Former KPMG en PwC partners join valuation advisory firm BFI

15 April 2019

BFI, a valuation advisory firm based in the Netherlands, has in recent months seen two former Big Four partners join its growing ranks.

Jeroen Weimer, formerly head of Corporate Finance at KPMG, joined at the start of this month, strengthening BFI’s valuation, dispute and forensic investigation practices. “Our growth in recent years and the plans we have made together called for additional senior partner involvement. Jeroen has an impressive track record as well as an extensive network both in the Netherlands and abroad. This is very beneficial for our shared strategy to become one of Europe’s high-end, independent boutiques with respect to valuations, dispute, and forensic advisory services,” said Marc Broekema and Jan Adriaanse, founders of BFI, in a joint statement.

The pair established BFI in 2016 after spending years in the financial advisory landscape: Broekema serving local player Talanton Valuation as a partner, while Adriaanse was a professor of turnaround management at Leiden Law School while acting as an independent valuations and turnaround advisor. The Amsterdam-based consultancy works for private and public companies, financial institutions, high-net worth individuals, and private equity funds.Former KPMG en PwC partners join valuation advisory firm BFIWeimer brings over two decades of experience to the boutique. In his last role at KPMG, he led a team of around 80 corporate finance professionals. Previously, he led the firm’s Valuations Services practice for the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region. He joined KPMG in 1999, having worked as an assistant professor for the Dutch university of Twente. “BFI is a high-end independent consultancy firm with a strong valuation practice focusing on tailor-made solutions in complex situations. I am delighted to join the team to further strengthen BFI’s ambitions,” Weimer said.

The appointment comes months after another senior expert, Jan Jaap Snel, formerly a partner at Duff & Phelps and PwC, joined BFI’s Valuation practice. He focuses on dispute valuation, economic damages and litigation support. “Jan Jaap is a highly regarded expert in the field of valuations, with over two decades valuation experience with highly respected international firms… He is an important partner for our expansion as an independent valuation advisory firm,” said Broekema and Adriaanse.

In the area of valuations, BFI has been engaged by both international and Dutch clients to support them in, among other areas, proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights, the International Criminal Court, national courts and various expert committees. Offerings the firm provides in the field include public fairness opinions, dispute resolution, IP / brand valuations, purchase price allocations and impairment testing, and tax valuations. “BFI is a very professional consultancy firm with a strong valuation practice. I am proud to join the team to support clients in situations that are critical to them,” Snel said at the time.

Weimer and Snel have become BFI’s 6th and 7th employees. Other team members are Marieke Franken, Niek Strohmaier and Mark Dechesne.

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Rik de Weerd joins Product League as Chief Digital Transformation

19 April 2019

Product League, a digital transformation agency dedicated to the OutSystems platform, has brought Rik de Weerd on board as Chief Digital Transformation.

Based in the Netherlands, Product League is a rapidly growing digital product specialist. The firm helps clients – including the likes of beer brewer Heineken and grocery players Albert Heijn and Coop – build systems, applications and products by combining a rapid application development approach with an agile way of working. To this end, Product League is dedicated to the low-code platform of OutSystems. 

Against a backdrop of a growing need to transform core legacy systems, as organisations embrace emerging technologies to bolster competitiveness and (digitally) navigate change, low-code is seeing a booming uptake by organisations of all sizes. According to one estimate, by a US analyst firm, the market for low code development is set to double in size from its current value of $1.6 billion roughly every two years during the period until 2025. Alongside peers such as Appian and Mendix, OutSystems is at the forefront of the low-code industry.

According to Rik de Weerd, Product League is uniquely positioned to tap into the growing market for OutSystems services, leveraging its specialist and multidisciplinary approach to help clients “deliver winning products”. He elaborated, “there are many good players in the OutSystems market which deliver excellent technical work. Product League goes beyond this, and additionally brings a focus on the strategic level. The firm is not only a strategic partner with the right toolset, but also brings the determination to take clients wherever they need to go.”

Rik de Weerd joins Product League as Chief Digital Transformation

The Dutchman brings a wealth of experience to Product League, as well as a reputation as one of the Benelux’s OutSystems thought leaders in the low-code industry. Before joining the digital consultancy, he worked for OutSystems from their Benelux office as Lead Solution Architect for Northern Europe. During his tenure, he has led a large number of digital transformation projects and has been responsible for resolving complex business and IT issues. Earlier in his career he held several IT consulting and project management roles. 

Asked about his move from OutSystems to Product League, De Weerd commented: “After five years of evangelising low-code, drawing up countless solutions across Northern Europe and battling 'old habits and short-term thinking’, now it’s time to put my money where my mouth is. I had the privilege to be presented with several new business cases every week in different branches and help blueprint the road to value in all of them. Now I’m eager to take that to the next level and drive the programmes that actually transform corporations into the digital age.”

“Low-code has crossed the chasm, the technology is now here to stay. Searching for new, more effective ways of catalysing their digital transformation, leading companies are realising this. Driving digital transformation as a core competency of Product League is now my mission and I believe it will be an excellent fit.” 

He further pointed at Product League’s ability to provide an end-to-end service, “With a team of product owners, business analysts, UX/UI designers and OutSystems developers, Product League can offer clients the full digital experience. But technology can only take you so far – without the right people, the right mindset and the power to execute, IT stays hypothetical. I believe I’ve found all three in Product League.”