Event Report: M&A Trends & Insights

M&A EventDuring the first Vlerick Alumni M&A trends and Insights event, Bart De Smet (CEO Ageas) gave an inspiring keynote to an audience of over 100 CEO’s, board members, business owners, M&A specialists and CFO’s. He elaborated on Ageas’ M&A approach, M&A trends in the insurance industry and shared some lessons learned. We learned that there is consolidation in the insurance market, companies are rationalising their portfolio’s and some larger transactions go beyond insurance M&A.

Bart shared numerous lessons learned, such as: try to kill the business model of a target, and only proceeding with the acquisition if the business model still stands, stay within a planned/acceptable price range and do not leave the final decision to the direct responsible.

A panel of top professionals shared their comments on Bart De Smets keynote. The debate was moderated by our host Marc Cosaert (Partner EY Transaction Advisory Services).

M&A EventChristel Van den Eynden (Partner Liedekerke) talked about the succesfactors for cross border deals. Philippe Haspeslagh (Chairman Ardo) shared his advice on key prerequisites for a deal to succeed, Koen Van Gerven (CEO BPost) shared some interesting insights learned from the many successful acquisitions of BPost and of course the M&A attempt at PostNL.

In good tradition, the event was followed by a networking reception.

M&A Event

The Vlerick Alumni ‘M&A trends and insights’ series is a must for CEO’s, CFO’s, board members and business owners alike, where you can learn from the experience of seasoned professionals. Take the opportunity to register for the next M&A trends and Insights which will take place September 5th where John Porter (CEO Telenet) will share his experience with us.

 

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