With over 20 years’ experience, Harry is an M&A specialist in heart and soul. Over time, he has successfully supervised a large number of acquisitions in different sectors such as telecom, medical devices, health care, IT & online, electronics, automotive, wholesale, production and business services.
After graduating from the Hogeschool IVA university college in the Dutch town of Driebergen, he embarked on a long career with BP: first in sales, marketing and market development, and later in the acquisition of new locations for petrol outlets and negotiating the purchase and sale of petrol stations throughout the Benelux. In this position, he acquired a great deal of acquisition experience. Soon after Diligence was established in 1998, Helwegen entered as a partner and has since been involved in a large number of acquisitions in different sectors and of varying sizes, both nationally and internationally. Harry is a co-founder of the professional organisation for business transfer specialists – the Beroepsorganisatie voor Bedrijfsoverdrachtspecialisten (BOBB) – on behalf of Diligence, where he occupied a board position for several years.
In 2016, Brookz acquisition platform presented him with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his achievements in the profession. Helwegen is also general manager of Diligence Services B.V., Diligence’s central organisation. Being dealmaker is a role that fits Harry like a glove. For years he has managed to avoid or resolve obstructions and difficulties in the acquisition process for his clients.