The retail sector is challenged by a change in consumer behaviour as communication and purchases are increasingly taking place online. Retailers that are able to strike the right balance between the analogue and digital worlds stand to be the winners in this market.
Karl Svensson currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Europris, the Norwegian listed variety discounter with a nationwide store network and a growing online presence. Europris is in a strategic partnership alliance with ÖoB of Sweden and Tokmanni of Finland. Together the three discounters have sales in excess of EUR 1.7 billion. Karl has both operational and M&A/corporate finance experience in the sector.
Over two decades, Clemente Ortolani has advised a number of companies in the retail and consumer sector on a variety of assigments including IPOs, mergers & acquisitions, cornerstone investments and fund placements. For example, he worked on the IPOs of Geox, Safilo and Poltrona Frau in Italy. He also worked on Autogrill's acquisition of World Duty Free in Spain; on OTPP's pre-IPO investment in Intercos in Italy; on Temasek's indirect PIPE in Moncler in Italy; on GIC, Qatar Investment Authority and Temasek's cornerstone investment in Dufry in Switzerland; and on JAB's Consumer Fund III fund raising.