Our Team

Blue Water Energy has one of the most experienced middle-market teams in the energy space. The three founding partners have on average over 25 years of experience in buying and building lasting, value-enhanced businesses. They lead a team of investment professionals possessing extensive sector knowledge and proven execution experience.

  • Jerker Johansson
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    Jerker co-founded Blue Water Energy in 2011. Jerker’s responsibilities range from deal origination and structuring to execution, monitoring and exit strategy evaluation. Jerker is involved in investment activities throughout the entire energy industry, with particular expertise in global capital markets.

    Jerker was previously the Global Head of Institutional Equities at Morgan Stanley, where his 22-year tenure featured involvement across various capital markets, then CEO of UBS Investment Bank. Jerker holds an MSc degree in Economics from Stockholm School of Economics and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Jerker now serves on the boards of GPS Group, Influit, Stena International S.A., Stena Fastigheter and FAM AB – part of The Wallenberg Foundations – and is a Trustee of The Morgan Library and Museum. Jerker is also a member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

  • Thomas Sikorski
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    Tom co-founded Blue Water Energy in 2011. Tom’s responsibilities range from deal origination and structuring to execution, monitoring and exit strategy evaluation. Tom is involved in investment activities throughout the entire energy industry, with particular expertise in the midstream and services sectors. He has over 25 years of private equity experience. 

    Before Blue Water Energy, Tom served as Managing Director and, from 2006, Head of the London office of First Reserve Corporation. Tom holds an A.B. degree Magna Cum Laude in Economics from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Tom has served in recent years as a director on the boards of Aquilex Corp., Dresser, Inc., Dresser-Rand Group, Inc., Quanta Services, Inc. and Bahamas Oil Refining Company International Limited (BORCO). Tom is on the board of Halvorsen AS, Excellence Logging, Galileo Technologies and GPS Group.

  • Graeme Sword
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    Graeme co-founded Blue Water Energy in 2011. Graeme’s responsibilities range from deal origination and structuring to execution, monitoring and exit strategy evaluation. Graeme is involved in investment activities across the entire energy industry.

    Graeme has particular expertise in the worldwide oil & gas reserves and oilfield services sectors of the industry. He has over 20 years of private equity experience. Before joining Blue Water Energy, he was Partner and Head of Oil & Gas at 3i, a UK-based private equity firm. Prior to joining 3i in 1995, Graeme was a Brand Manager at Unilever. He holds an M.A. (Hons) degree in Geography and Political Science from the University of Dundee.

    Graeme served as a board member of Agora Oil & Gas until 2012 where, as part of the management team, a trade sale to Cairn Energy was completed. Graeme is currently a board member of, Unique Group, Siccar Point Energy, Wellesley Petroleum, Drilling Systems Ltd, px Group and Optilan Group.

  • Mark Dickinson
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    Mark Dickinson joined Blue Water Energy in June 2015 as a Managing Director. Mark has almost 20 years of PE investing experience and brings a strong investment track record from his previous roles at 3i and, more recently, Arle Capital Partners. Mark, while previously a consultant for us, introduced Kentech that went on to be one of our 2015 investments. He is an ACA and holds an LLB from the University of Hull. Mark currently serves on the board of Kentech, Halvorsen AS, Galileo Technologies and Influit.

  • Martin Somerville
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    Martin joined Blue Water Energy in 2013 and has 20 years of financial experience, the last 14 of which has been within oil and gas, focussed on both the upstream and midstream equipment and service sectors. He has previously held roles with HitecVision Private Equity as well as KPMG Corporate Finance and RBC Capital Markets. Martin holds a degree in Accountancy and Finance from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, and is a qualified CA. He is currently a board member of Unique Group, Drilling Systems, Kentech, GPS Group and Optilan Group. 

  • Gran Potter
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    Gran joined Blue Water Energy in 2012 and his responsibilities range from deal origination and structuring to due diligence, execution and monitoring. Gran's previous roles include Senior Associate at Apax Partners, and  Associate at First Reserve International and First Reserve Corporation. Prior to those roles, he was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Power group at Citigroup. Gran currently serves on the board of px Group. Gran holds a B.B.A. degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

  • Frazer Blyth
    Frazer Blyth Director – Marketing & Communications
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    Frazer started working with Blue Water Energy as a consultant soon after it was founded in 2011 before moving to a permanent role in 2017. Since 2011 Frazer has shaped the marketing of Blue Water Energy through its fundraising activities as well as its LP relations & communication programs. Frazer has also been instrumental in much of the marketing set-up associated with our new Investment Platforms and he has also consulted to many of the Portfolio Companies on their marketing strategy and operations. Currently, Frazer’s responsibilities at Blue Water Energy include GP and Fund marketing, LP relations, PR and Events. Frazer also continues to provides strategic marketing consultancy to the deal team and Fund Portfolio Companies as part of the overall value creation initiatives.

    Prior to Blue Water Energy, Frazer spent most of his working career in senior marketing roles, specialising latterly in global oil and gas. As a marketing consultant, he has worked with many of the UK corporate banks advising on business internationalisation and marketing strategy. Frazer is a graduate of Abertay University Dundee, and Aberdeen University.

