Corporate Finance

Our full finance services, provide independent financial advice to corporates, institutional investors and individuals seeking to buy, sell, invest, raise new finance or improve businesses

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Corporate Finance

Our team consists of partners and directors with a wealth of experience and a proven track record of completing transactions across a wide range of sectors and cross-border. We have extensive experience within the manufacturing, technology, software, automotive, logistics and support services sectors.

We have well established relationships with our clients, and also with financial institutions and other advisers and these relationships are often crucial to the success and timeliness of transactions. We primarily work with private businesses and businesses with private equity backing through every stage of a transaction.

We believe the key to successful corporate finance transactions is a thorough understanding of our clients. We work with our clients over a period of time to develop a strategic view of their businesses, making us best placed to identify and advise on strategic opportunities as they arise.

Our corporate finance team works closely with our audit and assurance team to prepare businesses for potential sales or acquisitions. We act in a lead advisory capacity for our clients, managing the transaction throughout, ensuring continuity of knowledge and success.

Mergers and acquisitions

Our partners have sold businesses with values from £1 million up to £250 million. We specialise in total M&A project management from inception to completion, looking after the entire deal process, and we remain close to our clients at all times meaning we will be best placed to give strong and well-informed advice on such significant transactions.

Our M&A services are tailored to management teams and entrepreneurs who value a highly discreet and confidential approach to their transactions. Clients choose Friends Partnership knowing that their business affairs will be kept out of the public domain.

Friend Partnership advises companies, management teams and individuals on matters including:

The strategic rationale for acquiring or disposing

Preparing the business for sale

Packaging and marketing the business

Negotiations and tactics

Fund raising

Post completion integration strategy

Research and identification of targets or purchasers

Creating the Information Memorandum

Making approaches and offers

Valuations

Due diligence and legals

Friend Partnership provides a full acquisition and disposal advisory service, from initial strategic rationale to producing a sale document / Info Memorandum, and finally to completion and future planning.

 

Raising Finance

Friend Partnership works with fast growth and entrepreneurial businesses to help raise finance for growth. From bank funding through to development capital, alternative finance and private equity, we can work with you to source the most appropriate finance for your enterprise.
We work closely with our clients to understand their objectives and then to find the right source of finance. We provide support throughout the process and work on an ongoing basis to review and adjust the finance requirements as the business grows. From early stage development capital through to finance for mature international businesses, Friends Partnership helps clients to unlock the funds to develop their businesses, including:

Bank funding

Hybrid and blended funding

Grant and government finance

Private equity

Alternative finance

If you would like to find out more about our corporate finance services and how we can help you gain more financial insight into your business for buying, selling, investing or raising new finance 

Private equity

For corporates and management teams wanting to take control of their organisations, and private equity houses seeking investment for their funds, we can also provide advice on private equity transactions and have extensive experience of doing so for a range of clients.

Friend Partnership has advised on numerous private equity transactions, and we truly understand the dynamics and know the key players within the UK market. We are therefore very well placed to advise and assist institutions, and MBO and MBI teams on buying businesses.

Friend Partnership can assist with:

The strategic rationale for raising funds

Preparing business plans and forecasts

Negotiations and tactics

Due diligence

Cross-border transactions

The merits of different funding options

Introductions to appropriate funders

Deal structuring

Valuations

Total project management to completion

Let Friend Partnership help you grow. From bank funding through to development capital, alternative finance and private equity, we can work with you to find the best solution for your enterprise

Transaction Services

Friend Partnership has a market-leading reputation for its transaction services and financial due diligence capabilities. We undertake investigations on behalf of acquiring clients, investors and banks to varying levels of detail. We are on the preferred list of “pre-lend” due diligence for a number of the major UK banks, a position typically only enjoyed by the large multinational advisers.

We offer a comprehensive range of transaction support and due diligence services, including:

Acquisition due diligence

Vendor due diligence

Technology due diligence

The Friend Partnership Approach

We don’t believe in a standard scope of work, but instead adopt a risk-based approach tailored to the requirements of each engagement.  We hold discussions with investors and management and will then review the information available to identify the key risk areas of the transaction.

This approach means that our work is prioritised towards these areas, and ensures that potential issues or “deal-breakers” are identified as early as possible, which guarantees that the end-users receive a focused report.

Our transaction services team is made up of senior personnel with many years’ experience performing transaction based work in the largest six accountancy firms.

We pride ourselves on guaranteeing a high level of partner and director involvement in each engagement.  This ensures that you are given the best quality “no surprises” advice.

Friend Partnership transaction services team is experienced in reporting to banks, investors and other institutions, with the ability to react quickly to changes in information, deadlines or areas of focus.

Business Planning

We work closely with our clients, helping them with support on a broad range of business-critical decisions, including financing and refinancing, cost reduction initiatives and major capital investments. of the major UK banks, a position typically only enjoyed by the large multinational advisers.

The team at Friend Partnership brings a realistic, commercial perspective to the business planning process, working with our clients to challenge perceptions to develop a realistic understanding of the ongoing business.

 This helps our clients and their investors to understand the business better and to highlight the key investment drivers of the business – in turn generally helping to increase the value in the business.

Friend Partnership can advise on and assist in compiling business plans and financial forecasting models for internal management control purposes or to support a transaction.

Valuations

Carrying out a business valuation is a complex process which requires an in-depth understanding of the business’s financial and non-financial information, the market in which it operates, the assets and liabilities within the business and its competitors, together with factors such as the legal and regulatory environment.  Effective valuation advice combines the right blend of analysis, experience and professional judgment.

At Friend Partnership we have extensive experience of valuing shares, businesses, and tangible and intangible assets, in a variety of commercial and contentious contexts. We combine a qualitative analysis of your business with extensive quantitative calculations to provide indicative views on business values.

A valuation can help you improve your decision-making, resource allocation, key employee remuneration and overall performance.

Friend Partnership s able to offer valuation advisory services to clients, either as part of a transaction, or for a separate exercise, such as a tax reorganisation or shareholder disagreement