Nordic Private Equity Forum

21 October, 6:30pm - 10:00pm

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

Thank you for joining the Nordic Private Equity Forum on 29 October 2020. Over 200 guests joined us to listen to discussions on the year ahead for private equity activity in the Nordics; how the private equity markets will be affected and where we find the future opportunities in the Nordics in light of the ongoing pandemic.

We are happy to announce the new date for Nordic Private Equity Forum 2021 on 21 October, make sure to save the date now. More information about the agenda will be updated shortly.

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.

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Agenda 2020



Peter Sandberg., Chief Executive, Swedish Chamber of Commerce

Carl-Johan Kullving, Nordics Reporter, Debtwire and Master of Ceremonies

The Nordic private equity market: overview and activity

Mark O'Hare, Founder and CEO, Preqin

Solving global challenges: investing in impact

Hannah Gunvor Jacobsen, Director, Summa Equity

Panel: How resilient is the Nordic private equity market?

Fund vintages in crisis times have given great returns, and PE compares well to stock markets – but how resilient is the current PE market, and what is next?

Anders Borg, Managing Director, KKR

Alireza Etemad, Partner Sweden/Finland, IK Investment Partners

Jan Johan Kühl, Managing Partner, Polaris

Pia Kåll, Managing Partner, CapMan Buyout

Jan Jensen, Partner, White & Case

Panel: Deep dive into the Nordic market

Sectors and industries to watch

Karl Eidem, Director, Head of Nordic Region, Silverfleet Capital

Mia Sirkiä, Founding Partner, Saari Partners

Clara Zverina, Director, Altor Equity Partners

Carl-Johan Kullving, Nordics Reporter, Debtwire and Master of Ceremonies

Panel: Alternative strategies in the Nordics

Successful alternative strategies in the Nordics and the way forward

Michiel Boorsma, Partner, Beechbrook Capital

Fredrik Brynildsen, Investment Professional, KLAR Partners

Emanuel Johnsson, Partner, Verdane

Ellen Amalie Vold, CEO, Norwegian Venture Capital Association

Fireside Chat: Creating the next tech giants

The Nordics is home to plenty of unicorns, and fare well per capita. But what’s next on the horizon?

Martin Rames, Client Development, Nordic & UK, DealCloud

Pär-Jörgen Pärson, General Partner, Northzone

Panel: Institutional investors’ appetite for the Nordics

LPs giving perspectives on fund selections in turbulent times, what’s their take on Nordic fund managers and investing in the Nordics? And what role does ESG play in selection?

Marcus Daleke, Investment Manager, Skandia

Simon Faure, Investment Director, M&G Private Fund Investments

Ingibjörg Meyer-Myklestad, Head of Corporate Affairs, Argentum Asset Management

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

Magnus Christensson, Partner, Pollen Street Capital

Closing remarks

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



Speakers 2020

Ellen Amalie Vold

Ellen Amalie Vold

CEO, Norwegian Venture Capital Association

Ellen joined NVCA in May 2020 after being the Head of Press Relations and Acting Director of Communications at Argentum Asset Management. Prior to Argentum she worked 9 years as a communication consultant, last in Burson-Marsteller. She has an educational background in PR and communication from the Norwegian School of Management.

Michiel Boorsma

Michiel Boorsma

Partner, Beechbrook Capital

Michiel is a Partner responsible for sourcing, executing and monitoring investments. He joined Beechbrook in 2010. He has over 15 years’ experience in finance and was most recently with Nordic Mezzanine where he focused on sourcing, executing, and monitoring investment in the Benelux and Nordic regions.

Anders Borg

Anders Borg

Managing Director, KKR

Anders Borg is currently the Head of the Consumer & Retail industry team in EMEA. Mr Borg joined KKR in 2013 to lead the firm’s activities in the Nordic region and has been involved in the investments of Ambea, Mehilainen, Hyperion, Sector Alarm, Soderberg & Partners, Valinge, and Visma. Recent board directorships include the boards of Ambea AB (publ.), Mehilainen Oy, Visma AS, and Chairman of the Välinge Group AB. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Borg was a partner at TDR Capital and before that he worked for Bain & Company in Stockholm and New York, and worked in the global strategy group at Nestle in Vevey, Switzerland. Mr. Borg is a Swedish national and holds a Master's degree in Physics from Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden).

