About Us

About us

Founded in 2014, Quantessence aims to help financial institutions benefit from new technology in the savings market by providing flexible support in a world class infrastructure, taking care of technology and operations and reducing the time to market.

The company is part of the Euroclear Group and brings together experienced financial experts and world class hub developers. Quantessence has operations in Europe including Belgium and the UK.

Quantessence NV/SA is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services and Markets Authorities (“FSMA”) in Belgium and the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK (firm reference number 975752). Details of the registration can be checked on the FCA’s website at https://register.fca.org.uk/s/.

Euroclear is one of the world’s largest providers of domestic and cross-border settlement and related services for bond, equity, ETF and mutual fund transactions. Euroclear is a proven, resilient capital market infrastructure committed to delivering risk-mitigation, automation and efficiency at scale for its global client franchise.

The Euroclear group includes Euroclear Bank – which is rated AA by Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s – as well as Euroclear Belgium, Euroclear Finland, Euroclear France, Euroclear Nederland, Euroclear Sweden, Euroclear UK & International and the fund platform MFEX.

The Euroclear group settled the equivalent of EUR 992 trillion in securities transactions in 2022, representing 304 million domestic and cross-border transactions, and held EUR 35.6 trillion in assets for clients by end of 2022.

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Pierre Yves Goemans

Chairman of the Board

Pierre Yves Goemans serves as a non-executive director and chairs the board of Quantessence, representing Euroclear.

Pierre Yves Goemans - Chairman of the Board
Currently, Pierre Yves holds the position of (non-executive) Director of Euroclear Global Collateral. Previously, he was head of commercial, in charge of worldwide commercial development, marketing, client administration and client-related IT projects rollout at Group level. Pierre Yves joined Euroclear in 2005 to run product management for the group. He was responsible for selecting markets, instruments and client types as well as Euroclear’s pricing policy. Prior to joining Euroclear, Pierre-Yves fulfilled senior positions in the asset management industry. Initially at Fortis Investment Management where he was member of the management committee, and subsequently at Invesco where Pierre Yves was head of business development for Western Europe and country manager for France. Pierre Yves started his career in global markets at JPMorgan in 1986 and worked for McKinsey from 1989 to 1994. Pierre Yves is a civil engineer from the Université Catholique de Louvain where he has also obtained a postgraduate degree in management with Highest Honours. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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Cécile Van Hentenryck


Cécile Van Hentenryck serves as a non-executive director on the board of Quantessence, representing Euroclear.

Cécile Van Hentenryck
Cecile is Head of Corporate Finance Director at Euroclear heading company emerging business initiatives. She holds in this capacity various positions and Board mandates in the group.

Before joining Euroclear in 2008, she worked during 8 years at PwC in financial audit services and M&A advisory services in Belgium and Canada.

Cecile holds a Master degree, cum laude, in Business Engineering from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.

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Peter De Clercq

Chief Executive Officer

Peter runs the company and is in charge of business development and sales. He sits on the Board and chairs the Management Committee.

Peter De Clercq - Chief Executive Officer
Peter has over 30 years experience in financial markets.
Before founding Quantessence, Peter was Managing Director at Barclays Capital, working with major financial institutions on strategic projects, including the bank’s groundbreaking iCPPI/iTIPP project.
Prior to Barclays, Peter ran Benelux solutions sales for Goldman Sachs, and had various leading positions in fixed income trading and sales at JPMorgan from 1991 to 2002.

Peter started his career in the markets division of KBC in Belgium. He also worked for the United Nations in Maputo, Mozambique, running the financial management of development projects. 

Peter holds a Maîtrise en Administration et en Gestion (MBA) in finance from IAG at UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), as well as an MA in Philology from the University of Leuven (Belgium).

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Nikolaos Papadopoulos

Chief Operating Officer

Nikolaos runs the company’s operations and has architected its systems. He sits on the Board and heads the firm’s development centre in Prague.

Nikolaos Papadopoulos - Chief Operating Officer
Nikolaos has more than 25 years of Innovation, Project Management and Corporate Value Creation experience.

Prior to joining Quantessence Nikolaos designed and implemented several innovative systems including automated testing systems, performance enhancing systems, integrated film and entertainment platforms, lead generating and predictive systems for the real-estate industry. He has conceptualized, designed and project managed many mission critical systems to upper echelon clientele including P&G Europe, P&G Americas, ExxonMobil Europe and USA, Shell Netherlands Europe, Accenture France and UK, Price Waterhouse Coopers, EDS Australia and US (Plano – Texas).

Nikolaos has an MBA from Melbourne Business School, an Honors degree in Civil Engineering, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science all from the University of Melbourne.

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wim hautekiet

Chief Risk & Compliance Officer

Wim Hautekiet serves as an executive director on the board of Quantessence.

Wim Hautekiet - Executive Director
Wim is responsible for the control functions and oversees the risk and compliance department. He sits on the Board and is member of the Management Committee.

He is General Counsel of Dexia. Prior to Dexia, Wim was Managing Director at J.P. Morgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank, based in London, responsible for world-wide Legal support for Investor Services.

Wim has been involved in finance law since 1984 as an Associate with Linklaters Belgium. Prior to re-joining J.P. Morgan, he was an Executive Vice President at BNY Mellon where he served as CEO of The Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV (Brussels) and before that as Deputy General Counsel for EMEA (London). He also served as General Counsel to Clearstream (Luxembourg) from 1998 until 2002, and was in private practice at the Brussels bar before that.

Wim holds a Lic. Iuris from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and a LL.M. from the University of Illinois (USA), as well as Postgraduate Diplomas in Financial Management from Solvay Business School (Belgium) and INSEAD (France). He is also a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (London).

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