Management buyout of Dutch shipyard after retirement

25th April 2024

Management buyout of Dutch shipyard after retirement

Wim van der Valk, having been at the helm of the Van der Valk shipyard since its foundation in 1967, marked his 79th birthday in April by officially confirming his retirement.

Following his retirement, the Dutch shipyard’s founder’s shares have been acquired in a management buyout financially supported by a family of experienced yacht owners who have previously commissioned three custom superyachts – LeVen, Edgeand Lady Lene – from the Van der Valk shipyard.

The management team of Enrico Theuns, Bram Kooltjes and Yoeri Bijker (pictured) can leverage on decades of combined experience in the high-end yachting industry and will continue to enjoy the ongoing support of President Emeritus Wim van der Valk as an advisor to the board.

A family-run company for generations, Van der Valk builds custom motoryachts between 25 and 45 metres in length. It has over 9000m² of state-of-the-art facilities at its location in Waalwijk, Netherlands, opening its seventh construction hall last November. The shipyard is now working on its largest superyacht to date and has a full order book stretching well into 2026.

The business partners with renowned firms such as Guido de Groot Design, Carla Guilhem Design, Ginton Naval Architects, Diana Yacht Design, Cor D Rover and Van Oossanen, from working on the exterior profile to forming an interior style and layout. The Dutch shipyard also caters for refits, services and upgrades.

Yoeri Bijker, Head of Sales, said:

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