Johan is Head of M&A at PwC Sweden and member of PwC's Corporate Finance Global Leadership Team. He has worked as an M&A adviser for more than twenty years focusing on mid-cap transactions in Sweden and abroad. Before joining PwC in 2006 he was with Handelsbanken Corporate Finance for 12 years leading their Business Services sector. He has also worked at Handelsbanken's London branch focusing on cross-border transactions. Johan has an MBA from University of Oregon, a BSc from University of Linköping as well as executive courses from Insead.
Johan Hultner is a Managing Director within the Leveraged Finance Department of RBS which he joined in 2004. Previously, he worked with UBS (initially S.G.Warburg) in London for 10 years within the Corporate Finance Department, where he lead a number of M&A, equity and debt related transactions.
Johan holds a MSc in Engineering Physics and has attended the Harvard Executive Education Programme and the Swedish Army Language School.
Thomas leads PwC’s M&A Integration and Separation practice in Sweden. Having planned and executed M&A integrations and carve-outs for 15 years, Thomas has extensive experience from complex operational transformations, often with significant growth ambitions and cost synergies capturing.
Most of Thomas’ client engagements are in a multinational setting, making the ability to prioritise and coordinate across national legislation, cultural differences and priorities an imperative. Clients include large Nordic corporates and Private Equity companies.
Thomas holds a Diplom-Kaufmann degree from theUniversity of Mannheim, Germany. A native Norwegian, he speaks English, German,and Scandinavian (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian).
Markus has been Head of CapMan Buyout since 2014 and member of the Buyout investment team since 1996. He has been instrumental in a number of CapMan Buyout investments and a key contributor to CapMan Buyout’s position as a leading Nordic mid-cap buyout investor.
Jesper Karpsen has a broad M&A experience with transactions from Greenland in North, Equatorial Guinea in South, to Brazil in West and Azerbaijan in East.
He has been working in smaller companies with responsibility for the full business development cycle, but also in large corporates like Maersk and Vattenfall with large dedicated M&A teams.
Jesper was in 2012 recruited to Vattenfall as Head of M&A, Stockholm responsible for executing M&A transactions and building up partnering capabilities with pension capital in infrastructure assets.
In 2015 he was appointed Vice President Business Development in Business Area Distribution responsible for business development, M&A, strategy, competitor intelligence and investment planning for all of Vattenfall's Distribution activities.
Ragnar joined PAI in 2008 and is responsible for the Nordic Team. He participated in a number of transactions including Perstorp and Atos Medical.
He has more than 10 years of experience in management consulting having worked for Accenture, McKinsey & Company and Booz Allen Hamilton. At McKinsey & Company he was a member of the Corporate Finance and Private Equity practices, advising European Private Equity firms on investments, portfolio company value creation and exits. He also worked as CFO and deputy CEO for Unibet Plc, a European online gaming company.
Ragnar holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Institute of Technology in Linkoping. His Swedish and English are fluent, and he is conversational in French and Danish.
Aarne Aktan is the CEO of Pihlajalinna Plc, one of the leading social and healthcare service providers in Finland. Prior to starting as the CEO of Pihlajalinna, he was a member of the board at Pihlajalinna (2014–2016). Aktan started out as an IT entrepreneur when he co-founded Quartal Oy in the mid 1990s. After Quartal was sold, Aktan worked as media company Talentum’s CEO 2011–2016.
Aktan has broad BOD experience from listed and unlisted companies. At the moment he is the chairman of the board at Trainer’s House and member of the board at Solteq Oyj.
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.
Mr. Jabet joined FSN Capital in 2008. Before joining FSN Capital, he worked in Lazard’s Nordic M&A advisory team in Stockholm (2006-2008). Previously, he worked with M&A advisory and private equity fundraising at Keystone Advisers (2003-2006).
Mr. Jabet holds a M.Sc. in Industrial Management and Engineering from Lund Institute of Technology and a B.Sc. in Business and Economics from Lund University in Sweden.
Prior to co-founding AGIC, Mr. von Dewitz served as an Investment Director with Intel Capital for 13 years, with responsibility for all investment activities in Western Europe and Israel.
Before Intel Capital, he was a consultant with A. T. Kearney for nearly four years, where he specialized in High-Tech and Telecommunications.
He holds an MBA from INSEAD and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Munich, where he has also been a guest lecturer.
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.
Per-Olov Bergström is Rothschild's Head of Nordic Region and based in Rothschild´s Stockholm office.
Per-Olov has 29 years experience in the Nordic M&A, Equity and Debt capital markets having provided advice across a wide range of industries.
Per-Olov joined Rothschild in 2010 after five years at Handelsbanken where he was the head of corporate finance (M&A and equity capital markets).
Prior to that Per-Olov was a Director at Lazard and before that he held senior positions at Handelsbanken’s and KPMG’s corporate finance practices.
Per-Olov is a Swedish national with a MSc in Economics from the University of Uppsala.
