Winners M&A Awards 2021 

For the M&A Awards Belgium 2021, the panel of judges reviewed fifty-nine extensive pitches and nominated fifteen finalists in five award categories, view all the nominees here.

All fifteen finalists have been thoroughly evaluated by the panel of judges. The judges determined the five Award winners by scoring each deal on the key aspects rationality, entrepreneurship, complexity, vision, timing, process and the impact on the company itself, the direct stakeholders and society.

The winners of the M&A Awards 2021 were announced during the M&A Awards Gala on 25 November in Maison de la Poste in Brussels.

Best Large Cap Corporate Deal 2021

D’Ieteren Group acquires a 40% shareholding in TVH Parts


Comments Panel of judges

D’Ieteren Group acquired a 40% stake in TVH Parts from the Vanhalst family and agreed on a partnership with the Thermote family to further support the development of the company in the long run. This deal charmed the panel of judges because it’s a nice agreement between family businesses. TVH Parts is a new pillar for D’Ieteren Group, with a long-term development plan and an excellent cultural fit. The deal also allows the two shareholder families of TVH to each realize their long-term ambition going forward.

Best Mid Cap Corporate Deal 2021

Destiny Group acquires Telepo Holding AB, Soluno BC Holding AB and ipvision A/S


Comments Panel of Judges

Destiny Group acquired three Scandinavian players in a very short period of time. With this complex series of transactions, the B2B cloud communication solutions provider gains access to the Scandinavian market and accelerates its international development in a fast-growing market. Backed by Apax Partners, Destiny Group has been growing rapidly. These three strategic acquisitions instantly launch Destiny to the top position in the European UCaaS market, thereby doubling in revenue.

Best PE Growth Capital Deal 2021

Blackstone acquires Desotec


Comments Panel of Judges

Desotec is a leading environmental services company with a mission to protect the planet and make the world a better place. The company evolved to a European market leader in its field, with an impressive track record of double-digit growth, accelerated under EQT’s ownership. For the further long-term development, the shareholders found the ideal partner in a Blackstone-led ownership. With this support, Desotec can pursue its ambitious growth plans.

Best Venture Capital Deal 2021– IC-Technology

Deliverect


Comments Panel of Judges

Food tech start-up Deliverect secured new capital in a Series C funding round and managed to attract international investors. The company, founded by two serial entrepreneurs who built on their acquired knowhow, aims to simplify online food delivery management with its software. The application is already used in more than 40 countries and was of great value for restaurants during the COVID-19 period. The company is a great asset for the Belgian economy and creates a lot of jobs. This capital round greatly contributes to the total raised capital. The jury thinks Deliverect might be the next Belgian unicorn.

Best Venture Capital Deal 2021 – Life Sciences

AgomAb Therapeutics


Comments Panel of Judges

The panel of judges elected AgomAb Therapeutics, that raised € 62 million with its early-stage research into the regeneration of organs. This is an exceptional amount for a company in this phase. AgomAb develops therapeutics that can stimulate the body’s regenerative pathways leading to the repair and restoration of organ function. The company is still very young and has not yet tested any drug on humans. However, it managed to convince 2 big American investors to join the 6 existing European shareholders.