Tom Blake joined Pöyry Capital in 2008 since when he has carried out advisory assignments in all of its focus sectors – timberland, forest products, packaging, and energy and infrastructure. Previously he worked with AdviCorp and PFC Energy and spent 18 years at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson where he led the firm’s energy & utilities advisory business in Europe. While at Kleinwort, he led the team which advised on the privatisation of Enel in 1999, the largest European IPO. Tom graduated from Oxford University in 1984.
Luc Averous rejoined Poyry Capital in 2018. Luc has 17 years of energy and infra experience in Europe having successfully advised on 32 deals in the sector. Luc has developed a dense network of relationships with utilities, oil & gas players and infrastructure investors. Previously, Luc worked at several investment banks in Paris and London (Citi, RBC, Goldman Sachs, Dresdner Kleinwort and BNP Paribas) in M&A and project financing roles. More recently he spent 3 years on the buy-side at Partners Group in London, contributing to the successful launch of their direct infra fund and deploying ca. €300m equity in Europe. Luc graduated from ESCP Europe in 1998.
Sandra Bowhay joined Pöyry Capital in 2020 as Managing Director and Co-Head of Forest Industry & Packaging. She joined from HSBC where she was responsible for the bank’s paper and packaging sector coverage worldwide. Previously she worked for Barclays where she was responsible for sector coverage in the Nordic region. She has worked with many of the leading paper and packaging companies around the world. Sandra graduated from University of Wales with a BA in French & German.
Sven Leissler joined Pöyry Capital in 2020. He joined from Ermgassen & Co where he was Managing Director. He has advised on numerous transactions, including sell-sides, buy-sides and joint ventures for European blue-chip clients, German mid-cap clients and financial sponsors. Previously he was a member of J.P. Morgan's European Industrial M&A team where he worked on transactions and covered clients in the sectors Automotive, Paper & Packaging, Steel as well as Industrial Conglomerates. Sven has a degree in Business Administration ("Diplom Kaufmann") from the University of Cologne.
Bengt Hammar received his BA and MPA from Princeton University in 1977. He now has over 40 years of investment banking experience. After nine years with Citibank/ Citicorp Investment Bank in London, he joined Morgan Stanley in 1986 where he became responsible for creating their European Forest Products and Packaging Coverage Team. In 1995 Bengt joined BZW as a Managing Director responsible for their Global Forest Products and Packaging Group. In 1998, Bengt was engaged by Jaakko Pöyry Consulting in order to develop a business plan for Pöyry Capital and was later appointed its President & CEO. Bengt was appointed as a non-executive board member of BillerudKorsnäs AB in May 2014.