Mergers, Acquisitions & Buyouts Conference 2022

Driving business growth through M&A

23 February 2022
9 AM – 8 PM (GMT +02:00)
MeetDistrict Ghelamco Arena, Ottergemsesteenweg Zuid 808, 9000 Ghent
Young graduate, Professional, Alumni
€ 395
23 February 2022
9 AM – 8 PM (GMT +02:00)
MeetDistrict Ghelamco Arena, Ottergemsesteenweg Zuid 808, 9000 Ghent
Young graduate, Professional, Alumni
€ 395
Corporate event

Working towards a merger, acquisition or sale? Join our 2022 conference to get the knowledge and tools for success. Explore the steps you need to take, get expert advice – and reflect on your entrepreneurial ambitions. Be part of the 10th edition of this game-changing experience, that has already transformed the entrepreneurial thinking of more than 1,850 participants.

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Be inspired by successful entrepreneurs, learn best practice from academics and experts and discover your next steps. Choose from three tracks:

Track 1: Buy your own company
Track 2: M&A as an accelerator for growth
Track 3: Opening and transferring ownership


Meet privately with brokers, investors, financial advisors and bankers to get answers to specific questions to kickstart your M&A journey. Keep an eye on the website for a list of experts who will be attending.

You can also take part in four workshops that each tackle a key question:

  • How do you identify an M&A target?
  • How should you value an M&A target?
  • What are the different finance options available?
  • Which legal documents do you need for an M&A transaction?


Timothy Bovard

Prof. Timothy Bovard

Founder & CEO at Search Fund Accelerator, former Adjunct Professor at INSEAD & Columbia Business School

The essence of entrepreneurship through acquisition

During his keynote, pioneer Timothy Bovard will provide an overview of how prevalent entrepreneurship through acquisition has become over the past 10 years, both in the US and around the world. He will then dive into the main issues that those considering this path to entrepreneurship, either as future CEOs, intermediaries or investors, should consider.

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Bart Verhaeghe

President Club Brugge & Uplace

No guts, no glory: The transformation of Club Brugge after a buyout

Almost 130 years old, Club Brugge is one of the world’s oldest football clubs, with a deep heritage, strong DNA and a loyal community of over one million fans. After the buy-out almost ten years ago, the board of Club Brugge embarked on a multi-year journey, which transformed the club from a 'not for profit' organisation into a commercially run group, with cutting-edge infrastructure, professionalised management, and data analytics applied across the sporting and commercial arms of the sports business. Nowadays, Club Brugge is recognised as a leading sports, media, and entertainment company in one of the most fast-growing businesses in the world. It takes strategy and daring. No guts, no glory.


Mathieu Luypaert

Mathieu Luypaert

Professor of Corporate Finance

Mathieu Luypaert explains how insights into financial figures and decisions can lead to value creation.

Sophie Manigart

Sophie Manigart

Professor of Corporate Finance

Sophie Manigart is an experienced teacher, researcher and advisor in entrepreneurial finance, venture capital and private equity.

Miguel Meuleman

Miguel Meuleman

Professor of Entrepreneurship

Miguel Meuleman is passionate about the process, people and investors behind new venture ideas.

Hans Vanoorbeek

Hans Vanoorbeek

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship

An expert in private equity, Hans Vanoorbeek shares his passion for entrepreneurial buyouts.



Kick-start your M&A career
9:30 AM
1 PM
Schedule private meet-ups with brokers, investors, bankers and advisors
10:30 AM
A primer on how to search for an M&A target (Vlerick Business School)
11:00 AM
A primer on how to value an M&A target (BDO)
11:30 AM
A primer on funding options when buying a company (Bank J.Van Breda & C°)
12:00 PM
A primer on the legal documents in an M&A transaction (BDO)


  • Pre-conference events and conference: €395 (excl. 21% VAT)
  • Conference only: €345 (excl. 21% VAT)
  • Discount for Vlerick alumni (of long-term programmes): €50 (excl. 21% VAT)


We’ve joined forces with SwapCard, an app that’s designed to make your conference experience more meaningful and impactful. It sends your personalised programme straight to your phone – and is a valuable tool for connecting with your fellow attendees.

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Ready to learn more about mergers, acquisitions and buyouts? Come and join us.

Vlerick’s Centre for Mergers, Acquisitions & Buyouts develops and collates insights and best practice from across the M&A field – covering everything from the end-to-end deal process to financing and integration. The Centre brings its research and knowledge together to share with anyone involved in mergers, acquisitions or sales. 

We are grateful to the following organisations for their support:

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Bank Van Breda logo
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Get in touch!

Cloé De Moor

Cloé De Moor

Coordinator & Team Assistant