Our roots are Nordic. Our networks and handprint are global.

A LEADING NORDIC PRIVATE ASSET MANAGER

Our mission is to build value for the enrichment of society

CapMan is a leading Nordic private assets management and investment company. We have built value in unlisted businesses, real estate and infrastructure for 30 years. We serve investors in the private assets class on a broad scale. Our roots are Nordic but our handprint and our networks are international.

At CapMan, we build better organised, managed, and financially stable companies, because this contributes to overall economic well-being. More jobs and innovations equal better conditions for the society. Similarly, we invest in real estate and infrastructure, because we believe that functional high-quality environments and utilities are cornerstones for functioning societies.

We build value for the enrichment of society.

30

years of experience in Private Assets

3+

€bn in assets under management

200+

Investments in the Nordics

110+

Companies & assets portfolio

5

Core investment areas

3

Service businesses

CapMan's history

CapMan 30 years – a Nordic private assets power house
2019

CapMan 30 years – a Nordic private assets power house

2019

Strong growth continues in 2019 when CapMan celebrates its 30 years of value creation.

CapMan’s business is becoming more versatile with five strong investment areas and three profitable and growing service businesses. New products, innovative service solutions, and solid professional teams are the key drivers of our growth strategy.

The year has been active across our business segments. In 2019, CapMan acquired the majority of reporting, analytics and wealth management firm JAM Advisors to complement its service offering. CapMan Nordic Infrastructure I fund made its first investment in the leading Norwegian ferry and express boat operator Norled and CapMan Buyout held the first closing of its eleventh fund, CapMan Buyout XI.

Growth from Infra and Services
2018

Growth from Infra and Services

2018

CapMan starts building an Infra team in 2017 and establishes its first Nordic infrastructure fund in 2018.

CapMan’s service business is carved out into separate business areas focused on fundraising and fund advisory, as well as procurement services. The service business capitalizes on CapMan’s solid experience in private equity.

Acquisition of Norvestia
2016

Acquisition of Norvestia

2016

CapMan acquires the Finnish investment company Norvestia after taking a minority stake in the business in 2015. The acquisition expands CapMan’s footprint into growth investments, which complete the gap between the venture and buyout field.

 

A record number of exits
2014

A record number of exits

2014

CapMan exits a total of 12 portfolio companies and real estate, breaking the previous record from 2006.

A book by Marko Erola: “Into the driver’s seat -stories about entrepreneurs and CapMan” commemorates CapMan’s 25 years in business.

CaPS as a pioneering service
2011

CaPS as a pioneering service

2011

CapMan Procurement Services, CaPS, is established to drive down costs of non-strategic procurement for portfolio companies in CapMan’s funds. The service is the first of its kind in the Nordic countries.

€3.2 billion in AUM
2009

€3.2 billion in AUM

2009

CapMan’s capital under management exceeds EUR 3.2 billion.

New investment areas as part of the CapMan family
2008

New investment areas as part of the CapMan family

2008

CapMan expands into Russia through the acqusition of Norum, a seasoned private equity investor, and establishes a fund deploying an activist investment strategy in Nordic public markets.

Active real estate market
2007

Active real estate market

2007

The real estate market is booming and CapMan exits the first real estate fund following one of the largest portfolio transactions in Europe at the time. At the same time, CapMan develops its internal service teams in order to improve its ability to expand into new investment areas.

 

Expansion into real estate
2005

Expansion into real estate

2005

CapMan establishes its first real estate fund in response to investor demand and capital under management grows by 76% as a result. CapMan makes 18 real estate investments in total in the first year.

Nordic expansion
2004

Nordic expansion

2004

CapMan expands its operations to Denmark, Sweden and Norway in 2001-2004. Capital under management reaches EUR 1 billion for the first time.

IPO
2001

IPO

2001

CapMan’s shares are listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange in April 2001 as one of the first private equity companies to go public in the world.

Technology boom
1999

Technology boom

1999

CapMan’s designated Technology team partners up with Alta Berkley Associates in 1997 to invest in European technology companies. CapMan is the first private equity investor to list technology companies on the Helsinki Stock Exchange. Aldata goes public in 1999 and Satama Interactive in 2000. CapMan invests in Iobox in 1999 and sells its holdings to Spanish Telefónica in 2000.

Fund-of-fund and mezzanine pioneer
1995

Fund-of-fund and mezzanine pioneer

1995

1995 is an eventful year. CapMan forsees the appeal of fund-of-funds and is involved in the establishment of Access Capital Partners. Today, Access is a leading investor in European private equity funds.

CapMan expands its operations into mezzanine, providing financing between equity and debt. Mezzanine enables several Finnish pension funds to invest in CapMan’s funds. CapMan’s capital under management grows to FIM 400 million (approx. EUR 70 million). By the end of the year, CapMan employs 30 people.

 

Going East
1994

Going East

1994

CapMan’s Eastern European fund, Alliance ScanEast Fund L.P., was established in 1994. The fund has invested a total of USD 19 million in seven companies in Poland, the Baltic States and Russia.

Management buyout
1993

Management buyout

1993

CapMan’s entrepreneurial partners and first employees CEO Ari Tolppanen, Vesa Vanha-Honko, Tuomo Raasio and Olli Liitola acquire CapMan’s entire equity. CapMan’s second fund is established in 1994 and attracts Finnish banks, insurance companies and foundations among its investors.

First fund and investment
1990

First fund and investment

1990

CapMan’s first fund, Finnventure I, is the second venture fund ever established in the Nordic countries. The fund raised a total of FIM 66 million (equivalent of approx. EUR 11 million) in 1990, which was a considerable amount at the time. The first investment is made in the Kuusamon tropiikki hotel & spa in Northeastern Finland.

 

A Nordic pioneer
1989

A Nordic pioneer

1989

Risk capital lands in Europe from the United States and there is a growing interest for unlisted companies also in Finland. CapMan is born out of the co-operation between Finnish banks KOP and Pohjola and Programator and focuses on the analysis of unlisted companies. The first employees are Tuomo Raasio and Ari Tolppanen.

Value creation

For growing businesses

Capital, strategic expertise and solid advisor networks

For Nordic communities

Functional high-quality environments and utilities through local real estate and infrastructure investments

For investors

Attractive returns and innovative solutions through broad access to private assets

Company values

Nordic roots & international ambition are reflected into sustainable growth stories, beyond our holding period.

High ethics

We believe in integrity and transparency. We are a reliable partner and responsible owner respecting all our stakeholders. We always consider the long-term impacts of our actions.

Active ownership

We deliver innovative solutions proactively and with a hands-on approach. We create lasting value by working closely with all our stakeholders.

Dedication

We are committed to entrepreneurial drive. We are hungry but humble and encourage continuous development and learning.

Expertise

Our teams and advisor networks combine backgrounds of deep operational, engineering and financial expertise from leading global companies.

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