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When it’s time for your company to grow, change, and when there are tough decisions to make, we will help you. 
Our services cover all the phases of your business cycle and business development. 
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Transactions

2020
Adviser to the owners and management of
in the sale to Conscriptor
The acquisition enables a leading provider of digital solutions within speech recognition, documentation and transcription services to the Nordic health care industry, to increase the work efficiency of health personnel and free more time for direct patient care.

Max Manus Group is the leading Scandinavian distributor of speech recognition solutions for healthcare professionals, providing customized speech recognition and digital dictation solutions to hospitals in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. Max Manus’ operational business is structured through the companies, Max Manus AS (Norway), Max Manus AB (Sweden) and Max Manus A/S (Denmark). The companies have historically not been consolidated, which has caused certain transactional obstacles for Management and Nordhaven to overcome.

“The spread of COVID-19 has increased the load on the healthcare system in all the Nordic countries. Efficient digital solutions as we provide, contribute to increase the capacity and therefore increase the ability to handle crisis situations. We see great opportunities going forward to help the healthcare system further free capacity, and at the same time relieve health care personnel which experience pressured working environments, also under more normal circumstances than what we have today” – Martin Elster, CEO Max Manus.

“We aim to be the Nordic-leader in liberate healthcare personnel’s time for direct patient care. Today, only 30% of healthcare personnel’s time is used on direct patient supervision. Our ambition is to double time for direct patient supervision from today’s levels by supplying transcription and speech recognition solutions. Specifically, this relates to enabling digitalization and usage of AI technology” – Henric Carlsson, CEO Conscriptor.

“There is a potential for an increase in efficiency in the Nordic healthcare sector, and we believe that administration and process handling will be further digitalized. We believe that Max Manus and Conscriptor possess the knowledge and solutions within documentation and transcription that will contribute to fundamental changes of administrative processes in the healthcare sector. The solutions will at the same time liberate time for direct patient care for doctors and other healthcare personnel” – Bjarne Lie, Managing Partner Verdane.

About Verdane

Verdane is a specialized growth investor cooperating and investing in ambitious, Northern European, technology companies, supporting further international growth. With a total of more than NOK 17 billion of committed capital, Verdane funds have invested in more than 120 companies in the growth sectors, including high-tech industrials, e-commerce, software, energy- and resource-efficiency and financial services. Verdane has more than 50 employees and offices in Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, London, Oslo and Stockholm.

About Conscriptor

Conscriptor is Sweden’s largest supplier of journal documentation services and dictation solutions for hospitals and clinics. Conscriptor was founded in 2006 in Orust, Sweden and today employs more than 200 people. Conscriptor is behind, amongst others, Europe’s most popular dictation app within the health care sector, MedSpeech, and today handles approximately 10% of all journal documentation in Sweden.

About Max Manus

Established in 1946 by the Norwegian WWII hero Max Manus, the company initially sold office supplies, however developed to be a leading provider of speech recognition and dictation solutions in Scandinavia. Their speech recognition solution is currently used by more than 10,000 healthcare professionals and the digital dictation platform has over 20,000 users. Today Max Manus is present in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, and have more than 50 employees located in their offices in Oslo, Århus, Copenhagen and Gothenburg.
2020
Adviser to the owners and management of
in the sale to EG
Nordhaven Corporate Finance acted as exclusive financial adviser to the management and owners of Holte in the sale to Francisco Partners’ Danish portfolio company EG.

The acquisition is part of an ambitious EG-strategy to digitize the construction industry in Scandinavia. “By combining EG's and Holte's product portfolio we can deliver the best solution to manage the complex processes and data flow within the construction industry”, says Mikkel Bardram, CEO at EG.

Holte is the Norwegian market leader within workflow management software for the building construction industry with solutions that assist construction companies to manage all steps of a construction process from project calculation to complete documentation and follow up. Holte delivered strong and stable revenue growth, with high and increasing SaaS revenue and a solid EBITDA margin.

“EG and Holte are both experts within the construction industry and offer a broad set of modules in an integrated software platform. We transform complex processes into simple intuitive solutions for our customers. By combining the strengths of EG and Holte we create a true Scandinavian champion within software solutions for the entire construction sector”, says Jesper Andersen, EVP, EG Private.

“We see EG as an ambitious strong owner who will invest in the continued development of Holte's solutions in an international market. There is a great potential for a comprehensive digitalization in the construction business”, says Eilif Holte, founder of Holte.

“EG and Holte are a perfect match and our already existing collaboration shows good cultural fit. We share the same focus on long-term customer relationships and high customer satisfaction”, says Aleksander Bjaaland, CEO at Holte.

About Francisco Partners
Francisco Partners is a leading global private equity firm which specializes in investments in technology and technology-enabled businesses. With over $15 billion of capital raised to date, Francisco Partners is one of the largest and most active technology-focused private equity firms in the world.

About EG
EG is a Scandinavian software company with more than 1,000 employees working from 15 skill centers in Scandinavia and Poland. We develop, deliver and service our own software for more than 9,500 private and public clients.

