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Hyde Corporate Finance is a firm of London and Surrey based company merger, acquisition and sale specialists, driven by getting the best result for your business

The Full Package

We help throughout the whole deal process - from the marketing through to the negotiations to advising on the most tax efficient structures – a vital aspect in maximising returns.

We Care

Your merger, acquisition or sale is not just another deal for us. We’re not about statistics but about helping business owners to realise their goals.

Happy People

"Hyde helped us take Attlaw from the brink of disaster to a fantastic business. Their negotiating skills achieved an excellent deal for all parties" -
Mike Crump, Attlaw Security Plc

Management Buy-Outs - Buying The Business you Know

You may never have thought that one day you would own your own business, but fortune can favour the brave and the current seemingly never ending economic downturn makes MBO’s more attractive than they have been for a great many years. This really is the time when opportunities are likely to arise for existing management teams to approach business owners with regard to a possible MBO. Opportunities are likely to arise in the following circumstances:

  • A group deciding to sell a business that has become non-core.
  • Succession issues - the owner or owners of a private company wish to retire.
  • Where there is dissent among existing shareholders.
  • A company in difficulty needing to sell part or all of its existing business.
  • A Receiver or Administrator selling a business as a going concern.

In the above or other appropriate circumstances a strong management team could find itself with the once in a lifetime opportunity to take control of a business, often at a bargain price and often with massive substantial upside. The quality of the management team is the most important factor and the ideal team will be ambitious, core to the business, proven within the business and capable of gaining the existing owner’s trust and confidence.

Of course, the management team will need to jump a lot of hurdles including *agreeing on the members of the buy-out team, *assessing the opportunity as being suitable and obtaining the current owner’s approval to pursue a possible MBO, *determining an appropriate price, *writing a business plan, *obtaining financial backing and negotiating alongside the appropriate financial and legal advisers, through due diligence to completion.

Other than the generally somewhat modest contribution from the MBO team, funding may range from largely vendor backed funding (for example, through a new holding company and loan notes) through to bank debt and/or equity, provided by venture capital or private equity houses.

In the right circumstances any MBO can be the ideal opportunity for the incumbent team to take advantage of current market conditions whilst, for the vendors, the prospect of selling to the MBO team they work well with and trust can be highly attractive – sensitive information will not have to be disclosed to competitors and, with the existing knowledge of the MBO team, due diligence together with legal matters such as warranties and indemnities can be kept to a minimum.

There has never been a better time to buy the business you know, always remembering that if you are to embark upon such a venture then top quality professional advice at the earliest stage is essential.

To learn more about how we could help you with your MBO goals, please call Malcolm Coomber on 020 8652 2450 or email