Clairfield International is pleased to have achieved the top ranking in the financial advisory league tables for Eastern European deals under EUR 50 million and the number two spot for deals under 500 million for the first quarter of 2022. The Refinitiv league tables score advisory firms on the volume of deals advised. Clairfield International has long stood out as a boutique investment banking firm that achieves top placements alongside bulge-bracket banks. Our top ranking in Eastern Europe is accompanied by leading positions in other regions including Benelux, France, the Nordics, and Australia.
Clairfield has a long history in the CEE region with offices in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Romania. Our Polish office joined the partnership in 2009 and recently became a shareholder in Clairfield International SA. Partner Piotr Kolodziejczyk, with long experience in the e-payments sector as well as healthcare, is co-head of Clairfield’s technology group and recently became a Clairfield board member. The Hungarian office is led by Oliver Nemes, and is particularly strong in technology and education. Our Czech office represents one of the top-ranked investment banks in the Czech Republic and also covers the Slovakian market. The Czech team is led by directors Marek Rehberger, Petr Dědeček, and Milan Bílek, and is a member of the CSOB Group, one of the largest financial groups in the Czech Republic. Clairfield became active in Romania one year ago and is represented by partner Florian Bolchis, who joined the combined Austria and Hungary team.
Deals closed by our Eastern European team in 2022 cover an array of industries, with innovative technologies at the forefront in Hungary, and healthcare taking a lead in Poland. Some notable deals include:
- The sale of Agrozet Ceske Budejovice, a major Czech distributor of agricultural machinery and spare parts, to the Czech investment group, GES Group.
- The sales of Dentaurus Clinics, a leading implantology dental chain in northern Poland, and Medicadent Stomatologia, the leading pediatric dentistry clinic in the Polish Wielkopolska region, to Innova Capital, a Poland-based private equity firm.
- The acquisition by LKE Group, an important German supplier of handling and logistic products and systems, of Someg S.A. and a part of Transcarpatica S.A. business located in Gherla, Romania.
- The sale of ReMat Zrt., Hungary’s market-leading plastics recycling company, to MOL Group.
Clairfield looks forward to showcasing more of our achievements in Eastern Europe at our Q2 partners’ meeting to be held in Prague on June 16-17.
“Deal flow remains strong in the CEE region despite the war in Ukraine, particularly in the small and midcap categories whereas larger deals may be put on hold. This puts Clairfield in the spotlight as we have a strong focus on these segments,” says Piotr Kolodziejczyk, partner based in Warsaw and Clairfield board member. “We are also proud to have an ESG focus on many of our deals in this region, in the education segment and circular economy.”
“The CEE region is an increasingly important market for Clairfield as we support our clients in many crossborder transactions, testimony to the momentum of the integration of European business and supply chains,” says Alexander Klemm, chair of Clairfield.
See the Q1 2022 league tables here.