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Director M&A (Europe)

Finance
Belgium

Our organisation

Ageas is a listed international insurance Group with a heritage spanning 190 years. It offers Retail and Business customers Life and Non-Life insurance products designed to suit their specific needs, today and tomorrow.

As one of Europe's larger insurance companies, Ageas concentrates its activities in Europe and Asia, which together make up the major part of the global insurance market. It operates successful insurance businesses in Belgium, the UK, Luxembourg, France, Portugal, Turkey, China, Malaysia, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Singapore, and the Philippines through a combination of wholly owned subsidiaries and long term partnerships with strong financial institutions and key distributors.

The main objective of the M&A Department is to support the Executive and Management Committee in the identification and execution of M&A opportunities for the group. The M&A department should improve, in the broadest sense, the quality of decision making with respect to M&A decisions and ensure a specific skill-set and expertise required for the most optimal execution of M&A projects.

Your function

Based in Brussels, the Director M&A (Europe) reports to the Group Director M&A who leads the department and manages the small team of M&A experts that are ensuring the role of the M&A department.

More specifically, you will take a leading role and/or contribute in the following M&A related processes:

  • Identifying and Advising on M&A opportunities
    As a matter expert,  you proactively identify and evaluate potential acquisition and divestiture files or opportunities for JV’s, alliances, spin offs,… across the group in order to advise the Management Committee on opportunities that fit Ageas’ strategy.

  • M&A file Project Management
    You develop, implement and manage the reporting process to map, track and monitor the progress of the M&A projects, prioritize such projects, initiate corrective actions when required and evaluate finalised projects and results, in co-operation with the involved departments within Ageas group. You act as a strategic project manager on identified M&A files, setting up and leading a multi-disciplinary team of internal specialists (due diligence, legal,..) and leading negotiations with external parties (investor bankers, M&A candidate,…) in order to ensure effective roll out and follow up of the M&A file from start to closure, within deadlines and legal/regulatory requirements.

  • M&A file Expert Advice
    You act as the M&A expert on identified M&A files and as a business partner for project team members to ensure effective deal structuring, negotiation and closing, aligned with Ageas group M&A process procedures and guidelines.
    This includes company valuation exercises and assessment of potential deal structuring/financing, as well as participation in legal documentation processes. 

  • M&A file follow up
    You ensure appropriate follow up on M&A file issues after closure, working closely with operational management in the operating companies, in order to minimize the number of management escalations after closure.

Your profile

  • You hold a university degree, preferably in economics, finance, law or business administration;

  • You have 7-15 years experience in corporate finance / financial industry;

  • You have a good knowledge of the international insurance market, including a well-developed understanding of the dynamics of the financial services industry and of Ageas;

  • You demonstrate a sound track-record of executed transactions, and experience in the management of M&A and/or Business development projects;  

  • You have experience in Financials, Corporate Finance and M&A processes;

  • You are able to convince and fill people with enthusiasm to work together and share expertise;

  • You possess Project Management skills &  have experience in leading a project team;

  • You have strong communication, organisation and negotiation skills;

  • You have international experience;

  • You speak/write English fluently - good working knowledge of French and/or Dutch is a plus;

  • You are willing to travel when necessary.

We offer

Ageas values your talent and knows how to reward it. We offer you an attractive salary and fringe benefits. You will work in a stimulating international environment, with numerous opportunities for personal development. You will work independently within a dynamic team.