What We Do

Welcome to CIM Partners LLC

CIM Partners is a leading, global M&A advisory boutique focused exclusively on clients and transactions in the small- and middle-market of the chemical, ingredients and materials industry.  CIM has senior, industry-experienced deal professionals in the US, Germany and the UK to provide the firm’s clients with global access and transactional support.

Our professionals have extensive backgrounds in corporate positions in the chemical industry and financial positions in the investment banking and corporate advisory industry.  Our team has executed numerous M&A and strategic advisory transactions, including leveraged buy-outs, corporate divestitures, private company sales, refinancings and acquisitions, in the industrial chemical, specialty chemical, specialty ingredients and materials sectors.


CIM is a leading provider of strategic and financial advisory services to privately-owned and global, publicly-traded chemical companies as well private equity chemical investors. CIM is uniquely positioned in the advisory industry because our professionals are from the chemical industry and are exclusively focused on the chemical industry.

We have the combination of technical, operational and transactional expertise to advise our clients on the full range of issues and considerations which are pertinent and impactful to deals in the chemical space, including:

  • Environmental, Health and Safety, including Phase I and II assessments, risk transfer processes, environmental insurance and indemnity provisions related to Environmental liabilities
  • Labor Issues, including collective bargaining agreements and consulting agreements
  • Pensions and Post-Retirement Liabilities, including actuarial studies and liability defeasance
  • Transition Service Agreements, and similar post-close service and supply agreements
  • Corporate Carve Outs, including establishing stand-alone organizations and cost structures
  • Manufacturing, including the evaluation of plant, equipment, supply chain and operational capabilities and optimization opportunities


CIM offers a full range of strategic and transactional advisory services to its clients in the specialty chemicals and materials industry. These services include:

Private Company Divestitures

CIM provides the complete range of services and support required by private owners in the sale of their Company, including valuation guidance, buyer identification and contact, transaction structuring, due diligence and definitive agreement negotiation and closing.


CIM provides advisory services for acquisitions, including new platform transactions, bolt-on acquisitions and product line and technology acquisitions. CIM provides complete support through all phases of the transaction, including target identification and approach, due diligence, valuation and structuring, negotiation and closing.

Corporate Divestitures

CIM provides the complete range of support and services for the divestiture of non-core assets and businesses from public and private corporate owners. These services include assistance in all aspects of the transaction, including carve out presentation of the business, due diligence preparation, buyer identification and approach, transaction structuring, definitive agreement negotiation and closing.

Strategic Advisory

CIM provides insight and support in surveying of strategic adjacencies and new market opportunities, and the mapping of potential merger and acquisition opportunities.

Board and Advisory

CIM Partners is available for Board Advisory functions to provide continual support and guidance on commercial, transactional, strategic and financial issues to Companies and their Boards.

Sector Expertise

CIM is a leading adviser to the specialty chemical, ingredients and materials industry. Within this industry we are particularly active in the following niches:

Consumer Care and Life Sciences

Personal Care and Cosmetics

Ingredients, delivery systems, surfactants, actives, excipients, formulations and extracts.

Food, Beverage and Nutrition

Functional ingredients, vitamins, blends and mixes, preservatives, flavors, fragrances and nutritional and fortifying ingredients.


APIs, intermediates, excipients, polymers, fine chemicals, custom synthesis, laboratory chemicals, reagents and formulating services.

Performance Chemicals and Materials

Coatings, Adhesives and Sealants

Specialty and industrial coatings, rheology modifiers and thickeners, biocides, surfactants, pigments, curing agents, sealants, adhesives and other specialty performance additives and materials.

Polymers, Plastics and Elastomers

Thermoplastics, thermoset resins, compounded and engineered plastics and elastomers and specialty additives and performance ingredients.

Oilfield, Metalworking, Lubricants and Process Chemicals

Lubricants, oils, emulsifiers, proppants, biocides, surfactants, and cleaning, processing and drilling fluids.

Private Capital

CIM offers a range of private capital services to privately-held corporate clients in the chemical industry. These services include:
  • Capital Structure AdvisoryCIM services include analysis of existing capital structure and advise and planning on optimization or recapitalization of the balance sheet
  • Private PlacementCIM services include assisting the client to pursue privately-place funding options including senior, subordinated and unitranche debt facilities, and equity capital. These facilities can be utilized to fund a variety of general corporate or strategic actions, including:
    1. Leveraged or Management Buy-outs
    2. Growth Capital
    3. Minority Shareholder Buy-outs
    4. Recapitalizations
    5. Bolt-on or Transformational Acquisitions and Mergers