Our decades in the industry have generated a large network including a knowledge sharing approach.
NIO is drawn to the idea of opening new opportunities to previously underserved investors by providing access to, and always co-investing in, best-in-class private market funds within Private Equity, Private Debt, Real Estate and Infrastructure.
We believe that investing in private market funds should be smooth and rewarding for our investors. Your personal contacts throughout the process are found within NIO’s multi-disciplinary and highly experienced team.
We bring the skills required for high-quality fund selection, due diligence, investment processes and ongoing management of private funds. Our experience is drawn from wide career backgrounds in the financial industry, all necessary for a comprehensive understanding of the private funds in which we invest.
Our decades in the industry have generated a large network and a knowledge sharing approach. Additionally, NIO always co-invests in the funds on equal terms and is backed by reputable stable shareholders.
”We bring the skills required for high-quality fund selection, due diligence, investment processes and ongoing management of private funds.”
Chairman of the Board
Michael has more than 30 years of experience from the financial industry. Throughout his career, Michael has held several positions, such as CEO of Swedbank, Intrum Justitia and senior positions at Skandia and SEB.
Michael has also served several company boards such as Chairman of Capio, Chariman of Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Chairman and co-founder of the Anna Lindh Academy, Deputy Chairman of the Swedish Banking Association.
Presently he is Chairman of The Opportunity Company and Idrott Utan Gränser. Furthermore, Michael is Partner at Bellbird AB and an active Advisor and Investor in several companies. Among others he advised Blackstone in its acquisition of Luminor Bank.
Bjarne G. Larsen
Deputy Chairman & Chairman of IC
Bjarne has broad experience from the financial sector, both as a manager and as an investor. Most recently he has served as CIO at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and previously he held the same role at ATP. He has also served as Co-CEO at FIH Erhvervsbank and the CFO at Novo A/S. Bjarne has previously been a member of the Board of Directors of Topdanmark, and served as Chairman of the Investment Committee for Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners Fund II.
Member of the Board
Stig is currently serving as Partner at Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), with a role of CFO. Stig has extensive experience from the financial industry having served as the CFO at TDC A/S and Codan/Trygg-Hansa. Stig has held several positions at Saxo Bank and has been responsible for banking and online investments operations. In addition to these roles, Stig has been the CFO and the CEO at DSB. He has served on the board of several regulated entities as part of his roles at Saxo Bank. Stig is currently serving on the Board of Global Knowledge Inc and Apleona AG.
Member of the Board
Jesper has had an accounting and consulting career for 35 years. He holds a Master’s Degree in accounting, auditing and tax and was furthermore registered as a Certified Public Accountant. He was a partner with first KPMG and later Ernst & Young for 20 years, serving as Managing Partner/Chairman for 14 years, during which time he also audited and advised major Danish Corporates. He also served on KPMG’s global board and was later Deputy-Managing Partner for Ernst & Young Nordics. Since July 2019, he’s has pursued a non-executive board career and is currently the Chairman of Pihl & Søn and LM Byg.
Sebastian has held various management positions with companies like Carnegie and SEB as Global Head of Investment Strategy and Head of Private Banking, Sweden, respectively. Sebastian has earned a Ph.D. on the topic Socially Responsible Investing as well as double master degrees in Commercial Law and Business Administration.
Ashvind K. Guness
Ashvind has experience with alternative investments – from sourcing investments, over fundraising, transaction structuring and execution, to post-execution monitoring and exit. He has most recently served as Investment Director at the Alternative Investments team at Danske Bank and has previously been Senior Transaction Manager at DONG Energy. Ashvind holds an M.Sc. in International Business from Copenhagen Business School and an MA in International Management from CEMS.
Christian brings strategy and business development experience from McKinsey & Company and most recently private equity real estate firm NREP where he focused on fundraising and business development. Prior to NREP and McKinsey, Christian worked as a derivatives banker in Royal Bank of Scotland and worked pro-bono for an NGO analyzing alternative financing solutions. Christian holds a Master of Science in Finance and Economics from London School of Economics, a Bachelor of Science in Economics from University of Copenhagen, and a Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP Law School.
Nina has served as corporate counsel in Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) where she developed the legal and compliance department. Further, Nina has been a part of the management of the CIP managed fund, Artemis, from 2015 - 2018. Before joining CIP, Nina was an attorney at Kromann Reumert Law Firm advising clients in business and commercial law matters. She holds a Master of Law from The University in Copenhagen.
As Executive Assistant/Admin Manager, Sophia is responsible for supporting the management team in Nordic Investment Opportunities. Sophia has significant experience with administrative project management and coordination within private equity. Prior to joining Nordic Investment Opportunities, Sophia served Altor Equity Partners for several years as Executive Partner Assistant and Office Coordinator. Sophia holds a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Market Studies and German from Copenhagen Business School.
Michael brings with him +25 years of experience from the financial sector. He has held several positions within Private Banking at Danske Bank, Saxo Bank and Handelsbanken. Michael has also been responsible for the Private Equity programme within Danske Bank (Merchant Bank). He holds a Master in Tax (LL.M) from Copenhagen Business School.
Lars brings with him +30 years of experience from the financial sector. Lars has held various management positions within corporate banking, private banking and asset management.
Lars has served as CEO at SEB Private Bank S.A. and as Director and CEO at Öhman Wealth Management AB/Öhman Bank S.A.
He has also been overall responsible for wealth management within Öhman Group, Global Head of Private Banking and member of the Management Committee at Carnegie Investment Bank AB.
Lars holds a Master's Degree in Business and Public Law from the University of Gothenburg.
Daniel Illum Dalegaard
Daniel brings with him M&A advisory experience from SEB Corporate Finance and industrial experience from Daimler’s own retail network. Most recently Daniel has worked with investments and portfolio management at Danske Bank Wealth Management & Danica Pension’s Alternative Investments team, where he has been responsible for a portfolio of private market investments (both funds and direct investments). Daniel holds a Master in Finance and Accounting from Copenhagen Business School.
Heidi has 15 years of experience in the financial sector. Heidi has worked in the Danish FSA and in private financial service companies. Heidi has a solid experience in practicing effective risk management and compliance in financial companies. Heidi is employed by the Transcendent Group, who assists companies in Governance, Risk and Compliance. Heidi holds a Master of Law from The University in Copenhagen.
Prior to joining Nordic Investment Opportunities, Karim worked at an international level as a Project Coordinator in the United States of America for the FoolProof Foundation and as a Student Assistant in Saxo Bank’s Group Finance unit. Karim also serves as a Student Ambassador to FinanceLab, while pursuing a BSc in Economics at the University of Copenhagen.
Andrew is Part-time Analyst at NIO. Prior to joining NIO, Andrew was Junior Consultant at NNIT, where he as an integral part of project teams advised clients on how to strategically leverage digital technologies. Andrew holds a BSc in International Business and is currently pursuing a MSc in Finance and Strategic Management, both from Copenhagen Business School. During his bachelor studies, Andrew spent one semester at Korea University Business School in Seoul.
NIO is in process of forming our Advisory Committee with members who all demonstrate significant investment, PE, and C-level experience.