Vondel Finance joins M&A network of Clairfield International
Clairfield International, a global M&A network with offices in 20+ countries, has appointed Dutch corporate finance firm Vondel Finance as its exclusive partner in the Netherlands.
After Boer & Croon Corporate Finance, the previous exclusive partner of Clairfield International in the Netherlands, late last year announced that it was joining Deloitte, the global merger & acquisition network launched a search process for a new partner. With a size of over €50 billion in deal value, the Dutch deal market is one of Europe’s more important landscapes, and therefore it was key for Clairfield to maintain an on the ground operation in the country.
Launched in 2004, Vondel Finance is a boutique corporate finance firm based in Amsterdam with nine professionals. The M&A firm is led by four partners: Frank de Lange (managing partner and founder), Haro Schultz van Haegen, Damman Nordbeck and Mark Spetter. Combined, the quartet have more than 150 completed deals on their name, and all four of them have previously gained experience in the professional services sector. Founder De Lange spent years at Deloitte where he helped the firm build its Corporate Finance arm, Schultz van Haegen served law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in its M&A team, Nordbeck worked for CDI Global, while Spetter spent a decade at BDO Corporate Finance.
Similarly to Clairfield International, Vondel Finance provides advisory services to large companies, private equity, public sector clients, and family businesses. Transactions supported this year include NPM Capital’s acquisition of a 35% stake in FinTech firm Ohpen, the purchase of Medsen Pharmacies and Ceban by Bencis private equity firm Bencis, the acquisition of professional services group TASK by Intersaction, and a partial management buyout (MBO) at Public Matters, a Dutch lobby and public affairs consultancy.
“We facilitate a smooth transaction process and support management and other stakeholders in their decision making processes before, during and after the deal. We do this by providing a full suite of advisory and execution services in acquisition and sales processes, from bilateral negotiated deals to controlled auctions,” explained De Lange. Commenting on the firm’s ties with Clairfield International, he said, “The majority of the deals we are involved in are cross-border.”
Globally, Clairfield International now has 34 offices in 22 countries. In 2018, the network advised on 130 deals.
According to a recent report by Bain & Company, global merger & acquisition deal value spiked to $3.4 trillion last year, the third highest level in two decades.