About Holte
Holte is a Norwegian leading supplier of software, services and courses within disciplines such as HSE, quality assurance, building permit applications, estimation, third party control, management, operation and maintenance (MOM) and project management. Holte was established in 1987, has 135 employees and offices in Oslo, Trondheim, Tønsberg og Gdansk.
2020
Adviser to
on the design of an equity-based incentive plan
We designed a new matching share plan for the top management and other selected key employees of Ahlstrom-Munksjö. Ahlstrom-Munksjö is one of the world's leading players in sustainable and innovative fiber solutions.
2020
Adviser to
on the sale to Swedish listed Indutrade Group
Nordhaven Corporate Finance advised Jouka Oy and its owners on the sale of the company to Swedish listed Indutrade Group.

Jouka designs and manufactures ball valves and ball valve units. The company offers customized products with a high degree of customer specific R&D. Customer segments include machine building, marine, processing, and pulp & paper industries primarily in the Finnish market. Jouka’s annual net sales are approximately EUR 6.5 million.


“We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the process” says Risto Lehtimäki, one of the owners and the Chairman of the board at Jouka. “The whole process was extremely smoothly run by the Nordhaven team and it was a real pleasure working with them” he continues.
2020
Adviser to the shareholders of
in the sale of a majority share to FKP Scorpio
Nordhaven advised the shareholders of Nordic Live AS in the sale of a majority share to FKP Scorpio, one of Europe’s leading festival and concert promoters.

The Oslo-based agency Nordic Live AS has sold a majority stake to FKP Scorpio, one of Europe’s leading festival and concert promoters. Nordic Live was founded in 2017 by Erica Leypoldt, Kim Nordbæk, Ottar Schanke Eikum and Joël Schwalenstöcker, formerly at Live Nation, Ultimat Artist, Mentometer and TimeOut Agency. Nordic Live represents 60+ domestic and international acts such as Alan Walker and Gabrielle, and the acquisition offers FKP domestic rosters across the Nordic region. Nordic Live will collocate with the FKP Scorpio Norway team over the course of 2020.

“We have been able to carve out a decent slice of the Norwegian market in just a few years as one of the very few remaining independents. We have done everything ourselves and our own way, but once we met with FKP Scorpio, we immediately knew this was the right partnership to take the company to the next level” says Nordic Live’s founders in a joint statement.

“We are very happy about our teaming up with Nordic Live and the merger with our already strong team in Norway. Their local artist roster will complement our portfolio and will strengthen FKP Scorpio’s importance for the local Norwegian music scene as a reliable partner. We are very excited about the future prospects of our Norwegian branch.”, states FKP Scorpio’s executive director Folkert Koopmans.

About Nordic Live
Nordic Live is Norway’s largest independent agency. Their domestic roster, including artists like Alan Walker, Ina Wroldsen and Gabrielle, did more than a 1000 shows in 2019, amounting to a total turnover of 85 MNOK.

About FKP Scorpio
FKP Scorpio Norway has since its foundation promoted shows across Norway with the likes of Bon Iver, Tame Impala, Biffy Clyro and Brad Paisley.
2020
Adviser to
on the design of long-term incentive plans
We advised Amer Sports on designing several long-term incentive plans for its key employees. Amer Sports is a sporting goods company with brands including Salomon, Arc'teryx, Peak Performance, Atomic, Suunto, Wilson, Precor, Armada, ENVE Composites, Louisville Slugger, DeMarini and Sports Tracker.
2019
Advisor to Kistefos/NexGenTel in the merger between
and Proximo Norge
Nordhaven acted as exclusive financial advisor to Kistefos/NexGenTel in the merger between Proximo Norge AS and Bitpro AS

IT management services firm Bitpro AS to merge with the TMT player Proximo Norge AS. The transaction is the first step in the strategy to build a leading supplier of cloud-based IT communication and security solutions.

Total revenue 2019 of the two companies will amount to MNOK 260 with profitable margins. Kistefos will maintain as majority owner with an 84.8% stake. Shareholders of Bitpro will reinvest large parts of their proceeds and majority seller Trond Bjorvand will enter as new CEO of merged entity January 2020.

«Proximo and Bitpro will continue building on our extensive growth potential after the merger, in addition to realizing synergies between the two. Our continuous efforts in helping client implementing and utilizing modern cloud solutions as part of their daily business processes will be a key focus going forward» says Trond Bjorvand.

About Proximo
B2B vendor of broadband, datacom and telephony.
11 000 customers served by 40 employees located in Bergen and Oslo. Subsidiary of NextGenTel owned by Kistefos.

About Bitpro
National supplier of B2B cloud-based IT management services located in Kristiansand. Among others the first supplier in Norway of Private Cloud solutions from inhouse data centers in 2008. 150 clients served by 20 skilled employees.
2019
Adviser to
and Sentica Partners on the sale to Celsius Holdings
Nordhaven Corporate Finance advised Func Food Group Oyj and its owners, Sentica Partners and private shareholders, on the sale of company to US-listed Celsius Holdings Inc.

Func Food is a Nordic wellness company. Func Food represents a comprehensive portfolio of well-being products which promote active and, healthy
lifestyles by investing in high-quality ingredients and best-in-class food and beverage expertise. The company markets and distributes beverages, protein bars, supplements and superfoods under the brands Celsius®, FAST Sports Nutrition, CocoVi, and FitFarm.

Celsius Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: CELH), is a global company with a proprietary, clinically proven formula for its CELSIUS® brand and all its sub-brands. A lifestyle fitness drink and a pioneer in the rapidly growing performance energy sector, CELSIUS has four beverage lines that each offer proprietary, functional, healthy-energy formulas clinically-proven to offer significant health benefits to its users.

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