05/02/2019 - News

Clearwater International appoints Senior Adviser Ian Edward after an excellent 15% increase in consumer sector deals

Leisure specialist, Ian Edward, has been appointed as a Senior Adviser at corporate finance firm Clearwater International.

Ian brings over 30 years’ experience in the leisure industry, as M&A adviser, Non-Executive Board Director and investor. His previous transactions include the sale of New World Trading Company to Graphite Capital, the sale of Geronimo Inns to Young’s, and the sale of a stake in Pho to Livingbridge. He is a co-founder of Hippo Inns and a Non-Executive Director of Pizza Pilgrims, Seafood Pub Company and Thunderbird Fried Chicken.

Clearwater International’s consumer team saw a 15% increase in completed deals in 2018, with a total deal value of €1.3bn. These included advising Pizza Hut on its MBO supported by Pricoa Capital Group and advising Social Entertainment Ventures on its recent equity fundraise.

Richard O’Donnell, Partner at Clearwater International, said: “Having worked together successfully in the past, it is a pleasure and a privilege to welcome Ian to Clearwater International. The multi-site leisure sector continues to be an extremely active area of our business and Ian’s breadth of knowledge and depth of relationships will only serve to enhance our capabilities going forward.”

Ian Edward, Senior Advisor at Clearwater International, said: “Clearwater International has an impressive track record and strong ambitions for growth. I look forward to supporting the Consumer & Leisure team as they continue to assist clients across the sector.”

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