Every company acquisition transaction involves finding the right financing structure. At Marktlink, we have been guiding around 100 transactions a year for more than 25 years, so we’ve been able to build up a significant amount of market knowledge and experience. We also have access to an extensive network of suitable investors and finance providers. In the process of finding the right structure, you can rely on our expert advice and guidance to arrive at the most optimal acquisition structure.

The current finance landscape

The finance landscape never stands still. Laws and regulations keep changing, and the risk appetite of banks keeps evolving alongside. Banks remain an important source of finance, but more and more alternative providers are appearing in the finance landscape too. Whichever route you decide to go for, it’s important that you prepare properly for a suitable finance application process. We recommend that you start in plenty of time, and we’re happy to assist you with expert advice.

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Types of finance for a company acquisition

The wide range of options in terms of finance for a company acquisition means there are lots of different routes to choose between. An acquisition transaction usually happens via a combination of equity, vendor loans, external subordinated loans and bank finance. Our Marktlink specialists are well-versed in all of these structures and have access to various providers of the above sources of capital.

Bank finance

Traditional bank finance, the most common way to finance a company acquisition, usually involves the traditional big banks. When financing acquisitions, the big banks generally attach less importance to securities: their main focus is on future cash flows and how these are affected by market expectations and market circumstances. Other factors that play a role include your experience as an entrepreneur, for example, and the size of your own financial contribution or that of the seller. Based on this information, the bank will assess whether and to what extent they are prepared to finance your company acquisition.

Alternative finance

If you are unable to fully finance your company acquisition using bank finance, alternative sources of finance are available. These include options such as subordinated loans, mezzanine loans and informal investors.

Guidance during your finance application

To make sure your acquisition process doesn’t come unstuck due to finance, we’re always happy to assist entrepreneurs when drawing up their finance application. After all, your application is your chance to persuade finance providers about your plans and show them you’ve got the right vision. Together with you, we’ll explore suitable forms of finance and compile an application that covers the following factors, among others:</ p>

  • information about the company you intend to buy
  • information about you and your history as an entrepreneur
  • a detailed market analysis
  • your vision of the future / a detailed business plan
  • deal structure and detailed financing structure
  • comprehensive financial forecasts

With your application in hand, we’ll approach multiple banks and/or investment firms within and outside of our network. We will subsequently analyse their offers together. Based on the financial terms offered and your personal preference, we will then select the most suitable finance provider. Aside from hard factors like interest rates and repayment schedules, we will also take into account other factors such as your personal connection with the bank or finance provider in question. That way, you can conclude the right deal to finance your company acquisition with complete peace of mind.

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Suitable advice and market knowledge

We regularly talk to entrepreneurs who have the ambition to buy a business, but who do not yet possess the right financial resources to do so. For every entrepreneur we deal with, we will do everything we can to produce a finance application that is as strong and complete as possible, and to circulate it among our network. On top of that, you can expect the following from us:

  • access to senior debt providers and other top-rate finance providers both domestically and abroad;
  • knowledge of various national and international finance providers and their appetite to invest in which sectors;
  • competitive offers in no time at all;
  • extensive deal history;
  • an entrepreneurial approach;
  • personal, expert and detailed advice;

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Got a question about finance to acquire a company? Contact us to draw on our expert advice, personal guidance and the necessary knowledge to find the best finance option for you.

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