Drs Aart J. Houwink

E: aart.houwink@xs4all.nl
M: +31 6 5028 7720

Strategic and financial advisory for public and private companies (existing- and new ventures) in Business Services, Consumer products, Energy (related), Financial Services, Healthcare, and Manufacturing sectors.

Examples of assignments

Arrange and negotiate financing

Get the best Bank Financing. Structuring, covenants, borrowing base and pricing. Bring new banks and other financial institutions to the party. Banking syndicate discussions. Advice on business plan, forecasting and company presentation. Act as negotiator vis-á-vis bank(s).

Capital Management

Maximize return on Capital. Initiate and execute change program to increase the importance of Capital Management in the Company. Review of Decision-making Structure for major transactions, Management Information System and implementation of Economic Profit concept.

Strategic Financial Advice

Review Strategy. Consider ownership issues, joint ventures and m&a. Introduce new ideas and new angles to approach issues. Thorough qualitative and quantitative analysis to compare different options.

Supervisory Board

Strengthen Supervisory Board or Advisory Board with Financing and Banking experience. Expect full commitment and good advice, while at the same time a critical voice. Available for membership. Co-ordination of advisors Ensure full alignment of all advisors with transaction goals and with internal processes. Management and co-ordination of tax, legal and other financial advisors for better results and in order to reduce costs.

Advice on financial structure

Advise on shareholder structure, balance sheet, and use of financial instruments. Use company strategy and market conditions as starting point for design of financial structure.


M&A / Financial Restructuring

As Managing Director Corporate Finance/M&A for ABN AMRO in Amsterdam, Aart Houwink obtained extensive transaction experience. He acted as lead advisor in countless domestic and international strategic transactions with a combined value in excess of EUR 5 bln.

Commercial Banking

Aart Houwink held several client management functions in ABN AMRO, including account manager for Corporate Clients in Rotterdam, Head of European Corporate Group New York and Global Head of Technology Clients. Was member of ABN AMRO's highest credit committee. Extensive knowledge of a broad range of banking products.

Financial/administr. Management

CFO/COO Global Clients ABN AMRO. This Business Unit (1000 staff) served the top 1000 clients of the bank worldwide, 2007 revenues amounted to EUR 2.9 bln. As CFO responsible for Capital Management (initiated and executed new Capital Management program), Strategy, Management Information, Budgeting, Cost Management, Performance Management, CRM, Organizational Structuring and co-ordination of group departments.


Led discussions at board level with corporate clients in Corporate Finance / M&A assignments. Designed eCommerce strategy ABN AMRO Wholesale Bank.


Lived and worked in New York as head of International Client group ABN AMRO. Subsequently had several global responsibilities out of Amsterdam, amongst others for technology client group. Experienced in working across borders in different markets, regulations and cultures. International network of skilled and well connected financial professionals.