Consistently ranked the most active M&A adviser in NI, our market leading corporate finance team has vast transactional and commercial experience in leading and successfully executing company sale transactions to trade buyers, private equity and management teams.

We are also the leading adviser on business sales to Employee Ownership Trusts (EOTs), a tax efficient and increasingly common option when considering succession planning.

Selling all or a part of your business is likely to be one of the most important deals you ever do, as well as one of the most emotionally and technically challenging.  For many business owners it is a once in a lifetime event – we know exactly how it feels.  Our experience, national and international networks, and trusted standing in the market all mean we are ideally placed to deliver the right outcome for you.  

One of the reasons clients come to Grant Thornton is because they know that, uniquely in the market, we have done it ourselves. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Richard Gillan acquired, re-shaped and oversaw steep changes in growth in both a manufacturing business and an outsourcing business prior to successful exits.   In his career Paul Prenter has been FD of a publicly listed UK recruitment group responsible for leading and executing multiple acquisitions as part of its M&A growth strategy; and as CFO, invested in and ran a private equity backed logistics group.    

We advise how best to prepare for, market and execute a business sale in order to optimise value.  

We provide the full range of sell side services including:  

  • Planning and preparing the company for sale to minimise risk of unforeseen issues which can prove costly at a later stage
  • Researching and identifying prospective buyers
  • Preparing indicative valuations to inform decision making
  • Managing approaches to buyers and controlling the distribution of information
  • Driving the bid process
  • Negotiating the optimum sales price and transaction terms
  • Anticipating hurdles and bringing solutions to keep a transaction on track
  • Project managing the transaction to successful completion through co-ordination and control of the due diligence and legal process

A sale process is complex and may take many months to complete.  Our team’s experience, diligent planning and skilful execution will help you achieve the best outcome.  

As well as lead advisory, we can provide vendor due diligence and vendor assist services to support clients during the sale of their business.   Tax planning is a crucial consideration and we have the very best tax practitioners in the market who can advise on such matters.

If you are looking for a significant liquidity event through the sale of all or part of your business, or just want to know how much your business is worth, we are uniquely placed to help you.  Call us any time for a confidential, no-obligation discussion.

Richard Gillan
Managing Partner - Northern Ireland
Richard Gillan