Nordic Private Equity Forum

18 November, 6:00pm - 10:00pm

White & Case, 5 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1DW

Despite a turbulent last 18 months, the Nordic Private Equity market continues optimistically and remains one of the most active ones in Europe. Hear from private equity firms on the state of the Nordic markets, and dive into the drive for a fossil free future, ESG innovation and Net-Zero in light of Britain hosting COP26. How is Nordic private equity working with sustainability and impact? What role does the asset management industry actually have to play, and what is the role of the institutional investors?

Join us at the Nordic Private Equity Forum which brings together stakeholders from the Nordic and UK-based asset management communities, from fund managers to banks, institutional investors and advisory firms, making it a great platform to connect with the Nordic PE ecosystem.

About the forum

Bringing together stakeholders from the Nordic and UK-based asset management communities, from fund managers to banks, investors and advisory firms, the Nordic Private Equity Forum is a great way to connect with the Nordic PE ecosystem.

The forum is a partnership with the Nordic Private Equity & Venture Capital Associations.

Read the full digital programme from 2020 with information about the event, speakers and much more, here.

Booking information

This event is now sold out and we are operating a waiting list. If you would like to register your interest for this, please get in touch with events@scc.org.uk.

SCC member price: £45
Partner organisation price: £90
Non-member price: £135

For partner organisation booking, please contact events@scc.org.uk.

Terms & Conditions
Bookings are non-refundable after 21 October 2021, but at the discretion of the organiser, you can change the name of the person(s) attending. For this, please contact events@scc.org.uk. Limited availability, members are prioritised.

Essential information

Accessing the venue/ event relating to Covid-19

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is continually monitoring government and health guidelines to protect our team and our guests. Along with the venue provider, we want to provide a safe environment. All guests must comply with government recommendations with regards to self-isolation and if you are feeling unwell or showing any symptoms, we kindly ask you to stay at home. All guests at this event must provide proof of Covid-19 status (per below) upon arrival at the event. To gain access to the event, you will need to demonstrate one of the following:

  • Proof of double vaccination
  • Proof of a negative PCR or Lateral Flow Test taken within 48hrs of arrival

Proof of status will only be accepted at point of entry, no pre-approval. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with the SCC.

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Agenda 2021

Welcome

18.30

Jan Olsson., CEO of the Nordics, Deutsche Bank and Chairman, Swedish Chamber of Commerce

Gabriel Mellqvist, Reporter, Dagens industri and Master of Ceremonies

The Nordic market in a wider context – the data

Cameron Joyce, VP Research Insights, Preqin

The state of the Nordic Private Equity Market

The Nordic private equity market remains a key driver in M&A, but how has the pandemic affected the industry, what sectors are shining through, and what are the exit trends in the region?

Fredrik Bolander, Director, Lincoln International

Alireza Etemad, Partner Sweden/Finland, IK Partners

Maria Perez Hultström, Partner and Investment Manager, Priveq

Jan Jensen, Partner, White & Case

The rise of the specialist funds

With so much competition for deals and investors, specialist funds have arisen in recent years as a true differentiator in the market. What makes them stand out in the Nordic context, and what’s next?

Carl Johan Falkenberg, Investment Professional, KLAR Partners

Jan Ståhlberg, Founder & Managing Partner, Trill Impact

Gabriel Mellqvist, Reporter, Dagens industri and Master of Ceremonies

Digitalisation as an enabler on the road to net-zero - and the pandemic legacy

The pandemic has fuelled mass-digitalisation at super rapid speed, can it now in turn fuel the race to net-zero? And what role can investors play?

Fridtjof Berge, Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer, Antler

Katja Bergman, General Partner and Co-founder, Brightly Ventures

Joe Schorge, Managing Partner, Isomer Capital

Sam Perry, Director of Strategic Alliances & Private Equity, Globalization Partners

Institutional investors: Fuelling change and green finance

Institutional investors have been driving much of the speed behind ESG in private equity in the last decade, what is their role moving forward, as we embrace COP26 and the way to net-zero?

Adam Black, Partner and Head of ESG & Sustainability, Coller Capital

Christina Brinck, Investment Director, Volvo Group Venture Capital

Joana Rocha Scaff, Managing Director and Head of Europe Private Equity, Neuberger Berman

Ellinor Schrewelius, Investor Relations Director, Verdane

Closing remarks

Jan Olsson., CEO of the Nordics, Deutsche Bank and Chairman, Swedish Chamber of Commerce

Speakers 2021

Fridtjof Berge

Fridtjof Berge

Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer, Antler

Fridtjof Berge is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Antler a global venture capital firm investing from Pre-seed up to Series C. Antler has offices across 15 countries and most major startup ecosystems such as New York, London, Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin, Bangalore, Singapore, Seoul and Sydney. Since their launch in 2018, Antler has built and invested in more than 350 companies from over 30 industries including AI, robotics, drones, fintech, proptech and healthtech. He was previously in McKinsey & Company, where he focused his work on the retail, consumer goods and financial services industries across Northern and Central Europe. Fridtjof is based in Singapore, he is a Forbes 30 Under 30 honouree in Finance & Venture Capital, and he obtained his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Katja Bergman

