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“The team at DMA ran a thorough and exhaustive marketing campaign for the business but were mindful of our preference for discretion. Interactions with potential purchasers were tracked and managed efficiently and transparently. The due diligence and transaction negotiation processes were handled professionally with the team being highly responsive to the needs of the various stakeholders. Ultimately, they achieved our key objectives of speed, certainty and value maximisation and it was a great experience working with them.”
Iain Read Questas Group
“DMA were responsive to our needs and produced an attractive campaign allowing us to attract business interest from high quality applicants. The shortlisting and review process was simple and efficient, the due diligence procedure was elaborate but easy to navigate and the entire process went as smoothly as could be expected. Communication was first class and the DMA staff were friendly and easy to deal with. The knowledge provided and advice received was very useful and enabled us to transact with confidence. The support network and contacts from a legal perspective were also very useful.”
Geoff Bladon Automation IT
“We were purchasing a business, where DMA were advising the vendors. The IM was professional and well written. The DMA team were friendly, commercial and responsive. We had open lines of communication. DMA were a pleasure to deal with. I can't think of any areas that DMA could improve. I was very impressed. Specifically with Mark, Tony and Jeremy.”
Michael Pollak Momenta Holdings
“Our experience with DMA was one of complete satisfaction. Our pre-engagement discussions focussed on DMA’s ability to provide a professional service with expertise in the commercial, accounting, legal and personal capacity. The process proved true to the promise and without doubt, exceeded our hopes. Blake Davis was always available for discussions and offered well considered solutions or approaches to the many issues that arise in the process of selling a business. We were especially impressed with the understanding of our bespoke business and the things that added value to the business. The IM provided a professional snapshot, however the informative discussions with potential buyers continually highlighted the value in our business. On going information flow was also of a similar high standard. The high ethical and moral standards practised by DMA matched our own. Communication was always representative of the facts, to the point and timely. We were never in doubt that DMA were working in our best interests with a determination to achive the best outcome for us. We also believe that their interactions with the potential buyers of our business was also a positive one. At a personal level we enjoyed working with Blake who professionally pleasant demeanour always made for good relationships. I would strongly recommend DMA to prospective business sellers.”
Graham Badman Brentwood Recycling Systems
“Our experience with DMA was only positive, and the selling process run by DMA exceeded any expectations when we commenced the process of selling our business. The clarity of purpose and structure of method made the process easy to understand, manage & achieve the outcome we desired. The Information Memorandum was concise, well presented, professional, and focused on the positive aspects of the business without having the feel of "overselling". We were delighted with the marketing of the business where, from the time the business was uploaded for sale, we were updated with enquiries and expressions of interest from potential buyers. It appeared that there was no shortage of potential buyers which reflected well on the marketing strategies. At all times Tony, Blake and Jeremy were clear in their advice; constructive in their suggestions; and, most importantly understanding of our experience in running a business, but not necessarily in the sale of a business. We were certainly most grateful of late night phone conversations, and Tony & Blake's sage advice and wisdom, on a number of occasions. I am fairly certain that we would not have achieved our outcome without the assistance of the team at DMA. We are very appreciative indeed.”
Ricky Fink Concept Latch, Lock & Hinge
“DMA was recommended to us by our Accountant due to their professionalism, confidentiality and experience in a diverse number of industries. DMA did not disappoint, they were all these and more. Our business consisted of Government Contracts in an extremely unique sector of the Transport Industry, one that was new to DMA and as such the DMA Team spent unlimited quality time with us ensuring the entire team learnt and understood every aspect and quality of our business, our Government Contracts and our expectations and requirements, in order to present a flawless high quality Information Memorandum (IM) including Market Analyses, future growth and expansion potentials. All Prospect Purchaser’s (PP) were vetted by the Team prior to emailing us seeking approval to progress forward, providing us with total control of whether or not we deemed a PP as an acceptable candidate. The Team did all the hard work, while we retained control over who received the IM, with confidentiality paramount at each and every stage. The Team’s communication was prompt and clear, in keeping with our instructions, as each stage progressed right through the entire process; from day one right through to negotiation stage, sale, settlement and into the handover process. Through the online private link access Purchasers Report, we were able to review step-by-step progress of all potential purchasers. DMA’s quality of advice, performance, confidentiality, communication either via reports, email, phone and in person were of an extremely high quality. From start to finish, the entire team were an absolute pleasure to liaise with; providing us with full confidence and peace of mind in the sale process. It is without hesitation, we highly recommend Divest Merge Acquire (DMA)’s services. Thanks to the DMA Team we are now enjoying an early retirement.”
