Seier Capital is actively seeking investment opportunities - particularly in the blockchain space - both in early-stage and more mature businesses.”
Lars Seier Christensen is a Danish businessman, entrepreneur and investor, born in Copenhagen in 1963. He has lived in the St Gallen Canton in Switzerland since 2010. Mr Christensen has five daughters with his wife, Yvonne.
Mr Christensen has a very wide range of interests and activities, ranging from philosophy and politics over a gourmet, fine wine and art to sports and charity and is an avid commentator on political, society and business affairs.
Mr Christensen is a member of The Mont Pelerin Society and supports various classic liberal and libertarian organizations and causes.
After high school, at the age of 18, Mr Christensen moved to Spain to open his first business, a restaurant. This early venture into the startup world led to a lifelong passion for the restaurant business, both as a discerning guest and as the owner of several gourmet restaurants, most notably Denmark’s first three Michelin star restaurant, Geranium, The World’s Best Restaurant 2022 on World’s 50 Best Restaurants ranking, and hi-tech restaurant Alchemist, opening in 2019. In 2020, he added the iconic Cafe Dan Turell in Copenhagen to the portfolio, as it was his favourite hang-out in his youth.
After Spain, and a brief return to Copenhagen, Mr Christensen embarked on a financial services career in London in 1988 with a particular focus on foreign exchange and derivatives trading.
In 1992, he co-founded what was to become Saxo Bank, a financial multi-asset trading and investment platform, that is both offered directly to sophisticated private investors and institutions, as well as to other financial institutions as a white label infrastructure.
In 2016, after 20 years as co-CEO of Saxo Bank, Mr Christensen stepped down to focus on other investments through his private family office, Seier Capital. Seier Capital is 100% owned by Mr Christensen and does not manage capital for other investors.
In 2018, Mr Christensen sold his remaining stake in Saxo Bank to the Chinese automotive conglomerate Geely Holdings and the Finnish finance company Sampo.
Mr Christensen and Seier Capital, with combined assets of approximately 400 million dollars, have invested in a broad range of companies, including most notably the foundational blockchain protocol, Concordium.
Mr Christensen was a very early adopter of the internet and is now focused on the transformative potential of blockchain in its various forms. After being a Bitcoin enthusiast and early supporter since 2012, Mr Christensen became increasingly concerned about the early generations of blockchain projects, plagued by anonymity, lack of compliance and bad tech.
Based on his long-term experience of developments in the regulation of traditional financial markets, he has become convinced that a similar process will unfold in the blockchain space.
As a result, the focus on building a compliant layer one blockchain and regulatable use cases has become paramount. Having invested in different companies in many industries, today Mr Christensen’s focus is very much on the blockchain, although he will occasionally invest also in other promising companies.
You should consider this in your application, as the probability of investments outside the blockchain space is fairly low. Seier Capital is actively seeking investment opportunities - particularly in the blockchain space - both in early-stage and more mature businesses.
Below you will find our current investments:
Transcending the concept of fine dining.
In 2017, I heard about a new exciting restaurant in Copenhagen. I went to the small 15-seater bar, had 45 courses, and was blown away by the originality and the often controversial messages accompanying the dishes. I told the owner/chef Rasmus Munk that if he ever wanted to take this to the next level, I was in.
Shortly thereafter, we embarked on a massive project, creating a whole new, technology-based concept and two years later, we opened Alchemist in its second iteration. Despite a difficult start with the pandemic, the restaurant was successful from day one.
Alchemist now has two Michelin stars, is number 18 on the World’s Best Restaurants List, and currently has a waiting list of 35,000 guests.
An iconic place - Café Dan Turéll is back.
When I went to high school, almost every night I and a small group of close friends went to this iconic bar. Opening in 1977, it was one of the first French-inspired cafes in Copenhagen, and completely different from the drab, brown bodega scene that dominated Copenhagen in the seventies. Cafe Dan Turell quickly became a favourite hangout of artists, musicians and journalists.
Named after the great Danish poet Dan Turell (the founder was his publisher), the cafe went downhill in recent years, and I bought it in 2019. After a complete renovation to bring back its former glory, the cafe is now again filled with lights, cocktails, 80s music and I often hang out there myself when in Copenhagen.
With an impeccable talent for storytelling, CC delivers tailor-made content, PR and communication strategies.
Community Content is a successful PR/communications agency, founded by Helle Retbøl Carl. The agency has run major campaigns for Carlsberg, Nykredit, various Danish ministries and other corporates.
I invested in the business from the outset in 2016, intending to have a communications specialist in my portfolio.
The first blockchain with ID at the protocol level.
I have followed the blockchain and crypto space for more than 10 years. Originally an enthusiastic ambassador for Bitcoin and Ethereum, I eventually became concerned about aspects hindering mass adoption, in particular anonymity, lack of scalability and a general mistrust of regulation.
Having been the co-founder and co-CEO of Saxo Bank for more than two decades, I became convinced that the same regulatory developments we experienced in TradFi would eventually also make their way to the crypto space. Therefore, I founded Concordium in 2018, a compliance-ready layer one blockchain that combines all the great features of a distributed, permissionless blockchain with a focus on ID and complying and accepting the general expectations of the society around us. Based on world-class cryptographic science, Concordium aims to become a leading layer one blockchain, providing true scalability, and a trustworthy and stable foundation for real business use.