IPO for buyout funds a non-starter with Nordic industry insider

As EQT Partners explores an initial public offering, its main competitor in the Nordic region says the funding model makes no sense for a private equity firm.

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Klas Tikkanen, the chief operating officer of Nordic Capital, says a public share sale wouldn’t suit its culture.

“We value the cornerstones of the private equity ownership model that enable long-term strategies and not short-term focus on performance, which often becomes the case in listed environments.”

While Tikkanen didn’t comment on EQT, he made clear he thinks that the kind of business private equity firms are involved in “is best done in a private environment.”

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