Whilst we are sector agnostic and our core expertise is advising on cross-border transactions across industries, Blackwood has developed deep sector knowledge and insight across certain industries.
Business Services / HR Solutions
Since the beginning of their careers, Blackwood’s principals have been involved in shaping the HR industry, beginning with the merger of Adia and Ecco to create what still is today the world’s largest HR firm, Adecco. In the past decade, Blackwood successfully advised on numerous transactions, whether buy-side, sell-side or mergers across the globe in the HR Solutions industry. We consider ourselves to be ranked among the top advisory firms in this space, maintaining a constant dialogue with industry leaders and decision makers.
We also cover number of other Business Services sectors including BPO, educational services, consultancy and engineering services and facility management services. Blackwood and its principals have built intrinsic knowledge of business service companies and understand the key valuation and positioning levers driving sustainable valuations in the sector.
Retail and Consumer goods
Our track record in the retail and consumer goods industry covers the broad spectrum of FMCG, food and beverage, fashion and luxury as well as the leisure sectors. Over the years, Blackwood’s principals, both in their pre-Blackwood careers and in the past 2 decades at Blackwood, have advised market participants as well as private equity firms in acquisitions, disposals (via sale and IPO) and mergers across a variety of these sub-sectors.
We understand the nuances of retail versus wholesale, branded versus private label, production versus distribution, own channel versus licensing/franchising, R&D and innovation in different cultures and societies.
Healthcare and Biotech
Blackwood’s principals have considerable transaction experience and a global network of corporate relationships in the Healthcare sector. In addition to traditional M&A transactions, our team has extensive experience advising on complex partnering, collaborations, restructuring, licensing and private placements transactions.
Our experience in the Healthcare industry encompasses the following sub-sectors:
- Healthcare services
- Medical technology
- Diagnostic tests
- Specialty and generic pharmaceuticals
Diversified Industrials and Technology
Blackwood’s principals have a distinguished track record having completed transactions for leading players in the industrial sector both on the buy-and the sell-side. These range from important sub-sectors such as automotive to engineering and machinery. On the technology side, we have worked for both, established global technology players as well as smaller high growth companies in various sub-sectors of the technology space such as software, services and equipment.
Renewable Energy and Cleantech
Blackwood has worked with renewable energy companies and investors since about 2007. Our experience includes working with operators and equipment manufacturers across solar, wind and biofuels as well as working with companies focusing on cleantech products and services.
Real Estate and Infrastructure
Blackwood has acted as advisors on real estate transactions across residential, commercial and industrial portfolios as well as infrastructure deals for airports, car park operators, toll road managers, etc. We maintain extensive relationships with real estate and infrastructure investors internationally and have successfully assisted on transactions across a variety of jurisdictions.
In addition to the above focus areas, we are active and have completed transactions in Media & Telecom, Financial Services, Utilities and Chemicals, among others.