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Mergers. Acquisitions. Divestments. Valuations. Carve-Out. Financing.Our Services
Mergers. Acquisitions. Divestments. Valuations. Carve-Out. Financing.Our Services
After studying business engineering at Solvay Business School, Raphaël Abou completed his military service before joining Bank Degroof (now Degroof Petercam).
Assigned to the Private Banking department, Raphaël Abou quickly moved across to Corporate Finance. “This is where, working alongside seasoned professionals, I learned the full spectrum of what I need for my current job. At the end of 2004, I decided to leave the bank to set up my own company dedicated to medium-sized transactions.”
During this first experience of entrepreneurship, Raphaël specialized in IPOs. “In hardly two and a half years we conducted seven IPOs. Gradually the company grew. We developed an equity funding business and also drove several mergers and acquisitions deals”.
Now Allyum drives over 10 M&A transactions per year and has definitely taken a leading position in its market.
Raphaël Abou sees his work as, above all, a vocation. “Our business is essentially about meeting people: contact with entrepreneurs and CEOs, people who have, at some point in their life, said: “I’m going to take a risk”. These people have a completely different way of looking at things, and generally have a wide skill set. People with this profile are in perpetual motion. They hate stability, they thrive in a moving environment."
Raphaël speaks French, English and Dutch. He is also member of Reseau Entreprendre Brussels and member of the jury of prestigious entrepreneurship contests such as Solvay Business School and MIT Innovators under 35 entrepreneur contest. He is frequently invited on panels to share his knowledge about M&A and more recently about crypto assets valuations.
Marc Kobylinski is Managing Director at Allyum, having a thorough expertise in investment banking both on domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity transactions, equity funding and special situations. He currently focuses on the following business lines: Pharma Services, Digital Media and ICT.
He is particularly attached to what he calls ‘the golden triangle’: strategy, operations and finance.
“We don’t limit ourselves to a pure financial approach to a company, instead we search to deeply understand the customers’ business before making any financial recommendations. Our starting point is to analyze the strategic issue by looking through a financial prism, factoring the operational constraints. Our customers buy into the approach and, above all, into our capacity to innovate in territories that are uncharted for them.”
Prior to joining Allyum, Marc’s career started at Accenture in the Financial Services industry. He spent 8 years in different business lines from IT to management consulting and finally joined the strategy department.
Marc has a Master in Management Sciences from Louvain School of Management (LSM). He acted on various boards throughout his career and is a regular speaker and panelist at industry events.
While a student in Management Sciences at FUCAM (UCL Mons), Martin Delépine decided to specialize in Finance & Audit. After graduating, he joined Deloitte: “The consulting industry is an opportunity to meet companies of all sizes in various sectors and gain a real & intense first experience”.
However, he quickly realized that his career path did not lie there: “I was more interested in the “advisory” & “value creation” aspects, and the idea of bringing to my customers solutions as well as helping them to grow”.
As from 2009, Martin joined Allyum where he has been actively participating to several activities and gained a lot of experience in Finance, from mergers to public transactions as well as advisory assignments.
“Working with many different customers in various industries gives us a very broad experience and this we can feed back into our customer relations. For company managers, we are often a sounding board: we can share our view on complex business/financial situations and discuss them in complete confidentiality. Our position outside the company means that we can give a fair opinion and say things as they are.”
From 2012 to 2019, Martin has hold a position of Manager in Corporate Finance and has been in charge of many M&A projects, including valuation, due diligence and negotiation, bringing his financial expertise in each case with an expertise in the retail and food segments.
As a Director since 2019, Martin currently assumes increased and new responsibilities of leading a Team of Corporate Finance experts and helps Allyum to achieve key strategic & organisational objectives.
Next to his Master in business from the University of Mons, Martin is also certified in M&A and financial management.
After graduating from a MSc in Management at the Solvay Business School in 2001, Vincent Daelemans joined the M&A department of Morgan Stanley, then UBS in London, focusing on large cap Telecom, Utilities and Oil & Gas transactions. In parallel, Vincent contributed to the creation of Plush, a movie streaming company active in the Benelux and France.
