Ben Scharff

Ben Scharff, Managing Director

Ben Scharff, Managing Director, has over 20 years of chemical investment banking experience and has advised chemical clients globally on mergers, acquisitions, business sales, complex business swaps, and technology acquisitions.  Ben spends a great deal of time with private equity clients on strategic sales as well as with large corporate clients on carve-outs, divestitures, and acquisition searches.

Ben, originally from the Minneapolis area, graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a B.S. degree in Economics. Ben is a member of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and previously served in the United States Marine Corps.  He is an avid tri-athlete and distance runner.

P: 414.278.1120



Features & Articles
Private Equity Aims for Creativity Amid Difficult M&A Environment
IHS Chemical Week
July 2020

M&A in Uncertain Times
European Coatings Journal
July 2020

Insight: Industrial slowdown driving lubricant M&A
November 2019

Q&A with Ben Scharff
European Coatings Journal
August 2019

Slowing Deal Activity
European Coatings Journal
July 2019

M&A Activity to Remain Strong
Rubber & Plastics News
February 2019

Searching for Opportunities
Coatings World
August 2018

M&A Markets Cut Through the Noise
Compoundings Magazine (ILMA)
June 2018

Speaking Engagements
Keys of Successful Dealmaking
ILMA Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association
June 2021

Keynote Speaker​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Southern Society for Coatings Technology
May 2021

Portfolio Strategy: Making the right moves at the right times
IHS Chemical Week Webcast | Online
May 2018

CTT Keynote Speaker
Coatings Trends & Technologies
September 2017

US, DK, and EU M&A: Time to be a buyer or a seller?  
Danish-American Business Forum | Denmark
January 2015

“Digging into the details of a company in order to identify and extract value is a real differentiator for us."
- Ben Scharff