Ulf-Henrik Kull serves as the Senior Partner at Avance Attorneys Ltd in Helsinki. Ulf-Henrik’s experience covers over 20 years in complex cross-border transactions, including both public and private mergers and acquisitions, with a special focus on private equity. He is recognised as one of the leading experts in corporate, mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions in Finland and is regularly involved in some of the largest cross-border transactions in the Nordic region. Prior to joining Avance, Ulf-Henrik served as the Managing Partner and Head of Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity at Roschier.
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.
Rasmus is a Partner at Adelis Equity Partners. Prior to joining Adelis, Rasmus worked as an Investment Executive at Permira where he was, for example, a member of the Pharmaq and Provimi deal teams. Rasmus has also worked at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and in the healthcare team of Warburg Pincus. Rasmus is a member of the Board of SSI Diagnostica, NGI and Puuilo as well as the Chairman of the Board of Med Group and Dayton Group.
MBA, Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar), Boston
MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management (high distinction), Helsinki University of Technology / Boston University
Cato Haug joined Herkules Capital in February 2006. Mr. Haug is member of the teams following the investment in Micro Matic, and the exited companies Beerenberg and Aibel. Mr. Haug focuses on banking relationships and exit processes.
Prior to joining Herkules Capital, he was a Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division in London and had a particular focus on strategic and financing assignments for European energy and utility companies. Mr. Haug has significant experience in managing M&A processes.
Mr. Haug holds a Master of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).
Tomas Therén is board member of Gram Equipment A/S, SEM AB and Global Scanning A/S. He has previously been board member of i.a. Team Olivia AB, King Oscar AS, Däckia AB, Lekolar AB, Sandå AB and Wermland Paper AB.
Tomas has previously worked at Bain & Co, Ericsson and Ventshare. Tomas holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Business Management from the Linköping Institute of Technology, an LL M from the University of Stockholm, and a BSc in Political Science from the University of Linköping.
Furthermore he is a CFA charterholder.
Adam is the M&A Leader for Mercer in Europe. He is an Actuary and consultant and works from both the London and Manchester offices in the UK. His main focus of work is advising private equity and corporate clients on all people related aspects of buying and selling businesses. Many of the acquisitions he has worked on have been large international deals and he is involved in project managing such assignments working with Mercer colleagues from around the world and also working directly with clients. He also has significant experience of advising on UK only deals.
Adam initially joined Mercer in 1995 where he worked on UK actuarial retirement issues. He then worked for the pensions department of a major accountancy firm for around 2 years before re-joining Mercer; during his time with the accountancy firm he worked alongside the corporate finance team providing benefit related advice. He is also a member of the Private Equity, Mergers andAcquisitions (or PEMA) team.
Adam holds a degree in Mathematics from Leeds University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. Adam also holds a Diploma in International Employee Benefits.
Kasper works as a Corporate Development Executive at Mergermarket Group, focused on both organic- and acquisitive growth initiatives.
He joined Mergermarket’s editorial team ten years ago, covering several public- and private market M&A beats in Europe before moving on to strategy related roles in 2013. Kasper still occasionally lends his byline to editorial- and events teams, but struggles to remember how many times he has chaired the Nordic Forum.
In his spare time, he advises a London based venture capital firm on fund strategy, communication and investor relations, and is working hard to convince his young daughter about the merits of downhill skiing.
Scott joined 3i in 2007 and is a Partner in the Infrastructure team, with co-management responsibility for the team’s new investment origination and execution platform. He has 15 years experience in European Infrastructure, spanning utilities, transportation and social infrastructure.
Whilst at 3i, Scott has led the investments in Esvagt, Elenia and Thameslink, as well as being a senior deal team member on Eversholt. He was also responsible for the successfully exited junior debt investments in Arqiva, Associated British Ports, Telediffusion de France, Thames Water and Viridian.
He is currently a Director on the board of ESVAGT A/S.
Magnus is CO-Managing Partner at CORDET, an independent credit investment specialist founded in 2013 providing direct lending solutions to mid-market businesses in Northern Europe. Magnus was previously Senior Partner at Triton. An investment specialist, Magnus has over 25 years of experience over 3 credit cycles.
As a direct lender, CORDET has developed robust debt platform with superior and active origination capabilities through extensive relationships with the targeted regions' local lenders, business owners, management teams, financial sponsors and intermediaries.
Chris Caulkin focuses his efforts on opportunities in the Business Services and Internet & Technology sectors across Eastern and Western Europe. He joined General Atlantic in their London office in 2011 and serves on the board of Studio Moderna and Hemnet.
Prior to joining General Atlantic, Mr. Caulkin worked for Warburg Pincus in London for four years where he focused on investments in the Media, Business Services and Education spaces. Before Warburg Pincus, Chris was an associate at The Boston Consulting Group in London where he
Melis Kahya currently leads General Atlantic’s Retail & Consumer effort in EMEA in addition to having regional coverage of Turkey. She is based in London and serves on the board of directors for Joe & The Juice. Melis joined the firm in New York in 2015 as a Vice President.
Before joining General Atlantic, Melis was a Vice President at TSG Consumer Partners where she focused on investments in the retail and consumer sectors.
Mika joined Bridgepoint in 2003 and is based in Stockholm with responsibility for upper mid-market buyouts in the Nordic region.
