Industrials investment banking at William Blair draws on the firm’s deep expertise and relationships throughout the sector to deliver objective advice and execution excellence. We have built a leading franchise helping industrial companies maximize the value of their businesses. Our clients turn to us for outstanding execution for their M&A advisory and capital-raising objectives.

The strength of our relationships with strategic and financial buyers in the industrials sector and our global reach have allowed us to deliver outstanding results for our clients.


Specialty MaterialsSpecialty Materials – April 2018

Ongoing material substitution trends, combined with increasing M&A activity by financial sponsors, created a very favorable environment for sellers across the specialty materials sector in 2017.

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PackagingPackaging Report – October 2017

As publicly traded packaging companies look to generate growth to support robust valuations and financial sponsors seek to invest in assets that should be less affected by a potential economic slowdown, M&A activity in the packaging industry has increased significantly over the last several years.

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building-technologies-0517Building Technologies – May 2017

The impressive financial performance and strong, defensible market positions of building technologies companies, as well as the opportunity to continue gaining market share amid the ongoing construction recovery, have attracted significant interest from strategic acquirers and financial sponsors in recent William Blair sales processes.

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Chemicals-Report-2016Chemicals Report – March 2017

A series of megadeals, such as ChemChina’s acquisition of Syngenta and Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto, pushed M&A activity in the chemicals industry to record levels in 2016 and set the stage for ongoing dealmaking and robust valuations in 2017.

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auto-researchAutomotive and Aftermarket – September 2016

After seven consecutive years of vehicle production growth, cyclical concerns are shaping acquisition strategies across the automotive industry. We examine these and other trends that are driving M&A activity involving original equipment suppliers and aftermarket companies.

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