Team

Management
Board of directors
Carl Petter Finne
Chief Executive Officer
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Biography
Mr. Finne joined Offshore Merchant Partners as CEO in September 2015 from his position as CEO of Klaveness Marine Holding, where he managed an investment team of ten and oversaw a diversified portfolio of assets across real estate, maritime, energy and finance (since 2011). Prior to this, he was President of Klaveness Invest (since 2008) and was responsible for a large sale-and-leaseback portfolio, as well being a part of the Executive Group Management of the Torvald Klaveness Group. Furthermore, Mr. Finne has been a part of the corporate finance team at DNB Markets (2006-2008) and at Nordea Markets (1999-2006) focusing on maritime industries. Mr Finne has a BA in International Relations from Wheaton College (MA), USA and an MSc in Shipping Trade & Finance from the Cass Business School, UK.
Håvard Vikse
Chief Operating Officer
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Biography
Mr. Vikse joined Offshore Merchant Partners from SpareBank 1 Markets, where he held the position as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel (from 2008). Prior to that, Mr. Vikse was General Counsel for Kaupthing Bank Norway (2006-2008), and held a key role in the winding up proceeding when Kaupthing Bank was put under public administration (2008 – 2010). Furthermore, Mr. Vikse has worked as a lawyer in the law firms Vogt & Wiig (2002 – 2006) and Andersen Legal (Arthur Andersen, 1997 – 2002) and has been a deputy judge with Nord-Troms District Court. Mr. Vikse holds a law degree from the University in Oslo (graduated 1997) and has a broad and extensive experience from banking and financial services.
Thomas Weibell Pedersen
Managing Director
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Biography
Mr. Pedersen joined Offshore Merchant Partners from RS Platou Markets, where he worked in the corporate finance team in Oslo. Prior to that, Mr. Pedersen spent 15 years in various positions at Goldman Sachs in London, most recently at European Special Situations Group, a principal investing group of the firm. Additionally, he has worked in the Bank Debt Portfolio Group, Equity Capital Markets and Investment Banking teams of Goldman Sachs. Mr. Pedersen has been involved in numerous transactions with companies in the offshore oil & gas sector, both as advisor and as principal. Mr. Pedersen holds a MSc in Economics and Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) and a CEMS Master from NHH and HEC, France.
Torkell Vold
Managing Director
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Biography
Mr. Vold joined Offshore Merchant Partners from ABN Amro Bank's shipping and offshore finance team in Oslo. Prior to that, Mr. Vold spent 15 years in structured finance positions with a focus on maritime sectors, including 6 years in London, Singapore and Hong Kong working for Tufton Oceanic, a fund management firm for the maritime and energy sectors, and 5 years in San Francisco and London for GATX Corporation (NYSE), a global leasing company. Mr. Vold has structured numerous single investor and leveraged lease transactions in the offshore oil & gas sector, both as advisor and as principal. Mr. Vold holds a MSc in Economics and Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Business and Economics, Oslo and a MBA from SDA Bocconi, Milan.
Pål Renli
Managing Director
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Biography
Mr. Renli joined Offshore Merchant Partners as Managing Director in December 2015 from his position as Senior Portfolio Manager at Arctic Asset Management, where he was responsible for managing two Nordic credit portfolios and the co-management of a Nordic High Yield Fund. Prior to Arctic Asset Management he worked as a senior portfolio manager at Alfred Berg Asset Management in Stockholm (2013-2014), and was responsible for a Nordic high-yield bond fund for NRP Asset Management and the Blystad Group (2008-2013). Before that he was portfolio manager for global credit and responsible for credit hedge funds in Storebrand Asset Management (2001-2007). Mr. Renli was employed as senior portfolio manager at Nordea Markets’ global strategic trading group (1998-2001), and a as power broker at SKM AS (1997-1998) and as. He started his career as market maker at Alfred Berg (1994-1997). Mr. Renli holds a MSc in Industrial Economics and Technology Management from NTNU, an MBA from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), and a BSc in Computer Science from Trondheim Engineering College (TIH). He holds the titles of AFA (Autorisert Finansanalytiker) and Certified European Financial Analyst (CEFA).
Øyvind Fledsberg
Project Director
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Biography
Mr. Fledsberg joined Offshore Merchant Partners from Bjørgvin / Pactum, investment companies controlled by Eivind Astrup and family, where he has held a number of positions and been involved in numerous shipping and offshore investments. Mr. Fledsberg is a skilled Project Director and Offshore Merchant Partners benefits from Mr. Fledsberg’s established network within the offshore and shipping asset space and Chairmanship in several syndicated shipping and offshore projects.
