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  • Mergers, Acquisitions & Restructuring

Mergers, Acquisitions & Restructuring

When you are buying or selling a business or fundraising for growth, you look for independent advice and insight that provides a commercial advantage. You need advisers with a deep understanding of your business objectives and your industry and market. 

Our sector-led approach means we are able to provide you with the genuine expertise in what matters to you. You will also find that we are able and willing to challenge where we believe it is needed.

There are many reasons why corporate groups need to confront Kenya’s complex tax laws. Companies often pursue acquisitions, divestment, expansion, offshore trading or simply to rationalize a historically complex structure. Whatever the reason, proper attention to tax and commercial outcomes is critical to maximizing the benefits available through structuring and/or restructuring.

At BDO we partner with our clients to understand their needs. We apply our detailed tax and commercial experience to ensure corporate groups structure their affairs to maximize the available opportunities for the good of business. With deep experience across industry sectors, and one of the world’s largest accounting and consulting networks, our professionals are uniquely qualified to meet particular needs of our clients, whatever they may be.

Our corporate tax experts are experienced in advising on major transactions, providing opportunities for tax effective results and avoiding any tax risks. We combine our understanding of the transaction, the commercial and tax implications, and your desired outcomes to deliver results. Our service model is built upon a transparent, highly collaborative approach, and BDO ensures that you have access to the people you need, when you need them. We can give you specialist advice across key tax areas that confront corporate groups of any size including:

  • Advising on structuring a merger transaction – whether it’s a wholly domestic transaction or involves offshore operations
  • Structuring the financing arrangements including advise on thin capitalization
  • Undertaking tailored due diligence procedures to ensure underlying issues are identified.
  • Tax modeling and tax benefit analyses
  • Post-acquisition integration/optimization and remediation services

Buying

Identifying and analysing the right targets, in the East Africa and abroad, to support your acquisition strategy can be difficult at the best of times. You then need to negotiate the right valuation and terms. Engage us as your Lead Adviser and you will be guided on your strategy and tactics. You will also receive advice on your targets, their valuation and the terms of any offers.

Finally, we will advise on deal structures and returns. We can also support your business planning, bank funding, project management and advise on the tax implications of an acquisition. You will also be able to leverage our extensive global network and relationships to source the right deals.

 

Selling

If you are selling a business, we will help you identify prospective buyers and then negotiate to maintain competitive tension between then. We work with a broad range of clients including entrepreneurs, private equity backed businesses and public companies amongst others.

Our sell-side services include:

  • Indicative Valuation
  • Preparation of Information Memorandum
  • Identifying and approaching potential acquirers/investors
  • Negotiation of indicative offers
  • Management of the due diligence process
  • Contractual negotiations through to completion
  • Taxation advice

With nearly 450 dedicated M&A professionals in 50 countries around the world and in every global business centre, BDO has the reach to match your international ambitions.