The Characteristics of Finnish Forestry for Professional Investors

Kari Kangas, Fund Manager of the UB Timberland Fund at UB, gives an overview of investments in Finnish forestry for institutional investors. He talks about the market size and in which area realistic return expectations can be made. He reports on the value chains, what influence wind farms have on investments, and he speaks about the EU's plans for trading in carbon certificates.

Kari Kangas (D.Sc. Forest Economics, MSc Business Economics, MSc Forest Management Planning and Economics) has 17 years of experience in expert and executive positions in the forest sector.
He has worked for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe as forest sector economist and forest policy advisor for the United Nations Forum on Forests. He has been in charge of management of 1,3 million ha leased forest at Stora Enso in Russia.
Before taking the position as Fund manager at UB Timberland Fund, he acted as CEO at Forestland Investment Finland Ltd, a company offering expert services in forest asset valuation, acquisition and management.
Mr Kangas has strong statistical analysis skills and hands-on experience in practical forest management.


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UB is a Nordic pioneer and a global specialist within Real Asset investments. In Wealth Management, UB offers discretionary Asset Management to private and institutional asset owners in Finland and Sweden

UB Fund Management Ltd, established in 2007, is a subsidiary within the group, dedicated to the administration of investment funds. These include European Union UCITS regulated vehicles as well as AIFMD regulated funds.

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