Meet the Speakers
Jens is a Director at Altor Equity Partners. Prior to joining Altor in 2011, he worked with Investment Banking at ABG Sundal Collier. Jens is a board member of Ideal of Sweden, RevolutionRace, Orchid Orthopedics and Infotheek Group.
Jens has an MSc in Economics from Stockholm School of Economics with Exchange studies at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Martin Calderbank is Managing Partner at Agilitas Private Equity, the pan-European mid-market private equity firm which invests in defensible businesses with opportunities for significant step changes. Agilitas has a patient, sector-focused approach to investing and a strong track-record of dramatically transforming and growing companies. Martin has been working in private equity since 1995. Martin is passionate about how the private equity model can empower and support strong management teams in leading companies through transformational changes that create sustainable value. Martin started his career with McKinsey. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University. He speaks English and French.
Jannan Crozier is a Corporate / M&A Partner in Baker McKenzie's London office. Jannan has also practised in the Firm's Moscow and Sydney office. She is a member of Baker McKenzie's Global Industrials Manufacturing & Transportation Steering Committee. Jannan guides clients through transformational corporate transactions, particularly in relation to cross-border mergers and acquisitions, complex multijurisdictional carve-out transactions, private equity and infrastructure transactions, joint ventures and corporate reorganisations. She has acted for several IMT companies in high profile transactions involving 100+ jurisdictions.
Alireza Etemad is a Partner at IK Investment Partners and Head of the Swedish / Finnish Mid Cap team aswell as the Mid Cap funds’ Investment Committee. 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 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.
Oscar Geen joined Unquote in 2017 as a reporter, focusing on the private equity market in the DACH region. He previously worked for Unquote sister publication Creditflux as a researcher, focusing on the CLO market.
Oscar graduated from the University of Kent with a Master's degree in political theory in 2015 and spent a year at the Freie Universität in Berlin as part of his undergraduate programme.
Joined in September 2016. Martin previously held the position as VP Marketing& Sales at Polarica. Before joining Polarica, he worked for Menigo Foodservice from 2007 to 2014 in positions as Commercial Director, Marketing& Sales Director, and Business Development Director. Prior to joining Menigo, Martin worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company from 2004-2007. Martin holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering & Management from Chalmers University of Technology and a MSc in Financial Economics from Gothenburg University, Sweden.
Staffan Jåfs, M.Sc.Econ, is the head of private equity at eQ Asset Management, a leading Finnish asset management and corporate finance firm with AUM of Euro 10.5 bn. He has been in the private investment industry for 20 years. At eQ Asset Management, he heads the private equity / private credit business overseeing the management of more than 20 fund / client portfolios worth Euro 7 bn. His responsibilities include investment / portfolio management of private assets and oversight of eQ´s 7-person dedicated private investments team and overall responsibility for eQ’s partnership-based strategies, including private credit. He also serves as a member of the management board of the parent company eQ Plc.
Denise joined unquote" as Associate Editor in June 2016 to spearhead our GP profiling effort. Prior to this, she spent almost nine years at unquote" sister publication Debtwire and was Mid Market Editor, setting up the Mid Market product in 2012.
Denise graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in History and also has a master's from the Victoria & Albert Museum. After a stint working for publications in Italy, she returned to London in 2007.
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.
Sofie is a Senior Investment Manager at Skandia Liv. She joined the Skandia PE team in 2007 and has since worked primarily with Buyout fund investments and co-investments. Sofie holds a Ph.D in Finance from Hanken School of Economics. Skandia today has an EUR 4 billion PE portfolio investing in Europe and North America.
Roger joined Triton in 2009 and before that was at Handelsbanken for 19 years in various roles. His role at Triton includes financing new deals, managing financial risk in the Triton portfolio companies and sourcing new deals for Triton – both distressed and well performing. He has an MBA from Stockholm University.
Lars has more than 20 years of experience in software and technology, working with general management, corporate and business development, M&A and strategy. At GRO Capital, Lars is responsible for finding and executing new deals throughout the Nordic region, along with monitoring and growing the portfolio as an active board member. Lars is involved in the investments with Trifork, Boyum IT Solutions, Tacton Systems AB and Adform.
Prior to joining GRO Capital, Lars was Managing Director at Carnegie Investment Banking
Leif Lupp is Managing Director Nordics at Aurelius Equities Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA, a German Investment Holding. Aurelius is listed on the German stock exchange and invests with a long-term investment horizon in companies with operational improvement potential. Leif started his career at Barclays Bank, where he advised large European corporate clients on Mergers & Acquisitions as well as Corporate Financing solutions. Subsequently, Leif was the Head of Corporate Finance at the Danish wind-turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems, where he was part of the management team that secured Vestas‘ turnaround back in 2012/2013. Prior to joining Aurelius, Leif was active as a private equity investor with IMCap Partners, an investment platform for small- to medium-sized companies, which he co-founded in Zürich, Switzerland.
