Today marks an exciting merger of three leading European corporate finance firms; UK-based Clearwater Corporate Finance LLP, Danish firm Advizer and IMAPLynx based in Spain and Portugal. At the same time an agreement for a strategic alliance has been reached with Chinese investment bank InterChina, with a view to capitalising on M&A opportunities in Asia. The merger formalises a long standing relationship between these firms creating an independent corporate finance house that will provide clients with greater access to international M&A and financing solutions and strengthen expertise in a number of core sectors.
The merged business has changed its name to Clearwater International and has its headquarters in London. The business has 12 offices, 35 partners and 130 staff across Europe and Asia.
The focus for the organisation will be on providing corporate finance advice on mid-market transactions, including M&A, private equity, debt advisory and restructuring services. The business has completed over 670 transactions worth an aggregate value of £14bn. Nine integrated international sector teams covering automotive, consumer, financial services, food and beverage, healthcare, industrials and chemicals, real estate, support services and TMT will provide in-depth knowledge and industry experience to every project.
Michael Reeves, CEO of Clearwater International, said: “Our clients are increasingly looking for international solutions for their M&A and funding needs. This merger represents a major step in delivering a highly differentiated service.
“We will increase the footprint of Clearwater International over the coming months and years to create the leading independent mid-market corporate firm operating globally through one integrated business”.
Phil Burns, UK Managing Partner, said: “This merger provides us with the capacity to deepen our sector focus in a truly integrated way globally. This will open up considerable opportunity for the businesses we work with and enable us to deliver excellent client outcomes.”