Benoît Leman, new Managing Partner of Finalyse Group, is pleased to announce he has successfully steered the management buy-out (MBO) of the company. The transaction supported by seven key managers of the consulting company has also been backed by several private investors, principally coming from the finance and banking world, led by Philippe Gruwez, Pierre Baucher and Alain Olbrechts.
Finalyse, a leading implementation consultancy specialised in valuation, risk and performance solutions, provides the financial community with the expertise and creativity that bridges the gap between finance and technology. Finalyse has offices in Brussels, Luxembourg, Amsterdam, Paris, Budapest and Warsaw and was founded in 1988 by Hubert Brogniez.
The MBO transaction represents a significant milestone in the history of the company, since its expansion outside Belgium ten years ago. The team is really enthusiastic to bring in its unique combination of expertise and competences in order to keep on providing added-value solutions and services to FINALYSE’s clients.
Keve Müller, Managing Partner and Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe, comments: “This natural evolutionary step strengthens us and provides us with the means to interact more closely with our pan-European client base. We want to reinforce our unique advantage of aggregating global expertise while being locally present in various financial centres in Europe. No less importantly, thanks to our cultural diversity we perfectly understand the subtle differences between the countries in the region, which brings unparalleled value”.
More than the continuity that this operation implies for Finalyse clients, the new management also aims at strengthening the products and services in risk management, valuation and regulatory compliance segments. Likewise, Finalyse will place the emphasis on improving the level of services and raising the quality that financial institutions would expect in this volatile economic environment. The permanent watchword and single objective: being your trusted advisor.
FINALYSE management and private investors also strongly believe in the further development of independent valuation services - Finalyse Pricing Services (FPS) - which were launched in 2008. The new organisation will reinforce the dynamics around valuation and the commitment of the team to FPS clients, especially under new and upcoming regulatory requirements like EMIR, AIFM and UCITS.
Benoît Leman concludes: “We are all delighted to have performed this MBO transaction, to secure the future of FINALYSE but also to reshape the company, ensuring the empowerment of our people and the satisfaction of all our valued customers. This operation will bring the benefits of an even more responsive, motivated and aligned management that will support the consultants in their day-to-day work and their own personal development.”
Philippe Gruwez, Member of the Finalyse Board of Directors, added: “Considering the permanent changing regulatory landscape and the challenges the financial industry is facing, we are convinced that Finalyse has the appropriate expertise and solutions to help its clients with a demonstrated return on their investment.”
This transaction illustrates the willingness and ambition of Finalyse group to sustain a long-term growth and development on its current markets and probably further abroad.