Sell a business in Switzerland

The sale of a Swiss company

Sell your Swiss businessCFIE is dedicated to helping Swiss business owners in a sale of their company by providing local execution. Local M&A experts with international experience and direct access to international markets help you in the sale of your company. We look for European buyers via the network of Corporate Finance in Europe. Cross border M&A is the key to find the best buyer and hence get a better price for your company. Cross border M&A is not only suited for large multinationals but also for companies with revenues from 5m euro and more. When selling your company we bring you many serious buyers to the table. Many European buyers are interested to enter the Swiss market and to build-up a local presence. But our Swiss M& advisors also have access to overseas markets including South and North America, Middle East and Fareast Asia. Hence, we can find the best international buyer for your company for sale in Switzerland.

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Advantages of help in the sale of your Swiss company

Our Swiss M&A advisors have a long track record in domestic and international Swiss mergers and acquisitions (M&A) business, including company successions, corporate divestitures, add-on acquisitions, public and private takeovers and subsequent mergers. Based on our experience we can assure you that a systematic sale process organized by a professional M&A advisor always leads to a better result for the seller. Here a list of some of the advantages of professional help when selling your business:

  • be it a better price
  • a quicker process
  • a higher likelihood of a successful completion
  • a more market neutral and business protecting approach
  • a more suited buyer that will continue to flourish your company
  • better conditions in the legal agreement

There is no better return on your money and you have an immediate positive effect on your business because you can focus on running the business and implementing your strategy.

Different type of advisor when selling your company in Switzerland

There are plenty of different advisors and you have to make an important choice that will be key for a successful process: depending on the size of your business you may engage a large investment bank or a small private bank with a dedicated corporate finance team; or you turn to the corporate finance department of one of the big four accounting firms; alternatively you may choose among the more than hundred small M&A firms or freelance advisors with more or less hands-on M&A experience or international coverage. Please get in touch so we can explain you in a personal meeting why to choose a M&A advisor from CFIE when selling your company. We believe M&A is a people’s business but also requires an international network.

How to sell a business in Switzerland

Should a M&A advisor know your business and industry you operate in?Teamwork is a core competence of the CFIE M&A network, we combine local presence and execution know how with in depth industry knowledge on a global basis. We have advisors with knowledge of a large number of niche industries. When we help our clients in selling their business we always have a local person on the ground working together with our European industry M&A experts. These advisors help you to sell your business in Switzerland are being backed by our European team of M&A advisors that know possible buyers for your business.When selling your business it is important to understand your business and industry in depth. Here you find more info about some of the industries our advisors know about:

Business brokers Switzerland (current buy side mandates)

In the section Business Brokers Switzerland you can find out whether we already have a buyer for your business for sale. We do have quite a few clients that are interested in buying companies in Switzerland and that could be interested in your type of business. Please go to business brokers Switzerland to find an overview of the companies wanted. Here you might find a suited buyer for your company for sale in Switzerland.

Type of buyers for your business

Who could be a suited buyer for your business?The smaller your business and the smaller your geographic market the more likely is a local deal. However, there are industries where international buyers look exactly for this local market coverage. In general, the larger your business and the more international your customers and your supplier the higher the chances to realize a higher price by selling to an international buyer. At Corporate Finance in Europe, we focus from the beginning on both, on the domestic and the international M&A markets, and in particular on international strategic buyers. These buyers can pay the highest value for your company as they can realize most synergies. In many cases international buyers are the ideal solution for a business sale of your company. We always also include potential financial buyers. A MBI (a business sale to an individual from outside the company) or a MBO (a business sale to the management team from the company) might be a solution which can be achieved by working with an Swiss M&A advisor. Here you can read more about all the alternatives regarding the different type of buyers for your company.

When selling a business

m&a advisor Winfried WeigelAre excellent businesses build by passion and hard work?We know that selling your business is an important decision after you put in so much time and effort to make your company stand out. A strategic sale doesn´t necessarily mean selling the whole company, the sale can also be executed in various steps where you sell a certain % of the business at an agreed time in the future. Timing is important before you start selling a business and there might be further value creation if you stagger a deal over time and further develop the business with a partner.Some advisors may say: “you are the expert in the industry, we are the experts in selling your business”. We know from experience that this is not the whole story. We will advise you on the process and on the potential value for a buyer. We will help you to dress up the bride for her groom. And we will be the marketer for your business. How can we do this without understanding your business and the business of the potential acquirers approached? We are hands-on in all we do and we will not be able to give you the best advice unless we fully understand your business model and the markets you are acting on. We are not just number crunchers or a call centre, we are engineers, entrepreneurs, investors, accountants, tax advisors, lawyers and bankers, and we combine that expertise in all our projects. Get in touch with us to learn more about the possibilities to sell your Swiss company.

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