Finwise was founded in 2016 and provides independent corporate finance advisory.
Our team brings you a rare combination of experienced financial experts with a successful track record gained within the industry. Our approach is practical, common sense and result driven. We offer professionalism and maintain the highest ethical standards.
Patrick Soetens – Managing Director
Patrick Soetens has more than 20 years of experience within the financial services sector in Europe.
Patrick started his career in 1994 at a leading Belgian bank and moved to the bank’s Irish office at the end of 1997. This was the start of an international career within financial markets, corporate credit and portfolio management.
In 2008 he was hired by online bank Keytrade Bank and he moved to Geneva for the setup and launch of a greenfield Swiss bank subsidiary. He was its Managing Director until 2016 when he decided to return to Belgium with his family.
He set up Finwise in August 2016. He holds a Master’s Degree in Commerce & Finance and a Master in Corporate Finance.
Jan Vorstermans – Associate Partner
Jan Vorstermans is the former Chief Operating Officer of Telenet. He started his career at Telenet as a member of Telenet’s Executive Team in 2003 as Senior Vice President Technology, Engineering and Network Operations. In 2013 he decided to seek for a new challenge and use his experience to assist young entrepreneurs in their start-up phase via his own company. He is a specialist in Venture Capital and Early stage companies and has strong expertise in ICT & Digital Transformation topics.
Ferdi Renier, Senior Adviser
Ferdi Renier brings over 30 years of experience within the financial sector gained at Generale Bank, Fortis, Merrill Lynch, QATIII Group and Baker Tilly Belgium. For over 12 years he worked within M&A at Fortis and became the bank’s Co-Head of M&A assisting Fortis clients with capital raising, acquisitions and selling companies.
He subsequently switched to the Private Banking and Wealth Management side both at Fortis Bank and Merrill Lynch and worked at a successful private equity fund. More recently he was an advisor for the corporate finance department of Baker Tilly Belgium.
Eddy Van Cutsem – Senior Adviser
Eddy has a depth of management experience within the European insurance/reinsurance sector. He was managing director of Royal Bank of Canada’s reinsurance company in Ireland from 2001 until 2014. Prior to working in Ireland he worked in Switzerland and Belgium for the large Belgian banking and insurance group Bacob/Artesia. He was one of the founders of the Dublin International Insurance & Management Association (DIMA) in 1990 and served on its board for many years. He also worked as an independent non-executive Director and Chairman of the Risk Committee, member of the Audit Committee of Nationale Nederlanden RE (Ireland) and was Chairman of the Board of KPN Insurance Company DAC.
Since 2014 he is an independent consultant offering strategic advice in risk management, governance, international regulation and was in this capacity involved in several projects related to the insurance and financial services sector.