Specialist growth equity investors

We have helped ambitious Northern European tech-enabled businesses reach their next stage of international growth since 2003. Our funds have close to EUR 2 billion in committed capital.

We invest in Northern European growth-stage companies to help scale their business internationally.

Our goal is to be the preferred growth partner to tech-enabled businesses in Northern Europe.

Focused investments

We look for fast-growing businesses that operate in SDG-aligned markets across digital consumer, energy & resource efficiency and software.

The businesses we partner with are macroeconomically resilient category leaders active in sectors growing faster than the economy at large.

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A trusted growth partner

Since 2003, we have teamed up with over 120 founder and management teams to build some of Northern Europe’s most successful companies in digital consumer, energy & resource efficiency and software.

More than half of our partners are former entrepreneurs and a significant number of our investment professionals are former operators. We represent a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

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Uniquely local

Our more than 60 employees are based out of the Nordics, Germany and the UK.

We aim to be as local as the best generalist investors and as knowledgeable as the best global specialist investors in our core sectors.

And our capabilities go beyond the boardroom. The investment team is supported by our operational expert team, Elevate, which provides on-the-ground support on high-priority projects covering go-to-market, talent, operations & finance, technology and data analytics.

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EUR 10-150 million tickets and above

We invest in growth or buy-out stage companies, either as a single company or as part of a broader portfolio. Our latest fund, Verdane Capital X, closed at EUR 580 million in January 2019.

When needed, we mobilise special purpose vehicles for investments that far exceed EUR 150 million, backed by our long-standing investors. Through our uniquely flexible investment model, we can acquire majority or minority positions, buy existing shares or provide primary funding.

Our history

Our roots go back to Four Seasons Venture (“Four Seasons”), founded in Oslo by Birger Nergaard in 1985 and joined by Gunnar Rydning in 1986. The firm raised three funds between 1986 and 2000, pursuing an early stage direct investment strategy in the ICT sector.

Bjarne Kveim Lie joined Four Seasons in 2001. Recognising the need to scale and to move the focus towards more mature growth assets, he and Thomas Falck drove the acquisition of a portfolio of 96 growth companies from the Norwegian government in 2003. A new fund, initially called Four Seasons Venture IV (later Verdane Capital IV), was raised to finance the transaction. The team spun out of Four Seasons Venture into a separately managed advisory firm, that became the starting point for what is today known as Verdane.

Managing Partner, Bjarne Kveim Lie