What is Rabo Investments?

Rabo Investments is the captive investment franchise, supportive to the mission of Rabobank: Growing a Better World Together.

Through capital solutions (equity, subordinated debt & scale-up financing), Rabo Investments supports its clients in the Netherlands and globally (Food & Agri focus), thereby contributing to the goals of Bank4NL and Banking4Food.

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Croeselaan 28

3521 CB Utrecht

We work with a team with more than 30 professionals

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Francis Quint

Global Head Rabo Investments

Francis Quint

Global Head Rabo Investments

Francis joined Rabo Investments in November 2019. Francis spend the early years of her career in international M&A for KPN Telecom, before setting up a global customer care company on behalf of KLM. She joined Private Equity firm NPM Capital in 2000, where she could leverage her business experience as well as her financial expertise in investing in medium to large sized (family owned) companies.

She decided to switch her career in 2009 to her other passion, art, in working as an exhibitions curator and writing a book about Michiel van Musscher, an unknown portrait painter in the Dutch Golden Age. After that she realised, she missed the impact and the ambition of the investments and she became responsible for setting up and managing early and later stage venture capital funds for InnovationQuarter until November 2019.

Francis choice for the VC/PE world results from a passion for innovation and a desire to make an impact in the world. She is one of the founders of Fundright, a VC initiative to increase diversity in investment funds and their portfolio companies. She is also board member of several funds and at Matrix/Science Park Amsterdam.
Francis has a graduate degree in Business economics from the VU Amsterdam, and a bachelor’s degree in Art history from the University of Amsterdam.

Richard O’Gorman

Head of Rabo Ventures

Richard O’Gorman

Head of Rabo Ventures

Richard sits on the leadership team of Rabo Investments and is Head of Ventures and responsible for the Rabo F&A Innovation Fund. His broad experience in building companies stems from his entrepreneurial background in manufacturing and retail where he launched two businesses. Previously Richard worked as a financial markets trader with ANZ bank.

Richard serves on the boards as a director or observer of portfolio companies Biolumic, Vence, Telesense, Enkochem, 30Mhz, and Bird Control Group.

He holds an MBA from INSEAD, master’s degree in economics from Bristol University, degree in commerce from NUIG and is an ACCA qualified financial accountant.

Yvonne Rooijakkers

Head of Rabo Fund & Co-investments

Yvonne Rooijakkers

Head of Rabo Fund & Co-investments

Yvonne joined RI in September 2018 and is currently responsible for Fund and Co-investments within RI. Prior to RI, Yvonne gained 12 years of experience in Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), bringing relevant deal experience to efficiently execute co-investment processes as well as an extensive network to bring relevant (sector-related) value to portfolio companies and partners.
From 2011-2018, she worked at Rabobank M&A where she led a variety of F&A transactions and was also responsible for Dairy M&A coverage. Prior to that, she worked at the M&A team of ING in London (2006-2010). Yvonne has a Master’s degree in International Business (Finance track) from the University of Maastricht and passed all levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program.

Thijs Friederich

Head of Direct Investments

Thijs Friederich

Head of Direct Investments

Thijs has been working at Rabo Investments since June 2015. He focusses on equity participations and is responsible for 5 portfolio companies. He fulfils an active role as a sparring partner for management and adds value through his personal network and experience in supporting growth companies.

Thijs has been working for Rabobank since 2009, where he has been active for 6 years as an advisor for companies at events such as refinancing, acquisitions and capital market transactions. Before that, Thijs worked for ABN AMRO for 10 years with positions within M&A, acquisition financing and commodity financing (last in Chicago). Thijs graduated in financial economics at VU University Amsterdam.

Ronald Klein

Financial Director

Ronald Klein

Financial Director

Ronald has been working for RI since October 2016. Before that he worked in Control Rabobank for three years. Ronald started his career as a management trainee at ABN AMRO where he worked for six years in various positions within Audit. After ABN AMRO, Ronald worked for KPMG Transaction Services where he conducted financial due diligence. In this job, Ronald worked on several acquisitions, disposals and restructuring activities. Ronald studied Economics at VU Amsterdam. Ronald is also RC

Jan Droste

Managing Director

Jan Droste

Managing Director

Jan has been working for RI since May 2018. He mainly focuses on Dutch companies that are in need of growth financing.
Jan has extensive experience with family companies. This know-how enables him to be the ideal interlocutor to implement a defined growth strategy together with management.

In 2010 Jan started at the M&A department at Rabobank. He mainly executed mid-market transactions in the General Industries segment. Previously, Jan worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland (from 2009) and at ABN AMRO. In 1992 he started his career at ABN AMRO, where he has been active since 1996 in the M&A department.
Jan graduated in civil and business law from the University of Leiden.

Pieter van der Meché

Executive Director

Pieter van der Meché

Executive Director

Pieter has been working for RI since January 2013. He started his career with Rabobank in 2009 at Mergers & Acquisitions. Prior to joining Rabobank, Pieter completed a traineeship with ING and worked in ING Corporate Finance. He started his career at Triple Value (Steward Requeen) Strategy Consultants and CRS Management. Pieter studied Business Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Aukje Wolbert

Executive Director

Aukje Wolbert

Executive Director

Aukje joined Rabo Investments in 2021, focusing on the junior capital proposition of RI. She has several years of experience as an investment banker and manager in both the international wholesale and mid-market domain. In her current role, she focuses on risk-bearing capital solutions for fast growing companies in the mid-market domain.
Aukje started her career as equity research analyst with SocGen and Credit Lyonnais.

After her position as credit analyst with Lloyds, she joined Rabobank in 2005 and fulfilled various positions in Acquistion Finance, Portfolio Management, Sustainability and FR&R Restructuring NL. Aukje holds an MBA from the University of Durham, UK.

Roderick Reimers

Executive Director

Roderick Reimers

Executive Director

Roderick joined Rabo Investments in 2021. After having started his career at Rabobank, first as a trainee and later on in the Acquisition Finance department,
Roderick spent over twelve years at Bencis Capital Partners (a mid-market private equity firm focussed on the Benelux and Germany).

At Rabo Investments, he will be able to leverage upon his longstanding experience in supporting companies and their teams realising their ambitions and will continue to be focussed upon finding the right partnerships. Roderick holds a degree in Law and Economics from the University of Utrecht.

Rogier Leenheers

Executive Director

Rogier Leenheers

Executive Director

Rogier joined Rabo Investments in January 2021, focusing on Funds and Co-Investments in the global Food & Agri sector as well as investments in the Netherlands across all sectors. He brings along a longstanding experience and network in the financial sponsor community given his prior experience in a variety of roles in leveraged finance and sponsor coverage at Rabobank, in the Netherlands, Europe and US. Since Rogier joined Rabobank’s Leveraged Finance department in 2005 he has been maintaining and building relationships with the global financial sponsor community by originating and executing transactions for Private Equity clients.

Rogier has worked in both the European and the US market where he has been located in the New York office between 2015 and 2018. Before joining Rabobank, Rogier worked for 8 years with several Dutch mid-market M&A boutiques. Rogier holds a Master’s degree in Tax Law from Tilburg University.

Roelant Mantel

Executive Director

Roelant Mantel

Executive Director

Roelant joined RI in December 2015, where he focuses on ambitious Dutch companies that want to grow further. Prior thereto he was active in the fields of capital structuring and acquisition finance at Rabobank, where he was involved with various management and leveraged buy-outs as well as strategic acquisitions. Realising growth and improvements together with management teams is what drives Roelant. He started his career at Rabobank as a management trainee in 2006. Roelant studied Business Administration at the VU Amsterdam and Law at the University of Amsterdam.

Jorn van der Poel

Director

Jorn van der Poel

Director

Jorn has been working for RI since Juni 2018. He focuses on Direct Investments and high risk financing solutions for Dutch SMEs and Scale-ups. Before, Jorn worked in Structured Finance where he was involved in the structuring and origination of tailor-made financial solutions including subordinated debt, scale-up debt and cumprefs for Dutch mid and large corporates.

Jorn started his career at Rabobank International in 2010 and has a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering & Management from University of Twente. 

Bas Verlee

Director

Bas Verlee

Director

Bas has been working for RI since March 2018 and has years of experience in corporate and investment banking. In his current role, he focuses on risk-bearing capital solutions for fast growing companies in the mid-market segment. Bas joined Rabobank in 2012 as a credit analyst for the mid-market. In 2015 he moved to wholesale banking, specializing in Acquistion Finance and Structured Finance.

In 2006 he started his career at ING in corporate banking. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda.

