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Monday, October 19, 2020

Sebastien Clamorgan-Thierry: Venia International’s global activities and partnerships

 Venia International is the global consulting and investments firm founded by Sebastien Clamorgan-Thierry , an accomplished businessman and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in the fields of consultancy and representation of multinationals, private equity, shipping, logistics, food & beverage, and real estate.

Sebastien Clamorgan-Thierry

Sebastien Clamorgan-Thierry: Venia International's activities and specialized services

With a focus on the African and Middle Eastern markets, Venia International specializes in supporting companies' successful market entry and in the development of business activities in the MENA region. On the strength of more than 3,000 people employed, Sebastien Clamorgan-Thierry's firm provides specialized solutions at the service of international players that wish to penetrate new markets, supporting as well the creation of new companies in the reference area. As part of its activities, Venia International provides services such as market research and insights, regional business setup, business development, business intelligence, M&A, and lobbying. The firm's wide regional know-how provides high-class market research, insights and data to help partners to strengthen their position in the market and, at the same time, to develop new business opportunities. In addition, by providing a detailed understanding of market sizes and scopes, the firm helps its clients to open up markets and to seek new opportunities. Furthermore, Venia International aims at supporting global brands in developing growth roadmaps and strategic planning processes: this is done by providing advice on the most suitable approach for profitable businesses. The firm founded by Sebastien Clamorgan-Thierry has developed an extensive regional know-how on the region: this allows Venia International to support its clients in the process of entering new markets, as well as in dealing with bureaucratic aspects such as the compliance with administrative requirements, the management of legal operations, certifications, permits and other types of licenses.

Sebastien Clamorgan-Thierry: Venia International as a shareholder of Eat'n'go

The services provided by the global firm include the area of business development: Venia International helps identifying underserved segments, niches and underexploited markets to focus on, as well as approaching lead generation, customer acquisition, and value innovation. Other areas in which the firm specializes in are business intelligence, M&A assistance and lobbying. The quality of its services is guaranteed by the considerable number of successes achieved and by the many partnerships and joint ventures built in the MENA region over the years. The firm led by Sebastien Clamorgan-Thierry, indeed, is active in different sectors of the industry, ranging from the fields of shipping, port management and port project, to those of logistics and food & beverage. As a shareholder, the firm is part of a joint venture with Eat'n'go, a Nigerian Food & Beverage Group and the exclusive master franchisee for Domino's Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery, and Pinkberry Gourmet Frozen Yoghurt. Dedicated to bringing food & beverage brands to Africans, the Group started operating in 2012 and has recently reached a new milestone with the opening of its 110th store in Nigeria, thus strengthening its position as the leading QSR operator in the country. A big push toward these successful results has been given by the long collaboration with Sebastien Clamorgan-Thierry's firm: in difficult times like these, when the Covic-19 pandemic has led to a high level of uncertainty about the economy, it is reasonable to think that perseverance is a key element of success, in both good and bad times. Just like Samuel Johnson said, "Les grandes œuvres ne sont pas exécutées par la force mais par la persévérance" (great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance).

Monday, September 28, 2020

Pompeo Pontone: the tech companies’ new type of monopoly

 With over 25 years of professional experience, Pompeo Pontone is an Investment Specialist and Financial Consultant, who is particularly focused on Investment Management and Capital Markets. He is currently active in Quantitative Finance, Derivatives Trading and Data Science, as well as in projects concerning FinTech and Private Equity. In a recent article published on his website, the expert has addressed the issue of monopolies in the tech era and the control exercised by the most dominant tech companies over the app ecosystems.

Pompeo Pontone: the emergence of tech monopolies

Published on the Data Science & Technology section of the website, the insight from Pompeo Pontone focuses on the emerging issue regarding the rise of monopolies in the technological era. The specific case analyzed by the expert is that of Apple: is it conceivable that the American big tech company has made it extremely difficult to use web-based technology on its platforms? "Apple's control over its app ecosystem is a new type of monopoly that's hard to understand for lawmakers", the article says, "and difficult for us to fight back against": as explained in the insight, this is linked to the fact that it is no easy to find a way out of the restrictions when both the distribution method and the platform itself are controlled by a company. With a recent policy change, indeed, Apple has made it more difficult for developers to submit apps containing web code and to use web-based technology on its platforms. "Web information system, or web-based information system", the expert in Data Science explains, "is an information system that uses Internet web technologies to deliver information and services, to users or other information systems/applications": in other words, "it is a software system whose main purpose is to publish and maintain data by using hypertext-based principles"Pompeo Pontone writes.

