The M&A market is starting to show some glimmers of improving activity. Having come through some traumatic times, the landscape for M&A activity has recently shifted. Many companies have been carefully managing their activities and strengthening the balance sheet. This has created a position of power for many businesses where cash is available for acquisitions, particularly where this will allow any existing business risks to be diminished.
For businesses owners that are looking to sell, the current environment is also potentially very attractive, with many companies not surviving the recession, there are less good targets for potential buyers. This, with the right advice, can lead to higher values being achieved and advantage taken of the current tax regime for private company owners.