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We’re business transaction specialists and have helped clients buy and sell businesses in a wide range of industry sectors and price ranges, from $500,000 to $25 million.
As business transaction advisors, our role is to help you ‘make a match’ between your requirements and risk profile, and any businesses you are assessing.
We will always provide frank and fearless advice on the strength or otherwise of a business being considered, and whether or not we believe it will meet your objectives.
Given our broad network and depth of understanding of industry sectors, we can also uncover strategic opportunities that are not yet listed on the open market, but which may suit both you as a buyer and business owners looking to unlock value.
We will get to know you and understand your acquisition objectives before scouring the market to identity potential business purchase opportunities that fit your needs. We also employ target research and contact strategies to uncover potential interested sellers whose businesses match your requirements but are not yet on the market.
We will provide a robust assessment of your target acquisition’s fair market value and the reasons why that value is appropriate, which may then be used to support your purchase negotiations. You will also have the confidence of knowing our business valuations are conducted by an Australian Property Institute Certified Practising Valuer (Business).
Our role is to facilitate open, transparent and respectful communication between you and the seller – founded on market-relevant data and the findings of our due diligence – to secure a fair deal for all.
We will conduct independent due diligence that confirms the business’s maintainable earnings and identifies any material risks that may impact the value of the business following ownership transfer.
We will develop both pre- and post-completion plans to ensure a smooth ownership transition and limit impacts on business performance, including mitigation strategies for any risks identified as part of due diligence.
“I had never been involved in buying a business before, but James made the process easy – he walked us through it. For example, at the start I was doing lots of research and coming up with questions for James, and he was answering them before I could even ask them. He would say ‘you have hired me to help you, so don’t worry about that – I’ll do it’. It took a lot of the worry out of it and that’s what you pay for.”
The JPAbusiness team has been helping clients buy and sell businesses for over 20 years.
A business sale doesn’t just happen – they are planned and deliberate, and there are several critical components that go into achieving success.
We can provide a thorough due diligence for business-buying clients and we also assist sellers with vendor due diligence, prior to initiating a sale process.