Clairfield Partners expands to the Czech Republic and Slovakia by adding another peak performing firm to the partnership

Geneva, (PresseBox) - Clairfield Partners International (www.clairfield.com) is pleased to announce that Patria Corporate Finance has joined Clairfield as the exclusive partner firm in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Patria Corporate Finance (www.patriacf.cz) is the top investment bank in both countries in the number of transactions closed.

The addition of another leading M&A firm to its partnership is a further milestone in Clairfield's international growth strategy, augmenting Clairfield's presence and know-how in local markets to the benefit of its clients worldwide.

Patria was established in 1994 as the first investment bank in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Since then, Patria's corporate finance team has executed over 370 transactions worth EUR 7 billion in aggregate value. The service range covers mergers & acquisitions, project and debt advisory as well as financial advisory services in equity capital markets. Patria Finance, owned by KBC Securities, is also a leading equity broker in its local markets.

Patria's corporate finance practice has a dedicated team of 16 professionals with a strong track record in advising clients at the highest level of professional expertise, quality and personal integrity. It has offices in Prague and Bratislava.

Most recent transactions closed include the advisory to Penta Investments on the divestitures of Zabka and Koruna's food retail chain; advisory to 3M on the acquisition of selected assets of Chemopharma; advisory to GTS Central European Holding on the acquisition of Sitel Data Center, a.s.; and the arrangement of mezzanine and equity financing for Energy 21.

Albert Schander, partner at Clairfield Germany (SynCap), and chairman of Clairfield Partners comments on this additional strategic move into the CEE: "As one of the leading investment banking organizations worldwide with a proven track record in midsize transactions, Clairfield is committed to anticipating the needs of its corporate clients. These clients are showing increasing interest in transaction opportunities in the CEE region. Clairfield has been collaborating with Patria on specific projects for more than two years and is impressed with the team's professionalism and responsiveness. We at Clairfield deem these characteristics to be the main success drivers for building an efficient international M&A advisory firm. Instead of opening our own local offices, our strategy is to join exclusive forces with a top-positioned and long-established local player."

Tomas Klapste, managing director of Patria Corporate Finance said: "Patria enjoys a strong local presence in the Czech Republic and Slovakia but we needed to extend our international outreach to other countries. We were impressed by the scope and knowledge of the Clairfield partner firms, their sector team dedication, industry advisors, and contact base to decisionmakers. We have enjoyed our informal collaboration with Clairfield until now and are looking forward to strengthening these ties as a partner firm with a strong commitment on further building the group's excellence. "

ABOUT CLAIRFIELD PARTNERS
Clairfield Partners (www.clairfield.com) is one of the leading international equity partnerships with a focus on corporate finance and M&A advisory services to clients ranging from family businesses to large multinational corporations and private equity funds. Clairfield Partners has over 250 professionals at 16 firms throughout Europe, the Americas, Australia, and India.

In 2010, Clairfield Partners closed over 75 transactions worth over €2 billion. In 2011 to date Clairfield has closed more than 25 transactions.

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