Transaction Services

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Whether you are buying or selling a business, you need a single solution for transaction management. BKD's dedicated team of transaction professionals can offer the expertise to quickly identify and quantify issues and provide meaningful solutions. We understand you want insight before you invest in a company and commit your capital, energy and reputation.

During the last two years, BKD has completed due diligence engagements with a combined purchase price in excess of $2.5 billion. We can help you understand a target company’s strengths, weaknesses, potential risk areas and improvement opportunities to help in your investment decision and post-acquisition integration. Whether you are a private equity group or a corporate acquirer, our due diligence can help you better execute the deal.

As part of Praxity, AISBL, an international accounting alliance, BKD has a global transaction reach. Our international tax team combines cross-border transaction experience with local tax knowledge to assist you in planning and complying with often complex international tax rules.

BKD offers the comprehensive services expected of a national firm at cost-effective rates. Our middle-market focus provides relevant expertise to assist you in making appropriate decisions and negotiate from a position of strength.

Our transaction management approach is flexible and tailored to your specific needs. We will work with you to determine the appropriate scope of work, to confirm your thesis of the company’s value drivers and to reduce uncertainty.

Our typical areas of focus include:

  • Assessing the quality of earnings and cash flow
  • Reviewing company forecasts compared to historical results and trends in the industry
  • Identifying asset and liability exposures
  • Identifying the value drivers and risk areas
  • Analyzing working capital to understand the impact on cash flows and to assist in setting working capital targets
  • Analyzing historical and related future baseline and growth capital expenditures
  • Identifying internal control weaknesses including observations on systems
  • Performing market research with the help of our alliances
  • Identifying carve-out issues if part of a larger entity, including standalone and one-time integration costs
  • Assessing differences from generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)

We can also help with:

  • Business models
  • Cash flow models
  • Working capital engagements

If you are selling a business, or even a piece of it, you also need to anticipate the risks and issues that will arise from the buyer’s perspective. Being prepared is the key to capturing the full strategic value of a sale. Our transaction services team can assist you in all phases of a divestiture. We offer insight to help prevent surprises from occurring later in the sales process.

Jerry Henderson

National Industry Partner
Audit

Jerry Henderson

National Industry Partner

Audit

Manufacturing & Distribution

600 N. Hurstbourne Parkway, Suite 350
P. O. Box 22127
Louisville, KY 40252-0127

Louisville
502.581.0435

“In my 21 years of experience, I’ve worked with a lot of accounting firms. BKD distinguishes itself from the others. If they’re involved with a job, I feel confident it will be done right and on time. It’s great working with a firm that makes my job easier, not harder.”

“In most cases, it seemed that other accounting firms I worked with were just waiting to catch a mistake. But BKD stands behind me, working with me, not against me. In the past, when my accounting firm called, I would cringe. When BKD calls, I’m happy to pick up the phone.”

“As the CFO of a private equity firm, there’s not really anyone else in my office who does what I do on a daily basis, so there’s no one to talk through accounting or tax issues with. BKD provides the support I need.”

“I love BKD. I can’t imagine doing my job without them.”

— Blinn Cirella, Chief Financial Officer
Saw Mill Capital LLC
Briarcliff Manor, New York

“We use BKD for all our due diligence because we can count on them to both help us close good deals and keep us out of bad deals. Even for evaluating an investment opportunity in Mexico, they were able to staff a team of both U.S. and Mexican citizens. Their skill and capabilities rival anyone else’s and we have used all of the big four before we settled in with BKD.”

— Paul Pickard, Managing Director
Stewart Capital Management
Stilwell, Kansas

“BKD did a great job with the assignment – coming in on time and on budget with a high quality product.”

— Michael Hompesch, Principal
Dubin Clark & Company
Greenwich, Connecticut

“BKD has been a pleasure to work with in all respects.  We have used their diligence team on several different investments.  We have found the work quality to be high and the service excellent.  On each deal, we have had senior level resources devote time/resources to help us understand and answer key diligence questions.”

