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Equita appoints Mr. Fabrizio Viola as senior advisor

The long-standing expertise of Mr. Viola will accelerate the Group’s growth trajectory and will further strengthen the leading role of the Investment Banking division in the advisory to banking groups and financial institutions


Milan, 6 May 2021

Equita, the leading independent investment bank in Italy, today announces that Fabrizio Viola has joined the Group’s Advisory Board as senior advisor. Mr. Viola’s expertise will support the strategic evolution and growth of the Investment Banking division, especially in the advisory services to banking groups and financial institutions (Financial Institutions Group or “FIG”).

With decades of experience in banking and asset management, Mr. Viola will reinforce the team’s expertise with its deep understanding of restructuring, refinancing, M&A and capital market’s transactions. Throughout his career, Mr. Viola acted as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of several Italian banking groups (Banca Popolare di Milano – BPM, Banca Popolare dell’Emilia Romagna – BPER, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena – BMPS), co-founder of Widiba, “Commissario liquidatore” of Banca Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca, Chief Executive Officer at Depobank and FIG Senior Advisor at Boston Consulting Group (South-East Europe).

Andrea Vismara, Chief Executive Officer at Equita, commented: “We are really proud to have the opportunity to welcome to our Advisory Board another standing senior advisor like Fabrizio Viola. He will accelerate our growth path. His presence will be an incentive for all of us, especially for our FIG team that already assists financial institutions with senior financial advisory in extraordinary transactions and that positions among the leading teams in Italy”.

Fabrizio Viola commented: “I am so pleased to start this collaboration with the leading Italian independent investment bank. I will help Equita and its clients with my 40-year’s experience in the asset management industry and with the expertise I got managing banking groups in the past”. Mr. Viola continued: “Thanks to its strong track record in M&A and capital market transactions, its leadership in sales & trading activities and its outstanding professionals, Equita is well positioned to have a primary role in the consolidation of the Italian banking industry and in the development and assistance to new fintech intermediaries”.

Fabrizio Viola will work closely with Marco Clerici and Carlo Andrea Volpe – co-heads of Equita Investment Banking division – to further develop and consolidate the strong positioning of the FIG team in Italy.

Equita has been assisting banking groups and financial institutions for years. The FIG team – fully dedicated to those institutional clients – has a long-standing experience and a proven track record of M&A and capital market transactions. Some of the most recent deals include the advisory to Intesa Sanpaolo and Crédit Agricole Italia in their respective tender offers to acquire UBI Banca and Credito Valtellinese. In both cases, more than 90% of the share capital adhered to the offer, guaranteeing the success of both transactions and confirming Equita’s execution capabilities in complex deals. Recently, the FIG team also assisted AMCO – Asset Management Company in the issue of senior unsecured notes and in in the spin-off of the non-performing loans of Banca MPS, as well as Mediocredito Centrale in the acquisition of Banca Popolare di Bari and CDP Equity in the assessment of its investment in the share capital of Euronext.


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