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Acquire a business


Finding you the right target

The Connect Corporate Finance partners have become dependable advisers for companies with ambitious M&A growth objectives. By taking a long-term, strategic approach, we build an understanding of our clients organisation, through discussions on markets, vertical specialisms and rationale for pursuing strategic acquisitions. We offer a bespoke, results driven approach, making us a key partner in our clients growth.

Our aim is to become an extension of our client’s corporate development team, complimenting their internal functions with our deep knowledge of the market, benefitting from our research capabilities and sector focused relationship network, which enables us to unearth credible acquisition leads.


By truly understanding our client’s investment remit and M&A strategy, we form a criteria which we discuss with prospective targets during the market map stage.  As a result, we engage in conversations with companies that aren’t yet on the market 'for sale', but with those that fit within our clients investment parameters. Over several years, the Connect CF partners have confidentially, initiated dialogue with a diverse range of businesses on behalf of buy-side clients, they are experienced in building relationships with vendors over time.

Connect CF regularly discuss target acquisition opportunities with their clients, delivering structured reports on the commercial attributes of the businesses and value/deal expectations of the vendors. We collectively agree on the appropriate target(s), based on the initial investment guidelines and initiate a formal offer thereafter.

If desired, Connect CF can work closely through due diligence, negotiation, and the share purchase documentation, offering added value support throughout any step of the deal process. Our objective is to deliver a successful transaction, therefore we remain on hand to assist through any legal barriers that arise.

Strategy &

Initial kick off meeting

Target identification

Market research & Blacklisting

Sourcing & Screening

Invaluable Knowledge

Target introduction

Executive Summary

Due Diligence & Completion

Deal Support

The benefits of utilising a sector focussed buy side advisor?

Typically, buyers fall into the following four categories:

  • UK Trade buyers – as industry specialists, it’s our job to know the key buyers in the sector

  • International buyers – we have a broad network of industry contacts globally

  • Financial buyers – we hold relationships with private equity and debt providers

  • Employee Ownership Trust - for owners seeking to exit this can be an attractive option.

Our focus

Our clients remain the sole focus throughout a transaction, our commitment is to ensure our clients can concentrate on running the business, whilst we handle the challenges and risks associated with selling a company.


We lead projects with integrity and ensure our sector knowledge delivers the best opportunity for a deal. Whatever your requirement, we will give independent and honest advice, on the hurdles you may face throughout the process, navigating you through the negotiations, to deliver the desired outcome.

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