CDI Global

Building success stories through lasting relationships for 50 years


Chicago, Illinois, March 24, 2023 - CDI Global is celebrating 50 years of delivering worldclass acquisition and divestiture advisory services. For five decades, CDI Global has established a reputation as the leading strategic middle-market M&A advisor throughout the world.

In 1973, CDI Global opened its first office in Brussels, Belgium. Today, 50 years later, CDI Global serves clients from 46 offices in major financial and business centers in over 30 countries.

CDI began as a strategic advisor to industrial and commercial companies looking to effectively grow and diversify their businesses through the right acquisitions. Our core strengths are industry knowledge, cross-border transaction expertise, and a strategic perspective that contrasts sharply from conventional banking advisors. This historic experience continues to guide our client-centric approach and built on long-term client relationships.

Since our founding, CDI has expanded the scope of our company search services to include working for financial investors and strategic sellers as well as buyers. Today, our experts provide a full range of transaction advisory services in virtually any industry and region. We specialize in international company search for mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures, providing our clients with strategic insights and new opportunities. Our goal is to provide not just single successful transactions, but lasting results through ongoing relationships with our clints that keep the long-term growth and profitability of a company at the forefront. For 50 years, we have stayed true to our mission of delivering successful middle-market transactions on a global scale.

CDI Global assigns teams with deep industry knowledge, language capabilities, and experience with local business practices and customs to client projects. We are known for very experienced professional partners, our trademark interview process, and our in-depth knowledge of corporate and business line strategy and corporate development.

Our firm is growing its capabilities and expanding our global reach continuously to provide our clients with industry-leading middle-market advisory, capital growth, project management, company search, and transactional success. We look forward to developing new relationships and facilitating our clients’ growth through the right business combinations. Executive Managing Director of CDI Global, Jeff Schmidt, observed that “CDI has grown and prospered for the past 50 years by staying true to our distinctive company search process and focus on promoting the right cross-border deals for our clients.” 

Our commitment is to deliver worldclass service and build long-term client relationships. The values on which we have built our organization are integrity, excellence, client focus, and partnerships. These core values are at the forefront of every CDI Global engagement, driving our dedication to finding the best opportunities in virtually any industry or location. Our goal is to create a lasting and positive impact through our history of successful cross-border transactions.

In today’s global economy, cross-border transactions are essential for achieving extraordinary growth and diversification. CDI Global has teams on the ground who know local markets, customs, and trends, and can search proactively for the best opportunities available in virtually any region. Our international offices work together seamlessly to provide clients with a clear and seamless experience. . The combination of industry expertise, transaction experience and regional presence makes CDI Global the clear choice for middle-market, cross-border success.

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