In 1998, Christopher joined forces with the Lombard Odier Group and founded the bank’s private equity business; his former colleagues from UBS, Thomas Frei and Yvonne Stillhart, joined him in early 1999. In May 2010, Christopher and his partners created the fully independent Akina Ltd through buying out Lombard Odier’s stake in the business.
Earlier in his career, Christopher worked for 13 years with UBS in investment banking in Europe, the Americas and Asia. He left UBS as Managing Director in charge of European merchant banking activities, having grown the unit to become the European leader in leveraged, mezzanine and structured equity financing.
Christopher holds an MBA from Babson College, Massachusetts and is fluent in German, English, Spanish and the Scandinavian languages. A Norwegian national, Christopher is married and has five children.
Education: Babson College, USA