EnterNext to fund Dutch and Belgian SMEs

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EnterNext, the Euronext subsidiary promoting small and medium sized companies, has launched a solution aimed at making the access to capital easier for Dutch small companies.

The funding will provide a broader investor base for Belgian and Dutch family businesses and entrepreneurs.

“Following a detailed review of its approach to financing of the real economy in the Belgian and Dutch markets, Euronext is responding to its key stakeholders by offering one platform for Belgian and Dutch issuers and investors that remains tailored to the specific financing needs of each location,” the firm explained.

By joining forces of Dutch and Belgian markets, EnterNext expects “to combine the Dutch institutional interest with the Belgian retail participation offering the full range of equity and bond listings.”

The initiative, which results from a collaboration between EnterNext, banks, advisors, investors and entrepreneurs, offers a solution for companies looking for more diversified sources of financing and access to a deeper invest base within an adapted regulated framework.

Maurice van Tilburg, CEO of Euronext Amsterdam said: “Market recovery and disintermediation are driving the demand for alternative financing. Thanks to thorough analyses we now have a clear view of the demands and the possibilities of the market places.

“We believe that combining the strengths of the Dutch and Belgian eco-systems will significantly increase the added value for small and medium companies.”

Vincent van Dessel, CEO of Euronext Brussels commented: “We are designing a modern and practical solution responding to the needs of our many companies and intermediaries. The listing of bonds through private placement has been a cornerstone in this evolution.

“We are convinced that this new step, which takes advantage of the complementarity of the Dutch and the Belgian market communities, and compensates for the weaknesses in each market, will serve as an example for further innovation.”

Adrien Paredes-Vanheule
Adrien Paredes-Vanheule is deputy editor and French-Speaking Europe Correspondent for InvestmentEurope, covering France, Belgium, Geneva and Monaco. Prior to joining InvestmentEurope, he spent almost five years writing for various publications in Monaco, primarily as a criminal and financial court reporter. Before that, he worked for newspapers and radio stations in France, in particular in Lyon.

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