Q&A With Our Experts

Divestopedia has assembled some of the industry's top advisors to answer anything and everything related to the sale of a business.

Featured Experts

Matthew Bristow

 

Matthew co-founded ClearRidge with Bruce Jones and has a range of banking experience from London, England. Prior to moving to the US and becoming an American citizen, Matthew managed the derivatives trading division of a boutique investment banking, fund management and securities firm in London. Business ventures also took him from his native England to Paris, France working for Group Bull, a leading European information technology company.

Cindy Radu

 

As a designated Family Enterprise Advisor, Cindy helps individuals, family enterprises, business owners and family offices navigate the complexities and opportunities that come with wealth. Cindy draws on over 25 years of legal, fiduciary, trust and governance experience in professional services firms, financial institutions and family offices in her practice. She uses her skills to provide an objective perspective and facilitate understanding of how complex family, business and ownership structures can impact family dynamics and family wealth continuity.

Michael Carter

 

Michael Carter was the founding principal of Carter Morse & Goodrich where he serves as Managing Partner. He has been on the financial side of business from many perspectives: as a business founder, commercial lender, investment banker, board director, and business advisor.

Q&As

0 Filter
Loading Questions, please wait...
Preparation and planning are key to successful outcomes in any project, and buying out a partner can be a consuming, emotional, complicated process and so this question is really around planning and...
Answered by: Paul Wormley
General Partner, Hadley Capital
Engaged employees are critical to a company's success under any circumstances, and that is especially true during a merger when employee dedication can quickly make or break the success of the...
Answered by: Miracle Semien
COO, Veaux Professional Services, LLC
I can tell you it's more than town hall meetings and occasional emails. To connect, you'll have to really know your employees true feelings, their concerns, and their overall feedback. We...
Answered by: Hope Malveaux
CEO, Veaux Professional Services, LLC
Technology helps you reach out to employees faster and more effectively. According to ACCG partners, a platform-based approach enables companies to standardize their processes and really spend time...
Answered by: Hope Malveaux
CEO, Veaux Professional Services, LLC
Small business owners are not experts at this process. Most small business owners only sell their business one time, so there's a level of concern and trepidation about pursuing a buyout of a...
Answered by: Paul Wormley
General Partner, Hadley Capital
This is a really important question because for most small business owners the business is their primary asset. So it's incredibly important financially and otherwise to get it right. I think a...
Answered by: Paul Wormley
General Partner, Hadley Capital
This is a question that goes to succession and exit planning. The reality is that most small business owners don't have succession plans. I wrote a blog about baby boomer succession and more than...
Answered by: Paul Wormley
General Partner, Hadley Capital
I talk to business owners pretty much every day and this is a question that comes up a fair amount. Partially because there's just not a lot of places for small business owners to go get this...
Answered by: Paul Wormley
General Partner, Hadley Capital
Look 10 years ago operating partners, not in the payroll, but off the payroll, maybe on portfolio company payroll, was the trend. That was the differentiator. That was very commonplace but really...
100%. It's a case where that perception could be altered a little bit. Take the deal marketing example you mentioned. Oftentimes the investment bankers are struggling to gather information and...
Answered by: Ben Collins
Director of Product Marketing and Strategy
I think one of the hesitations may be any change to existing, or more traditional, processes. There's general trepidation amongst M&A practitioners to fix something that they don't...
Answered by: Ben Collins
Director of Product Marketing and Strategy
I think it's two things. So, you’ve got the sale-side and the buy-side. Two sides of the same coin with the M&A process. On the sale-side, we’re seeing a lot of bankers looking...
Answered by: Ben Collins
Director of Product Marketing and Strategy
It’s hard to pick just one area, but I think, first and foremost, it comes down to speed, so in this environment — which remains competitive for attractive assets — it’s...
Answered by: Ben Collins
Director of Product Marketing and Strategy
Note: This content originally appeared in T/A Economics and has been published here with permission.The International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC) provided insight in how to deal with valuation...
Answered by: Kenny Van Tulder
Senior Manager
I am of the opinion that in order to maximize value in the sale of a mid-market business, a widely-marketed sale process should be conducted. This means getting a no-names teaser to as many qualified...
Answered by: John Carvalho
President, Divestopedia Inc.
There are plenty of articles answering the question: how long does it take to sell a business? The typical response is that it takes about 8 to 12 months to appropriately prepare, plan and execute...
Answered by: John Carvalho
President, Divestopedia Inc.
Receiving consideration other than cash is not uncommon. In fact, it is very rare that vendors receive all cash for their business. Different forms of non-cash consideration include a seller's note,...
Answered by: John Carvalho
President, Divestopedia Inc.
There are generally two reasons companies spend money on capital expenditures (capex): to grow the business, and to maintain the business. Once a company determines it needs to make a capex...
A private equity group has a lot of flexibility typically in how they collect fees or harvest value from a company in which they are invested. The form and structure of what those economics looks...
Private equity groups have a broad range of interests based on their investment strategy and the mandates they have been given by their investors of which types of businesses to invest in. These...
More
Go back to top