Centre for Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts

Drive maximum value with the latest M&A and buyouts insight

Join the cutting-edge mergers, acquisitions and buyouts community – and stay ahead 

Taking over, buying or selling a business is one of the most important decisions any manager or entrepreneur will make. The decisions you make around the process are critical – and it’s vital that you understand all the nuances of M&A. 

The Centre for Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts has extensive expertise on everything to do with mergers and acquisitions, ranging from deal origination to completion, and from financing to integration.  


Join a powerful community

Whether you’re a buyer looking to take over a company, an entrepreneur wanting to exit – or a private equity player, banker, broker or other M&A professional – you’ll find the centre an essential resource. 

It’s a knowledge-driven space where members and partners meet to share insights and experiences. They influence ground-breaking research and have privileged access to it. Join us to take part in networking, round-table events, seminars and workshops. 


Research to power your company

Join the centre to access our unique knowledge platform and insights. Our research is driven by your company’s needs – and topics include evolution of the Belgian M&A market, valuation of M&A deals, deal structuring and financing, the deal process and cross-border acquisitions. 

At the heart of our mergers and acquisition research is the annual M&A Monitor, which tracks trends in the Belgian mergers and acquisition market. As well as academically-supported research, including publications and case studies, we offer relevant, practical research that can be actioned immediately in your company

2016 Experience Vlerick Day

Network, explore, deepen your thinking

We introduce you to experts and professionals who share their mergers, acquisitions and buyout knowledge with you in a confidential setting.  

The absolute highlight of each year is our annual Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts Conference. It’s an essential event for any professional who wants to buy an existing company – and it’s vital for entrepreneurs who want to better understand how M&A can accelerate a company’s growth trajectory. 

Recent research

M&A Monitor

This annual research keeps its finger on the pulse of trends and challenges in the Belgian merger and acquisition market. The survey of Belgian merger and acquisition experts and advisers examines experiences and deals in the M&A market. It also explores expectations for the coming year. The M&A Monitor is essential for all professionals in the Belgian mergers and acquisitions market – and for everyone involved in purchasing, sales and buyouts. 

Partners & members


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Expert faculty

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.

Mathieu Luypaert

Mathieu Luypaert

Professor of Corporate Finance

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

Hans Vanoorbeek

Hans Vanoorbeek

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship

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


Join us

Imagine having a ready-formed network of entrepreneurs and senior leaders and players in the M&A scene – and a constant source of the most up-to-date, actionable and relevant insights. This is what you get when you join the centre. 

Become a partner of the centre and participate in acquisition, merger and sale research, widen your horizons and share views and opinions with thought leaders. 

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