The 6 Ds of Business Ownership

An oft-cited theme amongst predatory property investors is the 3 Sacred Ds of Real Estate, which relates to three life events creating a “highly motivated vendor” scenario, being Death, Divorce and Debt.  Deceased Estates are prime targets of well-funded...

My what? My Company Register? Hmmm, let’s see…

The importance of managing and maintaining a company’s corporate register was evinced in the final stages of a recent sale transaction, when the purchaser’s lawyers asked my client to produce his share certificates. My what? he exclaimed, seemingly...

Considerations when selling to an overseas buyer

As we approach the conclusion of one of our cross-border transactions, it may be useful for those SME owners considering a sale to an overseas buyer to be mindful of some of the variables, pros and cons inherent in such a process.  Whilst on the surface the sale...

When “prepared enough” isn’t enough

Looking through a shirt shops’ clearance bin recently, it struck me that what I held in my hands was a well-crafted, beautifully-designed, stylish item made from the finest materials.  Yet its price had been slashed to almost one-third of its original RRP. This...

“Is now a good time to sell my business?”

A business owner posed this question the other day, and it is a question that is doubtless playing on the consciousness of many.  In fact, it is an oft-asked question, and one with only one really logical answer when you think about it: Yes.  Now is the perfect time...

Baby Boomers or Bust?

The extent of insufficient retirement funding and poor exit/succession planning appears to have been laid bare over the past few months, with a number of studies pouring cold water on broader expectations for the retirement plans of the Baby Boomer generation. ...