What Is the1?

"...M&A for people businesses"


the1 is all about making the 1 transaction happen. Companies content themselves with finding a transaction rather than the transaction, which, for emphasis, we like to call "the 1 transaction". Even if they find a good transaction, it is rarely the optimal transaction.

If you are seeking a normal M&A firm, you are in the wrong place.

We believe that there is 1 transaction out there that must be identified. Sometimes, an opportunity is the optimal transaction because it is the perfect company for your purposes. Sometimes, it is more the transaction structure that makes it perfect - what we do with the opportunity to make it right. Usually it is a combination. the1 exists to seek the optimal in both.

For buyers, the 1 transaction can of course actually mean more than 1 deal - if the buyer has several defined niches in which it wishes to invest. But, again, we believe that, in each, there is only 1 optimal transaction for a given buyer.

For an owner considering an exit, there is indeed by definition only 1 optimal transaction. But there is also an optimal time. the1 advises on the optimal time and at the right time seeks the optimal transaction. And, that eventual perfection is usually itself a compromise between financial and personal considerations.

This web site seeks to demonstrate that these words are not simply marketing statements like most, but are actually a reality. Here, we take you inside the world of the1 to show you how we work. And, most importantly, we try to show you that we not only have a systematic methodology but that each step of our methodology is directly related to giving us a greater probability of finding the 1 transaction for you.