Benelux Private Equity Breakfast 2022


The Private Equity Breakfast is an annual event that is sponsored and hosted through the joint cooperation of Pedersen & Partners and CMS. The event  will gather leading speakers from the private equity industry, management recruitment and legal fields.

The purpose of this event is to bring together investment professionals to discuss and share experiences and comments regarding the current industry climate and future developments.

Below you will find more details about the speakers and the agenda of the event. The event is free of charge for all participants but strictly by invitation.

Private Equity Breakfast

CMS Atrium
Parnassusweg 737
1077 DG Amsterdam

Event Program

08:00 – 08:20 Registration, hot & cold drinks and snacks
08:20 – 08:30 Welcome address by Malte Bruhns, Partner and Co-Head of the CMS Corporate/M&A Group
08:30 – 10:00 Panel Discussion

Mark Ziekman – Partner, Corporate/M&A, CMS Amsterdam
Poul Pedersen – Executive Chairman, Pedersen & Partners

Joost Heeremans – Partner, Rivean Capital
Erwin de Jong – Partner, Dutch Mezzanine Fund
Peter van Leersum – Partner, H2 Equity Partners
Jeroen Lenssen – Senior Director, Riverside
Taco Rietveld – Partner, RB Family Capital
Yvonne Rooijakkers – Head of Fund & Co-investments, Rabo Investments

Panel Discussion Topics:

  • Recent developments and trends in M&A in the Netherlands and the Benelux region – including deal-flow, valuations, fund raising, availability of credit for leveraged financing, exit strategies, co-investments;
  • High opportunity sectors and market segments – Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, eCommerce, FinTech, Life Sciences, Environmental Social and Governance (ESG), EdTech; 
  • Value creation – portfolio management & asset class strategies, turnaround and change management, succession planning, talent retention, disconnect between valuations and company performance;
  • What is the current valuation perspective (including equity and debt components) and is increasing regulation inhibiting deal-making activity and/or posing new challenges?
  • Majority vs. minority stakes held by PE funds – comments on pros and cons and how this affects your strategy;
  • Influence of external factors and regulations – climate change and sustainability, digital transformation, high inflation and rising interest rates, weakness of the euro, rising global energy & food prices and global supply chain bottlenecks, geopolitical tensions as a result of Ukraine invasion;
  • Fund raising environment – who are the main sources of inbound capital: institutional investors, family offices, corporate ventures, sovereign wealth funds, multilaterals, funds of funds;
  • Outbound investment destinations – what geographies have the highest potential for Dutch PE firms and their portfolio companies (Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa, Middle East, Americas?).
Event Administrator:

Diana Gasitoi