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Saturday, September 23, 2023

Real Deals Nordic Summit 2023

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Real Deals Nordic Summit 2023

Event Details

Real Deals is thrilled to hold its inaugural Nordic Summit on 10 October at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm!

This one-day event will explore the impact of a rapidly changing macroeconomic environment, LP perspectives and appetites, the region’s most attractive sectors to invest in, and how GPs adjust their investment strategy to meet ESG requirements.

What to expect? An engaging agenda of intriguing panel discussions, case studies, expert presentations, fireside chats and countless networking opportunities with the Nordic private equity community.

Topics will include

  • Macroeconomic outlook and the Nordic market
  • Fundraising in a turbulent market
  • Sourcing finance in a changing market
  • The public perception of Nordic private equity Cyber security
  • The ways in which PE firms are harnessing data analytics
  • Long-term investment opportunities in the green energy transition

Why attend

  • Connect with high profile speakers and attendees
  • Uncover market trends and insights for 2024
  • Explore strategies for a smooth green transition
  • Address fundraising challenges against a turbulent macroeconomic backdrop
  • Understand LP perspectives

Who attends?

The summit will bring together the most recognisable private equity professionals operating in the Nordics, including institutional investors and fund managers, leading academics and expert solution providers.

Join us in October in Stockholm for actionable insights and the chance to connect with fellow colleagues and leaders within the Nordic and international private equity industry.


08:00 – 08:15 Registration and networking breakfast

08:15 – 09:00 LP Breakfast – invite only

09:00 – 09:05 Welcome remarks
Alice Murray, Editorial Director, Real Deals Media

09:05 – 09:45 Keynote opening panel session: Does the Nordic region represent the best of European private equity?

  • Exploring the demographics and consumer dynamics of the region
  • In which sectors has private equity been the most successful?
  • The impact of Nordic pension funds on the local industry Leaders in ESG and impact
  • Outlook for Nordic private equity over the coming years: can it retain top spot?

Jan Johan Kühl, Managing Partner, Polaris

Reynir Indahl, Founder and Managing Partner, Summa Equity
Christopher Parmo, COO, Verdane
Pia Kåll, Managing Partner, Capman
Sverre Flåskjer, Managing Partner, Equip Equity
Alang Gauld, Senior Investment, abrdn

09:45 – 10:25 Panel session: Fundraising in a turbulent market

  • What are the most attractive investment strategies LPs are looking to back?
  • How are Nordic GPs viewed by international investors?
  • How can GPs move into new investment strategies?

Mattias Feiff, Co-Managing Partner, Procuritas

Timo Hara, Founder, Certior Capital
Maria Andrisani, Head of Capital Market Europe and Managing Director, Bain Capital
Johan Nord, Senior Partner, CIO of the Secondaries Fund, Cubera
Mirja Lehmler-Brown, Partner, Hayfin
Daniel Rygg, Managing Partner, Turnstone

10:25 – 10:50 Networking break

10:50 – 11:10 Fireside- chat: Is the future of the Nordic PE sector specific or generalist?

Xhulio Ismalaj, Reporter, Real Deals

David Samuelson, Managing Director, Nordic Capital
Björn Larsson, Partner, Axcel
Jørgen Hjorth Blystad, Investment Director, Argentum

11:10 – 11:40 Panel session: Sourcing finance in a changing market

  • Outlook for the bond market: how will GPs be using this financing route during the next six months?
  • How has the macro environment impacted the debt markets?
  • Where are the main sources of financing for deals?
  • Banks or non-banks?
  • Defaults on the rise? How are lenders tackling increased market pressure?
  • Green bonds and ESG linked facilities: just a fad or here to stay? more Cybersecurity savvy

Sabrina Fox, Chief Executive Officer, European Leveraged Finance Association (ELFA)

Sandro Naf, CEO, Capital Four
David Wilmot, Partner, Apera
Stuart Hawkins, Head of Private Credit UK and Managing Director, Ardian

11:40 – 11:50 Case study: Internationalising Nordic companies

  • Assessing increased competition from US and international private equity
  • Best practices for taking portfolio companies into new markets
  • The Nordic ‘brand’: how are Nordic companies viewed internationally?

Matilda Elfving-Hauan, Senior Associate, Altor

11:50 – 12:25 The big debate: This house believes the public has a negative perception of private equity in the Nordics

Alice Murray, Editorial Director, Real Deals Media

Tor Krusell, Head of communications, Altor
Magnus Ressel, Partner, Litorina
Isabella de Feudis, CEO, SVCA

12:25 – 13:25 Networking lunch

13:25 – 13:45 Deep Dive: The Nordics and social impact funds

Name TBC, Director, Sustainable Finance, Position Green

Nina Von Holten, Investment Director, Trill Impact
Hetal Damani, Impact Partner, Trill Impact

13:45 – 14:15 STREAM A Workshop: Strategies for a smooth green transition

  • What are funds doing to decarbonise and be more sustainable? Is the government collaborating to find green solutions? What are the challenges?
  • What are the strategies for green growth opportunities in the Nordics? How do GPs maximise the value-creation transition?
  • How to transition from a ‘classical’ company to a ‘green’ one
  • What do LPs seek in a green investment?

Frode Strand-Nielsen, Founder and Chairperson, FSN Capital
Christina Brinck, Investment Director, Volvo

13:45 – 14:15 STREAM B Workshop: Beyond ESG: Long-term investment opportunities in climate change

  • What are GPs and their portfolio companies doing to assess and monitor their climate change exposure? And to provide long-term profitability?
  • How do Nordic GPs access new markets and other opportunities presented by climate change?
  • Can financial returns and climate impact go hand in hand?

Simo Santavirta, Senior Managing Director and Head, Ardian Infrastructure Asset Management
Nathalie Chollet, Head of Northern Europe, EIF
Arash Raisse, Partner, Alder

14:15 – 14:45 Networking break

14:45 – 15:20 Panel session: Nordics leading the way on tech, what’s next?

  • Where is private equity on its digital upgrade journey? How is the industry harnessing data analytics, AI and machine learning?
  • Will tech be the ultimate competitive edge for private equity?
  • How is tech being used to support value creation?

Taku Dzimwasha, Editor, Real Deals

Tero Mennander, General Partner, Ventech
Mathilde Ragnhildstveit, Senior Investment Analyst, Formue
Oliver Kullman, Partner, BaltCap

15:20 – 15:40 Presentation: Focus on Cybersecurity

15:40 Closing remarks



(Tuesday) 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Stockholm, Sweden


Grand Hôtel

Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8, 103 27 Stockholm, Sweden