TDA 2022 Legal & Compliance Professional of the Year: Martin Sjölund, Summa Equity
Shortly after joining Summa in 2018 as general counsel, Sjölund also took on the role of AML officer, assumed overall responsibility for risk and compliance, and subsequently joined the firm’s executive committee and leadership team. In addition to his role at the firm, Sjölund is a member of Invest Europe’s public affairs executive.
“What has been somewhat defining for Summa since inception has been the rapid growth (both in team size and AUM) and the high ambition in everything we do as an organisation,” says Sjölund. “Therefore, one of the key priorities for our legal and compliance team has been to facilitate such growth and make sure it can occur in a sustainable and compliant way.”
The judges believe the improvements Sjölund made within Summa’s legal function have improved the overall business operations of the firm. For example, he expanded the legal and compliance team from one professional to four, and was also responsible for implementing a new digital tool for managing LP subscription documents and regulatory compliance. This led to cost savings and a decrease in the risk of errors.
“The growth of the legal and compliance team as well as the wider business has always been dictated by the business opportunities at hand and ensuring we have the appropriate infrastructure in place to capture such opportunities,” he adds.
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