Mint Capital is Moscow-based with a team of experienced investment partners and investment managers. Each of the investment partners at Mint Capital has been working with direct investments in the region for approximately ten years. In addition, our investment partners have valuable experience in building Russian businesses and providing strategic management consulting services to Russian companies.
Ulf Persson, Co-founder and Managing Partner. Prior to CO-founding Mint Capital in 2000, Ulf Persson was in charge of private equity investments at Brunswick, including two years as Managing Director of the $300 million AIG and Brunswick Millennium Fund. From 1990 to 1995, as head of the Russian office of Axel Johnson and later at AIOC, he managed export of metals and raw materials from the CIS to European and US markets. Currently a board member of most of Mint Capital's portfolio companies including SAVD, ABBYY and 2V Studios. Over the past 15 years Ulf has been a board member of more than 25 Russian companies spanning a wide range of industries. Ulf is a graduate of Stockholm School of Economics and the Swedish Defense Language Institute. Living in Russia since 1990, Ulf speaks Russian fluently.
Fredrik Ekman, Co-founder and Managing Partner. Fredrik Ekman spent most of the 1990s gaining solid experience in building and managing local companies as he led Oriflame from scratch to a market leading FMCG business in Russia, Ukraine and the Baltics. By 1998 he proceeded to work with the founders of Oriflame establishing Oresa Ventures, their Eastern European private Equity company in Moscow. Fredrik Ekman has worked in Russia since 1989 when he participated in the establishment of Tetra Pak’s first office in what was still the Soviet Union. In addition to board seats in Mint Portfolio companies Tablogix and MONE, Fredrik Ekman is member of the Board of Stockholm School of Economics Russia, the local executive education affiliate of his alma mater. Having first studied Russian at the Swedish Defense language Institute as an army conscript, he is a fluent Russian speaker.
Kirill Vesselov, Partner. Kirill joined Mint Capital team in February 2006. Today, Kirill is a Board member at Mint's portfolio companies - Mone, A-Dept and SAVD. From 2000 to 2003, Kirill lived and studied in France at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University. In 2004, Kirill continued his education in Canada in Business Administration and Finance at Bishop's University. Returning to Europe, Kirill joined Société Générale Investment Bank in Paris as an analyst in a team of bank's operations with Russian oil & gas companies. Kirill holds Masters Degree in International Strategic Management from the Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris and Masters Degree in Economics and Finance from the Ivanovo State Power University. Native Russian speaker, Kirill is fluent in English and French.