We Build Business Champions

Goal-driven support

Vaaka Partners supports its portfolio companies on multiple levels. As trusted advisors and board members, we work with our companies and their management to secure future growth. For instance, Our Troika model provides management with continuous support and training. Our partner companies also benefit from project-based opportunities such as add-on acquisitions and finance negotiations.
Moreover, we offer a wide array of business and leadership development resources, including our Corporate Governance model and Contingency Planning tools that help mid-sized companies grow sustainably and ethically in the global marketplace. And through our operational excellence seminars, management teams can connect, collaborate and contribute.

Long-game commitment

Like other private equity investors, Vaaka Partners’ ownership of portfolio companies is defined by the terms and conditions of the investment fund. The typical holding period for our companies is around five years, during which we work together with them to execute an effective growth strategy. Some of our companies have been part of the Vaaka family for more than ten years.

Our philosophy is based on playing the long game – knowledge, patience and resilience make champions, on the pitch and in business. That’s why we invest in long-term market positions, in-depth industry evaluation, as well as product and service innovation. With our companies we’re in it for the long run already from the starting line.

Funds

Vaaka Partners currently manages four private equity funds with capital commitments of EUR 470 million. One of these funds invests in new portfolio companies and the other three only in existing portfolio companies.

Private equity fund Investment strategy Capital under management Year established
Funds investing in new portfolio companies
Vaaka Partners Buyout Fund III Buyout €225m 2017
Funds investing only in existing portfolio companies
Vaaka Partners Buyout Fund II Buyout €150m 2012
Vaaka Partners Buyout I * Buyout €75m 2008
Ilmarisen Suomi-Rahasto I Co-investment €20m 2006
Terminated funds
Promotion Equity I ** Balanced (70 % buyout) €36m 2003 - 2015
Suomi Välirahoitusrahasto I * Mezzanine €31m 2007 - 2014
Promotion Capital I Venture capital €37m 1999 - 2012
Promotion Bridge I Bridge/Mezzanine €11m 2001 - 2011
Promotion Rahasto II Balanced (VC focus) €7m 1995 - 2007
Promotion Rahasto I Balanced (VC focus) €3m 1991 - 2002

* The fund consists of six parallel funds.
** All investment are realized, legal entity pending termination. The fund consists of five parallel funds.

In reporting on the funds to the investors, Vaaka Partners follows the fund agreements and the Investment Reporting Guidelines issued by Invest Europe. In the valuation of the portfolio companies, Vaaka Partners complies with the International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation Guidelines.

Investors

The investors of the private equity funds managed by Vaaka Partners are leading domestic (76.5%) and international (23.5%) institutional investors. Pension insurance companies (46%) and fund-of-funds (18%) are the largest investor groups. Other investor groups include public sector entities (15%), foundations (7%), banks (6%), insurance companies (3%) and other companies (5%).

Vaaka Partners Buyout Fund III

  • Pension funds
    55 %
  • Funds of funds
    16 %
  • Public sector
    13 %
  • Foundations
    6 %
  • Companies
    4 %
  • Insurance companies
    3 %
  • Other Europe
    22 %
  • Finland
    78 %

Vaaka partners buyout fund II

  • Pension funds
    34 %
  • Funds of funds
    30 %
  • Public sector
    20 %
  • Foundations
    7 %
  • Companies
    4 %
  • Banks
    3 %
  • Other
    2 %
  • Other Europe
    40 %
  • Finland
    60 %

Vaaka Partners Buyout I

  • Banks
    29 %
  • Pension funds
    28 %
  • Public sector
    14 %
  • Foundations
    11 %
  • Funds of funds
    9 %
  • Insurance companies
    7 %
  • Other
    2 %
  • Other Europe
    2 %
  • Finland
    98 %

Ilmarisen Suomi-Rahasto I

  • Pension funds
    100 %
  • Finland
    100 %

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