Finnish investors have been the early adopters of the alternative asset class. Many institutions have started their global private equity programs in the 1990s and have been able to see the long-term benefits of the unlisted market. We wanted to create a new LP-only forum and to get the local investor community together to hear and discuss on the trends. On February 13, over 100 Finnish investors from large family offices to the biggest pension funds participated in the first Scala Alternatives Afternoon.
Our keynote speaker CEO Mario Giannini of Hamilton Lane gave their latest view on where the market is heading. This annual market overview is a much-awaited event around the world and was now heard for the first time in Finland. In addition, Maarit Säynevirta from VER, Mikko Mursula from Ilmarinen, Reima Rytsölä from Varma and Markus Pauli from KEVA shared their experiences in international private equity investing. All four CIOs from Finland’s largest pension funds shared the continued belief in the performance and growth in private equity asset class and will continue to grow their allocation into the asset class in the future.
Given the great feedback, we have already started the planning of the next Alternatives Afternoon seminar. 🙂