Introduction to management buy-outs (MBO)

By Tolley
Introduction to management buy-outs (MBO)

The following Corporation Tax guidance note by Tolley provides comprehensive and up to date tax information covering:

  • Introduction to management buy-outs (MBO)
  • Basic structure of the MBO
  • Other structuring considerations - funding for the transaction
  • Other structuring considerations - stock stapling
  • Due diligence
  • Company taxation following the MBO

Basic structure of the MBO

An MBO takes place when the management team, which typically includes directors and first tier management, enters into an agreement to purchase an existing business. The usual form of an MBO is either:

  • the acquisition of the shares in the target company (Target) by a company newly incorporated by the management team to make the acquisition (Newco)
  • the acquisition of the trade and assets of Target by Newco
  • the transfer of Target’s trade to a subsidiary of Target (Target Subco) followed by Newco’s acquisition of Target Subco (known as a hive-down)
Other structuring considerations - funding for the transaction

The management team will invest funds into

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