CorporateFinance

Whether you're buying, selling or raising finance, our award-winning team are with you all the way.

CorporateFinance

Shorts held our hand through the whole process.

Sue Wright, Diamond Dispersions

Leading a business through change is a challenge and finding the best route to the future you want requires true expertise.

Whether you’re buying, selling or raising finance for a business, our award-winning team are with you all the way, bringing strategy, insight and conviction to get you the results you really want.

We uncover options that often haven’t been considered, ones that bring greater growth, brighter futures, smoother transitions and bigger rewards.

And, thanks to the relationships we have with finance partners and legal experts, you’ll know there’s a whole team of specialists with you on this journey.

A step by step guide to Corporate Finance

What we do

Selling your business is one of the most important transactions you could undertake, which is why it’s crucial that you chose the right advisers to assist and support you throughout the process.

To match your business with the most appropriate buyer (usually to maximise sale value) can be a complex process that can involve significantly more time than initially expected. Trying to do it yourself is usually not really a realistic option in our view. By partnering with Shorts, we can provide you with the proactive support you will need to successfully sell your business. We’ll make sure we do as much as possible, including leading all negotiations, leaving you to carry on with the day job.

As an award-winning corporate finance team, we are focussed on providing a high quality, personable service applying the knowledge we have built up from many years of advising on business sales. With your input, we will design and lead an efficient and thorough disposal process that both maximises the interest in your business and helps you achieve what we believe to be the best valuation available in the market.

Our job is to make sure we identify the right buyer for your business so we will:

  • Conduct detailed and through worldwide market research using all the databases and technical tools available to us
  • Ensure we leverage appropriately all of our UK and international corporate finance contacts, and
  • Utilise our international reach through our membership of Praxity

Our team of specialists have successfully sold hundreds of businesses and are vastly experienced.  So if you’ve decided to sell, or you want to explore your options to see what’s possible, then we look forward to hearing from you.

Shorts are here to help you achieve your objectives.

Maybe you’ve decided that in order to grow your existing business you need to make an acquisition or perhaps you want to own your very first business.  Either way, it’s a challenging time and it’s crucial that you chose the right advisers to assist and support you throughout the process.

By partnering with Shorts we can provide you with the proactive support you will need to make a successful acquisition.  Before we begin we will need to do some comprehensive and detailed research on the market.  This will include identifying the right target for you and then understanding as much as possible about that business (what are the quality of its customers/contracts, how does it make its profits, who are the key people within the business, is it seasonal etc).

Once the research phase is complete it’s time to try and negotiate a deal that works for everybody.  To be successful will require a combination of the right tactics, the offer being delivered with finesse and an ability to build rapport with the sellers.  It will be important in the negotiations that we understand what the sellers really want to achieve (experience tells us that it’s often not solely about the money).

As an award-winning Corporate Finance team, we are focussed on providing a high quality, personable service applying the knowledge we have built up from many years of advising on business acquisitions.  We have an impressive track record of finding the right acquisition for our clients, delivering value and the optimal deal structure.  We are vastly experienced in successfully negotiating with sellers and we believe its’ our ability to remain a level-headed and reassuring presence in what is often a stressful process, that sets us apart.

Our team of specialists have successfully acquired hundreds of businesses and are vastly experienced.  So if you’ve decided now is the time to buy, or you want to explore your options to see what’s possible, then we look forward to hearing from you.

Shorts are here to help you achieve your objectives

Raising funds could help you develop longer-term opportunities for your business (e.g. buying a new factory, entering new markets or acquiring a competitor).  It can also be a sensible option for making a shareholder exit possible, facilitating a management buy-out or simply improving the quality of service/cost of your existing funding.

But who should you approach? The banks, private equity, or more specialist routes?  There are lots of factors to consider and that is why it’s crucial that you chose the right advisers to assist and support you throughout the process.

As an award-winning Corporate Finance team, we are focussed on providing a high quality, personable service to our clients.  We will be candid and open with you regarding your options and will objectively determine and agree your funding requirements.

