About The CFI Group

CFI is a trusted advisor, providing M&A consulting on sell-side and buy-side transactions to the worldwide middle-market. Because we understand the importance of discretion, communication and smooth transitions. Whether you want to sell your business or grow with acquisitions: we help you evolve your business onto its next stage.

Your M&A advisor for the global market

The CFI Group understands that businesses operate in a more global arena than ever before, and we are here to help build the bridges between decision makers. With a strong presence in international M&A markets, we have the local knowledge that is key to navigate foreign financial markets and unfamiliar cultures.

Our greatest strength comes from the wealth of knowledge and experience of our member firms. With 15 independent investment banks in 19 different countries, our professionals are intensely informed about their localities and sectors, and our partner-lead process ensures that your business feels the benefit of this experience at every stage of your transaction.

JapanUnited Kingdom
Nippon Molymer has purchased a majority share in Molymer Moulding Services from Maxell
United StatesGermany
SVS Vision has agreed to be acquired by Fielmann Group
PortugalFrance
Looping has acquired water park Aquacolors
JapanUnited States
Sapporo Breweries has acquired Stone Brewing Co
FrancePortugal
Nutrisens has acquired Glutamine
300 professionals worldwide
106 transactions in 2023
30 offices
Ownership

The CFI Group is specifically arranged to be free of any conflicts of interest that routinely impair large financial institutions. With every country team acting as a shareholder in the Corporate Finance International entity, every member is invested in the success and future of our business. This allows us to pool our deep local knowledge of M&A transactions into the international framework at a much larger scale.

Governance

We have no institutional investors, guaranteeing our independence and ability to give our undivided focus to our clients.

We are managed by an international board, consisting of 5 partners elected from across our international teams, and supported by a strong business development team. The board reports to the shareholders on a quarterly basis to ensure that we maintain the quality of our service across geography and sector.

Meet our Global Management Team

Exclusive Conferences by CFI Group

Twice a year, our members from across the globe gather to meet with clients, discuss the international markets, and strengthen our cross border bonds. We believe that business is personal, and that we can provide the best advice meeting face-to-face. To view our previous conferences and see how you can get involved in the next, click the button below.

Our background

The CFI Group was created in 2006 by a collection of local M&A consulting boutiques with local expertise who saw an opportunity to create further opportunities for their clients. By combining the personal with the global, we exist to offer the same personal, experienced approach of your local advisor on an international scale.

United by a mission of providing world-class advice, CFI has the global connections to be ensure that your business isn’t constrained by so small a barrier as borders. As we’ve grown, so has our scope and ability to assist you in reaching your goals and moving your business onto its next stage.

  • 2006 CFI founded

    Experienced bankers from the United States (PMCF), Germany and Switzerland (Helbling) and the Netherlands (MBCF) form the CFI Group after a long history of working together.

  • 2007 Targeted European expansion

    CFI expands into Western Europe with Portugal (Tradinveste) and the United Kingdom (Gambit).

  • 2008 Further growth in Asia

    We found further likeminded partners in India (Aarayaa).

  • 2009 – 2013 Establishing a pan-European base

    France (Athema) and Poland (Saski Partners) join in 2011, fortifying CFI’s presence in Central Europe.

  • 2013 – 2015 Reaching into Latin America

    CFI expands with country teams in Brazil (TFCF). This extension into South America displays a massive development towards worldwide M&A coverage.

  • 2017 Expanding into Asia

    CFI’s presence in Asia grows after joining forces with Japan (Frontier Management) in the beginning of 2017.

  • 2018 Integration in one global brand

    Northern European presence strengthens with the inclusion of Sweden (Censor AB) and several local firms integrate CFI as their primary brand.

  • 2019 Increased cross border collaboration

    CFI sets up its international sector teams in order to deepen and pool its industrial knowledge on a global level.

  • 2020 – 2021 Surviving and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic

    CFI endures the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and resumed business as usual, supporting clients through turbulent times

  • 2022 – 2023 Reaching for new horizons

    Finland (Initia) joins and strengthens CFI’s foothold in the Nordic region and Spain (Auren Corporate) consolidates CFI in the Iberian peninsula. Meanwhile, Australia (DMA) formalises CFI’s presence on every continent.

Sector knowledge is at our core

As the CFI Group has grown, so has our knowledge. With sector expertise in everything from Business Services, to Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, we have the experience to understand your business in its own market, and the demands and opportunities you face as a result.

To make sure you enjoy the entirety of our global sector knowledge, CFI is organised into sector teams, which create streamlined solutions that can be vital in properly positioning a business towards a successful transition. We have the expertise to understand your business and the market it exists in, and it’s our sector networks that allow us to connect you with likeminded people from around the world.

With continuous dialogue with strategic companies and private equity groups, we have direct access to the most applicable buyers, sellers, or investors to help secure a successful M&A transaction.

To learn more about our sector expertise, please click the button below.

What our clients say

“Due to CFI Brazil’s previous experience and knowledge in the Brazilian BPO segment – as well as the success of the first transaction, we have decided to continue working with them on future projects.”

Adilson Melhado, CEO of Localcred and CEO of Becrux

“This acquisition provides an excellent opportunity to acquire a well-capitalised business at an attractive price.  Given the manufacturing overlap, the acquisition will deliver considerable operating synergies and generate strong returns for shareholders.”

Amcor CEO and Managing Director, Ron Delia said, when Amcor Limited has acquired Eco-Groupe

“CFI Switzerland played a vital role in the sale of our industrial flooring group company Hesselberg Bygg AS to the Germam Sto Group. Especially the deep industry insight helped identifying the right potential buyers and bringing the transaction over the finish line. For our size and type of business, we would recommend CFI Switzerland as advisor.”

Bjarne Corwin, CEO and shareholder of AS Sigurd Hesselberg

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