Nominations for the 2021 M&A Awards

Ending the year on a strong note

Fueled by pandemic recovery, M&A activity in the Netherlands is on track to set a record-breaking year. At Oaklins, we have lost no momentum either, having closed 31 deals to date. As strong financial company performances and high valuations are a perfect recipe for company owners to exit, while buyers are eager to deploy capital, we expect to close the year on a strong note.

As discussed in our latest Private Equity newsletter, the TMT sector remains the most active sector in the Dutch M&A market. This is something our TMT team can relate to, having closed eight deals to date, such as the acquisition of Vabi by Vitec and the investment of Capital A in QS Solutions. With more deals in the pipeline, we expect to reach double digits in terms of closed TMT deals before the end of the year.

At the same time, the topic of renewable energy remains on the top of our agenda and of those of investors, a sector that is currently more relevant than ever as the effects of climate change are becoming evident and fuel and gas prices are skyrocketing. With deals such as the acquisition of Zonnepanelen op het Dak by Elevion Group and the acquisition of MB Zonnepanelen by Tenten Solar, it becomes clear that renewable energy is the way forward, and that Oaklins is the leading sectorspecialist in this space. With an increasing number of companies understanding the importance and need to ‘go green’, we are able to provide our clients the tools to make this transition happen.

We are therefore happy to see our efforts reflected in the nominations for the 2021 M&A Awards, with the nominations in the categories Best Small Cap Deal and Best Young M&A Advisor.

The acquisition of GAC Business Solutions by Broad Horizon, in which Oaklins acted as the exclusive M&A advisor to the shareholders of GAC Business Solutions, has been nominated as Best Small Cap Deal.

At a time when digital strategy is more important than ever for companies, GAC Business Solutions helps companies in the process of digital transformation. The company does so by providing a strong portfolio of innovative and essential in-house-developed business software in combination with Microsoft software, such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement and Microsoft Power Platform. With the acquisition of GAC Business Solutions, Broad Horizon will strengthen its position in the Benelux market by becoming the leading IT service company in this region.

Our specialist in the renewable energy space Tom Snijckers has been nominated as Best Young M&A Advisor.

Having started at Oaklins in his early twenties, Tom now has an impressive track record of 10 years of M&A advisory experience and over 40 transactions under his belt. Tom has advised many privately and family-owned companies and understands the intricate dynamics of such complicated settings very well. Tom quickly earns the trust of his clients based on expertise, dedication and result-driven approach. With his strong track record in the solar PV market, Tom is the go-to person for knowledge, advice, and collaboration in our sustainability projects.

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