Meet the speakers
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.
Benjamin is an Integration Manager with Microsoft’s Venture Integration Practice. Over the past few years, Benjamin has led and participated in numerous acquisitions and divestitures at Microsoft. As a serial acquirer, Microsoft invests considerable effort and resources to continuously improve and evolve its Integration and M&A Practice. In his current role, Benjamin’s key accountabilities include: due diligence, integration & separation planning and execution and performance tracking of the acquired businesses.
Stefan Björkman has a 25 year + professional leadership experience covers global leaders and domestic financials as well as service companies ranging from engineering to health care.
In June 2017 Etera and Ilmarinen, two Finnish pension insurance mutuals, announced their merger. The merged Ilmarinen will be among the 20 largest pension investors in Europe with over 45 billion euro in assets. Stefan took up the position as deputy CEO in the merged entity having served as CEO of Etera from 2014-2017.
Relating to M&A his experience includes transactions and forming JV´s in a global setting as well as tens of acquisitions, numerous exits and three IPO´s. His experience covers the viewpoints of a chairman of the board, board member as well as CEO and CFO.
Sebastian Inger joined Investcorp in 2013 from Credit Suisse where he spent two years as part of their industrials team. Previously Sebastian worked at Swedbank in Sweden, in both the equity research team and corporate finance division.
Sebastian holds an International BSc and MSc in Finance with a sub-degree in Japanese, from the School of Business, Economics and Law in Gothenburg and Keio University in Tokyo.
Per Franzén joined EQT Partners in Stockholm in May 2007. In January 2014, Per was appointed Head of Equity in Stockholm.
Per holds a M.Sc in Economics and Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics with exchange studies at the University of St Gallen in Switzerland.
Prior to joining EQT Partners, Per spent six years at Morgan Stanley’s London and Stockholm offices working in M&A, Leveraged Finance and Nordic Banking.
Per has worked in the Stockholm and Munich offices at EQT Partners and is a member of the Equity Partners Investment Committee.
Jan Johan Kühl joined Polaris as Managing Partner in April 2007. Prior to joining Polaris, he was Group Director of Icopal, where he started in 2000. He was previously employed as Equity Analyst with Gudme Raaschou Investment Bank (1989-1993), as Project Manager with Aarsø Nielsen & Partners and as CEO of Monarflex (1995-2000).
Johan Englund joined Industrifonden in 2010 because he wanted to help build successful companies. He has more than 20 years of experience in building and developing ideas and companies in the internet, telecom, media, and entertainment sectors. He is also Chairman of the football organisation Ettanfotboll.
Johan’s previous positions include acting as CEO of MTG Modern Times Group’s subsidiary Nordic Artist and as adviser to several leading VC firms.
Bjarne joined Verdane Capital Advisors' Oslo in 2001 office from PaperX, of which he was co-founder and COO.
At Verdane Bjarne has been instrumental in the acquisition of a number of portfolios of direct investments and in building companies such as Banqsoft, Chipcon, ResLab, Resman, Reslink and Wireless Maingate. Bjarne launched the secondary direct strategy that forms the core of today’s Verdane Capital in 2003, and currently serves as the chief investment officer and managing partner of of the firm.
Mr. Närhinen serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lääkäripalveluyritykset ry, the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hyvinvointialan liitto ry, a member of the Boards of Directors of Hyvinvointialan Tieto Oy, Närhen pesä Oy, Kuntopolku Oy, Kuntoutumis- ja liikuntasäätiö Peurunka sr, Martela Corporation, LPY-Koulutus Oy and Teijon Masuuni Oy. Previously, Mr. Närhinen was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Terveyspalvelualan Tieto Oy (currently Hyvinvointialan Tieto Oy) as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Mathildedal’s Brewery Ltd. In addition, he has been the Managing Director of Hartwall Ltd, SCOY Holding Oy, Gillette Group Finland Oy, Helepark Oy and Lapin Kulta Oy as well as held various managerial positions at Procter & Gamble, including a position as the Country Manager for Norway and Finland. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Helsinki School of Economics. He is a Finnish citizen.
Previously, he was Partner of Altor Equity Partners where he joined at inception in 2003. Prior to this, he was CEO of Ignis Photonyx, Investment Director with Kistefos Venture Capital, and Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company. Reynir holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Reynir is a board member of eGain, Sortera and Milarex.