Clairfield Benelux NV: opening a new office in Antwerp
And attracting senior banker David Theys as M&A Partner
On March 9th 2016 Clairfield Benelux announced the opening of its new office in Antwerp (Sneeuwbeslaan 20, 2610 Antwerp) and the appointment of David Theys as partner within the firm.
Clairfield Benelux is a group of 27 Benelux finance professionals within M&A and Fund Raising, part of the international network Clairfield-based International. The team is able to sell and deliver high quality corporate finance services, and consists of experienced people, specialized in corporate finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, valuation, regulatory advisory and reporting, treasury management, debt advisory and project finance. Hans Buysse, Partner quotes:
“We possess extensive knowledge and experience in many different sectors and belong to the top of the specialized financial consulting. As such we provide you with the added value you have been looking for as a client.”
Clairfield Benelux comprises advisors from both the Amsterdam-based Boer & Croon Corporate Finance (BCCF) and the Antwerp-based SynCap, acting together as one committed team, that can be extended as the workload demands.
Neil Lomax, partner BCCF and Hans Buysse, partner SynCap, both Clairfield offices, started to collaborate on PPP’s in 2013 because the workload for this type of engagement is high and the duration long. The collaboration proved to be very beneficial for both offices. The extra mile was taken and Hans Buysse, Damien Coppieters and Neil Lomax created a 50/50 joint venture between the two offices, now operating in Amsterdam, Antwerp and Brussels. Neil Lomax:
“The team makes the difference because of its committed involvement and client availability at all times! This is not an empty promise.”
Early 2016 an experienced M&A partner, David Theys, has joined the team. David Theys is a seasoned and dynamic financial services professional with 19 years of investment banking and corporate finance experience. His areas of expertise include origination, evaluation and execution of complex public and private M&A transactions, financial restructurings and capital raisings for both corporate clients and financial investors.
After initially covering the Benelux market across various sectors, David has focused on the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) sector in Western Europe and Central & Eastern Europe (including Russia/CIS) for most of his career. He has also maintained close relationships with financial investors based across Europe.
Prior to joining Clairfield Benelux in March 2016, David acted as an independent financial and strategic advisor to a number of technology start-ups across Europe. From early 2014 until mid 2015, David was based in Dubai, where he worked as a partner co-running the corporate finance arm of Delta Partners, a firm focused on management consulting, corporate finance and private equity across the global TMT sector. From 2012 until early 2014 David lived in Moscow, during which time he was Head of TMT Investment Banking at Troika Dialog, which became part of Sberbank, the largest bank in the CIS. From 1997 until 2012 David was based in London, where he worked in the investment banking departments of Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, as well as at Arma Partners, an independent TMT M&A advisory firm.
David obtained a Masters in Management from ESSEC Graduate School of Business in Paris and a Masters of Science in Electrotechnical Engineering specialising in Telecommunications from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium.
2015 was an exciting year for Clairfield Benelux. The team completed two large advisory assignments, and reinforced its team with new trainees and back office support in Antwerp.
In November 2015 a large PPP transaction “Brabo 2” was closed, involving tram works, an underground parking garage, a tunnel, and reconfiguration of streets, boulevards, and public spaces in the Antwerp city center. The contract of 234 million euros was awarded by the Flemish public transport operator De Lijn, the Flemish Roads and Traffic Agency, and the City of Antwerp to the consortium TramContractors. Clairfield Benelux acted as its financial adviser. Partners in this consortium are BAM-PGGM for construction and Cofely Fabricom (ENGIE) for mechanical and electrical engineering activities. Clairfield Benelux built the financial model, advised TramContractors on negotiations with the contracting authorities and lenders (AG Insurance, Crédit Agricole CIB, KBC, and BTMU).
Clairfield Benelux was also selected as a member of the Star consortium alongside Nomura plc and Leonardo & Co. to advise the state of Belgium and the Belgian Federal Holding and Investment Company (SFPI-FPIM). The advisory encompassed the analysis and assessment of the holding’s principal financial assets including the banks BNP-Paribas and Belfius, BPost, Proximus, an insurance company, the national lottery, and the Brussels airport and was executed from June to November 2015. Both of these advisory projects were spearheaded by Neil Lomax and Hans Buysse and executed by a truly Benelux team.
ABOUT CLAIRFIELD INTERNATIONAL
Clairfield International (www.clairfield.com) provides corporate finance advisory services, mainly in cross border mergers and acquisitions. Clairfield is a global investment banking network headquartered in Europe with 35 offices in 20 countries operating through partner-managed entrepreneurial firms. In 2015, Clairfield closed over 135 transactions valued at more than USD 5.5 billion, ranking as one of the top independent M&A advisors in the worldwide, European, US, Latin American, and Asian Pacific league tables by Thomson Reuters. Clairfield celebrates 12 years of advising middle-market transactions for clients large and small in 2016.