14 Jan 2019
Clairfield International is pleased to announce that Thomson Reuters/Refinitiv has once again ranked Clairfield at the top of the midmarket financial-advisory league tables. These much-anticipated league tables score advisory firms on the volume of deals advised. Clairfield International stands out as a boutique investment banking firm that achieves top placements alongside bulge-bracket banks. In the 2018 ranking Clairfield rose several notches over last year’s excellent showing, placing in the top 10 in the small-cap segment in Europe and 13th worldwide. Especially notable was Clairfield’s fourth place in France and sixth in the Nordic region. Clairfield also achieved top placements in both small and mid-cap league tables in virtually every region where we have a presence: Australia, Benelux, Canada, Eastern Europe, Germany, Italy, Latin America, Spain, and the UK.
In 2018 Clairfield International closed more than 130 transactions with over EUR 3.25 billion in value. On the sell side, dominating our business, over 75% of assets were auctioned internationally and over 30% ultimately closed with international buyers. These transactions include many deals that are noteworthy for their size, complexity, or international impact, and highlight Clairfield’s access to global players, both as clients and as counterparties. Transactions ranged in sizes and sectors from equestrian sports to cloud computing.
Earlier in 2018, Clairfield International ranked number one in the technology league tables, thanks to transactions we closed with Bechtle, Devoteam, Kontron, KPMG, Reply, Nets, SoLocal, Starhome Mach, and many others. We have also carved out niches as the top advisor for mobile payments in Eastern Europe and music festivals in the Nordics.
Transactions closed by Clairfield International in 2018 include high-profile acquisitions such as the acquisition by Bechtle AG, the European IT retail leader, of Inmac Wstore, the remaining European business of Systemax Inc, a US-based industrial group, and the Consortium of Tradeka Yhtiöt Ltd and Colosseum Dental Group’s acquisition of Med Group Holding in the Finnish healthcare sector.
On the sell side, important transactions include the sale of Helgland Dressage to Waterland Private Equity, and the sale of Richard Wellock & Sons to the William Jackson Food Group, both in the consumer sector.
Other noteworthy crossborder deals include the sale of Olivotto Glass to China Glass Holdings Limited and the sale of Tractebel Engineering Poland.
“The Thomson Reuters/Refinitiv rankings are testimony to what we experience every day: that our sector expertise and global access are a winning combination for our clients in the middle market,” says Alexander Klemm, chairman of Clairfield International.