No matter the size or complexity of your deal, our M&A Transaction Services practice can help you with due diligence, structuring and post-closing activities.

Our focused and time-sensitive approach to due diligence, structuring and post-transaction activities can provide you with a competitive edge in the challenging and ever-changing business environment.

Our M&A practitioners also have a deep understanding of South Africa’s unique business issues. We work closely with our industry and other specialist groups to bring the right resources to every transaction. As an integrated team, we provide private equity investor and corporate buyer clients with competitive advantage in making successful deal decisions successful post-merger integration plans.

These Services Include:

  • Sell-Side Services
  • Due Diligence
  • Business Intelligence Insights
  • Post-Merger Integration

Sell-Side

Services

The aim of Sell-Side Services is to provide ongoing support to a company that is considering the sale of all or part of its business. We are able to provide support in areas to:

  • Understand the applicability of existing or past plans for proposed separation
  • Work with the client to establish and execute a carefully coordinated operational carve out plan
  • Identify the major areas where separation activity is required
  • Assess whether or not the business or business units are ready for separation and divestment
  • Keep control over the timetable at all stages of the project
  • Provide hands on support through all stages of the sale process

Due

Diligence

All transactions – whether mergers, acquisitions, leverage buyouts, joint ventures, divestitures or spin-offs are fraught with complex issues that require dedicated expert attention. Effectively navigating the myriad of accounting, tax, regulatory, cultural and labour issues common to transactions in South Africa is critical to ensuring that you minimise your risks and maximise your returns. Practitioners in our M&A Transaction Services group provide value-added services to private equity investors and corporate clients. Our due diligence and other related services focus on critical elements of transactions, including:
  • Providing Business Intelligence to support the proposed investment and rationalising purchase price
  • Evaluating the quality and reasonableness of historical and projected expenditures
  • Assessing the quality of assets
  • Evaluating internal control structure and IT systems, process and procedures
  • Identifying integration and post-transaction issues

Business

Intelligence Insights

Our Business intelligence (BI) services is comprised of strategies and technologies used for the data analysis of business information. BI technologies provide historical, current and predictive views on businesses. Business intelligence can be used by enterprises to support a wide range of business strategic decisions. Strategic business decisions involve priorities, goals and directions at the broadest level. In all cases, BI is most effective when it combines data derived from the market in which a company operates (external data) with data from company sources internal to the business such as financial and operations data (internal data). When combined, external and internal data can provide a complete picture which, in effect, creates an “intelligence” that cannot be derived from any singular set of data.

Post-Merger

Integration

This is the process of bringing two or more companies together with the aim of maximising synergies in order to maximise the deal’s value and to ensure that the deal lives up to its predicted value.

  • Providing Business Intelligence to support the proposed investment and rationalising purchase price
  • Evaluating the quality and reasonableness of historical and projected expenditures
  • Assessing the quality of assets
  • Evaluating internal control structure and IT systems, process and procedures
  • Identifying integration and post-transaction issues

Our Services include the

Assessment, Evaluation and Integration of:

Products/Services – Before the companies integrated, they each had their own set of products and/or services. They will need to decide whether to continue, combine, or eliminate the products and/or services offered, as well as the branding associated with them.

Data and Knowledge – This area includes a plan on how to integrate knowledge such as customer, product, and services data.

Technology and Systems – Strategy for combining technologies and systems. For example, if both companies use different CRMS, which CRM will they use in the future? The post-merger integration process (or M&A integration process) is greatly affected by the planning, or lack thereof, that takes place at the start of the deal’s lifecycle.

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