A number of organizations provide advisory in the field of business transfers. Though numerous, for many of these organizations business transfers is not the main field of activity, but simply an additional service that is offered.
Below are some examples of organizations which offer different forms of advisory.
LandshypotekBank is specialized in agriculture and forestry and offers good knowledge of the industry’s challenges surrounding profitable farming businesses and the real estate market upturns.
Ludvig & Co is an accounting company with approximately 600 authorized accounting consultants, which is the largest number of accountants in a single accounting firm in Sweden. Additionally, it is the country’s largest provider of forestry and agricultural properties.
Svenska Riskkapitalföreningen (SVCA) or the Swedish Private Equity & Venture Capital Association, is the association for private equity actors (Buyout and Venture Capital) and business angel networks. The association, which was founded in 1985, has the task of promoting a well-functioning private equity and venture capital market in Sweden. This happens, amongst others, through the dissemination of facts and knowledge about private equity’s role in the Swedish economy.
Excore (one of the leading M&A companies in Sweden) is specialized in middle-sized companies with a turnover between 50 million and 2 billion SEK. The firm’s emphasis is on company sales, acquisitions and mergers.
What services are offered and through which channels?
Reflecting on the services offered in Sweden, it is obvious that these services can mainly be assigned to the classical services, i.e. support in the areas of tax, legal and financial issues.
For instance, the private bank Carnegie offers expertise in the areas of tax and law. Excore provides some online tips for sellers and acquirers . These tips are oriented to the issue of price setting. In addition, the firm offers two comprehensive books entitled “livsverk till salu” (lifework for sale) and “tillväxt till salu” (growth for sale). These books can be ordered in print or directly downloaded.
PWC has a YouTube video about business transfers. PWC also offers expertise in the areas of tax, economical and legal advisory.
LandshypotekBank offers advisory and capital in the form of loans. Advisory is offered in collaboration with Ludvig & Co.
Besides being a contact for financing, the Danske Bank in Sweden offers a guideline for farmers interested in selling their farm. Similar offers can be found with the Swedbank who offers potential buyers support in finding companies that are for sale, financing solutions and regarding tax and legal issues.
For potential sellers, Swedbank offers support in the areas of finance, law, and structure. On their website there is a video that briefly informs about buying and selling a company.
Ludvig & Co offer company evaluations, business planning, risk analysis, financing solutions and tax solutions that meet the needs of both sides along with legal form solutions.
Unfortunately, there is no completely impartial counselor or advisor who can support the process, which could be a prerequisite for more numbers and more successful transfers.