Mastering a Successful Company Sale: 6 Essential Steps

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Achieving the optimal price and finding the right buyer for your successful business marks the final phase. When contemplating selling, follow these 6 steps to ensure a successful company sale.

Investigation

Conduct a comprehensive review of your business’s cash flow and projections. Preparation and information gathering based on market research offers insight into potential outcomes.

Verification

A pre-due diligence check confirms corporate documents, financial statements, assets, liabilities, employee contracts, legal issues, tax obligations, external contracts, insurance liabilities, and claims. Identifying issues early enhances business value.

Marketing

Timed marketing and negotiation attract suitable buyers while maintaining confidentiality. Pre-qualify prospects and secure nondisclosure agreements. Carefully eliminate buyers focused on information rather than acquisition.

Negotiation

Maintain clarity and consistent timelines for multiple potential buyers. Negotiation involves various factors beyond the purchase price, requiring careful management and advice.

Agree Heads of Terms

The complex document outlines core deal components, including subject-to-due-diligence purchase price and deal structure.

Completion

Approve final transaction-related documentation. Buyer and seller teams address legal and financial requirements for a well-prepared, protected, and financed closure.

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