Besides insight from academically supported research (academic publications and case studies), we also offer highly relevant practically-oriented research that can be applied immediately at your company. The focus is on the 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 their experiences on the M&A market and the deals they have been involved in, as well as their expectations for the coming year.

The results of this research are not only highly relevant for all professionals active in the Belgian merger and acquisition market, but also for everyone involved in purchasing and sales.

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Academic research

Mataigne V. De Maeseneire W. Luypaert M. 2018. The interplay between target firm R&D, acquirer debt financing and takeover premia. Applied Economics Letters, 2018, 25 (7), 451-455.

Luypaert M. Van Caneghem T. 2017. Exploring the Double-Sided Effect of Information Asymmetry and Uncertainty in Mergers and Acquisitions, Financial Management, 2017, 46 (4), 873–917.

Neckebrouck J. Manigart S. Meuleman M. 2017. Attitudes of family firms towards external investors: The importance of organizational identification. Journal of Venture Capital, 19 (1/2), 29-50.

Gulamhussen A. Hennart J. Pinheiro C. 2016. What drives cross-border M&As in commercial banking? Journal of Banking and Finance, 72 (November 2016 Suppl): S6-S18.

Devigne D. Manigart S. Wright M. 2016. Escalation of commitment in venture capital decision making: Differentiating between domestic and international investors. Journal of Business Venturing, 31(3): 253-271.

Defrancq C. Huyghebaert N. Luypaert M. 2016. Influence of family ownership on the industry-diversifying nature of a firm's M&A strategy: Empirical evidence from Continental Europe. Journal of Family Business Strategy, 7 (4), 210-226.

Luypaert M. De Maeseneire W. 2015. Antecedents of Time to Completion in Mergers and Acquisitions. Applied Economics Letters, 22(4): 299-304.

Luypaert M. Van Caneghem T. 2014. Can auditors mitigate information asymmetry in M&A's? An empirical analysis of the method of payment in belgian transactions. Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, 33(1): 57-91.

Dai Y. Gryglewicz S. Smit H. De Maeseneire W. 2013. Similar bidders in takeover contests. Games and Economic Behavior, 82(November): 544-561.

Huyghebaert N. Luypaert M. 2013. Value creation and division of gains in horizontal acquisitions in Europe: the role of industry conditions. Applied Economics, 45(14): 1819-1833.

Manigart S. Wright M. 2013. Reassessing the relationships between private equity investors and their portfolio companies. Small Business Economics, 40(3): 479-492.

De Maeseneire W. Brinkhuis S. 2012. What Drives Leverage in Leveraged Buyouts? An Analysis of European LBOs’ Capital Structure. Accounting and Finance, 52(October (supplement)): 155-182.

Heughebaert A. Manigart S. 2012. Firm valuation in venture capital financing rounds: the role of investor bargaining power. Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, 39(3/4): 500-530.

Bacon N. Wright M. Meuleman M. Scholes L. 2012. The impact of private equity on management practices in European buyouts: short-termism and Anglo American effects. A journal of Economy and Society, 51 (Supplement S1), 605-626.

Meuleman M. Wright M. Manigart S. Lockett A. 2009. Private Equity Syndication: Agency Costs, Reputation and Collaboration. Journal of Business Finance and Accounting. 36 (5/6), 616, 644.

& Rankings

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