Team

Managing Partner

Nick H. Laursen

Mr. Laursen is a Danish national and has been working and living in China for 9+ years. Mr. Laursen professional experience encompasses cross-border investment, expansion management, fund management, and finance. He has broad finance industry experience namely from insurance, boutique investment, bulge bracket investment banking, Chinese multi-family office, and private equity.

Before founding LvS Partners, Mr. Laursen was a partner at Mandarin Hill Capital as well as IJK Capital. During his tenure at both Mandarin Hill Capital and IJK Capital, Mr. Laursen led the China expansion for multiple portfolio companies in industry 4.0, solar, healthcare IoT, and media and entertainment. Mr. Laursen also sits on various China Advisory Boards for expansion and growth companies.

Mr. Laursen holds an MSc in Applied Economics & Finance from Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and Shanghai Advanced Institute for Finance (SAIF).

Managing Partner

Gerard van Swieten

Mr. van Swieten is a Dutch national and has been working and living in China/Asia for 12+ years. He has extensive experience in cross-border trade and investment, growth management, IP protection, contract negotiation, legal structuring and compliance.

Before founding LvS Partners, Mr. van Swieten was a partner at Mandarin Hill Capital and IJK Capital. During his tenure at both Mandarin Hill Capital and IJK Capital, Mr. van Swieten led the China expansion for multiple portfolio companies in solar, healthcare IoT, and media and entertainment sectors. Prior to that, he served as Head of Legal of BRF SA for Asia, Europe and Africa after having worked as an attorney in Amsterdam at Clifford Chance and in Shanghai at HIL.

Mr. van Swieten holds a Masters in Dutch law from Maastricht University, a Masters in Chinese law from Hong Kong University, and an MBA from Tsinghua-MIT Sloan.

Expansion Director

Huaisheng Shen

Mr. Shen is a Chinese national who has extensive experience in real estate, private equity and investment banking.

Previously, he worked at Mandarin Hill Capital, Greenland Group, JLL and Pacific Star Developments.

Mr. Shen is a CFA charterholder. He has provided investment and strategic consulting services to Fortune 500 companies, venture capital institutions, international enterprises, Chinese state-owned enterprises, private enterprises and Sino-foreign joint ventures. His rich investment experience and skills have helped him excel in a wide range of fields.

Mr. Shen holds a Master of Real Estate Management from the National University of Singapore, and a Bachelor of Land Resource Management from Zhejiang University.

Head of Strategy

Yazad Sethna

Mr. Sethna is a British national who joined LvS Partners in 2019. As Head of Strategy at LvS, Mr. Sethna is involved across a spectrum of roles covering our active management and investment approach. He has over seen the development and implementation for key processes regarding investment target selection, due diligence, China market entry and execution across the healthcare, industrial, new energy and entertainment sectors.

Prior to joining LvS, Mr. Sethna worked as an associate at private equity firms IJK Capital and Mandarin Hill Capital. During his time at both IJK Capital and Mandarin Hill Capital, Mr. Sethna contributed to the investment and management of international companies expanding into China.

Mr. Sethna holds a BSc in Neuroscience from King’s College London.

 

Expansion Management Associate

Akjan Jenis

Mr. Jenis is a Chinese national who joined LvS partners in 2021. During his time at LvS, he has worked on various expansion projects, as an investment analyst. Prior to joining LvS, he worked at Kazpost which is allocated in Kazakhstan and participated in a green energy sector past M&A project studies in the Netherlands.

Mr Jenis is primarily engaged in expansion projects in the new energy, AI, and manufacturing industries. He executes the key steps of expansion projects such as identifying and connecting with potential Chinese business partners, conducting site visits, supporting operations and writing analysis reports. Through his business development experience, Mr. Jenis continuously strengthens the relationship between the LvS expansion portfolio and local Chinese business partners.

Mr. Jenis has a multicultural background, and he speaks 4 languages, Chinese, English, Kazakh and Russian. Mr. Jenis is a CFA level 2 candidate and holds a BSc in Finance from KIMEP University, a Master of Finance from Tilburg University.

Investor Relations Associate

Max Bagger

Mr. Bagger is a Swedish national who joined LvS Partners in 2021. Since joining LvS, he has worked with various expansion projects first as an investment project manager, but now also with expanded responsibilities in the role of investor relations associate.

He has spent more than three years in China and speaks 3 languages; Swedish, Chinese and English. Prior to joining LvS he has worked with family companies in various sectors including healthcare, lifestyle and service and the development of these within Scandinavia, Central- and Eastern Europe.

Mr. Bagger holds a Master in Finance from Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and a BSc in Business Administration from Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law.