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E-Mobility & Energy Transition industry expert, Jelle Vastert joins the team at IMPROVED Corporate Finance / Drake Star Partners Amsterdam

Starting September 15th, 2020, Jelle Vastert will join IMPROVED Corporate Finance / Drake Star Partners Amsterdam as Associate Partner.

Jelle Vastert has been working on the transition to sustainable energy and electric mobility for a decade. He spent 5 years at Tesla, set up the European Supercharger team and network to reach full coverage with more than 400 stations, and then oversaw all Tesla's charging programs and networks globally as director of global EV infrastructure. He also was at the centre of the rise and demise of Better Place, led Lyft's Micromobility arm, and worked on direct integration of solar and electric mobility at SoftBank Energy. Furthermore, Jelle plays a significant role in the scaling of the Dutch e-bike brand VanMoof.

Jelle has a clear vision on an accelerated shift to a future of integrated electric mobility and sustainable energy, and a deep track record of operational and technical expertise with companies on the frontier of innovation.

The E-Mobility & Energy Transition domain is a core focus segment for the Drake Star Global Mobility Team, managed by Drake Star Partners Amsterdam, which has led to numerous landmark transactions within the domain. Jelle’s extensive knowledge and expertise in the domain will contribute significantly to relevant engagements within the domain and will enhance the value and success IMPROVED Corporate Finance / Drake Star Partners Amsterdam delivers to its clients.

Drake Star Partners advises The Mobility House on its fundraising with a Private Placement from the SP Group and a Financing Facility by the European Investment Bank

“Another transaction with a leading energy transition player” said Dominique Houde, Partner for Mobility & Energy Transition at Drake Star Amsterdam. Dominique Houde continues: “This transaction is another clear example of how the sector is evolving at a global scale. As the electric mobility sector is quickly scaling up, the use of the most advanced and effective software platforms for active storage management, smart charging for large fleets, including at bus depots, and Vehicle to Grid Integration (V2G) becomes essential. The Mobility House sits at the intersection of sustainable transportation and the energy sector, and is a leader in that field. Importantly, it is ideally positioned to accommodate the rapid growth in EV charging infrastructure and storage, increasingly considered as a key asset class by institutional investors.

For Drake Star Partners this transaction is the latest of an ongoing series of Mobility & Energy Transition-related landmark transactions including investors and buyers globally. Understanding the continuously increasing complexity of sustainable transportation has become one of the main reasons Drake Star is the leading advisor where Mobility meets Energy Transition.”


IMPROVED Corporate Finance advises Cycle Care – a leading Dutch Femtech company - on its fundraise from a consortium of Growth Investors

IMPROVED's Managing Partner Frank Verbeek comments:  “We are great believers in e-commerce/online content-rich platforms with very engaged users allowing for a strong community. Cycle Care is able to claim a very specific segment within the Femtech and Sextech market, with an offering that due to high-quality content from experts is increasingly shifting from a Nice-to-Have to Need-to-Have; acknowledging that radical self-care is here to stay.”

Drake Star advises Etergo on its sale to Ola Electric Mobility, the frontrunner in India’s Electric Mobility ecosystem, in another intercontinental landmark Electric Mobility transaction

IMPROVED's Managing Partner Frank Verbeek comments:  “Electric mobility is unstoppable. Even more so when the best of many worlds are put together to produce high quality, high tech and highly smart connectivity into products affordable for millions of smart and conscious consumers. Safety, range, comfort, functionality, and abilities to commercialize all these relevant USP’s make this transaction again another deal with winners only. ”

Drake Star Amsterdam acts as exclusive advisor to Fortum in the sale of a majority share of its Nordic public EV charge point operator to Infracapital

IMPROVED's Managing Partner Frank Verbeek comments:  “This transaction is another clear example of how the sector is evolving. Very few well-positioned parties can claim market leadership positions in their respective fields. These leaders will therefore benefit most from the expected exponential growth in the overall EV and charging businesses in Norway, but also in the other Scandinavian countries.”

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