Garry Karch

Head of EOT Services | London (City)

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One of the UK's best known Employee Ownership Trust advisers, Garry heads the firm's EOT Services team.


"Garry has proved himself to be the leading banker for Employee Ownership Trusts in the UK, allying American experience to evolving British practice. With charm and expertise Garry has made it possible for British business owners to sell to employees at a fair price.”

Malcolm Hurlston CBE Chairman Employee Share Ownership(ESOP) Centre

Garry leads the firm’s EOT Services team and is one of the UK’s leading EOT advisers. A 30-year career has seen him complete over 150 transactions in the UK and US with a combined value of more than £750m.  

For clients, Garry manages the entire process - from structuring the transaction to raising the capital to support the sale to the EOT through to completion. This ensures that alongside the continued independence and benefit to the employees (versus a third party sale) an EOT provides, owners are able to exit on their terms and are paid fairly for the value they’ve created in their business.

Recent work includes -  

  • Advising on the sale of a restaurant chain in East Anglia to an Employee Ownership Trust, including structuring the transaction and conducting a full process to raise capital to support the transaction.
  • Advising a metal fabrication business in the Northeast of England with respect to a sale of the business to an Employee Ownership Trust. The transaction included the valuation of the business and the structuring of vendor loans on the same terms and conditions that third-party lenders would provide.
  • Working with the vendors of an Essex-based electrical and mechanical contractor on the sale of the business to an EOT, including the business valuation and overall transaction structuring.

A regular conference speaker on EOTs, social media commentator and author, feedback Garry has received includes -

“To the point ……. free of technical jargon. Just what I needed to share with my colleagues to help us understand what lies ahead as we embark on our journey into Employee Ownership.”

Other members of the firm’s EOT Services team include:

Garry's webinar Employee Ownership Trusts (EOTs) - selling your company to its employees is below. This introduces the concept of employee ownership trusts and the benefits of selling a company to an EOT and covers CGT, income tax, employee bonuses, transaction speed, long-term stable ownership, ongoing independence, legacy and job creation -

EOTs as a business sale alternative - (the second in the series) is below where Garry explains in detail the benefits of selling a company to an EOT over a trade sale or private equity. 

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