Clairfield International is pleased to announce that two new partners have joined our Amsterdam location, bringing the total number of senior dealmakers in the Netherlands to five, supported by experienced and knowledgeable associate partners and analysts. The growing Dutch office demonstrates the confidence of the Dutch team that they are continuing to thrive even in these turbulent times and that providing sector expertise is a winning proposition.
Luuk Bruna will be heading the Dutch team’s technology practice. Luuk has gained expertise in technology and telecom over the past 20 years, at his own boutique and at large investment firms. Luuk joins Clairfield Netherlands from Seasons Capital Partners, a TMT-focused boutique corporate finance firm he co-founded in 2015. Previously, he worked in M&A at PWC, and on the investment side at Holland Venture (now Holland Capital) and Cyrte Investments.
Daan Haeck specializes in the industrial and consumer sectors, focusing especially on food, hospitality, and agritech. Daan began his career at Boer & Croon Corporate Finance where he worked on deals in both the industrial and consumer spaces and began collaboration with Clairfield International. After 11 years, Daan joined Deloitte Corporate Finance where he was responsible for the consumer industry M&A practice.
The Dutch team has closed five deals in 2020, in segments such as electric bicycles, fast-charging networks for electric vehicles, smart-energy meters, specialized software, and logistic solutions. The focus is squarely on innovation-related businesses on both the buy and sell sides.
“We are delighted to welcome Luuk and Daan and thereby strengthen our sector know-how in tech, industrials, and consumer,” says Frank de Lange, founder and managing partner of Clairfield in the Netherlands. “We are seeing a push especially in the tech sector as well as a high level of private equity activity, looking for add-ons. While some processes have been pushed out to 2021, with a large amount of dry powder in the private equity and corporate arsenals, we believe that for the Dutch market the coming months will largely be a catch-up to compensate for the slowdown over this spring and summer. With our new partners we are well positioned to achieve excellent outcomes under extraordinary global circumstances.”