2019 a Record Year in the Benelux

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

2019 was an exceptionally strong year for William Blair’s global investment banking franchise and our European team, specifically in the Benelux, as we continued to deliver exceptional outcomes for clients across all sectors.

"Given what a priority Benelux is to us as a firm, particularly the financial sponsor community, we were delighted to welcome Maarten Meurs to the firm in May, providing a consistent local presence in the region as we opened our new Amsterdam office," said Anu Sharma, Managing Director and Head of European Investment Banking.

Over the year we saw increased deal flow, with 11 deals being closed in the Benelux, more than any other year to date. We continued to see strong interest from strategic buyers, allowing us to leverage our global network to bring added value to our European client base. Deal flow was seen across all sectors including Services & Industrials, Healthcare, Technology, and Consumer & Retail.

The expansion of our European sponsor coverage team has enhanced our ability to provide world-class service, industry insight, and a truly global perspective for the opportunities facing our clients.

Market Leadership and Continued Momentum in the Benelux

  • In past five years we have completed 43 Benelux client engagements
  • A leading provider of M&A advisory services for transactions of up to €2 billion
  • Nearly 95% of M&A transactions have been cross-border
  • 50% of M&A transactions have been sold to trade buyers

2019 Benelux Highlights

AFP has agreed to be acquired by Trioplast  Ardena has agreed to be acquired by GHO Capital



Isobionics has been acquired by BASF  eci, a portfolio company of Apax Partners, has acquired trivest



Loparex has been acquried by Pamplona Capital Management  Aresenal has acquired Sealforlife Industries



Nedac Sorbo Mascot has been acquired by Parcom Capital  Oldelft Ultrasound has been acquired by Smile Invest



BVI has acquired PhysIOL  Sunweb Group has been acquired by Triton



Cirex has been acquired by Form  



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