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Zuyderzee continues to expand team with Managing Partner and other Senior hires

Zuyderzee Capital, the specialised investment and advisory services company, today announces that Michiel Steeman joins the firm as Managing Partner. Recently, Zuyderzee Capital already expanded its team with Caspar van Overklift who joined as Director and Mathijs Vugts who joined as Associate Partner.

Michiel joins Zuyderzee Capital having spent more than 20 years at DVB Bank, an international lender active in ship, aircraft and railcar financing. At DVB Bank, he served as a Managing Director heading up the European shipping finance team and was a member of the DVB Shipping Finance management team.

Michiel had various other senior commercial, business development and risk management roles in the industry. He managed multi-billion USD debt portfolios and originated and structured a large number of container equipment, shipping and infrastructure transactions. He was also the global head Syndications at DVB from 2005 to 2010 maintaining relationships with other financial institutions and distributing large volumes of senior and junior transportation debt. He has worked inter alia in Singapore, London and continental Europe. “I am delighted to join Zuyderzee Capital.

After so many great years with DVB Bank it was time for a change and for the opportunity to join an advisory services firm focused on maritime and logistics, which has the support and commitment of various industry partners. Zuyderzee Capital is a very compelling and unique proposition”, says Michiel Steeman.

Earlier in the year, Zuyderzee Capital expanded the team with Caspar van Overklift. Caspar was previously at ABN AMRO Bank for 8 years and with a shipping consultancy group for 2 years. At ABN AMRO Bank Caspar focused on shipping and related industries as a commercial relationship manager, financial restructuring officer and mergers & acquisitions officer. He has structured a wide array of ship finance transactions including broadly syndicated transactions, bilateral loans and factoring for pools. As a financial restructuring officer, he was involved in challenging restructurings of storage terminals, shipyards and numerous international shipping related files. In the M&A team Caspar advised inter alia on sale & leasebacks, sale of container box portfolios, sale of fleets of different types of vessels, numerous equity raisings and other transactions. Caspar van Overklift commented: “What I enjoy most about Zuyderzee Capital is that the team members complement one another. We all have worked in a range of different disciplines and positions and each person brings its own specific set of personal and specialised skills. I believe this makes us a strong team and allows us to offer clients the best advice and solutions.”

Mathijs Vugts joined as Associate Partner. He started his career in 2003 at Heijmans, a Dutch listed construction and infrastructure company, as a corporate finance analyst and was engaged in financing and M&A transactions. In 2009 he moved to Delta Lloyd Asset Management (now NN Investment Partners) as a senior portfolio manager managing several large funds covering corporate bonds, convertible loans and private corporate loans. He was co-responsible for setting up a multi-billion corporate private loan fund offering direct debt finance solutions to corporates in sectors such as infrastructure, logistics, maritime and industry in North Western Europe with a focus on the Benelux. Mathijs has a strong background in corporate valuation and analysis, extensive experience in structuring investment decisions and portfolio management in both liquid and illiquid credit markets.

Over the years he was involved in multiple private loan and capital raising transactions. “After working in the institutional asset management industry for years, it is a real pleasure to join Zuyderzee Capital. I believe that the team at Zuyderzee Capital has a unique in-depth knowledge proposition in logistics and maritime supported by the right industry partners. Together we can offer our clients the specialized independent services they are looking for” says Mathijs Vugts.

Thijs Slavenburg and Henk Detailleur, commented: “We are delighted to announce the expansion of the team on the back of strong business development and several growth initiatives. Michiel has a strong history of building and managing successful international teams and businesses throughout his career and brings significant global industry experience. Caspar has a longstanding family background in the shipping industry and brings along extensive international transaction experience in lending and advisory. Mathijs brings along the knowledge and understanding of institutional investors and alternative debt arrangements in addition to the invaluable experience of having worked on the institutional investment side for a decade. The expansion reflects our commitment to investing in talent, ensuring that we deliver an exceptional client service experience and expansion of our franchise. This coincides with the accelerated growth in demand we are witnessing from our client base. We believe the team is ready to take Zuyderzee Capital to the next level and anticipate further hires in the next 6-12 months.”
Source: Zuyderzee Capital

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