— Hunter Carpenter, Principal
The Stephens Group, LLC
Little Rock, Arkansas

“BKD’s transactional due diligence team exceeded all of our expectations.  They performed a complete corporate due diligence review of the target company, which included sales, manufacturing, accounting, information systems, human resources and tax related issues.  The target company presented a very challenging situation for everyone, but BKD’s resourcefulness and businessman’s approach in helping us substantiate our original investment thesis was invaluable.  I would recommend BKD’s team to anyone who is responsible for operating companies and M&A transactions.”

— David J. Malizia, Managing Partner
Westshore Capital Partners
Tampa, Florida

"BKD’s team delivered on time and under budget. Their work product was thorough and insightful from both an accounting and business perspective. I would use them again."

— Kevin Fechtmeyer
President
Cave Creek Capital
Scottsdale, Arizona

"The BKD transaction services team has been a beneficial resource to KVCI because they have experience in the field, and they keep in tune with what we are trying to accomplish. We get excellent value for our dollar and timely delivery. We keep coming back to BKD because of the high level of trust and confidence we have in the team and the firm."

— Marshall Parker
President
KVCI (& Perennial)
Leawood, Kansas

"The level of BKD’s work quality is high, and we have had an excellent experience working with the manufacturing and distribution, state and local tax, transaction services and investment banking teams. We know many professionals within BKD, which makes the firm both accessible and an organization we trust."

— Marshall Parker
President
KVCI (& Perennial)
Leawood, Kansas

"The relationship KVCI has with BKD has created opportunities for both firms. We have been able to work on client situations together, and I believe both firms have seen an increase in business activity due to our relationship."

— Marshall Parker
President
KVCI (& Perennial)
Leawood, Kansas

"BKD’s managers and partners provide excellent continuity, which is key, and we often work with the same team members on projects. The firm’s professionals treat the accounting and tax staff at their client as an extension of their own team. The continuing and ongoing interaction with our advisors makes it easy to recommend BKD because you know the matter will be handled well."

— Marshall Parker
President
KVCI (& Perennial)
Leawood, Kansas

"The BKD team assists and advises us in many ways—the audit team highlights potential financial control improvements, and the tax team counsels us on complex tax issues.”

— Peter Coyne
Vice President
Saw Mill Capital
Kansas City, Missouri

“BKD’s client service led us to engage BKD as our transaction advisor for add-ons at portfolio companies. The firm’s transaction services team has worked on four add-on acquisitions, all of which have closed. In one acquisition, BKD provided forensic audit services leading to a better understanding of the actual earnings of the target company, which proved extremely valuable to us during the valuation process.”

— Peter Coyne
Vice President
Saw Mill Capital
Kansas City, Missouri

“The accessibility we have to the BKD team is extremely important to us, and I enjoy the relationship I have with them. When I need assistance, I go directly to the partner or director.”

— Peter Coyne
Vice President
Saw Mill Capital
Kansas City, Missouri

“The opportunities for acquisitions turn off and on quickly, so we must respond immediately. BKD’s Transaction Services team understands our company’s needs, and they have responded expediently each time, from issuing engagement letters to performing Quality of Earnings assessments.”

— Maury Dumba
Vice President Business Development
Greene’s Energy Group, LLC
Houston, Texas

“BKD’s Transaction Services team is knowledgeable and responsive, and we have built a rapport with one another in which we can have open and candid conversations.”

— Maury Dumba
Vice President Business Development
Greene’s Energy Group, LLC
Houston, Texas

“Often, I set aggressive timelines, and the BKD Transaction Services team has proven they can meet these pressing deadlines. The team issues excellent reports, which have impressed our investors.”

— Maury Dumba
Vice President Business Development
Greene’s Energy Group, LLC
Houston, Texas

“I am impressed with BKD’s transaction services team, which performed due diligence on a highly complex transaction. When UKHA brought them in, they hit the ground running, put together a great package and ensured a smooth transition in a nearly impossible timeframe.”

— William H. Marting
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
University of Kansas Hospital Authority
Shawnee Mission, Kansas

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