Transfer a business - buy side

Looking to buy a business? By planning the change of ownership, you build in success for the deal and sustainability for the business.

Transfer a business - buy side

Looking to buy a business? By planning the change of ownership, you build in success for the deal and sustainability for the business.

Testimonial Transfer a business - buy side
I’m particularly proud of acquiring a well-established business and taking it further by keeping jobs here in Rivières-des-Prairies.
– Kristel Miville, President, Multiform Métal
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Looking to acquire an existing business?

You’re ready to run your own business, but not at just any cost! You want a fair deal that will give you optimal flexibility and ensure the  long‑term sustainability of the business once you take the reins.

You’re a born entrepreneur but you don’t want to start from scratch. Whether you’re looking for a business with a bright future or thinking of buying the business you work for, we can help! We call this the buy side.

At Desjardins Capital, we're committed to supporting Quebec entrepreneurship. That’s why we guide and help you every step of the way to make sure your transfer goes smoothly and your business continues to grow!

Desjardins Capital: Not just a financial partner, an ally!

Desjardins Capital is invested in your acquisition goals. We make sure we fully understand your vision, your needs, and your market environment so we can offer you the right financing solution.

We’re committed to helping local businesses grow and thrive.

When you choose Desjardins Capital, you enjoy a host of advantages:

  • Guidance tailored to your needs, your vision and your local industry environment
  • Financial expertise that broadens your outlook and helps you make the right decisions
  • Ongoing support for the long haul in line with your vision before, during and after the deal
  • An objective, realistic assessment of the true value of the business according to an AMF regulated process (Autorité des marchés financiers)
  • Recognition from an investor/partner that acquiring a business takes patience and flexibility
  • Financing solutions adapted to your needs through equity investment or unsecured loan options
  • Financing options that also allow Desjardins Capital to acquire a majority interest in the share capital
  • Exclusive offers negotiated with specialized service firms and an extensive network of seasoned and trusted directors and entrepreneurs ready to give you the benefit of their guidance and expertise

Together with,

  • The credibility and strength of a Quebec financial institution that keeps your success front and centre

You care about the future of the business—and the community

Naturally you care about the future of the business, the wellbeing of its employees and the economic benefits to the community.

Thorough preparation is essential to make sure the transfer rolls out the way you want, in keeping with your values and interests.

What's important for us is helping you make informed decisions and weigh the pros and cons of all the options available to you.

Thinking of buying a business outside your network?

If you like to move quickly, acquiring a company you have no relationship with might be the perfect solution for you.

An agent will handle the search and the initial approach if you don’t already have a target business in mind.

Prefer to take over the family business or the business you work for?

Who better to take over the business you work for than you? Some see this as a more complex option, but it can have a number of advantages.

You want to be able to take the helm with complete peace of mind, knowing the business will preserve both its financial values and its principles. That’s why it’s important to prepare thoroughly, surround yourself with expert counsel and, most importantly, have the funds you need to carry it through.

Desjardins Capital provides neutral third-party insight and manages the emotional dynamics and business environment to ensure the transaction rolls out smoothly.

We offer something unique

At Desjardins Capital our patience and buyer support are unparalleled. We even go so far as to make an equity investment in the business if necessary—an option that ensures financial security and gives you time to step into your new role.

Without the burden of heavy debt, when the time is right for the business you have the leeway to buy back transferred shares, with the support of a flexible tailored long-term plan that returns a controlling interest in the share capital to you at the maturity date.

It’s the best of both worlds!

We work with you to identify your financing needs

When you first meet with one of our investment managers, we'll work together to identify the financing solution that best meets your needs.

Solutions might include an unsecured loan or equity investment.

The first few years after a business transfer are often critical and results sometimes fall short of expectations. We understand that and offer you patient, flexible capital.

As a true financial partner, we invest in the entrepreneurs we work with. We share your vision and strive to add value to your new business.

“If I have one piece of advice to give, it’s to follow your heart and surround yourself with people who share your values. At Multiforme Métal, that’s allowed us to go at our own pace and maintain our personality and integrity as a business.” – Kristel Miville, President, Multiforme Métal

Desjardins Capital can support you through every step of the business transfer process.

You can count on your investment manager to successfully complete each step of this major initiative.

Take every step of your transfer plan with confidence based on the advice of our experts
Choose Desjardins Capital's patient and flexible financing
Gain access to an extensive network of seasoned experts and more than 460 partner companies
Profit from Desjardins Capital's flexibility to take a majority stake

Business transfers we've supported