Matthias started his career as an engineer at ExxonMobil in Belgium and Italy, and moved into private equity after his MBA. He joined Gimv in 2011, with a focus technology and industrial companies in the European SME space. From 2016 to 2021 he worked at Fortino Capital where he led the EUR 240M Growth private equity fund focusing exclusively on mature European software and IT services companies. His key strengths are buy & build, software and digitalization of traditional businesses.
Matthias is fluent in Dutch, French, English and Italian, and has a basic knowledge of German. He holds a MBA from the London Business School (UK) and a Master’s degree in Engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BEL) and ENSIMAG Grenoble (FR).
What else should you know about me?
"I am a native of Leuven and have lived in Sicily and London, but always return to the great city of Antwerp, where I settled after my studies. I am blessed to have three young boys with my wonderful partner Christine, who works in corporate communications and gracefully manages all the complexity that entails. I am more comfortable on a bike than on a golf course, and I do not plan to retire before I can complete an amazing deal in Italy."
AXI, multi-product software & IT group
Buybay, retail return & overstock management
Cenosco, asset integrity management software
Contraload, leading European pooling and rental services for plastic pallets (acquired by Tosca)
Dobco Medical Systems, radiology software (acquired by Dedalus)
Efficy CRM, European buy & build of European CRM companies
Incendin, European leader in fire protection chemicals (acquired by Straco)
Itineris, utility billing software
Maxxton, property management software
MobileXpense, expense management software
Odin, Dutch IT services player (acquired by Apax Partners)
Piesync, data connectivity software (acquired by Hubspot CRM)
SigmaConso, financial consolidation (acquired by Prophix/HG Capital)
SupplyStack, supply chain software (acquired by Transporeon)
Trendminer, predictive analytics software (acquired by Software AG)
Vaultspeed, data warehouse mgt software (carved out from Cronos Groep)
*Deals represent prior experience at Gimv, Fortino Capital and deals on personal account. Other investment professionals not employed by Strada Partners were involved in the identification, evaluation, negotiation, investment, execution and operations and any sale processes with respect to such companies