MBO school to share secrets of the trade

A team of industry professionals are offering courses designed to peel back the curtain on the successful execution of a management buyout.

A school that educates management teams on the details of executing a management buyout (MBO) will hold its first workshop at a hotel near London's Heathrow airport in mid-October. 

The brainchild of David Gudgin, partner at venture capital firm Albion Partners, and serial entrepreneur Mark Evans, the school is being backed by Smith & Williamson corporate finance partner Brian Livingstone and Bird & Bird lawyer Geraint Lloyd.

Historically MBOs were shrouded in secrecy, making it difficult for new teams to learn the ropes of the model, the school said in a statement.  “Even today, they are highly sensitive transactions, which is why everyone who attends MBO School will have a guarantee of confidentiality that their plans will not be revealed to any 3rd parties.”

The school will be held over a weekend so teams considering an MBO will not need to reveal to their colleagues or employers that they are considering one.

The workshop will include sessions on appointing advisors, legal issues, deal structure, how to gain funding and making a successful pitch.

“The biggest challenge for smaller MBO teams is bringing the management up to speed on how to execute a transaction that works for the vendor, the team and the investors who will back the deal,” said Livingston in a statement.

More information about the school can be found by visiting: www.mboschool.com