Privately Held Businesses

Owners of private and family-held companies generally know their business inside and out – they are, by necessity and passion, good stewards of their investment. But trying to sell your own company can best be compared to do-it-yourself cataract surgery. . .

So, maybe DIY eye surgery is an exaggeration in this case. Still, it’s close, which is why the value added by a sell-side M&A advisor is immeasurable. Grace Matthews has decades of experience working with various types of domestic and global clients of all sizes on a wide range of sale transactions services to deliver exceptional outcomes.

When private company owners are considering a sale of their business, we start by discussing two key questions about timing: Is your company ready to be sold, and Is the market ready for your company? To answer the first question, we spend a significant amount of time up front with owners and management teams – digging into a company to understand both the potential value drivers as well as possible hurdles that will impact market interest and valuation. Our exclusive focus on M&A advisory in chemicals and materials has allowed us to build deep relationships with buyers across the industry and have a pulse on the global M&A markets, which helps us answer the second question.

From there, we can work to answer the frequent questions and concerns that our clients often have, with topics such as:

  • Managing confidentiality
  • Which route to take – strategic buyer, private equity, or sale to management
  • Information disclosure – what, when, and how
  • Common terms and deal structures
  • Post-deal liabilities – the ability to sleep at night
  • Business continuity versus consolidation
  • Employee retention
  • Management team support
  • Tax considerations
  • Buyer identification

Grace Matthews remains an entrepreneurial investment bank and M&A advisor for the chemicals and materials industry. We understand a privately held business owner’s concerns, and we tailor our advice to the circumstances. You only sell your business once, and we work to avoid any big mistakes – big or small. Our dedicated team approach, where M&A advisory experts get to know you, your team, and your goals, works to eliminate pitfalls and maximize the potential for a successful outcome.

Featured Transactions

We have completed transactions with private, public, and large multinational corporations across the chemical value chain, throughout the U.S. and the world.

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