An Inside Look into the LP World

2018-05-31 Arctic 15

In the Venture Capital world, it is fascinating how the money moves from the Limited Partners to the VC Funds, and then to the Startups. To explain this better, we at Arctic15 like to showcase what is in the minds of the Limited Partners when they are choosing the General Partners to invest in their funds. How do they do their due diligence, how do they evaluate the team dynamics and track record, the market opportunity and so on? And because it is a looong game, the importance of human relationships cannot be emphasized enough and that is why at Arctic15 the LP track by Nexit Ventures on 5th of February, the main topic we address is LP-GP relationship management. We will also have a look at the Nordic Venture growth landscape, and as the world is ever-changing, we will also have a deep dive into VC allocation on a global level from a US perspective.

And as Ralf Schnell from Siemens Fond Invest put it

“as technology is in the meantime extremely pervasive in the whole PE space (meaning buyouts, growth equity and venture capital). As one consequence of this trend, we more and more see blurring boundaries between BO/GE/VC.”

we’ll dig into this topic too.

Nexit Ventures is the oldest VC Firm in Finland, founded in 1999.  They have had many successful exits with a focus on the global tech industry.

Here are some of our speakers

Lisa is a Managing Director and member of the Investment Committee at Top Tier Capital Partners. She is currently located in Top Tier’s London office and focuses on manager selection, due diligence and investment monitoring of Top Tier’s primary fund investments. Leveraging her 25 years of experience, Lisa is particularly interested in supporting diversity within the industry and helping up-and-coming funds organize themselves for success in the future. Lisa joined Top Tier’s predecessor firm Paul Capital in 2003. Prior to Top Tier, Lisa was part of the asset management team at WR Hambrecht + Co and before that, she spent ten years at Horsley Bridge Partners. Lisa began her career as an analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.S. in applied economics and an M.B.A. from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.


Since 2007 he is building and heading the Private Equity asset management program for the German Pension Trusts of Siemens. Ralf studied Physics in Munich and received his PhD in Physics. He worked as researcher and developer in microelectronics and software for Siemens and Infineon Technologies. From 1997 to early 2018 he was Venture Capitalist, founder and CEO of Infineon Ventures, CEO of Siemens Venture Capital and Partner at next47. 

Asher Siddiqui is an investor, mentor and advisor to management teams, boards, family offices, private equity and venture capital firms globally.

Asher is currently an Advisor to ADFG (Abu Dhabi Financial Group) on Technology Investments.

Asher was previously a Managing Partner, and part of the global leadership team, at 500 Startups, dividing his time between Dubai and San Francisco, leading the global flagship mid-to-growth stage fund to double down on “winners”.
Prior to 500, Asher was Head of M&A and later Head of Venture Capital at Etisalat Group (c. $43bn market cap, c. $14bn revenues) where, for 10 years, he was part of the management team that led the transformation of Etisalat. He led over 36 advanced stage deals valued at approximately $34bn and closed 20+ transactions valued at c.$7.5bn (10 M&A transactions and 12+ VC deals).

Asher started his career in the late 90’s and founded several startups in the U.K. and the US.


Senior Investment Manager with 15+ years of experience working in the financial services industry. 12+ years of experience of investing in Venture Capital and Buyout funds globally, and co-investments. Skilled in Private Equity, Portfolio Management, Asset Management, Equities, Fixed Income and Capital Markets. Strong finance professional with a Master focused in Finance from the University of Stockholm.


Alistair Mitchell is a venture capitalist and successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, and software services innovator. Co-Founder and President, Generation Ventures, and former Investment Director at the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund, my prior experience was as both a start-up founder and large enterprise executive. At Blackberry, He managed business strategy, product marketing, software engineering, and business development in consecutive VP responsibilities for multimedia, instant messaging (BBM), and portfolio consumer services. Before Blackberry, I was Co-Founder and CEO of Puretracks, a pioneering digital music service that exited to Bell Canada. Early career experience included public radio and corporate communications. He holds an MBA (Bregman’s Scholar) from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and a Bachelor of Music (Rosenthal Award) McGIll University.

Michel Wendell has 20 years of broad experience in launching and managing international Infocom companies. By advising successful start-ups and billion-dollar market leaders in Finland, Sweden, France and the United States, Mr. Wendell has gained a thorough understanding of the changing dynamics of globalizing markets and rapidly developing technologies. His extensive network of contacts in Silicon Valley, where he resides, is a significant resource to Nexit’s portfolio companies.

Before co-founding Nexit Ventures, Mr. Wendell served as Vice President of Business Development at Cadence Design Systems. He founded EuroVAR, a European-wide network of Windows-based EDA solution distributors, and was VP Europe for OrCAD, Inc., a leading PC based design tool vendor.

Previously, Mr. Wendell launched Mentor Graphics’ Scandinavian operations in Stockholm, Sweden, and subsequently headed European Marketing and Product Development from Paris, France, after which he managed partnership programs on a corporate level, based in corporate HQ in Beaverton, OR, USA. He has also worked for Nokia in Finland in various positions including technical application and sales management.