Insight and Expertise Across the M&A Lifecycle
Complexity and uncertainty are inherent when pursuing an M&A transaction. In today’s highly competitive environment, it’s critical for companies to seek qualified and objective guidance that can drive sound decision making and help manage risk throughout a deal and even after closing. Stout leverages its considerable investment banking, valuation, due diligence, and technical accounting experience to provide timely, sophisticated, and reliable advice.
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M&A Transaction Lifecycle
Stout can assist in identifying and evaluating various strategic alternatives for growing an organization and maximizing long-term value. This may include growth through acquisition, evaluating capital structure and financing alternatives, preparing for a sale or liquidity event, or gaining deeper insight regarding synergies with prospective investors.
As transaction timelines get shorter, it’s increasingly important to execute comprehensive due diligence at an efficient pace. Stout offers extensive financial, accounting, tax, technology, intellectual property, and due diligence expertise to help mitigate risk, drive value, and maximize opportunity across the M&A lifecycle. Our transaction professionals provide integrated guidance (in support of all forms of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, investments, and financing arrangements) on both the buy side and sell side.
Execution & Structuring
While no two deals are alike, there are distinct, required steps that must be meticulously executed. Stout leverages deep industry knowledge and decades of process expertise in serving the unique M&A needs of our clients. This expertise includes transaction execution and management, negotiation support, private financing of debt and equity, tax structuring, fairness and solvency opinions, and accounting structuring.
Once a transaction closes, there’s significant work to be done as formerly separate entities start to align. Stout offers expertise in all aspects of post-acquisition integration within the finance function and its sub-verticals, including opening balance sheet and valuation, technical accounting, tax provisioning, internal controls, finance integration, and IT integration or separation. Early focus on integration can ensure preparedness at closing, smooth execution during the first 100 days, and a sustainable finance operating model at steady state.