Clairfield International strengthens presence in Spain and expands to Portugal

Clairfield International strengthens presence in Spain and expands to Portugal

Clairfield International and MS Capital are pleased to announce an agreement to incorporate MS Capital Corporate Finance (whose largest shareholder is MS Capital), an independent international financial advisory company based in Madrid and Lisbon and corporate finance arm of MS Capital, into the Clairfield partnership. The new team, formerly with MS Capital Corporate Finance, will henceforth be operating as Clairfield International (Spain). It will be working closely together with Clairfield colleagues in Iberia as part of the enlarged Clairfield footprint.

The new office team has been serving clients from offices in Madrid and Lisbon for more 20 years, during which time the firm has closed more than 60 transactions. Its exclusive focus is on M&A transactions and capital raisings in Spain, Portugal, and the surrounding countries of Western Europe. The team has special expertise in crossborder deals and has advised clients in a wide range of sectors including chemicals, food and beverages, tourism and leisure, TV and media, new technologies, packaging, renewable energy, retail and consumer, and telecommunications, and is connected with an extensive global network of independent investment banks, funds, and consulting firms.

The new office is headed by Luis Pinto-Gonçalves, BA in economics at Portuguese Catholic University (Lisbon), 1981; PADE of IESE in business administration (Navarra University) 1987. Luis Pinto-Gonçalves has long experience in corporate finance, corporate strategy, M&A, real estate, and corporate restructuring. Chairman and shareholder of MS Capital Ltd (Family Office) since 1985, and managing partner of MS Capital Corporate Finance since 2005. Prior to that, he was member of the board and shareholder at Beta Capital Asset Management, Telsen Investments SA, Avanzit Portugal SA, Banco Urquijo | Gespamex SA, etc. Luis Pinto-Gonçalves is also holder of the Royal Order “Isabel the Catholic” Order Medal attributed in 1998, by His Majesty the King of Spain, Juan Carlos I.

“Successful execution of crossborder M&A requires a broad international partner base, and with 39 offices in 23 countries, Clairfield possesses the exact capabilities we sought,” said Luis Pinto-Gonçalves, member of the board of Clairfield Iberia. “All country offices are managed by independent partners with long track records in the financial community and a large network of industry relationships. These attributes fit perfectly with our partners, who have worked together as a team for a long time.”

Brian O’Hare, the managing partner of Clairfield Iberia said “We are excited about the possibilities that will open up as a result of a larger presence in Madrid coupled with an office in Lisbon. We expect to see a good deal more deal flow coming from the mid-market as a result and leveraging on the relationships, experience, and industry contacts that Luis and his team will bring.”

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