Buying a Business

Specialists in business acquisitions.

We know, as you do, that buying a business is a challenging process. We will handle your purchase with integrity and professionalism, whilst being flexible enough to shape our approach to fit your particular needs and requirements.

Whether you’re in a position to purchase and have a business in mind, or need help finding a business to buy, we can use our knowledge of the markets as well as our local, national and global connections to approach target businesses for you.

You can be confident that, in what is a complex process, we understand you and can be trusted to do the right thing, not necessarily the easy thing. We are also completely transparent in our fees, agreeing all charges with clients in advance.


1. Strategic assessment
2. Watching brief service
3. Proactive approach work
4. Valuation and funding feasibility
5. Indicative offer & negotiations
6. Heads of terms
7. Obtain funding
8. Due diligence
9. Legal contracts
10. Finalise and complete
11. Integration
Tax planning


We stand apart from other advisors and business transfer agents.

We combine our expertise of corporate transactions with a full range of in-house accountancy services, to help clients get the best from their business acquisition. We are considered and see the bigger picture, with a team that offers a breadth of services that range from valuing businesses and negotiating with vendors to raising funds, carrying out due diligence and co-ordinating the work of your legal advisers.


If you are a manager in a business and interested in buying out the current owner, a management buyout (MBO) could be your fast track to success.

Our specialists will guide you through the MBO process, making it as smooth as possible. So, whether you are seeking funding or putting an MBO team together, our corporate transactions experts in East Anglia will work closely with you to achieve an excellent outcome.


From our offices in Ipswich and Norwich, we help clients acquire businesses in Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, across the UK and abroad.

Your location is no barrier and we provide the same quality and surety of advice and service, wherever you are based.


Take advantage of a free, no-obligation consultation where we will discuss your plans in complete confidence.

Larking Gowen’s corporate transactions specialists have decades of deal experience and thanks to our team’s knowledge of the market and attention to your individual needs, you can rest assured that your business is in safe hands.



I’ve never bought a business before, why do I need a professional advisor?

My boss has offered me an opportunity to buy the business, what should I do?

Can I borrow money to buy the business?

I’ve already agreed a deal with the seller, can you help me check there are no unwelcome surprises?

The sellers will be offering me warranties and indemnities in the final legal contract, why should I bother with due diligence?

Can you help with integrating the business after we have bought it?

I will need a legal advisor, can you refer me to someone suitable?



Begin your search for the perfect acquisition today

Contact Larking Gowen Corporate Transactions in Ipswich on 01473 833411 or Norwich on 01603 624181 or email us at