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OUR PEOPLE

Listed by last name in alphabetical order

Iiro Aalto Setälä

Partner

Helsinki

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Iiro is one of Aalto Capital’s senior partners and has extensive experience in investment banking management positions for more than 30 years. He has executed numerous M&A transactions, financing transactions and IPOs. Iiro has experience from PCA Corporate Finance, PwC Corporate Finance, Lehman Brothers and KOP. Iiro holds a LL.M. with court training from University of Helsinki and an MBA.

Hans-Georg Bachmann

Partner

Munich

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Hans-Georg joined Aalto Capital in 2022 to expand the real estate activities. He is in the real estate industry for over 15 years in different positions with a focus on real estate financing. Hans-Georg set up among other things the commercial real estate financing business case for an insurance company and built up a financing team for an Asset Manager with a financing book of over EUR 3.5 bn.  

Hans Jørgen Bentzen

Partner

Oslo

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Hans Jørgen has extensive experience from M&A, corporate finance, IT-management and management consulting from the IT/tech, telecommunications, retail and travel industry. Prior to co-founding the Oslo office of Aalto Capital (Incepto) in 2007 he worked at McKinsey & Co, Avenir and ICA/Hakon group. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Electrical engineering from ETH Zürich and completed his masters thesis on software radios as a visiting scholar at MIT in Boston.

Krzysztof Bobrowski

Partner

London

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Krzysztof has more than 20 years of successful executive experience including CEO experience in PE-backed and in publicly listed companies with exposure to capital raising and M&A. He also acts as a private investor.

Martine Brechter

Senior Analyst

London

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Martine is from New York. She completed an honours degree in Physics at the University of St Andrews. During her time at university, she interned at Aalto Capital and the fund administrator, Heptagon Capital. Martine wrote her dissertation on graphene as a transparent contact for solar cells and other optoelectronic devices. She also co-founded Operation Smile in conjunction with a nonprofit organisation that sends doctors to developing countries.

Gianmario Calderini

Analyst

Munich

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Gianmario graduated at Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) with a BSc in Finance and a MSc in Management major in Corporate Finance). He is currently pursuing the CFA exam (Level 1 achieved). He also studied at SGH Warsaw School of Economics for a fall semester Exchange Program. Gianmario started his career at Unicredit Bank of Ireland in Dublin, then he moved to Grant Thornton in 2019 as Risk Consultant. In 2020 he started a role as Equity Research Analyst for Bloomberg at Infosys BPM. Gianmario joined Aalto Capital in 2022.

Christian Danford

Associate

Helsinki

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Christian holds a M.Sc. in Economics (Finance) from Aalto University. Christian has versatile transaction experience in an international setting. He gained experience from Citibank and Nordea before joining Aalto Capital in 2020.

Robert Edwards

Director

London

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Robert joined Aalto Capital in 2018 from EY in South Africa where he qualified as a chartered accountant. He placed 4th in South Africa for the CA board exams. At EY he worked in the forensic accounting division following 4 years in audit. After school, Robert studied finance in the USA on a golf scholarship. After graduating Magna Cum Laude, he returned to South Africa to do a post-graduate degree in accountancy at Rhodes University.

Knut Ola Evensen

Director

Oslo

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Knut Ola has financial experience from EY (audit), SEB Merchant Banking (transactions), First Securities (fixed income) and Vaagen Asset Management. In addition, he has decade of industrial experience from real estate development across different segments. He holds a Masters degree in Business from NSM (BI) with a thesis on IT services and knowledge sharing in consulting firms.

Niels Fischer

Managing Partner

Zurich

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Niels set up Fischer & Partner in Switzerland in 2000 after having worked for PwC in Switzerland as Tax Manager and after a three year assignment to Stockholm, Sweden, for the Swiss Federal Department of Defence. Niels graduated from Zurich University with a MA in Economics. He is a Certified Tax Expert and a full member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners). In 2020 Niels founded the Zurich office of Aalto Capital.

Dag Friis-Baastad

Partner

Oslo

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Dag has extensive experience from early stage M&A, entrepreneurship and management consulting in IT/tech/telecom/banking/fintech and ESG. Prior to Joining the Oslo office of Aalto Capital (Incepto) in 2011 he worked with Early stage SAAS Venture capital and private startups. He holds a Master degree in Business from The Norwegian School of Management ( BI) and did a dual specialization in Information Management and Entrepreneurship. Additional Master Program in Entrepreneurship with Cornell University, and worked part time in a High End Silicon Valley startup (South San Francisco).

