Experience and value-added expertise

Colette Plasman


Academic Director at the Solvay Brussels School, Specialist in corporate finance and Board Member of several companies, Colette benefits from more than 30 years of experience in Management Consulting and Mergers & Acquisitions.

Colette started her career at DSA International where her role and responsibilities included financial auditing.

After that, she delivered consulting services in the field of intangible asset valuation (brands, patents, IP) and company valuations.

Between 1999 and 2002, she partnered up with Reynders & Co at Stratego International in Luxemburg before setting up Stratego Finance in Brussels which blossomed for over a decade.

Throughout her career, Colette has been serving as a Judge in commercial cases at the Tribunal de Commerce – Rechtbank van Koophandel of Brussels, as Senior Lecturer at the Solvay Business School and is Managing Director of the Special Master Degree in Tax Management, a program developed by the Executive Education Department of the Solvay Business and Management School of Brussels.

In 2016, Colette met with Joël Rikir and they both created E-Spring Capital, a boutique investment banking firm which specializes in Mergers & Acquisitions , Fundraising, Financial Advisory and Corporate Development for small and mid caps.

Colette holds a Master Degree from the Solvay Business and Management School of Brussels (ULB-SBM – 1989).

Joël Rikir


Investment Banker, Portfolio Manager in Private Equity and consultant in Mergers & Acquisitions, Joël has over 20 years of experience in Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions and Fundraising.

Joël started his career at the Bank of New York.

In 1999, he joins the SRIB Group (Venture Capital) as Investment Manager in charge of investment projects and portfolio management. For more than 5 years, he coached numerous SME’s on their scale-up projects.

In 2005, Joël decided to leverage on his experience and set up his own company, specialising in financial consulting, focusing on fund raising, IPO’s and additional corporate finance missions. In addition, he has been acting as CFO in various SME’s.

In 2008, Joël joins an M&A consulting firm as an Associate Partner in charge of driving M&A projects.

In 2016, he partners up with Colette Plasman to create E-Spring Capital, a new breed of M&A company focusing on personal service and innovative solutions.

Joël holds a Master Degree from the UCL in Business, Social and Political Sciences (1996) as well as in Finance Management (ISC Saint Louis – ICHEC Group, 1998).

Johan Wellens

Associate Partner

Chief Financial Officer in scale-ups and Co-Founders of start-ups, Johan has over 20 years of experience in Financial Advisory and Management Consulting. He is a specialist in Financial Strategy and has extensive knowledge of the challenges faced by CFOs.

Johan started his career at D’Ieteren.

In 1998, Johan joins The Nielsen Company as Financial Analyst (Belgian subsidiary) and moved the European headquarter end 1999 to become European BP& A Manager.

In 2001, Johan decided to provide CFO Services and Finance Consulting to various SME’s companies, which is still his current and main activity.

Johan holds a Master Degree from the Solvay Business and Management School of Brussels (ULB-SBM – 1996) as well as a post-graduate diploma from the Belgian Association of Financial Analysts (1999) and a post-graduate diploma from the Executive Programme en Immobilier from the Solvay Business and Management School of Brussels (2011).

Quentin Connan

Junior Analyst

Entrepreneurial, Quentin took part in the foundation and management of startups with a specialty in strategic and financial topics. After training as an Analyst Intern on Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Finance projects, he holds the position of Junior Analyst at E-Spring Capital.

Quentin started his career at E-Spring as Financial Analyst Intern. As a trainee, he worked mainly on Mergers & Acquisitions transactions, Fundraising projects and Corporate Finance strategies.

Since September 2020, he holds the position of Junior Analyst.

Quentin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Engineering from the Solvay Business and Management School of Brussels (ULB-SBM – 2019). Besides, he is performing his last year in Master in Business Engineering with a Financial specialisation at Solvay Business and Management School of Brussels (ULB-SBM).


E-Spring is a well-established and reputed M&A advisory company on the market. We participate in many national and international events and are members of reknown associations and federations.