The shareholder of De Klok Logistics from Nijmegen takes over subsidiary Van Opzeeland from its neighbor Nabuurs
In addition to De Klok Logistics, the shareholder also owns Van Vliet Transport. As a result of this takeover the parties involved are bundling their nationwide network mainly in the segment of urban distribution of goods to, for example, retailers. The bundling of transported volumes creates a more efficient network. The deal offers Nabuurs the opportunity to bring more strategic focus to its other logistics activities. Clifton Finance has assisted the family business Nabuurs in finding the right buyer, and in the execution and realization of the transaction.
Christian Guillou, general manager and shareholder of Briconord
“Clifton Finance has helped us to identify Mac-Lean as the ideal add-on candidate for Briconord in the Netherlands and to realize this, for us, important transaction. Briconord is a supplier of home furnishing products and paneling accessories from the French cognac region. With the acquisition of Mac-Lean, Briconord has taken the first step to become a European market leader in home furnishings and accessories. Shareholders Amundi PEF and Société Générale Capital Partenaires support Briconord financially with this acquisition strategy. Mac-Lean, in Moerdijk, specializes in floors, safety and decoration products and is mainly active on the Dutch and Belgian market. “It was pleasant to work with Ruud van Hoek from Clifton Finance. His negotiating skills and positive fundamentals have certainly helped make the transaction a reality”. Continue reading..
Christian Guillou, 2019
Pieter Vroegop, director of the Earlyop family business
“Clifton Finance guided us in the search and assisted in decision-making within the family business.” In the search of Natudis, Kroon and Hagor in Belgium for a cooperation partner, many discussions have taken place with various parties. Ultimately, the choice fell on Udea. This combination of companies and the resulting economies of scale provide the most benefit to the industry. Of course, such a choice is sensitive in the organization and with the selling parent company VRC. But this brings together the companies that were created at the time from parts of Wessanen.
Philip de Groot, Owner and director of Oogwereld
Oogwereld has found a new partner and shareholder in AAC Capital with the help of Clifton Finance. AAC Capital is an investment company that supports successful entrepreneurs and management teams in the accelerated realization of international growth ambitions.
In addition to AAC Capital, the management of Oogwereld is also involved as a shareholder. The partnership with AAC enables Oogwereld to continue to act as a logical consolidator in the market for independent opticians in the coming years. Furthermore, Oogwereld will continue to distinguish itself through premium eye care, an exclusive range, and excellent service for all its customers.
“Gonneke and Maarten have guided me through this transaction with their experience and market knowledge. A process that you as an entrepreneur do not have to deal with on a daily basis. Through good preparation and focus during the process, we have found the right partner to support Oogwereld in its further growth. For me as an entrepreneur, it was important that careful attention was paid to my preconditions for the transaction and that these wishes were professionally incorporated in the negotiations and the final deal structure. It was important for me to realize a transaction with added value for the company, my people and for me personally. I think Clifton Finance has been very successful in this”.
Reiny, Sybo and Sjaak Smeding, shareholders of O. Smeding en Zoon B.V.
“Maarten helped us with the transfer of our Frisian family business and handled the necessary steps both professionally and personally. He bridged the gap between the family and the external shareholder Sligro, where some of the interests diverged. He created support in the company and all the shareholders, and has a knack for relations between the different bodies. Next to guiding the process he provided a good financial value-analysis and a method for transferring shares between family members. Eventually establishing a ‘future proof’ governance with room for the family and next generations.”
Reiny, Sybo and Sjaak Smeding, 2017
Wijnand van den Haak, CEO Abama
“Clifton Finance has assisted us excellently with this international transaction. I came across many new situations during the transaction where I lacked the necessary experience. Maarten Vijverberg’s personal advise gave me peace of mind and the ability to set aside my impatience, which is often part of being an entrepreneur. This transaction would have never happened without his efforts. Maarten explained and included our family in a correct manner. He kept close contact with the buyer, regardless of the processes in the transaction.”
Wijnand van den Haak, 2016
Marco de Wit, Sector Director Imbema mobility
Imbema Rhiwa has acquired SBS Security & Safety Products. Clifton Finance has assisted Imbema in the acquisition process. An acquisition strategy has been developed for the Imbema Rhiwa unit, whereby the markets in which Imbema Rhiwa operates have been mapped. On the basis of this analysis, a choice was made for the best acquisition direction and an extensive list of takeover candidates was drawn up.
