Company Overview

Light & Raphael, formerly known as Light-VanAusdall, was founded in 1966. Light & Raphael is a business brokerage firm specializing in acquisitions, mergers, dispositions, financing and formal valuations for a select number of closely held private companies. The Principals of Light & Raphael have over 45 years of experience buying, selling and owning companies of various sizes. Our firm has completed several hundred transactions over that time frame. In addition to Virginia, transactions have been consummated in multiple states along the East Coast. Transactions have ranged from various types of retail service establishments to those in manufacturing and heavy industry.

Services Offered

Business Brokerage: Selling a business is time-consuming and for many, an emotional venture. While there are many options for business owners who want to cash out, the best way depends on the nature and health of the business and the owner’s intentions to stay with the company for a sufficient period of time or move on following a transition period. Understanding all of the options, and getting good advice from experienced business professionals, can make it easier to pursue the route that’s best for all involved. Our personal hands-on involvement and well-trained staff with extensive expertise in merger and acquisition activities will provide the following services, including: Assistance with valuation of business to determine price Strategic planning to develop a business transition plan Preparation of an offering memorandum Access to database of qualified buyers Assistance in negotiation of the transaction Deal structuring Assist purchaser in obtaining a loan to acquire the business and including working capital funds. You and Light & Raphael working together will create a team to successfully market your business and obtain the highest price possible, while acting with confidentiality and professionalism. The foundation of our success is trust. Our efforts are directed to the service of others, to our clients and the business community in which we operate.

Broker Profile

Mr. Raphael joined Light & Raphael in 2014 as a Principal. Mr. Raphael has 15 years’ experience in the financial services industry, where he worked in mergers and acquisitions, research, strategic planning and financial analysis. During his over 20 years in corporate America, he worked at several companies, including: Wachovia Securities, Philip Morris International and Rohm and Haas Chemical Company. Mr. Raphael possesses a B.S. in business administration from the University of Vermont and an MBA in finance and strategy from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also actively involved in the community, having served as Board President for the Sabot at Stony Point School. Mr. Raphael has also coached boys and girls teams in the local recreational league and has raised funds for Anthem Lemonaid in support of kids with cancer. Married and the father of three, he enjoys tennis, traveling and following the Boston Red Sox.

Areas Served

Virginia - Richmond & Surrounding Areas.

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