Buy-Side M&A Advisory

Eton’s advisory services focus on strategic planning, valuations, due diligence, analysis and negotiation support across the acquisition journey. Our robust methodologies and deep legal and financial expertise ensure you’re supported at every turn.

Our Buy-Side M&A Advisory Services Advantage

Mergers and acquisitions are complex business deals involving companies merging or changing ownership. These require specific expertise, quick action, and a deep understanding of the industry. At Eton, we help companies with revenues between $5M and $150M navigate these deals with confidence.

We offer tailored M&A services designed to meet your specific needs. Our extensive experience in business valuations allows us to expertly navigate the complexities of various industries, markets, and regulations. We provide unbiased, third-party perspectives to ensure objectivity and deliver dependable, justifiable valuations you can trust.

This empowers decision-makers, like owners, investors, and managers, to make confident choices that lead to the best possible outcomes for your business.

Trustworthy & Transparent

Our team of highly skilled professionals, educated at the world's top universities and trained at the most prestigious firms, is dedicated to providing timely, accurate, and well-documented M&A valuation services and analyses that comply with the highest industry standards.

Tailored Approach

We have established best practices for valuation procedures specific to diverse portfolios. Our team takes the time to understand the intricacies associated with each engagement, ensuring a tailored approach that meets your unique needs.

Proven Track Record

Our experts understand the complexity of M&A, and have a proven track record in helping clients gain confidence through superior valuation and advisory services. Our experience across various business valuation services powers our ability to offer comprehensive and defensible M&A services.

Unparalleled Expertise

Founded by securities lawyers from top law schools / law firms and staffed with finance professionals trained by the Big Four and other prominent financial services firms, Eton brings intellectual and quantitative rigor unmatched by others.

"As a former Gunderson lawyer, I co-founded Eton to bring the rigor and efficiency of corporate securities law to M&A valuation support and advisory services. I take immense pride in our global team of Big 4-trained CFAs, who are not just experts in their field but also staunch adherents to our ethos of unparalleled client service.

Our singular mission is to provide audit-proof, robust, and prompt valuation support, tailored to the complexities of M&A transactions, while eliminating the tedious back-and-forth often encountered with other firms. At Eton, client service isn't just a practice; it's our creed. We are committed to consistently going beyond the norm to deliver exceptional value to every client in their M&A endeavors."

Chris Walton, JD
President & CEO
Eton Venture Services
Previously at Gunderson Dettmer / Stanford Law

Eton's M&A Advisory Services Include

Pre-Deal M&A Valuation Analysis

Assess target companies, divisions, or assets to help determine appropriate bidding prices, negotiation strategies, and optimal structures while identifying potential risks and synergies.

Quality of Earnings Analysis

Evaluate the sustainability and quality of a target company's earnings, providing insights into its financial health and potential for future growth.

Purchase Price Allocation (PPA)

Perform fair value assessments of tangible and intangible assets acquired in a business combination, ensuring compliance with financial reporting standards.

Goodwill Impairment Testing:

Assist clients in conducting annual goodwill impairment tests to determine if any write-downs are required, adhering to relevant accounting standards.

Intellectual Property and Intangible Asset Valuation

Appraise intellectual property assets, such as patents, trademarks, copyrights, licenses, and customer lists, which are critical components of many M&A transactions.

Transaction Opinions

Provide independent fairness opinions to boards of directors, ensuring that proposed transactions are fair to shareholders from a financial perspective.

M&A Deal Advisory

Offer guidance and support throughout the M&A process, from due diligence and deal negotiation to closing and post-transaction integration, addressing both financial and strategic aspects.

Litigation Support

Provide expert valuation and financial analysis services for M&A-related litigation, including purchase price disputes, earnout disputes, and breach of contract claims.


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M&A Advisory FAQs

Do you also do sell-side advisory?

Eton does both buy and sell-side M&A advisory services.

Eton is a business valuation specialist. We support PE firms, investors, and high-net-worth individuals with both sales and acquisitions, and all the advisory support needed in between. 

Internally, we have a team of senior legal experts and financial specialists who deliver services like:

  • M&A due diligence and valuation
  • M&A integration
  • Growth and acquisition strategy
  • Deal negotiation
  • Overseeing the acquisition process to a successful conclusion

Every Eton client is assigned a senior M&A advisory expert. Our CEO, Chris Walton, will be your key contact throughout your journey with us.

A professional valuation service can assist in identifying potential M&A targets by analyzing industry trends, growth drivers, and competitive landscapes. They can also help assess the financial health and strategic fit of potential targets, guiding the selection process and increasing the likelihood of a successful transaction.

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