Tautvydas Grazevicius

Analyst

Munich/Vilnius

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After earning a BSc in Mathematics from Vilnius University, Tautvydas joined Norne Securities, an investment bank, where he served as a market maker (Oslo Børs Exchange). Prior to his tenure at Aalto Capital, he gained experience from one of the largest private debt funds in the Baltic States.

Pekka Halonen

Partner

Helsinki

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Pekka is one of the senior partners of Aalto Capital and has extensive experience in investment banking management positions for more than 30 years. He has executed numerous M&A transactions, financing transactions and IPOs. He has previously worked for Proha, PCA Corporate Finance, Selin CF, Lehman Brothers and KOP. Pekka holds a LL.M. from University of Helsinki and an MBA.

Susan Hoffmeister

Partner

Munich

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Susan Hoffmeister started her career as Head of Corporate Communications for OSRAM in London. In 2011, she founded CROSS ALLIANCE, a leading agency for IR in Germany. She is a qualified supervisory board member of Deutsche Börse and works in this capacity at LEHNER INVESTMENTS. Susan joined Aalto Capital as Partner in 2017.

Svein Stavelin

Managing Partner

Oslo

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Svein founded the Oslo office of Aalto Capital (Incepto) in 2007 after beeing a partner at Oaklins Norway. Svein has extensive experience from M&A and top management of both private and listed IT and Consulting companies for more than 30 years. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Computing Science from NTNU and a Business Economist degree from BI Norwegian Business School.

Michael Hough

Partner

London

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Michael co-founded Apax Partners Corporate Finance; he and his partners sold the business in 2000. Michael stayed with the business, renamed Altium Capital, until 2005. Michael left to start Iceni Capital, a London-based PE fund and also became Chairman of Aurora Russia Investment Advisors in 2006. Michael has made investments and served on the board of a number of public and private companies including Raven Property Group, the LSE listed £1.25bn Russian property company. In 2019, he co-founded the London business of Aalto Capital.

Jonas Jokstys

Partner

Munich/Vilnius

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Jonas worked as CEO and CFO in large capital groups in Lithuania for more than 12 years, before starting as a Partner with Aalto Capital in 2018. His core competence sectors are automotive, aviation, renewable energy, clothing retail and real estate. Jonas specializes M&A and debt market in the Baltic States and beyond. Jonas holds B.Sc. in Economics and Business from Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and M.Sc. from London School of Economics.

Henri Kiili

Director

Helsinki

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Henri holds an M.Sc. (Econ.) from Aalto University School of Business. He rejoined Aalto Capital in 2022. Henri has broad experience from working with capital markets, M&A and strategy domains from previous positions – latest at F-Secure Corporation.

Lauri Lampi

Managing Partner

Helsinki

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Lauri was educated at Helsinki School of Economics with a M.Sc. in Economics (Finance). He worked at PwC's Corporate Finance arm before founding Aalto Capital's Helsinki office with other partners in 2009. Lauri not only manages the Helsinki office, but is also closely involved in all merger and acquisition advisory within the group.

Dino Leidenberg

Analyst

Munich

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Dino is a Chartered Accountant from South Africa with German/ Italian heritage.

He joined Aalto Capital in 2024 and previously worked at KPMG Johannesburg and Frankfurt where he specialized in Financial Audits within the Manufacturing, IT and Polymer industry.

Dino is fluent in German and is also pursuing the CFA charter.

Gerhard Luther

Partner

Munich

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Gerhard worked as a banker in two regional banks Cassa di Risparmio Bolzano SPA and in Hypo Tirol Bank AG in South Tyrol. Later, he worked as a financial advisor for the Alpen Bank AG before joining Aalto Capital in 2020. His main tasks consist in maintaining and expanding the Italian business through client networking and developing new business opportunities.

Brandon Matthews

Associate

London

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Brandon is from Zimbabwe and graduated from the University of Cape Town with an honours degree in Finance. He is a CFA Level 2 candidate. Before joining Aalto, he worked at Bloomberg LP as an Equity Analyst in the Global Data Department. During school, he was a member of the Interact Society, which undertook various fundraising efforts to donate to different orphanages in Zimbabwe.

