Capitium was founded by Joes Leopold. Joes is an investment banker with three decades of experience managing acquisitions, divestments, hostile and friendly public and private offers, spin outs, debt restructurings, privatisations and a nationalisation. Joes worked for banks in London and Amsterdam, advising clients in the Americas, Asia and Europe on situations in the Benelux.

Capitium was founded after Joes was hired to advise the Dutch Ministry of Finance to advise on and manage the nationalisation of SNS Reaal, the failed Dutch bank and insurer. He managed and advised on all aspects of the nationalisation, including the restructuring of the group, the negotiations with the EC, the review of the accounts, the recapitalisation of the insurer and the set up and spin off of a bad bank holding EUR 6 billion of assets. He was subsequently asked by the Ministry to advise on the IPO of ABN AMRO Bank and  the sale of Reaal to Anbang Insurance. Finally, he was appointed by NLFI as Chairman of the Board of SRH (the renamed SNS Reaal) and put forward by the Ministry of Finance as a member of the Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank, co-chairing the bank’s risk policy committee.

In addition, Joes spent five years as a member of the Supervisory Board of Mollie, was appointed by the Amsterdam court of appeal as Chairman of Nordeon and is now Chairman of the Board of Airwallex (Netherlands) B.V.

Capitium has recently completed extensive work in the power and infrastructure sectors, having advised on the privatisations of Eneco and Hydreco Geomec and Stedin‘s capital raise.

Capitium’s breadth of experience means that we can help you in almost any situation. We would be happy to sign a non-disclosure agreement to explore your requirements in confidence. Please feel free to contact us for an informal chat to discuss your needs in more detail or to simply provide you with some background on the Benelux.

M&A and Strategic Advisory experience:

  • Public and private offers
  • Solicited and unsolicited offers
  • Mergers
  • Controlled auctions
  • Spin outs
  • Privatisations
  • Nationalisation

Corporate Finance experience:

  • IPOs
  • Public and private offerings
  • Primary and secondary offerings
  • Equity, Senior, Convertible and Hybrid Bonds
  • Vendor financing
  • Syndicated and bilateral bank loans
  • Equity derivatives
  • Balance sheet optimisation
  • Ratings advisory
  • Debt restructuring of senior and hybrid debt


  • Listed and private companies
  • Central and local governments
  • Pension funds, investment companies, private equity


  • The Netherlands
  • Belgium

We would be happy to provide you with references and detailed examples of the work that we have undertaken in the past.