Didier De Smet
Didier combines 24 years experience across big four companies EY and PwC and since 2018 LDS Advisory. Over that period, he accumulated a deep financial expertise in audit and since 2000 specifically in transaction diligence and broader M&A advice. Before co-founding LDS Advisory in 2018 he was partner in transaction diligence at EY.
In the past 16 years Kristof has developed deep technical expertise in transactional and value advice. Following his broad expertise, he is today able to support different companies in their transformation through strategic focus, and financial and operational optimisation.
In the past 11 years, Michaël has developed technical expertise in transactional advice, due diligence, business modelling and performance management. He is able to combine his strong financial skills with strong IT and business knowledge.
Sebastiaan has been active in thetransaction industry for over 4 years, developing skills in due diligence, business / financial modelling, valuations and performance management. Before joining LDS Advisory, he worked as a senior consultant at PwC's Transactions practice.
Olivier has 2,5 years of experience and has been active in the transactions industry for 1,5 years, developing skills in due diligence, financial modelling, valuations, business planning and transformation / performance management. He was involved in projects across a variety of industries, including retail, telecommunications, energy and software.
Prior to joining LDS in 2019, Ellen worked for c. five years at EY’s Transactions department, where she mainly focused on financial due diligence. At LDS Ellen has worked on different transactions, both in going concerns and distress, working on different aspects of a deal cycle (due diligence, business plan and valuation analysis).
Ann-Sophie supports in transactional and performance work across different sectors and has gained experience in valuations, due diligence and the building of Power BI dashboards. Prior to LDS Advisory, she worked at EY, where she acquired a solid basis of accounting knowledge.
Ben combines more than 11 years of experience across PwC Brussels PwC Boston, US and since 2019 at LDS Advisory. Over that period, Ben has developed expertise in financial due diligence and broader M&A advice. Ben's flexibility together with his pragmatic and problem-solving attitude is appreciated by his clients.
Over the past 12 years, Laurence accumulated deep financial expertise with PwC and LDS. She has a wide financial profile with deep expertise in valuations, business planning and financal modelling. Furthermore, she gained experience in buy-and sell-side due diligence work making her a holistic financial profile with a clear business view.
Bart Uytterhoeven combines 14 years of experience in financial and M&A related advice at PwC and LDS with operational expertise in a dynamic PE owned corporate environment in transformation where he acted as CFO. At LDS Bart focusses on performance and transformation related projects.
Joël holds over 1 year of experience within transactions where he mainly focussed on due diligence.
He studied applied economics at the KU Leuven where he obtained a master’s degree in international business, strategy and innovation. Joël obtained a second master's degree in financial management at Vlerick Business School.
Alen worked 2 years at Deloitte and assisted finance teams of multinationals in different sectors. This allowed him to gain insights and experience in the execution of key tasks within the finance team. He joined LDS in March 2020 where he mainly focused on due dilligence and data modelling.
Nicholas holds a master's degree in Finance & Investments from Rotterdam School of Management, with additional curricular activities in France and UK. He is a native Dutch speaker, fluent in English and has a working knowledge of French.