Mergers & Acquisitions

H.C.F. supports companies on the buy-side and sell-side

H.C.F. advises its clients with acquisitions (buy-side) and disposals (sell-side) of companies, minority investments and disinvestments as well as management buyouts.

Especially private shareholders and company founders have good reason to put in a lot of thought whether to sell their company. After all, it was them who developed strong relationships to employees, customers and suppliers over decades.

The ideal successor can often be found in the existing management. However, at that moment most of the individuals don’t have sufficient funding at their disposal in order to acquire the company. In this case, a management buyout (MBO) comes into question in which private equity firms / family offices support the existing management financially and continue to do so in the future in order to further help the company grow.

We advise mid-sized companies with:

  • Acquisition / buy-side
    Disposal / sell-side

  • Shareholder change / ownership succession / buyout of particular shareholders

  • Management buyout / buy-in

  • Private equity buy-side and sell-side

Further, we examine the possibilities of a discrete and timely disposal of non-operating business units (spinoffs) and non-performing / distressed business-units.

During the process we provide our clients with comprehensive advisory services:

  • Market / company analysis

  • Support with the structuring and implementation of entire M&A processes

  • Identification / approach of suitable, potential national and international targets (long-list)

  • Company valuation on the basis of market-based methods

  • Preparation of the necessary information package (fact book / information memorandum, teaser, etc.)

  • Advisory regarding process procedure, tactic / timing and strategy

  • Coordination of the entire communication with buyers / sellers

  • Organization of the due diligence (financial, legal, tax, market, HR and environmental due diligence)
    – Data room management
    – Preparation of site visits

  • Management / coordination of the entire contract negotiations