Jaap Gielink

M&A and Finance Professional

Nijmegen, Netherlands


Former director Buy & Build @ Valcon - Backed by Waterland Private Equity. Responsible for deal sourcing, negotiations, DD, financing, and post-merger integration. Managed 4 add-ons and was responsible for the exit, a double merger (merging 3 companies into one 1.000+ FTE organization). Before responsible for the investment and venture portfolio at Alliander, where I managed 3 exits and 1 acquisition. Started my career at PWC. I have a solid educational foundation with an executive MBA, Master of Science and a RA title (Dutch CPA).

Domain experience

Relevant Total Experience: 8 years

Seniority Level: Manager

Sector Experience: 

Electric Power Distribution Gas Utilities Multi-Utilities Software and Services


Skilled in: Corporate Strategy, Post Merger Integration (PMI), Target Sourcing, Venture and minority investments, Acquihire, Commercial Due Diligence, Financial Due Diligence, Term Sheet, M&A Negotiations, Bolt-on acquisitions, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Buy-and-Build, Controlling, Value Creation & Enhancement, Strategic Finance, Capital Raising, Fundraising strategy, Exit Readiness, Exit Strategy, Financial Modeling, Corporate Development, Buy-Side M&A

Technical Skills: Salesforce, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Office, Tableau

Languages: English, Dutch

Work Experience


Freelance Investment Manager



- Now

Hands-on freelance Investment manager. I support PE/VCs with: - the full add-on M&A execution cycle (from deal sourcing to closing) - Commercial DD support - Financial DD coordination


CEO & Co-founder



- 1/10/2023

• Growing team to 10FTE • Building a product from idea to a successful go-live, to selling product to first 20+ customers • Arranged successful angel investment rounds in April’22 and May’23 • Negotiated and managed our exit

Valcon (prev. VIQTOR DAVIS)

Director Buy & Build



- 31/5/2021

As board member Buy & Build responsible for strategic finance: • Responsible for deal sourcing, negotiations, Due Diligence, Bank financing, closing, and managing the full integration afterward. Participated in meetings with 30+ companies, managed 8 DD, and closed 4 acquisitions. I was also responsible for drafting the investment docs for the Waterland Partner Board • Led the finance team in transitioning from no finance team (0.5fte), all paper and only one annual closing, to full multi-country, multi-currency with daily insights with a team of 8fte • Designed new KPI’s, end-to-end processes, and dashboards • Served as the bank’s primary contact and led the renegotiation process of our covenants during Covid • Managed the merger of Viqtor Davis, Valcon and First Consulting, helped to draft the new organization


Business Controller | Corporate Ventures | Investment Portfolio



- 31/10/2017

Responsible for six Corporate Ventures and six companies in the Investment portfolio. • Contributed to the success of all M&A (3 exits) and the restructuring activities for the investment portfolio • Rewrote and simplified the business propositions and created valuable insight via business cases • Optimized the financial structure of Alliander Telecom to gain full insight into its largest project € >150M • Built finance and operations from the ground up for 4 Corporate Ventures NewMotion (acquired by Shell in Oct’17), Ziut (acquired by Spie July’17), Redstack (acquired March’17)

Science Rockstars

Co-owner | Finance & Operations | Acquired



- 31/12/2014

Late 2014, Science Rockstars was acquired by Webpower. • Built the business from the ground up, including all Financial, Legal, Tax, Sales, and HR processes • Grew from 5fte to 15fte and the revenue to 1M+ • Guided the buy-out of 3 shareholders • Managed successful angel investment round and the subsequent exit to a strategic buyer


Global Internal Auditor



- 30/4/2013

I was part of the small Internal Audit department of Nutreco. Internal Audit is responsible for reviewing all subsidiary companies worldwide. During my time at Nutreco, I have reviewed 30+ subsidiaries in over 20+ countries around the world, such as Japan, Australia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Canada, the USA, and many European counties. The focus was on financial and operational procedures. Risks and improvements were presented to local management and reported to the Executive Board.


Associate & Senior Associate



- 31/10/2010

Reviewed the design of operations, financial-statement accounts, and managed team members throughout the audit. • Managed the planning and completing of audits within strict deadlines; focused on larger companies • Received the best job appraisal report for three consecutive years (based on performance and direct hours)


Athlete rowing



- 1/6/2007

Rowing 6 - 10x per week to compete in Dutch Varsity league An active member of the NSRV Phocas and fraternity Achelous. Enjoyed competing with a team at the national level.


Quantic School of Business and Technology



- 31/12/2022




- 31/12/2020




- 31/12/2019

Universiteit Maastricht



- 31/12/2013

Postgraduate educational programme Register Accountant (RA) - Dutch CPA. Finished the theoretical programme in December 2011. Registered as a Dutch CPA (RA) as per February 18, 2014.

Universiteit Maastricht



- 31/12/2008

Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen



- 31/12/2007

Licenses / Certificates

Nederlandse Beroepsorganisatie van Accountants (NBA)

Register Accountant / RA (Dutch CPA)



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