Business Services

Technical knowledge

Our excellent technical knowledge ensures that we guide our clients with confidence through the complex detail required when managing business services transactions. Whether it’s dealing with the outsourcing of contracts, building compliance, people performance metrics, energy efficiency requirements or certification processes, our team is equipped to deliver the deal.

Our extensive market knowledge is why we now have an unrivalled record of advising companies on acquisitions and sales in the business services sector, in industries such as recruitment, education and training, consultancy, facilities management, and logistics.

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Our latest transactions

Clearwater's strong track record in the consultancy sector and knowledge of and direct access to top management at all potential buyers, made Clearwater an outstanding adviser.

Jens Kærsgaard, Partner and CEO, KAAI

Our Business Services Team

Throughout the process the team provided appropriate challenge, counsel and dedicated support day to day to ensure the transaction completed successfully.
Dan Smart, CEO, Proclinical

Our eye for detail ensures our experienced business services team can deliver the structured solutions that clients demand.

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Over 120

completed transactions

in the last 5 years

Over 60%

deals involving PE

in the last 5 years

Over 100

completed deals worth over €6.2bn

in the last 5 years


  • Legal Technology & Services

    Technology adoption is changing the structure of the legal profession and its market evolution is presenting attractive and scalable M&A opportunities across the value chain, from full-service tech-enabled law firms right through to pureplay software vendors.

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  • Business Services Insights

    After a strong start to the year for the business services sector, the rapid unfolding of the global Coronavirus pandemic has radically changed the rules of the game – at least for the short term. Clearwater’s Partner Marcus Archer and Director Mark Maunsell, share their views on the current prospects for the sector.

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  • DACH highlights

    2019 was a record year for deal value in the DACH market and 2020 was off to another strong start before the coronavirus hit. Nevertheless, copious amounts of dry powder in the region mean that sponsors are still looking to make deals and this liquidity may prevent a significant fall in multiples, say Clearwater managing partners Axel Oltmann and Heinrich Kerstien.

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