Many times a transaction will be between two parties that know each other. The purpose may be one where the partners no longer want to be partners and a Corporate Divorce is the best alternative. However just as in any divorce situation emotions tend to run high. In other cases it may be a simple case of two parties wishing to engage in a friendly transaction whereby one buys the other.
Another form of Facilitated Transactions are transition situations. Generational or retirement are just two examples. One owner may be making a transition in their own life and the ability to have a fair and independent structure put into place will be critical to make sure that all parties are treated well and more importantly that the remaining team and business functions in the most optimal manner without encumbrances.
Management buyouts, divisional spin offs and ESOPS are other forms of facilitated transactions.