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Raising finance for growth
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Selling your business
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Buying out / buying in

Raising finance for growth

Capital is the lifeblood of any business. Whether sourced from venture capitalists, trade investors or banks, raising this capital is a time consuming complex process. Finding investors with an understanding of your business and appetite to invest/lend to you can take as long as 6 months, during which time you have to maintain the growth and momentum of the company.
Through our investor network, unique deal database and personal relationships in the investment community, we can maximise the chances of your fund raising being successful.

We can accelerate the process through our experience and expertise, and moreover “manage the process” on your behalf to release you to “focus on managing the business”.

Specifically, when advising on a fund raising, Ascendant helps its clients to:

Manage the fund raising process
Prepare the business for investor investigations
Prepare appropriate documentation
Identify and introduce the company to appropriate investors
Secure offers for investment
Negotiate and close the deal

Ascendant can demonstrate a successful track record of raising capital for growth companies from venture capitalists, corporate venturers, family funds and institutional investors.  Although, we do not specifically engage with individual private investors, angel syndicates have participated in many of transactions.  Our network amongst the investment community numbers into the 1,000s and we can access capital globally.
IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING APPROACHING VC'S, OTHER TYPES OF INVESTORS
OR LENDERS FOR £2M+, WE WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS YOUR REQUIREMENTS
WITH YOU AND HOW ASCENDANT CAN HELP YOU SECURE THE FUNDS YOU NEED.

Selling your business

Selling a business is a complex process. Financial, legal and people issues all create a potential minefield for the inexperienced. A sale can often take around 6 months to complete and requires careful planning and execution to achieve a successful outcome.
When advising on a disposal, Ascendant helps its clients to:

Decide when to sell
 Get consensus among shareholders
 Establish valuation targets

Prepare the business for sale
Manage the sale process
Find buyers and secure offers for the business
Negotiate and close the deal
We can demonstrate a successful track record of selling businesses with values between £5m and £50m and are actively looking for companies and investors who wish to sell businesses valued in this range.
IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT SELLING A BUSINESS NOW OR IN
THE NEXT 12-18 MONTHS, AND EXPECT THE VALUE TO BE GREATER
THAN £5M, CALL OR EMAIL US AND WE’LL BE DELIGHTED TO TALK
THROUGH YOUR OPTION AND SUGGEST THE BEST NEXT STEPS.

Buying out / Buying in

From time to time, individuals and teams get the rare opportunity to buy out existing shareholders from, or buy into, growth businesses. Whether these arise through steady work and research or just serendipity, these opportunities need to be grasped quickly and exploited. Ascendant can provide the resources, know how and access to capital to make things happen.
When advising on Buyout or Buyins, Ascendant helps its management teams to:

Form the team and formulate the offer
Secure exclusivity from vendors

Prepare the team and the business for the buyout/buy-in process
Prepare appropriate documentation
Identify and introduce the company to appropriate private equity investors
Secure offers for investment
Negotiate terms with Investors and Vendors
Manage diligence and legals
Close the deal
IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING BUYING OUT SHAREHOLDERS OR BUYING
INTO A GROWING BUSINESS WHERE THE TRANSACTION SIZE IS GREATER
THAN £5M, CALL OR EMAIL US AND WE’LL BE DELIGHTED TO TALK
THROUGH YOUR OPTIONS AND SUGGEST THE BEST NEXT STEPS.