Corporate Finance Services

We specialise in M&A advisory, capital raising advisory and transaction services across a wide range of sectors, typically focusing on deals valued up to £50m for SMEs and owner managed businesses across the UK. We support our clients on all aspects of corporate finance including the transaction from conception through to completion. We provide trusted independent advice and a straightforward, personal approach to corporate finance services.

We have strong relationships within the traditional banking, private equity, alternative finance, and legal world. Our corporate finance specialists have the experience, skills and connections to guide you through and help you achieve the best outcome no matter how unique or complex your business needs are.

Through our corporate finance advisory team, we offer a proactive, partner-led, dedicated service to all clients. We ensure that our lead advisory and transaction service solutions are tailored to meet your needs. By engaging with all parties involved in the transaction, we’ll take full project ownership to ensure your deal reaches a successful conclusion.


Our corporate finance services include:

Our corporate finance team will work with you in order to understand your goals and objectives and will advise you on the best strategy to achieve them. Whether you are hoping to stay active in the business, are looking for a trade sale, wish to sell to a financial institution or are considering a management buy-in, our team have the experience and skills to deliver a highly successful outcome.

We manage the entire sale process, from preparation and distribution of an information memorandum, to negotiating and agreeing the commercial terms of each deal.

Our specialists support with:

  • Exit planning
  • Valuation of your business
  • Identifying potential buyers
  • Advice on a suitable marketing plan
  • Selection of the preferred buyer
  • Providing advice on tax aspects of the sale
  • Vendor due diligence
  • Negotiating all commercial terms of an offer
  • Overall project management including liaising with other professional advisors

From the moment you get in touch, our corporate finance team work closely with you to understand your aims, explore your options and secure the right deal. Our personal approach means we keep you up to date with all developments and support you at every step of the process, sometimes long after the deal is done.

In addition to assisting owner-managed, private equity-backed and public companies with their acquisition strategies, we have substantial experience in advising management teams considering company acquisitions (Management Buyouts), as well as ambitious individuals interested in pursuing MBIs (Management Buy-Ins) and indeed BIMBOs (Buy-In-Management-Buy-Outs).

Our merger and acquisition experts will:

  • Develop your acquisition strategy
  • Identify potential targets
  • Approach and negotiate with targets
  • Undertake valuation of target businesses
  • Negotiate and agree the deal
  • Advise on tax structuring
  • Assist with raising external finance
  • Provide overall project management, including liaising with other professional advisors

Our corporate finance team are experts in helping you assess finance options, understand the risks and secure the right funding solution for your situation. We help clients of all sizes and specialisms across a broad range of situations, from MBOs and MBIs to expansion plans and acquisitions.

Thanks to our network of funders - including venture capital providers, banks, crowd funders, asset-based lenders and grant providers such as local development agencies – we’re confident that we can identify and help deliver the most suitable funding solution for your needs.

We also understand that raising finance is often just the first step. We regularly continue to work with our clients beyond the raising of finance to conduct due diligence and provide ongoing strategic advice.

Our services include:

  • Valuation of your business
  • Identifying and negotiating with potential funders
  • Preparation of an information pack / business plan
  • Assistance on financial modelling
  • Providing advice on tax aspects of the transaction
  • Overall project management including liaising with other professional advisors

With more funds available but fewer high-quality, mid-market assets on offer, many equity houses are realigning their sights from pure buyout deals to growth-focused investment opportunities. Competition for high-quality assets with strong management teams is leading to higher valuations at the point of investment, as well as better terms for those running the business. This surplus of growth-focused capital has created one of the most vendor-friendly fundraising atmospheres we have ever seen in the UK.

Our specialist private equity team can guide you through the fundraising process, offering expert advice and support every step of the way. With strong relationships with all of the most active investors in the private equity mid-market, not only can we help identify the most suitable investors, but we can also help you forge the best possible deal and navigate the process in the most effective and efficient way.

We most often work with management teams and businesses looking to raise between £1m and £25m, and support clients in a wide range of sectors.

Our Transaction Services Team provide clear, concise due diligence reports for a wide variety of transactions across multiple sectors. Experienced in working to a tight timetable, we will agree the scope of the review at the outset and communicate with you every step of the way. We take great care to deliver reports that reflect your needs but at the same time remain objective. If we uncover critical issues, we bring these to your attention immediately, and work with you to evaluate the implications and assess how best to proceed.

Private Equity

When it comes to financial due diligence for private equity clients making UK investments, our track record speaks for itself.

For lower and mid-market private equity clients, we offer a leaner version of our standard service which focuses on a few key risk areas. Whatever the scope of work, we offer the same exceptional rigour and clear guidance, providing direct access to the senior team for every project.

Many business owners aren’t aware that the best time to start succession planning is usually 2-3 years in advance of an exit. This allows time to get the business ready, and plan how to maximise shareholder value. At Azets, we have considerable experience working with shareholders and their management teams to develop and implement strategic plans that will get their business ready for a change in ownership.

By partnering with us, you will ensure the business is ready to meet your aspirations ahead of any anticipated sale or exit. We will assist you in exploring the various options based on your personal objectives, risk appetite and timeframe.

Our goal is to help you increase shareholder value, by focusing on the key drivers that will not only maximise the value of the business but also ensure your exit is executed in an efficient and timely manner.

Azets will help you achieve this by undertaking:

  • Analysis of the business (commercial & financial)
  • Market position review
  • Current trajectory analysis
  • Thorough evaluation of your long term objectives and aspirations

The strategic review will give you a business plan covering:

  • Strategy development
  • Growth planning
  • Succession planning
  • Profit improvement planning
  • Guide valuation and bridging the gap
  • Time plan

Following the strategic review we will continue working with you to ensure the plan is delivered during the transition period.

A trusted advisor for thousands of businesses nationwide

Our corporate finance services team are the trusted advisor for thousands of businesses nationwide. We are one of the most active providers of buy and sell advisory services for small and medium sized enterprises in the UK. Azets were named 5th most active UK advisor by Experian throughout 2023.

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Why businesses choose us for corporate finance services

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Receive hands-on advice from leading experts

We understand that no two transactions are the same and one size does not fit all. To ensure your business receives the best advice, we adapt our approach and, if needed, we can bring in expertise from our internal and external networks to ensure you get the best result.

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Our complete independence means your best interests always come first

We are not a broker or selling agent and, as such, through our corporate finance services, we work entirely for you. We project manage transaction processes. We advise our clients from inception to completion. This includes through key stages such as providing due diligence and supporting lawyers in the negotiation of legal contracts.

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Global reach

Azets is part of an international network, Allinial Global Network, with offices throughout the US, Europe and Asia. We leverage our network and use local contacts to approach potential international buyers, often through existing relationships.

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All the skills and specialisms your business needs

We can provide a full service with the ability to call upon colleagues from across a broad range of specialist areas, such as tax, forensic accounting, restructuring, payroll, management systems, technology consultancy and financial planning.

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Helping you achieve the best outcome – however unique or complex your situation

Trusted by our clients for our independent advice and straightforward, personal approach, our corporate finance service is designed to support you in all aspects of a transaction, from conception through to completion to allow you to achieve your strategic business goals.

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All the services your business needs to achieve the best deal

Our corporate finance services cover a number of specialisms led by experts with experience across a broad range of industries and deal types. Select one of the services below to find out more. Whether you’re looking to buy a business, sell a business, or raise funds to take your business plans to the next stage, our corporate finance team will add valuable expertise at every step of the way.

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