ABOUT US

At Merit Capital we understand that finances are personal and we know that the relationship that one builds with their trusted Private Banker forms the foundation of our business.

BACKGROUND

Merit Capital was founded in 2000 by professionals who have earned their spurs in the financial world. Their experience has led to the conviction to work from a philosophy of transparency and mutual interest. From focus and result orientation.

Merit Capital realized an exceptional growth over the last decade. Between 2007 and 2010 the assets under management grew with an average of 70% per year through acquisitions and organic growth. This led to a geographical expansion through branches.

Today Merit Capital has branches in every Flemish region; Antwerp,  Deurle, Hasselt, Kortrijk and Leuven. Starting in 2000 with a couple of people, we have grown to almost 44 dedicated employees.

In 2018 Duet Group became controlling shareholder of Merit Capital. The decision to acquire Merit Capital followed the reorganization of Duet Group into 3 business units. Duet has a controlling stake in several alternative asset management firms with a focus on private equity, hedge/long-only fund and wealth management.

The acquisition of Merit Capital is a natural expansion into European-based wealth management for the Group.

About Duet Group

Founded in 2002, Duet Group is an international investment firm with offices in London (HQ), New York, New Delhi and Accra. Duet Group is a controlling shareholder of multiple asset managers in the alternative space, private equity, real estate and wealth management. Since its inception, the Duet Group has developed an established portfolio of product in areas of growing importance within the investment community, notably within the Emerging and Frontier Markets.

Core Values

Through its active management in shares, bonds and funds, Merit Capital pursues an ‘absolute return’ strategy. The emphasis is on limiting any downward risk.

Our team of specialists use the latest, most advanced software for the selection of shares. When selecting the funds, we always try to find the ultimate choice of fund managers who can make the difference for you. All our selections are made on the basis of complete independence.

Our client's interests always come first

Our experience shows that if we serve our clients well, our own success will naturally follow.

Transparency, integrity and honesty

We expect our people to maintain high ethical standards in everything they do, both in their work for the firm and in their personal lives.

Our assets are our people, capital & reputation

We are dedicated to complying fully with the letter and spirit of the laws, rules and ethical principles that govern us. Our continued success depends upon adherence to this standard.

We take great pride in the professional quality of our work

We have an uncompromising determination to achieve excellence in everything we undertake.

Everyone achieves more together

While individual creativity is always encouraged, we have found that team effort often produces the best results. We have no room for those who put their personal interest ahead of the interests of the firm and its clients.

Investment Philosophy

Our investment philosophy stems from our fundamental belief that our clients interest always comes first. We understand the value of our clients assets and are dedicated to both capital preservation and capital appreciation.

OUR TEAM

jan gijsels

chairman

Jan Gysels has been a member of the KBC Senior Management Team since 1999. 

Giuseppe Ciardi

non executive
Board Member

Mr. Giuseppe Ciardi is the Senior Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Park Place Capital Limited. Mr. Ciardi worked at Morgan Stanley & Company in New York.

KRIS LUYCKX

non executive
Board Member

Kris Luyckx is a Senior Partner and leads the Criminal Law Department at Desdalex Advocaten.

laurent trau

non executive
Board Member

Laurent Trau is managing director at Trau Bos NV.

Jan De Coninck

Jan De Coninck

Chief Executive Officer -
member of the board

Jan De Coninck joined Merit Capital in October 2017 as an external consultant in order to assist the Board of Directors with the restructuring and the sale process of the Company.

koen van ootegem

Compliance Officer-
member of the managementcommittee

Koen joined Merit Capital in June 2020 as Compliance Officer. He also joined the Executive Committee in October 2020. 

Dominic De Backer

Dominic De Backer

Chief Commercial Officer

Dominic joined Merit Capital in 2012 and is presently the Chief Commercial Officer.

Would you like to share in our enthusiasm and get the taste of success? Are you ready to take on challenging and exciting work?