1989 - 1993

Fund I - The Early Years

Robert Andreen and Morgan Olsson co-found Nordic Capital in 1989.

Skandia Life Insurance and Svenska Handelsbanken establish a joint venture and commit to support Nordic Capital Fund I with EUR 55 mn.

Due to regulatory considerations, initial investments are made with co-investors or in partnership with vendors.

1993 - 1997

Fund II - Development of a Swedish Buyout Market

Nordic Capital Fund II is formed with commitments of EUR 110 mn from five Sweden-based investors.

Nordic Capital plays an active role in the creation and development of the buyout market in Sweden.

1997 - 1999

Fund III - International Investors

Nordic Capital sources capital internationally and successfully establishes Nordic Capital Fund III at EUR 350 mn, its first fund to be based in Jersey.

NC Advisory, investment advisor to the Nordic Capital Funds, is established in 1998.

Nordic Capital's expanding network of business contacts enable it to pursue buyouts outside Sweden.

1999 - 2003

Fund IV – Expanding in the Nordic region

Nordic Capital Fund IV is established in 2000 with commitments of EUR 760 mn.

Investments are now made in all Nordic countries and across several industry sectors.

Copenhagen office established.

2003 - 2007


Nordic Capital Fund V is established during 2003 with commitments of EUR 1.5 bn.

The partner group is expanded to seven, with NC Advisory employing over 20 investment professionals.

In 2006 Nordic Capital approaches existing investors to establish Fund VI at EUR 1.9 bn.

2007 - 2012

Fund VII - International expansion and leadership transition

In 2008, Nordic Capital Fund VII closes at EUR 4.3 bn.

NC Advisory opens offices in Oslo, Helsinki, Frankfurt and London.

In 2010, Joakim Karlsson and Kristoffer Melinder are appointed as co-Managing Partners for the NC Advisory network, which now consists of approx. 75 employees.

In 2011, Nordic Capital announces the EUR 9.6 bn sale of Nycomed- the largest private equity trade sale in Europe and the third largest globally.

During 2012, Nordic Capital wins more awards than in any previous year.

Over a period of 24 months in 2012-2013, Nordic Capital funds make platform investments in 9 European companies.


Fund VIII - Continuing the Nordic Capital way

Nordic Capital Fund VIII closes in 2013 at EUR 3.5 bn and makes its first investment the same year.

12 platform investments are made over the next four years, strengthening the firm’s position in five core sectors and its reputation as a leading investor in Healthcare globally.

Kristoffer Melinder becomes the sole Managing Partner and the organisation grows to 115 employees.

Continued focus on Ownership Excellence and Operational Improvement, including the establishment of dedicated operations team to drive portfolio performance and growth.

Significant exit momentum achieved, including seven listings on the Nordic stock markets and the successful flotation of ConvaTec on the London Stock Exchange, the largest European healthcare IPO in more than twenty years.

Nordic Capital receives recognition from the industry with awards for Operational Excellence in EMEA Large Cap for Thule (2015), and Firm of the Year in the Nordics by Private Equity International (2015); Nordic Deal of the Year for Permobil by Real Deals Private Equity Awards (2014) and Exit of the year for Permobil by the Swedish Venture Capital Association (2014).

Operational excellence is also recognised when Nordic Capital receives the Private Equity International award for “Excellence in Procurement” for its cross-portfolio initiative, Nordic Capital Procurement Optimisation (2017); and the Private Equity International Award for Operational Excellence in EMEA/upper mid-market for Permobil (2013).