Executive Team

Executive Team

All weather team with a proven track record over several credit cycles

Executive Team

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Chris Birt

Partner & Investment Professional

Chris Birt

Partner & Investment Professional

Chris joined CORDET as an Investment Professional in September 2016.  Chris focuses on UK origination and is based in the London office.  

Chris was previously at Lloyds for thirteen years, most recently as a Director in Mid Market Origination, Acquisition Finance, responsible for originating, structuring, and executing mid-market senior debt transactions. In his time in Acquisition Finance, Chris completed over 65 senior debt transactions in the Mid Market including Alpha FMC, Outcomes First Group and Imagesound in 2016. Prior to Lloyds, Chris was a civil engineer with Costain Ltd.

Chris holds a Masters in Civil Engineering and Construction Management from the University of Leeds. 

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Christian Dybdahl-Ovesen

Partner & Investment Professional

Christian Dybdahl-Ovesen

Partner & Investment Professional

Prior to joining CORDET in 2013, Christian was part of Credit Suisse’s Financial Sponsor Group working on origination, structuring and execution of financings for LBOs and other private equity related transactions. Before that, he worked at StormHarbour and Dresdner Kleinwort in leveraged finance. Earlier in his career, Christian served in the Royal Danish Armed Forces (Navy).

Christian holds a MA (Honours) in Financial Economics from the University of St Andrews and an MBA from INSEAD.

He speaks Danish (native), Swedish (fluent), Norwegian (fluent), German (conversational) and French (basic).

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Katrin Everett

Office Manager & Support

Katrin Everett

Office Manager & Support

Katrin worked for 10 years as an Executive Assistant in the Equity Capital Markets Division supporting Russian and EMEA Teams, as well as in the Expense and Travel Co-ordination Team at Morgan Stanley. She then spent 2 years working as the Bookkeeper for a high-end Chocolate Factory.

Katrin is an IAB qualified bookkeeper and has a degree in Architecture. As well as support the CORDET Team, she successfully runs her own Virtual PA business.

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Rebecca Fels

Investment Professional

Rebecca Fels

Investment Professional

Rebecca joined CORDET in April 2019. Previously, she was with EY’s Financial Due Diligence teams in Stockholm and Hamburg, where she worked for three years on transactions in various industries.

Additional experience includes internships with Porsche’s Corporate Finance & Treasury team in Stuttgart and EY’s Restructuring team in Hamburg.

Rebecca holds a Master’s Degree (MA) in Accounting and Finance from the University of St. Gallen and spent an exchange semester at Cornell University (Johnson Graduate School of Management) in Ithaca, NY.

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Jakob Lindquist

Co-Managing Partner & ICC Member

Jakob Lindquist

Co-Managing Partner & ICC Member

Jakob has been an investment banker and corporate financier throughout his 31-year business career. Working at Morgan Stanley between 1990 and 2012, he was a senior member of the Firm’s investment banking and capital markets EMEA management team. Jakob is a financial services industry specialist, serving as a trusted advisor to many of Europe’s largest banks, insurers and asset managers. As Co-Head of Morgan Stanley’s Global Financial Institutions Group EMEA, he led more than 100 EMEA professionals in corporate finance and capital markets – the Firm’s largest practice area by revenue and number of professionals.
At Morgan Stanley, Jakob was stationed in London and New York, and also spent extended periods in Asia. He has executed projects in more than 25 countries, and has more than 200 announced career transactions to his name, of which more than $375bn in M&A and $125bn in Capital Markets.
Jakob was educated at the Stockholm School of Economics (Finance & Accounting) and Uppsala University (Russian Language and Eastern European Studies). He is a Lieutenant in the Royal Swedish Navy, having completed officer’s training as a Russian military interrogator at the Armed Forces Intelligence & Security Corps (TolkSkolan).

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Magnus Lindquist

Co-Managing Partner & ICC Member

Magnus Lindquist

Co-Managing Partner & ICC Member

Magnus joined CORDET in Q4 2015 as an Investment Professional and Co-Managing Partner and Member of the ICC based out of the Stockholm office. Magnus brings +28 years of Investing experience through 3 credit cycles. Magnus is retiring from Triton, where he was a Senior Partner and Investment Professional. He developed the Nordic operations / teams in Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen. Furthermore, he led the portfolio monitoring and development team and served as Chairman / NED in several portfolio companies.

Prior to his experience with Triton, Magnus served as Group Vice President and CFO of Autoliv, Inc. and served as Group Vice President, CFO, Chief Restructuring Officer in Perstorp Group. As a member of the Senior Executive team Magnus transformed Autoliv’s business through expansion to Asia both organically and via acquisitions (+10 acquisitions and +25,000 jobs moved) and led the cost savings program.

Magnus studied at the Stockholm School of Economics (Corporate Finance). He is a Sub-Lieutenant in the Swedish Coastal Artillery, having completed training at the Swedish School of Naval Warfare in Näsby Park, Sweden. 

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John Sealy

Chief Credit Officer

John Sealy

Chief Credit Officer

John joined CORDET in May 2019 and has 30 years of experience in the European private credit and leveraged finance markets. John previously spent 15 years with Rothschild & Co, where he was initially involved in the establishment of the firm’s mezzanine business, and subsequently, as a Managing Director, held the positions of Head of Credit within Rothschild & Co’s Credit Management division, and Co-Head of Five Arrows Direct Lending. During his career at Rothschild & Co, John also served as a member of the Direct Lending and Credit Management Investment Committees.   

Prior to Rothschild and Co, John was an Investment Director at ABN AMRO Capital, responsible for originating, executing and monitoring mezzanine investments. He held several investee company board observer positions and was a member of the ABN AMRO Mezzanine Investment Committee. 

He started his career with NatWest’s International Banking Division in 1988 and worked within NatWest Acquisition Finance from 1990.

John holds a BA in French and German from the University of Nottingham and an MBA from Nottingham University Business School.

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Sven Siemß

Investment Professional

Sven Siemß

Investment Professional

Sven joined CORDET in January 2019. He previously completed internships in private equity and equity research at Vaerde Partners, Arrowgrass Capital Partners and T. Rowe Price. 

Sven holds a BSc in Philosophy and Economics from the London School of Economics.

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Mikkel Skajem

Investment Professional

Mikkel Skajem

Investment Professional

Mikkel joined CORDET in September 2016. He has previously completed internships at CORDET and Tufton Oceanic Limited, where he gained experience in leverage, corporate and project finance.  Mikkel holds an MSc in Business Management from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Mikkel is an officer in then Ranger division in the Norwegian Armed Forces, having completed his officer's training in 2010.

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George Velikov

Chief Operating Officer

George Velikov

Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining CORDET in January 2014, George had three years of experience. He had worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Global Wealth & Investment Management division. In addition, George completed internships at PricewaterhouseCoopers and AXA where he gained experience in Assurance and Business Advisory and Asset and Risk Management

George holds a BA in Economics from St. Lawrence University in the USA and a MSc in Finance from Grenoble Graduate School of Business.

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Henrik Wikerman

Investment Professional

Henrik Wikerman

Investment Professional

Henrik joined CORDET in May 2017. He previously held various positions at Deutsche Bank in London, most recently as an Associate in the Nordic Corporate Finance team in London. Other experience include internships with Deutsche Bank in London and with KPMG in Stockholm. 

Henrik holds a MSc in Mathematics and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology.