Worldwide Finance Awards 2021

Acquisition International - 2021 Worldwide Finance Awards 24 Acquisition International - 2021 Worldwide Finance Awards Best M&A Advisory Firm 2021 ocated in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, Blacktrace focuses on a limited number of sectors, which include business services, consumer products, industry, financial services, medical care, and TMT. Working within such a small range of niche markets, the firm owes its incredible success to its dedicated team, which consists of experts that all have their own talents and specialisations. Combining these in the best possible way has lead Blacktrace to where it stands today. Thanks to its structure, Blacktrace is flexible and can respond to client wishes faster than a large corporate could. Client centricity is key in the M&Amarket, and as such, the firm offers its clients valuable specialism when needed most. The team at Blacktrace takes care of L the process from the beginning to end, and is available to clients on a 24/7 basis, which enables it to respond quickly when necessary and provide clients with the reassurance that they are truly in safe hands. Blacktrace’s clients are private equity firms, family business, corporations and management teams. It is fully committed to each task and adopts a responsible attitude vis-à-vis shareholders, directors, managers, employees, customers, suppliers, providers of finance, counterparties, and other stakeholders during negotiation processes. Last year’s global pandemic and related uncertainty in each and every market posed various difficulties for Blacktrace, its clients, and other businesses, but it also brought opportunities and highlighted successes of particular players. The challenges Blacktrace faced were overcome by focusing on the winners and their achievements. Despite the outbreak, it added to its track record various exceptional transactions. Meanwhile, 2021 has already proved to be a fruitful year, with several deals to be closed in the near future and a packed project pipeline ahead, where the company wants to continue delivering the highest quality service. For example, in early 2021, Blacktrace announced the €24 million capital raise of shared mobility scale-up felyx from De Hoge Dennen and Anne-Marie Rakhorst. Looking ahead, Blacktrace is keen to build upon its current success, and as such, the firm is always looking for M&A professionals to strengthen the team, aspiring to grow to around 20 people in a few years. Drawing on its experience in the market, the firm recognises that successful cross-border transactions require eyes and ears in places that matter. That is why Blacktrace has increased its efforts to further grow its worldwide network of likeminded M&A boutiques called World M&A Alliance (WMAA). Its current reach stretches from New York to Delhi, from Milan to São Paulo, from Madrid to Sydney. WMAA works with preferred partnerships, having one member per country. Members share info and pitch together for deals that need an international project team. Moreover, annual conferences stimulate bi- lateral contacts. As an example, Blacktrace currently works together on a project with its Irish partner, and as part of this collaborative approach, the firm is able to better support its clients internationally. Award-winning independent and specialised M&A advisory firm, Blacktrace offers guidance to medium- and large-sized business when implementing merger and acquisition transactions, attracting shareholder capital and arranging funding with typical transaction values between €25 and €250 million. Blacktrace is making a difference with its client-first, principled and pragmatic approach, which drives excellence and continuous innovation and improvement. 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