Our Experience and Expertise in the Chemicals Sector

Natrium Capital Limited was established to be the premier Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) specialist serving the international chemicals industry. With expertise developed by our leading professionals over the last thirty years, our knowledge and understanding of corporate finance in this sector is unrivalled.

Our senior advisors are respected throughout the chemicals industry for their insight and skill. Alasdair Nisbet and Derek Welch alone have successfully negotiated in excess of US$100 billion of chemical industry deals. Notable amongst these transactions are the demerger to PPG’s Chlor-alkali assets to form Axiall Corporation, the purchase of ICI plc by AkzoNobel and the restructuring of Lyondell Bassell. Having acted on both the advisor and client side of the negotiating table gives our teams an unparalleled overview of the financial, strategic, operational, regulatory and environmental factors that can create opportunities and that have the potential to derail any transaction.

The Natrium Capital advisory team has experience that spans several complete economic cycles and is respected for its understanding in both upturn and recessionary phases. This enables our clients to maximise the potential for growth whatever the economic conditions.


Natrium Capital has long experience and detailed technical knowledge in the following industry-specific issues that may prove key in a chemicals transaction:

  • Analysis of the chemicals industry globally
  • Industry specific financing and structure
  • Cross border understanding
  • Raw materials supply contracts
  • Continuity of sales
  • Timing of investments
  • Regulation
  • Environmental concerns
  • Management incentives
  • Pension provisions


These are some of the key sectors of the chemicals industry in which Natrium Capital advisors have assisted (click to expand each section):

Petrochemicals: Plastics & Polymers

  • Polyethylene
  • Polypropylene
  • Rubbers
  • Polycarbonate
  • Acrylics
  • Biopolymers
  • Engineering plastics
  • PVC
  • Plasticisers
  • Advanced materials

Paints & Coatings: Raw Materials

  • Titanium dioxide
  • Resins
  • Binders & fillers
  • Emulsions


  • Agrochemicals
  • Fertilisers
  • Plant nutrients
  • Seeds
  • Post-harvest treatments

Electronic Materials: Semiconductor Fabrication Chemicals

  • Photoresistors
  • Gases
  • Chemical-mechanical planarization (CMP)
  • Silicon wafers
  • Solders
  • Packaging materials
  • Screen chemicals
  • PWB chemicals

Personal Care

  • Surfactants
  • Emulsions
  • Oleochemicals
  • Biocides


  • Biomethanol
  • Bioethanol
  • Biodiesel

Other Chemicals

  • Methanol
  • Chlorine & caustic soda
  • Soda ash
  • Carbon black

Food Ingredients

  • Flavours
  • Sweeteners
  • Hydrocolloids
  • Cultures
  • Enzymes
  • Casings

Drawing on the local market expertise of our international partners, Natrium Capital has significant global reach.