Rob & Jane Stevens Ace Buses
“My brother and I engaged DMA to sell our company. We couldn’t have done this without them. This process was a lot harder than we had ever imagined and we were glad that we went with DMA. Right from the start with advertising and through the whole process the team at DMA was always there to assist. The advice was always there when we needed it and was always clear and precise. We lent on DMA from the start to finish and we were very grateful for all the help and guidance. We would highly recommend DMA to any company planning to sell.”
Darrin Coleman Ultimate Bullbars
“DMA handled the sale of my business from initial consultation through to completion. The processes they employed and communications throughout the sale were professional and thorough. We achieved a great result and would recommend their services without hesitation.”
Ross Leamon Downey Engineering
“From the first interaction with DMA we were extremely happy with the professionalism displayed in terms of their responsiveness, communication and team approach. The IM created after engagement was very thorough and canvassed all aspects of the market that would be of interest for potential clients. The ongoing process of communication, advice and support during the sales process was excellent and continued to impress. The issue of confidentiality and discretion in an industry that is relatively small was dealt with sensitivity and in a manner that enabled the ongoing operation of the business mitigating the risk of any issues. DMA’s negotiation process was strong and subsequent discussions with the buyers established that they found DMA to be pleasant to deal with whilst ensuring our best interests were met which was extremely reassuring to hear.”
Tania Schwede & Paul Schmidt Oceanic Agencies
“We were very impressed with the quality and depth of information provided in the IM, and the additional research conducted into our industry. The business was well marketed within the advertising structure, with primary targets and other associated businesses followed up regularly. Our consultants Chris Mitchell and Blake Davis were exceptional with their professional conduct and knowledge. Both went beyond to get the result we were after. The communication from both Chris & Blake, and indeed the whole DMA team, was exceptional. We really loved the regular update Investor Report spreadsheet which showed us exactly where each potential purchase was at with their interest. Confidentiality was shown to been ultra important, and we never had any issues with giving sensitive information to DMA. The negotiations process was made particularly easy, with Chris & Blake working as intermediaries for the sale process with potential buyers. Like many other businesses we have found the process of selling our business as sometimes challenging, but DMA have made it particularly easy...”
Des Healey & Peter Saward AFL Footy Shop
“The whole sale process for us was handled very professionally from start to finish. We were very impressed with the large database of prospective buyers that DMA had available to market our business to, which was spread widely across all relevant sectors. The Information Memorandum document produced was very well put together and gave prospective buyers a very good insight into the nature of our business both in terms of our business operations and financial performance. Our DMA consultant Chris Mitchell kept us fully informed all the way through the sale process and he worked tirelessly and persistently carrying out negotiations over a considerable period of time. There is no doubt in our minds that the sale of our business was largely due to Chris's hard work and negotiation skills and we are very appreciative of the time and effort that he put in to the sale process on our behalf. We highly recommend Chris and DMA to anyone who is considering the sale of a business.”
Shane Jago AKMS
“… The result we wanted … All I can say is thank you so much for your persistence and help. Your experience and knowledge were at the forefront for the whole journey. The sale has provided us with a fair price for our business and excellent terms & conditions. We could not have achieved this without you. It goes without saying we would have no hesitation in recommending you and DMA to anyone who requires a reference or is looking to sell their business.”
