Nordic Private Equity Forum

21 October, 6:30pm - 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 options

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

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


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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



Peter Sandberg., Chief Executive, Swedish Chamber of Commerce

Gabriel Mellqvist, Reporter, Dagens industri and Master of Ceremonies

Data presentation

Mark O'Hare, Founder and CEO, Preqin

The state of the Nordic Private Equity Market

Fredrik Bolander, Director, Lincoln International

Alireza Etemad, Partner Sweden/Finland, IK Investment Partners

Pia Kåll, Managing Partner, CapMan Buyout

Hans Årstad, Private Equity Director, KKR

Jan Jensen, Partner, White & Case

The rise of the specialist funds

Carl Johan Falkenberg, Investment Professional, KLAR Partners

COP26, Net-Zero and the asset management industry – what role does the industry have?

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

Joe Schorge, Managing Partner, Isomer Capital

Institutional investors: Fuelling change and green finance

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

Ellinor Schewrelius, Investor Relations Director, Verdane

Closing remarks

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

Speakers 2021

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.

Alireza Etemad

Alireza Etemad

Partner Sweden/Finland, IK Investment 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.

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. 

Pia Kåll

Pia Kåll

Managing Partner, CapMan Buyout

Pia Kåll joined CapMan Buyout in 2016 as a partner and was designated managing partner in 2017. Before joining CapMan, Kåll was on the Executive Board of Outotec, where she was responsible for Strategy, M&A, Marketing and Operational Excellence. Previously she worked eight years at McKinsey&Company where she was an Associate Principal. She holds an M. Sc. In Engineering Physics and Mathematics.

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.

Mark O'Hare

Mark O'Hare

Founder and CEO, Preqin

Mark O’Hare is Founder and Chief Executive of Preqin. Preqin provides market-leading global data, insights and solutions for the alternative assets industry, covering private equity, venture capital, hedge funds, real estate, infrastructure, private debt and natural resources. Preqin is an independent business with over 400 staff based in London, New York, Singapore, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Manila, serving more than 60,000 customers in over 90 countries. Mark studied Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics at Cambridge University, where he graduated with First Class Honours and was awarded the Stokes Prize.  Subsequent to this he studied Finance at London Business School.

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.

Peter Sandberg.

Peter Sandberg.

Chief Executive, Swedish Chamber of Commerce

Peter Sandberg is Chief Executive at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce since 2018. He holds an MSc in Political Science and Economics from Lund University and has previously worked in press and communications roles at the Swedish Embassy and Chamber of Commerce in London respectively. He has worked at the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York City as Director of Program and VP, and when returning to London, joined the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association where he was part of the management team in his role as Director of Commercial Development & Membership.

Ellinor Schewrelius

Ellinor Schewrelius

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.

Hans Årstad

Hans Årstad

Private Equity Director, KKR

Hans Arstad joined KKR in 2014 and leads the European private equity activities across the Nordic region. Mr. Arstad has been involved in the investments in Sector Alarm, Söderberg & Partners, Välinge, iGas, Ambea, Mehilainen and Visma. Prior to joining KKR, he worked for McKinsey & Company. Mr. Arstad holds a M.Sc. in Finance and a B.Sc. in Business Administration from Norwegian School of Economics.

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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