Business Acquisition Services

What is business acquisition advisory?

Business acquisition can be a complicated process, which is why it is often advisable to seek the support of experienced acquisition advisories. At Rayner Essex, our team will assist you throughout the whole process,  ensuring that you achieve the best results. We’ll use our expert knowledge to assess the target business, negotiate an appropriate price and arrange suitable finance accounting systems following completion.

Our services

At Rayner Essex, we offer a number of acquisition services to ensure that your business has the support it needs at every stage.


We work with our clients to assess target business acquisitions, and formulate suitable offers that can then be put forward to the vendors. As successful businesses are in high demand, arriving at a realistic valuation will help avoid the costly mistake of overpaying. We can help to make sure that the right prices are suggested and that offers are quickly accepted.

Structuring the acquisition

There are a number of ways that a business acquisition can be structured, therefore requiring research before making a final decision. It is often the case that the acquisition is driven by tax considerations with a view to optimising the position. In addition, there could be a necessary share or asset purchase through a company or individual. Of course, every case will be different, which is why we thoroughly assess the avenue that will be most suited to each client.


The method of financing a business acquisition is often the key to success. Many acquisitions will involve several forms of finance, including cash upfront, loan notes, vendor loans and deferred considerations. We will work with you closely to select a method of financing that is both effective and attractive to all parties.

Due Diligence

The due diligence process is fundamental for ensuring the best results, and to confirm that all information about the acquired business can be verified. At Rayner Essex, we mainly focus on financial due diligence and commercial due diligence to prevent any surprises or issues post-acquisition. By gathering all the relevant information about a business, we can help you to make the most informed decisions and to gain a sense of security.

Legals & Completion

When it comes to the completion of the acquisition process, we work with a number of skilled lawyers and advisers to ensure that the business purchase agreement is successfully completed. This will involve the careful consideration of financial information and warranties, guaranteeing that the final agreement fairly reflects the intentions of both parties.

Post Completion

Once the acquisition has been completed, we still continue to support you. Following completion, our team will work to integrate accounting systems and produce completion accounts in line with the requirements of the business purchase agreement. Plus, we will also monitor the financial performance of the purchase and report back with any necessary requirements to providers of finance.

Why choose Rayner Essex when buying a business?

At Rayner Essex, we have a team of highly experienced individuals who will guide you throughout the process, from the early stages of valuation all the way through to post-completion.

Over the years, we have worked in nearly all sectors of business and have a vast history of successful acquisitions, which we draw upon when advising our clients. Our personal and professional approach is aimed at ensuring all our clients reap maximum reward from the acquisition process, and are able to build and develop their business activities. Plus, if you have any additional questions or need more advice, our team will be on hand to help you at each stage of the acquisition.

We will always have your best interests in mind right from the start, ensuring that even your initial discussions with vendors are fruitful. Our knowledge in all areas of business acquisition, including taxation and VAT aspects, means we can help you achieve your ideal results. In addition, we always like to be open about our costs, providing an indication of our fees for each area of work so you can budget accordingly.

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