Alexander van Rossum, founder of Fortaleza Capital, has gained broad M&A advisory experience in the Dutch market across multiple sectors/clients groups, including Trade & Industry (e.g., packaging & paper/board, waste management, energy production/distribution), Services (e.g., contact centres, educational services, energy services), Public Domain (e.g., network owners, public equity stakes in companies) and Private Equity firms.
His heart lies in finding the optimal solution for clients through combining his interest in people and network of industry experts with a desire to develop long-lasting client relationships.
Alexander holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University (Stanford, California) and an MSc in Business Economics from Erasmus University (Rotterdam, The Netherlands).
In his spare time, Alexander enjoys practising sports including Tai Chi Chuan and strength training.
Chris worked as an accountant, management consultant, and merger and acquisition consultant for one of the “big four” firms in the Netherlands and Belgium. As financial director of the waste division of GDF SUEZ he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions in the period of 1996-2002. Since 1999 he works as an independent corporate finance consultant and valuation specialist.
In his career Chris was engaged in more than 300 M&A projects including more than 100 valuation assignments.
Chris de Vries MSc RV studied accountancy at NIVRA-Nyenrode in the period 1986-1992. In 2007 and 2008 he studied Business Valuation at Erasmus Rotterdam School of Management. Since 2008, he registered as NIRV Register Valuator. He received the Executive Master of Business Valuation degree from TiasNimbas Business School in 2014.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys sports, strength training and latin culture.
Peter van Leeuwen has worked in commercial management positions ‒ most recently as managing director ‒ at Van der Windt Group and PACOMBI GROUP, a leading Netherlands-based group of distributors of packaging products and materials.
In his career, Peter has gained a broad international experience with purchasing, sales and marketing of packaging and disposables. As director, Peter has been involved in many mergers and acquisitions between 1989 and 2016. Since July 2016, founded the company Never2Late and works as an independent consultant and packaging specialist.
After pre-university education, Peter studied sales, marketing, management and strategic skills at ISW (NIMA) and Nyenrode Business University.
In his free time, Peter enjoys supporting Ronald McDonald Huis Sophia, playing golf, reading, art history, music, cooking and wines.
Dirk Schut has a long track record within the Paper & Packaging Industry, allowing him to develop a broad knowledge base and extensive experience in international business, sales & marketing and (general) management within the sector. In the last 10 years, these were extended and deepened through entrepreneurship as CEO and shareholder of solid board manufacturer SolidPack.
Dirk led ‒ and participated in ‒ the Management Buy Out of SolidPack by its management and an external private investor in 2006 and the sale-on of SolidPack to VPK Packaging Group in 2017. Personal participation and involvement in acquisitions and divestments have in this way become a natural part of his knowledge, skills and interest.
Before SolidPack, Dirk held various senior management positions including at Meerssen & Palm (Gelderse Papier Groep), Schut Paper and De Naeyer Paper. He also holds various board positions including as Board member at Koninklijke VNP (Association of Dutch Paper and cardboard producers), the association of 19 paper and cardboard manufacturers based in The Netherlands.
Dirk holds an MSc in Business Economics from Groningen University (Groningen, The Netherlands).
In his spare time, Dirk enjoys playing hockey and skiing.
Joachim Driessen is co-founder and co-owner of Blink Holding, an innovative educational and magazine publisher. Before founding Blink, Joachim held various senior management positions, including at Sanoma, Wolters Kluwer and Wegener. He also holds various supervisory positions including as Board member at MYbusinessmedia and as Chairman of the Dutch Climbing and Mountaineering Association (NKBV).
Joachim studied business economics at the University of Amsterdam and obtained an MBA at the University of Cumbria, UK.
In his free time, Joachim is a keen free ride skier and experienced mountaineer.
Joop Eras has a long track record in commercial roles at packaging companies and in non-food consumer products.
In his career, Joop has developed in-depth knowledge of the sales function within organisations. He is passionate about helping relationships achieve and exceed their business goals.
Joop has experienced the professionalisation of the sales function up close, driven by an increase in the complexity of the sales situation and the need for companies to distinguish themselves from the competition.
Within the packaging sector, Joop has built up a large network over more than 25 years at Pacoma Europe (formerly Siat Benelux) and before that at De Witt Cartoseal.