Pompeo Pontone: Apple and fully independent third-party browsers

Pompeo Pontone continues his article focusing on another aspect relating to the new type of monopoly that is emerging in the tech era: Apple's history of stunting the web's progress on its platforms. "A web application (or web app) is an application software that runs on a web server", he writes, "unlike computer-based software programs that are stored locally on the Operating System of the device". As the article says, web applications are accessed through a web browser with an active internet connection, and programmed using a client server modeled structure: basically, "the user ("client") is provided services through an off-site server that is hosted by a third-party"Pompeo Pontone points out, adding that the programming languages used to build the web often find their way into apps. As explained by the expert, this is a crucial point because fully independent third-party browsers are not allowed by Apple, which requires all apps to leverage the Safari browser when rendering web-based content. This means that Apple has a monopoly on how iPhone and iPad users access the web, as all apps "must use Apple's Safari browser behind the scenes to render web pages", the Professional Investment Specialist concludes.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Sebastien Clamorgan-Thierry: Eat’n’go launches 110th store in Nigeria

 Eat'n'go's expansion, even amid the Covid-19 pandemic, is born out of relentless drive to provide customers access to products and services. In a joint venture with Sebastien Clamorgan-Thierry's firm, the Nigerian Group started operating in 2012 and has recently managed to open its 110th store.

Sebastien Clamorgan-Thierry: Eat'n'go, a new milestone achieved

With the launch of its 110th store in Nigeria, Eat'n'go strengthens its position as the leading QSR operator in the country: the milestone reached by the Nigerian company, the Master Franchisee of #1pizza brand Domino's Pizza and Cold Stone Creamery, comes after the two brands opened their 50th stores respectively in Badore Ajah (Lagos State). "We extend our immense gratitude to all our customers, partners, stakeholders and staff members", Eat'n'go wrote in a statement, "who have shown continued love and loyalty to our brands since our arrival into the market in 2012". The growth of Eat'n'go, which is part of a joint venture with the global consulting and investment firm led by Sebastien Clamorgan-Thierry - Venia International - is born out of the company's commitment to extend its reach to more customers, while providing easy access to products and services. Eat'n'go started its operation in 2012 and is dedicated to bringing food & beverage brands to Africans: it is the leading franchisee for Domino's Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery and Pinkberry Gourmet Frozen Yoghurt and, with the recent launch of its 110th store, it has strengthened its position in the Nigerian food & beverage industry. The long collaboration with Sebastien Clamorgan-Thierry's firm has given a big push toward these successful results. Particularly focused on the African and Middle Eastern markets, Venia International is a global consulting and investment firm that, for more than 25 years of business activity, carried out many successful projects that range from the fields of shipping and port management to those of logistics and food & beverage. In addition, if we look at the considerable number of successes achieved, it is true that perseverance is a key element of success. Like Samuel Johnson said, "Les grandes œuvres ne sont pas exécutées par la force mais par la persévérance": great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.

Venia International: a focus on Sebastien Clamorgan-Thierry's firm

Venia International is the global consulting and investment firm founded by Sebastien Clamorgan-Thierry, an accomplished businessman and entrepreneur who still leads the firm today. A reference point for the African and Middle Eastern markets, the firm's mission is to open the doors for corporations' successful market entry. This is accompanied by constant commitment to building joint ventures and business partnerships in the reference area. The services provided include market research and insights, regional business setup, business development, business intelligence, mergers & acquisitions and lobbying. These are combined with a wide regional expertise that allows Venia International to support its clients in the process of entering new markets. With more than 3,000 people employed, the firm founded by Sebastien Clamorgan-Thierry helps companies to strengthen their position in the African and Middle Eastern markets, as well as to develop new business opportunities: this is done by supporting international brands in developing growth roadmaps and strategic planning processes and by providing strategic advice to maintain growth and profitability. With more than 25 years of successes, the global consulting and investment firm today is considered a reference point for the African and Middle Eastern areas.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Sebastien Clamorgan, the founder of Venia International

 Consultancy, representation of multinationals, private equity, shipping, logistics, food & beverage, and real estate are among the fields of specialization of Sebastien Clamorgan, an accomplished businessman and entrepreneur who is particularity focused on carrying out successful projects in the African and Middle Eastern markets.

