Corporate finance firm announces rebrand

Birmingham-based independent corporate finance boutique Orbis Partners is rebranding as Clairfield UK.

The rebrand marks the next chapter in a partnership that started in 2010, when Orbis became the UK partner for global investment bank Clairfield International.

Clairfield International provides advice to entrepreneurs, multinational corporations and financial investors on mergers, acquisitions and disposals, as well as additional corporate finance services, largely in cross border situations. Clairfield International’s team of over 300 professionals across 35 offices have completed 730 deals in the last five years totalling €33bn in deal value.

James Grenfell, partner at Clairfield, said: “In early 2022 we became a shareholder and main board member of Clairfield International, which cemented a long standing and successful relationship. The nature of the M&A market and the strength of the Clairfield brand, makes the transition feel like a natural step, signalling our commitment to our international team and the importance of global dealmaking. We remain firmly focussed on providing entrepreneurial corporate finance advice to owner managers, private equity and corporates, with the rebranding highlighting our global ambitions to access flows of capital from around the world.”

Gary Ecob, partner at Clairfield , said: “The vast majority of our projects involve international buyers, sellers or funders. Our current pipeline includes UK mandates with large corporates in Norway, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden who are looking to enter the UK for the first time and need local expertise and sector knowledge. The strength and depth of the Clairfield family gives us global reach with overseas territories becoming our local markets through our trusted colleagues’ expertise and relationships.”

Recent deals include the sale of Kestrel Aluminium Systems to German multinational Schüco, acting for Technology One, Australia’s largest enterprise SaaS company on its acquisition of Scientia, advising the shareholders of premium pet food brand Little Big Paw on the sale to Swedish acquirer Petbuddy Group and advising Dutch headquartered Customs Support Group on two acquisitions in the UK.