Industrials & Chemicals

Broadening horizons

We have advised leading players across the industry for many years on their strategic options and M&A activity, building up long-lasting and deep-rooted connections with management teams across this diverse sector.

The strength of these personal relationships ensures that when the time is right we are brought on board to help these businesses broaden their horizons globally and exploit new markets, geographies and technologies. Our knowledge also ensures we are perfectly placed to advise companies on transactions in emerging sub sectors such as battery technology and the impact of increasing automation in manufacturing systems and processes.

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Our latest transactions

The Clearwater team did a great job and ran a highly competitive and well-structured process, including strategic as well as private equity investors.

Eric Jungblut, Partner, Finatem

Our Industrials & Chemicals Team

The Clearwater team delivered a seamless process and their guidance throughout made us feel at ease.
Martin Reid, Group Chief Financial Officer, GRS Roadstone

With offices in Europe, the US and Asia, our industrials and chemicals team has the breadth and technical depth needed to advise clients in this truly global sector.

See our team

8

industry sub-sectors

85

deals advised upon

in the last 5 years

45%

cross-border deals

in the last 5 years

Insights

  • Spotlight on: UK and Ireland

    Investor appetite in sectors which have performed strongly during the pandemic is laid bare in the latest Clearwater International Multiples Heatmap.

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  • Clearwater International Multiples Heatmap - Q4 2020

    A strong performance in the second half of the year meant that any drop-off in activity was not as pronounced as was first feared, with 2020 deal value and volume falling by just 5% and 6% year-on-year, respectively. At 11x, average multiples paid in PE-backed transactions across Europe reached a new high in the final quarter of the year.

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  • Spotlight on: France

    With a strong rebound in dealdoing after the Q2 2020 lockdown, the French PE market remains the busiest in Europe – and deal-hungry sponsors with deep pockets should ensure processes remain heated in the coming months.

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