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Mergers & Acquisitions
A merger or acquisition is an impactful event for any business. Clairfield Belgium possesses strong knowledge, expertise and experience to successfully manage such an impactful and complex process, from origination to execution. The success of these ventures is the optimal result for our clients, and while our advice is direct and focused, our thought process can be unconventional. With a track record of 12 years, we are confident independent advisers with entrepreneurial spirit, who have the drive to get our clients the best deal.
A company’s financials provide management with insight in to which activities create value and which don’t, and enable better decision making. Clairfield Belgium specialists can offer you their valuation expertise for every circumstance; sale of a company, financial dispute, tax issue, annual accounts purposes (impairments) or valuation of an employee stock/option plan.
Debt financing is often used to help a business grow; organically or through acquisitions. It is imperative to routinely scrutinise the financing obligations a company has committed itself to. The debt advisory specialists of Clairfield Belgium offer clients fitting solutions for their financing needs. With our broad sector specific knowledge and strong relationships, we are able to access attractive debt financing for our clients.
Tendering for large-scale infrastructure projects requires a creative but well-founded financial business case. The stakes are high. Typically, several consortia tender for these projects that involve hundreds of millions, if not billions of euros worth of contracts that stretch out over multiple decades. Clairfield Belgium have a very strong and respected track-record in realising (complex) project financing for infrastructure and energy projects.
Regulatory Advisory and Treasury Management
Energy, infrastructure, healthcare, communication and education are complex regulated markets. Clairfield Belgium holds unparalleled expertise in this field and understand the way these markets operate, the risks associated with them and the importance of treasury management.
advised on a EUR 24.7m equity raise
Belgian Mobile ID recently closed a EUR 24.7m fundraising with six of its existing shareholders and FPIM-SPFI, as a new shareholder owned by the Belgian government who acquires 20% of the shares through its EUR 14.5m investment. Clairfield Belgium has successfully advised Belgian Mobile ID in the fundraising and the selection of the new shareholder. Belgian Mobile ID offers digital identification, authentication and signing services through its mobile application itsme®. The proceeds will be used to further nurture growth in both domestic and international markets. It was recently announced that itsme® serves as authentication means to log in to the CovidSafe.be application launched by the Belgian government, allowing Belgians to consult their Covid certificate.
Advisor to buyer
Blanchon Group, established in 1832, is a French market leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of an extensive portfolio of technical varnishes and innovative paints, both for indoor and outdoor use. With nearly 7,000 references across 55 countries on the 5 continents, the group already has an important international track record. Blanchon group is recognized for its international expertise, advanced industrial tools and high qualitative supply chain. Blanchon Group is a portfolio company of the French private equity house Abénex that accompanied the transaction process.
Debal Finance is a Belgian family-owned company generating EUR 15m turnover and better known under the high-quality brand ‘Ciranova’. The company specializes in protective and decorative coatings for parquet and wood floorings for more than 90 years, dedicated to professional and industrial customers. Through the acquisition of Ciranova, Blanchon Group underpins its ambition to become a European leader in protection, maintenance, renovation and decoration of wood and vinyl flooring and surfaces. This acquisition allows Blanchon Group to strengthen their R&D capabilities and increase international presence. The acquisition will enable Blanchon Group to achieve nearly EUR 100m revenue in 2021, and, therefore, become a leading European player in this niche market.
Clairfield International acted as the financial advisor to Blanchon Group. Hans Buysse, Managing Partner, and Laurenz Van de Moortel, Associate: “We became aware of the international growth plans of Blanchon through the Clairfield International partnership and the effort of our French Clairfield colleagues. We are very pleased having successfully advised Blanchon Group in their search for a unique strategic partner in Belgium. Thanks to our international partnership and extensive experience in M&A, we were able to effectively advise this French group and its owner Abénex on this Belgian transaction. The team’s knowledge, insight and continuous effort have supported this successful closing.”
Public Private Partnership
Project Finance - Model Audit
End 2016, the Flemish government approved the legal framework for the Flemish Schools (‘Vlaamse Scholen’) DBFM investment programme, consisting of a 550m EUR investment launched in 12 clusters. In March 2021, Clairfield International acted in this framework as financial advisor to AG Real Estate and carried out a model audit of the financial model that was prepared for the bid.
Advisor to seller
In December 2020, Alertis, market leader in the Belgian fire safety and security market, acquired Gas Applications & Services. We are proud having advised Gas Applications in the sales process. Gas Applications & Services is a reference in gas detection and has more than 1000 active clients in its portfolio.