Chemicals sector comment – August 2011

The past month saw the latest multi-billion transaction in the chemicals industry following Solvay’s acquisition of Rhodia and Ashland’s acquisition of ISP. Ecolab has acquired Nalco for $5.4bn as part of its strategy of moving into the industrial water

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Industrials sector comment – July 2011

Clearwater’s industrials team has completed the sale of Farsound Engineering Ltd to RG Industries LLP, a new partnership between Rubicon Partners and Grovepoint Capital. Farsound is a Romford-based manufacturer of high precision components for the aerospace and defence industries.

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Consumer Sector Comment – June 2011

It has been a busy month in the UK consumer sector, especially in retail. On one hand there has been an increase of corporate’s interest in quality assets and, on the other hand, the announcement of a series of

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Healthcare sector comment – June 2011

An interesting development this month was the announcement that Circle Holdings listed on AIM with a successful £95.4 million flotation. The company’s principle asset is Circle Health Ltd which is 50% owned by the Company and 50% owned by

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Chemicals sector comment – July 2011

Dow is preparing for the sale of its polypropylene units as part of its refocusing on speciality chemicals. The creation of the group’s Performance Plastics division followed its acquisition of Rohm & Haas and its failed $17.4bn deal to

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Support Services sector comment – July 2011

Clearwater’s Support Services team has advised the shareholders of Alter Technology Group (‘ATG’) on the disposal of its three trading subsidiaries to TUV Nord International GmBH (‘TUV’). This deal continues the high volume of overseas buyers seen by Clearwater

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Support Services sector comment – June 2011

Sector consolidator Viridor Waste acquired Cheshire based cardboard and plastics recycler, Storm Recycling, Glass Tech Recycling acquired the assets of Welsh glass recycler Nationwide Recycling which was placed into administration earlier this month and waste management company SWR acquired

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Consumer sector comment – May 2011

Food and Drink represents the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, accounting for 14 per cent of the UK’s entire manufacturing sector with a gross value added of £21.8bn and is growing at a faster rate than most of

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Healthcare sector comment – May 2011

May was an encouraging month for deals in the healthcare sector with a total of 16 deals. A significant deal this month was Alkermes Inc’s merger with Elan Drug Technologies (EDT), the profitable, world-class drug formulation and manufacturing business

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