Corporate Finance

We have a specialist corporate finance team to provide bespoke services to SME businesses and their owners.

Traditionally, corporate finance has been viewed as purely for ‘processing’ the acquisition and exiting of a business. It also includes other types of work, such as cash flow forecast modelling, due diligence investigations, business valuations, raising finance, business turnaround and preparing for an optimised exit. Through the life-cycle of a business, it is likely that a number of these services will be required. To assist you, we have access to some of the best technical support and resources available through our membership of the Corporate Finance Network.

We can advise on the following business exit options:

  • Succession to the next generation (as a gift or for consideration),
  • Trade cessation, followed by company liquidation or dissolution,
  • Trade sale:
    • MBO,
    • Industry related,
    • Private equity related,
    • To the workforce, via an Employee Ownership Trust,
  • Public flotation.

Why choose us?

  • We are proactive in looking after your best interests.
  • We have access to an internal database of EBITDA earnings multiples used on numerous previous transactions, so that we can calculate the highest enterprise value appropriate for your business.
  • Specialists in providing services for SME’s and OMB’s (particularly in the <£10m valuation range),
  • We have access to a specialist funding database of debt finance providers,
  • We can help you research and contact trade related and private equity parties that are profiled as being possibly interested in buying your business. Such anonymized  ‘business for sale’ teaser letters are very successful in generating expressions of interest.

Download our Corporate Finance leaflet below to discover more about our services



Get in touch with your local office and speak to one of our specialist advisers about our Corporate Finance  services.

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Managing Director of a Translations Company
I would strongly recommend Whiting & Partners. The partner responsible for my affairs has been exceptionally helpful in matters which have covered a broad range of business areas. Hi sopen and friendly manner is a breath of fresh air.

Recent Transactions
Chris Ridgeon
9th June 2021 Acquisition Growth for Staycation Business

With the staycation in full-flow Whitings assisted an existing client in the purchase of a block of bespoke high end holiday cottages. We assisted with the due diligence, projections and structure of the deal and after acquisition the integration of this new venture into the existing business.

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Ian Piper
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When approached by the business general manager who had been given first refusal by the business owners to purchase the company, Whitings assisted him with transaction structuring, tax planning, raising finance and general deal support. The deal was structured with deferred consideration and bank debt, to be totally self funding over 3 years.  

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Paul Tatum
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