Family Business

Family Businesses are unique in that owners are personally invested in the company and with that, are faced with the task of balancing the day-to-day management of their businesses, often with limited resources.

Whether a long-standing family enterprise, or a burgeoning start-up, Family Businesses require financial expertise to establish sustainable management and financial systems.

Solid experience and guidance are needed to accomplish their short and long-term goals.

HLB Sheehan Quinn works with numerous sized Family Businesses and provides them with all of the necessary resources needed to help build a stronger company from the inside out, and when needed, to assist with exit strategies.

Family Business Challenges

It’s never too early to plan for the future. By their nature, many Family Business owners are too preoccupied with the day-to-day management of their enterprise, to look further ahead.

Our expert guidance on succession planning is designed to give our clients peace of mind so they can focus on the present, whilst protecting the future of their business.

When it comes to succession planning or selling on, it is important to know the current market value of your business. This will changeover time as a business evolves and the market grows and develops.

We offer a comprehensive valuation service to our clients, optimising the value of their assets to ensure maximum profitability in the case of a sale or transaction.

Our team of expert Corporate Finance advisors offer Family Business owners straight-forward and practical solutions on how best to engage with investment opportunities, and also navigate the challenges.

Our relationship with our clients, knowledge of financial markets and negotiation expertise guarantee best-in-class outcomes for the Family Businesses we work with.

Entrepreneurs are eligible for certain tax reliefs depending on the structure of their business. These incentives are designed to encourage ambitious and progressive Family Business owners to grow their footprint in Ireland. Our expert Tax Advisory team can guide you through the criteria and help you access the reliefs that are most pertinent to your business.

There are challenges when it comes to the purchase or sale of a business. The transaction is ultimately influenced by the nature of the sale or purchase, tax considerations, and the structure of a deal.

HLB Sheehan Quinn has extensive experience in advising clients on both sides of a sale, combining knowledge with professionalism to ensure a smooth transfer. We also work with clients to determine if buying or selling is the right step for them, and what’s the optimal timeline for the process.

As with any sector, Family Businesses have a number of choices when it comes to establishing the desired framework and structure of their business.

We support Family Business owners by helping them make informed decisions about the structure of their practice, to safeguard their future and deliver maximum profitability in the long-term.

Succession Planning

It’s never too early to plan for the future. By their nature, many Family Business owners are too preoccupied with the day-to-day management of their enterprise, to look further ahead.

Our expert guidance on succession planning is designed to give our clients peace of mind so they can focus on the present, whilst protecting the future of their business.

Valuation

When it comes to succession planning or selling on, it is important to know the current market value of your business. This will changeover time as a business evolves and the market grows and develops.

We offer a comprehensive valuation service to our clients, optimising the value of their assets to ensure maximum profitability in the case of a sale or transaction.

Corporate Finance

Our team of expert Corporate Finance advisors offer Family Business owners straight-forward and practical solutions on how best to engage with investment opportunities, and also navigate the challenges.

Our relationship with our clients, knowledge of financial markets and negotiation expertise guarantee best-in-class outcomes for the Family Businesses we work with.

Reliefs for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are eligible for certain tax reliefs depending on the structure of their business. These incentives are designed to encourage ambitious and progressive Family Business owners to grow their footprint in Ireland. Our expert Tax Advisory team can guide you through the criteria and help you access the reliefs that are most pertinent to your business.

Buying and Selling a Business

There are challenges when it comes to the purchase or sale of a business. The transaction is ultimately influenced by the nature of the sale or purchase, tax considerations, and the structure of a deal.

HLB Sheehan Quinn has extensive experience in advising clients on both sides of a sale, combining knowledge with professionalism to ensure a smooth transfer. We also work with clients to determine if buying or selling is the right step for them, and what’s the optimal timeline for the process.

Structuring for Success

As with any sector, Family Businesses have a number of choices when it comes to establishing the desired framework and structure of their business.

We support Family Business owners by helping them make informed decisions about the structure of their practice, to safeguard their future and deliver maximum profitability in the long-term.

Our Experts

Mark Butler

A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Certified Accountants and Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland, Mark is a registered auditor in both Ireland and the UK. Mark is our Managing Partner and leads our consulting and business advisory services.

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Bruce Stanley

A Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and an AITI Chartered Tax Advisor, CTA, Bruce has over 15 years' experience in practice.

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Mark Butler

Managing Partner

A member of the Institute of Chartered Certified Accountants and Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland, Mark is a registered auditor in both Ireland and the UK.


Mark is our Managing Partner focusing on the implementation of the firm's growth objective and leads our consulting services.


Mark is the founder and chairman of HLB Ireland, a federation of the Irish member firms of HLB International, and also the Managing Partner of HLB Sheehan Quinn, focusing on the implementation of the firm’s growth objectives.


Mark is an expert in strategic business planning with over twenty years experience advising domestic and international businesses. He focuses on a number of sectors including veterinary practice, food, hotel & leisure and property investment.

Bruce Stanley

Tax Consulting Partner

A Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and an AITI Chartered Tax Advisor, CTA, Bruce has over 15 years' experience in practice. Bruce has experience across all tax heads, specialising in corporate structuring and personal tax planning for entrepreneurs and owner managed businesses.

Bruce has a strong client focus providing bespoke commercial tax solutions to suit individual needs in areas such as business expansion, efficient cash extraction, employee incentivisation schemes and succession planning.


Bruce has presented on a variety of taxation matters both in Ireland and at European conferences on topics such as EU VAT case law, the Irish Holding Company regime, personal tax planning and tax efficient business investment.
Bruce has experience of advising across a broad range of sectors including Hotels and Leisure, Property Investment, Arts & Entertainment, Professional Services, Medical and Retail. With a keen interest in the arts and entertainment sector, Bruce serves as a board member of both Graphic Studio Dublin, Ireland's oldest fine art print studio and Rough Magic Theatre Company, Ireland’s leading independent theatre company.

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