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Buying a business

Can I lower the price of my acquisition target while maintaining the relationship?

I want to grow through acquisitions, but need to determine which companies fit my strategy? How do I find them? And how do I finance the acquisitions? How do I make sure there are no skeletons in the closet? How do I value a company? The questions are endless. Buying a business is a long and intensive process, which requires tact and consideration. You don't want to pay too much, but you also want to preserve the relationship with the seller, especially when you want to keep the management on board. It’s not easy, but we can help.

Criteria > search > find

We can handle the buying process while letting you focus on the day-to-day business. In order to get you the best deal possible, we have to find a company that fits your strategy. Once your criteria are well-documented, we can use our network to search for, and approach, companies suitable for you. Of course, this approach can also be applied if your growth plans are international. Our international network includes colleagues in over 130 countries and we are ready to assist.

Valuation and negotiation – also internationally

Did you already found a suitable acquisition candidate ? We can assist you in the purchase process and provide tax and legal advice. We can also value the company, conduct negotiations, arrange financing, investigate financial records and draw up the legal documents. This prevents problems in the future. For an international acquisition, we will work closely with our local colleagues, who understand the local do’s and don’ts and can negotiate on your behalf.

Acquiring with a head start

The benefits

  • Thorough market research.
  • An acquisition that fits your strategy.
  • Global candidate search.
  • The best deal. And a fair deal.
  • The acquisition process takes place alongside your normal work.
  • You will have a ‘soft landing’ in your new company.
  • There will be no skeletons in the closet.
  • You will get a sound insight into the financial and legal matters related to the acquisition.
  • The best deal
    The best deal
    We'll help you close the best deal, at the right price, under the right conditions.
  • You can maintain the relationship
    You can maintain the relationship
    As we negotiate the tough conditions, you can focus on maintaining the relationship. This approach leads to a smooth transition and a good start after the transfer.
  • Efficient and personal
    Efficient and personal
    Our advisers usually work in teams of two of us, keeping things efficient and personal.

We often work for foreign corporates and Private Equity, for example, who are acquiring their first Dutch so-called DGA company (i.e. owned by the director/major shareholder). We ensure that they include all the specifically Dutch issues when formalising the transaction. I often hear that they are happy with the smooth acquisition process, enabled by our ability to bridge cultural differences, and that they found our advice very useful.

Wilfred van der Lee Partner transaction services
Wilfred van der Lee
Partner transaction services
Wilfred van der Lee
Wilfred serves as the Head of Transaction services in the Netherlands and holds more than 25 years of experience as advisor, auditor and financial director. Over the years, Wilfred has advised corporate development teams and private equity investors of many listed companies, mid-corporates and SME’s. He has significant experience in performing financial (vendor) due diligence, operational business reviews and corporate restructuring-, carve-out and integration projects.
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Wilfred van der Lee
Partner transaction services
Wilfred van der Lee