Self-funded Searchers: Though it may be one of the most popular forms of entrepreneurship through acquisition, a self funded search can be a lonely road for an entrepreneur searching for a business to acquire. That’s why so many self funded searchers rely on SMB Law Group to advise them through their entire transaction cycle.
From analyzing target businesses, to drafting and negotiating LOIs, our legal team assists self-funded searchers in structuring a winning bid. Once under LOI, our team goes to work performing a robust legal diligence review of the business, drafting and negotiating definitive transaction agreements, reviewing debt financing documents, and ensuring that equity investments are raised in accordance with applicable securities regulations.
Traditional Search & Search Funds: Our deep bench of experience in private equity M&A means that our legal team has the experience to represent traditional searchers and search funds through their entire life cycle, from fund formation, to acquisition, and through exit.
Micro-PE Funds: The needs and demands of micro private equity (PE) funds differ from those of self-funded and traditional searchers in that micro-PE funds do not operate the businesses they acquire. Rather, they partner with operators (oftentimes the seller of the acquired business) to run each portfolio company. As such, micro-PE funds rely not just on experienced M&A counsel, but also a legal team with the knowledge and experience required to implement employment and equity arrangements with operators to align incentives with the investors.
Our attorney’s at SMB Law Group have decades of combined experience representing private equity funds and portfolio companies in negotiating and structuring complex transactions with sellers and operators.
Corporate Acquirers: Existing companies, from small businesses up to the largest multinational companies, routinely engage in M&A transactions as a part of the strategy, whether by acquiring companies that bolster existing or add new business lines, or by selling off assets and divisions of non-performing or non-core assets.
When these transactions are under $25 million, however, these corporations do not want to use their go-to M&A firms for larger ticket transactions due to the cost of those large law firms relative to the size of the transaction. This is where the high-stakes M&A experience of SMB Law Group’s legal team steps in and offers a more affordable option to corporate acquirers without sacrificing the quality of legal representation.
Small Business Sellers: As an entrepreneur, you have spent years building your business and increasing your personal net worth through your own sweat equity and labor, making the sale of your business the largest and most important financial decision of your life. Whether you’re just starting to think about selling your business or you’re well down the road with an engaged broker or even buyer on the hook, your need for competent legal representation has never been more important to ensure that you protect your interests.
Working with SMB Law Group, we will work hand in hand with your tax, accounting, and estate planning advisors to ensure that you maximize the value of your investment and protect your and your family’s interest as you prepare to exit your business.