Accelerated M&A

Maximising value in challenging and time critical situations

Deloitte’s Accelerated M&A (AMA) team combines specialists from both our M&A advisory and Restructuring Services teams to provide bespoke and integrated M&A support across stressed, distressed and insolvent transactions. Transactions sometimes may involve the sale of shares, business and assets or debt, potentially delivered via an insolvency mechanism (e.g. pre-pack).

“Transactions frequently delivered in a ‘9 day to 9 week’ timeline.”

The team focuses on delivering the maximum value for clients in what are inevitably complex, time-pressured, and unpredictable circumstances often caused by:

  1. Liquidity shortfalls
  2. Stakeholder unwillingness / inability to provide additional financing
  3. Deteriorated trading performance
  4. Complex stakeholder landscapes
  5. Disaffected management


The Accelerated M&A team implements a tailored strategy to preserve and realise value for stakeholders by bringing an understanding and approach which recognises the importance of time, managing uncertainty and resolving complexity in what is often difficult and uncharted territory for our clients.

Deloitte’s wide network and utilisation of bespoke tactics enables us to:

  • Design and execute robust, value maximising M&A processes
  • Identify and rapidly engage with relevant purchasers; 
  • Maximise competitive tension
  • Retain optionality throughout the process

Our solution for each specific situation combines situational experience from across M&A advisory and Restructuring Services with the wider advisory and transactional capabilities of Deloitte (including tax, real estate, employee matters and pensions, and market leading sector expertise), enabling us to provide clients with specialised, differentiated and value added approaches and results.

Planning meeting

Sell side

On sell side assignments, our clients are predominantly corporates facing financial, performance and transactional challenges, and their key stakeholders.

Our role will usually involve the rapid disposal of businesses or divisions to tight deadlines - selling a business as a going concern, executed quickly (sometimes in days, typically in weeks, rarely in months) to maximise value for stakeholders at a time of stress/distress before further value erosion takes place.

We have a market leading track record and reputation for successfully completing what are inherently difficult disposals.

Buy side

On buy side engagements, we provide support to both trade and financial buyers considering acquisitions of businesses that are subject to a degree of stress or other situational challenges where a traditional M&A process and timetable may not be possible. 

Non-standard mergers and acquisitions

For companies and their stakeholders facing complex challenges to unlocking value in a less time pressured environment, our specialist team also provides Non-Standard M&A services

Key contacts

Rob Harding

Rob Harding


Rob is a Restructuring Partner who leads our Advisory Corporate Finance Situations M&A team, working with a variety of clients (both sellers and buyers) in securing successful going concern outcomes i... More

Simon Harrison

Simon Harrison


Simon has over fifteen years corporate finance experience and has advised on a wide range of corporate and private equity acquisitions and disposals. Since 2009, he has specialised in advising on Non-... More

Ben  Hughes

Ben  Hughes


Ben is a Director in our Special Situations M&A team, where he utilises the skills he has developed in over 15 years of acting as an advisor, to help clients achieve their goals. Having started his ca... More