Transaction Process

Selling a business is a drastic and complex process. With the right preparation and guidance, you increase the chances of it leading to a successful outcome. Catapult specialises in supporting entrepreneurs in every step of the process of selling your business. In this, we always strive for the best deal for the seller. Not only price, but also other factors and conditions can play a role in this. The process, on average between 6 to 12 months, requires a thorough approach in several steps:

Step 1: Getting acquainted

The first step in the process of selling your business is a thorough introduction. This focuses on your ambitions, wishes and the potential of the business. Our advisers act as sparring partners. Together with you, we explore the opportunities and challenges and paint a picture of the various possibilities and outcomes. This exploratory meeting is also the time to discuss the emotional aspects of the sale and confirm the personal click with our team.

Step 2: Preparation

The preparation phase is a crucial step in the process of selling your business. This is where we determine together the key value drivers of your business. This phase also includes developing a sales strategy, drafting an information memorandum and selecting potential buyers. Our (data-driven) approach, experienced staff, and extensive network ensure that your company is placed on the market in the best possible way.

Step 3: Negotiations

Preparation is followed by the negotiation phase. This starts with interested parties signing a non-disclosure agreement, followed by introductions and/or management meetings. We then invite parties to submit bids. We jointly evaluate bids and conduct negotiations with a selected group of buyers. Our advisers assist you in negotiating the best conditions and recording them in a letter of intent with the chosen party.

Step 4: Completion

The closing phase is the final step in the process of selling your business. This is where the acquisition is formalised through due diligence and the drafting of the purchase agreement. After careful review and signing of all contracts, the official transfer takes place (share delivery). This is also the time for communication to internal and external stakeholders and marking the start of a new phase for both you as an entrepreneur and the company.

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Want to know more about the process of selling your company using Catapult? Our team of experienced specialists is ready to guide you every step of the way. Contact us for a chat and let us help you successfully prepare your business for a future sale. Together, we’ll make sure you make the most of this unique opportunity.