Stefano Cassella

Founding Partner and CEO

Graduated with laude in Economics at L.U.I.S.S. University of Rome, has achieved a specialization in Banking. He started his working experience at Efibanca in 1989 where has been taken care of financial analysis, management of financings on the Italian and international markets and export credit. Subsequently, from 1994 to 1998 he has worked for ABB ASEA BROWN BOVERI Group as a responsible for the financing of projects in the energy and infrastructure sector in Italy and abroad. Subsequently and until 2000 he has been responsible for the Italian market of the Bank of Austria Creditanstalt, Italian Branch, focused on corporate landing and project financing.
From the end of 2000 he was responsible for the Italian market of WestLB AG, finalizing numerous corporate lending transactions, project finance, export credit with the most important Italian and international customers. In total, in the course of his career he has worked to financing transaction, both from enterprise side that from banking side, for a total value of beyond Euro 59 bn ca.
Finally, he has followed restructuring and refinancing transactions of credit lines for corporate clients. Speaker in numerous conventions focused on the financings in project finance, he is adviser of some important Italian companies.

Federico Mander

Senior Partner

Graduated in Business Economy at the University Federico II of Naples and qualified as “Dottore Commercialista”, he has begun his working experience in 2001 at Protos S.P.A. in Rome, specializing in structured finance and corporate finance; in 2006 he has joined the Infrastructure and Project Finance team in Banca Intesa Infrastrutture e Sviluppo (BIIS), where he has been taken care of the advisory and arranging of various transactions in the infrastructure and energy sector. Starting from mid 2007 he joined the team of Structured Finance of the Italian branch of WestLB, where he got the role of Director taking care of the structuring and the financing of most among the most important transactions financed in project finance in Italy during the last few years in the infrastructure and energy (conventional and renewable) sectors, including n. 8 Deal of the Year Awards awarded both in the Energy and Infrastructure sector.

Riccardo Rossitto

Senior Partner

Graduated in Economics at the University “La Sapienza” of Rome, he matured his experience in Corporate, Project and Trade & Export Finance from 1989 to 1998 working in the Finance Department of Technip Italy SpA – Rome (TECHNIP Group, France), and subsequently from 1998 to 2001, as Senior Financial Engineer at TECHINT S.p.A Milan (TECHINT Group – Argentina / Italy). In July 2001 he joined WestLB, Milan Branch, where he got the corporate title of Executive Director with responsibility for structuring and managing of corporate and Export Finance transactions in the Oil & Gas / Power / Infrastructure sectors. During his career he has collaborated with Italian and international banks and has negotiated and concluded numerous funding for primary Italian and foreign companies. He is member of Major Works and international transactions Group of CONFINDUSTRIA (General Confederation of Italian Industry), other than member of the Export Credit Group.

Stefania Gatti

Senior Analyst

Graduated in Business Economy at the University La Sapienza of Rome, she started her working experience in 1989 at Italian branch of WestLB in the Treasury and Capital Markets Dept., specializing in trading and sales of plain vanilla money market and derivative products, as well as structuring of tailor-made solutions for customers. In 1997 she joined the Credit Dept team gaining a significant experience in risk assessment for corporate lending, with focus on various industries with corporate size from medium to large, as well as in project financing. She got the role of Director taking care of the entire credit process, including the financial documentation analysis, getting actively involved in the debt restructuring process of work-out situations.

Marcello Leonardi

Senior Director

Graduated in Economics at the London School of Economics and SAIS, Johns Hopkins University he began his banking career in London, working for several leading European banks, including Banca Intesa and Société Générale as well as with WestLB, where he successfully executed €600 million of project financing for renewable projects. In early 2013, he moved to Colombia, where he has worked as Director of Finance for the Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (Colombia’s national development bank) and for the country’s leading infrastructure debt fund ($500 million of assets, with the International Finance Corporation as anchor investor). During his tenure in Colombia, Marcello Leonardi has structured and executed the financing for leading infrastructure projects, two of which were awarded ‘Financings of the Year’ by Latin Finance magazine.

Stefano Piva

Senior Director

Graduated in Economics and Banking Sciences at the Catholic University of Milan and qualified as “Dottore Commercialista e Revisore dei Conti”, after a short experience at a milanese tax firm, Stefano worked for seven years at PwC initially in the audit and afterwords in the M&A practice.
Between 1999 and 2000 Stefano had been the CFO of CDB Web Tech, a private equity high-tech investment company listed on the Milan Stock Exchange.
In year 2000 joined the Enel group, where he held different positions such as Investment Manager in the Corporate Venture Capital initiative, Vice President in the M&A Team of the group-holdco (among the main transactions the IPO of Terna and the €2,6 billion disposal of Wind Telecomunicazioni) and Head of Business Development and Planning & Control. In 2011 Stefano joined as Head of Business Development 2i Rete Gas S.p.A., the second operator in Italy’s gas distribution market and actively contributed to the company’s relevant dimensional growth in particular throughout acquisitions (three for an aggregated EV > €1,7 bln).

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