Joris Heerkens

  • Partner
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I am a Partner of the Clearwater International Amsterdam office after joining the business in 2001 and have over 20 years’ experience in corporate finance. During this time I have supervised a large number of transactions in numerous sectors, both extremely competitive sales processes for private equity, as well as delicate one-to-one processes. I particularly enjoy working for private companies (owner-managers) and assisting management teams in buyouts. After graduating in Electrical Engineering from Delft Technical University, my first role was as an engineer in the R&D department of Océ NV. After obtaining an MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, I then worked for four years as a strategy consultant, in a wide variety of business sectors, eventually becoming a director of a high-tech company.

At Clearwater, every project provides the challenge of finding the best possible approach. When a business is sold, the focus is often on realising the highest possible proceeds for the shareholders. But a good future for the company and the people who work there is often equally important. I get more excited when solving this puzzle is difficult, for example because the market has developed negatively, the intended buyer is the most important customer or supplier, or the company has had disappointing results for a few years.

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