Team

Our culture is based on sustaining a caring meritocracy for our people, where personal and professional development is at the centre. We seek to attract top talent to complement our 60+ collective years of experience, seeking candidates from top tier PE, Management Consulting, Finance and Investment Banking firms.

Simen Vier Simensen
Partner and co-founder
Simen is Partner and co-founder of ExploreEquity. He has 28 years’ international experience from McKinsey where he has been leading European Institutional Investing Practice, European Insurance and Asset Management Practice, Nordic Financial Institutions Practice, and the Norwegian Office.

Simen was part of the Productivity Committee under the Department of Finance.

Simen holds a MBA in Finance from MIT and a Lizentiat der Wirtschaftswissen-schaften (Business Administration) from Université de Fribourg, Switzerland.
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Henrik Lisæth
Partner and co-founder
Henrik is Partner and co-founder of ExploreEquity. He was a Partner of FSN Capital Partners from 1 January 2000 until 31 December 2014.

Earlier, Henrik worked in investment banking at Morgan Stanley in London and as a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group in Stockholm.

Henrik holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with distinction from Harvard Business School and a M.Sc. degree (“Siviløkonom”) from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).
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Caroline Bakalovic Kjeksli
Investment Director
Caroline is Investment Director at ExploreEquity. She has 10 years’ experience from McKinsey & Company, where she primarily has served Nordic and globally leading financial institutions and Private Equity companies. She was part of the leadership groups of European Financial Institutions and Private Equity/Principal Investors. From 2013 - 2016 she has led McKinsey’s industry groups in these sectors in Norway.

Caroline has spent significant time at McKinsey’s offices in London, Stockholm, Johannesburg, Munich, Prague and Copenhagen, in addition to Oslo.

Caroline holds a Master of Law degree from The University of Oslo, Faculty of Law.
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Morten Urdal Bakke
Associate
Morten is an Associate at ExploreEquity. Prior to joining the firm, Morten was a Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. Here he spent most of his time supporting industrial players in M&A processes including due diligence and acquisition, and Post-Merger Integration. Morten also supported clients on Manufacturing and Pricing topics.

Morten holds a Master of Science in Industrial Economics and Technology Management from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
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Mathias Owing Maanum
Associate
Mathias is an Associate at ExploreEquity. Prior to joining the firm Mathias was an Associate at McKinsey & Company, primarily focusing on Strategy and Corporate Finance. Mathias supported several private equity clients, as well as industrial players, across the full deal cycle, including due diligence, post-acquisition, holding period (strategic reviews and implementation) and divestment.

Mathias holds a Master of Science degree from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).

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