Jacco Brouwer leads European Debt Advisory arm of Duff & Phelps

25 July 2019 Consultancy.eu

Duff & Phelps has appointed the Dutchman Jacco Brouwer as head of its European Debt Advisory practice. Brouwer is based in London. 

Brouwer brings over two decades of experience to his new role. After working for Dutch bank ABN Amro for sixteen years in the Netherlands and the UK, most latterly serving as head of the bank’s European Leveraged Finance team, Brouwer co-founded Versatus Advisers, a London-based debt advisory and restructuring boutique. He co-founded Versatus – which means to to turn or turnaround in Latin – together with Michael Berry, who headed Nomura’s leveraged finance business in London for around three years.

Three years into business, Versatus Advisers was acquired by Oriel Securities, a stockbroker and corporate financial adviser. Brouwer made the switch to the firm, but two years later he joined Zolfo Cooper, a UK restructuring consultancy firm. At the firm, Brouwer was part of the it’s Debt Advisory practice, which he helped establish and grow. When Zolfo Cooper was acquired by AlixPartners in 2015, Brouwer made the switch to the global consulting firm.Jacco Brouwer leads European Debt Advisory arm of Duff & PhelpsAt AlixPartners, he served as head of Debt Advisory, leading the firm’s teams across its ten offices in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa). Throughout his career, he gained significant expertise in advising private equity and corporate clients on debt raisings and refinancings. He is focused on leveraged buyout loans, growth and acquisition finance and asset-backed loans. 

His new employer, Duff & Phelps, is also of US-origin, yet slightly larger than AlixPartners, with 3,500 employees globally compared to AlixPartners’ 2,000. Duff & Phelps has its heritage in credit rating and investment research services (founded in 1932), today the firm is however best known for its work in valuation, corporate finance, investigations, disputes, cyber security and risk & compliance.

Based in London, Brouwer will head up the firm’s Debt Advisory practice in Europe, which has a footprint of over 20 offices. He will work closely with Duff & Phelps’ Restructuring Advisory practice. “The Debt Advisory practice will also help companies find new funding from sources beyond their existing lenders. It’s therefore a natural fit for our teams to work together and we look forward to delivering successful projects together,” explained David Whitehouse, who leads Duff & Phelps’ UK Restructuring Advisory wing. 

Commenting on the appointment, Henry Wells, a Managing Director at the consulting firm, said, “We are delighted that Jacco is joining Duff & Phelps. He has extensive banking and advisory experience and his expertise is a great addition to our European business.”

Duff & Phelps was founded in 1932 by William Duff and George Phelps in Chicago. The company is currently led by CEO Noah Gottdiener.


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