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

  • Session 1 - Why should you buy a company? How to find the right company?
    20 April, 19h-22h30, Campus Gent
  • Session 2 – The business plan, value creation, and due diligence
    26 April, 19h-22h30, Btech NV, Deinze
  • Session 3 - Valuation
    11 May, 17h-22h30, Campus Gent
  • Session 4 - Financing
    18 May, 19h-22h30, Bank van Breda, Antwerpen
  • Session 5 – The transaction
    1 June, 19h-22h30, Campus Gent
  • Session 6 - Negotiation tactics
    14 June, 19h-22h30, Campus Leuven
  • Session 7 - Post transaction: Challenges and pitfalls
    22 June, 13h-21h, Campus Gent 

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.

Prime Foundation Partners

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.



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