Katja Bergman

General Partner and Co-founder, Brightly Ventures

Katja has been commercializing technology for more than two decades. She started selling mobile networks to operators globally at Nokia and later at Ericsson, moving to strategic tasks at the HQ, until co-founding Pipebeach, the creator of SpeechWeb for the spoken web and the markup language VoiceXML. Pipebeach became a category leading software vendor globally for interactive voice services and voice mail systems, to be acquired by Hewlett-Packard. In 2012 she co-founded MOOR, who was First VC investor in Nordic successes such as Acast, FirstVet, Mitigram, Volumental, Buildsafe, and Kiosked. In 2018 she co-founded Brightly, that invests in Nordic technology startups. At Brightly she works closer with Worldfavor, Fenix, Open Payments, Debricked, vVenues, Dialogtrail, and Hooked. Katja is passionate about technology and ways to change the world for the better.

Adam Black

Adam Black

Partner and Head of ESG & Sustainability, Coller Capital

Adam is a Partner and Head of ESG & Sustainability. He is based in the Firm’s London office. Adam has been an ESG specialist for over 25 years (10 years in private equity). He is active with Invest Europe, the BVCA, Hong Kong VCA and the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (including as a former member of the Private Equity Steering Committee). He is a frequent speaker and writer on ESG in private equity, and the finance sector more broadly. Prior to joining Coller Capital in 2016, Adam was a Principal and Head of Sustainability at mid-market private equity firm Doughty Hanson. During his time there, he developed the Firm’s responsible investment strategy and supported the deal team and portfolio management to address environmental, social and governance risks at company and fund level. Previously, he worked at KPMG, at ERM and at Halliburton. Adam has a BSc in Environmental Science, an MA in Environmental Law and holds a Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety from the University of Surrey. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment, Chartered Environmentalist and a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health.

Fredrik Bolander

Fredrik Bolander

Director, Lincoln International

Fredrik provides advisory services on mergers & acquisitions (M&A) in the Nordic region. He brings nearly two decades of experience working across industry groups with a particular focus on financial sponsors. Fredrik has originated and executed a large number of public and private M&A, equity capital market and financing transactions for Nordic and international financial sponsors. Prior to joining Lincoln, Fredrik was the Head of the Nordic Region for HNC Advisors AG. He also worked for Deutsche Bank in Stockholm and London as the Head of Nordic Financial Sponsors. Fredrik earned a Master of Science in business and economics from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Christina Brinck

Christina Brinck

Investment Director, Volvo Group Venture Capital

Christina Brinck is an Investment Director at Volvo Group Venture Capital with a special focus on Electrification. Christina has invested long term capital in the international venture market for more than 20 years. Christina has a M. Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from Chalmers University of Technology.

Alireza Etemad

Alireza Etemad

Partner Sweden/Finland, IK Partners

Alireza Etemad is a Partner and Head of the Swedish / Finnish Mid Cap team. He joined the firm in 2015, having previously worked at SEB Corporate Finance and Booz Allen Hamilton in Stockholm as well as Credit Suisse First Boston in London. He has substantial transactional and operational experience, and has served on the Boards of Aspia, Netel, Visolit and Ellab. Alireza specialises in the business services sector. He studied engineering at Linköping Institute of Technology and also holds a degree in Management from Institut National des Télécommunications in Paris.

Carl Johan Falkenberg

Carl Johan Falkenberg

Investment Professional, KLAR Partners

Carl Johan is one of the founders of KLAR Partners. KLAR is a sector focused private equity firm that specialises in investments in B2B Business Services and High-ROIC Industrials in Northern Europe. KLAR raised its first fund in the middle of the pandemic and the fund is one of the largest first-time funds raised in Europe in the last 10 years. Previously, Carl Johan had senior leadership positions at a leading European private equity firm.

Jan Jensen

Jan Jensen

Partner, White & Case

Jan Jensen is White & Case's Nordic Head of Private Equity and the Executive Partner of the Stockholm office. In a career spanning 25 years, Jan has led more than 100 Mergermarket credited transactions, including LBOs, public takeovers, rescue investments and restructurings. Jan regularly works across multiple jurisdictions with some of the leading Nordic and European private equity firms and their portfolio companies. Jan holds two law degrees, one from Stockholm University and one from Harvard Law School. 

Cameron Joyce

Cameron Joyce

VP Research Insights, Preqin

Cameron Joyce has 10 years of experience in the investment industry and is currently part of Preqin’s Research Insights team based in London. He previously worked on the international equity desk of one of the largest pension funds in Latin America where he managed a $5bn allocation to Emerging Market equities in Asia. Cameron later went on to work for a Vietnam based investment bank, writing investment research for global institutional clients. Cameron is also a CFA Charterholder and an Economics graduate from the University of Manchester.

Gabriel Mellqvist

Gabriel Mellqvist

Reporter, Dagens industri and Master of Ceremonies

Gabriel Mellqvist is a Swedish journalist working for Dagens industri. During his twelve year long career at the financial newspaper, he has for instance covered American business and politics as a New York correspondent, as well as worked as a UK Correspondent in London. He has previously anchored the TV-show Börslunch on Stockholm-based broadcaster EFN, Ekonomi- och Finansnyheterna. He has also worked for Reuters and has also co-authored the book United Stockholms of America.

