19/08/2021 - News

Clearwater International ranks as one of the top 10 European private equity advisors

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Working with over 40 private equity funds across Europe, Clearwater completed 43 transactions worth over €6bn in deal value during Q2 2021 as the high levels of interest from PE continued. This placed Clearwater in 7th place in the Mergermarket PE advisory league tables following 13 successful PE exits during the first half of 2021.

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Clearwater completed 43 transactions worth over €6bn

The Healthcare, Consumer, Industrials & Chemicals, and TMT sector teams continued their high levels of activity completing deals worth €5.7bn in Q2 bringing Clearwater’s total deal count for H1 2021 to 95 deals worth €8.6bn, placing Clearwater International in 11th place in the Refinitiv European Financial Advisors league tables.

Highlights from this quarter include: the Swedish team advising the fast-growing direct-to-consumer women’s activewear brand, Stronger, on its sale to leading Nordic private equity company, Polaris; the UK team advising BGF and the shareholders of ReBOUND, a leading technology platform helping brands manage their returns sustainably, on its sale to Reconomy Group, the provider of outsourced, asset-light services to the circular economy; the Italian team advising Orienta Partners on the sale of its portfolio company Sidac, an Italian company specialising in the production of flexible packaging solutions for the food industry, to Schur Flexibles Group, a European leader in the flexible packaging industry.

Q2 2021 also saw Clearwater International complete a landmark deal advising on one of France’s largest LBOs to date which saw Sagesse Retraite Santé, one of France’s leading investors in the health and medico-social sectors, reinvest in DomusVi, alongside Intermediate Capital Group and management.

14 promotions and new hires across the Clearwater offices in Europe

In Q2, Clearwater International launched a new leadership development programme, marking a major investment in team development. In June, a first cohort of 15 senior leaders from across Clearwater’s 18 offices began the 11-month blended learning programme. With a strong emphasis on ‘learning by doing’, the curriculum features a mix of web tutorials, in person workshops, peer learning activities and self-directed learning. The aim is to further enhance skills and behaviours that enable the long-term growth and development of the Clearwater team. Q2 also saw 14 promotions and new hires across the Clearwater offices in Europe as the team continues its focus on talent.

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