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How do I buy a UK company?

Your first business acquisition can be daunting, if you are not supported by experienced advisors. Firstly, you need to define your M&A (mergers and acquisitions) objectives before searching for the right UK company to buy. Take a look at online directories, trade magazines and off-market business brokers like Chelsea Corporate. The structure of your offer is paramount to completing a successful business acquisition. By using an experienced advisor you can maximise your chances of successfully buying the right business.

Due diligence should first consist of commercial due diligence – which you should do yourself – to ensure that the acquisition makes commercial sense. It should also include financial due diligence, which should be done by a specialist accountant, to check that the company is financially sound, stable, and has no contingent liabilities. Finally, you must consider legal due diligence, which should be done by a specialist law firm to review contractual agreements between the company, employees, supplier and other parties. They will also check for pending litigation.