I’ve Decided I Want To Sell My Business…What is the Process?

There are several steps involved in selling a business and the process can be fairly lengthy (potentially as long as a year or more) depending upon the readiness of the business for sale, the number of potential buyers, the availability of financing, the seller’s price expectations and the seller’s commitment to the process.

Our approach to the sales process includes the following steps:

  • Analyze  the  potential  investment  opportunity  for  purchasers  of  the  business and  develop  a marketing program;
  • Search for and identify prospective purchasers qualified in terms of business advantage afforded by the business, financial capacity to transact and likelihood of consummating a purchase;
  • Prepare  marketing  documents  such  as  an  Information  Memorandum designed  to  provide information to interested parties on a staged basis;
  • Present  the  Information  Memorandum  to  those  parties  who  have  signed  a Confidentiality Agreement and maintain a dialogue with potential buyers to elicit favourable acquisition proposals;
  • Manage all aspects of the buyer’s due diligence process;
  • Coordinate your professional advisors (e.g. lawyers, tax advisors, etc.); and,
  • Negotiate with serious purchasers to generate a transaction on agreeable terms.

We have published a booklet called Selling your Business…For What it is Worth which details the selling process and certain factors that business owners should consider throughout this process. Please email us at [email protected] to obtain your complimentary copy of this booklet.