Established in London, UK, Allen & Overy (A&O) is one of the world’s leading and elite law firms advising national and international companies, financial institutions and governments. It is a member of the UK’s Magic Circle of major law firms, has 44 offices in 30 countries and employs over 5,000 people. To be able to support its clients and have a global reach for cross-border transactions, it has strong ties with relationship law firms in over 100 countries. In recent years, it advised multinationals on industry-changing transactions like the creation of Abu Dhabi’s first Financial Free Zone and the successful patent battle of MedImmune against Novartis’s blockbuster drug Lucentis. A&O’s expertise ranges from anti-bribery to tax, from emerging countries to M&A transactions and anti-trust.
Bain&Company is a leading management consultancy firm with a track record of over 40 years in supporting large multinationals confronted with critical issues and opportunities. Bain serves its clients from 50 offices in 32 countries. It provides consulting services in strategy, organization, transformation, M&A and private equity across various industries such as energy, healthcare, airlines & transportation, retail etc. With its uniquely tailored and pragmatic solutions, it aims to improve its clients’ decision-making and converting decisions into actions that have an enduring impact.
Bencis’ history dates back to 1999 when Zoran Van Gessel and Jeroen Pit founded the investment company. Its 21 employees spread over its two offices in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and Brussels/Diegem (Belgium) manage a portfolio consisting of 19 companies at present. These firms jointly have a turnover of approximately 2 billion EUR and employ over 9,000 people. Deploying the expertise gained in its own management buyout from NeSBIC in 2004, Bencis envisions a strategy of supporting entrepreneurs and management teams in their growth objectives. Bencis focuses on its local markets and sectors such as industry & manufacturing, food & beverages, business & consumer services, healthcare & leisure and wholesale & retail.
Capitant is a network of students and young people. Its objective is to introduce students to and further guide them into the world of financial markets and together with its corporate partners, it aims to provide its members with unique opportunities such as networking opportunities, internships and readings. As this student organization specialized in financial markets, has grown substantially in scale over the years, it has created an alumni network for its former members to still meet in the ‘Capitant spirit’.
Founded in London, UK, in 1845, Deloitte is the largest professional service network in the world in terms of revenues and staff. Its over 200,000 professionals operate in more than 150 countries and generate revenues exceeding 32 billion USD. This ‘Big Four’ firm provides besides accountancy services, services in legal & tax, consulting, enterprise risk and financial advisory. Moreover, in Belgium, it also advises on human capital and technology.
Listed on the NYSE Euronext and with over 30 years of experience in Private Equity and Venture Capital, Gimv, a European investment company, currently holds 72 companies in its portfolio across four selected investment platforms: Consumer 2020, Health & Care, Smart Industries and Sustainable Cities. Its portfolio companies have a combined revenue of over 6 billion EUR and employ more than 26,000 professionals. Gimv identifies both innovative, entrepreneurial as well as established companies that display high-growth potential and supports these with skilled and dedicated teams across its home markets (Benelux, France and Germany) in their transformation to market leaders.
KBC Securities is the Debt and Equity house of the KBC Group, the banc-assurance group which has originated in Belgium and nowadays focuses on retail, SMEs and midcap clients. KBC Securities employs over 400 professionals, located at offices in Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and United States. It provides strategic and financial advice with debt and equity solutions for both private and listed companies.
Founded in 1848, Lazard is the world’s leading independent financial advisory and asset management firm. It advises clients from 43 offices across 27 countries. Lazard offers financial advisory in terms of M&A, restructuring, capital markets, etc. Furthermore, it provides asset management services via Lazard Asset Management & Lazard Frères. With its client-aligned business model, it aims to deliver solutions while avoiding structural conflicts of interest.
As a result of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1933, the bank J.P. Morgan & Co., with a legacy dating back to 1871, was forced to split up its commercial and investment banking operations. Grandson of the founder Henry S. Morgan partnered with Harold Stanley to found investment bank Morgan Stanley. Listed on NYSE and included in S&P500, this financial services corporation now operates in 42 countries, with 1,300 offices and over 60,000 employees. Morgan Stanley is organized in three business segments: Global Wealth Management, Investment Management and Institutional Securities. Global Wealth Management focusses on brokerage and investment advisory services. Its Investment Management business unit provides asset management products and services ranging from fixed income over equity to alternative investments. Its most profitable business unit in recent years has been Institutional Securities, which offers financial advisory services such as M&A, restructuring, project finance, etc.
Roland Berger is a major global strategy consultancy with a European background. Its 50 offices located in 30 countries employ over 2,400 professionals who provide services to major industry and service companies as well as public institutions. Its services ranges from management consulting to strategic advice and implementation on matters such as new leadership and business models, innovative processes and services, management support on large infrastructure projects, and M&A, private equity and restructuring.
The Amsterdam-based ING Group offers customers across five continents banking services. Its primary businesses are retail banking, direct banking, commercial banking, investment banking, asset management and insurance services. The modern and multinational ING is the product of a 1991 merger between Nationale-Nederlanden and NMB Postbank Group. Less than 20 years later, ING had grown into the largest financial services firm in the world by annual revenue. As of 2013, ING served over 48 million individual and institutional clients in more than 40 countries, with a worldwide workforce exceeding 75,000.