Background to the MBO Market

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An MBO, by definition, is the purchase of a company by its management. Management would generally acquire a controlling or significant equity stake for a small personal investment. The remaining purchase price is financed by external parties providing debt and additional equity.

MBO’s first came to the UK market during the 1970’s, since then they have increased in popularity to become the most common form of acquisition today. The graph below demonstrates that MBO’s generate, on average, 50% of all merger and acquisition transactions.

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