Sell a software business in Switzerland

The sale of a Swiss software company

Our M&A advisors have a long track record in Swiss business sales. Further, we are backed by an European team of software M&A experts. For many years now our people are helping Swiss business owners in business sales. We mainly look for European software buyers via the network of Corporate Finance in Europe. Within Europe there are software buyers with large funds and willing to pay high multiples for your business.There are more than 10,000 independent Swiss software companies. The average number of employees is around 7 employees. The majority of the software companies are small and operate on a local basis. Our main focus is on larger software firms for sale that are looking for international buyers. However, we can help local software players as well in a sale to other software companies.The best way of selling a Swiss software company is making use of a M&A advisor who knows the local culture and has access to a network of European and international software buyers. Our M&A advisors have good contacts to possible international software buyers for your company and know the local business habits.

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By contacting us you will receive a free assessment of your software company for sale

How to sell a software business in Switzerland

Should a M&A advisor know your business and the software industry you operate in?Teamwork is the core competence of the CFIE M&A network, we combine local presence with in depth industry knowledge. When we help clients in selling their business we always have a local person on the ground working together with European software M&A experts. These advisors that help you to sell your business in Switzerland are being backed up by an European team of software M&A advisors that know possible buyers for your business. While being active in software we see international software buyers focus on specific industries where software can be applied. Some industries where software buyers are looking with a high interest for software businesses for sale are:

  • Manufacturing
  • Publishing and printing
  • Chemical industry
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Recycling
  • Power and water supply
  • Construction industry
  • Trading
  • Shipping, aviation
  • Transport
  • Telecommunications
  • Banking and insurance
  • Public administration
  • Healthcare and social welfare

When selling your business it is necessary for a M&A advisor to understand your business and industry in depth. If you want to read more about selling an ICT company in general please go to Sell an ICT company.

Type of buyers for your software business

Who could be a suited buyer for your software business?Mostly we, at Corporate Finance in Europe, focus on international strategic software buyers. These buyers can pay the highest value for your company as they can realize most synergies and have most funds available for acquisitions. If you want to achieve the highest sales price in many cases international buyers are the ideal solution. If your software business focuses on the implementation of standard foreign software there can be interested international buyers (German or any other country) that implement the same software in their home country. There are many software buyers that want to repeat the same implementation that they do in their home country in Switzerland.Sometimes your software company is too small to be sold to an international buyer. In this case a MBI (a business sale to an individual from outside the company) or a MBO (a business sale to people from within the company) might be a solution. If your software business has large recurring revenues the interest of domestic buyers will be high. Our Swiss M&A advisors can help you with these domestic business sales.

The process in general of how to sell a company

The process of selling a software company differs somehow from selling a business in a different industry. The main difference is the technical and industry related software part. However, you can still learn a lot from the general description on how to sell a company. In our daily work, with European business sales, cross border aspects are important. If you want to read more about the actual steps of selling a company please go to the process of selling a business.

When selling a software business

Timing is important before you start selling a business in Switzerland. You will need to prepare your company before you start the actual process of the sale of your business. The M&A advisors of Corporate Finance in Europe are ready to help you with selling your software company. We give you free advice if the time to sell is right for you and if there is further improvements to be made to your company. If you plan a sale of your Swiss business don´t hesitate to contact us. Get in touch with us to learn more about the possibilities to sell your Swiss software company.

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