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Mergers & Acquisitions

 At HW&Co., our Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) advisory team can help you construct the best possible transaction by aligning our services to address your company’s specific integration needs. Our advisors assist buyers with pre-deal analysis and tax structuring, valuation of the target, due diligence, deal structuring, and post-closing follow up. We assist sellers with pre-deal packaging and valuation, responses to buyers’ questions, structuring of the deal itself, tax planning, and post-closing follow up.

Our M&A Expertise

HW&Co.’s M&A advisors have a deep and diverse technical skill set which they use to maximize value and mitigate risk during acquisitions, dispositions, recapitalizations, mergers, reorganizations, formations and other significant transactions.

Our experts can also provide useful insights on matters relevant to the process, including quality of earnings, cash flows, hidden assets and liability exposures.

Our advisors are thoroughly credentialed and highly experienced, earning the AICPA Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV ®) and Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor (CMAA®) designations. In addition to technical expertise, they have vast real-life situational experience to appropriately value business entities or their ownership interests.

Our M&A Services

We categorize our M&A services into three primary areas: Due Diligence & Planning, Quality of Earnings and Tax Structuring. The table below outlines each of these areas and provides a comprehensive overview of how our advisors assist in facilitating successful transactions.

We also provide Business Transaction Valuations and Analyses to support our M&A services.

Due Diligence & Planning
Quality of Earnings
Tax Structuring

We can help you understand the risks and rewards for a particular deal, as well as how it will fit into your organization’s portfolio. We help you do with the legwork so that you can feel confident you’re making the best decisions with the most up-to-date information. Due diligence activities that HW&Co. advises on include:

  • Target Company Studies & Analyses
  • Reviews of Financial Statements & Other Financial Documents
  • Reviews on Culture & Strategic Fit
  • Legal Issues
  • Corporate Matters, Including Reviews of Organizational Documents & Corporate Records

Our advisors have extensive experience in validating earning streams and understanding the unique characteristics of a target company’s revenue and expenses. HW&Co. can provide a quality of earnings analysis that clearly explains a company’s true earnings potential, as well as provides a review of their historical earnings. Some key aspects of our quality of earnings analyses include:

  • Assessment of the Company’s EBITDA
  • Review of Fluctuations in Annual & Monthly Financial Metrics
  • Assessment of Revenue & Gross Margin
  • Analysis of Operating Expenses
  • Summary of Key Balance Sheet Metrics
  • Identification of Working Capital Needed to Operate the Business

Tax issues influence both opportunities and risks during M&A transactions. At HW&Co., our goal is to implement tax structures that meet the needs of all parties. Selecting a tax structure is a complex and involved process that requires advisors skilled in identifying how to best maximize value through an integrated approach. Our tax structure services include:

  • Evaluating the Choice of Entity Decisions (LLC vs. S Corp vs. C Corp vs. Foreign Entity)
  • Tax Basis Step-Up & Attribute Analysis
  • Tax-Efficient Exit Structuring
  • Transaction Financing Advice
  • Remediation of Historical Tax Risks
  • Stock Attribute Analysis