Clairfield International, Rand Merchant Bank announce M&A advisory partnership


Clairfield International and Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) have formally announced their M&A Clairfield International and Rand Merchant Bankextending across 32 countries. Clairfield International, a prominent Europe-based global Clairfield International and Rand Merchant Bank and RMB, a division of FirstRand Bank Limited, the largest financial services group in Africa, are pleased to solidify their collaboration. This strategic alliance signifies the commitment of both entities to global expansion and the provision of high-quality corporate finance advisory services.

Under this partnership, RMB will serve as the conduit for Clairfield clients into South Africa, Nigeria, and the broader sub-Saharan African market. In turn, Clairfield will facilitate RMB’s access to Europe, the Americas, and the Asia-Pacific region. Building on Clairfield’s prior successful collaboration with Yamada Consulting in 2023 covering Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, this new venture into sub-Saharan Africa further enhances their coverage for midmarket corporate, private equity, and family business clients worldwide.

Clairfield International specializes in advising entrepreneurs, multinational corporations, and financial investors on M&A and other corporate finance solutions, boasting expertise in cross-border situations with over 30 country teams globally. Over the last five years, the firm has completed 780 transactions totaling EUR 30 billion in disclosed deal value.

Alexander Klemm, Executive Chair of the Clairfield board of directors, expresses optimism about Africa’s long-term growth, citing technology, infrastructure demand, and rapid urbanization as drivers. Klemm emphasizes the transformative nature of the partnership, enabling the expansion of client offerings across sub-Saharan Africa by leveraging RMB’s corporate finance team and their local expertise.

RMB’s award-winning corporate finance team, consisting of over 70 professionals, provides differentiated advice and innovative thinking on strategic topics, along with access to capital to support growth ambitions. RMB Corporate Finance has a strong track record in corporate finance advisory in sub-Saharan Africa and consistently ranks as a top advisor in league tables in South Africa and Nigeria.

Krishna Nagar, Co-head of Corporate Finance at Rand Merchant Bank, underscores the partnership’s significance in building an internationally relevant M&A advisory capability. The increased M&A activity across Africa positions RMB favorably with companies seeking global opportunities, and the collaboration with Clairfield has already demonstrated success, with growing interest from Clairfield clients evident in their mandates. Nagar looks forward to the continued partnership and accessing Clairfield’s expertise to develop and facilitate global deal flow.

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