Olov has 11+ years of experience as an M&A 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 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.
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 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.
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, Pricing Analysis, Cost Benchmarking, Working Capital Management, Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
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 a valuation of a large professional services company for the assessment of a potential acquisition. The scope of the diligence effort included forecasting market development, interviewing the customer base, and identifying critical staffing and retention risks.
Developed a 5-year strategy for one of Ericsson's largest software units, including building a roadmap to consolidate a software sector. Screened acquisition targets, recommended a long-term acquisition plan, and used war game workshops to identify potential risks to future acquisitions.
Led the divestment of an automotive supplier for a private equity group and successfully executed a cross-border sale to an industrial buyer while exceeding the owner's valuation expectations. Responsibilities included planning, board relationship management, developing investor materials, reaching out to buyers and supporting negotiations.
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 based on factors such as the valuation of local targets and the quantification of synergies, while the organic growth scenarios included detailing potential retail locations, costs, and product offerings.
Identified 20%+ in working capital improvements for a Nordic production company, and delivered 8% in short-term gains. The significant short-term improvement was the result of divesting low-consumption inventory, conducting sale-leaseback deals for fixed assets and renegotiating a debt agreement.
Developed the business plan and investor prospectus, which included strategy, market assessment, operational setup, and the creation of a pro forma income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow forecast, for a new services company. The company 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)