Consumer goods & retail

Clairfield’s consumer & retail team focuses on advisory to midcap clients, whether advising on a growth strategy or on selling a business.

Sector team members have an in-depth knowledge of the key market players in the relevant sectors as well as a proven track record of transactions advised. In addition, the sector team draws upon Clairfield partner offices advisory board members and in particular to a variety of industry experts with a corporate or consultancy background.

Perhaps no other industry has such an intricate relationship with external factors as the consumer sector. Climate, inflation, and globalization of brands create complex scenarios where expert advice is needed.

Clairfield focuses on the following segments:

Apparel, gear & accessories

Beverages, food & agribusiness

E-commerce

Food & non-food retail

Food service

Personal & household goods

Travel, leisure & restaurants

Wholesale consumer goods

Deal spotlight

CLAIRFIELD FRANKFURT/WARSAW ADVISES BERLIN-BASED E-COM LEADER EXPONDO IN ITS MINORITY SALE TO CRÉDIT MUTUEL EQUITY OF FRANCE

Expondo Group GmbH, a B2B e-commerce specialist for professional equipment, sold a minority stake to Crédit Mutuel Equity, a private equity firm. Clairfield International actively supported the Expondo team throughout the process, including investor due diligence re all commercial, financial, tax and legal workstreams, preparation of transaction documents, and negotiations of transaction terms, benefitting from a Frankfurt- and-Warsaw-based team given Expondo’s assets and management in both countries.

Deal spotlight

CLAIRFIELD ADVISES LEADING DUTCH DISINFECTANT BRAND ON ITS SALE TO STRATEGIC INVESTOR

Blue Wonder, a market leader in the Netherlands in fully compliant disinfectant cleaning products, was sold to HG International, one of the largest European players in the market of specialist cleaning products.

Deal spotlight

CLAIRFIELD ADVISES COOP/TRANSGOURMET IN THE ACQUISITION OF GM FOODS FROM THE CHINESE GROUP BRIGHT FOOD FOR EUR 200 MILLION

Clairfield International acted as financial advisor to Coop/Transgourmet on its acquisition of 100% of GM Foods from Bright Food Group (72%), JIC Investment (18%), and Group Donghuatong (10%), all from China.

Recent consumer & retail transactions

Famar Srl, an Italian apparel designer and manufacturer, sold a majority stake to Holding Industriale (Hind), through its subsidiary Holding Moda.

Kwalitaria, a leading Dutch quick service snackbar chain was acquired by the Dutch private equity firm Antea Participaties.

One of the Czech major distributors of agricultural machinery and spare parts, Agrozet Ceske Budejovice, was sold to the Czech investment group, GES Group.

Classic Pizza Group, a Finnish restaurant chain, was sold to Finnish restaurant operator Restel.

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