Mikko joined Access in September 2011. He has 13 years of private equity experience. He is responsible for origination, screening, evaluation, negotiation and monitoring underlying funds, both on the primary and secondary markets. He serves on the advisory committees of funds in the Nordic region. Prior to joining Access Mikko was Private Equity Portfolio Manager at Keva, the Local Government Pensions Institution in Helsinki, for five years. Previously, Mikko spent 6 years with Investment Management Tresor in Finland. Mikko holds a Master of Science degree in Finance from the Helsinki School of Economics and is also a CFA Charterholder. He is a Finnish National.
Rasmus is a Partner at Adelis Equity Partners. Prior to joining Adelis, Rasmus worked at Permira and at the Boston Consulting Group. Rasmus is the Chairman of the Board of Ropo Capital and Dayton Group as well as a member of the Board of SSI Diagnostica, Quattro Mikenti Group, Puuilo and Datacenter Finland. He has previously served as Chairman of the Board of Med Group and a member of the Board / deal team of e.g. NGI and Pharmaq.
MBA, Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar), Boston and MSc, Helsinki University of Technology / Boston University
Ola is a Partner and Head of Permira’s Nordic office. He has worked on a number of transactions including Klarna, Pharmaq and TDC.
Prior to joining Permira, Ola worked in London at Apax Partners on a number of buy-outs, specifically covering the Nordic region, and in M&A at Lehman Brothers. Previously, he was a manager in the Strategy Division at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in Washington DC.
Ola has a Master’s in Economics from the Gothenburg School of Economics and Commercial Law, Sweden, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, USA.
Mari Nygård is responsible for the Data Room business area in Admincontol. She is passionate about digitalization and about providing smart solutions that facilitate decision making processes for owners, management and key stakeholders.
Mari has 12 years of experience in sales, business development and management, mainly in software and telecom. Before joining Admincontrol in 2015, she worked in Telia.
She holds an MSc degree within Business Administration and Marketing from RSM Erasmus University, Rotterdam.
Fred advises financial sponsors and corporate clients on financing solutions from the debt markets to support acquisitions and growth. He also advises clients on refinancing and amendments to existing debt facilities.
Fred combines more than 16 years of experience arranging leveraged loans with deep technical capabilities to tailor optimum structures for our clients.
Before joining Lincoln, Fred worked for the Bank of Scotland where he arranged mid-market U.K. leverage finance transactions, and Mizuho Bank where he focused on the Nordic region’s leverage finance transactions. Previously, he worked for Lloyds Banking Group on leveraged finance origination and restructuring, and mid-market UK debt advisory for BDO LLP.
Fred received his degree from London School of Economics and is a certified Chartered Accountant (ICAEW).
Mats Rooth is head of Baker McKenzie's Banking & Finance Practice Group in Stockholm. He specialises in financing and restructurings, particularly acquisition finance in relation to private equity transactions where he acts for domestic and international borrowers and lenders. Prior to joining the Firm in 2017, he was one of the founding partners and head of the Banking & Finance practice at Byström Rooth & Partners. Mats has also worked as a partner and head of the finance practice at Ashurst in Stockholm and at SEB Merchant Banking and Vinge.
Mats is recognised as a leading lawyer in banking and finance and restructuring and insolvency by directories including Who’s Who, IFLR, Chambers and Legal 500.
Øystein Sandnes (Chief Digital Officer) joined Verdane Advisors in 2017 from Bergans of Norway where he held the position of Chief Information Officer. During his 10 years at Bergans he worked with IT, people and processes to enable Bergan’s growth and expansion into the US, Russia and Germany.
At Verdane, Øystein works closely with the business services, investment teams and with portfolio companies to ensure the continuous digital development and optimization of the businesses.
Education : Øystein holds a Masters in Informatics from University of Oslo, and an Executive MBA from Norwegian School of Management (BI).
Christian Schmidt-Jacobsen joined Axcel in 2015 as co-managing partner as part of the succession plan and became managing partner on October 1, 2016. He joined Axcel from Icopal, where he served as Group CFO, following spells at Chr. Hansen, Danske Bank Corporate Finance and, from 1999 to 2005, Axcel. Schmidt-Jacobsen holds an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School. Schmidt-Jacobsen is a member of the board of Delete, IsaDora and Frontmatec.
Danish, born 1970, Copenhagen office
Monalotte Theorell Christofferson has spent the past twelve years at Scope Capital, a private equity firm that invests together with management, driving the transition from the entrepreneurial phase to an institutionalized platform for sustainable growth, where she is Admin Partner and CFO. Before joining Scope, Monalotte spent nine years with Investor AB in Stockholm where she held a position as Head of Risk Management and Compliance and prior to that she was a Chartered Public Accountant with KPMG.
Monalotte serves as a deputy on the Board of Directors of Wright Trafikkskole and is passionate about the development of sustainability procedures for growth companies in the private equity industry. Monalotte has served on the Board of the Swedish Venture Capital Association since 2015, and was elected Chairman in June 2019.
Monalotte holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics.