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Ex-Capital Four Partner Lands CEO Role

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Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Laust Johnsen, ex-Capital Four partner and portfolio manager, is taking on the role of CEO at Friheden Invest, a family office founded by the owner and founder of Danish fashion company IC Group. Johnsen announced his decision to leave Capital Four back in September after more than 15 years at the Danish credit boutique.

“I am delighted to share that I will join Friheden Invest A/S as CEO from January 16th, 2023,” Johnsen (pictured center) announces on LinkedIn. “I am super excited about the opportunity and look very much forward to becoming a part of this great team.” Johnsen will take over the reins from Per Hillebrandt Jensen, who has decided to step down from his role as CEO after 16 years. “His contribution to the growth and development of Friheden Invest as a fully functioning family office over the last 16 years has been immeasurable, and he leaves the organisation in great shape for the future,” announces Friheden Invest of Niels Martinsen, the owner and founder of IC Group.

“We’re happy to announce that Laust Johnsen, former partner and portfolio manager at Capital Four will take over as CEO, starting on January 16th, 2023.”

“We’re happy to announce that Laust Johnsen, former partner and portfolio manager at Capital Four will take over as CEO, starting on January 16th, 2023,” says Martinsen on behalf of Friheden Invest. Johnsen joined Capital Four at its inception in 2007 from Nordea Investment Management, where he worked as a quantitative analyst focused on risk management and performance analysis. He held various roles within Capital Four, first as a high-yield analyst then as head of trading, as well as interim chief operating officer overseeing the investment operations team, and most recently, as a portfolio manager on the investment committee.

Founded in 1969 in Copenhagen, fashion company IC Group (originally known as InWear) had been listed on the Danish Stock Exchange since 1996. In recent years, IC Group has sold the majority of its brands, most recently Peak Performance to Amer Sports, and has two premium fashion brands Tiger of Sweden and By Malene Birger left in its portfolio. IC Group was delisted from Nasdaq in Copenhagen in 2019 after Friheden Invest obtained 100 percent ownership of the company.


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Eugeniu Guzun
Eugeniu Guzun
Eugeniu Guzun serves as a data analyst responsible for maintaining and gatekeeping the Nordic Hedge Index, and as a journalist covering the Nordic hedge fund industry for HedgeNordic. Eugeniu completed his Master’s degree at the Stockholm School of Economics in 2018. Write to Eugeniu Guzun at eugene@hedgenordic.com

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