Creating value for you and your business
Creating value for you and your business
You’re at the head of a company. It’s growing quickly and operating internationally. You’re on one of the most challenging, nerve-wracking roller-coaster rides ever invented…
We don't just do deals. We're here to guide our clients over the entire journey.
Think of us as your outsourced Corporate Development department. We advise CEOs, boards, and investors on identifying, structuring and carrying out transformative financial transactions …
Our clients consistently come back for more
Unlike transaction-focused M&A advisors, we build long-term relationships with out clients, spanning many milestones and transactions. Our relationships and transactions remain completely confidential.
Bespoke advice when business owners and leaders most need it.
Transformative financial transactions, such as the sale of the business, bringing in a new investor or merging with another company, don’t happen very often.
If you’re like most entrepreneurs and company leaders, you’re probably more comfortable with your customers and your products than you are with big financial decisions. The ones that may determine your company’s or project’s ultimate success and your financial future.
We’re Little Venice Partners and we help CEOs and owners build the right corporate development solutions. Founded by a former investor and a former entrepreneur, we work closely with you to navigate through to a successful transaction. We have experience with Private Equity and Venture Capital, with leveraged buyouts and debt finance with decades of transactional experience in different countries and industries.
A project team consists of an LVP partner and one or more staff who have been trained on modelling, due diligence, project management and investor acquisition.
Much of our work is cross-border, and we are used to working alongside tax, legal and accounting advisors from different legal systems and cultures. We’re based in London, with extensive connections into both the local and global investor and advisor communities, and we’re happy to work wherever our clients need us.
The result: more value for you, your shareholders and the people most important to your business.
What we do
Think of us as your outsourced Corporate Development department.
We work for CEOs, boards and investors on identifying, structuring and carrying out transformative financial transactions, advising how to:
· Arrange specialist (including project) finance, in partnership with others if appropriate
· Acquire or merge with other companies
· Dispose of part of the business
· Bring in, change or exit investors
· Develop public-private partnership projects & working with diverse stakeholders
to reach innovative solutions to infrastructure needs
· Management Buy Out / Buy In, pre-packaged administration, recaps & restarts
· Convert debt into equity and vice versa
· Designing a successful exit for yourself, including carve-outs and other incentives
We don’t just do deals, although we like to work to an agreed goal. Instead we typically work with our clients over a protracted period to come up with the right deal and see it through to completion.
How we are different
M&A advisors and investment banks help sell businesses, mainly to larger companies. We prefer to think of LVP as a corporate finance advisory firm: we help you first decide what to do, plan it carefully for the best outcome, and we then see it through to completion to your satisfaction. For us, quality advice comes first.
The three stages of transactions
This stage can last weeks, months or even years, but arguably it’s the most important. It’s when the objectives are agreed, the strategy set and the plan prepared. It’s also when alternatives are considered and the interests of all stakeholders taken into account. Sometimes, after considering all the alternatives, the best approach is to do nothing and we collectively need to have the courage to agree this could be an acceptable outcome. For example, if a capital raise can be postponed or even done without, long-term shareholders returns may be enhanced
Once a candidate has been selected, we remain closely involved in the transaction through to completion, This stage is often neglected and left to company executives, but the management of data request in due diligence and the robust negotiation of net working capital, warranties, indemnities, escrow, deferred consideration and earn-out provisions can make a dramatic difference to your returns.
Once the strategy is set, we will approach potential financial investors, credit line providers and identified potential strategic partners and coordinate the flow of information, follow-up meetings and interaction. Working closely with you and your legal advisors, we help negotiate term sheets or Letters of Interest so that you can decide who to move forward with. This phase typically lasts 2-3 months, although we have seen it done more quickly.
Where LVP can help
Many of our transactions involve raising capital or selling the business. Our focus on advice and hands-on execution bring us transactions that often have a more complex dimension. Here are some examples.
- There’s a single buyer for the business, or an unsolicited offer
- The corporate transaction is not a straight sale, but a merger, partial buyout or restructuring of the ownership
- It is not clear, or there is not agreement, what the corporate development strategy is or should be
- The internal team needs to be bolstered to ensure a corporate development project is successful