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Startup valuation methods

30 June 2020
Krzysztof CIESIELSKI
From the investors’ perspective, startups mean high risk and low liquidity. As a result, startup valuation is quite a challenge.

We will “protect” you (even if you don’t want us to)!

27 May 2020
Krzysztof CIESIELSKI
Takeovers, due to the government’s draft amendment to the act on controlling certain investments, is again hitting the front pages. In a nutshell, it will be up to the Chairman of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection to decide if the transaction may be carried out. This restriction concerns investors from outside the European Union and the European Economic Area. Reading between the lines, amid the current recession caused by SARS-COV-2 such regulations are mainly to stop the inflow of capital from Asia. However, frankly speaking, this will also affect other important investors, including those from the US or even those more “European” ones, from the UK.

Sale of a company during the epidemic-related crisis

20 April 2020
Krzysztof CIESIELSKI
The M&A transaction market is subject to business cycles. As it depends on the current situation of a business, there may be some ups and downs. Recently, due to the SARS-COV-2 pandemic and the emerging global economic crisis, company owners who planned to sell their businesses are now beginning to question the idea: does it make sense to sell a business at the time of a crisis?

Financing an M&A deal

13 March 2020
Krzysztof CIESIELSKI
Contrary to what it may seem and what people usually think, there are different ways of financing transactions. Most entrepreneurs I work with say that cash is the source of funding. Sellers tend to assume that the buyer opts for this form of funding the deal. And indeed, it is the most popular method of payment in a transaction between the parties involved; however, it is good to know that cash is not the only option the buyer has in a transaction.

M&A transactions– one step after another with no slips (part 1)

22 March 2018
Katarzyna BUDA
Mergers and acquisitions have been the basis of corporate development for the past one hundred years. An increase in trust and an improvement of the company situation, as well as access to sources of stable funding have contributed to a significant expansion of the global perspective within the area of M&A. An economic crisis is also conducive to the processes of company consolidation.

Mergers and takeovers - a solution to many problems

20 February 2018
Katarzyna BUDA
Enterprises functioning on today's market mainly develop in an organic manner, increasing their revenues, profits as well as market position through their internal actions, such as acquiring new clients, introducing new products and services, searching for new markets and distribution channels. Organic growth requires the effective and efficient taking of decisions and strategy planning on the part of the management. That's why inorganic growth is an uniquely interesting alternative.

How to lay the groundworks for the sale of a family-run business?

18 October 2017
Bartosz MIŁASZEWSKI
The sale of a family business is always a far more difficult a process than its divestiture by means of a fund or a large corporation. Selling a family business means a great change for both the entrepreneur - the business owner, and the staff. It also exerts an inevitable impact on the relationships with customers and suppliers. However, such a change primarily affects the owner and staff.

Business succession - worth giving it some thought well in advance!

20 July 2017
Marcin KAWKA
We were recently asked for assistance in carrying out a “mission impossible” project. On his deathbed, the owner of a single-member business asked himself what will happen to his business after his passing. His daughter, who has been involved in running the company, wanted the family business to continue. Unfortunately, single-member companies cease to exist upon the death of a proprietor as succession proceedings may take months or even years, by which time the entities have long since disappeared from the market.

Due diligence – in Poland and abroad

25 May 2017
Łucja PADRAK
In March, RSM Poland participated in the European conference on due diligence. The meeting with transaction advisors from across Europe allowed for the exchange of experience and views concerning methods of conducting due diligence, which are different in Poland compared to Western countries.

Standardisation of EBITDA, or operating profit in the calculation of a company's goodwill

15 March 2017
Bartosz MIŁASZEWSKI
An interesting matter is that it is often easier to buy or sell a big company employing thousands of workers with income counted in billions rather than a company that has several or several dozen employees and generates revenue of (just) several or several dozen million. And paradoxically, it is not about the price that needs to be paid for such an enterprise.

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