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Pontus Averstad

Senior PartnerStockholm

Advises principal investors and financial institution on strategy, M&A, and value creation across the entire investment life cycle

Pontus is a senior partner in McKinsey’s Stockholm office. He specializes in advising private-equity groups, investment companies, infrastructure investors, family offices, and government holding companies on strategy, M&A, and value creation in portfolio companies along the entire investment life cycle. His support includes work on 100-day plans; commercial-, operational-, and digital-performance-improvement programs; and exit preparations. In the past, Pontus has led Europe's Private Equity and Principal Investors Practice.

Pontus has extensive experience in many sectors in Europe. His expertise covers financial services, business services, industrial, and retail. He has led projects across Europe and in Asia, Eastern Europe, and North America.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Pontus worked in investment banking and in a government ministry that dealt with development, foreign, and trade policy. He is fluent in English, German, and Russian.

Published Work

The state of diversity in global private markets: 2023, McKinsey & Company, August 2023

McKinsey Global Private Markets Review: Private markets turn down the volume,” McKinsey & Company, March 2023

The state of diversity in global private markets: 2022,” McKinsey & Company, November 2022

An SEK 850 billion digital opportunity for Sweden,” McKinsey & Company, June 2018

Disruption in European consumer finance: Lessons from Sweden,” McKinsey & Company, April 2018

Digitizing Sweden: Opportunities and priorities in five ecosystems, McKinsey & Company, November 2017


Stockholm School of Economics
MS, finance

Columbia Business School, Columbia University
MS, finance

KTH Royal Institute of Technology
MS, industrial engineering