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Sophie Manigart

Prof Sophie Manigart
Professor of Corporate Finance at Vlerick Business School

Sophie Manigart turns theory into practice in the blink of an eye. She specialises in entrepreneurial finance, business angels, venture capital, MBOs, private equity and corporate finance.
Wouter De Maeseneire

Prof Wouter De Maeseneire 
Professor of Corporate Finance at Vlerick Business School

A passionate and experienced teacher, Wouter thoroughly enjoys explaining financial management principles by linking finance to business models and corporate strategies. His classes are often centred around self-developed cases that discuss the ABInbev deal, Walmart’s financial statements, Dell’s working capital management, Facebook’s IPO debacle, and Apple’s cash position.
Mathieu Luypaert

Prof Mathieu Luypaert 
Professor of Corporate Finance at Vlerick Business School

Mathieu Luypaert is specialising in value creation through mergers and acquisitions. He studies how the stock price of merging companies reacts upon the announcement of such a deal, and how potential synergies are realised. He teaches courses on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.
Bruno Colmant

Bruno Colmant
Chief Economist at Degroof/Petercam

Bruno used to be partner at Roland Berger, was a former chief of cabinet of minister Reynders where he invented the Notional interest rate. Next to that, he was CFO and member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors at ING Belgium. Since 2000 he is guest professor at Vlerick and teaches about International Accounting Standards.
Peter Joos

Peter Joos
Full professor at Insead

Peter is a Vlerick alumnus. He did his PhD at Stanford and has expertise in making the link between accounting and corporate finance. He currently is full professor at Insead and has more than 10 years’ experience at Morgan Stanley as Chief of the Valuation Department.
Peter Maenhout

Peter Maenhout
Executive Vice-President at GIMV

Peter is a Vlerick alumnus. He did an MBA at University of Chicago Booth School of Business. For 7 years yet, he is Executive Vice-President at GIMV.

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