Our Nordic Region branch encompasses Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark, with 3-4 events held in the region each year. Events in 2019 will look at the New Norwegian Roads PPP Pipeline, Finland’s PPP Market and Solving the Electricity Shortage on Gotland Island.
NIB - Finland
Senior Director and Head of Transaction and Portfolio Management
Joe Wright is Senior Director and Head of Transaction and Portfolio Management at the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB). Joe’s team of bankers execute new lending operations and manage the loan portfolio across NIBs lending business, including Corporate Finance, Financial Intermediary, Sovereign and Municipal Lending, and Project and Structured Finance.
NIB is a AAA rated multilateral financing institution with the Nordic and Baltic countries as members. It promotes sustainable growth of its member countries by providing long-term financing to projects that strengthen competitiveness and enhance the environment. NIB has project finance operations in emerging markets and the NIB member countries, mostly in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Recent transactions include PPP roads in Finland, wind farms in Brazil, airports in Russia, and telecommunications in India.
Joe, an economist by training, has been working on infrastructure and project finance for 16 years, including projects in more than 20 countries. Before joining NIB he worked at the World Bank.
DNB Bank - Norway
Senior Vice President, Public Sector, Infrastructure and PPP
Torgeir Haugland holds a Senior Vice President position in DNB Bank ASA and is working in DNB’s Large Corporate Division.
Haugland is heading DNB’s PPP projects and is responsible for DNB’s PPP strategy. In addition Haugland is working as senior relationship manager for public sector companies.
Haugland has extensive public experience working in The Ministry of Finance as senior adviser for ten years and later five years as assistant director at Eksportfinans Norway, long-term financing provider for the Norwegian export sector and local sector government. Before joining DNB’s public sector team in 2011 Haugland worked two years with the largest Norwegian pension provider, KLP.
Haugland’s education includes a MBA in economics and a financial analyst master program.
Peter is head of Lindahl’s Energy and Infrastructure Practice and a partner in the corporate practice..
Peter specialises in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets and infrastructure projects and has long experience of advising clients and leading client teams in Swedish and cross-border transactions involving private and public companies.
He has been involved in many complex transactions in the region and Peter is frequently referred to as one of the leading lawyers in Sweden in M&A and Capital Markets and has lead transactions with a value of more than 350 bnSEK.
Prior to joining Lindahl he was at Linklaters heading the Corporate group as well as the Nordic office.
Energy and Capital Markets Counsel
Laura Huomo works as an Energy and capital markets counsel at Roschier, Attorneys Ltd. in Helsinki. She has extensive experience in international equity and debt capital offerings, including IPOs, as well as banking and structured finance transactions, and she focuses in particular on European and Finnish energy regulation and energy sector financing. Laura has published internationally mainly on topics related to project financing of energy projects. She occasionally holds lectures in the Helsinki University Faculty of Law on collateral issues related to energy project financing. In addition, she was one of the two specialist secretaries in the committee of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy preparing the complete reformation of the Finnish Natural Gas Market Act. Laura is recognized as one of the leading experts in banking & finance in Finland by international legal directories such as IFLR1000 and Chambers Global, who describe her as a foreign expert who is “experienced in advising clients on a range of international debt and equity transactions. She has particular expertise advising clients in the energy sector.” (Chambers Global, 2015). She is nominated as a rising star in IFLR1000 (IFLR1000 Energy & Infrastructure (2015). In addition to an LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School, Laura holds an LL.D. from the University of Helsinki (topic: Project Financing of Natural Gas Pipelines – A Study on Natural Gas Pipeline Project Financing under Financial Law and Law of Security Interests). Prior to joining Roschier in 2013, she worked as a counsel at White & Case in Helsinki. She is a member of the New York and Finnish Bar Associations.
DLA Piper – Norway
Fredrik Lindblom is a partner with DLA Piper in Oslo, Norway, and the location head of the firm’s Norwegian finance and projects team. He specializes inter alia in project finance and has extensive experience from a variety of projects (both as lender’s and sponsor/project company’s counsel) ranging from key Nordic region highway PPPs and project finance in the offshore sector to mining/mineral commodities project financings in different jurisdictions, including emerging economies on behalf of tier 1 global institutions.
He joined DLA Piper in 2007 after having worked 3 years as in-house legal with Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) (a AAA rated multilateral financing institution with the Nordic and Baltic countries as members) in Helsinki, Finland, working on transaction mainly in Russia and CEE. Prior to joining NIB Fredrik worked as a lawyer with one of Norway’s other premier banking and finance firms.
SEB (Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken) - Sweden
Head of Structured Finance
Head of Structured Finance at SEB (Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken), that provides project financing and acquisition financing for clients in Northern Europe within designated industries (e.g. Infra, Energy & Transportation). The unit employs 40 professionals and is the leading lender in the Nordics within its focus areas.
Joel has over 15 yrs experience of financing in SEB and has work on several landmark transactions in the Nordics within project/infra financing. Prior to joining SEB he worked at ABN Amro.