M & A Advisory

Trade Sales & Disposals

  • We are experts in selling private companies via international and domestic trade sale processes
  • We assist founders and private equity funds in achieving successful and timely exits
  • We assist large corporations in the identification and divestment of non-core businesses to industrial or financial partners
  • We identify the most suitable private equity funds according to selected investment criteria
  • We participate in the financial structuring and negotiation of the deal
  • We advise management teams and equity investors, focusing in particular on issues related to governance, shareholders’ agreements, and management packages

LMBO / MBI / OBO Transactions

Domestic & International Acquisitions

  • We review and assess corporate strategy and help define acquisition criteria
  • We screen, analyze and approach potential international and/ or domestic targets (on an anonymous or open basis)
  • We assist with valuation and in negotiations through to closing

Fund raising

Venture Capital « Late-Stage »

  • We prepare and draft supporting documents (business plan, executive summary, Equity story etc.)
  • We assist in private placement execution (select candidates, investment approach and rationale, roadshows, etc.)
  • We assist you through the complete fund-raising process (pre/post-money valuation, investment structure, term sheet, shareholders’ agreement, management package, ratchet clauses, etc…)
  • We identify and select appropriate Private Equity backers according to their investment criteria
  • We leverage DDA’s extensive network of Private Equity contacts built up over 20 years of industry practice
  • We optimize capital structure to minimize dilution and optimize the incentive package

Growth Capital and Acquisition Funding

Equity and Debt Financing

  • We provide financial structuring advice to optimize transaction leverage
  • We identify and select potential debt providers (banks and/or mezzanine lenders)
  • We assist in negotiating financing terms

Corporate finance advisory

Fairness Opinions & Valuations

  • We provide independent valuation services using a multi-method approach
  • We identify and model value drivers
  • We conduct sensitivity analyses
  • We provide independent valuation opinions (including for internal transfers within an investor’s fund portfolio)
  • We analyze business plan assumptions and sensitivities
  • We benchmark assumptions to market and competitor practice
  • We verify the consistency of business plan assumptions

Assistance in the Production, Review and Analysis of business plans

Corporate Restructuring

  • We advise on group business portfolio optimization.
  • We advise on financial and ownership strategy.