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History

Founded in 2004 by seasoned M&A advisors committed to providing midmarket clients with the financial expertise and industry reach usually offered only to large-cap companies, the partnership has expanded over the years to cover all major economies and financial centers.

Clairfield today is one of the leading global midmarket corporate finance and M&A advisory firms.

2004

Five founder firms in Europe and the US begin to collaborate. They decide to form their own midmarket partnership and call it Clairfield Partners to emphasize the transparency and clear-eyed view that forms the basis of their practice.

2005

Clairfield Partners sarl is officially registered in Geneva, Switzerland.

2008

A banner year for Clairfield, as with a small number of offices, we are ranked by the league tables as one of the top 25 financial advisors in Europe, Australia, Benelux, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.

2009

With a clean energy a cornerstone of economic recovery, Clairfield closes six deals in the sector in a 12-month period.

2010

Clairfield expansion begins in earnest. We soon cover every important economy worldwide.

2011

Branding overhaul, with renaming of brand to Clairfield International and a new square logo that represents fortitude.

2014

Clairfield sponsors the 2014 M&A Forum at the China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) in Xiamen.

2015

Clairfield consistently ranks among the top advisors for small and midcap transactions in major league tables.

2016

Clairfield workflows organized around six sector groups to pool expertise and provide greater depth in client service.

2017

The Clairfield Academy, our in-house education platform, is formed to train the next generation of financial advisors. The Geneva holding becomes a joint stock company (Swiss société anonyme — SA).

2018

Clairfield ranked #1 for technology deals in the Refinitiv league tables. ESG and social impact investing is embraced in advisory work and client business transformation.

2019

China Desk established as a proprietary resource for accessing Chinese corporates, investors, and political entities. Debt & Capital Advisory group formed to assist companies in all stages of the life cycle, from growth capital to equity and debt advisory.

2020

After a strong start to the year, the pandemic hits. Our teams go into overdrive to ensure completion of deals and prepare clients for recovery. Daily Zoom calls help our team stay connected even while working from home. Clairfield partners with Yamada Consulting, a top Japanese investment bank.

2021

The M&A market recovers and Clairfield closes another record year.  Five country firms become new shareholders and board members. Kickoff of major strategic initiatives in digitalization, marketing, and knowledge management.

2022

Branding redesign features a streamlined new logo as our partner firms grow together under the Clairfield brand.

Key figures

300

PROFESSIONAL
STAFF

25

COUNTRIES

80

% CROSSBORDER
EXECUTION

700

DEALS CLOSED
IN THE LAST 5 YEARS

26

€ BILLION
CUMULATIVE DEAL VALUE
IN THE LAST 5 YEARS

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