Meet the Speakers
Kasper works as a Corporate Development Executive at Acuris, focused on both organic- and acquisitive growth initiatives across the company’s divisions.
He joined Mergermarket’s editorial team at the end of 2006 to cover the Nordic markets, moving up to become global assistant editor for the product before shifting to strategy related roles in 2013. To keep abreast of developments, Kasper still occasionally lends his byline to various editorial- and events teams within the Acuris suite.
Outside of Acuris, Kasper advises a London based venture capital firm on investment strategy and investor relations. In his spare time, he is working hard to convince his young daughter on the merits of downhill skiing, and is training for his first triathlon.
Joined in July 2011 as part of NC Advisory’s effort to professionalise the CFO function. Klas has six years’ experience as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, followed by 19 years in senior management functions, mostly as a CFO in private equity or bank owned portfolio companies. Having throughout his career worked almost exclusively with turnarounds and complex carve-outs, Klas brought extensive experience from building and revamping core finance and administrative functions while supporting the commercial operations. Klas holds an MSc in Business Administration and Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics, with an international exchange programme major in Finance from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.
After carving a entrepreneurial career through the early days of Fintech and Machine learning, Bjarke joined the Creandum team in 2015.
After starting his career at Goldman Sachs, Bjarke co-founded Alipes Capital in 2008. Alipes is a technology company that never left stealth, as it became profitable very fast, has grown organically and has a very specialized product. The company uses machine learning and natural language processing to automatically read financial news and generate insights about the stock market. The company has about 20 employees in Copenhagen, most of them machine learning, physics and computer science PhDs.
After running Alipes for 6 years, Bjarke left active management to his two co-founders in 2014, and is now a proud board member and shareholder. He then ran Vaniday in Berlin, a Rocket Internet funded global beauty and wellness marketplace, before joining Creandum.
At Creandum, Bjarke spends a lot of time on Fintech as well as the machine learning and AI space.
Sebastian Sjöberg is a Partner at McKinsey & Company. Based in Stockholm, he leads the Private Equity & Principal Investors practice across the Nordics. He serves clients across the private equity and investor ecosystem, as well as other financial services, including from the banking, fintech, consumer finance, insurance, and savings sectors. Sebastian holds a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the Lund Institute of Technology and a B.Sc. in Financial Economics from Lund University. He also holds a Certificate of Management of Technology from Berkeley, University of California.
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.
Johan joined Cubera in February 2015 and is a partner based in Stockholm. His focus is secondary acquisitions of Nordic Buyout Funds. Prior to joining Cubera Johan spent six and a half years at the Sixth Swedish National Pension Fund (AP6) and when leaving was Fund Investment Director. At AP6 Johan was responsible for doing both primary and secondary investments and had a specific focus on the secondary market. Before AP6 he worked at Deloitte with Audit and Consulting projects for three years.
Mr Möller has M&A and principal equity experience from Goldman Sachs and Permira. At Goldman Sachs, Mr. Möller spent seven years in the Principal Investment group and the M&A team in London and New York. He was promoted to Vice President in 2002. In January 2003 Mr Möller joined private equity firm Permira as an investment manager to help build Permira’s Nordic office in Stockholm. Mr Möller has significant transaction experience from a wide range of industries and geographies, both from a principal as well as from an advisory perspective. Mr. Möller holds a MSc. in Economics and Business Administration with a dual major from the Stockholm School of Economics and the Wharton School.
With strategic acquisitions an important factor in Visma’s growth, Männik has since 2010 had to make full use of his diplomacy skills and excellent financial insight. Männik and his highly skilled team of financial analysts and experts are hands-on throughout all Visma’s M&A processes.
Pål joined Verdane Capital Advisors' Stockholm office in 2007 from hitta.se, where he was the marketing and business development manager. Pål began at hitta.se in its early start-up phase and helped the company become Sweden’s most widely used online directory. Prior to hitta.se, Pål worked in other Schibsted subsidiaries, such as Aftonbladet and SvD, and was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, Stockholm.
At Verdane, Pål has worked closely with companies such as Bythjul, C3 Technologies and Newscycle. He is currently head of the business to business software vertical and he is also responsible for Verdane's activities in Denmark.
Education: Pål holds an MSc from the Stockholm School of Economics and participated in ITESM’s (Mexico) MBA program.
Mr. Lund is a Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Houlihan Lokey’s Private Funds Group. He is based in the firm’s London office.
Mr. Lund was formerly a Managing Partner of BearTooth Advisors, a private equity placement agent, which he co-founded in 2014. BearTooth quickly grew to be a leading boutique with a successful track record advising a variety of private equity and private credit managers prior to its acquisition by Houlihan Lokey in 2018.
Prior to co-founding BearTooth, Mr. Lund was a Director of Limited Partner Services for Advent International, where he led the firm’s project management function and focused on research and analysis initiatives to support marketing, fundraising, and investor relations activities. Prior to Advent, Mr. Lund was a Director in the Private Equity Funds Group at UBS, where he managed several fundraising assignments for leading private equity firms. Prior to UBS, Mr. Lund was a pilot in the UK Royal Air Force, flying Tornado fast jets and Puma helicopters in a number of operational theatres.
