The Business

Formed in 1989, Signwaves designs and manufactures display products for blue chip brands, retailers, agencies and trade resellers.

Signwaves is head-quartered from a three acre factory, office and warehouse site in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

The company has an extensive portfolio of patents and registered designs which has resulted in multiple awards over the years.

The Deal

Partial management buy-out enabling the controlling shareholders to implement a structured succession plan.

Majority shareholders retained a significant equity stake and the largest combined shareholding in the company.

Continuing shared focus on future business growth and a platform for further evolution of the shareholding structure.

Value Add

Designing an MBO structure in a tax effective manner and obtaining requisite tax clearances from HM Revenue & Customs.

Assisting the team to identify balanced and favourable terms for all team members.

Financial modelling of the business with deal structure overlaid.

Assisting in the introduction of a new shareholders’ agreement and liaising with the company’s lawyers and bankers through to completion of the deal.






Structured MBO

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To say we couldn’t have achieved this without JDC would be an understatement! From inception of the plan to a successful conclusion less than 12 months later, Jon and his team’s expertise across all aspects of a complex transaction, and ability to communicate it effectively to both sides of a mixed experience audience, was invaluable. I cannot praise JDC highly enough, this partial management buy-out marks the start of an exciting new chapter in the company’s evolution. A springboard for future growth!

Mark Ford Co-Founder of Signwaves