Bruce Yates & Mick Parsons Port Air Logistics
“I wish to pass on my heartfelt and sincere thank you for an outstanding job in everything you have done in selling my businesses... ...There are many facets of your overall service which I would like to mention, far more than just trying to find a buyer and making a sale. You have always been very open and authentic in any discussions and dealings with all parties. Your availability to travel to meetings, respond to phone calls, provide information is unquestionable. Clearly this is something that most people, myself included would only do once in their lifetime. You have always been there to hold our hand and walk us through the various stages of the transaction. You have given us confidence throughout this transaction. The way you and your team have managed the data room and information has been fantastic and certainly generates a high level of confidence to the prospective buyer. This process does bring up some emotional challenges from time to time but you have always been there for us passing on sound ideas and wisdom which has gone a huge way to keeping us and the transaction on track. I will be forever grateful for your support and achieving the ultimate outcome, but you provide far more than just a sale. Once again a huge thank you to you and your team, everyone has done an outstanding job and I would have no hesitation in recommending you to any other buyer or seller.”
Gavin McKay Gordon McKay Group & Frontline Electrical
“When Chris Mitchell first contacted me proposing our purchase of a key competitor, I was naturally apprehensive. At the completion of the purchase, I can’t overstate the quality of the information provided and the professionalism Chris demonstrated in managing the transaction. From the outset Chris understood how the fit was right for us and what information and level of service we needed to have, to make it work. Being a business manager, I am naturally time poor so that was critical to us negotiating the right outcome. I can only rate the performance of Chris and the DMA team as A+ outstanding by any standard.”
Undisclosed Buyer
Divest Merge Acquire was recommended to us by our legal service providers. After an initial meeting, we received a comprehensive proposal that was easy to understand and which outlined the process with clear payment milestones. DMA was engaged and the process initially involved drafting of the Investment Memorandum, which included financial modelling, and this reflected their rapid understanding of our requirements for a specific exit strategy. DMA facilitated the whole process, maintained excellent communication with us, and removed most of the arduous tasks and documentation associated with the due diligence process, together with all negotiations. This allowed us to continue to focus on the running of the business. In particular, we were so impressed with their handling of interested parties and in qualifying them so there was no time wasted. Their expertise & professionalism was first class, particularly as we had never been through a merger or acquisition and their support removed a lot of stress. The DMA team provides a personal service that extends well beyond the sale and they went above and beyond our expectations... We have achieved the outcome we wanted and have retired after 30 years in the IT industry. An excellent outcome.
Johan Engelbrecht ITG Holdings Group
DMA were introduced to us by our accountant and it was plain to us from the outset that DMA was a different organisation. The accounting skills and expertise that went into the preparation of the IM were impressive, in fact when we read it we almost wanted to buy the business ourselves! The sales process dragged on for eighteen months and strangely enough one of the first interested parties ended up buying Knights. We went through share sales, asset sales and several pretty onerous DDs, DMA were always there for us. From time to time we would lash out and break the protocols and were quickly brought back into line, clearly there are a set of protocols which you know backwards and all the tricks that buyers get up to, to try to subvert the process. We shared many jokes together and became friends, however the real point of this letter is to thank DMA for a highly professional job, sometimes in difficult circumstances but always without fear or favour in our interests. Service is a rare commodity today and DMA provide an excellent service that we would recommend to anyone who wants to sell a reasonable sized business. Thanks for your help!
Toby Crockett Knights Laundry
Without doubt, it has been the smoothest business sale we have been involved with. A lot of this is down to [undisclosed] and [undisclosed], but a very significant portion is down to the professionalism and organisation of yourselves. I didn’t realise how good an M&A advisor can be. I very much hope that the next business we look to buy is being represented by yourselves!
Undisclosed Purchaser
… This has been the most professional transaction to date … how professional both Blake and Tony have been. It truly is exceptional guys.”