Sebastien Clamorgan

Sebastien Clamorgan: academic background and first professional experiences

Sebastien Clamorgan was born in 1971 in Paris. After studying at the Beau-Soleil College (Switzerland) and obtaining a French Baccalaureate (emphasis in Economics), the founder of Venia International spent one year at the French University of Assas, with an emphasis in Law. He continued his studies by attending the European Business School in Paris, where he gained a Master Degree in International Business in 1997. His educational background includes also the Series 7 - NASD (National Association of Securities Dealers) brokerage license, which he obtained in 2000. Sebastien Clamorgan began his professional career in 1994, when he started working in an advertising company in Paris. The following year he moved to Italy to join a cosmetics firm in Milan: there the entrepreneur was in charge of overseeing the management of successful marketing and sales strategies. The owner of Venia International later undertook a new professional adventure and entered the field of import/export: it was 1995, indeed, when he held the role of Commercial Attaché & Negotiator, a position in which he was responsible for the process of finding new goods to import, and new distributors both in France and abroad.

Sebastien Clamorgan: from the financial sector to the establishment of Venia International

Subsequently, Sebastien Clamorgan's career path continued in the field of commodity trading: always looking for new professional challenges, between 1997 and 1999 he was a Partner of a commodity trading company based in Asia, where he held the positions of spot trader and broker/agent acting on behalf of oil companies among others. During this experience, he was fundamental in the company's increase in turnover, as well as in the development of business contacts and supply sources in the African, Asian and the Middle Eastern markets. A further step in Sebastien Clamorgan's career came in 1999, when he entered the financial sector: in that year he was appointed to the position of Vice-President & Asset Manager at the Private Banking Department of Merrill Lynch International Inc. (Geneva), a role of great responsibility where he was in charge of prospecting and managing assets with additional extent in Asia and the MENA region. After some years in the financial sector, he decided to undertake new professional challenges in the field of private equity, an area in which he had the chance to develop deep specialized skills. This led to the establishment of Venia International, a global consulting and investment firm with a particular focus on opening the gateways to Africa and the Middle East. Founded at the end of the Nineties, the firm's mission is to support companies' successful market entry. Through Venia International, today Sebastien Clamorgan is committed to building joint ventures and partnerships concerning multiple sectors of the industry, such as shipping, port management, logistics and food & beverage, just to name a few.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Africa and the Middle East, the joint ventures of Sebastien Clamorgan

 Committed to building joint ventures with a focus on Africa and the Middle East, the fields of activity of Sebastien Clamorgan's firm - Venia International - range from Shipping and Port Management, to Logistics and Food & Beverage, just to mention but a few.

Sebastien Clamorgan

Global consulting and investments: Sebastien Clamorgan and Venia International

A reference point for the African and Middle Eastern markets, Venia International is a global consulting and investment firm whose mission is to open the doors for corporations' successful market entry. The firm is led by Sebastien Clamorgan, an accomplished businessman and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in consultancy and representation of multinationals, private equity, shipping, logistics, food & beverage, and real estate. Venia International provides specialized solutions at the service of international players that wish to penetrate new markets, supporting as well the creation and development of new companies in Africa and the Middle East. Among the services provided by Sebastien Clamorgan's firm, market research and insights, regional business setup, business development, business intelligence, M&A, and lobbying: this is combined with a wide regional expertise that spans more than 25 years in the reference area. In order to help companies to develop new business opportunities, the firm provides top-class market research and insights, which are key in strategic planning and in strengthening a company's position in the market. The firm is also committed to providing advice on the most viable approach for successful businesses and provides a detailed understanding of trends, scopes, and market areas to be prioritized. As a result of its projects and activities, the firm is experiencing a strong economic growth and boasts over 3,000 employees all over the world.

