Richard O'Donnell

  • Partner
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I joined Clearwater International in 2018 as a Partner, having previously led the European leisure & consumer team at Canaccord Genuity. I’ve been exclusively focused on the leisure & consumer sector for more than fifteen years, having started my career with UBS Investment Bank.

As well as advising clients across the sector, my specialised approach has led to me partnering with several businesses and brands, through Non-Executive Board positions and personal investments, providing me with a deep understanding of the challenges, trials and tribulations of operating a growing business.

I advise clients on both buy-side and sell-side transactions, and have also guided clients through public-to-private transactions and equity and debt fundraisings. Such transactions have given me the privilege of working with many well-known brands such as LEON Restaurants, Goals Soccer Centres, Fever-Tree and Heinz to name just a few.

Transactions are, more often than not, a pivotal moment in the life of a business, and the opportunity to help clients navigate these processes to achieve their strategic goals is incredibly satisfying. As such, understanding what our clients want to achieve is extremely important to us and underpins our approach from the outset.

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