Emotions play into M&A as much as price

Buying a family-owned business requires much more than settling on the right price, mergers and acquisitions professionals say. The sale of a company that’s been in a family for decades or generations may come with emotional strings attached. In those instances, cutting a deal requires addressing much more than just financial considerations.

John Kerschen, managing director of Charter Capital Partners, urges families that own a business to go through a formal succession or exit planning process with professional advisers. Conducting a “purposeful exercise” enables a company’s owners to identify its characteristics and opportunities and match them with their personal objectives, “and then you start to pursue a transaction that fits those objectives,” Kerschen said. Read more at MiBiz

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