Polestar has decades of experience advising clients across a broad range of transaction types, ranging from Exits, MBOs to refinancing options. We see our role as understanding first and advising second as, in our experience, understanding the business fully – strengths and weaknesses included – is the key to unlocking its true value.


Our hands-on and proactive approach:

  • Understand your objectives and develop a rationale
  • Identify the target and approach
  • Identify risk areas and price drivers
  • Negotiate the deal
  • Raise external finance
  • Manage and drive the project to completion

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How do we deliver maximum value? Through the Polestar methodology we:

  • Conduct a careful exit planning and analysis
  • Maximise free cash
  • Prepare the business to increase its value
  • Identify strategic buyers early
  • Tailor a marketing plan for the exit
  • Create a high-quality IM and management presentation
  • Ensure you are due diligence ready – consider vendor DD
  • Drive the deal to completion

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There are many pitfalls which can conspire to stop a deal. Management teams do well to take advice and give themselves the best possible chance of success. How can we help deliver your deal?

  • Ensure the best approach for the vendor
  • Communicate the real value of the business to the owner
  • Raise the necessary finance from equity and debt providers
  • Structure a deal which maximises equity
  • Lead negotiations with the vendor and funders
  • Keep the deal on the rails and deliver completion

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Shareholders seek to raise capital for a number of reasons which may include:

  • A partial sale – the shareholder releases some of their capital
  • A buy-out of a shareholder
  • Fund growth
  • Acquisitions
  • Recapitalisation

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Debt Advisory

Over the last decade or so, the debt market has changed considerably as the number of specialist funds has burgeoned, most with a specific market segment in mind. When talking with the more traditional lenders, it is important to sound out the most appropriate team to ensure you get the initial approach correct to maximise your chances of success.

The key areas of third-party debt where we provide advice are:

  • Asset-Backed Lending (ABL)
  • Senior debt
  • Junior debt
  • Mezzanine debt
  • Unitranche
  • High-yield loans, off-balance sheet Special Purpose Vehicles (“SPV”)

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