Entrepreneurial Buyout Academy

Buyout Conference 2016
Category: Conferences

Buy your own company. How do I successfully undertake a management buyout or management buy-in?

More and more individuals 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.

Why this programme?

Buying your own company brings along a variety of questions and challenges:

  • What are the different steps in the buyout process?
  • How do you find a suitable target?
  • How do you evaluate a potential target?
  • What should you pay attention to when negotiating with the sellers?
  • How to generate value?
  • How much do you need to pay and how can you best structure the transaction?
  • What are the common pitfalls? 

In his keynote speech at the Buy Your Own Company conference  of 2013, professor T. Bovard tackled the essence of entrepreneurial acquisitions.

The Entrepreneurial Buyout Academy organized by the Centre for Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts offers you an excellent opportunity to prepare your own buyout case.

Practical information

The programme consists of 7 sessions which chronologically handle the steps needed to successfully undertake a buy-out or buy-in. The programme is taught in Dutch.

  • Session 1 - Why should you buy a company? How to find the right company?
    19 April 2018, 19h-22h30, Campus Ghent

  • Session 2 - Valuation
    25 April 2018, 17h-22h30, Campus Ghent

  • Session 3 – Business plan, value creation and due diligence
     8 May 2018, 19h-22h30, Btech NV, Deinze

  • Session 4 - Financing
    17 May 2018, 19h-22h30, BDO, Antwerp

  • Session 5 – Transaction
    31 May 2018, 19h-22h30, Campus Ghent

  • Session 6 - Negotiation tactics
    14 June 2018, 19h-22h30, Campus Leuven

  • Session 7 - Post-transaction: challenges and pitfalls
    21 June 2018, 13h-21h, Campus Ghent

Prepare your own buyout case!

The Academy targets individuals with significant management experience who have the ambition to perform their own management buyout or management buy-in. In order to maximize the learning process, all sessions are action oriented and the participants have the opportunity to work on their own buyout case.

This programme qualifies for the KMO portefeuille.

White paper: Why start from scratch when you can buy your own company?

Ten frequent mistakes when buying a small business

Rather than start a new company from scratch, entrepreneurs often choose to buy a small business instead. But many people underestimate how complex and time consuming this process can be. Our white paper sets out ten frequent mistakes people make when buying a small business.

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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.


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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.

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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.


NautaDutilh is an international law firm with offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Luxembourg, New York and Rotterdam. Founded in 1994, the Brussels office has become an important player in the Belgian legal market, with the capability to handle the most complex cases. Focusing on seven sectors (financial Institutions, real estate & infrastructure, energy & natural resources, life sciences, BeTech, private equity and professional services) we are able to offer our clients tailor-made solutions based on a thorough knowledge of all relevant markets.


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