Automotive

Open-minded

Working for many years with leading suppliers and OEMs, and more recently with new digital players, we have built up an extensive network and knowledge of the sector, becoming a trusted adviser for many of the world’s leading automotive players. Our unique automotive transaction experience covers virtually every system and component of a vehicle, all relevant materials, and process technologies.

As the industry goes through unprecedented change, driven by megatrends such as emission reduction, electrification, autonomous driving and connectivity, this fast-changing market calls for an open-minded approach to business strategy and a willingness to collaborate and embrace different perspectives. It also calls for a need to think holistically to make the best decisions, and for flexible, responsive and agile advice from a team which uses its deep knowledge of the industry to deliver the very best outcomes.

The globalised nature of the automotive industry is reflected in our vast international, cross-border deal experience, involving sellers, buyers and targets from all parts of the world.

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We’re grateful for the significant commitment and dedication we received from Clearwater.

Andre Deloch, Partner, Heidelberg Capital

Our Automotive Team

Clearwater’s experience and expertise played an important role in finding the right partner and achieving a successful transaction.
Angel Robleño, CEO, Grupo Sunviauto

With offices in Europe, the US and Asia, our automotive team can deliver seamless, integrated global advice to SME/owner-managed, corporate and private equity clients.

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#1

worldwide automotive M&A adviser by deal count

50%

cross-border deals

within the last 5 years

20

completed deals with Asian buyers or targets

in the last 10 years

Insights

  • Debt funding and ARR lending: UK investment in the Nordics

    In the last couple of years there has been a notable uptick in M&A private equity (PE) activity in the Nordic region, with the TMT sector attracting particular attention. This has also expanded to inward investment from European PE firms, as domestic companies have become more internationally-minded and open to European PE investment in order to expand.

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  • Automotive Newsletter Q4 2021

    Once again, considerable activity in the areas of electromobility and autonomous driving continues to drive M&A activity in Q4 2021 with investments in companies such as Aurora Innovation and Sun Mobility.

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  • ESG focus rises on debt market agendas

    Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) is very much a topic of the moment in the finance market and is becoming increasingly prevalent in the debt markets. As social awareness and government regulation continues at pace, lenders are adapting themselves for a world in which economic success is not limited to financial returns and where high ESG standards will become the market norm.

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