M&A Transaction Services

Eton helps companies with revenues between $5M and $150M maximize M&A deal values and minimize risks.

Our Big-4 trained experts ensure smooth, successful transactions tailored to your unique needs at affordable prices.

Trusted By Over 1,000 Companies

Why Choose Eton as M&A Transaction Advisor?

Mergers and acquisitions are complex, and you need expert guidance, quick action, and deep industry knowledge to maximize your success. 

At Eton, we help companies with revenues between $5M and $150M navigate these deals confidently.

We work with private equity firms, investors, and high net-worth individuals, offering full support for sales, acquisitions, and everything in between. 

Being a boutique firm, we take pride in providing individual attention to our clients. Every client is paired with a senior M&A advisor, and I, the CEO, will be your main contact throughout your journey with us.

Unparalleled Expertise

Eton is founded by top security lawyers and our team consists of Big-4 trained legal and finance experts. We provide timely, accurate, and well-documented M&A advisory and valuations that comply with the highest industry standards.

Tailored and Individual Advice

Navigating buy-side and sell-side transactions can be overwhelming, but we're here to help. Our M&A advisory team will guide you through every step, answering your questions and creating a plan that works for your business.

Proven Track Record

Eton’s experts understand the complexity of M&A, and have a proven track record in helping clients gain confidence through superior valuation and advisory services.

Post-Transaction Support

Eton's commitment to your success doesn't end with the deal closure. We offer comprehensive post-transaction support to ensure smooth integration and maximize the benefits of your acquisition or sale.

"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

Our Full Range of M&A Transaction Services

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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Chris Walton, JD

President & CEO

Chris co-founded Eton Venture Services in 2010 to provide mission-critical valuations to venture-based companies. He works closely with each client’s leadership team, board of directors, internal / external counsel, and independent auditor to develop detailed financial models and create accurate, audit-proof valuations.

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What does the M&A transaction process look like?

The M&A process generally looks like this:

  • Planning: We start by understanding your goals and objectives, identifying potential targets or buyers, and developing a strategic plan for the transaction.
  • Valuation: We determine the value of your business or the target company using various valuation methods to ensure you get the best deal.
  • Negotiation: We’ll work together to negotiate terms, price, and other critical aspects of the deal to ensure your interests are protected.
  • Due Diligence: This stage involves a thorough investigation of the target company’s financials, operations, legal matters, and other important areas to identify any potential risks.
  • Integration: After the deal closes, I’ll assist you with integrating the businesses, ensuring a smooth transition and helping you achieve the desired synergies.

Our M&A advisors will guide you through each step, ensuring you understand what’s happening and making informed decisions along the way.

The timeline for an M&A transaction can vary, but it usually takes several months to a year.

Our team works very closely with you to keep things moving smoothly and efficiently, addressing any delays promptly.

Before starting, I recommend these three key actions:

  • Gather Financial Documents: Collect financial statements, tax returns, and other relevant documents. These are essential for valuation, due diligence, and demonstrating the financial health of your company to potential buyers or partners.
  • Define Your Goals: Clearly articulate what you want to achieve with the M&A transaction. Whether it’s maximizing sale price, expanding market reach, or acquiring new technology, having clear goals will guide our strategy and decision-making.
  • Understand Your Company’s Value: Knowing your company’s worth is crucial for setting realistic expectations and negotiating effectively. We offer complete business valuation services to ensure you enter negotiations with a solid understanding of its worth.

Our M&A experts will help you organize and prepare everything to ensure a smooth start.

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.

The cost of an M&A advisor varies based on deal size, complexity, and the advisor’s expertise. 

Typically, fees include a monthly retainer (starting from $5,000 a month) and a success fee, which can range from 1% to 10% of the deal value. 

We’ve written a comprehensive guide on M&A advisory fees, including detailed breakdowns and what to expect. Check it out for more details.

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At Eton, we aim to be your trusted M&A and valuation partner for every stage of your business.

As business valuation specialists, we offer a wide range of valuation services, including:

Working with Eton means you get the individualized attention that Big-4 firms can’t provide.

We pride ourselves on offering personalized service, ensuring that your specific needs are met with care and precision.

At Eton, you’ll have direct access to our CEO, who will personally oversee your project, providing expert guidance and support throughout the entire process.

This level of dedicated attention and direct communication sets us apart from larger firms.

When you’re ready, get in touch with us here!

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