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.


Chemistry vialsChemicals Industry Adapts to Historic Impacts of COVID-19, Oil Price Declines - June 2020

The chemicals industry is undergoing massive change due to the impacts of COVID-19 and rapid declines in oil prices. We examine how these disruptions are reshaping the industry, including the implications for M&A as companies look to reposition their portfolios coming out of the crisis.

Specialty MaterialsSpecialty Materials M&A Activity Increasingly Concentrated in Less-Cyclical Sub-Sectors - December 2019

Overall M&A activity has softened due to slowing growth and increasing economic uncertainty. Specialty materials companies and sectors that are more insulated from a potential economic downturn, however, continue to command significant interest and attractive valuation multiples.

Underside of an airplane during takeoffIncreasing Demand for Aviation Drives Continued Growth of MRO Industry - December 2019

Positive market dynamics in the commercial, cargo, and defense aerospace markets are creating new opportunities for independent maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) companies.

PackagingPackaging Report - October 2019

In addition to the growing attractiveness of noncyclical end-markets, the influx of private capital into packaging has resulted in fewer publicly traded companies and intense competition for platform assets. William Blair has completed 12 packaging transactions year-to-date.

Robotic arms on an assembly lineConvergence Amid a Shifting Industrial Landscape - August 2019

The technological advancements that are powering the advent of fully connected, “smart” factories have also caused capabilities and business models to converge throughout the industrial technology sector. These convergence trends are shaping the strategic roadmaps and acquisition strategies of companies throughout the industrial technology sector.


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