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Non-Standard M&A

Realising value in constrained or challenging situations

Non-Standard M&A transactions arise where there are specific challenges and constraints to value realisation.

Typical scenarios

Typical scenarios requiring a non-standard solution can include:

  • Loss-making, problematic or non-core subsidiaries, divisions, or activities
  • Businesses with unsustainable levels of debt
  • Legacy investments or activities that are no longer considered to be core
  • Businesses that are underperforming and/or challenged
  • Complex stakeholder bases with conflicting agendas and objectives
  • 'Quirky' businesses and assets with few natural buyers

In such situations, specialist advice and a bespoke M&A strategy is critical to ensure the optimal outcome is secured.

In contrast, with Accelerated M&A, there is typically sufficient time available before funding (or other) issues become critical resulting in a greater range of possible solutions.


We offer a bespoke M&A approach, strategy and process, which is controlled but flexible, engages potential buyers and maintains competitive tension, with a well thought-out and developed strategy for management of key stakeholders.

The team will:

  • Spend time understanding the business and situational landscape
  • Evaluate available exit options (full disposal vs. break up vs. hold / turnaround or closure) and consider key issues, deliverability, objectives, risk / reward
  • Explain and communicate the value potential and realisation strategy
  • Position the business and articulate the value proposition to potential purchasers

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

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The team

The team brings:

  • Proven track record of maximising value through innovative solutions across all deal sizes (typically £5m to £200m)
  • Market leading sector insight providing real time knowledge of the most likely strategic trade and financial buyers together with strong relationships with key decision makers at these organisations
  • Situational experience to support excellent stakeholder management
  • A flexible approach to fee arrangements anchored in success that aligns the team's interests with the clients'
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Accelerated M&A

For companies and their stakeholders facing similar constraints to value realisation, compounded by a time critical funding requirement, our specialist team also provides Accelerated M&A services

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Examples of our work


Financial advisor on the sale of Akari Care Group to The Carlyle Group
August 2016
Deal Value: undisclosed

Business Services 

Disposal of 75.2% shareholding in MWB Business Exchange PLC
February 2013
Deal Value: £65.6m

Financial advisor to the De Vere Group on the disposal of De Vere Academy of Hospitality and Training
October 2013
Deal Value: Undisclosed
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Financial advisor on the sale of Bluestone Resorts Group Ltd to a consortium of high profile Welsh private investors
July 2013
Deal Value: Undisclosed

Oil & Gas

Lead restructuring and M&A advisor to ATP Oil & Gas (UK)
February 2014
Deal Value: $133m
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Key contact

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