Ernest Partners

Your partner in capital advisory 

“We are a trust bridge between your company and your stakeholders”

Our Purpose

We bridge people, companies and ideas

Our Business

We stand by your side being a bridge between your company and your stakeholders

Our Name


Inspired by Ernest Shackleton, Antarctic explorer

Our Values


We approach every situation with an eye on the future


We challenge ourselves to reach solutions that will reach selected objectives and last through time


We encourage and trust each others’ contributions

We make success by fostering cooperation and valuing opinions & ideas


Every situation is unique

We leverage past experience to develop innovative solutions, adapted to specific needs

Our Team

 “Each member has sat on both sides of the table”

Sebastien D’Hondt

Sebastien D’Hondt

“Bring strength and resilience to companies”

Nicolas van Klinkenberg

Nicolas van Klinkenberg

“Let people and business flourish”

Luc Devroye

Luc Devroye

“Ensure the companies a future and stronger sustainability”

Philippe Fleurier

Philippe Fleurier

“Cash is key to ensure resiliency and to open growth opportunities”

Antonia Lauterbach

Antonia Lauterbach

“Create value through financial expertise”

David Dumoulin

David Dumoulin

“Diversity of funding sources ​ as driving force”

Peter Frijns

Peter Frijns

“Seeing the world with a critical eye and solving problems together”

Our Services

Capital Advisory

They trust Ernest Partners



‘Together with Besix commercial team we identified a common number of key clients, who they are and what their needs are, set up and rolled out a key account management programme, designing Sales Force requirement’

Sonaca (Industries)


‘Supported Sonaca CFO and finance team in the negotiation with their banks of  the amendment of the existing facilities and extension of a new 50 m facility, benefitting from Covid-19 Belgian State Guarantee scheme’

Inoopa (Data Technology)

‘Advised and implementation support for Inoopa management on funding instruments through the crisis’

Euro Shoe Group

‘Advising the Euro Shoe Group on a new capital structure and funding of an ambitious plan, through a mix of institutional loan, shareholders loan and bank financing’

Alpha Thai (Food Retail)

Advising the management of the company on funding for the development of its Benelux master franchise, through a combination of platform financing, bank loans and regional institutional offices’

Morton Place (Real Estate)

‘After a thorough analysis of the business, advising the shareholdfgefinancing, preparing the development of the activities’

Macan Development

Support in finding financing and a completion guarantee for a 130-unit residential project. Long-term collaboration on both senior and junior debt

Ernest Partners | Insights

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Belgian Banking Landscape

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The Risk of Becoming ESG-Obsolete

The Risk of Becoming ESG-Obsolete

In the past few years, the financial sector started acknowledging the important effects of ESG-related problematics in their long-term investment and credit portfolios. Starting with the alarming pace of climate change, lenders and investors realized the amount of...

Why does diversity in the workplace really matter?

Why does diversity in the workplace really matter?

In our previous post, I shared my experience about being a foreign woman navigating in the Belgian financial job market. In addition, we pointed out how Belgian companies could take a better advantage of the rich cultural diversity that exists in the country, in the...

Job Offers

To help additional companies we are looking to increase and diversify our team. Do you feel like joining the adventure?

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