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Partners

Morten Bligaard – Managing Partner

Morten Bligaard has worked within Merchant Banking and Private Equity for more than 20 years in the UK and continental Europe – and across a broad range of industries including retail, consumer goods and manufacturing. Morten’s experience includes transactions and investments in complex situations including companies undergoing operational and strategic change, companies with multiple parties and/or owners and situations which involve multiple financial and financing issues. Prior to Green Park Partners, Morten was a Principal with Doughty Hanson & Co – one of the leading European private equity firms with more than USD 5bn under management where he led deal origination, transaction execution and portfolio management on acquisitions in Scandinavia, UK and Continental Europe. At Doughty Hanson, Morten completed a number of marketed as well as non-marketed opportunities covering traditional buy-outs and business developments.

Before Doughty Hanson, Morten worked in investment banking at Merrill Lynch in London where he executed M&A and capital markets transactions across Europe.

Morten graduated with a BA in Economics from Copenhagen Business School and later with an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Morten is a Danish national.

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah has nearly 25 years of merchant banking, strategy consulting and financial services experience covering UK and International markets.

Hiten was previously Director of International Development at Legal & General, a FTSE 50 company where he was responsible for originating and executing M&A transactions and distribution agreements in emerging markets including China and India. Prior to L&G, he was Head of Corporate Development at Amlin Plc, a FTSE 250 company and a leading commercial insurer operating in the Lloyds of London market, where he led the establishment of Amlin Bermuda as well as a number of acquisition and capital markets transactions.

Hiten worked in corporate advisory initially with UBS and later with Hawkpoint, a leading advisory boutique where he was an Associate Director and focused on larger UK and European M&A transactions.

Hiten started his career as a Strategy Consultant with LEK Consulting in London, a global consultancy focused on strategy, mergers & acquisitions and shareholder value management.

Hiten graduated with first class honours in economics from Bath University and holds an M.Phil in Finance from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Hiten is British.

Mark Gleave

Mark Gleave’s experience includes Managing Director of Subsea Resources PLC, Director API Petroleum PLC, Company Secretary to Apollo Advisors and previously CIO at ANZ Private Banking and Head of Fund Management Consulting at Deloitte & Touche. Mark has considerable capital raising experience and has developed a unique insight into the investment management industry, as a consequence of his work creating and implementing strategies for both retail and institutional investment businesses. His career in financial services started 1983 and he has held senior roles in both buy and sell sides of the industry.

He holds an MBA from Imperial College London.

Mark is British.

Dr. Joerg Otzen

Joerg Otzen was previously a senior manager at UBL Corporate Financial Services AG, where he managed numerous financial transactions including fundraising, investment review, interim management of companies in external portfolios and private equity funds for different clients. Joerg began his professional career with SBC Warburg in 1995, as a vice president of equity research. In 2000, he became head of corporate development at the industrial group Ascom (Switzerland) and was in charge of all group divestments during Ascom’s 4 year period of financial distress. He led the team which managed projects in international corporate finance, merger and acquisitions, corporate lending, and the establishment of new management in distressed subsidiaries.

Dr. Otzen holds an MSc and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from RWTH Aachen (Germany) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Joerg is a German national.

Gagik Apkarian

Gagik Apkarian has over 20 years of experience in private equity, investment banking and management consulting in the U.S., Europe and Australia.

Gagik is a member of the investment committee for Capinova Funds – a family of funds focused on public and private company investment opportunities.

Gagik Apkarian was previously Managing Director and General Partner at Vulcan Capital – the investment office of Paul G Allen (co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates). His team had the dual role of restructuring a diverse USD 10bn+ portfolio of public and private equity holdings, and of pursuing a diverse range of investments in transformational situations. Prior to Vulcan Capital, he was an investment banker in New York and London with Bear Stearns and Morgan Stanley where he executed M&A, restructuring and financing transactions across industries.

Gagik Apkarian also worked for several years at McKinsey & Company in New York and Australia. In that time he was engaged in turnarounds and post-merger integrations that led to significant reduction in cost and improvements in operating performance across industries. He also advised numerous companies on key strategic issues.

Gagik Apkarian holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Gagik is an Australian national, but lives in London.


Partner Advisors

Tim Dornan

Tim Dornan has worked across many industry sectors in both consulting and operating roles. Most recently he was Managing Director of The Silver Spoon Company, the £275m consumer grocery business, where he oversaw a 4-fold profit improvement. Previously, as Commercial Director at British Sugar Plc, he led a commercial turnaround in the aftermath of changes to the Sugar Regime. Earlier in his career he was head of acquisitions at Low Bonar Plc and was a strategy consultant at Boston Consulting Group / BCG.

