Vaaka Partners was founded as OKO Venture Capital in 1989. The company’s investment activities have evolved from generalist minority investing to focused buyout investing. In addition, the size of the funds has grown 25-fold from the first fund established in 1991. The company renamed itself as Pohjola Capital Partners in 2008 due to company’s focus on buyouts and the parent company’s name change.
The company became Vaaka Partners in 2010 after a transaction where the management of the company acquired all the remaining shares from the former majority owner Pohjola Bank. The investment activities of the company continued unchanged.
Vaaka Partners is wholly owned by its management. The board of the company consists of partner representation and independent members. The independent chairman of the board is Veli Sundbäck, and Juhani Bonsdorff and Marianne Saarikko Janson are independent members of the board. Juha Peltola is the Managing Director.