Welcome to Waterland
Waterland is an independent private equity investment group that supports entrepreneurs in realizing their growth ambitions. With substantial financial resources and committed industry expertise, Waterland enables its portfolio companies to achieve accelerated growth both organically and through acquisitions. Waterland is an active investor in the financial, strategic and operational sense.
In the current dynamic business environment with an increasing number of (cross border) mergers and acquisitions, Waterland is a partner that provides entrepreneurs with a powerful position in the increasingly competitive international arena. In the meantime Waterland has made investments in over 300 companies. Waterland currently manages € 4 billion of investor commitments . In addition, Waterland has access to extensive leveraged finance funding.
Waterland is member of the Dutch Venture Capital Association (NVP), the Belgian Venturing Association (BVA), the European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (EVCA), the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association e.V. (BVK), Polskie Stowarzyszenie Inwestorow Kapitalowych (PSIK), the Austrian Private Equity & Venture Capital Organisation (AVCO) and the Swiss Private Equity & Corporate Finance Association (SECA).
Waterland has offices in Bussum (The Netherlands), Antwerp (Belgium), Düsseldorf and Munich (Germany) and Warsaw (Poland).
In June 2015, Frank Vlayen (1965) has been appointed as Group Managing Partner/CEO of Waterland Private Equity Investments. In his new role, he will be taking over the day-to-day management of Waterland from founder and Chairman Rob Thielen. As Group Managing Partner/CEO, Frank Vlayen will chair Waterland’s investment committee and assume responsibility for the development of Waterland’s overall strategy. He will continue to be responsible for investor relations, for the investment and portfolio activities of Waterland in Belgium and for the management of the Belgian office.
Frank Vlayen joined Waterland in 2005 as Principal. Over the past ten years, Frank Vlayen has set up and developed Waterland’s operations in Belgium, and with his team achieved a substantial number of successes since, including investments in Senior Living Group (nursing homes), V!GO (orthopaedic services), MedHold (medical laboratories), Arseus (pharmaceutical compounding), Omega Pharma (OTC pharmaceutics), Sarens (heavy lifting and special transport), Ipcom (insulation materials), Pierre Lemmens Company (ventilation systems), Verbraeken (network infrastructure), Diversi Foods (baking products) and Bosteels (specialty beers).
Waterland Private Equity Investments (“Waterland”) is pleased to announce the closing of its sixth institutional fund, Waterland Private Equity Fund VI (“WPEF VI”) at €1.25 billion and WPEF VI Overflow Fund at €300 million, just three months after its initial launch. The strong support of existing investors combined with significant interest from new investors, caused the fund to be well oversubscribed.
The fundraising attracted commitments from world class institutional investors from Europe (40%), the United States (40%), Middle East (10%) and Asia Pacific (10%). Pension plans represent the largest proportion of the investor base.
WPEF VI expects to make control investments in medium-sized quality companies in fragmented growth markets in the target region consisting of Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Poland to finance organic and acquisitive growth. This is a continuation of the successful buy-and-build investment strategy applied to the Firm’s prior funds over the last fifteen years. Waterland is able to deploy the Overflow Fund in situations where WPEF VI reaches its concentration limits.