Our People

Experience has taught us that the ability to successfully complete transactions often lies in attention to detail. A combination of negotiating skills, empathy, networking and professional skills are key success factors in transactions of this type and also crucial to our ability to increase enterprise value in the short term and the long term.

Our organisation consists of three areas of responsibility. Firstly the Partners, who are responsible for the negotiations during the entire transaction, secondly the Associates, who are responsible for research and documentation and finally, the Support department, which is responsible for providing support.

We operate in small, flexible and effective teams in which the responsible partner personally coordinates the transaction from start to finish with the support of an associate. This guarantees our complete involvement and commitment.

Our M&A team is multilingual and is one of the most experienced and stable teams in the industry. All team members have extensive director-level management experience in business, which is complemented by specific training in the area of mergers and acquisitions. Not only are we fully versed in the theory, we are also intimately aware of the pitfalls and know exactly which approach to adopt in practice.

Our Team

Wim van Acht

Wim has worked at Blacktrace since 2016.

Before joining Blacktrace, Wim worked in corporate finance for 15 years after he held positions as Commercial Director at Arcadis and manager in Utility companies. He has been involved in various transactions in Business Services (staffing, certification), Technology (medtech, ICT, cleantech), Engineering (technical, environmental), Logistics (E-fulfillment) and Utilities (water, energy).

Wim holds degrees from the University of Wageningen and INSEAD business school (International Executive Program) and IN-NED (Insead Non-Executive Directors Program).

Wies Cornelius

Wies has worked at Blacktrace since 2011.

Before Wies joined Blacktrace, she worked for an international trading company and a dental practice. Wies organizes all office activities.

Joost van Dijk

Joost has worked for Blacktrace since 2014.

Before joining Blacktrace, Joost worked as an independent real estate entrepreneur and before as office director within FGH Bank. Joost started his career at Rabobank and De Lage Landen. He has been involved in various transactions such as The Soap Story, Care hotel Merlinde Stichting Elisabeth and U-Center. He focuses primarily on the Business Services, Industry (Energy, Cleantech and Waste Management) and Medical Care sectors (Equipment and Pharma).

Joost holds a degree from the University of Tilburg (Business Administration), with a specialization in corporate finance.

Furkan Ekinci

Furkan has worked at Blacktrace since 2018.

Furkan focuses on financial and market analyses to support the merger and acquisition transaction processes. Before joining Blacktrace, Furkan has done internships at IBS Capital Management and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. Furkan focuses primarily on Business Services, Financial Services and Industry.

Furkan is a graduate from the University of Konstanz (Bsc. Economics) and Tilburg University with two  Master's degrees (Msc. Finance and Msc. Accountancy). In addition, he has been active in a student investment association. Furkan speaks German, English, Turkish, Dutch, Spanish and French.

Rutger Jans

Rutger has worked at Blacktrace since 2012.

Before Rutger started at Blacktrace as affiliated partner, he worked as a CFO at A-ware Food Group, Holland Wear House, Geveke Werktuigbouw en Stork Food & Dairy Systems. He has been involved in various transactions such as Koala, Iduna and the merger of A-ware Food Group and Bouter Group. He focuses primarily on the Industry, ICT and Business Services sectors.

Rutger is a graduate of the University of Tilburg (economics), Instituut Clingendael (Course Foreign Relations), University of Amsterdam (Certified Management Accountant) and Institute of Management Accountants USA (Certified Financial Manager).

Jan van Leeuwen

Jan has worked at Blacktrace since 2016.

Jan has a finance career with Royal Shell, DAF, Akzo Nobel and with Royal Philips as M&A executive and CFO of Philips Lighting and Philips Consumer Lifestyle. He has been responsible for a broad range of M&A transactions as M&A professional at Philips. Specific sector expertise in Consumer Products, Medical Care and Industry.

Jan holds a degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology (Msc. Industrial Engineering) and VU University Amsterdam (Executive Master Finance and Control).

Bart Lips

Bart has worked for Blacktrace since 2011.

As an M&A specialist, Bart focuses on execution and support during all phases of the merger and acquisition transaction process. He has been involved in various transactions such as Noppies, Mirabeau and Hurks Prefab. Bart focuses primarily on the Industry, TMT and Consumer Products.

Bart is a graduate from the University of Tilburg (International Business Administration) with a Master in Finance and from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam with a Master in Strategic Management. In addition, Bart has done a minor in Entrepreneurial Finance at the University of Central Florida for a semester.

Erik van der Poel

Erik has worked at Blacktrace since 2015.

As a corporate finance analyst, Erik focuses on valuation and financial analysis to support merger and acquisition transaction processes. He has been involved in various transactions such as Noppies and Sibo. Erik focuses primarily on the Business Services, Financial Services and TMT sectors.

Erik is a graduate from the University of Tilburg (Finance) with a Master in Finance and studies part-time Econometrics at the same university.

Jaap Smits

Jaap has worked for Blacktrace since 2011.

Before joining Blacktrace, Jaap worked in corporate finance after he held the position of Managing Director of Schadébo, a group of trading and manufacturing companies. He has been involved in various transactions such as Search, Sibo and Heijmans. He focuses primarily on the Consumer Products, Business Services, TMT and Industry sectors.

Jaap holds degrees from the Hogere Textiel School Enschede (cum laude), Erasmus University Rotterdam (Business Administration) and RSM Erasmus University Rotterdam (Register Valuation).

Gijs van de Wetering

Gijs has worked for Blacktrace since 2017.

Gijs focuses on producing all required analyses and documents to support the merger and acquisition transaction processes, including valuations. Gijs focuses primarily on the Consumer Products, Financial Services and Medical Care.

Gijs is a graduate from the University of Tilburg (Economics and Business Economics) with a Master in Finance (cum laude). In addition, Gijs has been chairman of a student investment association and has been active in several committees during his studies.