Sale Process

The sale process is the moment of truth. It is when all the blood, sweat and tears is converted to cold hard cash. Most entreprenueurs only get the chance to do it once, so make the most of it.



Who Is the Right Buyer for Your Business? Who Is the Right Buyer for Your Business? Who Is the Right Buyer for Your Business? Who Is the Right Buyer for Your Business?


When it comes time to sell your company, you will need to carefully select your buyer to ensure both the best price for your hard work and...

No Exit Plan, But Need to Sell No Exit Plan, But Need to Sell No Exit Plan, But Need to Sell No Exit Plan, But Need to Sell


At the end of a long business career, it can be difficult to know what to do next. This is why exit planning before you reach the point of...

If You're Selling Your Company, Don't Get Sandbagged If You're Selling Your Company, Don't Get Sandbagged If You're Selling Your Company, Don't Get Sandbagged If You're Selling Your Company, Don't Get Sandbagged


A seller needs to understand what a sandbag clause is in a purchase and sale agreement, and how to spot specific language to make the...

9 Critical Areas for Effective Due Diligence 9 Critical Areas for Effective Due Diligence 9 Critical Areas for Effective Due Diligence 9 Critical Areas for Effective Due Diligence


This is part 2 of a two part article that discusses what constitutes an effective operations due diligence and nine critical areas of focus.

So You Received a Letter of Intent, Now What? So You Received a Letter of Intent, Now What? So You Received a Letter of Intent, Now What? So You Received a Letter of Intent, Now What?


You've worked hard to position your business for the sale and finally received a letter of intent. Understanding what this letter truly...

The Basics of Mezzanine Financing The Basics of Mezzanine Financing The Basics of Mezzanine Financing The Basics of Mezzanine Financing


A mezzanine structure allows an acquirer to reduce the cost of capital and boost returns on equity.

Deal Flow Options and the Single Family Office Investor Deal Flow Options and the Single Family Office Investor Deal Flow Options and the Single Family Office Investor Deal Flow Options and the Single Family Office Investor


Which is the best acquisition strategy? From co-investment to buy side advisors, John Bova takes you through the gamut of options,...

Maintaining Confidentiality Versus Maximizing Price Maintaining Confidentiality Versus Maximizing Price Maintaining Confidentiality Versus Maximizing Price Maintaining Confidentiality Versus Maximizing Price


Making sure that your sensitive information is kept secret during the sales process is important, but so is ensuring that those bidding for...

Stick to Your Guns When Selling Your Business Stick to Your Guns When Selling Your Business Stick to Your Guns When Selling Your Business Stick to Your Guns When Selling Your Business


Some buyers will try to take advantage of the sales process and negotiate for a lower price, or, worse still: they will try to re-trade...

Top 10 Buzzwords to Use When Talking to Private Equity Top 10 Buzzwords to Use When Talking to Private Equity Top 10 Buzzwords to Use When Talking to Private Equity Top 10 Buzzwords to Use When Talking to Private Equity


The use of these 10 buzzwords is music to private equity investors' ears. Just be sure to back them up with facts.

Podcast: Acquisition Growth Strategies for Middle Market Companies Podcast: Acquisition Growth Strategies for Middle Market Companies Podcast: Acquisition Growth Strategies for Middle Market Companies Podcast: Acquisition Growth Strategies for Middle Market Companies


Podcast with John Bly, author of 'Cracking the Code: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Growing Your Business Through Mergers and Acquisitions for...

How to Check an Investment Banker’s References How to Check an Investment Banker’s References How to Check an Investment Banker’s References How to Check an Investment Banker’s References


When devising reference check questions for investment bankers, your guiding light is to get usable data as answers that will help you make...

Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 5: Like a Realtor) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 5: Like a Realtor) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 5: Like a Realtor) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 5: Like a Realtor)


M&A professional, Bill Snow, continues to answer the question, “How do I hire a good investment banker?” in Part 5 of this five-part series...

Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 4: The 'Ask Price') Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 4: The 'Ask Price') Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 4: The 'Ask Price') Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 4: The 'Ask Price')


M&A professional, Bill Snow, continues to answer the question, “How do I hire a good investment banker?” in Part 4 of this article series...

Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 3: Magic Words) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 3: Magic Words) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 3: Magic Words) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 3: Magic Words)


M&A professional, Bill Snow, continues to answer the question, “How do I hire a good investment banker?” in Part 3 of this article series...

Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 2: Industry Experience) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 2: Industry Experience) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 2: Industry Experience) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 2: Industry Experience)


M&A professional, Bill Snow, continues to answer the question, “How do I hire a good investment banker?” in Part 2 of this article series...

Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 1: 'Knowing' Buyers) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 1: 'Knowing' Buyers) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 1: 'Knowing' Buyers) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 1: 'Knowing' Buyers)


The question M&A professional, Bill Snow, gets asked most often by business owners is “How do I hire a good investment banker?” In part one...

Forget About Business Value. What Are My Net Cash Proceeds?! Forget About Business Value. What Are My Net Cash Proceeds?! Forget About Business Value. What Are My Net Cash Proceeds?! Forget About Business Value. What Are My Net Cash Proceeds?!


Understanding the value of your business is important, but even more important is determining the amount of cash that will land in your...

Deal Structures Through the Eyes of an Acquirer Deal Structures Through the Eyes of an Acquirer Deal Structures Through the Eyes of an Acquirer Deal Structures Through the Eyes of an Acquirer


In many cases, the sellers of a business (and even their intermediaries) have no idea how buyers finance an acquisition, but a closer look...