Amsterdam Investment Cruise

“Due to the unfortunate circumstances concerning the COVID-19 (Corona) virus, the Amsterdam Investment Cruise 2020 is cancelled. We believe this is the right decision to make with respect to the overall health of the participating companies, students, and everyone else involved. However, next year the event will be organized again so make sure to keep an eye on the website for further developments!”

–  Amsterdam Investment Cruise Committee 2020

Are you ready to take the next step in your career and are you curious about Corporate Finance and M&A? Then sign up now for the Amsterdam Investment Cruise 2020!


Bridge the gap between you and your career in Corporate Finance. The Amsterdam Investment Cruise is a unique event with a strong focus on Corporate Finance and M&A. The event consists of multiple inhouse days held at a wide variety of Corporate Finance firms .Each inhouse day ends with informal drinks on a cruise over the canals of Amsterdam.

Who are we looking for

This project is for students with an interest in Corporate Finance from all backgrounds in the final stage of their Bachelor’s or Master’s program.

Participating Companies

The participating companies for the Amsterdam Investment Cruise 2020 are ABN AMRO, IMPROVED Corporate Finance/Drake Star Partners, PwC Deals, Kempen, Oaklins and EY Transaction Advisory Services.

For more information on these companies, please visit their company profiles on our partner page or click on their logos below.


The Amsterdam Investment Cruise 2020 will take place at:

1 April – ABN AMRO
2 April – IMPROVED Corporate Finance/Drake Star Partners*
3 April – PwC Deals*
7 April – Kempen
8 April – Oaklins*
9 April – EY-TAS*
*Dutch-speaking students only


The program of the 2020 edition is as follows:

During each in-house day, each company will present themselves by means of a presentation, followed by an interactive and challenging case. The day will end with informal drinks on a cruise over the canals of Amsterdam.

13.00 – Lunch
14.00 – Presentation & Case
17.00 – Cruise & Drinks
19.00 – End


ABN AMRO’s Corporate Finance expertise covers a broad spectrum of Corporate Finance solutions, such as Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Structuring & Advisory, Equity Capital Markets, and strategic financing solutions. ABN AMRO has dedicated teams operating from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris, Singapore, New York and São Paulo, ensuring a thorough understanding of local and regional aspects. They provide M&A services to both publicly listed and privately owned companies, with a focus on the sectors in which their key clients are active. They combine this with a strong dialogue with the financial sponsor and infrastructure investor community, enabling them to stay up to date on latest market developments and investor preferences. Next to customary M&A services, ABN AMRO also offers advice on public defense strategies, shareholder restructuring and governance assignments.

IMPROVED Corporate Finance / Drake Star Partners

IMPROVED Corporate Finance is an Amsterdam based M&A boutique, in a formal partnership with the international investment banking firm Drake Star Partners. The team at IMPROVED Corporate Finance strives for deals with winners only. They achieve this by closely working together with their clients and by ensuring that they live the entrepreneurs’ vision. The compact and flat organizational structure guarantees high levels of involvement amongst the entire IMPROVED team and ensures that knowledge and experience is transferred efficiently. The IMPROVED culture can be described as work hard – play hard, where creativity, entrepreneurship and out-of-the-box thinking are highly stimulated and encouraged.

PwC Deals

PwC is a global firm with 223.000 employees spread over 157 countries, servicing a broad array of  sectors and clients. Their Dutch entity has more than 5000 people operating from twelve offices and three different perspectives: Assurance, Tax & Legal and Advisory. PwC wants their services to contribute to the solution of important problems and help to build trust in society. They aim to add value for their clients, their people and the society at large by keeping their values – Act with integrity, Make a difference, Care, Work together and Reimagine the possible – central in everything they do. PwC Deals is PwC’s M&A division where they service corporations and renowned Private Equity firms. Their clientele consists of many different firms looking for faster growth, stronger capabilities, a competitive edge or a dramatic transformation. They bring a truly connected global network to the table that consists of industry experienced deal advisers coupled with data-driven insights that help to support more confident decisions.


Kempen is a Dutch Merchant bank with an international reputation. The 480 employees working from the Zuidas in Amsterdam are specialized in financial services to institutional investors, companies and wealthy individuals. All knowledge and experience is focused on four core activities:  asset management, securities, corporate finance and investments. The focus of Kempen lies with specific products and services in the area of real estate, life sciences and small- and midcaps. Kempen is an open organization, where talent gets the opportunity to develop. They are service-oriented entrepreneurs, who are proud of their bank and show that in everything they do. They combine their quality standards with a Dutch mentality: driven, entrepreneurial, honest and patient. During this day of the Amsterdam Investment Cruise, Kempen’s Deals division will be present.


Oaklins is a global M&A and financial advisory firm, determined to help ambitious entrepreneurs and evolving mid-market companies reach their full potential. Oaklins offers their clients deep industry knowledge leveraging the capabilities of 800 professionals around the world. By seamlessly collaborating across borders, Oaklins uses their global strength in sell- and buy-side mergers and acquisitions, debt, growth equity and equity capital markets advisory.They are the world’s largest and most experienced corporate finance advisory in the mid-market, with dedicated industry teams in over 45 countries worldwide. At Oaklins you’re part of an 800-strong global team of ambitious professionals and committed colleagues. From senior executives to junior analysts, everyone strives to lift each other up. By sharing industry trends, market insight and crucial contacts, they have a world of knowledge at their fingertips.

EY Transaction Advisory Services

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, using the finance products, expertise and systems they have developed to build a better working world. The Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) team works with clients to manage their capital agenda to drive competitive advantage and increase returns. Its global team of professionals in 100 countries helps corporations, private equity, family businesses and financial & (semi-) public institutions with their financial questions and firm growth by preserving, optimizing, raising or investing capital. EY TAS offers support in buying, selling or merging businesses and advises on strategy, restructurings, operational improvements and IPO’s. The department is split up into the following teams: Transaction Diligence, Mergers & Acquisitions, Valuation, Modelling & Economics, Debt Advisory, Operational Transaction Services, Restructuring, Real Estate Advisory Services en Infrastructure Financial Advisory.

Contact the Amsterdam Investment Cruise committee

    020 – 525 63 57

Meet the committee of the academic year 2019-2020.

Vera Scholten


Lennert Flens


Christiaan Timmerhuis


Renée Wirtjes

Coordinator Board

Applying for the Amsterdam Investment Cruise 2020

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Please note: The inhouse days at IMPROVED Corporate Finance/Drake Star Partners, PwC Deals, Oaklins and EY-TAS are for dutch-speaking students only.

The application period is closed.