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CDI Global, a strategic partner with Ropella, is a leading non-bank advisor on strategic growth and corporate development. Their focus is middle market business collaborations covering acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, strategic business and marketing alliances, technology licensing, and other growth initiatives. Their clients include public and private companies as well as private equity investors for whom they have completed over 1,000 successful transactions since their founding in 1973.


  • 50 offices in 35 countries worldwide enables them to undertake multi-country assignments.
  • CDI Global has deep experience in specialty chemicals and many other industries –
    experience derived from an extensive list of successful transactions and from the backgrounds of their partners.
  • CDI Global partners include former and current business owners, retired operating and corporate development executives, former senior partners of large consulting, investment banking and law firms.
  • Complementing their partners are hand-picked panels of industry experts – including senior industry executives and academics with relevant expertise to the assignment’s mandates.




Their approach to buy-side mandates is the proactive company search. This refers to the process of working with their clients to clarify or articulate their growth strategies; developing the plan for business collaborations, as well as the right partners; developing the business case for and promoting a transaction; and, working with the client to complete due diligence and closing activities.

Stated another way, when they focus on transactions, their purpose is to help find the right deals for their clients, get them into a negotiation process, and support all of the parties involved to close the deal in a timely way. Their approach is distinguished by face-to-face interviews with industry experts, selected customers or end-users, as well as the prospective partners in business collaborations with our clients. This helps to understand and develop the elements of a mutually beneficial deal for the parties involved.


To learn more about CDI Global, contact

Jeff A. Schmidt

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To learn more about Ropella Company Search, contact

Patrick Ropella

Chairman & CEO
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