Kristoffer Melinder named one of the most influential people in European private equity for the third year running

DECEMBER 02 2020

  • Strong year for Nordic Capital which raised its EUR 6.1 bn Fund X in six months, announced four new platform deals and validated its investment strategy with excellent portfolio performance despite the global pandemic

Financial News and Private Equity News has named Kristoffer Melinder, Managing Partner, Nordic Capital Advisors, as one of of Europe’s 50 Most Influential People in Private Equity. Kristoffer has been included in this list every year since the list was first published three years ago. Honorees in this year’s list represent the top dealmakers, investors, business leaders and advisers shaping the European private equity market, and were selected for their leadership and firepower within their firms and the wider market over the past 12 months.

The list outlines how Kristoffer and his team have not let the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic slow them down and goes on to praise Nordic Capital’s many achievements in the last year, including closing its tenth fund in September 2020 at its hard cap with EUR 6.1 bn in commitments in a wholly remote fundraise. The list also cites some of Nordic Capital’s notable recent transactions this year, including the acquisition of Software-As-A-Service company Siteimprove, Nordic financial adviser Max Matthiessen and the global fire and gas safety technology company Consilium Safety Group. Most recently, Nordic Capital signed the agreement to acquire RegTech, a leading European provider of regulatory reporting software.

Kristoffer Melinder joined Nordic Capital Advisors more than 20 years ago and has been sole managing partner since 2016. He created a COVID-19 task force and established measures to help navigate and protect employees, portfolio companies and other stakeholders through the pandemic. Kristoffer has also increased Nordic Capital’s focus on responsible investment. In July 2020, Nordic Capital received the highest score from the United Nations' Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) for its work.

Kristoffer Melinder commented: “2020 has been a truly remarkable year for Nordic Capital, with an intense focus on supporting the portfolio during COVID-19, in combination with raising Nordic Capital’s largest ever fund whilst retaining a high level of transaction activity. I'm very honoured to have been recognised a third time in this list of very talented individuals, but this industry recognition should also go to the whole team. This achievement would not have been possible without their commitment and passion for what we do and through the support that we have all given each other in these challenging times. I am delighted to share this praise with all the individuals within Nordic Capital.”

In the last 12 months Nordic Capital has announced four platform acquisitions and has successfully divested a number of its portfolio companies, including one full exit, one IPO and two partial sell downs of shares. These transactions build on Nordic Capital’s sector focused portfolio and reinforce its leading position in Healthcare, Technology & Payments and Financial Services.

Note: The 50 “most influential” people were selected by Financial News and Private Equity News, who conducted thorough market research to assess candidates’ firepower in Europe, their recent track records and their wider industry profile. 

Footnote: “Nordic Capital” refers to any, or all, Nordic Capital branded or associated investment vehicles and their associated management entities. Nordic Capital is advised by several non-discretionary sub-advisory entities, any or all of which is referred to as “Nordic Capital Advisors”.


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About Nordic Capital

Nordic Capital is a leading private equity investor with a resolute commitment to creating stronger, sustainable businesses through operational improvement and transformative growth. Nordic Capital focuses on selected regions and sectors where it has deep experience and a long history. Focus sectors are Healthcare, Technology & Payments, Financial Services, and selectively, Industrial & Business Services. Key regions are Europe and globally for Healthcare and Technology & Payments investments. Since inception in 1989, Nordic Capital has invested more than EUR 15.5 billion in over 110 investments. The most recent fund is Nordic Capital Fund X with EUR 6.1 billion in committed capital, principally provided by international institutional investors such as pension funds. Nordic Capital Advisors have local offices in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Germany, the UK and the US. For further information about Nordic Capital, please visit