Sebastien Clamorgan: Venia International's joint venture with Eat'n'go

The global consulting and investment firm led by Sebastien Clamorgan is active in building successful joint ventures and partnerships in the MENA region. In the Food & Beverage sector, Venia International is in a joint venture with Eat'n'go, a Nigerian food and beverage Group which is the leading franchisee for Domino's Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery, and Pinkberry Gourmet Frozen Yoghurt in Nigeria. For years, Eat'n'go has also been active in the social field and has carried out several charity projects, such the Feeding the Frontline initiative during the Covid-19 pandemic. Since the beginning of the emergency, the project has been supporting essential workers who are at the frontline and are carrying out extremely important work, such as doctors, nurses, police officers and other security agencies. Feeding the Frontline so far has reached 6,500 workers and has made it possible to donate over 13,600 slices of pizza, 10,000 cups of ice cream, and 800 cups of yoghurt, worth 23 million naira value of products. Sebastien Clamorgan's firm and Eat'n'go also followed other charity projects, such as Slum2School which supported 1000 Nigerian children into school and allowed to raise 50 million naira from December 2018 to December 2019. The initiative aimed at providing children with quality education, thus tackling the rate of out-of-school kids in Nigeria. Slum2School is a developmental organization that collaborates with the government, the private sector and individuals, in an integrated network that includes the Nigerian food and beverage Group Eat'n'go.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Sebastien Clamorgan: Feeding the Frontline to fight against Covid-19

 "Today, we say thank you to the people who stay at their jobs so we can stay safe at home": this is what Eat'n'go has written in a statement to express its gratitude to all the workers on the emergency frontline. Feeding the Frontline has been rolled out by the Nigerian Group headquartered in Lagos, in a joint venture with Sebastien Clamorgan's Venia International.

Sebastien Clamorgan

Sebastien Clamorgan: Feeding the Frontline, an initiative by Eat'n'go

Supporting essential workers who are at the frontline in combating the spread of Covid-19: this is the goal of Feeding the Frontline, a recent charity initiative launched by the Nigerian food and beverage Group Eat'n'go. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the project has been supporting workers who are carrying out extremely important work, such as doctors, nurses, police officers and other security agencies. The Nigerian Group Eat'n'go - in a joint venture with Sebastien Clamorgan's firm Venia International - explained in a statement that "Since the rise of the Covid-19 global pandemic, we have witnessed the rise of heroes across the countries - the doctors, nurses, police officers and other security agencies". The Nigerian Group expressed its gratitude by adding "We throw a salute to these MVPs; our very own Heroes". The initiative has made it possible to donate over 13,600 slices of pizza, 10,000 cups of ice cream, and 800 cups of yoghurt - worth 23 million naira value of products. The project so far has reached 6,500 workers at the Covid-19 frontline. "Thank you for your selfless commitment to our community. We are grateful for you!", the statement concluded, "we will continue to support you". The initiative is part a long collaboration between Eat'n'go and Venia International: in a joint venture with Sebastien Clamorgan's firm, the Nigerian Group started operating in 2012 and managed to open more than 100 stores across Nigeria. Both Venia International and Eat'n'go followed another charity initiative last year - the Slum2School project - which allowed to raise 50 million naira to support 1000 Nigerian kids into school.

Sebastien Clamorgan: Venia International, global consulting and investments

With a deep knowledge in the areas of consultancy and representation of multinationals, private equity, shipping & logistics, food & beverage, and real estate, Sebastien Clamorgan is a businessman and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience. At the end of the Nineties he founded Venia International, a global consulting and investment firm particularly focused on Africa and the Middle East. The firm provides specialized services that range from market research and insights to regional business setup, from business development and business intelligence to M&A and lobbying. On the strength of more than 3,000 people employed all over the world, Venia International's mission is to open the doors to companies' successful market entry, supporting as well the creation and development of new companies. The firm specializes in providing top-class market research and insights designed to help companies to identify new opportunities and which business areas should be prioritized. Venia International provides as well advice on the most successful approach for profitable business, in order to strengthen the companies' position in the market. Considered a reference point for the MENA region, Venia International plays a key role in building partnerships with international players: Sebastien Clamorgan's firm, indeed, is active in building joint ventures in different sectors of the industry, ranging from Shipping, Port Management and Port Projects, to Logistics and Food & Beverage, just to name a few.

Friday, August 14, 2020

An insight into Vittorio Massone’s expertise in digital innovation

 Team "diversity" as a fundamental feature for long lasting business, and digital innovation as a key to be competitive in the market: Vittorio Massone is a successful Strategic Consultant and Digital Advisor who held roles of great responsibility in management and innovation during his career.

