Management Buy Outs

Management buyout (MBO)

A management buyout can make an excellent succession strategy for a business. Harrogate International Advisory provides specialist advice on management buy outs (MBOs), management buy ins (MBIs), and employee buyout (EBOs), to business owners or management teams.

Working with them to plan and manage the project from beginning to end, we maintain the momentum needed to reach a successful outcome for all parties.

What is a management buyout?

A management buyout is an increasingly effective exit strategy for business owners, as the ownership and the control of the business pass to the hands of a trusted management team. For the management team, it represents a once in a lifetime chance to buy a share in a business that they know and understand, for a relatively small consideration. An MBO is time consuming and, at times, emotions can run high. Experience of acting on both the buy and the sell side of MBOs, enables us to anticipate and resolve conflicts before they become a barrier to success, managing the interactions between parties and keeping the process moving forwards.

When acting for the management team in the lead advisor role we will:

  • Prepare a valuation of the business based on our detailed financial projections and review the feasibility of the transaction.
  • Discuss and negotiate the terms of the offer with business owner and their advisers.
  • Help you prepare a funder friendly business plan and financial forecast.
  • Approach funders and negotiate the terms of your finance.
  • Project-manage the deal from inception to its successful completion, coordinating activities with all other parties to keep the project on track.
  • Develop a transition plan to be implemented when the deal is complete.
  • Advise on related matters such as shareholder agreements and directors’ remuneration.

    Your goals will sit at the centre of the MBO. Understanding them is the first step in our approach. Once we understand what you want to achieve, we can advise on whether an MBO is the best route forward, or if there might be a better option for you.