John McRoberts

Managing Partner

London

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John set up Apax Partners Corporate Finance in Russia in 1998. The Firm was sold in 2000 and renamed Altium Capital. John remained at Altium until 2003 when he was appointed to set up Deloitte’s corporate finance advisory business in Moscow, becoming a Partner of the firm. In 2006, John listed the Russian PE fund, Aurora Russia, on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange which he managed until 2013. John has started and built a number of companies investing capital and managing the growth process. In 2019 John co-founded the London office of Aalto Capital. 

Kelly Molera

Associate

London

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Kelly is from Arizona, USA. She completed an MBA with a concentration in International Finance through Thunderbird School of Global Management after completing her undergraduate degree in Economics at Arizona State University. Kelly joined the London office in July 2022 after completing her MBA capstone project with Aalto Capital. Her paper on the Digital Transformation of the Grocery Industry was published by Harvard Business Publishing, and she is therefore focused on various technology sectors. 

Boqun Mu

Associate

Munich

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Boqun graduated from EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht with a Msc. In Finance. She joined Aalto Capital upon graduation in 2019. Previous work experience includes an internship with Allianz investment management and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.

Sven Pauly

Director, Financial Reporting

Munich

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Sven joined Aalto Capital in 2017. He holds a M.A. Corporate Communications/PR with major in financial communications. Sven specializes in Equity/Debt Investor Relations as well as Dual/Multiple IPOs, IBOs, and Listings. His experience spans about ten years of consulting engagements in various industries, such as financial services and private equity, industrial and consumer companies as well as pharmaceutical and media companies. At the beginning of his professional career, Sven spent more than 10 years in responsible positions in the production of television news and stock market programs at one of the largest European broadcasting groups.

Sara Pinto

Director, ESG & IR Advisory

Munich

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Sara combines her international background with her passion for capital market and sustainability-related topics. After spending more than five years at FOCUS MONEY as Market Research Manager and developing an extensive B2B-experience, Sara started her carrer as IR-Consultant in 2019. She is the first contact person for sustainability strategy development, implementation of ESG criteria in corporate communications, and sustainability reporting.

Key Data on Sara´s education: MA in Business Administration & Management; Certified Environmental, Social and Governance Analyst CESGA (EFFAS); Language proficiency: Italian (mother tongue), German, English, Spanish.

Erlend Reitan

Associate

Oslo

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M&A specialist with experience from complex cross-border transactions. Experience from more than 20 M&A transactions including more than 10 cross-border deals, exits with mainly publicly listed and Private Equity counterparts.

Helmut Stichlmair

Partner

Munich

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Helmut was, in former times, a banker at the Vereinsbank (curreltly Unicredit) as well as at the private bank Bankhaus Reuschel (currently DonnerReuschel - a subsidiary of SignalIduna, a big insurance group in Germany). Helmut, graduated in business administration, was the founder of PPO GmbH, a consulting company specialized to insurance companies / pensions funds like Munich Re, Allianz, Bayerische Versorgungskammer etc. In 2012 Helmut founded together with Manfred SCALA Corporate Finance, later on Aalto Capital in Munich.

Manfred Steinbeisser

Managing Partner

Munich

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Manfred started his career as a professional sports coach prior to joining the financial services industry, where he rapidly rose through the ranks in both the German and European debt markets. In 2011, Manfred and partners opened Aalto Capital's Munich office, which has subsequently gone from strength to strength. He leads the Munich office, and has been very successful in raising public and private debt for his clients. He is also responsible for the entire Debt & Capital Markets Advisory team across all Aalto Capital offices.

Ari Tamminen

Partner / CFO

Helsinki

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Ari is the CFO of Aalto Capital Helsinki and one of Aalto Capital’s partners. He has over 30 years experience in retail managing and investment banking operations. Ari has previously worked as an independent entrepreneur and for PCA Corporate Finance and Kansallis Bank.

Geir Udnæs

Partner

Oslo

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Geir is an experienced Partner with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in Family Office, Venture Capital, International Shipping, Offshore Drilling, and Real Estate Financing. Strong entrepreneurship professional graduated from Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).

Duowen Xu

Associate

Helsinki

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Duowen is an associate in Aalto Capital Helsinki and has worked within the financial sector for over a decade. He has participated and successfully completed numerous projects in M&A, equity financing and IPO amongst others. Duowen has previous experience from brokerage and asset management. He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (Finance) from Aalto University.

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