Drylock Technologies / Sofina
Bart Van Malderen, founder and CEO of Drylock Technologies, has opened up the capital of the company to a new investor to fund his expansion plans.
Drylock Technologies is a manufacturer of hygiene products (diapers, pads and panty liners) with focus on baby care, feminine care and adult care. Drylock Technologies is headquartered in Zele, Belgium, and is a family-owned company led by Chairman and CEO Bart Van Malderen. The company employs over 2,500 people worldwide and has production facilities in Russia, Italy, Czech Republic, Spain, USA and Brazil. Sustainability is at the core of Drylock’s operations which translates into innovation within the company’s product segments to better meet the needs of customers.
Société Financière de Transports et d’Entreprises Industrielles (Sofina) is a Belgian holding company headquartered in Brussels. It is a family-run and controlled investment company with equity holdings in Europe, USA and Asia across many sectors with a particular focus on consumer goods, digital, education and healthcare. Sofina aspires to be the preferred partner of entrepreneurs and families who lead growing companies by backing them with patient capital and supportive advice.
Oaklins’ team in Belgium advised Bart Van Malderen, founder and CEO of Drylock Technologies.
“This transaction is huge for our business as we look to continue our growth journey. We’re very excited to have raised enough capital from a leading impact investor to expand our market-leading position and maintain standards of excellence across all our products. We’re hugely grateful to the team at finnCap, who played a fundamental role, in what we hope, will be a very exciting growth story.”
“We are delighted with the support received from the finnCap Cavendish team throughout this process. Mike and the team ensured that we prepared meticulously, identified the right pool of potential investors and worked closely with us, the management team and our legal advisers to deliver a great outcome for the Shareholders. We wish the Intelling team and RDCP all the best in their next phase of growth.”
“I would like to thank all of those involved in the process that has concluded with us ultimately choosing Neighborly as our partner going forward, those at finnCap Cavendish and our CFO Mike Bergin, without whom this would have not happened.”
Thank you to the Cavendish team for your unwavering support throughout this process. Finding a strategic overseas partner to allow me to realise my global ambition was my number one aim, and this has been achieved. In the current market the result you have delivered is exceptional.
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“We chose Oaklins to assist us in this project because they are the most experienced corporate finance advisor in the horticulture sector and at the same time have a local and experienced team in Belgium. By operating as one team, they offered us the best of both worlds.”
“Oaklins was the right partner to professionally manage the process. They assembled an experienced team who carefully took into consideration the preferences of a family-owned business. At every step along the way, we enjoyed working together with Oaklins’ team in the Netherlands, who showed great persistence to make this transaction a success.”
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