Tobin Leff

Banner 1 No matter where you are in your business lifecycle, the time to start planning your succession is NOW
Banner 2 If you try to sell your business yourself, you won’t have time to run it... or have any fun
Banner 3 Your exit plan is the single most important transaction of your business career
Banner 4 A good offer for your business may be just an opening bid
Banner 5 There’s a lot you can do today to build the value you want tomorrow

Our Focus During & After the Pandemic

We feel for you. Like you, the partners of TobinLeff are all former and current business owners who care about their employees and clients. We know you are faced with tough decisions.

The pandemic and resulting economic shock will impact Enterprise Value for many companies. Owners who may have been thinking about selling before the pandemic are rightfully concerned that their company’s values will be lower than needed to move forward with transactions. In turn, owners who were planning to grow via strategic acquisitions may have challenges obtaining the needed capital.

At TobinLeff, we are working diligently to help clients regain lost value and thrive on the back end of the pandemic–whenever that may be. We have introduced new service offerings that include a Blueprint to Regain & Enrich Enterprise Value as well as refocused our consulting resources to help clients implement key winning moves to enhance value.

For clients who will still want or need to monetize their business interests in the foreseeable future, we are assisting with strategies to convert business value into personal wealth. We are going deeper and wider to find qualified and interested buyers. When appropriate, we are leveraging our experience with alternative exit pathways, including Management Buy-Out Plans, ESOPs, and roll-ups.

No one wants to benefit at the expense of others, but the economic conditions are forcing some companies to have to sell, which creates buying opportunities. We are applying our M&A buy-side expertise to help clients find acquisition and acquihire opportunities and craft deal structures that are win-win for buyers and sellers.

Please visit the Resources section of this site for podcasts and white papers on solutions to build and monetize business value during challenging and good times.

Call or email us anytime with questions, thoughts, or just to talk.

The Team at TobinLeff



Mergers & Acquisitions

None of this is easy, but often the most efficient way for you to monetize your business is to sell to an outside buyer or private equity group. If your company is ready, we know how to find qualified buyers, make a market, and negotiate on your behalf. And if it would make more sense for you to grow a little bigger first, we can help you build company value through strategic acquisitions and planning.


Exit & Succession Planning

How will you monetize your interests: sell to an outside buyer, partner with a private equity group, sell to employees via a management buy-out, form an ESOP, retain control and institute incentives for others to run the company? How do you structure a deal to assure that you get paid? What are the financing options? What's your company worth today for different types of buyers, and what could it be worth later? We'll help you answer these deceptively complex questions.


Strategic Consulting

Whether high level strategic planning – like trying to figure out if an acquisition makes sense, or more tactical consulting – such as designing compensation plans to attract and retain the best employees, we’re always working backwards from the ultimate goal of optimizing how you monetize your business. This makes us different and makes your results very specific.

“After 25 years, I actively explored options for an exit. TobinLeff’s approach was the best I’d seen, thoughtful and comprehensive. They helped us maximize our return and protect our business interests in a way that resulted in a huge win for all involved.” – Larry Garfield

“The expert guidance and support given to me by David, Karl, and their team during our succession planning was absolutely invaluable. I truly don’t know how I would have done it without them. They are part of our company family now.” – Gail Cooksey

“My firm and I have greatly benefited from the smart counsel and innovative approaches from the team at TobinLeff. They bring practical, real-world experience as well as deep insights and analysis that have helped keep Reputation Partners at the forefront of the communications industry.” – Nick Kalm

“Working with The Tobin Group has been a transformational experience for us. It took the IDEA of our retirement and made it real. Now we have a concrete plan with real goals and expectations.” – Natalie Perkins


Sometimes it’s unclear where to get onto the road to retirement. Set the sliders below to reflect your current situation, then click the What’s Next? button for a suggested starting point for our journey together.

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At TobinLeff, our goal is to help you get as much out of your business as you can and enhance your net worth. That’s why we don’t come with a predetermined exit strategy. If the time is right and you want to sell, we’ll get it done. And if your exit is ten years away and there’s some strategic positioning that’s called for, we’ll do that, too. We have one focus and one focus only: Building and Monetizing Business Value. Contact us now. A profitable exit takes longer than you think.

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