SBS from Zoetermeer is the market leader in the field of mechanical and electronic security solutions for commercial vehicles. The acquisition of SBS perfectly embodies the acquisition strategy in order to position Imbema Rhiwa more widely as a supplier of transport solutions aimed at higher efficiency and a higher degree of safety.
“Clifton Finance has helped us in a detailed way in defining our acquisition strategy. This made it easy to substantiate the choice for SBS and the acquisition process could be completed quickly.”
Marco de Wit, 2016
Stefan Heeger & Bart-Jan van Til, Shareholders Geschenkbezorgen
“For us as entrepreneurs, selling a company is not a daily occurrence. We had not realized beforehand that the sale of our company would involve so many aspects. Gonneke helped us through this process professionally, so that during the process we remained confident that the sale would be realized at the right price and conditions. It was very pleasant that Gonneke also had an eye for our personal interests and positions in this process, and that this was taken into account in addition to the financial aspects”.
Stefan Heeger & Bart-Jan van Til, October 30, 2015
Guido Raaijmakers, shareholder 4launch
4Launch has been an official part of Infotheek Groep BV since 10 October 2015. As advisor to the seller, Gonneke van der Lee was involved in the process whereby Infotheek took over the shares of 4launch in full.
“I founded 4Launch in 2003 as a web store for (computer) electronics, Guido Raaijmakers explains. In a short time, my company grew into one of the larger webshops in the Netherlands (top 30 listing in Twinkle). When the sale of my company came into the picture, I needed an expert and reliable advisor. I certainly found this in Gonneke. Especially when you sell to a larger company, as a DGA you need a sounding board, someone who has a lot of transaction experience and can translate financial knowledge to your personal situation. In Gonneke I found a high-level sparring partner who guided me through the entire process with great dedication, knowledge and enthusiasm. During the sales process, many new things come at you. Gonneke managed this process for me, which gave me as an entrepreneur certainty and confidence in a positive outcome of the transaction. Thanks to Infotheek’s investments in 4Launch after the takeover, 4launch is now growing at an accelerated pace. So the sale was successful both for me personally and for the company”.
Guido Raaijmakers, 2015
Theo Dorresteijn and Jan Dorresteijn, Shareholders Realworks
Clifton Finance was involved in the process whereby the NVM fully took over the shares of Realworks.
“Maarten guided me and my brother, both Realworks DGA’s, in this complex process. He characterized himself as a bridge builder to the negotiating parties throughout the entire process, not losing sight of the end goal. With a small and agile team it was possible to switch quickly and with short lines. We thank Maarten for the guidance in the process where many consultants on the side of the buyer were involved. Especially if we consider that the takeover was much more complex for an organization of our size, because of the shareholder structure. Maarten guided us towards the intended goal and was even able to make better agreements here and there”.
Theo Dorresteijn, June 1, 2015
Peter S. Breuer, CEO of Royal Capi lux
“I got to know Maarten during the sale of my family business. His personal and professional input was of great value both in the preparatory phase and in supporting the process. Maarten knows how to handle family and family interests with integrity. The sale of shares in Koninklijke Capi-Lux was successfully completed”.
Henrik Rom, Chief Financial Officer Kamstrup A/S, Danmark
“Maarten advised us on the divestment of our Dutch gas assets. He has and his dedicated team of professionals who truly made the difference in obtaining maximum result.”
Koen Slippens, Chairman / CEO Sligro Food Group Nederland BV
Director STAK of Victoria / Van Heeswijk. “Maarten Vijverberg’s team delivered an excellent performance. They completed the project successfully in a short time with a tightly managed process. They have involved all stakeholders (shareholders, family, management and RvT) in the right way and cleverly brought the various interests together. Despite the market transparency, confidentiality has been preserved to the end”.
“Although the company has a long successful history, the size of the supermarket chain was too small to independently occupy a strong position in the consolidating market. After the family made the decision to sell the company, a quick and adequate process was initiated. It was decided to sell to Sligro, which is a strong and professional company with a family character”.
Heleen van Gulik, General Manager of King Cuisine
“The sale of the company was obvious because of follow-up problems and strategic aspects. Maarten has professionally guided the sales process with fabulous dexterity. The interests of the DGA as well as the management and the company are well balanced in this respect. The process was brought to a good end result with great precision and the sale to an international buyer was carried out in a pleasant, knowledgeable manner”.