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Do’s and Don’ts Once a Letter of Intent is Signed

[caption id="attachment_3832" align="alignright" width="175"] By Jennifer Mailhes, Managing Director, Doeren Mayhew Capital Advisors[/caption] When it comes to the merger or acquisition of your business, the letter of intent (LOI) plays a critical role in the success of the overall transaction. Although LOIs provide a framework of the deal, it does not mean it is a closed agreement once signed, and internal and external factors can often derail the M&A process. Understanding LOIs An LOI provides an outline of the initial agreement between the buyer and seller, including the confidentiality, structure of the proposed transaction (such as whether it is an asset or stock ...

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Negotiating Your Letter of Intent in the M&A Process

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="175"] By Jennifer Mailhes, Managing Director[/caption] Picture this – a buyer knocks on your door with what seems like an ideal offer and all you have to do is sign a letter to execute the deal. All too often M&A advisors see business owners sign a letter of intent (LOI) without seeking proper counsel, leaving little opportunity for negotiation, and often the seller in an unfavorable deal. The LOI can be the most important part of a deal and should be carefully designed so that the intent of both the buyer and seller is clearly defined, including what ...

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6 Considerations for a More Saleable Business

[caption id="attachment_1130" align="alignleft" width="175"] By William Rosell                    Vice President [/caption] The right time to sell a business depends on a variety of factors, from the owner’s personal readiness, to outside macroeconomic conditions, to a host of considerations within the business. Too often, the investment bankers at Doeren Mayhew Capital Advisors see unprepared businesses entering the sale process because of unexpected events such as a partner dispute or an owner’s death that may result in less value for the company. While entrepreneurs cannot control market conditions, by understanding what makes a business saleable, they ...

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Seller Errors: Expensive Missteps to Avoid

Business owners selling their company often make serious missteps along the way that can result in less cash from sale, if the deal gets closed at all. Selling successfully requires extensive advance preparation and strategizing to ensure the company shines brightly when it is shown to the marketplace. Moreover, finding the right universe of potential buyers can be essential to producing not only the highest valuation, but also the best fit for the company and the employees. The investment bankers at Doeren Mayhew Capital Advisors share some of the most expensive seller mistakes to avoid. Failing to Use an Experienced Intermediary Owners who ...

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Exit Planning: Are You Really Ready to Make an Exit?

[caption id="attachment_1126" align="alignleft" width="175"] By David Ritter, CVA, MBA Director[/caption] Benjamin Franklin once said “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” This saying holds true when talking about exiting your business. Although most business owners know they will someday sell their business, very few have a plan in place to do so. While it is commonplace to simply assume you will someday sell your business, cash the check and move off into the sunset, the reality is business owners who fail to plan their exit do not receive the same economic value (if any) for their business as those who ...

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