For Koen Rutten and Luc Keltjens, our renowned cup of coffee to get to know each other was also their first acquaintance with Marktlink. Managing partner Tim van der Meer was looking for reinforcement of his recently opened Amsterdam office at the time. Koen joined as a consultant in 2010, Luc followed in 2015. In the meantime, both have become partners of a business that has since grown from a small business into the go-to M&A specialist in Europe.
Today’s Marktlink is a far cry from what it was in Koen’s and Luc’s first years. Dressed just a little too flashy (“I believed I was being fashionable”), Koen got on the train from Maastricht to Amsterdam for his cup of coffee with Tim van der Meer. “Through my sister, they met through wine trading, he contacted me. I was still graduating from my International Business studies and had not applied for any job yet. We clicked and I saw a great challenge with a business we could continue to build up with a small team.”