We focus our time and resources on our two key activities: deal-doing and fundraising. The five senior investment staff at Certior Capital each average more than 20 years of investment experience and have executed more than 200 transactions across Europe. Other areas such as tax, legal, structuring and administration are outsourced to highly reputed partners with whom we have worked for many years.
Ari Jauho is a founder, partner and chairman of Certior Capital with a focus on investments and business development. He is also responsible for ESG matter at the firm. Prior to founding Certior, Ari was a partner and the chief investment officer at Pohjola Private Equity Funds from 2007 to 2011. Before that he was a Partner and Chairman at Proventure from 2004 and he previously worked for Pohjola Insurance where he was responsible for the private equity and private credit investments of Pohjola Insurance and Suomi Mutual Life Assurance Company from 1995, and of Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company from 1995 to 1999. Ari has a Master of Science degree in Economics from the Helsinki School of Economics (now Aalto University).
Timo Hara is a founder and partner at Certior Capital with a focus on investments and the development of investment analysis tools as well as business development. Prior to founding Certior, Timo worked at Pohjola Private Equity Funds from 2007 to 2011. Timo started his private equity and private credit career at Proventure in 2003 as an analyst and investment manager. He holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University).
Pasi Pihlajamaa is a founder and partner at Certior Capital and focuses on investments and administration. Prior to founding Certior, Pasi worked at Pohjola Private Equity Funds from 2007 to 2011. Pasi started his career at Proventure in 1999 as an analyst and research manager. He holds a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of Vaasa.
Olli Heinilä is an investment director at Certior Capital. He focuses mainly on investments and has spent more than two decades investing in private markets. Before joining Certior, Olli was most recently Investment Director in the private equity and private credit team at eQ Asset Management from 2011 to 2017. Previously he worked as an investment director and partner at Amanda Capital from 2005-2011 and before that at Mandatum Private Equity Funds and Sampo Group. Olli has a Master of Science degree in Economics from the Helsinki School of Economics (now Aalto University).
Pertti Nurmio is a senior adviser to Certior Capital and joined in early 2020. Pertti is a highly experienced investor in private credit both in Finland and across the Nordic countries. Up until 2018 he was a founder and managing partner at Armanda Mezzanine Capital. He founded Armada in June 2010 following an MBO from Eqvitec where he was senior partner and head of mezzanine from 2000 until 2010. He previously held roles at SEB Merchant Banking and Union Bank of Finland (New York, Singapore, Helsinki). He holds a Master of Law degree from the University of Helsinki.
Anssi Koikkalainen is an investment analyst at Certior Capital. His main duties include the evaluation of potential private equity and private credit investments, the preparation of presentation materials and the analysis of portfolio investments. In addition, he is responsible for the development of the investment process and ad-hoc reporting tasks. Anssi has previously held roles as a sales manager at Danske Bank, as a credit risk controller at Nordea Bank and as an operations officer at OP Financial Group. He is currently finalising a Master of Science (Industrial Engineering and Management) at LUT University in Finland and holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees (Economics and Business Administration) from the University of Eastern Finland.
Pirjo Koivisto is financial controller at Certior Capital. She has a deep knowledge of financial and fund administration, compliance and regulations. Her work experience includes time at Investors House Rahastot Oy in Helsinki where she was head of administration and back office, as chief accountant at the City of Hanko, as the head of the finance department at Avenir Rahastoyhtiö Oy in Helsinki and as a lecturer in macroeconomics and sociology at Siam University in Bangkok. She holds a Master of Arts (Economics) from Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand.
Guy Waller is a UK national and is responsible for business development including international fundraising, client relations, events and press relations at Certior Capital. From 2006 to 2014 he worked at Partners Group, a Swiss-based private markets asset manager, most recently as a managing director in London focusing on fundraising and investor relations. From 2000 to 2006, he was a private equity journalist based in London with unquote magazine. Guy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern European Studies from Loughborough University and a Master of Arts degree in International Politics and Security Studies from Bradford University.