Vittorio Massone

Vittorio Massone: current activities and the beginning of his career

An expert in the development of digital transformation projects, Vittorio Massone is currently dedicated to helping "digital native" companies to grow and develop, and to supporting important traditional companies in the processes of digital innovation. In February 2020 he has undertaken a new professional challenge by becoming the Executive Director and Vice President of Alkemy S.p.A. - a leading company in the business model evolution of large and medium-sized companies - whose activities in the field of digital innovation are supported by the expert manager. Vittorio Massone's academic path begun with a Degree in Economics, which he obtained with full marks from the Sapienza University of Rome in 1989, and continued with a Master in Business Administration from the Bocconi University of Milan in 1992. His professional career started in 1989 when, soon after graduating, he joined Klopman Textile Industry (Burlington Group) as a Business Analyst. Four years later he moved to the management consulting firm Value Partners, serving as an Associate. In 1994 the beginning of his experience at Bain & Company, where he was appointed to the positions of Manager (1995), Partner (1999), and then Director (2004). This led him to gain deep experience in the advisory business, particularly in the fields of digital, telecommunications, media/entertainment, industrial services, government, and automotive. In the same period, Vittorio Massone was involved in the turnaround of Seat Pagine Gialle (1997-2001), the acquisition of Virgilio/Matrix (1999) - his first one in the Italian digital sector - and the turnaround of Poste Italiane (2002-2008).

Vittorio Massone's professional life abroad: Bain & Company Africa

Vittorio Massone's long career includes a significant experience he had abroad since 2010: that year, indeed, the manager joined Bain & Company Africa (Johannesburg) to hold the position of Managing Partner. During this professional adventure, which lasted 9 years, he started up the operations of the company, which managed to achieve market leadership in South Africa in a few years. His support was key also in the creation of a large team, which went from nil to almost 200 people and was particularly focused on digital transformation projects. The leading figure for Bain & Company Africa until the end of 2018, while in South Africa Vittorio Massone supported many other companies and achieved a remarkable success in managing the turnaround of Telkom SA, a telecommunications company whose shares on the stock market grew from 14 to about 90 Rand. He was also Member of the Board, and then President of the American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa, and Member of the Council at BLSA (Business Leadership South Africa). A current Member of YPO, the Premier Leadership Organization of Chief Executive Officers, Vittorio Massone believes in teamwork and team "diversity": only those companies that allow the development of personal potential can be productively enriched and succeed in the long term.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

The gateways to Africa and the Middle East: Sebastien Clamorgan’s firm, Venia International

Venia International specializes in supporting companies' successful market entry, with a focus on Africa and the Middle East. During more than 25 years of activity, Sebastien Clamorgan's firm has carried out a great number of successful business initiatives, such as those undertaken in the fields of Shipping and Food & Beverage, just to name a few.

Sebastien Clamorgan

Sebastien Clamorgan (Venia International): fields of activity, market research and insights

Venia International was founded and still led today by Sebastien Clamorgan, a professional with more than 25 years of experience in consultancy and representation of multinationals, private equity, shipping, logistics, food & beverage, and real estate. A reference point for the African and Middle Eastern areas, the firm provides specialized solutions at the service of global players: its business activities are aimed at opening the doors for corporations' market entry, as well as at supporting the establishment of global brands. Market research and insights, regional business setup, business development, business intelligence, M&A, and lobbying are among the services provided by the firm. Venia International's wide regional know-how provides high-class market research and insights: this helps companies to strengthen their position in the reference market, as well as to develop new business opportunities. The firm knows the relevance of understanding market trends to impact performances, and how important market research and insights are in strategic planning. Furthermore, by providing advice on the most viable approach for profitable business, Sebastien Clamorgan's firm aims at supporting global brands in developing strategic planning processes and growth roadmaps. In addition, as an equity partner, the firm helps companies to seek new opportunities: this is done by providing a detailed understanding of which areas should be prioritized and which trends may impact business performances.

Sebastien Clamorgan (Venia International): business setup, development, M&A, and lobbying

Thanks to its extensive regional know-how on Africa and the Middle East, Venia International supports companies in the process of entering new markets: among its services, indeed, Sebastien Clamorgan 's firm deals with the bureaucratic aspects of business setup, thus ensuring that corporations are ready to undertake new business adventures. The firm facilitates the compliance with administrative requirements and takes care of the management of legal operations, permits and other types of licenses. In the area of business development, Venia International helps identifying underserved segments and underexploited markets, as well as approaching lead generation, customer acquisition, and value innovation. Business intelligence plays an important role among its specialized services: the use of BI, indeed, is increasing in the world of business and this is the reason why the firm provides accurate BI services to assist its partners. The other services provided by the global consulting and investment firm include M&A assistance - in order to effectively negotiating agreements - and lobbying: on the strength of its prominent position in Africa and the Middle East, Venia International is perfectly positioned to provide effective lobbying services and to represent its clients in business activities. Last but not least, Sebastien Clamorgan's firm plays a crucial role in building joint ventures and partnerships in the MENA region: among its fields of activity, Shipping, Port Management, Port Project, Logistics, and Food & Beverage.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Sebastien Clamorgan: Venia International’s commitment to the Badagry MegaPort project

