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Lawrence Vandekerckhove

Senior Business Analyst

Lawrence has worked for Gilde since July 2019. Before that he was an M&A Analyst in the M&A team of Rothschild & Co in Brussels, having done internships with CVC Capital Partners in Brussels and J.P. Morgan in London. Lawrence studied commercial engineering at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and obtained a Master’s in Finance in HEC Paris.

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What brought you to private equity?

Developing a healthy and successful company is something that has always fascinated me. How should you exploit the right opportunities? How should you make sure that any success you achieve is sustainable? Working in private equity allows me to help experienced entrepreneurs and managers fuel the growth of healthy companies. It means you never stop learning and makes every day worthwhile.

And why Gilde?

Gilde's entrepreneurial approach immediately appealed to me. Time and time again, Gilde has shown that it is capable of growing successful local players into international leaders. But above all, at Gilde I get to work with motivated people who share the same drive and ambition as me. This has made me feel right at home.

What do you admire in entrepreneurs?

Successful entrepreneurs show that good business is more than having great ideas. It’s about making them happen, over and over again. Real entrepreneurs are able to grasp opportunities that others don’t see and to keep going in adversity. They also have the ability to motivate people around them. In a nutshell, entrepreneurs have the unique combination of vision, character and personal skills, all of which are incredibly inspiring.

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