Els Degroote
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Els Degroote

EY Belgium M&A Partner

Passionate, deal-driven experienced M&A advisor with strong business development skills. Work hard, play hard.

Els is M&A partner at EY Strategy and Transactions focusing on Private Equity and large transactions. In addition, Els is the Regional Managing Partner of the Diegem office. In September 2016 Els joined EY as first female partner in the Strategy and Transactions practice. 

Before joining EY, Els was Head of Corporate Finance of a leading Belgian bank.

Els has ample experience in providing M&A advisory services for public and private Belgian companies, private equity players and for the Flemish government. She has been deal captain on several notable M&A transactions and carve-outs in Belgium since 2000. In addition, Els has ample ECM experience as she was deal captain in various IPOs of Belgian companies being listed on Euronext Brussels.

Els earned master’s degrees in Commercial Engineering from Antwerp University and a post-graduate degree in Financial Management from Vlerick Management School.

How Els is building a better working world

Since I joined EY, I have continuously focused on getting to know people and connecting them in Belgium and abroad. My motto: the better you know your colleagues, the better you can work together.

Diversity makes a team more balanced, stronger and better positioned to provide solutions for our clients taking into account all aspects of M&A transactions.  Besides financial skills transactions also require impactful insights on people and relationships. Therefore I believe being a women in a man’s world can be an advantage. 

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