Undisclosed Client
… The entire team at DMA provide a personalised brokering service second to none. Continual communication and reassurance that our sale was progressing normally was always very reassuring. I am not normally a person to endorse a business but I have no hesitation in recommending DMA ... Super responsive and will go the extra mile to get the deal done while also ensuring all parties involved are happy with the outcome. Highly knowledgeable and skilled negotiators but will always give you straight honest answers …
Glen Cochrane & Stuart Boneham Toplock
From our very first meeting and right through the complicated journey to sale completion, I was always confident that we had made the right choice to engage DMA and in particular, Tony Brown. Tony’s knowledge and experience is evident, and he is backed up by a reliable and highly competent team, in particular, Fran. Exactly the sort of people you need when embarking on a process such as this. Tony was available at any time for his expert advice and assistance. He attended numerous meetings, some of which he probably needn’t have, but was there every time for support and guidance, which was much appreciated. The DMA service experience is very definitely outstanding and one not often provided these days.
Greg Bachmann Bachmann Plant Hire
The responsiveness of DMA enabled the acquisition process to be fluid and seamless.
Richard Clark Enviropacific Services
The entire DMA team were professional, efficient, patient and outstanding communicators in our complex sale transaction. If we could rate them higher than 10/10, we would!
Lyndall & Jon Healey Pyengana Dairy Trading
Tony Brown and his team at DMA are outstanding partners to have by your side throughout the sales process. Selling your "baby" is a difficult process and Tony ensures you maximise your return but still face the reality of what the buyer is looking for. Tony is efficient, organised and has a great process to make the journey as smooth as possible. I cannot speak highly enough about Tony and the DMA team. I was extremely happy with the professionalism and assistance I received from all of the DMA staff, they helped me achieve the outcomes I desired. I would highly recommend them to anyone that wants to sell their business.
Julie Jardine, Thermal Electric Elements
DMA did an excellent job assisting me with the sale of my business. They are super responsive and will go the extra mile to get the deal done while also ensuring all parties involved are happy with the outcome. Tony is a highly knowledgeable and skilled negotiator but will always give you straight honest answers. They have access to a superb team of professionals including tax advisers and lawyers which can make all the difference to a successful deal. Highly recommended!
Steve Singler, Australian Vaporizers
I have rated DMA straight As for the good reason that it was my experience that the process of the sale of my business could not have gone smoother despite being such a complex process. Now complete I can appreciate how complex such a transaction is and can say without reservation that I would never have been able to protect my own interests without DMA’s assistance. This is given the situation where the purchaser’s proposal was accepted unaltered.
James Jones, The Pet Cemetery & Crematorium
We wish to express our sincere appreciation to you and your team for your guidance, effort and ultimate success in the sale of our business. From the outset, both yourself and your team displayed a high level of professionalism and were always prepared to allocate whatever time and energy was required to ensure that we understood and were comfortable with the process and ultimate outcome. There were times that we experienced frustration and angst either through our lack of knowledge or the process itself and you were always able to guide us through the 'moment' and keep us focused on the optimal outcome. At all times, you made us feel as though we were your only client and we take that lesson from you in customer service skills and attitude. We highly recommend you to any prospective clients and will always be appreciative of your skills in achieving a great result for all parties involved.
Terry Hoppo & Cathie Wood, Hopwood Integrated Training
Selecting DMA to prepare, package and market our business has been one of the wisest decisions we have taken. As a business owner operator, if you believe that you fully understand the process of selling your business, you are in for a surprise. You do need the guidance and experience of someone like DMA. Tony Brown and his team have proven to be invaluable to the success of our business selling process. We take this opportunity to once again thank them for their contribution.
Codrin Mitin, Bylaser Australia
I felt fully engaged at all times during the process. The guidance and direction provided by DMA was of enormous benefit to us in this, our first business sale. On reflection, one of the outstanding aspects was the “coaching”! We learnt a lot about ourselves, the business, and the process of divestment as a result. Thank you! Business divestment has the potential to be a complicated, stressful, and emotionally taxing event. The input from DMA addressed and alleviated these aspects.
