Automotive team

Our international Automotive team is the lead M&A adviser to the automotive sector by deal count with over 240 successfully executed mandates providing unrivalled relationships with global OEMs, Tier 1 and 2 suppliers, and financial sponsors. The team is supported by a number of high-profile senior advisers who are all former top tier executives with relevant product knowledge and a far-reaching network of contacts.

Our advisory expertise covers virtually all relevant sub-segments of suppliers (Chassis, Electronics, Engine, Transmission & Driveline, Interiors & Exteriors, TTOV and Aftermarket), technologies and materials (e.g. aluminum, magnesium, carbon, steel, iron, plastics, etc.)

For more information please contact a member of the team. 

Recent deals

Some of our recent Automotive deals include:

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Clearwater International advises the Founder of Finoba Automotive GmbH on the sale to Chinese Automotive Engineering Corp.

Clearwater International has advised the founder of FINOBA Group, including FINOBA AUTOMOTIVE GmbH (FINOBA), on the sale of 100% of the share capital to Chinese Automotive Engineering Corp. (AE), a subsidiary of Sinomach Group (China National Machinery Industry Corp.). Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Baunatal-Hertingshausen, Germany, FINOBA is the only fully-integrated European processing and machining specialist for lightweight aluminum and magnesium based die-casted components for large-series production of automotive chassis and powertrain parts. Read more about this transaction.

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Clearwater International Denmark acted as financial adviser to the owners of STARCO in the divestment of major parts of their aftermarket business to German Bohnenkamp.

The STARCO Group has been family owned and expanding for more than 55 years. Today, STARCO has more than 700 colleagues, is represented throughout Europe and has an international manufacturing, assembly and distribution setup. The company delivers tyre and wheel solutions for a wide range of applications worldwide to manufacturers and aftermarket customers – from the smallest wheelbarrow tyre to the largest agricultural or industrial wheels. The STARCO Group had a turnover of more than 140 million Euro in 2015. Read more about this deal.

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Lightweight Components Clearthought – team Image

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Clearwater International has advised Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corporation (“Joyson”), a leading global automotive supplier, on its acquisition of Key Safety Systems (“KSS”).

Under the terms of the agreement, Joyson acquired the outstanding shares of KSS in a cash transaction valued at approximately €815m on an equity value basis. KSS is was previously owned by funds managed by FountainVest Partners, a Hong Kong-based private equity firm, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and Crestview Partners, a New York-based private equity firm, along with members of KSS management.. Read more about this deal. 

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Clearwater International advises JH Automotive on the sale of Heyform and JH Automotive CZ to DUBAG.

Clearwater International acted as sole financial adviser to JH Automotive Holding GmbH, a subsidiary of NORD Holding, on the sale of 100% of the share capital of Heyform Bramsche GmbH and JH Automotive CZ s.r.o. to DUBAG – Deutsche Unternehmensbeteiligungen AG. Heyform Bramsche GmbH and JH Automotive CZ s.r.o. are full service suppliers of premium interior products to the automotive industry with an extensive product engineering & production technology expertise. Read more about this deal.

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Lightweight Components Clearthought – team Image

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Clearwater International acted as sole financial adviser to Friedrich Wilhelm Richard Brökelmann on the sale of F.W. Brökelmann Aluminium GmbH & Co. KG to KNAUF INTERFER SE.

FWB Group, with locations in Germany and Poland, is a full-service provider of aluminium products for the automotive industry and producer of aluminium profiles for the construction and industrial sector. With approx. 350 employees, the group generates revenues of over €90m and is one of the major aluminium extrusion and processing companies in the German and European aluminium market, with over hundred years of experience. Read more about this deal.