What Is the1?


A fresh M&A philosophy...

Some companies content themselves with doing 'a' transaction rather than 'the' transaction, which, for emphasis, we like to call 'the 1'. Even if a company finds a good transaction, it is rarely the optimal one.

If you are seeking a normal M&A firm to deliver a normal M&A deal, you are in the wrong place!

We understand that there is by definition only 1 transaction out there that can be considered the optimal one, and it should be identified and captured. Sometimes, an opportunity is the optimal one because it is the perfect partner for your purposes. Sometimes, it is more the transaction valuation and structure that make it perfect - what we do with it to make it optimal. Usually it is a combination. the1 exists to deliver the optimal in both.

For acquirers, there can of course be more than 1 optimal transaction - if the client has several defined niches in which it wishes to invest. But, again, we believe that, in each of these, there is only 1 optimal transaction to be sought out.

For an owner considering an exit, while there is only 1 optimal transaction, there is also the optimal timing to achieve that. the1 advises on when to strike. Instead, the optimal can be the perfect balance between financial and personal considerations.

This site sets out to show that these words are not simply marketing statements, but instead there is an integrated strategy and methodology which actually deliver on the optimal. We try to take you inside the world of the1 to show you how we work. And we demonstrate here that we not only have a systematic methodology but show how each step of our methodology is directly related to finding the 1 transaction for you.