Working for many years with leading suppliers and OEMs, and more recently with new digital players, we have built up an extensive network and knowledge of the sector, becoming a trusted adviser for many of the world’s leading automotive players. Our unique automotive transaction experience covers virtually every system and component of a vehicle, all relevant materials and process technologies.

As the industry goes through unprecedented change driven by megatrends such as emission reduction, electrification, autonomous driving and connectivity, this fast-changing market calls for an open-minded approach to business strategy and a willingness to collaborate and embrace different perspectives. It also calls for a need to think holistically to make the best decisions, and for flexible, responsive and agile advice from a team which uses its deep knowledge of the industry to deliver the very best outcomes.

The globalised nature of the automotive industry is reflected in our vast international, cross-border deal experience, involving sellers, buyers and targets from all parts of the world.

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We’re grateful for the significant commitment and dedication we received from Clearwater.

Andre Deloch, Partner, Heidelberg Capital

Our Automotive Team

Clearwater’s experience and expertise played an important role in finding the right partner and achieving a successful transaction.
Angel Robleño, CEO, Grupo Sunviauto

With offices in Europe, the US and Asia, our automotive team can deliver seamless, integrated global advice to SME/owner-managed, corporate and private equity clients.

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worldwide automotive M&A adviser by deal count


cross-border deals

within the last 5 years

Over 20

completed deals with Asian buyers or targets

in the last 5 years


  • Automotive Newsletter Q3 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant negative impact on the automotive sector and related M&A activity in H1 2020. However, in Q3 2020 deal activity slowly picked up pace but is still notably below 2019 levels.

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  • Automotive Newsletter Q2 2020

    The consequences of the global lock-down as a result of COVID-19 have further unfolded in Q2 2020. The number of completed deals in the automotive sector decreased by 42% alongside a significant drop in deal value from EUR 2.1bn to EUR 376m, compared to Q2 2019.

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  • Smart routing and mobility infrastructure

    An area of huge growth is the increasing use of smart technology and Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) by cities and governments to help better connect vehicles and infrastructure.

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