Peter Beasley, Beasley’s Hydraulics
The experience of DMA in negotiating the contract price and facilitating the final negotiations were very valuable. Your experience was obviously gained from having been through this process many, many times before.
Lance Weller, Australian Jewellery Supplies
Well done Tony & team. It has been a pleasure dealing with a very professional company. Negotiations between parties were always friendly and unbiased, ultimately obtaining our full price. It is unusual to find an agent who doesn’t pressure the vendor to give a little on price. Thanks.
Brian Pugsley, Olympiade Homes
Tony and team, it would be remiss of me not to go on record to express my appreciation for the time, effort and energy that you personally contributed to both vendor and seller to bring the sale of my business to its final conclusion. You demonstrated superior skills in all facets of communication and negotiation and your response times were quick and reliable. Your support team at DMA were a pleasure to deal with and totally professional in all respects and a credit to your leadership style.
Des Weier, Superior Soils
Always available, open communication, not pushy.
Richard Holyman, Martin & Pleasance
… From ‘first class’ IM presentation through to marketing, negotiations and closure, I had much peace of mind all along the way with the DMA Team running the show. My pharmaceutical business was, more than most businesses, a complicated sale, and these guys delivered in full and far exceeded my expectations …
Rod Berger, Zen Therapeutics
DMA’s communication skills were excellent, and they assisted with many aspects of the lengthy and complex negotiation process. As purchasers, we are convinced that without the committed involvement of DMA it is unlikely that a sale would have resulted. We are very happy to recommend their service.
James Cretan, Ditech Systems Pty Ltd
Thankyou Tony & co! Could not have asked for more help during this process. The professionalism & conduct displayed under pressure by your team is to be admired. Look forward to working with you again.
Dane Bignell, Ditech Systems Pty Ltd
… Their understanding of the situation and professionalism were outstanding …
Katherine Ashcroft, A&S Engineering
The combined professional credentials … gave the overall process an undeniable air of honesty and compliance with the ethical standards. The office support team made communication effortless and seamless.
Denis Moore, A&M Manufacturing
Tony Brown and the entire team at DMA sold our business of 20 years by conscientiously and professionally following their own quality marketing literature i.e. what you read is what you get. Thank you to Tony and all personnel at DMA for their assistance throughout the divestment of our business. From our initial meeting to discuss our operations, DMA’s knowledge and professionalism was apparent. My expectations of an optimum sales price lifted considerably after open discussions and information regarding the entire marketplace rather than confined industry perceptions. An exceptional Information Memorandum (IM) was produced after consultation to provide a comprehensive document for qualified prospective purchasers. The communication skills exhibited all staff were exceptional throughout the sales process. Solicitors/Purchasers/Advisors were challenged by DMA when necessary to ensure our best interests were maintained in achieving a quality outcome. I believe Tony and his team provide the perfect link between Vendor and Purchaser. In our situation, the marketing cycle achieved 2 signed contracts presented for assessment, followed by expert assistance throughout due diligence and changeover to ensure a successful outcome for all parties.
Keith & Marilyn Guy, Jaybel Office Choice
Having dealt with DMA in the purchase of the business we had no hesitation in using them to also sell. DMA worked hard on the sale, which proved more difficult than expected and was under considerable pressure. Their straightforward advice was always appreciated when things weren’t going to plan. We have no hesitation recommending them to buyers and sellers alike.
John McKinstry, Multicraft Engineering
DMA have a great understanding of all aspects of business, especially dealing with complex financial and stock issues, this made it easy to communicate the strength of my business …
Daniel Glennon, Scapeshapes - Leaf Liaisons/Impact Grasses
I just want to say thanks for your assistance pre and post contract. Your patience and guidance was apparent and I am sure that had the two owners been communicating directly, we would not have purchased the business. From a buyer’s point of view, detailed information supplied and your honest upfront approach was excellent. I am looking forward to other opportunities and do hope that we get to deal again in the future.
