Succession is an independent corporate finance boutique focused on lower mid market M&A services covering sell side and buy side advice, MBOs/MBIs and fundraising initiatives.
Launched in 2007 with the support of Livingstone Partners, who remain a shareholder, we deliver a tailored and personalised boutique service.
Our sole purpose is maximising shareholder value, introducing the most attractive parties and delivering outstanding results.
“The announcement of the deal was a very pleasing conclusion to the strenuous efforts which have been made to secure the team’s future. We received valuable advice from Succession Corporate Finance in concluding the deal.
Ross Brawn, OBE, Former Team Principal, Mercedes AMG Petronas GP
“I appreciated the efforts of Succession Corporate Finance. They played a key role in negotiating and finalising the deal. In fact I do not think we would have progressed as far as we did and as quickly as we did without them.”
Sir Richard Branson, President, Virgin Group
Partner led advice with vast experience in the low mid market M&A – the senior team have completed over 250 deals in their careers so far.
The Succession team is fully committed to providing proven quality advice to clients seeking a skilled, dedicated and hands-on advisory team that will look after its clients’ interests from start to finish. We always work with passion and good humour.
Chris has built a career of more than 15 years of international advisory experience. He has held senior roles within a large accounting firm and a number of independent corporate finance houses where he has acted as lead advisor on transactions for public and private companies. Chris has acted on floatations, secondary raising, rights issues, disposal and acquisition for clients across the UK, Asia, Australia, Africa and the US. He has also held senior roles in industry and in 2011 he was appointed CEO of an Australian public company, a role he held for 18-months. More recently was co-founder of a successful online retail business.
Education: B.Com. MBA
Min graduated from the University of Manchester in 1992 with a degree in Law. He joined Berwin Leighton in 1993, where he qualified as a solicitor before moving to Baring Brothers’ corporate finance department in 1995. In 1998, Min joined Cavendish Corporate Finance where, as partner, he led the business services team and completed over 30 transactions, before joining Succession as partner in 2011. Min has worked on a wide range of UK and cross-border transactions for public and private companies, including disposals, acquisitions, flotations, rights issues, management buy-outs, reverse take-overs and several UK public offers.
Education: LLB (Hons), CF, Solicitor (non-practicing)
After graduating from the University of Westminster with BA(Hons) degree in International Business in 2002, Miikka started his career in a boutique FX research and consultancy firm before joining ABN AMRO Bank providing research and analysis for their corporate finance and ECM functions. In 2006 he joined Livingstone Partners in their London office and moved over to Succession in 2008, shortly after it was launched with the support of Livingstone. Miikka has worked on over 50 domestic and cross border transactions during his time at Livingstone and Succession. He is responsible for Succession’s research operations, among others.
Education: BA (Hons) International Business, Diploma in Corporate Finance
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Prior to founding Succession Corporate Finance, he spent 13 years at Livingstone Partners having previously been at corporate lawyers Dickson Minto WS. Gordon has led 120+ transactions in many sectors, advising owner managers, corporates, banks, private equity houses and management teams. In particular, he has completed a number of software, support services and speciality manufacturers transactions – both in the UK and cross border. He is also a seminar speaker and has had many articles published on buying and selling unquoted companies.
In addition to corporate finance advisory, Gordon invests directly in unquoted UK companies, and takes non-executive board positions to help businesses grow and ready themselves for exit. Former Non Executive Directorships include the championship winning Brawn GP Formula One Team (now Mercedes AMG Petronas GP).
Education: LLB (Hons), Dip LP
“Succession were a great adviser throughout the process. I was delighted with the service that Succession offered and their real attention to detail. They knew how to handle whatever situation occurred and the team were a total pleasure to work with. Their involvement was instrumental to the deal being successful.”
Frank Muller, Founder of MM-Eye
“We were looking for an adviser who could identify and approach potential buyers internationally in the video games sector. Succession identified a Japanese purchaser which will allow Side to continue to grow. The Succession team was professional and tenacious to ensure that the deal reached a successful conclusion despite the inherent difficulties of a cross border transaction.”
Andy Emery, Managing Director of Side
“Succession provided great advice and guidance to the team whenever needed and their support helped ensure that the deal proceeded smoothly, especially considering that this was Stantec’s first UK standalone acquisition.”
Jon Cooke, Managing Director of ESI Limited
OUR INTERNATIONAL REACH
Our capabilities and reach are not limited to the UK. We have worked on transactions in many countries across five continents.
Most of our projects involve an international dimension. We have access to a large number of markets and key industry contacts across the globe which have translated into around half of our disposal projects being sold to international buyers, with overseas offers on 75% of sale mandates.
“Succession invested a considerable amount of time upfront and indentified a number of highly relevant purchasers, both domestic and cross-border, who we met during the sale process. Succession provided continuous hands on support and advice, and the process could not have gone any smoother”
Dean Yardley, CEO of Hitched Ltd
“The Succession team were an integral part of this successful process. They were committed and professional throughout the process to ensure we found the right buyer and guide us through every step of the sale process. This is a great outcome for both the shareholders and the ongoing management team. We would happily recommend Succession to other businesses looking at their exit.”
Steve Wright, Founder and Managing Director of Stormport Professional Services
“Min and Miikka were an integral part of this successful process. I want to thank them both for all their help, sound advice and hard work. They very skilfully guided us through a challenging process and were committed and professional throughout, providing invaluable guidance and were hands-on from start to finish.”
Louise T Dunne, CEO of Auriga Consulting
We work with successful entrepreneurs and owner-managers, advise corporates on disposals and provide services to private equity firms on both buy and sell side.
We are passionate about our clients’ success and are selective as to who we work with to ensure a dedicated and uncompromised service throughout any process. Our past clients are our best ambassadors.