Middle market business buyers are faced with many considerations when they are preparing to buy a business. You’ve researched available companies or worked with a broker or intermediary to do so, have completed your due diligence and are ready to secure financing. Wouldn’t it be nice to also work with a lender with a long track record of successful M&A financing?

Live Oak Bank specializes in acquisition financing across all industries nationwide. Our dedicated M&A lending team has extensive SBA expertise and offers speed to market and certainty at closure. Whether you are a broker, intermediary, search fund or individual, our team will help you understand the process of acquiring a business with financing that meets your needs.

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Who we serve

I Am Selling My Business

Are you planning to retire soon or developing an exit plan to sell your business? Live Oak Bank specializes in SBA M&A financing and offers flexible loan options that are designed to work for an expanded pool of potential buyers. Whether you are selling to a third party or want to structure a sale to your key employees, Live Oak can tailor a loan package that can provide great loan terms to the buyer to make it an attractive option for them—which ultimately helps you sell your business more easily.

I Am A Buy/Sell Professional

Live Oak will partner with you to help your clients navigate the complex M&A process. We work with buy/sell professionals including business brokers, attorneys and CPAs and offer a process that is streamlined and transparent. Working with Live Oak, you’ll have access to expert SBA M&A lenders that have successfully funded SBA M&A loans for decades. You can move forward with confidence knowing no matter what industry or geographic location, our team can help.

I Want To Acquire A Business

If you are an existing business owner, you might find that a business acquisition is a great way for you to grow professionally. It’s often easier to buy an existing business than build from the groun-up. Likewise, entrepreneurs have found the search fund model to be ideal for purchasing existing businesses. This model taught in many business schools guides individuals through the process of exploring business acquisition targets and comparing to their desired criteria for ownership. Live Oak has successfully financed many searchers, including traditional, self-funded and single sponsor search funds. Whether you are a business owner, individual or group, Live Oak will work with you to finance these transactions.

For someone who has never bought a business before, having someone who has financed a lot of them is very helpful.”

- Andy Rougeot, Owner RG Maintenance

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Purchase with Confidence

Business owners across the country have confidently chosen Live Oak Bank to finance their business acquisitions.

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Why Live Oak


We’ll take you where you need to go with our deep industry and product expertise. Our team understands the ins and outs of different business models, and we package your loan accordingly. Every industry has its own nuances and our lenders get that. When it comes to matching your businesses with the best loan, you can trust that it will be the ideal fit.


Our commitment to efficiency and transparency helps you avoid costly mistakes. We work hard to streamline the entire loan process, from the initial conversation to the day you get your money. Throughout your Live Oak experience, we’ll keep you updated and informed. By taking advantage of next-generation technology, your loan will move through each stage seamlessly. Our experienced team knows that your time is valuable, and we won’t waste any of it.


We strive to provide unmatched service and an unwavering dedication to your success. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do at Live Oak. We like to say that we treat every customer like our only customer, and we honestly mean that. Your hopes, your dreams and your goals hold a lot of weight – it is what we work together to achieve. Going above and beyond for you is simply how we operate. We can only say that we’re successful when you are too, so we’ll do everything in our power to make that happen.

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