09/04/2020 - News

Clearwater International ranks second in private equity advisory league table


The first quarter of 2020 saw our teams complete 35 transactions, with the business services, consumer, healthcare, and industrials & chemicals sector teams all experiencing a particularly busy three months.

We saw continued high levels of interest from private equity (PE) at the start of the year, with 46% of Q1 transactions involving PE, placing Clearwater International in second place on the PE advisory Europe exits MergerMarket league table.

Highlights from this quarter include: the UK team advising MML Capital and the shareholders of Learning Curve Group, an education and training specialist, on its sale to Agilitas; the French team advising Parquest Capital and the shareholders of 5 Santé, a major French player in post‐acute care private clinics specialising in the rehabilitation of chronic patients, on the group’s disposal to Korian; and the UK team advising Palatine Private Equity on the sale of the Vernacare Group, a leading international healthcare products provider, to H.I.G. Capital.

Clearwater International have recently been shortlisted as the European Corporate Finance House of the Year at the Private Equity Awards 2020, which recognises the achievement of corporate financiers who have advised on continental European deals over the last 12 months. The Clearwater International Healthcare team have also been shortlisted for Corporate Financier of the Year at the HealthInvestor UK awards, following a strong year of activity and growth in the sector.

Marcus Archer, Partner at Clearwater International commented: “Clearwater has a rich and respected heritage in private equity built up over many years working with PE houses to create trusted and long-lasting relationships. It is fantastic to see our successes in the first quarter of this year recognised as we continue to invest in our PE relationships and provide support to our PE clients and their portfolio companies through the current crisis.”

smooth process through to completion

“The Clearwater International team played a key role in guiding us throughout this process, their sound advice and sector expertise ensured a smooth process through to completion.”

Richard Mayers, Partner at MML Capital

reactive and efficient team

“Clearwater International has perfectly respected our timing thanks to its reactive and efficient team.”

Catherine Miffre, President, 5 Santé

breadth of resource dedicated to the transaction

“The Clearwater team were committed to achieving a great result for us, evidenced by the breadth of resource dedicated to the transaction. In particular, it was a real advantage to work with an advisor whose M&A and debt advisory teams are so closely aligned. We would not hesitate to work with them again.”

Andy Lees, Partner at Palatine Private Equity

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