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Insider's Guide to Selling Your Manufacturing Company with Addison Adams
Episode 2026th February 2024 • The Manufacturers' Network • Lisa Ryan
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In this episode of The Manufacturers Network Podcast, Lisa Ryan is joined by M&A specialist Addison Adams, who shares valuable insights into the world of mergers and acquisitions within the manufacturing industry.

Addison Adams is a seasoned lawyer turned corporate deal maker specializing in mergers and acquisitions for small and mid-size businesses. After starting his career in litigation, he transitioned to .com investor financings and found his passion in bringing parties together to close deals with mutual satisfaction. With a keen eye for deal structuring and a knack for navigating complex negotiations, Addison has become a trusted advisor in the corporate world. Addison's expertise and focus on creating win-win situations have made him a valuable asset in the business world, from buying and selling businesses to forming joint ventures.

Key Theme:

- Addison sheds light on the intricacies of selling a manufacturing company, emphasizing the importance of preparation, expertise, and strategic decision-making to navigate the process successfully.

Lessons Learned:

1. The Value of Investment Bankers and Business Brokers: Addison highlights the value brought by these professionals in casting a wide net for potential buyers, aiding in negotiations, and driving up sale prices through engaging in auctions.

2. Confidentiality in Sales: The significance of maintaining confidentiality during the sale process is to prevent disruptions within the company and avoid potential risks associated with employees and customers becoming aware of the potential sale.

3. Compliance with Employment Law: It is important to ensure all employment laws are meticulously adhered to, minimizing risks for the buyer in the sale process.

4. The Role of Attorneys in M&A Deals: The benefits of partnering with specialist attorneys experienced in closing M&A deals for a faster, smoother, and more cost-effective process with better results.

Fun Facts:

- Addison Adams transitioned from a career in litigation to specialization in M&A within the manufacturing industry, driven by the positive energy of successful deals.

- His firm represents companies outside California, exemplified by their current deal in Wisconsin.

Actionable Ideas:

1. Manufacturers should get organized, understand the value of their business, and be well-versed in their business's worth before a sale.

2. Prepare for a sale by considering specialized employees, customer lists, facilities, supplier relationships, and proprietary processes.

3. Engage a specialist attorney experienced in closing M&A deals to navigate the sale process effectively and efficiently.

4. Understand sales' legal and financial implications, including the importance of due diligence and compliance with employment and other laws.

In this episode, Addison Adams provides invaluable insights that manufacturers looking to sell their businesses can leverage to make informed decisions and navigate the complexities of the sales process effectively.

Listen to the full episode for more detailed information, including specific examples and resources.




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