US Immigration and Citizenship Law Firm for Sale

Reference Number: HHS072

Location: United Kingdom

Turnover: £700k

Status: Offers Invited

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Business Summary

  • Opportunity to acquire a UK based law firm practising exclusively US immigration and citizenship law.
  • The sale offers an outstanding opportunity for a multi-discipline solicitors or legal practice to acquire a specialist practice in the niche area of US immigration and citizenship.
  • The original firm having been founded almost 40 years ago, it has an excellent reputation in the market.
  • It has a good split of work with approximately 60% from business clients, 30% from family applications, and the remaining 10% from a variety of matters including visa ineligibilities and questions of US citizenship and nationality law.
  • Business clients include FTSE 100 companies and major businesses in the sectors of energy, technology, manufacturing, finance, consultancy, media and entertainment plus small- to medium-sized enterprises.
  • The business has consistently delivered £600k – £700k revenue per annum over the last 5 years, with costs of sales at between 14% – 22%, and net profit between 30% and 40%.
  • The forecast for 2017 is a turnover of £700k and net profit of £338k.
  • In terms of employees, the practice is very lean for a business of this size; the main legal work is headed up by the vendor supported by two very able paralegals.
  • The business has good systems and processes in place which will aid the transfer to new ownership.
  • The business has prestigious offices in a prime central London location which is attractive to clients and conducive to good fee levels.
  • It should be noted that this business could be run anywhere in the UK and even from a home office.
  • Once the sale has been completed, the vendor will be happy to provide a full hand-over to ensure the successful transfer of clients to the buyer.
  • The company has excellent financial management systems in place to help monitor and manage the business.

Products and Services:

  • Expert legal assistance in the applications by business and family clients for Visas and Citizenship for the United States of America.

Employees:

  • One full-time fully qualified lawyer (the vendor) and a team of two paralegals.

Premises:

  • Central London business offices in a highly desirable and prestigious location.
  • Rent and rates are £56,400 per annum plus service charges £20,350. Lease until 31st July 2020.

Reason for sale:

  • The Vendor wishes to retire from practice and is committed to a full handover of the business to ensure a smooth transition into new ownership.

Financial overview:

YE 31st December20132014201520162017 (forecast)
Sales revenue£702,009£674,474£698,071£606,985£700,000
Adjusted EBITDA£194,741£185,658£198,089£102,733£271,650
Percentage28%28%28%17%39%

 

  • Replacement costs for the vendors have been included in the Adjusted EBITDA figures with an allowance of £70k for an experienced US Immigration solicitor to replace the vendor.
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