Joop fills his spare time with golfing and touring in sporty cars.
Fortaleza Capital has thorough knowledge of selected segments within the Services, Media & Technology sector, obtained from acting as corporate finance advisor to a broad number of companies in these subsectors.
We have a strong grasp of the dynamics and trends within Services, Media & Technology, which allows us to assess business models accurately and timely.
We advise companies and investors active in various segments of the Services, Media & Technology sector, including:
- Smart energy technology
- Customer contact centres
- E-commerce marketing & sales
- Online store management
- Payment services
- (Reverse) logistics and distribution
- Supply chain optimisation
- Knowledge management/ data analytics
- Financial management/collection services
- Facility management
- Safety & security
- Educational publishing
- Educational media
Fortaleza Capital has built up a strong track record in the Recycling, Waste Management & Energy sector over a period of more than 25 years. Our team members have been involved in many transactions in the Recycling, Waste Management & Energy sector and our experience has developed in tandem with the liberalisation of the sector that has been unfolding in the Netherlands.
We advise companies and investors active in the folllowing segments of the Recycling, Waste Management & Energy sector:
- Pure-play recycling companies
- Wholesale/trade firms active in waste management
- Wholly or partially integrated waste management companies
- Energy suppliers, including gas and electricity suppliers
- Energy production companies
- Regulated energy distributors
- Drinking/industrial water companies
We cover all materials processed throughout the Recycling and Waste Management value chain, including:
- Construction & Demolition waste
- WEEE (Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment)
Fortaleza Capital is truly focused on the Packaging & Paper/Board sector and our team members have a collective track record of more than 85 years in the industry. Our extensive experience in managing complex transaction settings allows us to assess assignments in the Packaging & Paper/Board sector in a strategic and practical context. We understand the opportunities and challenges that reign throughout the value chain and have an unparalleled network in the Dutch packaging market. We advise companies and investors active in Packaging & Paper/Board on corporate finance related matters across the value chain, including:
- Manufacturing companies
- Wholesale, trade & distribution firms
- Online business models
- Printing and labeling companies
- Moulding manufacturers
Our reach covers all input materials used in the production of Packaging & Paper/Board endproducts, including:
- Rigid plastic
- Flexible plastic
For corporate clients with an active M&A agenda we offer:
- Strategic and market analyses
- Target screening and pipeline monitoring
- Analysis and valuation work
- Fairness opinions
- Board communication and supporting materials
- Coordination of execution work and due diligence
- Procurement of credit financing
Typical M&A Advisory situations where Fortaleza Capital adds value include:
- Sell side: Divestments
- Buy-side: Acquisitions
- Management Buy-Outs (MBOs)/Management Buy-Ins (MBIs)
- Valuation work and fairness opinions
- Public offers and bid defences
- Strategic reviews and board papers
- Stakeholder representation
- Navigating conflicting stakeholder interests
We organise ourselves in teams in order to combine relevant experience and skill sets in a flexible, no-nonsense way that is tailored to the particular situation.
Achieving the most favourable outcome for our clients requires full “hands-on” involvement and commitment from our advisers throughout a transaction process, from inception to completion.
We set ourselves apart through commitment of senior advisers that are always actively engaged, from the commencement of an assignment throughout project execution.
Our solutions our developed by driving straight to the heart of a matter, not on convoluted analyses.
As required, we form a dedicated team to advise on a particular situation, consisting of experienced corporate finance experts in The Netherlands and internationally with whom we have established long-term working relationships.
Importantly, we oftentimes add seasoned industry executives and experts to our advisory teams. which have first-hand, germane experience within the relevant sector.
We focus on three sectors: Packaging & Paper/Board; Recycling, Waste Management & Energy; and Services, Media & Technology.
In these sectors, we have built a solid track record and have developed an intricate and evergrowing network of senior executives and industry experts.
Our services within these sectors are further sharpened through our exclusive focus on M&A Advisory and Corporate Advisory services.
In our effort to provide the best advice, we pride ourselves on being independent and free of obligations toward other internal or external stakeholders.
Our approach entails professional handling of confidential information, not misrepresenting reality, being reliable and transparent in our intentions and actions, and forming well-founded and independent opinions.
Our advice strives to be unbiased and based on a long-term perspective on what we believe is in our client’s interests.
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