Trade / Share Sale

Trade / Share Sale

What is a Trade / Share Sale?

A share sale tends to be the most common exit. It is the sale of the entire share capital of the company. This can be to a trade buyer, management team or employee trust.

It normally involves the disposal of a business' shares or assets and even liabilities, in whole or in part. This transaction could be made with a strategic buyer who intends to grow their own business or to a financial buyer who intends to create a financial return on their invested capital.

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Key Considerations

Once a share sale is complete, the buyer assumes responsibility for the whole company and in general, a share sale is a more attractive option from a tax perspective for a seller, compared to an enquirer.

The acquiring party may also expect the seller to give warranties or guarantees as protection against unknown liabilities. Conducting reverse due diligence provides an opportunity to strengthen the business ahead of the transaction, pre-empting and rectifying any issues a buyer may view as a risk.

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Key Benefits

There are a number of benefits to undertaking an Trade / Share Sale, including:

  • Tax Efficient
  • Simpler for Seller
  • Secure a 'Clean Break'
  • Create Buyer Competition

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Why GS Verde Group?

All the support you need, under one roof

Both financial and legal support are paramount throughout a trade/share sale. At the GS Verde Group, we can help with both.

Pre-sale preparation, financial modelling, valuation, buyer identification and legal structure will all be necessary. As a Group, we are able to support business owners through the entire trade/share sale process and we were delighted to recently do just this for Abergavenny Fine Foods.

To find out if a trade/share sale is the right route for you and your business, contact us.

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Case Study

The GS Verde Group advised Abergavenny Fine Foods (AFF) on its acquisition by Europe-based The Frostkrone Food Group.

The Group assisted the cross-border aspect to the acquisition, providing end-to-end advice and support throughout negotiations and upon the completion of the deal.


"We are very excited to be joining the Frostkrone Food Group and continuing on our growth journey in frozen and chilled finger food together, bringing more value and job security to Wales and the local area in the process."

Jason Rees, Managing Director

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