Exiting your business

Selling a business is often one of the most significant events of an entrepreneur’s life. It may be the culmination of decades of hard work and sacrifice, and is likely to fundamentally change your personal financial position. Preparing properly for a business sale will vastly improve your chances of achieving a fair value and a smooth sale process. Timing the sale is key and the best approach can depend on a variety of factors, including your personal long-term ambitions.

The sale process itself can take many months, at a time when the continued prosperity of the business is crucial. There is a great deal to consider at all stages of the transaction process to preserve and enhance value, as well as to protect the company's long-term prospects.

Of course, the business opportunity case is of paramount importance but so are the structure and mechanics of the proposed deal.

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What to consider when exiting your business


Thinking ahead

  • Should I exit?
  • Are my fellow shareholders and I eligible for tax reliefs such as Entrepreneurs' Relief?
  • How do I manage subsidiaries (Trade Co, Hold Co etc.)?
  • How do I extract cash efficiently if I am not exiting immediately?
  • Do I need to incentivise other team members?
  • How should I prepare the business for sale?

Structuring the sale

  • What is my business worth?
  • What type of exit is appropriate for me (trade sale, MBO, IPO etc.)?
  • How do I negotiate cash/shares vs. earn out?
  • Do I want to remain working within the business after exit?
  • What is my succession plan?
  • Will I retain an interest in the future development of the business?
  • Are my interests aligned with the other shareholders? If not, am I protected?

Realising your investment

  • What investment vehicles are appropriate for me and my family?
  • What should I be considering when it comes to personal structuring after the event?
  • How do I optimise my family’s tax and financial situation?
  • Do I have enough to retire and still support my family?
  • Would I enjoy other roles, for example supporting other growing businesses, becoming an angel investor, starting a new business or retiring completely?




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