Fredrik Brynildsen

Fredrik Brynildsen

Investment Professional, KLAR Partners

Fredrik Brynildsen is a Partner at KLAR Partners. Fredrik has a background from Triton where he held various leadership roles including Head of Norway and Co-Head of the Energy Sector team. Prior to joining Triton he worked in the investment banking division of Citigroup in New York. At KLAR, Fredrik focuses on investing in business services and light industrial companies across Northern Europe and he is also a member of the Investment Committee. KLAR is a Northern European private equity firm focused on investing in mid-market companies providing mission critical products and services.

Magnus Christensson

Magnus Christensson

Partner, Pollen Street Capital

Magnus joined Pollen Street in October 2016 as Partner, Fundraising and IR. He is also a member of the Investment Committee. Magnus has extensive fundraising and IR experience having raised over USD 4 billion in his career since 1989. Prior to joining Pollen Street Capital, Magnus was previously at TPG’s Fundraising group, where he was part of the global team responsible for Europe. Prior to joining TPG in 2011, Magnus served as Managing Director and Head of Europe for Jefferies Fund Placement Group. Between 2002 and 2010 he was a Partner and member of the management committee at Atlantic-Pacific Capital Inc. and in 2000, was a Principal at NM Rothschild's private equity business in London. He also has work experience as a strategy consultant from Indevo and Bain & Co.

Marcus Daleke

Marcus Daleke

Investment Manager, Skandia

Marcus joined the Skandia Private Equity team in 2019 as an Investment Manager focusing on Buyouts and Infrastructure. Prior to this, he spent four years as an Associate Principal in the Private Equity Group at Abu Dhabi Investment Council, a UAE-based sovereign wealth fund. He started his career at Deutsche Bank in London and also spent four years in the PE Secondary Market with Cogent Partners. Marcus has a BSc in Business and Economics from Stockholm School of Economics and is a CFA Charterholder.

Karl Eidem

Karl Eidem

Director, Head of Nordic Region, Silverfleet Capital

Karl joined Silverfleet Capital in 2017 as co-head of the Nordic region based in Stockholm. Prior to joining the company he was for a short period an investment director with AP6, the sixth Swedish national pension fund, which he joined from Doughty Hanson where he was also responsible for investments in the Nordic region. He started his career at Accenture in Stockholm before moving to London and into investment banking initially with Goldman Sachs and then Lehman Brothers. Karl relocated back to Sweden in 2006 becoming a partner at corporate finance firm ABG Sundal Collier, spending five years with them before joining private equity. In addition to a MSc in psychology from the University of Stockholm, Karl also has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston near Chicago.

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.

Simon Faure

Simon Faure

Investment Director, M&G Private Fund Investments

Simon joined M&G plc in 2004 and is focused on Private Equity. Simon is a member of the Alternatives Investment Committee. Before joining M&G plc, Simon worked at HBOS  plc and AIG Global Investment Ltd and has 22 years’ private equity experience investing in primary, secondary and co-investments globally. Simon has a BA (hons) from Southampton University, UK.​

Hannah Gunvor Jacobsen

Hannah Gunvor Jacobsen

Director, Summa Equity

Hannah Jacobsen is an Investment Director and Head of IR & Communication at Summa Equity, a Nordic private equity fund that he founded in 2016. Hannah was the first employee to join the Summa, which today has more than EUR 1.4bn under Management. Summa was the first private equity firm to align its strategy with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2019, Hannah co-authored the article “Private Equity 4.0: Using ESG to Create  More Value with Less Risk” in the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance that describes Summa’s approach in integrating “externalities” and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors in order to create long-term value. Prior to joining Summa, Hannah worked as a corporate finance professional at Swedbank, after receiving a business degree from Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).

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. 

Emanuel Johnsson

Emanuel Johnsson

Partner, Verdane

Based in London, Emanuel is today responsible for Verdane’s overall sourcing activities whilst focusing his own time on finding new investment opportunities and building holdings within the cloud software industry. Emanuel started his career as a graphic designer in advertising before transitioning into finance after graduate school. Prior to joining Verdane in Stockholm in early 2014, he spent five years in technology investment banking in London with focus on the broader enterprise software industry. Emanuel holds an MSc in Investment Management from CASS Business School in London.

Carl-Johan Kullving

Carl-Johan Kullving

Nordics Reporter, Debtwire and Master of Ceremonies

Carl-Johan Kullving is responsible for Debtwire’s primary Nordic coverage, encompassing mid and large cap deals across the leveraged finance market. Carl-Johan joined Debtwire in 2018 from Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, where he broke news across a variety of sectors such as business and politics after obtaining an MA in Business Journalism from Columbia University. He started his career as a journalist investigating the armed forces from within. Carl-Johan also has a BS in Politics and Economics from Lund University in Sweden.

