Olov Rydsater, Finance Expert in Stockholm, Sweden
Olov Rydsater

Finance Expert in Stockholm, Sweden

Member since April 26, 2018
Olov has 15+ years of experience as an advisor for private equity, venture capital, and corporate clients, primarily in Europe, the United States, and Asia. Olov has created significant value in companies through M&A, such as acquisitions and divestitures, but also through pricing, sourcing, cost reduction, and working capital engagements. He enjoys freelancing to work across geographies and industries, taking end-to-end responsibility for project delivery.
Olov is now available for hire

Case studies

Industry Expertise

  • Business Services
  • Management Consulting
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Automotive Parts
  • Industrial Machinery & Equipment
  • Telecommunication Equipment
  • Retail

Other Expertise


  • Independent M&A and Corporate Finance Advisor

    2014 - PRESENT
    Tiermes AB
    • Established an M&A strategy based on the screening of 100+ acquisition targets. Evaluated and performed commercial due diligence of the market, product offering, customers, and suppliers for four shortlisted targets in Europe.
    • Led the fundraising process and secured a successful $10+ million first close for a private equity fund. Responsibilities included defining and communicating the offering to investors, developing investor materials, and supporting negotiations.
    • Valued a food processing company using the comparable company and discounted cash flow (DCF) valuation methodologies, achieving a significant net debt adjustment that reduced the purchase price paid by the client.
    • Performed commercial due diligence of a chemical company, identifying key risks as well as profit enhancement opportunities, including price increases, expense rationalization, and inorganic growth initiatives.
    • Identified and led a working capital reduction of 20%+ for a Nordic services company by renegotiating customer agreements, establishing non-recourse factoring, and improving invoicing procedures.
    • Supported one of the largest companies in Sweden, active in the telecom space, with 15 acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures across Europe and the US.
    • Supported one of the largest companies in Sweden, active in consumer goods, to develop their M&A capability, define M&A strategies, and execute on M&A transactions.
    • Developed P&L and cash flow forecasts and conducted a valuation of a discretionary consumer goods company as part of their fundraising. Supported investor reach-out and negotiation and helped secure a multi-million dollar fundraising round.
    Focus areas: Initial Public Offerings, M&A (Buy-side), M&A Modeling, M&A (Sell-side), Due Diligence, Private Company Valuation, Private Equity, Fundraising, Cash Flow Calculation, Price Analysis, Cost Benchmarking, Working Capital Management, Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Acquisition Analysis, Acquisitions, Analysis, Carve-out Planning, Cost Reduction & Optimization, Cross-border M&A, DCF Modeling, DCF Valuation, Free Cash Flow (FCF), NPV, Pricing, Financial Modeling, Forecasting, Revenue & Expense Projections, Investment Return Scenario Analysis, IRR, Cash Flow Modeling, Investments, ROI, Business Planning, Board Presentations, eCommerce, Business Models, Business Plan Consulting
  • Corporate Finance Engagement Manager

    2014 - 2016
    • Supported management in the evaluation of a potential M&A transaction with one of the world's largest companies. Responsibilities included screening potential targets, quantifying the synergy opportunity, and creating the valuation summary.
    • Prepared a large software and services business unit for divestment from its corporate parent. Defined the standalone operational plan outside of the corporate parent for sales, finance, and research and development.
    • Established sourcing and make/buy strategy, identifying a multimillion-dollar savings opportunity in one of Ericsson's largest procurement categories. Key methods in the analysis included should-cost modeling and value engineering.
    • Performed commercial due diligence and valuation of a large professional services company for a potential acquisition, including forecasting market development, interviewing customers, and identifying critical staffing and retention risks.
    • Developed a 5-year strategy for one of Ericsson's largest software units, including an M&A consolidation roadmap. Screened acquisition targets, recommended an acquisition plan, and used war game workshops to identify risks to future acquisitions.
    • Prepared the divestiture of a blockchain technology-based offering.
    Focus areas: Strategy, M&A Modeling, M&A (Buy-side), M&A (Sell-side), Valuation, Due Diligence, Carve-out Planning, Reverse Mergers, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Financial Modeling, Revenue & Expense Projections, Cash Flow Modeling, Control & Cost Analysis, Gross Profit Margin Growth, Cost Efficiency, Business Planning, Blockchain, Board Presentations, Business Models, Business Plan Consulting
  • M&A Manager, Private Equity Team Lead

    2007 - 2014
    • Led the divestment of an automotive supplier and executed a cross-border sale to an industrial buyer, exceeding the owner's valuation expectations. Was in charge of planning, managing the BoD, developing materials, buyer reach-out, and negotiating.
    • Delivered pricing enhancements for a Nordic services firm and secured significant short-term and long-term improvements, including a 30% price increase via controlling discounting and re-bundling offerings.
    • Assessed organic growth and M&A opportunities for a leading retailer contemplating entry into the Swedish market. Assessed the M&A scenarios, while the organic growth scenarios included detailing retail locations, costs, and product offerings.
    • Identified 20%+ in working capital improvements for a Nordic production company and delivered 8% in short-term gains. Improvements included divesting low-consumption inventory, sale-leaseback deals for fixed assets, and debt agreement renegotiation.
    • Developed a business plan and investor prospectus, including strategy, market assessment, operational setup, and creating a P&L, balance sheet, and cash flow forecast. Successfully raised a multimillion-dollar round with venture capital backers.
    Focus areas: M&A (Sell-side), Due Diligence, Post-merger Integration, Working Capital Management, Fund Structure, Fundraising, Pricing Strategy, Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Cash Flow Modeling, Control & Cost Analysis, Gross Profit Margin Growth, Cost Efficiency, Revenue & Expense Projections, Investment Return Scenario Analysis, IRR, Forecasting, Investments, ROI, Business Planning, Board Presentations, eCommerce, Business Models, Business Plan Consulting


  • Master's Degree in Computer Science
    2001 - 2007
    LTU - LuleƄ, Sweden
  • Bachelor's Degree in Finance
    2001 - 2007
    LTU - LuleƄ, Sweden


  • Financial Management Certificate
    University of Illinois

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