Jason Cochrane, Langs Building Supplies Pty Ltd
The timeliness of responses to questions and requests for additional information were outstanding. Overall a very professional and helpful service, particularly when the best interests of the vendor and purchaser were in direct conflict.
David Purkiss, BCP Precast
I appreciated swift and frank suggestions to progress the sale. I also like the fact that DMA challenged advice from my advisors that kept us on track.
Dallas Stokes, R & D Technology
Many thanks for your expert advice throughout the process. Your level of technical competence played a huge part in finalising the sale of our multi-million dollar business on terms acceptable to all parties.
John Kokshoorn, Precast Solutions
Thanks for your input, assistance and advice during the whole process. It was a pleasure doing business with you and your staff!
Johann Botha, Moxon Timbers
I was highly impressed with the professionalism of DMA throughout the whole deal. Nothing was too much effort for them and the ultimate conclusion was a deal that had the interests of both parties catered for resulting in a happy purchaser and seller. I will definitely recommend their services to anyone buying or selling.
Wayne Smith, Business Owner
I found DMA to be very professional and would highly recommend their services.
John Kolsky, Marc Airconditioning Services
DMA’s involvement from a purchaser’s viewpoint was the difference between a successful outcome or otherwise. Their response to queries and requests for information was outstanding. DMA is an excellent organisation and I would have no hesitation in recommending them to any prospective clients.
Bernard Ballantyne, Castlegate VGS Pty Ltd
Tony was a pleasure doing business with as he was a true professional. Without his help and guidance I truly think that our business would be still for sale. He was a master in negotiations with seasoned campaigners. I also would like to add that he is the kind of fellow that I would like to keep a relationship with as I found him to be honest at all times.
Chris Miers, Miers Bros Heavy Haulage
I have worked with the DMA team on a number of complicated, high pressure, and high value transactions. The DMA team works harder than anyone I have met in the M&A space and is single minded in getting the job done in the most efficient manner to get the best results for their clients. I thoroughly recommend DMA to any mature business person looking to dispose of, merge or grow their business.
Rob Lalor, Redchip Lawyers
We were more than pleased with the selling programme that was structured to suit our particular business. The business was sold within a year and we were more than satisfied with the attention to detail by all the DMA staff.
Bill Dunn, Boilerland
Commitment to the sale process was maintained right through to the end long after most other agents would have given up or quit.
Talbot Cox, Star Crushing
The weekly email report was excellent and on time. I checked it and appreciated it very much.
Ray Kronk, Steelway Engineering
Simply ‘outstanding’ service. The professional conduct & cooperation of all the staff, at all times, showed their dedication to get the job done ... nobody is better. I am pleased I chose DMA!
Roger Glover, Gloverform
The entire process was handled professionally with both the vendor and purchaser’s needs considered at all times. DMA were very balanced and knowledgeable throughout dealings. Thanks again!
Tony Lambert, The Private Financial Group
It is a pleasure to deal with a professional highly ethical organisation such as DMA. We recommend them to all business owners and purchasers without hesitation.
Paul Lunn, Love & Partners Chartered Accountants
I found DMA to be conscientious and diligent but, more importantly, they kept me advised of what they were conscientious and diligent about. In the past, I have found that this can be a source of friction but here, as the communication was good, there was no friction and I have little doubt that this was a large contributing factor to obtaining a successful conclusion of the particular transaction.
Paul de Silva, Macrossans Lawyers
The purchase of a large scale business can be a stressful exercise. We found Tony’s skills of mediation to be critical in what became a relatively smooth transaction. It is fair to say that as purchasers we may not have proceeded without Tony’s help & advice. We are ecstatic with the outcome.
John Postle, Kevlacat Australia
DMA assisted us to sell a complicated and unprofitable business in the somewhat depressed Tasmanian market. Furthermore, DMA’s determination to succeed produced the right purchaser in a reasonable time. We were well informed of the sale process the whole time.
Paul Viney, Harris & Company Limited

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