Myrthe van Bijsterveld

Director

Myrthe van Bijsterveld

Director

Myrthe joined the RI team in January 2019, focusing on global Funds and Co-Investments in the Food & Agri sector as well as local investments in the Netherlands across all sectors. Prior to RCI, Myrthe gained experience within Acquisition Finance and Corporate Finance (Sector Banking Origination) at Rabobank, bringing relevant deal experience and sector knowledge to portfolio companies and partners. Myrthe holds a Master’s degree in International Business from the University of Maastricht.

Laura Alberga-Berendsen

Associate Director

Laura Alberga-Berendsen

Associate Director

Laura has a core focus on subordinated debt solutions and scale-up financing. Her main goal is to help clients solve their key challenges and issues. Prior to this she worked at Capital Structuring and as a Management Trainee. Laura studied business economics and financial economics in Rotterdam.

Malaya van Ruitenbeek

Associate Director

Malaya van Ruitenbeek

Associate Director

Malaya has joined RI in August 2019, where he helps Dutch entrepreneurs reach their ambitious growth goals. Between his experiences as a small business owner, working in a start-up and being part of a global strategy consulting firm, he got to appreciate the venturous and open way of working of RI when doing Commercial Due Diligence work for them. After having closely supported SME and midmarket companies as a management consultant, he now combines his business sense and inquisitiveness to help entrepreneurs reach their goals with RI’s financial solutions. Malaya holds a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of Delft.

Ilias Benjeddi

Director

Ilias Benjeddi

Director

Ilias has been working for RI since March 2014. He focuses mainly on Private Equity fund investments. Ilias started working for Rabobank in 2013 as a Management Trainee. Following his traineeship of one year, he started working as an analyst in the Private Equity team focusing on debt-to-equity swaps and the management of this turn-around portfolio. Since 2017 Ilias started focusing more on private equity fund investments both in Dutch (sector agnostic) and International (Food & Agri focus) funds.
Ilias graduated in Business Administration from the VU University Amsterdam.

Arjan van der Hout

Director

Arjan van der Hout

Director

Arjan is principally focused on working with young, fast growing scale-up companies and more mature mid-market companies.
With experience in debt, equity and hybrid solutions, Arjan is adept to structure tailored solutions for growth companies in whatever lifecycle phase they may be.

Arjan started his career as a management trainee at Rabobank, during which he worked for Global Client Solutions, the Financial Institutions Group and the Mergers & Acquisitions department. He followed his traineeship with a two year tenor at Global Client Solutions, the wholesale unit dedicated to structured and subordinated finance solutions. Since joining Rabo Investments he has been working on risk-bearing debt and equity transactions.

Arjan graduated with a double bachelor's degree, a double master's degree, and a post-grad in business, economics, international relations and diplomacy from Leiden University, the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Australian National University and the Clingendael Institute of International Relations. He currently reads for a degree in Laws at Queen Mary, University of London.

Kieran Furlong

Venture Partner

Kieran Furlong

Venture Partner

Kieran joined Rabo Investments in 2020 as a Venture Partner for Rabo Ventures. His extensive experience in early-stage companies and venture capital, built on an earlier career in the global chemical and agribusiness industries.

Previously Kieran was with Finistere Ventures following leadership roles in a number of start-ups in renewables and industrial biotechnology. With Finistere he moved from San Diego to Dublin to open the firm’s first European office and was Partner for the Ireland Agtech Fund. He has worked at the intersection of research and technology commercialization at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kieran is a Senior Fellow with COWS at UW-Madison, has a degree in Chemical Engineering from UCD and an MBA from Stanford University where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Daniëlla Vellinga

Associate Director

Daniëlla Vellinga

Associate Director

Daniëlla is active for Rabo Ventures. She has a genuine passion for enabling entrepreneurs to grow their companies and to contribute to the banking4food strategy of Rabobank. Daniëlla joined Rabobank in March 2015 as a Corporate Management Trainee. Before joining Rabo Ventures, she was involved in creating and executing bespoke solutions for various corporate clients within the food & agri sector. Daniëlla has a long-standing involvement in innovation in the food and agri space, and co-founded an initiative to assist Kenyan dairy farmers leverage their own operational data to help them grow sustainably and to improve their access to finance. Daniëlla holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Amsterdam.

Jorg Jentjens

Associate Director

Jorg Jentjens

Associate Director

Jorg has been with RI since October 2018. After internships with Porsche China and Avedon Capital Partners in Düsseldorf, he started his career as a trainee at Rabobank. After his traineeship he gained relevant experience within the Rabobank Acquisition Finance Group. Jorg holds a Master’s degree in Management (University College London) and Corporate Law (Maastricht University). At RI, he supports a variety of SME clients with equity and subordinated debt solutions.

