How to find an advisor

May 7, 2024

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Finding and hiring an M&A advisory firm can be a daunting task, but it is essential for businesses looking to raise significant capital, merge, acquire, or sell a company.

 

The process of finding the right M&A advisory firm or independent advisory professional typically involves several steps, including researching online, identifying potential firms or parties, meeting with them to discuss your project, and conducting due diligence on the firm's qualifications and experience.

 

The first step in finding an M&A advisory firm is to do a search online and research potential firms. This can be done by searching online for firms that specialize in M&A, in addition to review some database services that list M&A and corporate finance advisors. However, those databases might often be specialized and expensive, so you might want to check the pricing and make an analysis of the cost-benefit ratio first. Another way to get started is the good old fashion recommendations from friends, colleagues and other members of your network that have or had exposure to the M&A industry professionals. It is important to look for firms that have experience in your industry and that have a track record of successful M&A transactions.

 

Once you have identified a few potential firms, it is important to meet with them to discuss your project. This meeting should be used to discuss the details of the project, including the scope of the transaction, the timeline, and the budget. It is also a good idea to ask about the firm's experience in similar transactions and to get a sense of their approach to M&A.

 

After meeting with potential firms, it is important to conduct due diligence on the firm's qualifications and experience. This can be done by reviewing the firm's past transactions, checking for any regulatory actions, and asking for references from other clients. It is also a good idea to check the firm's reputation in the industry by asking industry professionals and past clients for their opinion on the firm. Another important aspect that should not be overlooked is the to make sure the advisory firm you are talking to has and would have no conflict of interest in case you decide to hire them. We suggest you read carefully how and why you should compare advisors before making a decision.

 

Finally, once you have identified a firm that you feel is a good fit for your project, it is important to negotiate the terms of the engagement. This includes the scope of the project, the timeline, the budget, and the fees. It is also important to agree on a communication plan and to establish clear expectations for the project.

 

Three actual examples of companies that have recently hired M&A advisory firms include:

 

  • In January 2023, Vodafone Group Plc hired investment bank Goldman Sachs to explore strategic options for its Australian unit, including a potential sale or merger.

  • In December 2022, tech giant Microsoft announced that it had hired M&A advisory firm Morgan Stanley to assist with its $69.7 billion acquisition of Nuance Communications, a speech-recognition technology company.

  • In November 2022, The Kraft Heinz Company hired investment bank Lazard to explore strategic options for its cheese business, including a potential sale.

 

 

In conclusion, finding and hiring an M&A advisory firm is an essential step for businesses looking to raise capital, merge, acquire, or sell a company. The process typically should involve researching potential firms, meeting with them to discuss the project, conducting due diligence on the firm's qualifications and experience, and negotiating the terms of the engagement. By following these steps, businesses can find a firm that is a good fit for their project and that has the experience and qualifications to help them achieve their goals.

 

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