Venia International, the global consulting firm founded by Sebastien Clamorgan in the late Nineties, played the role of deal maker, broker and representative of a stakeholder' interests in the Badagry MegaPort and Free Zone in Nigeria.
Sebastien Clamorgan

Port management: the activities of Venia International, the firm led by Sebastien Clamorgan

Badagry is a coastal town in Lagos State (Nigeria), on the bank of a system of creeks, lagoons, and waterways: this is the place chosen for the Badagry MegaPort and Free Zone, a project aimed at developing the biggest and most advanced sea port in Africa. Overseen by the Nigerian Port Authorities and developed through a partnership between private entities, Badagry MegaPort aims at creating a strategic place for development in the country: in order to achieve this target, the project assembled a consortium of some of the largest and most successful companies in Nigeria. This is the framework where the global consulting and investment firm led by Sebastien Clamorgan - Venia International - played the important role of deal maker, broker and representative of a stakeholder' interests. The firm, indeed, in addition to supporting the development of business activities and the creation of new companies in the MENA region, is as well active in building international joint ventures in the field of port management. In particular, the Badagry MegaPort and Free Zone is designed to allow companies to take advantage of worldwide assets and expertise while conducting business on a local level, in order to create the solutions needed to support a strong growth in Nigeria. The Badagry MegaPort and Free Zone is just one of the many successful projects of Venia International: on the strength of more than 25 years of expertise, indeed, Sebastien Clamorgan's firm is considered a reference point for the African and Middle Eastern markets.

Sebastien Clamorgan: Venia International and the MENA region

Founded in the late Nineties, Venia International specializes in global consulting and investments, and deals with different segments of the industry, including Shipping, Food and Beverage, Airport Duty Free, Logistics and Port Management. The firm is led by Sebastien Clamorgan and aims at opening the doors to companies' successful market entry, in particular the establishment of international brands. With a special focus on the MENA region, over the years the firm carried out a considerable number of successful projects, allowing the creation and development of new companies and the establishment of global brands that wish to penetrate new markets. With more than 3,000 people employed all over the world, Venia International provides specialized solutions at the service of its partners: top-class market research and insights to help identifying and developing new business opportunities, advice on the most viable approach for profitable business activities, as well as a detailed understanding of market sizes, scopes, and trends. Venia International's services include as well regional business setup - such as dealing with bureaucratic aspects, administrative requirements, legal operations and other types of licenses - business development, business intelligence, mergers and acquisitions, and lobbying. As showed by the Badagry MegaPort project and many other successful activities carried out by Sebastien Clamorgan and its firm, Venia International plays a crucial role in Africa and the Middle East and is considered a reference point in the area.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Digitization, the delay of Italian companies according to Vittorio Massone

The Executive Director and Vice President of Alkemy S.p.A. Vittorio Massone has discussed the situation of the digital revolution in the Italian scenario: the transformation is experiencing a new debut and the real revolution will take place in the next 20 years.

Vittorio Massone

Vittorio Massone: the digital revolution and the Italian context

Are the Italian companies in step with the times of the digital revolution? This is the issue addressed by Vittorio Massone, a manager expert in digital strategies and the Executive Director and Vice President of Alkemy S.p.A. since February 2020. The Italian entrepreneurial system, he writes, suffers a delay in investments in technology and R&D, which are areas that play a key role for making the best of the digital revolution. This transformation is at the beginning of a new debut: the revolution has not ended its drive and will bring changes in all sectors within the next 20 years. As explained by Vittorio Massone, the digital evolution will touch the minimum scale, and strategic factors related to the cost structure will assume a primary value: the reference is to the investments in R&D, in technology and in the control of patents and data. The manager continues his intervention by focusing on the specific situation of the Italian context, which shows that very few companies in the unregulated sectors have the scale necessary to be competitive in the market. The trend regarding investments is not encouraging and, as Vittorio Massone suggests, it is necessary to speed up the rate of innovation of the product and all the services connected to it. Innovation, he concludes, should be a guiding value in the production processes, as well as in the management of the distribution chain and operations: this would allow to reap the benefits of the digital transformation and improve the level of service to customer, while, at the same time, reducing cost-to-serve.