Asle Andersson
Senior Vice President
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Biography
Mr. Andersson joined Offshore Merchant Partners from his position as Senior Investment Manager in Klaveness Marine where he was managing a diversified portfolio of leveraged leases, bonds and equity related shipping & offshore investments. Prior to that, he was part of the investment team in the Torvald Klaveness Group through various positions and latest in Klaveness Invest (2006-2011). Mr. Andersson has been involved in numerous shipping & offshore investment transactions as principal ranging from public to private transactions, lease structuring and financial restructuring. Mr. Andersson holds an MSc from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in Bergen.
Viggo Pedersen
Senior Vice President
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Biography
Mr. Pedersen joined Offshore Merchant Partners from his position as Director at Clifford Capital in Singapore where he was responsible for origination and execution of all oil & gas related transactions (2013 -2016). Prior to that, he was head of DNB Markets bond origination in the Asia Pacific focusing primarily on the high yield shipping, offshore and energy markets (2011 – 2013), and Vice President at Clarkson Platou Securities fixed income (2010-2011). Mr. Pedersen started his career at DNB as a Credit Analyst and later became Relationship Manager with the banks Shipping, Offshore & Logistics division (2006 – 2010). Mr. Pedersen holds an MSc in Finance from Aarhus School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Auckland.
Øystein Bader
Risk Manager
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Biography
Mr. Bader joined Offshore Merchant Partners from Nordea Shipping, Offshore & Oil Services Division, where he held the position as First Vice President (from 2012) in the Strategy and Special projects unit. He was responsible for developing strategies for and execution of the division’s restructuring cases based on comprehensive analysis of the financial, commercial, technical and strategic aspects of each cases. Prior to that, Mr. Bader was a part of the Corporate Finance team as an Associate Director in Nordea Markets (since 2004). He started his career as an Assistant Relationship Manager in Nordea Shipping, Offshore & Oil Services Division in 2002. Mr. Bader holds a Master in Business and Economics from BI Norwegian Business School (Handelshøyskolen BI) and has in addition taken relevant financial executive management courses at INSEAD.
Magnus Vaaler
Vice President Finance
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Biography
Mr. Vaaler joined Offshore Merchant Partners after seven years as Treasurer and Vice President Finance in Frontline Management, serving several listed shipping companies such as Frontline Ltd., Knightsbridge Tankers Limited, Frontline 2012 Ltd. and Independent Tankers Corporation Limited. Magnus has broad experience from equity and debt financing projects, sale/leasebacks, asset sales/purchases and start-ups and restructurings of companies in the shipping industry. Mr. Vaaler holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) degree with specialization in banking and finance from University College Dublin, Ireland.
Jørgen Solem
Vice President
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Biography
Mr. Solem joined Offshore Merchant Partners in September 2014. Previous experience from the corporate finance team at DVB Bank SE, Oslo, where he spent 5 years covering the offshore support vessel market internationally and was involved in a range of M&A transactions, capital raise initiatives, sale-leasebacks and asset sales / purchases. Prior to that, Mr. Solem spent 3 years with the investment banking teams of Landsbanki Securities, London and Stamford Partners, London and Amsterdam. There, he gained experience with private and public M&A transactions and corporate broking assignments to UK listed companies. Mr. Solem holds an MSc in Banking and International Finance from Cass Business School, London and a BSc in Finance and Economics from Lancaster University, UK.
Kristoffer Riis Iden
Vice President
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Biography
Mr. Iden joined Offshore Merchant Partners in September 2014. Previous experience from Arctic Securities ASA, a Norwegian investment bank, where he spent four years as the oil services equity research analyst. As a research analyst, Mr. Iden had particular focus on the offshore supply and offshore drilling segments, and worked closely with Nor-Ocean Offshore AS, the in-house offshore brokerage. Mr. Iden has gained broad experience with principals and investors in the sector from his sector coverage and through supporting a number of primary debt and equity offerings. Mr. Iden holds an MSc from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH) in Bergen, Norway.
Fredrik Karto Abrahamsen
Senior Financial Controller
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Biography
Mr. Abrahamsen joined Offshore Merchant Partners after eight years with KPMG as an Audit Manager and later as an Advisory Manager with KPMGs Financial Risk Management team. While with KPMG Mr. Abrahamsen served large banking and financial services clients. He also has experience from the financial services industry as an intern with Morgan Stanley (2007). Mr. Abrahamsen is a Certified Public Accountant (Statsautorisert Revisor) and holds a Master of Science degree in Auditing and Accounting from NHH Norwegian School of Economics and a Bachelor of Honours degree in Financial Services and Risk Management from Glasgow Caledonian University.
Håkon Johansen
Associate
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Biography
Mr. Johansen joined Offshore Merchant Partners in August 2016 from Fondsfinans AS, a Norwegian investment bank, where he spent 3 years as an oil services equity research analyst. As a research analyst, Mr. Johansen focused on the drilling, seismic and subsea/engineering & equipment segments and advised both Nordic and global institutional investors. Mr. Johansen holds an MSc in Business with a major in finance from BI Norwegian Business School.