My career started more than thirty years ago at Pierson Heldring & Pierson, followed by a move to Slater Walker Europe in 1972. In 1973 Slater Walker acquired Kempen & Co, the Dutch Investment Bank. 28 years later, after a very succesfull period characterised by strong growth and a high profit level, Kempen & co was acquired in December 2001 for approximately € 1 billion by Dexia (the Franco-Belgian financial services group) and was merged with Labouchere (a retail bank already part of Dexia bank). At the end of 2002, after having continued to chair the two banks under the name Dexia Bank Nederland, I decided to resign.
However, always looking for new challenges I decided to found Catalyst Advisors with (my former colleague and partner at Kempen & Co/Dexia) Herman van Everdingen. Apparently there was/is a great need for independent advisors, with an extensive experience in dealmaking and familiar with the process of mergers and acquisitions. Over the past 12,5 years I have managed Catalyst Advisors with great pleasure and we have accomplished many transactions. In the meantime it’s time to step back and to enjoy all the good things in life. However I am always attainable for my colleagues and business relations, if needed, to offer advice, look for creative solutions and share my expertise with the younger generation at Catalyst Advisors.