Vittorio Massone's career: a leading Strategic Consultant and Digital Advisor

With over 25 years of experience in strategic consultancy, management and digital innovation, Vittorio Massone in an expert in the development of digital strategies. Executive Director and Vice President of Alkemy S.p.A. since February 2020, he collaborates as well with "digital natives" companies to support them in growth, and with traditional companies in developing digital innovation processes. After graduating in Economics with full marks at the Sapienza University of Rome (1989) and obtaining a Master in Business Administration at the Bocconi University of Milan (1992), Vittorio Massone began his career at Klopman Textile Industry (Burlington Group) as a Business Analyst. He later joined the management consulting firm Value Partners, where he held the role of Associate. In 1994 he moved to Bain & Co., a management consulting company, where he started a new professional adventure that led him to hold positions of increasing responsibility: he was, indeed, Manager since 1995, Partner since 1999, and then Director since 2004. Subsequently, the manager became a leading figure in the fields of digital, telecommunications, industrial services, government, media/entertainment, and automotive fields. In 1999 he successfully managed the acquisition of Virgilio/Matrix, while in 1997-2001 he was involved in the turnaround of Seat Pagine Gialle. Vittorio Massone managed as well the turnaround of Poste Italiane between 2002 and 2008. His following experience was at Bain & Company Africa: as a Managing Partner, he relaunched the company and created a team of 200 people skilled in the digital field. He also brought his managerial vision based on team "diversity". Vittorio Massone he is currently a Member of the Premier Leadership Organization of CEOs (YPO), with approximately 28,000 members.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Pompeo Pontone’s article on Covid-19 and Data Science

How to master data set and data structures to perform analysis? This is the issue addressed by Pompeo Pontone, a Professional Investor and expert in Data Science and FinTech, in the light of the extraordinary emergency situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pompeo Pontone: Covid-19 and the use of data

In his article published on the official website, Pompeo Pontone discusses about the connection between Covid-19 and Data Science, the latter being one of his field of specialization together with Investment Management, Quantitative Finance and Derivatives Trading, among the others. "Data Scientists know how crucial is to master data set and data structures in order to perform any required analysis", the expert says, pointing out that, when dealing with data analysis, the crisis caused by Covid-19 is not something different than any other issue under the lens of Data Science. "There is no difference in dealing with Covid-19 pandemic"Pompeo Pontone explains, "Data set, data formation and data structures are being created and will constitute the base of the pandemic analysis". His article continues by addressing another crucial aspect, that is the one of reliability: the expert writes, indeed, "I personally fear that, unless data consistency is guaranteed among different countries and territories, sample hypothesis testing results will not be reliable enough". As data will form the base of the pandemic analysis, a preferable choice would be "performing statistical analysis on the entire population data set", he concludes, "as soon as statistical official data on well tested classifications (unrelated to the Covid-19 pandemic) are compiled".

Pompeo Pontone, more than 25 years of experience in the world of finance

The article on the issue of Covid-19 and Data Science is published by Pompeo Pontone, a leading Investment Specialist in the fields of Investment Management and Capital Markets, who is currently active in Quantitative Finance, Derivatives Trading and Data Science, as well as in the fields of FinTech and Private Equity. The expert's educational background includes a Degree with honors in Economics (Bocconi University of Milan, 1994), a Master of Science in Quantitative Finance (Birkbeck College, University of London), and the "Mathematical Finance: Contingent Claims Pricing in Continuous Time" Postgraduate Course (University of Florence). His first professional experience was as a Research Analyst at Stone & McCarthy Research Associates in London in 1995. Pompeo Pontone later moved to Credito Italiano (known today as UniCredit), working as a Fixed Income Analyst in Milan, and, in 1998, he was appointed Vice President and Senior Fund Manager at Pioneer Investments, a Dublin based firm specializing in investment funds management. From 1999 to 2001 he was Director - Co-Head of Corporate Bonds & Credit Portfolios at Intesa Asset Management (today Eurizon - Intesa San Paolo), and, from 2001 to 2002, Managing Director - Head of Corporate Bonds & Credit Derivatives at Fineco Asset Management. His following top management roles include that of Managing Director - Head of Corporate Bonds & Credit Derivatives Proprietary Trading at BMPS Bank in London, and Managing Director - Head of Alternative Investments and Asset Management at ALTIAM - Amstel Securities LLP. He held this role until 2011, when he was appointed Senior Financial Advisor at Method Investments & Advisory Ltd.