He currently sits on the boards of NCG and A-Katsastus. Notable past transaction include Quilter Cheviot, Terveystalo, CarPark and Aura.
Prior to joining Bridgepoint he worked in the investment banking division of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.
Mika has a degree from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the Helsinki School of Economics.
Catherine Ford is the Editor-at-Large for the events division of The Mergermarket Group. She is a consultant editor to event programmes, and engaged in the development of timely editorial content for global corporate finance, M&A and capital markets related conferences and events. She routinely moderates discussion panels at conferences across the region. She has worked for The Mergermarket Group since early 2002, holding a number of senior editorial roles in the company’s European, US and Asia-Pacific head offices.
Fredrik vom Hofe is Group Senior Vice President, Business Development and member of the Group Executive Committee, at IFS.
Fredrik joined IFS in 2003 as Senior Vice President, Group Marketing, Industry Sales & Partner Management. He has held his current position since 2006.
In his role, Fredrik is responsible for the Business Development Unit and for driving group-wide strategic growth and restructuring initiatives, including M&A, divestments, establishing joint ventures, and new partnerships. Fredrik is co-opted at the board of directors of IFS AB.
Prior to joining IFS, Fredrik worked as Senior Manager at Cap Gemini Ernest & Young, and in senior executive roles within sales, general management, consulting and marketing at Ericsson and Asea Brown Boveri in Sweden, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
Fredrik has a Master of Science degree in industrial manufacturing and management from Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), including studies at the University of California at Berkeley (US).
In his spare time, Fredrik likes mountain climbing, trekking and skiing with his family.
Mikkel Stern-Peltz is the news editor of unquote". He has covered the Nordic region since joining unquote" in 2014, following stints with the the Daily Telegraph, the Indpendent and London Evening Standard.
Born in Denmark, Mikkel holds an MA in financial journalism from City University London and a BA in journalism from London College of Communication, having previously studied international business & politics at Copenhagen Business School.
William spent five years reporting for the business pages of New Zealand’s largest publisher, Fairfax Media, covering everything from High Court fraud cases to M&A situations. After relocating to London in 2013 he spent a year as senior reporter for a publication covering debt and equity markets relating to aircraft financing deals. Now as senior reporter with Dealreporter, William’s initial designation as an industrials specialist has widened to coverage of M&A deals in sectors including oil & gas, chemicals, gambling, real estate, pub companies, aviation and transportation. He is now leading editorial coverage for Mergermarket’s soon-to-launch Activist Monitor service.
Morten Pettersen is the CEO of leading global communications consultancy Burson-Marsteller’s Nordic operations. A well-known communications advisor, Morten specializes in corporate and financial communication, public affairs, and crisis communication. During the past 10 years Morten has assisted listed and private company top management solve business critical challenges. His expertise includes strategic communication related to mergers and acquisitions, demergers, and IPOs. Morten holds a MSc Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Norwegian Business School BI. He is based in Oslo, Norway.
Dennis is the M&A Manager EMEA North Zone responsible for AIG’s Mergers & Acquisitions Insurance Group focused on the Benelux, German speaking region and Nordics. Dennis joined AIG in 2014 after spending more than 7 years in the Investment Banking Industry where he worked at Citigroup in London focusing on Industrial and Private Equity clients and at Leonardo & Co. in Frankfurt and Madrid. Dennis graduated from University of Mannheim with a Master’s degree (focus on Risk Management and Corporate Finance), further he obtained a PhD degree from Technical University of Darmstadt.
Philip is responsible for the product, sales and marketing strategy of Intralinks’ Dealspace (strategic transactions and corporate development solutions) business segment. Prior to joining Intralinks in 2010, he worked for 17 years as an M&A investment banker and in management consulting. He began his career at Deloitte & Touche in London in the financial services practice and then worked at NatWest Markets Corporate Finance, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and in corporate development for The Rank Group Plc, as well as founding an M&A consulting firm.
Auri is Nordic Correspondent at Mergermarket. She joined the company in December 2016, having previously worked as financial reporter for TMT Finance, where she tracked deal activity in the telecom, media and tech sectors across Europe.
Prior to this, Auri covered the IT and telecoms sectors for many years as a reporter and researcher, and the TMT sector remains her special area of interest.
Auri, originally from Finland, holds a BA in Journalism from the University of West London.
Hanna Gezelius is a senior reporter at Mergermarket, where she covers the Nordic region and the Chemistry sector. She joined mergermarket in February 2008. Before this, she worked at the pension investment news service Mandatewire, FT Group.
Previously, she has worked as a journalist at a magazine in India, Tamil Nadu, and as a reporter for a local Swedish television channel.
Hanna holds a BA in Journalism from West London University and an MA in Asia Studies from Lund University, Sweden.
After starting his career with Berlingske, a Danish daily, and working with freelance assignments within financial journalism, Simon joined Debtwire’s London team in autumn 2015. He covers leveraged finance, high yield bond issuances and restructuring across all four Nordic markets. Simon holds a joint MA in business and financial journalism from Aarhus University and City University London with additional studies in corporate finance at the London School of Economics in London. For the time being, he is further enhancing those skills with a graduate business administration diploma from Copenhagen Business School.