Your trusted partner

The big impact delivered by a small team

The recipe is simple. Take a small group of experts, with a can-do-attitude, a bucket load of integrity and a collaborative spirit.

Meet our team.

Marc Ecker

Founder and Managing Partner

Marc and the other founders of Portolani set-up a multi-family office with a thorough understanding of the fiduciary duties when advising ‘other people’s money’. This initial vision still acts as the cornerstone of Portolani’s activities.

Before Portolani, Marc was during 10 years a partner at Capital & Finance, an independent wealth management and corporate finance boutique that earned a reputation for its multi-asset funds, low fees and declining all forms of retrocessions from managers.

Marc holds a master in law and a degree in economics and followed the Advanced Management Program at Vlerick. He started practising law at White & Chase in New York, followed by a ten year career in corporate and financial law in Brussels of which 5 years as a partner at Loeff Claeys Verbeke.

Bernard Raevens

Managing Director

Bernard has over 10 years of experience as COO of a single family office with a focus on private equity and is a board member of two prominent retail chains. Before his function as COO, he worked as a senior investment manager at BNP Paribas Fortis for Fortis Private Equity (4 years). Bernard gained also significant experience in finance while working for Lehman Brothers in their leverage finance department. He started his career as a consultant with Arthur D. Little and Roland Berger.

Bernard holds an MBA in Business Administration and a master in civil engineering (mining).

Wim Antoons

Head of Portfolio Desk

Prior to joining our team, Wim was ‘Head of Asset Management’ at Bank Nagelmackers. For 8 years he was responsible for asset allocation, the investment process and the fund management of multiple funds. As ‘Head of Investment Research Centre’ (6 years) Wim selected funds and implemented a sound investment strategy at Bank Nagelmackers. He started his career at Fortis where he specialized in the selection of Value Equity Funds.

Wim is an External Board Member of ‘Brandes Institute”, an independent academic community, focused on asset management.

Wim holds a Master in Economic Sciences, with a specialization in Belgian taxes.

Vincent Daelemans

Head of Corporate Desk

Vincent’s M&A experience started in 2001 at Morgan Stanley in London. As from 2007 he advised large cap clients in the Telecom and Energy industries as Associate Director at UBS . Returning to Belgium in 2010, Vincent sourced primary deals for Riverside Europe, a mid-market PE fund managing EUR 2Bn in assets. Starting 2014, he advised midsized clients on Corporate Finance, mainly in Belgium and France.

Vincent joined Portolani in June 2020 to head the Corporate Finance Desk (PMI selection and corporate finance).

Vincent holds an MBA from Chicago Booth and an MSc in Management from the Solvay Business School (ULB), where he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Solvay School’s Alumni.

Willem Spaas

Analyst Portfolio Desk

Willem assists Wim in the analysis, monitoring and consolidation of client portfolios, with a special focus on illiquid investments. Willem analyzes (new) illiquid funds and is responsible for the capital calls and the cash management. Before joining Portolani, Willem worked as a ‘Portfolio Analyst’ at Delcap Asset Management where he was responsible for portfolio construction and monitoring.

Willem holds a Master in Financial Management and has a certificate as an Investment Advisor from EHSAL Management School.

Nils Van Hoof

Analyst Portfolio Desk

Since his start at Portolani, Nils has been responsible for the daily monitoring, processing, control and consolidation of the liquid portfolios of our clients. Nils assists Wim in the analysis and selection of liquid funds, applying his in-depth knowledge of clients’ portfolios.

Nils holds a Master in Financial Management from K.U. Leuven.

Adrien Mantione

Secretary General (LUX)

Adrien works closely with our client families based in Luxembourg to insure the correct administration and management of their Luxembourg based vehicles. He is specialized in corporate structuring and family governance. Adrien started his career at Edmond de Rothschild, where he was specialized in corporate structuring and wealth planning.

Adrien holds a Master in Finance and specialized in tax.

Charlotte
Van den Bosch

Communication & Office Manager (BE)

Charlotte worked as a commercial advisor for BNP Paribas Fortis and as a Process Engineer at the International payments department. At Portolani she is responsible for all communication and for the office management in Antwerp.

Charlotte holds a degree in Communication Sciences the University of Antwerp.

Nancy Acke

Office Manager Luxemburg (LUX)

Nancy has over 7 years of experience as an Executive Assistant in the financial sector. She worked for Executive Directors and the CEO. Nancy is the office manager of the Portolani branch in Luxembourg. She has been living in Luxembourg for more than 25 years.

Charlotte
Van den Bosch

Communication & Office Manager (BE)

Charlotte worked as a commercial advisor for BNP Paribas Fortis and as a Process Engineer at the International payments department. At Portolani she is responsible for all communication and for the office management in Antwerp.

Charlotte holds a degree in Communication Sciences the University of Antwerp.

Nancy Acke

Office Manager Luxemburg (LUX)

Nancy has over 7 years of experience as an Executive Assistant in the financial sector. She worked for Executive Directors and the CEO. Nancy is the office manager of the Portolani branch in Luxembourg. She has been living in Luxembourg for more than 25 years.

Our next team member?

Good corporate
governance.

Since the incorporation we implement sound governance in our board of directors.
At present the independent directors are

  • Paul Verdin (Chairman): Paul is professor of Strategy & International Management at K.U. Leuven, ULB and Fellow at Harvard.
  • Johan Beckers: Johan is an independent Senior Advisor and works predominantly for an international real estate company. Before he held several senior positions at an international financial institution.