We specialise in working directly with private-equity-backed businesses seeking inorganic growth via acquisitions domestically and internationally. Our deal origination services include identifying, screening, and initiating discussions with potential acquisition targets.
Our deal origination team focuses on finding, appraising and engaging with acquisition targets.
Generating attainable acquisition target ideas is at the very core of what we do. By contacting qualified targets on behalf of our clients under the guise of ‘Ascent M&A Consulting’, we create more engagements that lead to more meetings, offers, and completed deals.
Our databases and research techniques give us access to off-market acquisition targets and the key shareholders behind them. Our global database of M&A advisors, corporate financiers, business brokers and independent bankers gives us a unique access to on-market acquisition opportunities.
We primarily work with UK, European and North American private-equity-backed companies, sourcing transactions from £5m to £100m in enterprise value.
Our experience spans many market sectors including industrial automation, domiciliary care, managed holiday rentals, artificial grass, recruitment, insurtech, pensions administration, retail technology, payroll firms, managed IT services and many others.
Whatever the sector, we embrace the challenge and objectively increase deal flow for our clients.
In 2022, we were approached by our client to assist with the deal origination of industrial automation companies in Europe. The US-headquartered company, backed by a North American private equity firm with $10bn of capital, was seeking multiple acquisitions in the region. It was imperative the first acquisition had revenue of $50m+ so that it could facilitate the acquisition of smaller domestic companies. The ultimate goal is to create a $100m+ revenue company in Europe.
We began by identifying the European countries and respective domestic regions in which industrial automation clusters had emerged. We appraised more than 1,000 potential targets. The targets were scored on their activity, verticals, size and their ownership status. The result was a shortlist of c.50 highly desirable acquisition targets, 80%+ of which engaged with us and a good portion of those progressed to meetings with our client.
The result is our client has a strong pipeline of European transactions for 2023 and 2024 with many now approaching deal completion.
“Ascent is a valuable partner for all things research, from industry intelligence to identifying buyers. As a mid-market M&A advisor it is essential that we identify the most valuable exit options for our clients. Ascent consistently identifies well-qualified financial and trade acquirers from around the world, vital for Headpoint to maximise deal values.”Mark Wilson
Managing Partner at Headpoint Advisors
“I appointed Ascent in 2015 as our provider of M&A research services and they have worked with my accountancy member firms consistently since then, delivering a valuable service for corporate finance teams across the UK. They are very conscientious and ensure I can deliver those firms a high quality, market-leading service to support them in their work with SMEs.”Kirsty McGregor, Founder & Chairman at The Corporate Finance Network
“Ascent has been a critical resource to our deal-making. Their market-mapping and deal-support is first-rate, and their partnership approach is fundamental to the continued success of the relationship. Ascent goes the extra mile to get a deal done and I'd highly recommend their services across the M&A spectrum.”David Cockcroft, Managing Partner at Blackrose Equity
“Knowing that effective research has to cover not just our own environment but that of the (mostly) western world, we were fortunate to receive a recommendation of Ascent. Over the last two years we have come to appreciate more and more our good fortune in having encountered Ascent. Their research has been of excellent width and depth. The work has been quick, effective and highly productive.”Richard Barlow, Managing Partner at Onyx Corporate
“Ascent’s deep M&A market knowledge helps us identify additional acquirers to ensure a competitive bidding process for shareholders seeking an exit. If you want to create choice for M&A clients, you need Ascent on your side.”Mark Sapsford, Partner at CapEQ
“Having Ascent’s reach added to our M&A capacity sets us apart from most competitors. Ascent gives us a global reach into an enormous potential of possible buyers. Creating this international pool of targets to speak to gives us an edge in negotiating the best possible deal for our clients.”Derk Kropholler, Partner at FBM Corporate Finance
“We have been working with Ascent for some years now – As a typical example of their work, during a project involving a globally focused cutting-edge digital events company serving globally present Fortune 1000 clients, Ascent created one of the highest throughputs we’ve seen in terms of the numbers of interested parties from around the world. Many were companies our client was unaware of. Having been in the M&A world for more than 30 years I can personally confirm Ascent's expertise is second to none.”Simon Gregory, CEO at BCMS Switzerland
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