  • Mandar Kulkarni
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    Mandar joined Blue Water Energy in April 2017 as Chief Financial Officer. Mandar is responsible for the finance function and overseeing the firm’s financial affairs, his remit includes the Funds and investment manager operations, Investor Relations, Compliance, Fund and deal structuring, portfolio and investor reporting, financial planning, treasury and tax.

    Mandar has over 11 years of Private Equity experience. Before joining Blue Water Energy, he was Senior Vice President and Head of Finance for Bain Capital Private Equity’s European operations. Prior to Bain Capital, Mandar worked in multiple financial roles at Cargill Inc. and Ernst & Young, both in Europe and Asia. 

    Mandar holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He holds a degree in Business and Economics from the University of Mumbai.

  • Suzanne Taylor
    Suzanne Taylor Head of Fund Administration and Financial Control
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    Suzanne Taylor joined Blue Water Energy in September 2012 as Head of Financial Control and Fund Administration. Suzanne’s responsibilities include the overall responsibility for all financial aspects of Blue Water Energy, including financial reporting and analysis, compliance and regulatory . Prior to joining Blue Water Energy, Suzanne served as Project Coordinator at Intermediate Capital Group. Previously, she was an Interim Financial Controller for Vision Capital and prior to this, she was an Investment Director in the Financial and Fund Administration of Baird Capital Partners Europe Limited. Suzanne also worked in New Zealand for Southpac Investment Management Limited and KPMG. She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (Accountancy major) and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA).

  • Matthew Williams
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    Matthew joined Blue Water Energy in 2011 and his responsibilities range from deal origination and structuring to due diligence, execution and monitoring. He was previously an Associate at First Reserve International and First Reserve Corporation and, prior to then, an Investment Banking Analyst in the Natural Resources group at Lehman Brothers. He holds a B.B.A. degree with High Distinction from Emory University and serves on the Goizueta Business School Alumni Association Board of Emory University.

  • Vincent Simonetti
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    Vincent joined Blue Water Energy in 2012 and currently serves on the board of Authentix and Excellence Logging. Prior to joining BWE, Vincent worked at Advent International, Blackstone and L.E.K Consulting. He holds a Master’s degree in engineering from Trinity College, Cambridge and focuses on businesses with a technological differentiation.

  • Khash Mohajerani
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    Khash joined Blue Water Energy in 2013 and his responsibilities range from deal origination and structuring to due diligence, execution and monitoring. He was previously an Analyst in the Energy group at Warburg Pincus and, prior to then, an Investment Banking Analyst in the Energy & Power group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He holds a MA (Hons) degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge. Khash is currently a board director of Siccar Point Energy and Wellesley Petroleum.

  • Nils Hagerstal
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    Nils joined Blue Water Energy in 2013 and his responsibilities include financial modelling, due diligence, execution and monitoring. Nils was previously an Associate at Terra Firma Capital Partners and, before then, an Associate in the Corporate Finance & Restructuring group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Nils started his career in Paris as an Investment Banking Analyst at Rothschild & Cie. He holds an MSc. degree from EDHEC Business School in France.

  • Salil Oberoi
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    Salil joined Blue Water Energy in 2013 and his responsibilities include financial modelling, due diligence, execution and monitoring. Salil was previously a Director in the Corporate Finance division at Ruspetro Plc and, before then, an Investment Banking Associate in the Basic Industries group at Citigroup. He is a Rhodes Scholar from University of Oxford and holds a BA (Hons) degree in Economics and Management. Salil currently serves on the board of Unique Group.

  • Pal Pasztrai
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    Pal joined Blue Water Energy in 2014 and his responsibilities include financial modelling, due diligence, execution and monitoring. Pal was previously an Investment Banking Analyst in the EMEA Diversified Industries & Real Assets group at J.P. Morgan in London. Pal holds an MSc in Finance from Corvinus University Budapest and also a Masters in International Management from the National University of Singapore (CEMS MiM).

  • Ekaterina Neustroeva
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    Ekaterina joined Blue Water Energy in 2014 and her responsibilities include financial modelling, due diligence, execution and monitoring. Ekaterina was previously an Associate in the Debt Fund Management team, Merchant Banking division at NM Rothschild & Sons and prior to that an Analyst in the Utilities, Transport Infrastructure team, Global Financial Advisory division of NM Rothschild & Sons. Ekaterina holds a BSc in Financial Management and a BSc in Linguistics from Kazan State University. She also holds an MBus in Global Business Analysis from Manchester Business School.

  • Lun Nie
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    Lun Nie, Associate, joined Blue Water Energy in 2016. Lun’s responsibilities include financial modelling, due diligence, execution and monitoring. Prior to joining Blue Water Energy, Lun was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Industrials team at Lazard in London. Lun holds an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of Oxford and a BSc in Management (Finance & Accounting) from the University of Manchester.

  • Frederik Holten
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    Frederik Holten, Associate, joined Blue Water Energy in 2017. Frederik’s responsibilities include financial modelling, due diligence, execution and monitoring. Prior to joining Blue Water Energy, Frederik was an Investment Banking Associate in the Energy team at PJT Partners in London. Frederik holds an MSc in Finance & Accounting and a BSc in Economics & Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School.

  • Viktorija Sarapajeva
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  • Sarah Bennett
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  • Kerry Youlden
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  • Lauren Morris
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  • Marguerite Tunstall
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  • Flossie Hunt
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  • Kelly Mole
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