Helsinki, 19 December 2018 – Evli Bank, a leader in personal, institutional and corporate wealth management, has today announced a formal partnership with professional golfer Kim Koivu.

Koivu, who comes from Helsinki, Finland, is one of the rising stars of European golf having had a breakthrough year in 2018. After turning professional just twelve months ago, his first full season has been a huge success story with three tournament wins in the space of five months on the European Challenge Tour. His first victory came in China in April where he won the Belt & Road Colourful Yunnan Open. Just four months later he showed his class again by winning two more events within a three week period. Firstly he won on home soil at the Vierumaki Finnish Challenge and just two weeks later he claimed the Rolex Trophy by an impressive six shot margin. His three wins have gained him a full exemption on the European Tour in 2019.

Given Koivu’s heritage to Finland and the evolution of Evli Bank’s wealth management business, there is a good synergy between the two for a partnership.  Maunu Lehtimäki, CEO of Evli Bank commented: “Kim’s excellent achievements and devotion to become a world class player as well as his humbleness are exactly what Evli looks for in the players we sponsor. The co-operation agreement helps Evli to broaden its brand awareness as well as to market Finnish know-how and competence abroad. We eagerly look forward to being part of Kim’s success story and believe that this will be a fruitful co-operation for both parties.”

Koivu was also delighted to be announcing the new sponsorship, and added: “I’m really pleased about the partnership with Evli and really appreciate their support. It’s been an amazing first year for me as a pro and I hope I can build on that in 2019.”

The sponsorship was negotiated by Lagardère Sports’ European golf team.

Lagardère Sports is a global leader in golf with a diverse business built around talent representation, event management, and brand and property consulting. It has one of the most dynamic rosters of golf player clients – which includes six Major Championship winners and two members of the World Golf Hall of Fame – and is highlighted by Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm, Brian Harman, Brendan Steele, Brandt Snedeker, and Davis Love III. The agency also manages a number professional golf events around the world, which include the Safeway Open and CareerBuilder Challenge in the U.S., , the Singapore Open, and the Australian Open.


About Evli Bank

Evli is a bank specialized in investments that helps institutions, corporations and private persons increase their wealth. The product and service offering includes mutual funds, asset management and capital markets services, alternative investment products, investment research, administration of incentive programs and Corporate Finance services. The company also offers banking services that support clients’ investment operations. Evli is the highest ranked and most used institutional asset manager in Finland*.

Evli has a total of EUR 12.3 billion in client assets under management (net 9/2018). The Evli Group’s equity capital totals EUR 74.3 million and its BIS capital adequacy ratio is 15.3 percent (September 30, 2018). The company has more than 250 employees. Evli Bank Plc’s B shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.

*KANTAR SIFO Prospera External Asset Management Finland 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, SFR Scandinavian Financial Research Institutional Investment Services, Finland 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.


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About Lagardère Sports

Lagardère Sports is a leading sport marketing agency, with a global network of local experts dedicated to delivering innovative solutions that meet our clients’ needs. We believe sport inspires emotions and passion that are essential to enrich people’s lives and generate powerful collective experiences. At Lagardère Sports, we dedicate our expertise and passion to provide our clients with privileged access to the infinite opportunities of sports. Lagardère Sports is part of Lagardère Sports and Entertainment, a company with more than 1,700 employees worldwide and 50 years of experience. For more information, please visit, or follow us on LinkedIn.

Press Contact at Lagardère Sports:
Marie-Charlotte Pacaud