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Financiers need "bit of gray hair" and long track record to go at it alone

When bank CEOs, heads of equities and stockbrokers quit high-salary roles for the life of an entrepreneur, it is often the dream of building their own business that drives them. But making the leap is not without its challenges.

Jan Severin Sølbæk (left) and Brian Budsk (right) founded Artha almost a decade ago. Their resumés counts, among other things, management positions at Alm. Brand Bank, Finansbanken and Proviso. Photo: Artha PR

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AP7 on venture capital: "You have to stay disciplined"

At Stockholm-based pension fund AP7, Per Olofsson is a one-man-band, working full time managing investments into private equity and venture capital through external partners. Picking winners requires discipline and ongoing due diligence, he tells AMWatch.

Wealth head still in race to replace Danske's CEO

Thomas Borgen is continuing as Danske Bank's CEO until a successor is in place. The bank's board is reluctant to say whether the next chief executive will be found internally -- or brought in from outside the group.

Blackstone eyes $18 billion capital raise for its biggest RE fund

The private equity industry’s largest real estate investor is planning a broad replica of the strategy behind its last fund -- investing in distressed properties globally, according to informed sources. Blackstone’s previous fund drew in $15.8 billion in 2015.

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