Private Equity Buoyed by Strong Debt Markets
Driven by a resurgence in lending from banks, the Private Equity market continues to be in an acquisitive mood. We expect levels of borrowing to increase and remain strong as the high level of liquidity in the market, and strong competition between lenders, results in greater flexibility and enhanced terms for supporting deal activity and business investment.
Over the past decades, Clearwater International has built up trusted and lasting relationships with private equity houses. With over 350 mid-market deals with private equity involvement, we have completed more than any other corporate finance boutique, and our award-winning team consistently perform strongly in industry league tables.
Clearwater International has advised the shareholders of toy and gift retailer Tobar Group on their sale to Merino Private Equity.
Tobar Group, headquartered in Norwich, was established in 1973; its retail operation comprises of Hawkin’s Bazaar stores and website, and the seasonal website Stocking Fillers. Hawkin’s Bazaar currently has 30 permanent stores located throughout the UK.
Clearwater International has advised frozen food leader Grupo Iberconsa on the acquisition of a majority stake in the company by Portobello Capital.
Grupo Iberconsa is one of the top three frozen seafood companies in Spain and the world leader in fishing and processing on-board frozen hake. It is a vertically integrated company, covering the fishing, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of frozen seafood products; in addition to hake production, it also focuses on squid and shrimp.