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Two emerging trends in the small and medium-sized business sector seem to be conspiring to make family succession a thing of the past:
Young entrepreneurs these days seem more interested in building up their own business with a view to selling it on once it has become established.
With family succession becoming less of an option, business owners are faced with the problem of how to extract themselves from their business when the time comes for them to retire or move on to another venture.
Other than passing your business interests on to members of your family, the principal options for disposing of them are:
Each of these options requires careful planning. Besides the complexities of the legal arrangements, there are important matters such as valuing your share of the business and timing the disposal to minimise your tax liabilities and maximise your gains.
These are matters in which we have considerable experience and expertise. Call us if you would like guidance on developing and implementing a business exit strategy.