Our service

We are a Nordic specialised financial advisory firm with expertise in:

  • Business assessment and corporate finance.
  • Corporate reporting and disclosure for analytical uses.
  • Risk assessment, management and corporate governance.

We encourage a longer-term focus in investment decision-making

Our team

SIGURJÓN G. GEIRSSON | FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER, KONTRA

Sigurjon founded Kontra Advisors ( Kontra ráðgjöf ehf) after having identified a gap in the Nordic markets for financial advisory services due to the changing nature of the investment decision process and governance. He has previously worked in Financial Advisory at EY and PwC within the financial sector where he has advised the largest banks, insurance companies and money managers in the Nordic region. Sigurjón has also held senior positions at the Financial Regulator (FME) and the commercial bank Landsbanki in Iceland. He is a member of the Financial Accounts Advisory Committee in Iceland and lecturer in Finance and Accounting at the University of Iceland. As one of the banking liquidators during the financial crisis in 2008/9, he was responsible for there capitalization and foreign currency financing of the banking sector.

ÁSGEIR BRYNJAR TORFASON | CHAIRMAN AND PARTNER, KONTRA

Asgeir Brynjar is a well known public commentator and lecturer on financial and economic matters within the Nordic region. He currently sits as a member of the Fiscal Council, having been elected by Parlament and appointed by the Minister of Finance to serve in the first FiscalCouncil in Iceland. Most recently Asgeir had been teaching Financial Statement Analysis, Finance, Accounting Theory and Cash Flow in Banks at the University of Iceland as an Assistant Professor. Previously he was an asset manager at Prologis, where he was responsible for building up its operations in the Nordic countries and presiding over a three-fold increase in the firm’s real estate asset holdings.

SIGURÐUR ÓLAFSSON | MANAGING DIRECTOR, KONTRA

Sigurður Ólafsson is a business graduate from the University of Iceland and holds an MBA in Business Economics from the Rotterdam School of Management. He has worked in human resources at Flugleidir, Nýherji and Vátryggingafélag Íslands and as Managing Director of Calidris ehf. and Vord Íslandstryggingar hf. Sigurdur was appointed Managing Director of Keflavik Airport Ltd. in 2009 but since the establishment of Isavia in 2010, he has been the head of human resources, most recently the Director of Human Resources and Performance since 2013.

JEFFREY SUSSMAN | MANAGING DIRECTOR, KONTRA

Jeff is responsible for Kontra’s corporate finance practice. He has managed engagements for European corporates seeking to raise debt and equity capital from the US private markets. Jeff has raised several billion dollars in debt and equity financing over his career in both advisory and treasury capacities. Previously he worked at Deloitte Financial Advisory in Zürich where he was an advisor to major Swiss banks and at Fitch Ratings in New York as a credit analyst.

JAKE BLOCK | MANAGING DIRECTOR

Jake focuses on corporate finance engagements with Kontra. He has previously worked in equity capital markets and private wealth and investment banking positions over his 20 year career. This has included work in M&A advisory roles at Banc of America Securities, Credit Suisse and Schroders. Most recently Jake had been working as a Private Banker in Deutsche Bank Wealth Management’s San Francisco office providing financial solutions to ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Prior to that Jake was a European Equity Specialist at Nomura Securities

ÁGÚST ARNÓRSSON | ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR at Kontra ráðgjöf

Ágúst is an expert in financial, economic, and statistical modelling and valuation. He has worked on various analytical and valuation engagements in order to support official decision making processes in public finance and labour economics. Ágúst has collaborated with the leading economic academic in Iceland, Gylfi Zoëga, on a political economic research project and has coauthored numerous academic articles with him. He is also a part-time lecturer in international economics, macroeconomics and quantitative methods.

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