He graduated from Cambridge University in Engineering and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School where he graduated as a Baker Scholar.

Tim is British.

Gareth Hoskin

Gareth Hoskin has over 30 years of professional and executive financial services experience covering UK and International markets.

Gareth was an Executive Main Board Director of Legal & General plc, as well as Group Marketing Director, during which time he covered Legal & General’s UK insurance, corporate and savings markets. He served on the board of its main operating company, Legal & General Assurance Society Ltd, for 14 years as well as its UK General Insurance, Group Risk, Unit Trust and Banking businesses. As CEO of Legal & General’s International Division he served on all boards of all its major international subsidiaries and joint ventures across North American, European, North African, Middle East and Asian Markets.

Gareth is a graduate and qualified as an ACA (ICEAW) with Price Waterhouse where he worked for 10 years, both in London and Australia, covering retail and banking markets.

Gareth is British.

Carl Sverdrup

Carl Sverdrup has worked with business development for ABB Group management and has managed industrial businesses for ABB Group, Flaekt Woods Group and Twin City Fan Inc. He has held responsibility for businesses with revenues ranging from Euro 40m to 300m and employing from 400 to 3,000 people. Carl has extensive experience with business turnaround and top-line growth in global markets. He has extensive experience with large scale projects, high volume products, OEM businesses and the service element of industrial businesses. Carl has managed businesses with operations in more than 20 different countries in Europe, Asia and North America.

Carl has advised on several private equity investments for Triton Partners, Advent International and Procuritas. Carl’s role and involvement has typically included later add-on acquisitions and the streamlining of expanded companies.

He holds an MBA from London Business School.

Carl is Danish and based in Switzerland.

Thomas Lane

Thomas Lane has extensive international experience of improving business performance. Since 1997, Thomas has led successful business improvement and turnaround projects. Recent examples include; the stabilisation of a USD 1bn revenue Swiss commodity trading company, review of a Dutch steel business, setting up of a distressed debt fund in Turkey as well as being a non-executive director for technology business preparing for a prepack sale.

Thomas was previously a member of KPMG’s Restructuring Team, where he concentrated on operational improvement of cross border and complex turnarounds, and was involved with corporate roles in South East Asia, where he restructured the operations of a footwear supply business for a major UK retailer. Before his involvement with under-performing businesses, Thomas spent six years in the British Army.

Thomas has an MBA from Cranfield University.

Thomas is British and based in London.

Adrian Harvey

Adrian Harvey has over 25 years of executive experience covering UK and International markets. Adrian is director and shareholder of GHCP Services Ltd, a corporate management business providing CFO-level and Company Secretary expertise to a portfolio of public companies.

Adrian specialises in providing financial and corporate governance to companies wishing to operate their interests under the umbrella of UK AIM and LSE Listed companies. Adrian has extensive experience with preparing and structuring IPOs, takeovers, corporate restructuring including de-listings and with corporate streamlining for companies looking to divest surplus and non-core corporate structures on acquisition of operating assets. Adrian is also a director, shareholder and retained adviser to a number of early stage natural resource project companies.

Adrian spent 10 years in general practice before moving into industry, including roles as Group Controller of BTR plc’s Electric Power division (manufacturing, engineering and power generation projects worldwide), Group Financial Controller of Max Petroleum plc (Upstream E&P Kazakhstan), and Toledo Mining corporation plc (Nickel Mining, Philippines).

Adrian is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA).

Adrian is British.

Gert Andersen

Gert Andersen is partner and owner of Certum Business Consulting, a management consulting firm specialising in corporate and financial management advisory services. Gert has more than 25 years of consultancy experience focused on corporate acquisitions and disposals, financial management and auditing. Gert benefits also from widespread experience in a number of industries including pharmaceuticals, retail, IT, banking and mortgage provision, insurance, beverages, fast moving consumer goods, private equity etc.

Before joining Certum Business Consulting, Gert was a partner of PwC where he managed the Transaction Services Department from 2005-2010. Prior to 2005, Gert provided consultancy and auditing services to a number of medium-sized and large Danish and multinational companies, including consultancy services focused on corporate acquisitions and disposals and financial management.

From 2005 to 2010 Gert was also a member of the PwC Partner Affairs Committee which functions as the partnership’s supervisory board. Between 1993 and 1995, Gert worked for PwC Germany. He holds a MSc. in Business Economics and Auditing, Copenhagen Business School and is a Danish state authorised public accountant (Approval deposited).

Gert is Danish.

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