Mr. Lund has previously served as Chair of the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Investor Relations Advisory Group and co-authored a number of private equity-related publications.
Mr. Lund holds a B.S. in Insurance and Investment from City, University of London and an MBA from London Business School.
David joined Marsh in 2014 as Transactional Risk Leader for the Nordic region as part of their global Private Equity and M&A Services practice. He advises clients in connection with the use of M&A insurance products including warranty & indemnity (W&I) insurance, contingency issues and tax indemnity insurance. David has a broad M&A experience working with Linklaters’ M&A department in Stockholm and most recently as an investment manager at a Private Equity firm in the Gulf region. He holds an LL.M. from Uppsala University and an MBA from IE Business School.
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.
Mr. Hedelin has over 23 years of experience of entrepreneurship and private equity experience within digital transformation. Mr. Hedelin spearheading the Internet retailing market by co-founding boo.com as Executive Chairman in 1999 with the ambition of becoming the globally leading retailer of apparel and shoes. He co-founded eEquity in 2010 together with Magnus Wiberg which is a sector fund for digital growth with a specialisation for e-commerce.
He holds a Master in Business Administration from Stockholm School of Economics and a Master of Law from Stockholm University.
Michael Halford is a partner in Goodwin’s Private Equity group and Head of its Private Investment Funds practice for Europe and Asia. His practice focuses on private equity funds, infrastructure funds and real estate funds for institutional and private investors. He covers a wide range of funds, incentive schemes and co-investment arrangements. Among the investment houses he has previously worked for are PAI Partners, Triton, 3i, Macquarie, First State, UBS, Pantheon, Capital Dynamics, BNP Paribas, Electra and Patron.
Prior to joining Goodwin in 2017, Mr. Halford was the Head of International Funds, London for King & Wood Mallesons (formerly SJ Berwin).
Since joining EQT Partners in 2015, Hanna has worked with the organization on further accelerating its responsible investment and ownership practices to capture the investment and business opportunities the sustainability agenda offers.
Hanna frequently engages with portfolio companies to enhance awareness as well as to create value and positive societal impact. She also manages several initiatives, such as EQT's climate actions, and actively participates in advancing the industry through working groups and conferences/seminars.
Other experience, prior to joining EQT Partners, includes sustainability consulting at Prime Group, supporting global companies, industry associations, government agencies and other larger organizations with sustainability strategies, ESG reporting, market research and relationship management.
Hanna holds a M.Sc. in Finance from the Stockholm School of Economics, with exchange studies at Università Bocconi, Milan and University College, Dublin.
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.
Bio: Alireza Etemad joined IK Investment Partners in 2015. He previously worked at SEB Corporate Finance and Booz Allen Hamilton in Stockholm as well as Credit Suisse First Boston in London. He studied engineering at Linköping Institute of Technology and also holds a degree in Management from Institut National des Télécommunications in Paris.
Magnus is Head of Nordic ECM at BAML and has more the 15 year’s experience in the Equity Capital Markets and the market for private placements, with previous roles at SEB and Sixth National Pension Fund
Frida joined Verdane in 2010 from Jefferies' Fund Placement Group (formerly Helix Associates), where she had sales coverage of European investors and led private equity fundraising projects. She also has experience from investor relations at Reuters Group and from roles in corporate communications and sales with Reuters in London and Luxembourg.
Frida holds an MSc in Business and Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) and a CEMS Master in International Management from HEC Paris (France) and SSE. She is a CFA charterholder.
Wilshire Associates Incorporated was founded in 1972 and has evolved from an investment technology firm into a global company specializing in investment products, consulting services, and technology solutions. Within the firm, Wilshire Private Markets (WPM) is an integrated global research platform providing customized private markets solutions to a wide range of clients. WPM has a global client base of more than 200 institutions.
Ms. Brom is a member of WPM’s Management Committee, serves on WPM’s global Investment Committee and is co-responsible for the private markets activities in Europe. She has 18 years of investment experience. Prior to joining WPM, she worked in corporate bond research, most recently as Vice President with Morgan Stanley in London. Ms. Brom was also previously with ABN AMRO Bank in Amsterdam. Ms. Brom received an MSc degree in Economics/Business Administration from the University of Amsterdam. She joined Wilshire in 2003.
Sara Bernow is a Partner at McKinsey & Company. Based in Stockholm, Sara has been at McKinsey for more than 10 years and is part of the company’s global Private Equity & Principal Investors practice. She co-leads the Institutional Investors team in Europe, where she predominantly advises pensions funds, private equity firms, government ownership units and other institutional investors on a wide range of issues, including investment strategy, ESG/sustainability strategy, performance review, risk management, portfolio analysis, operational platform and due diligence of investment opportunities. She also leads McKinsey’s sustainable investing team globally. Prior to joining McKinsey, Sara had a stint at Goldman Sachs in London. She holds a Master’s degree in Finance from Stockholm School of Economics with an academic MBA exchange at Indian Institute of Management (IIMA).