Hanneke Kamphuis

Associate Director

Hanneke Kamphuis

Associate Director

Hanneke joined Rabo Investments in 2021. Prior to joining RI, Hanneke worked for Rabobank Mergers & Acquisitions, where she advised on a variety of deals involving Dutch companies with strong (international) growth ambitions. Following internships in strategy consulting, Hanneke started as a Rabobank management trainee in 2016 through which she gained experience at several Corporate Finance departments, both in the Netherlands as well as within the international wholesale domain of Rabobank. Hanneke holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the VU University of Amsterdam.

Floris Onvlee

Associate Director

Floris Onvlee

Associate Director

I want to create a positive impact on companies and society by investing in equity funds which have the same mindset, while making a decent return. My main focus in on the Benelux market from VC to Buyout funds. After obtaining my MSc in Business & Economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, I started my career at Rabobank in 2010 and have gained a broad experience and network. Within RI I continue this journey and want to make a positive impact together.

Mai Karas

Associate

Mai Karas

Associate

Mai Karas joined Rabo Investments in April 2018, initially focusing on investing seed and growth equity in start-ups in food and agriculture. Since 2019 Mai is dedicated to co-investments, targeting more mature businesses alongside private equity partners in North America and Europe. Prior to Rabobank, Mai spent two years in private equity and venture capital at ADM Capital and Shift Invest, investing across F&A value-chains. During his studies in Wageningen, he founded and ran a super-food company, producing and distributing healthy juices from his native Croatia.

Mai holds a master’s degree in Management in Life Sciences from Wageningen University, and a joint Bachelor degree from KU Leuven & University of Zagreb in Agriculture engineering and Agriculture economics.

Céline Meurs

Associate

Céline Meurs

Associate

Céline joined the team in October 2018 and focuses on fund and co-investments. Before joining the team, Céline completed the Rabo Global Traineeship. Céline holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Amsterdam.

Ilse Brouwer

Analyst

Ilse Brouwer

Analyst

Ilse joined the team in October 2020, focusing on global Funds and Co-Investments in the Food & Agri sector as well as local investments in the Netherlands across all sectors. Before joining the team, Ilse completed the Rabo Global Traineeship. During her traineeship she gained experience in Acquisition Finance, Financial Restructuring & Recovery, Financial Advisory & Solutions and Rabo Investments. Ilse holds a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Amsterdam.

Rens Mathot

Analyst

Rens Mathot

Analyst

Rens joined RI in October 2019 after completing the Rabo Global Traineeship. He is part of Rabo Ventures , where he can combine his background in finance and technology to fuel the growth of start-ups.

After gaining experience at the Digital Bank, Corporate Lending and Acquisition Finance, he is now able to pursue his passion for innovative companies in the food and agri space. With his social skills and result-driven mindset, he strives to support ambitious entrepreneurs in realizing their growth ambitions.
Rens graduated from the Erasmus University Rotterdam and holds Master’s degrees in Finance and Investments and Business Information Management.

Marouane Oulad

Analyst

Marouane Oulad

Analyst

Marouane joined Rabo Investments in November 2020 and is part of the Growth Capital team. He started his career at Rabobank as a Global Trainee during which he successfully completed a rotation within RI. He also gained experience at Financial Advisory & Solutions, the AGRI3 fund and Startup Innovation in New York. After his traineeship, he gained relevant work experience at Financial Restructuring International.

Coming from an entrepreneurial family, Marouane temporarily left university to also pursue his own business. For multiple years, he assisted SME companies in making the transition from offline to online. He wants to leverage this entrepreneurial experience to assist companies with a strong vision and growth ambition. Marouane graduated cum laude for the Master in Strategic Management from Tilburg University.

Bar Rubin

Analyst

Bar Rubin

Analyst

Bar joined Rabo Investments in April 2021 after completing the Rabo Global Traineeship. Her genuine passion for impact investing have driven her to join the Ventures team where she can combine her background in sustainability and finance to contribute to the success and growth of start-ups.

Bar started her career at Rabobank in April 2020 as a global trainee, during which she worked for Global Network Management, Wholesale Sustainable Business Development, Rabo Investments and Mergers & Acquisitions. Since joining Rabo Investments she strives to scale start-ups while contributing to the wider ‘growing a better world together’ mission of Rabobank.

Bar holds a Master’s degree in Sustainability and Innovation from HEC Paris.

Arnoud Vink

Risk & Control Business Manager

Arnoud Vink

Risk & Control Business Manager

Arnoud has been with Rabo Investments since December 2019, focussing on the Risk & Control environment of RI and its liaisons with the corporate departments of the Rabobank, such as Compliance, Risk Management, Legal, Tax. Arnoud gained relevant international working experience in the field of performance management, governance and risk management in various positions within Achmea, as an Operational Risk Manager within MN and as a consultant.
Arnoud holds a Master’s degree in Fiscal Law from Groningen University and an Executive Master in Finance & Control of the VU Amsterdam (CIMA).

Lies Goekoop

Business Manager

Lies Goekoop

Business Manager

Lies joined Rabo Investments in July 2021 as a Business Manager to the Global Head of Rabo Investments. In this role she supports the Global Head in the execution of new strategic/ business development initiatives and acts as project manager for strategic, tactical and operational projects and initiatives.

Lies started her career at Rabobank as a trainee, after which she worked in the Acquisition Finance department for a few years. In 2016 she left the bank to work in Private Equity - first at ABN AMRO Participaties (now Capital A) and later at Parcom Capital. In 2020 she rejoined Rabobank as Business Manager for the Business Lending department, where she helped the department in their transition towards the agile way of working. Lies holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

Ingrid Ruigrok van der Werve

Business Controller

Ingrid Ruigrok van der Werve

Business Controller

Ingrid has been working for RI since May 2012 and handles file management, process control and administration. Ingrid has been employed by Rabobank since 1986, and has worked as an employee of credit management at Rabobank Amsterdam in the past few years. In 2018 Ingrid completed her HBO module Corporate Law.

Diana Brouwers

Senior Support Officer

Diana Brouwers

Senior Support Officer

Diana has been working as a Senior Support Officer at RI since January 2019. The booking and subsequent management of the debt portfolio is one of her focus areas. Diana has been working at Rabobank Nederland since 1986 and also has a lot of experience as portfolio manager at Project Finance and Acquisition Finance. In addition, she has worked via Rabo Connect as (internal) account manager at various affiliated banks. Diana studied Economics & Management at the Hogeschool in Utrecht.

Margreet Kramer-Kapelle

Senior Office Manager

Margreet Kramer-Kapelle

Senior Office Manager

Margreet joined Rabo Investments in August 2017 as Senior Office Manager. She assists the Head of the department and is secretary of the Investment Committee.
She started at Rabobank as Executive Assistant in 2013 after a long period living abroad and working for the Dutch Embassy in London and Brussels in several positions.
Margreet graduated in business law from the University of Leiden and started her career in 1987 when she joined the Ministry of Finance as policy officer.

Serap Des

Project Support Officer

Serap Des

Project Support Officer

Serap joined Rabo Investments in June 2019 as a Project Support Officer. She supports the team members mainly of the Growth Capital team in i.a. project support and organizing several internal and external events. She is also responsible for the marketing and communication for the RI department. She started her Rabobank career in 2013 at IT Systems as a Management Assistant. Before she started at Rabobank she worked in marketing & sales for a German company.

Latest news
Rabo Investments co-invests into Pete & Gerry’s alongside trusted sponsor Butterfly

Pete and Gerry’s Organics is the nation’s leading producer of organic, free-range and pasture-raised eggs under the Pete and Gerry’s Organic, Nellie’s Free Range and Consider Pastures brands. The company is headquartered in Monroe, New Hampshire, with a second processing facility in Greencastle, Pennsylvania. The company traces its roots back to a small family farm in the late 1800s and has been raising chickens for three generations with an unrelenting commitment to bringing consumers the highest-quality eggs possible. Today, Pete and Gerry’s partners with over 130 small family farms across the country who follow the strictest standards of humane animal treatment and environmental sustainability, and its Pete and Gerry’s Organic and Nellie’s Free Range brands are the #1 egg brands in their respective segments. A leader in sustainability, the company became the first Certified Humane egg producer in 2003 and the first egg producer in the world to achieve Certified B-Corporation status in 2013. Rabo Investments co-invested USD 12,5m alongside Butterfly who acquired the company from the founding family. Pete and Gerry’s is Butterfly’s latest investment within its “seed to fork” approach to investing in food across agriculture, aquaculture, food and beverage products, food distribution and foodservice. Pete and Gerry’s CEO, Jesse Laflamme, will retain an ownership position and continue to help move the business forward.

6 May 2021

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