Alexandre Henkens, Finance Expert in Brussels, Belgium
Alexandre Henkens

Finance Expert in Brussels, Belgium

Member since August 3, 2018
For five years, Alexandre worked as a corporate banker (in Sao Paulo, Paris, Brussels), where he namely structured a $125 million financing for an agribusiness company and successfully modeled the operations of a telecom business in a transaction that generated €4 million in bank fees. He then worked for three years in a family-owned company. Alexandre has now become CFO of a Belgian SME. He joined Toptal to assists early-stage companies in debt fundraising.
Alexandre is now available for hire


Case studies

Industry Expertise

  • Agriculture
  • Finance
  • Minerals & Mining
  • Startups
  • Early-stage Startups
  • P&L Forecasting
  • Debt Capital Markets
  • High-tech Startups

Other Expertise

  • Cash Flow Modeling
  • Debt Financing
  • Hedging
  • Legal Documentation
  • Structured Finance


  • CFO

    2020 - PRESENT
    • Oversaw a debt raise of €8 million to fund working capital requirements.
    • Managed two direct reports and an international finance team.
    • Implemented a financial reporting tool and structured AP/AR management processes.
    Focus areas: Strategy, Debt, Corporate Treasury, Finance
  • Treasury & Corporate Finance Manager

    2016 - 2020
    BIA Group
    • Negotiated and structured an 8-year subordinated capex financing of €5 million for companies in Africa, including a full cash flow model.
    • Built a long-term cash flow model to help the owners of a distribution company review the business model including a detailed income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow forecasting.
    • Handled the banking relationships as well as the financing and hedging solutions via detailed cash flow modeling and term sheet negotiation with Societe Generale, Standard Chartered, and Standard Bank.
    • Managed an international team of five people to implement an automated cash forecasting tool linked to the ERP system that resulted in a 20% gain in productivity.
    • Oversaw the group's foreign exchange and interest rate hedging strategy that included the dealing of swaps, forward, flexi-forwards in Euro, US dollar, and Japanese yen.
    Focus areas: Bank Covenants, Loan Management, Working Capital Management, Cash Management, Cash Flow Forecasting, Cash Flow Modeling, Foreign Exchange (FX) Hedging, Hedging, Bank Debt Raises, Subordinated Debt, Debt Structuring, Corporate Finance, Corporate Treasury
  • Business Development & Finance Expert

    2015 - 2016
    • Assisted the owners in a fundraising exercise of €5 million with a focus on cash flow modeling and justifying the top-line growth forecasted with thorough market research.
    • Reviewed and optimized the company's business plan helping with the addition of multi-scenario possibilities, implementation of financial KPIs and introducing discounted cash flow, public comparable, and precedent transaction valuation analysis to optimize the value of the business.
    • Built pitch decks and presented to CEOs and CFOs of target companies across Europe, winning several M&A mandates and generating €500,000+ in revenue.
    Focus areas: Fundraising, Cash Flow Modeling, Business Advisory, Business Planning
  • Corporate Relationship Manager

    2013 - 2015
    Deutsche Bank
    • Modeled a telecom client's operations for a transaction worth €4 million in fees to the bank.
    • Built a detailed financial model and drafted the internal credit memorandum helping to finance the business development of a European company in Africa with €50 million in offshore working capital funding and €10 million of capex financing.
    • Implemented a €50 million supplier finance facility for a European chemical company significantly lowering their working capital requirements.
    • Coordinated the global commercial activity of Deutsche Bank's colleagues, setting up biweekly calls to ensure a unified approach to prospective multinational clients, providing insights into the evolution of these companies including financial KPIs and management guidance, and drafting credit reports for internal use to support the financing requests.
    Focus areas: Foreign Exchange (FX) Hedging, Debt Capital Markets, Cash Flow Modeling, Cash Management, Trade Finance
  • Analyst & Relationship Manager

    2010 - 2013
    • Built a cash flow model to provide a $125 million structured long-term financing to a Brazilian agribusiness company, which included pledges over the goods and assignments of the receivables.
    • Designed and negotiated debt financing term sheets to Brazilian companies active in agribusiness, electricity, and airline sectors for $50+ million.
    • Conducted financial and competitive analyses of agribusiness companies, including market sizing, SWOT, and critical success factors.
    • Drafted credit reports and presented business cases to Natixis’ senior management.
    • Built a 5-year financial model to defend the $15 million financing of a leveraged fertilizer producer.
    • Structured a €125 million borrowing base for a top-tier commodity trader.
    Focus areas: Credit/Debt, Structured Finance Documentation, Market Research, Cash Flow Modeling, Debt Capital Markets


  • Master's Degree in International Business
    2008 - 2010
    CEMS - Bocconi University - Milan, Italy
  • Master's Degree in Business Engineering
    2004 - 2009
    Louvain School of Management - Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

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