"Ramphastos's offer at the time of the acquisition was clearly superior in its entrepreneurial approach, a fast and transparent acquisition process and acceptable transaction documentation."
Former Telfort management
Ramphastos Investments is the investment company of Marcel Boekhoorn, a well known Dutch private equity investor and entrepreneur, which currently holds (primarily majority) interests in over 30 companies in various sectors.
Marcel Boekhoorn began his career in 1981 with Deloitte & Touche, where he became the youngest partner ever in The Netherlands, as chartered accountant (‘register accountant - RA').
In 1994, he launched his own venture capital and private equity investment firm Ramphastos Investments, which he still leads today. Marcel Boekhoorn has led several companies - mainly operating in niche markets - into growth, expansion and market leadership, by pursuing a buy-and-build strategy as well as attracting new customers, business partners and the strongest management teams. He not only actively supports portfolio companies by assisting them in the definition of their strategies, but also plays a key role in helping them achieve their business objectives.
By creating market leaders, Mr. Boekhoorn and his team frequently attract buyers for their businesses, realizing three digit IRR's or more. Examples of successful exits are Bakker Bart largest chain of Bakery stores in The Netherlands, sold to German stock listed company Kamps AG, Cocachoc (chocolate and biscuits, sold to Suchard, Kraft Foods), Novaxess (telephony and dsl provider, sold to Easynet, part of the BSkyB Group), Telfort (mobile network operator, sold to Dutch stock listed incumbent Royal KPN) and Motip Dupli (European market leader in spray paints for the automotive and DIY markets, sold to UK based Intermediate Capital Group and management).
In addition to many private equity successes, Mr. Boekhoorn and his team have also realized a strong track record in venture capital and entrepreneurial investments, having successfully started several greenfield businesses.