The following are four compelling reasons to choose Diligence.
1. The person behind the company
Diligence distinguishes itself from other M&A specialists by focusing on you both on the entrepreneurial and on the personal level. Prior to drawing up a plan aimed at gaining maximum financial benefit for you, we listen carefully to your story. However much buying or selling may seem alike, each situation is altogether different, and a successful transfer depends on more than just the selling price.
Are you ready to leave your working life and to start enjoying some relaxation and leisure time? We know what a drastic step this can be, and we therefore go to great lengths to learn what keeps you occupied, what your doubts are, and how you envisage a perfect future for yourself. We focus not only on the commercial but also on the personal aspects. Continuity of the business is important, but so is the future for you and your family, for your immediate environment, and for those for whom you feel responsible.
Is buying or selling a business the next step in your career? Of course, cashing in is important, but you no doubt have a general idea of where you are heading, and how you hope to get there. We will put your mind at ease, and, whenever you want, provide you with all the information necessary to remain in control. Once your business has been sold, you will be able to look back with satisfaction and gratitude, and to look ahead to the next phase in your career as a successful entrepreneur.
2. Reputation and experience
Diligence is an independent, self-managing organisation with nine offices throughout the Netherlands. Since the company’s establishment in 1998, we have provided entrepreneurs in the SME acquisition market with high-level services, operating in a discreet manner, and always focused on the interests of the client. During this 20-year period, we have gained a wealth of experience, extensive knowledge, a database, and a network, from all of which our M&A specialists are able to draw. And the result is evident; to date, Diligence M&A specialists have successfully closed over 400 deals. We use our own ‘platform’ (website and newsletter – ‘Overnamezaken’ – which we send regularly to about 10,000 interested market players) to share our knowledge, experience, news of transactions, and propositions with the market.
3. Our M&A specialists: entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs
Our M&A specialists are self-employed, and usually have an entrepreneurial background, which means they are dedicated, proactive, enterprising, and creative. Furthermore, all of them have considerable life experience. Our senior advisors know what challenges you will face when you seek to sell your company or to purchase one. They know the ropes and speak your language, which greatly facilitates discussions.
Of course, the Diligence advisor masters every aspect of the acquisition process, and also knows when to call in extra expertise. We are all affiliated with the Dutch Beroepsorganisatie voor Specialisten in Bedrijfsoverdracht (BOBB), a professional organisation that serves as a quality mark and knowledge network (www.bobb.nl). Our M&A advisors are distributed regionally, so there will always be one near you. They frequently publish their experiences in the media, give presentations at entrepreneurial events, and perform in our regional Master-class sessions.
Diligence is a Dutch national network of intermediaries, which means that if one intermediary is searching for you, others are doing so as well.
4. National and international cooperation
At the international level, Diligence cooperates with peer organisations based in Germany and Belgium. Being independent allows us to enter into joint ventures with other organisations of legal experts, tax consultants, accountants, and other specialists, on an ad hoc basis or otherwise. For each case, we will create the best team of specialists, in the interests of the client.