Danish shipping investor European Maritime Finance (EMF) has hired two new directors as it expands in Europe.

Last week, EMF opened an office in Stockholm.

“We are pleased to announce the launch of our new office in Stockholm, Sweden demonstrating our long-term commitment to the country,” said Martin Haugaard, founder and chairman of the investment committee.

EMF has hired Marianthi Koukouvinos as head of EMF Sweden.

She has previously worked in business innovation at Nordea.

“We are pleased to announce our new office in Stockholm, reinforcing the importance of our Sweden operations,” she said.

The investment firm has also recruited Christian Friis as a strategic client director in Copenhagen.

He said in a post on LinkedIn: “I will work at EMF’s headquarters, focusing on cultivating strong relationships with clients and promoting sustainable investments in the maritime sector.”

Earlier this year, EMF opened an office in Zug, Switzerland.

EMF, which was founded in 2014, is an alternative investment fund manager focused on maritime investments.

Chief operating officer Stephen Schueler said: “We view Stockholm and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology as global thought leaders in marine sustainable shipping. EMF is committed to supporting the industry’s transition to greener and more sustainable vessels.”

EMF has a fleet of 16 suezmaxes, aframaxes, LR2 product tankers and pure car/truck carriers, including several newbuildings scheduled for delivery from 2024 to 2026.

TradeWinds reported in March that Atlas Maritime was said to be working with EMF on an order for three very large ammonia carriers in South Korea.