Expanding our global footprint with a new member firm in the heart of Europe – KBC Securities, Belgium

Our ability to serve our clients globally has taken a step forward with the admission of KBC Securities based in Brussels, Belgium. The firm is one of the leading corporate finance advisors in Belgium with a dedicated and experienced team. By joining forces, KBC Securities will be able to further expand their M&A activities in Belgium while Oaklins will strengthen its position in Europe.

Dr. Florian von Alten, President of Oaklins International Inc., commented: “We are very proud that KBC Securities has been voted in as our exclusive member firm of Oaklins International in the Belgian market. Belgium was a gap on our Oaklins map. KBC Securities, with their staff of 17 dedicated corporate finance experts and their established position in the Belgian corporate market, will boost our M&A advisory business. With an Oaklins cross-border transaction ratio of close to 50% and a target transaction value range between €25m and €250m, we will see more cross-border transactions with Belgian companies in the near future. A number of promising projects have started already.”

Bartel Puelinckx, CEO of KBC Securities, said: “Today is an important step in our strategy to become the M&A reference on the Belgian market. Oaklins brings our M&A proposition to the next level. Clients nowadays want their financial advisors to be capable of accessing buyers and sellers in every corner of the world. By joining Oaklins, we combine the best of both worlds: an in-depth and unparalleled knowledge of the Belgian corporate market and a universe of international sellers and buyers in a variety of sectors. This unique combination will offer our Belgian corporate clients global buy-side ideas, whilst guaranteeing access to the widest array of potential buyers in sell-side situations.”

About KBC Securities
KBC Securities is one of the leading corporate finance advisors in Belgium with a dedicated and experienced team of 17 professionals. Having played an important role in a large number of mid-market transactions in recent years, KBC Securities knows its home market inside out and has excellent relations with both local and international investors and corporates. As a subsidiary of KBC Bank, one of the leading Belgian banks and a reference in corporate banking, KBC Securities has access to all relevant Belgian corporates and their decision makers. We are a committed partner for our clients, applying a hands-on approach. KBC Securities stands for credibility, quality and performance. http://www.kbcsecurities.com

About Oaklins
Oaklins is the world’s most experienced mid-market M&A advisor, with 700 professionals globally and dedicated industry teams in 40 countries worldwide. We have closed over 1,500 transactions in the past five years. www.oaklins.com

For further information, please contact:

Christopher Scales, Executive Director
Tel.: +34 678 549 330
Email: c.scales@oaklins.com

Melanie Berthelot-Verhaeghe, Head of Marketing

Tel.: +34 646 740 259
Email: m.berthelot@oaklins.com