Buying or selling a business or looking for an investor is not a simple task, but an undertaking based on knowledge, skill, a network, and a great deal of experience. Very few people have these skills. No matter how profound an entrepreneur’s understanding of his trade, he will not necessarily be proficient in selling his business or in buying one, to say nothing of the time required to invest in such projects.
Diligence since 1998
Professional help is often needed in the form of an M&A specialist who quickly brings together the right parties and supervises the entire acquisition process from beginning to end. Diligence was established in 1998 on the basis of this concept,
and we can say with conviction it was not for nothing. Increasingly more entrepreneurs engage Diligence to manage their affairs. Within the SME sector, Diligence has become a household name, and for good reason: namely, for many years, we have been loyal partners of the Dutch Chambers of Commerce in the field of business acquisition; in 2006, we stood at the cradle of the professional organisation BOBB (www.bobb.nl), for many years, we have also organised widely appreciated annual Master classes in business acquisition for entrepreneurs within the SME sector; all our advisors are certified M&A specialists, and − most important of all − since 1998, we have successfully supervised more than 400 acquisition transactions in trade, industry, and the services sector (including a substantial number of ICT companies).
In order to serve our clients even better, in 2002 we entered into a cooperation agreement with the German Concess GmbH and the Belgian Vandecruys, and have since further expanded our international network. Through Brookz (www.brookz.nl) and Transeo (www.transeo-association.eu), we have access to European-wide acquisition platforms, where we can submit our supply and demand profiles.
Over the past several years, our advisors have won many awards and certificates. Furthermore, we have one of the Netherlands’ best Register Valuators working for us.
Diligence is one of the few M&A specialists in the SME sector with a nation-wide network, and one of the biggest suppliers of company profiles in acquisition databanks such as Brookz and MKBase.
Diligence is a highly reputable organisation. And while perhaps not the largest, it is certainly the oldest, best, and most experienced organisation in the field of company takeovers in the SME sector. Diligence is truly an organisation with heart and soul.Tijdlijn Diligence
Establishment, starting from Maastricht
First training sessions and qualification of M&A specialists via Maastricht School of Management
First acquisition paper entitled ‘Diligence Opportunities’ issued with 40,000 copies
- Preferred partnership with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce involving acquisition of and selling of companies
Buyout of founder, franchiser
Change of the franchise-based organisational structure into a partner organisation
Cooperation agreement with Concess GmbH in Germany: https://concess.de/
Cooperation agreement with Vandecruys in Belgium
Diligence launches entrepreneurial company-takeover themed evenings in cooperation with Bedrijfsintermediair
100th transaction completed
Diligence is one of the five founders of the Ondernemingsbeurs van de Kamer van Koophandel online platform (in cooperation with Rabobank, the former NOvAA – now NBA, MKB Adviseurs, and the Chamber of Commerce): the first platform for companies requested and offered for takeover
New house style, logo, and website
‘Diligence Opportunities’ becomes ‘Overnamezaken’ (volume: 50,000 copies)