Deal Origination Specialists

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.

From ideas to completions

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.


What we do

  • Off-market acquisition targets idea generation
  • On-market deal sourcing via our network (optional)
  • Initial outreach and target screening / qualification
  • Process & key relationships management
  • Lead deals to completion (optional)

Our Deal Origination Experience

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.


International Expansion

How we helped a US-headquartered firm expand into Europe

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.

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