Jan Olsson.

Jan Olsson.

CEO of the Nordics, Deutsche Bank and Chairman, Swedish Chamber of Commerce

Jan joined Deutsche Bank in 1988 and has held several positions within M&A, Structured Finance and Corporate Finance. He holds a BA from Pomona College, an MBA from Wharton, an MA from University of Pennsylvania, and a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies from the London School of Economics.

Maria Perez Hultström

Maria Perez Hultström

Partner and Investment Manager, Priveq

Maria Perez Hultström is Partner and Investment Manager, and her responsibilities extend to the entire investment process, from sourcing new investment opportunities in which Priveq as owner will contribute to growth and value creation, to implementing growth and development strategies together with other owners, the board of directors and management. Maria joined Priveq in 2010 and is currently a director of the boards of Lamiflex, Parfym.se and QleanAir Scandinavia. Before joining Priveq, Maria worked with Corporate Finance at Handelsbanken Capital Markets and Erik Penser Bank.

Joana Rocha Scaff

Joana Rocha Scaff

Managing Director and Head of Europe Private Equity, Neuberger Berman

Joana Rocha Scaff is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman, Head of Europe Private Equity and a member of the Private Investment Portfolios, Co-Investment, and Secondary Investment Committees. She is also a member of Neuberger Berman’s ESG Advisory Committee. Ms. Rocha Scaff has over 20 years of experience in financial markets, the majority of which in private equity investing and prior to that in investment banking. She has been with the firm since 2005. Prior to NB Private Equity, Ms. Rocha Scaff worked in the investment banking division of Lehman Brothers, and prior to that at Citigroup Global Markets and Espirito Santo Investment Bank. She advised on corporate transactions including M&A, financial restructurings and public equity and debt offerings in the United States, Europe and Brazil. Ms. Rocha Scaff received her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and her B.A. in Business Management and Administration from the Universidade Catolica of Lisbon. Ms. Rocha Scaff is the current Vice Chair of the LP Committee of the BVCA – British Private Equity Association and a member of the Limited Partner Advisory Committee of multiple European private equity funds.

Sam Perry

Sam Perry

Director of Strategic Alliances & Private Equity, Globalization Partners

Sam is the Director of Strategic Alliances & Private Equity at Globalization Partners. He has extensive experience in private equity value creation, business development, value selling SaaS, creating strategies and partnering with leaders to provide business transformation solutions. He has spent most of his career in London and New York. At Globalization Partners, Sam leads the European Private Equity business solutions channel, focusing on helping firms, and their portfolio companies shape their global workforce strategies while driving growth and value.

Ellinor Schrewelius

Ellinor Schrewelius

Investor Relations Director, Verdane

As Investor Relations Director, Ellinor works with a number of the world's most respected institutional investors on behalf of Verdane, the Northern European growth equity specialist investor, covering investor relations, ESG reporting, fundraising, co-investments, and business development. She joined Verdane in Stockholm in 2021 from the Sixth Swedish National Pension Fund (AP6). At AP6, she held a position as Investment Director of Fund Investments as well as a permanent position on the Fund's dedicated sustainability and ESG team. Prior to that, Ellinor held a position as Investment Director at the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise, where she was responsible for managing a number of state-owned companies on behalf of the Swedish government. Ellinor’s previous experience includes venture capital investing, management consulting and investment banking. She holds an MSc in Business and Economics as well as a BSc in Informatics from Lund University with studies at Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley.

Joe Schorge

Joe Schorge

Managing Partner, Isomer Capital

Joe Schorge is Founder and Managing Partner of Isomer Capital, focused exclusively on European venture capital through LP investments in early stage funds, company co-investments, and secondary purchases of fund and company positions. Joe was previously an LP, GP and technology operations executive in private markets and technology roles in Europe and the US. He has a BS Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and an MBA from London Business School.

Jan Ståhlberg

Jan Ståhlberg

Founder & Managing Partner, Trill Impact

Jan Ståhlberg has spent over 25 years in the alternative assets industry and is the Founder & Managing Partner of Trill Impact, one of Europe’s leading impact houses for private markets investing. Jan is a former Partner of EQT, which he joined in 1995 as part of the initial team, holding positions such as Vice Chairman, Deputy Managing Partner and Head of Mid-Market globally across Europe, US and Asia. Prior to this, he spent a decade in various senior management positions in the Swedish steel industry. Jan graduated from the Stockholm School of Economics with majors in Economic Analysis and Accounting & Finance. He also attended the MBA program at the New York University Stern School of Business. Jan has been lecturing on Private Equity at leading universities in Sweden and the US.

Highlights from the Nordic Private Equity Forum 2020

The Nordic Private Equity Forum brings together stakeholders from the Nordic and UK-based asset management communities, from fund managers to banks, investors and advisory firms, to discuss the year ahead for private equity activity in the Nordics.

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