer’s clarity in judgment and commands only the highest level of achievement in deal making!
Chris Hutt, Managing Director, Unico
I would once again like to thank you for all your efforts in getting the deal done. Your knowledge, help and support on my side was brilliant!!!
Graham Smit, Managing Director, Challenge Power Transmission (Australia) Pty Ltd
Justin has multi-dimensional business skills with international experience, the ability to distil a complex problem into its respective components and is a great communicator. I have been in business since the early 1980s and wish I had become acquainted with Justin much earlier than I did. He comes highly recommended by me.
Edwin Prescott. Chairman, Sprint Electric Ltd.
Justin Levine acted for us in the sale of our company and I am pleased to say that we made the right choice. Justin did everything he promised us and more. He has been completely professional throughout, yet always friendly and approachable. I have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone seeking an M&A expert to act for them in order achieve the best possible outcome.
Anna Barwick, Finance Director, Hyphose Limited
Our fee structure and terms of engagement are simple, straightforward and jargon-free.
Our Strategy Blueprint and Advisory Services are based on fixed daily rates inclusive of UK travel.
For sale mandates, we usually charge a retained fee to commence each project. The retained fee typically covers the market research, financial modelling, preparation of the Information Memorandum and all visits with the client in the preparatory phase.
We charge a 'success fee' that falls due only on completion of a successful transaction. This fee is normally a fixed percentage of the transaction value. If the project is small or particularly demanding, we may require a minimum success-fee.
The fee-structure for sale mandates is usually heavily-weighted towards the success-fee.
We do not carry bloated overheads. Our team is execution-focused and nimble.
Our fee structure is competitive.
If a potential client is interested to engage, we will invest time without charge, to explore the scope and scale of a project.
Europe investment round-up 2019
US lawyers White & Case are confident that ample firepower and increasingly attractive public market valuations will ensure that 2019 is another robust year for M&A in Europe. The only potential fly in the ointment could be for the UK in Q4, should Brexit go ahead in October. Here’s a quick roundup of the Private Equity (PE) indicators for 2019: