Joel Maes 1

Joel Maes
Associate Partner


People profiles

Joel Maes

Professional Background

  • Business executive with 15+ years of international commercial experience in senior management roles
  • 10-year experience in leading cross-border/cross business major M&A
  • Passionate about creating shareholder value through leading people in cross-functional teams and beyond organizational and cultural boundaries
  • Appreciates the challenge and reward from helping others in achieving success within a demanding business environment
  • Education: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Master, Electro-Mechanical Engineering
  • IMD Lausanne: Leadership program; Duke University: Leading deal making; Harvard Business School: Senior negotiation development program
  • Languages: English, Fluent; French, Proficient; German, Basic; Dutch, Native

M&A Skills & Expertise

  • Joel has been in charge of businesses in more than 20 different countries primarily Europe & Africa. Assumed P&L accountability for operations with net proceeds between $150mln & $300mln, EBITDA in the range of $10mln to $25mln and staffing up-to 365 FTE’s
  • Has led M&A projects or work streams with a headline figure in excess of $100mln. Led cross business/functional project teams, internal and external transaction service providers through all stages of the M&A process
  • As part of integration projects, he steered restructuring and turnarounds projects which involved (re-)designing & delivering a combination of rigorous cost reduction initiatives, revisiting supply chain structures & related operating models as well as supporting modernization (through IT/automation) of business processes and applying 6-Sigma as a supporting methodology

Project Highlights

  • Joel acquired his first M&A experience at Shell as project lead for the acquisition of the Elf-Aquitaine business in the Benelux
  • The divestment of 9 European B2B operating units which required carve-outs from the remaining local operating units
  • A cross upstream/downstream investment project in North Africa which involved partnering with Middle East NOC’s
  • The divestment of a refinery shareholding in Eastern Europe
  • The acquisition of the retail stations of a German supermarket chain
  • The divestment of 14 country operations in Africa with a headline figure of 1+ $bln, led the negotiation for the applicable TMLA’s and TSA’s and subsequent implementation for the newly created joint-ventures
  • As part of a major upstream/downstream asset swap with ROC’s, Joel led the restructuring (via dilution) of German JV refinery positions
  • Joel delivered upon the exit strategy of one of the shareholders in a 50/50 Joint-Venture

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