NIO is a highly progressive alternative investment platform

Philosophy

NIO targets best-in-class funds with strongly aligned teams and replicable value creation playbooks. We subscribe to long-term partnerships and, therefore, only invest if we believe that we can be long in a manager and their funds. Hence, our preference is to partner with managers who demonstrate resilience through their ability to perform consistently in a volatile market. Our target managers hold significant AUM across a strong investor base and are considered as well-recognized cooperation with financially sound operations.

our criteria for selecting managers

Investor base

Well-known pension funds, insurance companies and endowment funds with a high threshold for minimum investments and a professional Investor Relations function

Track

Well-documented realizations and track in fund series

Cohesiveness

Cohesiveness in the current management team, clear division of roles and responsibilities and clear link between team and track

PROCESS

Robust processes from sourcing to monitoring of investments

Screening and sourcing
We conduct thorough market screening by leveraging our internally developed pipeline tool. Our investment team rates each manager on the basis of proprietary investment criteria.

Investment execution
We administer due diligence of institutional quality with a strong focus on ESG. Potential investments will be assessed together with our professional and highly engaged Investment Committee, also we conduct detailed tax and legal due diligence leveraging top-tier advisers.

Monitoring
We continuously and meticulously monitor investments using a comprehensive risk management framework. By keeping an ongoing dialog with managers, we stay updated on portfolio developments. Finally, we distribute quarterly reports to our investors following best practice

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APPROACH

Funds are carefully selected based on proprietary criteria

  1. Strategy

    Clearly formulated, relevant and distinct strategy

  2. ESG

    Strong commitment to ESG and integration of ESG into investment processes

  3. Track record

    Consistent, tangible and comparatively strong returns

  4. Team

    Cohesive, aligned and capable team with capacity to execute on strategy

  5. Legal & Operations

    Compliant legal structure and established policies and oversight in place

Our portfolio provides access to best-in-class private market investments

Our portfolio

Infrastructure
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners Fund IV
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners Energy Transition Fund I
Antin Infrastructure Partners Fund IV
I Squared Capital Global Infrastructure Fund III
Actis Energy 5

Real Estate
NREP Nordic Strategies Fund IV
NREP Nordic Strategies Fund V

Private Equity
CVC Capital Partners Strategic Opportunities II
Warburg Pincus Global Growth
Kohlberg Investors Fund IX
Genstar Capital Partners X
Blackstone Capital Partners Asia II
Lightyear Capital Fund V
Nordic Capital XI
Audax VII
Advent International GPE X

"Decades of data indicate that private assets have out-performed public markets and that insightful investors in private assets have been able to collect an illiquidity premium confirming there is a case for allocating resources to identify managers with the ability to generate superior returns” - Bjarne Graven Larsen, Chairman of the board

NIO draws on network and levers a knowledge-sharing approach

Investment commitée

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Bjarne G. Larsen

Chairman of the Board & Chairman of IC

Bjarne G. Larsen

Bjarne has broad experience from the financial sector, both as a manager and as an investor. Bjarne is the founder and CEO of Q Blue Balanced, Chairman of the board at Kirk Kapital in addition to NIO. 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.

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Ashvind K. Guness

Managing Director

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.

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Teis Knuthsen

Chief Investment Officer, Financial Investments, KIRK KAPITAL A/S

Teis Knuthsen

Chief investment officer for Kirk Kapital, which manages long-term wealth for the Kirk Johansen family and associated portfolios. His focus is on asset allocation, portfolio construction, and increasingly also on ESG. Prior to joining Kirk Kapital, Teis was CIO for Saxo Bank and Nykredit Asset Management, and before moving to asset management, he worked on the sell side of financial markets as head of research and strategy for a number of banks in Denmark, Sweden and the UK. He has 30 years of experience and holds a master of science (econ.) degree from University of Copenhagen.

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Henrik Lind

Founder & CEO of Lind Invest

Henrik Lind

Adm. direktør, stifter, Danske Commodities, ejer, stifter, adm. direktør, Lind Invest, ejer, stifter, Lind Capital og Lind Capital Fondsmæglerselskab