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CapMan strengthens its Buyout operations in Sweden and Denmark


Mr Peter Langkjaer has been invited as Senior Advisor to the CapMan Buyout Business Unit as of January 2003. Langkjaer is the Chairman of the Board of a Danish consulting company Lisberg Management and was previously Managing Director of the company for almost twenty years. During his career Langkjaer has been active in several restructurings and M&As. For example, in the first half of 90s he was behind the successful turn-around of a group consisting of travel agencies Spies and Tjareborg and airline company Premiair and finally the sale of the group to a UK-based leisure travel group Airtours.

Langkjaer is also Chairman of the Board in many other companies and has solid experience in strategic business development, acquisitions and business analyses. Langkjaer will be based in CapMan’s Copenhagen office.

The new appointments to CapMan’s Buyout Business Unit as of 1 March 2003 will be Mr Göran Barsby as Investment Director and Mr Mats Gullbrandsson as Investment Manager. At the same time Mr Rikard Albihn, who currently works as Investment Manager in CapMan’s Technology Business Unit, will transfer to the Buyout Business Unit. All three will be based in CapMan’s Stockholm office.

Göran Barsby (51) worked previously for Ahrens Tillväxtkonsulter AB, consulting Sweden’s most rapidly growing companies. He has held a variety of international CEO positions with food packaging companies Tetra Pak and Tetra Laval, media group Bonnier, food producer and marketer Procordia and technology company Toolex Alpha. He is also a Board Member in numerous Swedish companies.

Mats Gullbrandsson (36) has extensive experience within merger and acquisitions, corporate finance and management consulting. Prior to joining CapMan he worked for ABN AMRO in New York. Previously, Gullbrandsson worked for Alfred Berg and CARTA Corporate Advisors (now Booz Allen Hamilton) in Stockholm.

Rikard Albihn (30) joined CapMan’s Technology Business Unit as Investment Manager in January 2001. Albihn transferred to CapMan from the venture capital company Zone AB, which he also co-founded. Previously Albihn has worked as Financial Analyst within IT/telecom at Handelsbanken Investment Banking and within corporate finance at Andersen Global Corporate Finance.

“The recruitment of these investment professionals and the agreement with senior advisor Peter Langkjaer fundamentally consolidates CapMan’s position as a Nordic buyout investor. Strong local representation in Denmark, Finland and Sweden increases CapMan’s investment opportunities and enhances the prerequisites for CapMan’s existing portfolio companies to expand their business to the Nordic level,” says Mr Heikki Westerlund, Head of the CapMan Buyout Business Unit.

For further information, please contact:

Mr Heikki Westerlund, Head of CapMan’s Buyout Business Unit, tel. + 358 9 6155 8304

or +358 50 559 6580