The Extraordinary General Meeting of Juuri Partners Oy, the management company for Juuri Fund I and Juuri Fund II, has elected Johan Aalto as a member of the Board of Directors.
Johan Aalto works as a partner in Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd and is one of the most respected lawyers in Finland. He has been elected to several positions of trust, e.g. Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland rf as the chairman of the board (“Skattmästare”). In 2016, the President of the Republic awarded him the title of Lagman.
Johan has unique experience in planning, negotiation, and execution of M&A transactions, as well as acting as an advisor to the boards of Finnish companies. Additionally, he has a vast network of contacts in the Finnish and Swedish business world. During his time at Hannes Snellman, Johan has held several management positions and played a central role in the internationalization of the law firm.
“Johan brings an exceptionally wide range of expertise in, for example, M&A transactions and capital markets to the board work at Juuri Partners. Johan’s more than 30 years of experience of good and bad days in business life is valuable to the board and team of Juuri”, says the chairman of the board, Topi Paananen.
“It’s great to become involved in building Finnish growth stories on the board of Juuri Partners. Finland needs growth and entrepreneurship. The team at Juuri Partners and the growth funds they manage offer entrepreneurs support and tools to achieve their growth goals,” comments Johan Aalto.
At the same time, the long-time chairman of the board of Juuri Partners, Jukka Hienonen, will step down from the board of Juuri Partners.
“Jukka’s role in the launch of the operations of Juuri Partners has been significant. We are in a trust business, and Jukka’s reputation and long-term work in the Finnish business community helped us to build trust in our stakeholders during the critical phase of raising the first fund. On behalf of the entire Juuri team and the board, I would like to thank Jukka for the successful, fun and educational journey up to this point,” says CEO Samuli Sipilä.
Juuri Fund I and Juuri Fund II offer equity and debt financing for established and profitable small and medium-sized enterprises in Finland. Juuri Partners offers growth-oriented companies a novel concept of financing and business development that combines active ownership, business support and debt financing. The aggregate amount of funds managed by Juuri Partners exceeds EUR 200 million. The Funds’ investor base consists of both Finnish and international institutional investors. www.juuripartners.com