Buy your own company conference

Buyout Conference 2016
Category: Alumni Events

Ready to buy your own company and launch your entrepreneurial career?

Why this conference?

More and more people are aspiring to become owner-managers or entrepreneurs rather than managers in large companies. One way to realise your entrepreneurial potential is to take over an existing company through a management buyout or management buy-in. Given the huge number of company founders who will retire in the coming decade, management buyouts or buy-ins might well be fruitful avenues to entrepreneurial success.

After four successful editions with over 1.000 participants, the fifth edition of this conference will provide you with a hands-on learning experience into the steps you need to take for a successful buyout or buy-in. People who have successfully followed their dreams and bought into companies share their stories, along with academics and experts providing backgrounds on the best approach to tackle this
exciting challenge.

This event offers you an excellent opportunity to reflect on your own entrepreneurial aspirations and to prepare your own buyout case.


Professor Jan Simon (IESE Business School and SLP at Pacific Lake Partners) will provide insights into the world of search funds and more importantly will share valuable lessons on how to source, acquire and grow a company. Since the launch of the first search fund in 1983 in the US, over 300 search funds have been launched. With historical pre-tax IRRs of over 35% and pre-tax returns on capital of 7.5x search funds are starting to attract the necessary attention outside the US.

Other speakers
  • Carole Lamarque, Founding partner of Duval Union Consulting
  • Prof. Herman Van den Broeck, Vlerick Business School
  • Annemie Baeyaert, Owner-Manager of ResiGrass
  • Prof. Hans Vanoorbeek, Vlerick Business School
  • Benoit de Dorlodot, Managing Partner IPSO
  • Prof. Miguel Meuleman, Vlerick Business School
  • Prof. Sophie Manigart, Vlerick Business School
  • Bart De Keyser, CEO & Co-Founder at Meritel
  • Jos Destrooper, Co-owner of Vincent Sheppard, former CFO Lotus Bakeries 

Have a look below to catch a glimpse of the set-up and the speakers at the 2016 edition:

Schedule private meet-ups

Meet with brokers, investors, financial advisors, and bankers during private meet-up sessions (using Conversation Starter) to ask your personal questions and get started.
These pre-conference sessions (for which you need to register separately) take place from 9.30am till 12.30pm and will provide insights into:

  • How to find a deal?
  • How to approach a seller?
  • How to finance your investment?
  • How to structure your deal?

The following intermediaries have confirmed their presence for the private meet-ups:
Adcorporate, Ambos NBGO advocaten, Aquis, Argos Soditic, Bank J. Van Breda & C°, BDO, Belfius Bank, Bencis Capital Partners, Buysse & Partners, Capital@Rent, Castelmore, 3D Participaties, Family Business Transmission, Fibiz Partners, Finactor, Gimv, Green Park Investment Partners, Groep Heylen, ING, KBC Securities, Level Next, Metra Consult, Monard Law, O.B.A., OmniCap, Pandion Partners, Peeters Law, Pentahold, PMV, Praxis, Profel, Robur Capital, SDM-Valorum, Sequensis, Sherpa Law, Sherpad, the Capital Link, VD&P Corporate Finance, Vectis Partners, Vista Capital Advisors, Vito, Winx Corporate Finance.

Interactive Buyout Cases

During the conference you will work in team on 2 interactive buyout cases to sharpen your skills and understand the essence of assessing and structuring a buyout deal.


The preconference starts at 9.30am and consists of 3 parts:

  • Private meet-ups (see above)
  • How to build your personal brand when looking for targets? (Carole Lamarque, Duval Union Consulting)
  • The world’s first broker pitch to match potential targets with buy-in candidates. During this session brokers will present buyout and buy-in opportunities that are currently available in the market.

In the afternoon, we welcome you from 12.30pm onwards with coffee and sandwiches. The conference starts at 1.00pm and ends at 7.00pm, followed by a reception.

For an overview of the full programme, please download the brochure Buy Your Own Company Conference.


The first 30 registrations receive a special book - HBR Guide to Buying a Small Business by Prof Richard S. Ruback


"Very good end-to-end capturing of all parts in a buy-out process"
"Excellent mix between real life experience and academic background"
"Very heterogenous industry backgrounds"
"Different actors and points of view on MBO/MBI"
"Very interesting cases"


The fifth edition of the Entrepreneurial Buyout Academy will be launched 20 April 2017. For further information, please visit Entrepreneurial Buyout Academy

Prime Foundation Partners Centre for Mergers, Acquisitions, and Buy-outs

Bank Van Breda - Partnership Vlerick Business School

Bank J.Van Breda & C° is a Belgian bank, solely focused on entrepreneurs and self-employed professionals. They are specialised in personal, pro-active guidance, and they help systematically build, manage and protect the professionals assets.


BDO Belgium specializes in four areas: Audit & Assurance, Accounting & Reporting, Tax & Legal, and Special Advisory Services (Corporate Finance, Management Advisory & Interim Management).
BDO equals high level expert advice. Availability, proximity, integrity, a pragmatic approach and our international network are our main strengths. In Belgium BDO has more than 500 Partners and staff spread over the whole country. We work from 9 offices located in Antwerp, Brussels (Airport), Brussels (Centre), Ghent, Hasselt, La Hulpe, Liège, Namur-Charleroi and Roeselare. BDO is part of a strong international network with about 55,000 Partners and staff active in more than 140 countries.

logo Gimv

Gimv is one of the leading Private Equity and Venture Capital investment funds in Belgium and a long term partner of the school. With offices in Antwerp, Den Haag, Paris and Munich, GIMV is active all around Europe. They invest in four platforms, being Connected Consumer, Health & Care, Smart Industries and Sustainable Cities. They support companies that are active in the entire life cycle, from start-up and young innovative talent, to established companies with the ambition to become a trendsetter.


In collaboration with

Vlerick Alumni Association

The Vlerick alumni community totals around 20.000 graduates representing every sector and industry in over 100 countries. Regular professional activities provide excellent opportunities for networking and for exchanging ideas with former graduates and prominent members of the global business community.


Drive real change in your organisation

A learning experience with real impact on your operations? A management programme tailored to the specific needs of your business? Contact us and discover how we can design and deliver customised programmes for your team that add genuine value to your organisation.

Upcoming Events

28 Feb

Masters Campus Visit Leuven

Category: Masters Info Sessions

11 Mar

Experience Vlerick Day Ghent

Category: General Info Sessions

16 Mar

Experience Vlerick Day Brussels

Category: General Info Sessions

25 Mar

Masters Open Day Ghent

Category: Masters Info Sessions

28 Mar

MBA Info Session Ghent

Category: MBA Info Sessions