After his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth, Vincent joined the Strategy department of Tesco in London during the Global Financial Crisis of 2009, which proved to be challenging times for UK-based retailers who needed to re-think their business models whilst imagining the retail model of the future.
Coming back to Belgium in 2010, Vincent advised Riverside Europe, a mid-market Private Equity fund with coverage responsibility across the Benelux, France and Italy. He sourced successful deals in France (HRA Pharma) and Italy (Mec3), leading to significant capital gains for Riverside's LPs.
Joining the Allyum team in 2018, Vincent aims to meet entrepreneurs to understand their ambitions and to find the right solutions for them, be it through additional capital sources or new people to strengthen their company.
Vincent speaks French, English, Dutch and Spanish. He is also Board member of the Solvay Schools Alumni, and an administrator of the BelMan triathlon, reflecting his passion for endurance sports and organizing events to let Belgium shine at an international level.
After obtaining a MSc in Management Sciences from Solvay Brussels School and spending half a year studying at the University of Valencia, Michael started his career as an Account Administrator in Collateral Management at BNY Mellon Brussels.
While developing its skills at BNY, he completed a Master in Financial Risk Management from the University of Saint-Louis. "This experience gave me the opportunity to understand the ins and outs of the banking world and related financial risk management principles".
In 2016, Michael joined Allyum as an Analyst. He worked on several key corporate finance missions including business valuation, sell-side & buy-side mandates. In the meantime, he also earned a Certificate in Business Controlling at ICHEC.
In 2019, Michaël was promoted Manager.
Manuel holds a MSc in Business Engineering from the Louvain School of Management with a major in Corporate Finance and Asset Management. After graduating, he spends half a year abroad for an exchange MBA program in Boston at the Babson College. To further develop his Corporate Finance knowledge, Manuel decided to dedicate his master thesis to the real option valuation technique in collaboration with a well-known Belgian pharmaceutical company.
The start of Manuel’s career was at Access Capital Partners, a private equity fund, where he was in charge of several funds’ management. This first experience helped him to thoroughly analyze and understand the mechanisms and challenges faced by a leading private equity fund. Meanwhile, Manuel decided to enroll into the CFA program and successfully passed the first level in December 2017. “I believe the mix between academic and practical experiences is the key to make a successful career in finance”.
As from July 2018 Manuel joined Allyum, fulfilling the role of Associate. He participates in various Corporate Finance transactions as well in valuations and other financial advisory projects. “What is particularly thrilling at Allyum, is that I have the opportunity to evolve in the very challenging world of corporate finance while being part of a team with a real entrepreneurial mindset”.
Alexae trained Psychology at ULB following by a business management certification at Brussels Economy and Employment.
She developed her skills at UBER in the field of office management and is now active on the office processes and office management side of Allyum.
Ernest holds a MSc in Business Management from the Louvain School of Management with a minor in Corporate Finance and a MSc in International Management from CEMS. To strengthen his Corporate Finance skills, Ernest dedicated his master thesis to a 9-year analysis of the impact of goodwill and other intangible assets on the EBITDA of FMCG companies listed on Euronext: 2009 – 2017, supervised by Professor Leonardo Iania, President of the UCL’s financial center.
Ernest spent an exchange semester in Russia at the Graduate School of Management of Saint-Petersburg and has previous internship experience in market entry consulting in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
After spending 5 months as an intern, Ernest joined Allyum as an Associate in February 2019. He took part in various Corporate Finance transactions and specialises in valuation and financial modelling as well as in the food and beverage industry.
Olivier is a second-year Master student in Business Engineering at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. After spending a semester at Bocconi in Milan studying International Corporate Finance and the Management of Luxury Companies, he has started a 6-month internship at Allyum.
Késia is a final year master student in Business Engineering at the Solvay Brussels School.
Last year, she spent an exchange semester in Seoul followed by an internship in the audit department at Ernst & Young.
Késia has recently started a 5 months internship at Allyum.
Laurent is finalizing his Master in Business Engineering at the Louvain School of Management and spent an exchange semester at the Rotterdam School of Management. Meanwhile, he gained private equity experience at BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity and BNP Paribas Principal Investments. He speaks French, Dutch and English.