• BNP Paribas Wealth Management strengthens its position in the Netherlands to serve Dutch entrepreneurs and families.
  • Bernt Kok has been appointed CEO of BNP Paribas Wealth Management in the Netherlands and Arjan van Rijn appointed Head of Key Clients.
  • The new division aims to leverage on BNP Paribas’s local presence and

On February 1st, Bernt Kok has been appointed CEO of BNP Paribas Wealth Management in the Netherlands. He is supported by Arjan van Rijn appointed Head of Key Clients. With their arrival, BNP Paribas Wealth Management strengthens its support to Dutch clients while making full use of its international footprint.

With the development of this new division in the Netherlands, Dutch clients can access to a unique offering – in particular private equity, asset management mandates and financing – and draw upon the Group’s expertise in corporate and investment banking as well as in real estate.

Geert Lippens, CEO BNP Paribas the Netherlands, says: “BNP Paribas already has a leading position in wealth management in Europe and we want to actively build on this. I am pleased to welcome Bernt as CEO for Wealth Management. His strong experience and local network will help expand our wealth management offering in the Netherlands. Working with him, the broad knowledge and relationship management skills of Arjan are instrumental to the success of BNP Paribas Wealth Management in the Netherlands.”

Vincent Lecomte, CEO BNP Paribas Wealth Management, comments: “This new team located in Amsterdam enables us to be even closer to clients and especially among entrepreneurs and families, through an international approach in conjunction with the Group which is already well-established in the Netherlands. These new appointments are part of our business development plan to serve European Entrepreneurs by supporting their international growth and meeting their needs for financing or investment.”


Bernt Kok has over 16 years of experience in wealth management, most recently as Senior Wealth Manager and Director of Private Wealth Management, the UHNW* division of ABN AMRO in the Netherlands. Before entering into wealth management he gained experience in corporate advisory and held various other international roles within the private banking industry.

Arjan van Rijn spent some 25 years in international corporate and investment banking before joining wealth management a few years ago at Credit Suisse where he focussed on servicing entrepreneurs in the Netherlands.

About BNP Paribas Wealth Management

BNP Paribas Wealth Management is a leading global private bank and the largest private bank in the Eurozone with €390 billion worth of assets under management as at end of December 2020. Present in three hubs in Europe, Asia and the United States, it employs over 6,800 professionals who support High Net Worth and Ultra High Net Worth individuals in protecting, growing and passing on their assets. The bank aims at building a sustainable future by combining its deep expertise and reach with its clients’ influence and desire for impact. The bank was recently named Best Private Bank in Europe, in North Asia, in US West and in the Middle East.






* UHNW: Ultra High Net Worth




BNP Paribas has appointed Philippe Lanquetot as Head of Real Estate Finance for the Netherlands as of 1 July 2020. Philippe will lead the newly created Real Estate Finance team and will further develop BNP Paribas’ financing franchise with Dutch and international real estate clients investing in the Netherlands. Philippe previously worked in the UK Real Estate Finance team of BNP Paribas, where he was responsible for the origination and execution of real estate financing transactions.

Geert Lippens, CEO BNP Paribas Netherlands: “The creation of an Amsterdam-based real estate finance team led by Philippe allows us to offer a wider range of financing solutions in the Netherlands and is a key part of our Dutch growth plan. By expanding our offering with solutions BNP Paribas, including BNP Paribas Real Estate, already provides in the main European real estate markets we take the next step in developing our financing franchise in the Netherlands to better serve an even broader client base.

BNP Paribas appoints Joeri Overmars as Head of Global Trade Solutions as of 15 June. He succeeds Joost Niessen, who will retire on 1 August. Joeri will be responsible for the continued growth of Global Trade Solutions and associated products and services such as Bank Guarantees, Letters of Credit and Supply Chain Management Services. Joeri Overmars previously worked at HSBC Nederland as Senior Sales Manager Global Trade and Receivables Finance. Joeri and his team are part of the 350 experts at BNP Paribas working in the field of Trade Solutions and who are active in more than 100 specialized trading centers in 60 countries.

Geert Lippens, CEO BNP Paribas Netherlands: “Global Trade Solutions has had a strong and active team in the Dutch market for years. The arrival of Joeri will allow us to strengthen our leading position in Trade and Working Capital Solutions across EMEA, which is a key pillar of our Dutch growth plan. I would also like to thank Joost for his tremendous contribution to BNP Paribas Nederland over the past 36 years, of which the last six years as Head of Global Trade Solutions in the Netherlands”.

BNP Paribas Securities Services, BNP Paribas’ global custodian with EUR 10,100 billion in assets under management, has strengthened the organization with John Gout as senior sales executive institutional relations.

John’s arrival is in line with BNP Paribas’ strategy to further expand the growth in the Dutch institutional market. John has over 25 years of experience in the financial sector and has worked at various international financial institutions active in the Dutch institutional market.

Mark Schilstra, Country Manager Netherlands & Nordics at BNP Paribas Securities Services, added: “We are pleased with John’s arrival to further develop our strong growth in the Dutch institutional market. In recent years we have developed a proposition for Asset Owners and Asset Managers in which the strength of our global custody network is combined with local knowledge of accounting and legislation and regulations. Among other things, we focus on complete insourcing of all non-core tasks of our customers. This has led to a growing customer base representing approximately EUR 400 billion Assets under Custody and Assets under Administration. John’s knowledge and experience will help us to further boost this growth and further strengthen our market position. “