Management Buyout Services

Your trusted partner in navigating Management Buyouts

If you're a business owner looking to transition out of your company and considering a Management Buyout (MBO) as an exit strategy, our experienced legal team is here to guide you through this complex process.

What is a MBO?

MBOs are intricate business transactions that provide an opportunity for a company's existing management team to acquire ownership of the business they are currently operating. It’s a strategic transaction where a significant portion, or all, of the ownership stake is purchased from the current owners or shareholders.

The process involves several key stages:

  1. Preliminary assessment and planning
  2. Identifying sources of financing
  3. Due diligence
  4. Negotiating terms
  5. Financing and closing
  6. Post-transaction operation

This allows the management team to take control of the business, often with the assistance of external financing, and become the new owners.

Key Considerations for MBOs

We believe the following are key considerations for when exploring MBOs:


Securing the necessary funding is crucial for a successful MBO. Careful financial planning is essential.

Due diligence                      

Thorough due diligence is required to uncover any potential risks or liabilities associated with the business.

Legal and tax implications         

Legal and tax advisers play a vital role in structuring the MBO to maximise benefits and minimise risks.

Management team's capabilities      

The management team's qualifications and ability to lead the business are critical for the success of the MBO.

Is a MBO Right for You?

Whether a MBO is the right strategy depends on your specific goals, the readiness of the management team, and the financial health of the business. It is a process which can be complex (but not usually as complex as a trade sale) and requires careful planning and execution.

If you would like further information on MBOs, you can read a detailed overview here.

Why Choose Doyle Clayton for Your MBO?

Proven expertise     

Our team has a successful track record of facilitating MBOs for sellers in various industries, ensuring you receive the highest level of expertise.

Tailored solutions                 

If needed, we can customise our approach to your specific needs and objectives, ensuring a seamless transition that aligns with your goals.

Strategic guidance                 

We provide strategic guidance to help you make informed decisions throughout the MBO process, ensuring your legacy is preserved.


We prioritise the confidentiality of your transaction, safeguarding sensitive information throughout the MBO process.

Contact Doyle Clayton

If you’re considering a MBO as an exit strategy, or simply require further information, you can book a meeting directly with one of our team, via this link. Alternatively you can contact the team via email.

Liz Barton

Liz is a highly experienced lawyer advising companies and individuals on all aspects of corporate law, from advising on company constitutions and corporate governance matters, to group reorganisations and share and business disposals and acquisitions.

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Thomas Clark

Thomas is an experienced corporate lawyer who advises clients on matters including business sales and purchases, shareholder agreements and articles of association, reorganisations, preparation for sale, and employee incentives.

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Elena Perri

Elena is an Associate based in the firm’s City office, specialising in corporate and commercial law, advising both businesses and individuals.

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Leah Caprani

Leah is a newly qualified solicitor, specialising in corporate law, assisting with a range of corporate matters including corporate finance, employee incentives, employee ownership trusts and M&A transactions.

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