Jan Johan Kühl

Jan Johan Kühl

Managing Partner, Polaris

Jan Johan Kühl joined Polaris as Managing Partner in April 2007. Prior to joining Polaris, Jan was Group Director at Icopal, where he started in 2000. He was previously CEO of Monarflex (1995-2000), Project Manager at the management consultancy Aarsø Nielsen & Partners (1993-1995), and Equity Analyst at Gudme Raaschou Investment Bank (1989-1993).

Jan Johan Kühl is Managing Partner at Polaris, a leading Nordic mid-market private equity firm (sweet spot between €30-150m) in Denmark and Sweden. Prior to joining Polaris in 2007, Jan was Group Director at Europe’s leading supplier of protection products for buildings and constructions, Icopal. Jan’s earlier positions also include CEO of Monarflex from 1995-2000, Project Manager at the Danish management consultancy Aarsø Nielsen & Partners, and Equity Analyst at Gudme Raaschou Investment Bank. Jan holds a M.Sc. in Business Administration and Economics from University of Aarhus, School of Business and Social Sciences.

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.

Ingibjörg Meyer-Myklestad

Ingibjörg Meyer-Myklestad

Head of Corporate Affairs, Argentum Asset Management

Ingibjörg Meyer-Myklestad heads up Argentum’s Corporate Affairs department. Argentum is a leading asset manager that invests in private equity funds in Northern Europe. Ingibjörg has broad experience from investment management and communications with background as an analyst at DNB in Oslo and New York and consultant at Burson-Marsteller. She is also a former journalist. She holds an M.Sc. in Economics and Business from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).

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.

Pär-Jörgen Pärson

Pär-Jörgen Pärson

General Partner, Northzone

Pär-Jörgen Pärson has been a general partner at Northzone since 2004. At Northzone, his primary areas of focus are disruptive businesses in consumer internet, health and fintech.
His portfolio includes multi-billion dollar exits in market-defining companies such as Spotify, iZettle and Avito, as well as Pricerunner, Jasper, Videoplaza, and current companies like fuboTV, Spring Health, Play Dots and others. He appeared several times in Forbes’ Midas List.

Before joining Northzone, Pärson ran his own investment firm and was a consultant at McKinsey. He holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics.
Martin Rames

Martin Rames

Client Development, Nordic & UK, DealCloud

Martin Björn Rames leads DealCloud's expansion efforts in the Nordics. DealCloud is the leading provider of deal and relationship management solutions to the private capital markets, serving 1,000+ clients globally. Prior to DealCloud, Martin spent time on the data side, working within the Relationship and Sales team at Dealogic.

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 Co-Investment, Private Investment Portfolios and Secondary Investment Committees. Ms. Scaff has over 21 years of experience in financial markets, the majority of which in private equity investing and prior to that in investment banking. She has been at Neuberger Berman for 15 years. Prior to Neuberger Berman, she worked in investment banking covering primarily the telecommunications, media and information services sectors. Ms. Scaff worked in the investment banking division of Lehman Brothers, and prior to that at Citigroup Global Markets and Espirito Santo Investment. She advised on corporate transactions including M&A, financial restructurings and public equity and debt offerings in the United States, Europe and Brazil. Ms. 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. Scaff is a member 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.

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.

Mia Sirkiä

Mia Sirkiä

Founding Partner, Saari Partners

Mia is a Founding Partner at Saari Partners, a buy-out fund focused in cultivating small service companies for success. Mia has not followed a typical career path leading to private equity, as Mia has worked in various roles in branding, sales and go-to-market before co-founding Saari Partners. She was responsible for the B2B marketing unit at brand agency Hasan & Partners, and in that role, has been developing brand and marketing for industrial, service and technology companies. Prior to advertising, Mia had several roles with Nokia Corporation from heading Global Go-To-Market Programs to business development to product marketing. Mia holds a MSc in Economics and Business Administration from Aalto University School of Business.

Clara Zverina

Clara Zverina

Director, Altor Equity Partners

Clara Zverina is a Director at Altor Equity Partners in Stockholm. She joined the firm in 2014, after an 8-year stint in academia. She started her career at Credit Suisse in New York. Clara currently serves on the board of KonfiDents. She holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University, and an MPA/ID and PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University.

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