Alantra completes a new milestone in the expansion of its Italian operations

Date 24 February 2022

Type Corporate News

Carlo Dawan joins the Firm to lead its Italian Investment Banking division as Chairman & CEO; he will be joined by Stefano Bellavita as Executive Vice Chairman & Head of ECM

  • Alantra, who first entered the Italian market in 2010, is announcing the hiring of Carlo Dawan and four senior professionals to strengthen its M&A and Debt Advisory capabilities. The Firm currently employs more than 30 professionals across its Investment Banking, Credit Portfolio and Alternative Asset Management & Product Structuring businesses.
  • By adding the track record of the joining team led  by Carlo Dawan, this newly reinforced Alantra investment banking practice has successfully completed more than 100 M&A deals in the Italian market, including the sale of CMC to KKR, L&S to Clessidra, L Catterton’s acquisition of Pinarello. In Equity Capital Markets, Alantra is one of the most active brokers in the Italian mid-market space. The team, led by Stefano Bellavita, has completed six IPOs on the Euronext Growth Milan market in 2021 and 15 deals in the last three years, including the IPO of Farmaè and the IPO of Almawave.
  • Alantra also has one of the largest teams dedicated to credit portfolio transactions in the country. Last year, the team led by Renato Limuti advised on highly-visible deals such as the first securitisation of movable registered assets in Italy for BrumBrum, and a €2.2bn GACS NPL securitization for Unicredit.
  • Alantra, through its Alternative AM business and its Strategic Partners Indigo Capital and MCH IS, has completed 11 investments in the country and plan to expand its product offering and capabilities in Italy.

Milan – Alantra, the independent global mid-market investment banking and asset management firm, is pleased to announce that it is expanding its local operations with the hire of five senior professionals in its Investment Banking division.

With these appointments, Alantra will further develop its Investment Banking capabilities in the country, which currently offers M&A, Debt and ECM services to mid-sized family-owned businesses, corporates and institutional investors. The business will be led by Carlo Dawan (Chairman & CEO) and Stefano Bellavita (Executive Vice Chairman and Head of ECM).

Carlo Dawan has joined Alantra from GCA Altium, where he led the Milan office for 13 years. Before that, Carlo founded and led his own M&A advisory business for almost 15 years.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Alantra, a Firm with a demonstrated growth trajectory in the global mid-market segment and an ambitious strategy for the Italian market”, said Carlo Dawan. “I am looking forward to working alongside my new partners to continue to develop Alantra’s successful Italian franchise”.

With him, Alantra has incorporated Valentina Osele (Director) and Riccardo Colombo (Director), who also join from GCA Altium and each bring more than 15 years of experience to the role.

The appointments add to the recent hires of Francesco Mazzocchi (Managing Director) and Massimiliano Casella (Managing Director) to lead its debt advisory capabilities in the country. Before joining Alantra, they held various roles at a number of bulge bracket banks, including UBS, Banca IMI, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Centrobanca, where they were involved in the origination, structuring and execution of Eurobonds, HY bonds, private placements and structured bonds for mid and large caps across different sectors.

Italy is one of the key markets in Alantra’s development. The Firm is committed to investing in attracting highly-talented professionals and pursuing strategic partnerships to further strengthen its local operations, as part of its objective of developing a fully-fledged service offering for Italian family-owned companies, midcap corporations and institutional investors.