Lincoln adds Nordhaven partners

Lincoln International has added a team of 11 individuals in Stockholm. The additions including three partners — Björn Åkerlund, Gunnar Brundin and John Hamilton — from Nordhaven, a corporate finance advisory firm.

CHICAGO, IL – Lincoln International, a leading global, mid-market investment bank, today announced that a team of 11 individuals, including three Managing Directors, have joined the firm in Stockholm, Sweden. This addition augments Lincoln International’s historic coverage of the region and represents a strategic expansion into the highly active, Nordic M&A market.
Björn Åkerlund, Gunnar Brundin and John Hamilton were most recently partners with Nordhaven, an independent, partner‐owned corporate finance advisory firm which they founded originally as Navigo Partners in 2009. They focus on sell‐side M&A advisory services in the business services, technology, consumer and industrial sectors and, as such, the Stockholm team is aligned with Lincoln International’s six core industry sectors.
“Integrating Bjorn, Gunnar, John and their team into Lincoln International enables the firm to further leverage their longstanding success in the Nordic region through our global platform and deep industry expertise,” said Jim Lawson, Chairman and Global Co-Chief Executive Officer for Lincoln International. “Together, we will deliver broader solutions to our respective clients – expanding the sphere of potential buyers due to our combined reach within the Nordic region and beyond.”
Björn Åkerlund has more than 30 years of investment banking experience. Before co-founding Navigo, Björn was with several financial institutions including Handelsbanken, Enskilda and Öhman. He has extensive expertise of both domestic and cross-border M&A transactions as well as IPO transactions.
Gunnar Brundin co-founded Navigo and has since been dedicated to growing the firm. Having worked at Investor AB, Carnegie Investment Bank and Kaupthing Bank prior to Navigo, Gunnar gained invaluable experience with complex transactions, including cross-border M&A and debt restructurings.
John Hamilton, also one of the original partners of Navigo, has spent his entire career in international M&A execution, covering private and public transactions. He brings to Lincoln International expertise not only from Navigo, but also from his former roles at Greenhill & Co. and Deutsche Bank.
Phil McCreanor, Managing Director and head of Lincoln International’s London office, will have oversight of Nordic operations. He commented, “I am pleased that we have been able to transition from being longtime industry collaborators into a strong fit as true colleagues within Lincoln International. The team’s local execution capabilities, together with Lincoln’s international reach and industry knowledge, creates a true competitive advantage for the firm, both in Scandinavia and globally.”
“We are very excited to join such a well-established and highly respected firm,” stated John Hamilton. “Lincoln International’s intense focus on clients, reputation for quality and professionalism and commitment to cultural values, along with its vast geographic footprint, is a perfect match for us. Based on industry insights, cross border transaction expertise and proprietary intelligence we can bring the mid-market advisory offer in the Nordics to a whole new level.”