The goal will be to obtain the right funding option for you that will maximise the benefits for you and your business.  To do this we will leverage the strong, enduring relationships we have with the major banks, asset-based lenders and private equity houses.

Our team of specialists have successfully raised funds for hundreds of businesses, in all economic situations.  So if you’ve decided you need to raise finance, or you want to explore your options to see what’s possible, then we look forward to hearing from you.

Shorts are here to help you achieve your objectives

Getting the tax structuring right on a deal can make a huge difference to its overall success.  When you are buying or selling a business, advanced planning is essential to get the best possible tax position.  This can be a much longer process than initially perceived and tax saving opportunities may be lost when planning is overlooked or done too late.  That’s why it’s crucial that you chose the right advisers to assist and support you throughout the process.

As an award-winning Corporate Finance team, we are focussed on providing a high quality, personable service to our clients.  And our approach ensures we provide our clients with fully integrated tax advice: a key area that separates us from some of the independent corporate finance boutiques who have no/little tax capability.

With 15 Chartered Tax Advisers, we have more highly qualified tax personnel than any independent firm in the region.  We are therefore ideally placed to give proactive tax advice that not only mitigates your potential tax risks but also helps you maximise your net returns.

In addition, our Private Client team is the market leader in the region, focussed on providing bespoke wealth management advice.  This enables us to provide a truly integrated offering by, for example, advising you on investing your sale proceeds or how to pass on wealth tax efficiently to the next generation.

So, if you are considering undertaking a transaction either now or in the future we look forward to hearing from you and demonstrating how experienced, thorough tax planning can make a significant difference to you.

Shorts are here to help you achieve your objectives

We have extensive experience in providing tailored and commercially focussed Due Diligence reports to banks, venture capitalists, public sector bodies and acquisitive companies.

Our partners have undertaken Due Diligence assignments on many complex businesses, delivering quality reports within tight deadlines. We are therefore ideally placed to provide Due Diligence support however large or small the deal.

We offer a fully integrated service incorporating tax Due Diligence as a seamless element of the assignment, with tax partners and staff that have the experience to give comprehensive comfort, whilst focussing on the issues that matter.

We will work with you in partnership, providing reassurance to both you and your funders. We add value by focussing on the real commercial issues and investigating in depth any areas of potential concern. Regular communication and a commitment to delivering a comprehensive report within the agreed timetable, ensures we will help you get the deal done.

Award-winning Service

Most recent recognition

FINALIST FOR CORPORATE FINANCE FIRM OF THE YEAR

INSIDER DEALMAKERS AWARDS 2016/2017 & 2018

WINNER OF DEAL OF THE YEAR UP TO £2.5M

INSIDER DEALMAKERS AWARDS 2018

WINNER OF NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL DEAL OF THE YEAR

INSIDER DEALMAKERS AWARDS 2018

What our Corporate Finance clients say about us

Testimonials

Shorts held our hand through the whole process

Sue Wright, Director
Diamond Dispersions Limited

A superb piece of work

Chris Alsop
HSBC

Shorts managed the whole process for us, with professionalism and courtesy.
We found them particularly helpful in the negotiating of the finer details of the sale, i.e.- the conditions / contracts etc. post deal.
Having experts in different fields, Shorts handled all issues quickly.

Andrew Larkin, Director
Pentag Gears Limited

I would absolutely recommend any company considering a sale process to discuss and ultimately use the team at Shorts. The team (and especially Adam) were always on hand to deal with queries and offer us advice and the process helped greatly by the experience they were able to bring to every discussion and meeting. Shorts ability to be a "friendly co-pilot" throughout the process, kept us on track to the completion.

Paul Stead, Director
TSG Media Limited

A highly personalised approach from the start led to the development of excellent relationships and production of a truly first class IM (which means Information Memorandum in corporate finance speak or aka ‘a brochure of your business‘!). Our area of business was very specialised but despite this, Shorts IM generated the interest we needed to find the right buyer for us. (Our buyer has told us it is the best IM they have ever seen having acquired many similar businesses over the years)

Katie Lukey, Service Manager
The Good Day's Project

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