With 2020 firmly in the rear view mirror and summer days spent lazing at the beach coming to an end, now is the perfect time to start thinking about what 2021 might mean for you and your business and whether growth by acquisition, a financial acquisition, or a full or partial exit should form part of your 2021 business planning.
It’s no great revelation now that 2020 was a year of unprecedented turbulence and driven by COVID-19 threw the kitchen sink of challenges at businesses. The unwavering resilience shown by businesses in the face of never-ending challenges and strategic adaptability that was so quickly implemented by so many, were real highlights of getting to work closely with a wide range of businesses throughout 2020. Reflecting on the year that was, one of the initial surprises and ultimately key highlights for me was the volume of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity that continued through all this disruption, despite some reservations that activity levels may have subdued for a period. This activity was driven by some key fundamentals:
All these key fundamentals that we witnessed in 2020 still hold true in 2021. We expect that M&A activity will continue to be strong and that 2021 will be an attractive market for either undertaking an acquisition or exiting your business.
The key to any successful transaction is planning and preparation. The Deloitte Private team work closely with a wide range of businesses throughout the transaction life-cycle to support them either undertake acquisitions or exit their own business. We have developed strategic workshops to help businesses identify and validate potential acquisition targets and the potential impacts on their business, and workshops to help businesses assess their exit readiness and undertake planning for a potential exit.
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As a Director in the Deloitte Corporate Finance Mergers & Acquisitions team based in Auckland, I focus on advising clients through the transaction life-cycle. From business readiness to post completion, I work alongside vendors and purchasers to ensure a smooth transaction with a focus on reducing execution risk and maximising value. I also work with a wide range of mid-market clients providing strategic advice and support in areas including strategy, financial modelling and commercial validation. I am passionate about seeing businesses transform commercial ideas into financial results.