French Duncan’s experts on mergers, acquisitions, tax and financial planning will be sharing their advice & top tips on how entrepreneurs & business leaders can best prepare for scaling a business and receiving financial investment at this workshop. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and the team will also be available afterwards for one-to-one conversations on the topics of mergers, acquisitions, corporate tax and financial planning.
WHAT WILL BE COVERED?
PREPARING FOR INVESTMENT
- What do investors look for?
- Guidance on business valuations – what’s your business worth?
- What due diligence is required?
- What you can do to prepare right away.
- Employee Ownership Schemes – why are these a good option for SMEs?
- How do they work? Alternative to selling? Succession planning?
- What are the benefits for you & your senior teams?
- What are the tax efficiencies offered by EO schemes
- How do investors view EO schemes?
- How can you protect your people?
- What protection is best?
- What other considerations are there?
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
- How to best position and communicate your brand.
- How to address your most important users, their needs & motivations.
- How to ensure compatibility; with other brand touchpoints & your wider online strategy
MEET THE HOSTS
MARC VOSILIUS, CORPORATE ADVISORY/ENTREPRENEURIAL SERVICES
An Award-winning Chartered Accountant, Marc joined French Duncan in 2014, bringing with him significant experience in undertaking audits for a range of businesses across the manufacturing, property and utilities sectors.
Over the past five years, Marc has led a number of diligence exercises for both external funders and purchasers. Clients benefit from Marc’s extensive commercial exposure and experience in sale mandates, as well as his corporate financial expertise which has seen him work on projects encompassing business planning, projections and grant applications.
Marc prides himself on offering a tailored approach to each individual client. Having grown up in a family business environment, he is particularly aware of the protocols and matters which must be considered in both family and smaller owner-managed businesses.
STEPHEN OATES – Corporate Tax Director
Stephen began his career working for a short time at HM Revenue & Customs as an Administrative Officer before joining an independent CA practice as a tax assistant dealing with all tax compliance issues and identifying tax planning opportunities. Three years later, he was appointed as tax manager to a mid-tier accountancy practice, where he remained for six years, before joining French Duncan in 2015 in the same role.
Stephen has gained extensive experience of working for both personal and corporate tax clients which enables him to give more comprehensive tax advice. He has gained exposure throughout his career to all aspects of Employment taxes and has added to this expertise through completing numerous Employment tax review and due diligence reports. Stephen has also been heavily involved with giving advice, both technical and compliance based, on all aspects of employment related securities which covers both tax advantaged scheme such as EMI, SIP, CSOP and non-tax advantages schemes.
ANDY REYNOLDS – WEALTH MANAGER
Andy has been in financial services for over eight years, and has experience in various guises advising individuals and companies how to protect and make the best use of their financial assets. His clients include business owners, wealthy families, trusts, retirees and corporate entities.
He holds a range of professional qualifications including Chartered Financial Planner, Fellow of the Personal Finance Society and Pension Transfer Specialist. He is a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment and he is an affiliate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Andy joined French Duncan in July 2019 and enjoys helping clients throughout Scotland. He is passionate about providing clarity and simplicity to financial planning, and a keen proponent of evidence-based investment strategies.
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