Alkemy S.p.A.: Vittorio Massone’s role as Executive Director of the company

Committed to supporting the processes of digital transformation, Vittorio Massone in an expert professional who managed many complex operations during his career. The last professional challenge he has undertaken is the recent appointment as Executive Director and Vice President of the Italian digital agency Alkemy S.p.A.

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Business model evolution: Vittorio Massone's role in Alkemy S.p.A.

Vittorio Massone has been appointed Executive Director and Vice President of Alkemy S.p.A.: in February 2020, indeed, the company's Board of Directors has co-opted him to replace the resigned Matteo de Brabant. With the favourable opinion of the Board of Statutory Auditors, the expert manager has been given also specific powers for business and corporate development, in addition to his appointment as Executive Director and Vice President. As a professional with an extensive experience in the development of digital strategies - he managed, indeed, the business model transformation of many important companies both in Italy and abroad - Vittorio Massone is supporting Alkemy S.p.A.'s activities with top-level clients in the field of digital innovation. Thanks to his specific mandates, he is helping the company in properly addressing its transition to the Mercato Telematico Azionario (MTA) - STAR Segment of Borsa Italiana. Previously on the AIM Italia (MI: ALK), the company has undergone a process of industrialization that led to the reorganization of the corporate structure into four business units: "Consulting & Performance", "Brand Experience", "Tech", "Data & Analytics". In addition to his new appointment, Vittorio Massone's current activities include the improvement of "digital native" companies - for which he is in charge of helping the growth and development - and the support of the transformation processes of those companies that have a more traditional approach.

Vittorio Massone's professional life in Italy and abroad

Vittorio Massone's career includes many top management roles he held in more than 25 years of experience: management, strategic consultancy, and igital innovation are among his fields of specialisation, and team "diversity" is at the heart of his managerial vision. The academic background of Alkemy S.p.A.'s Executive Director consists of a Degree in Economics with full marks, which he obtained at the Sapienza University of Rome in 1989, and a Master in Business Administration from the Bocconi University of Milan in 1992. The beginning of his professional life was in 1989, when he joined Klopman Textile Industry (Burlington Group) as a Business Analyst. Four years later he became an Associate at the management consulting firm Value Partners. In 1994 he undertook a new professional challenge by moving to Bain & Company: during many years, he was appointed to various roles of increasing responsibility, such as Manager since 1995, Partner since 1999, and then Director since 2004. This progression led Vittorio Massone to gain deep experience and become a key figure in the fields of digital, telecommunications, industrial services, government, media/entertainment, and automotive. At the same time, he was involved in particularly complex operations: in 1999 he successfully managed the acquisition of Virgilio/Matrix, while, in the periods 1997-2001 and 2002-2008, the turnarounds of Seat Pagine Gialle and Poste Italiane. In 2010 Vittorio Massone continued his career in South Africa: he became Managing Partner of Bain & Company Africa, relaunched the company's operations, and created a team of 200 people skilled in the digital sector. In South Africa he brought as well his innovative managerial vision based on team "diversity". In addition to his current activities, he is a Member of the Premier Leadership Organization of CEOs (YPO), with approximately 28,000 members.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Sebastien Clamorgan: the successful projects of Venia International

Market research and insights, regional business setup, business development, business intelligence, M&A, and lobbying are among the specialized services provided by Venia International. The firm is led by Sebastien Clamorgan, an entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience gained in the field.

Sebastien Clamorgan: executive manager

Sebastien Clamorgan: Venia International's specialized solutions at the service of international players

With more than 3,000 people employed, Venia International is a global consulting and investment firm whose aim is to open the doors to companies' successful market entry. Founded by Sebastien Clamorgan, the firm is mainly focused on the African and Middle Eastern markets and supports the creation of new companies, as well as the development of business activities in the area. As part of its services, Venia International provides top-class market research and insights, in order to help companies to identify and develop new business opportunities, thus strengthening their position in the reference market. The firm knows very well how crucial research and insights are in strategic planning, and the relevance of understanding market trends in order to impact performances. The firm, furthermore, provides advice on the most viable approach for profitable business, and, as an equity partner, provides a detailed understanding of market size, scopes, trends, and which business areas should be prioritized. The quality of Venia International's expertise is guaranteed by the considerable number of successes Sebastien Clamorgan's firm achieved over the years: in addition to business development, mergers and acquisitions, and lobbying, indeed, the firm is active in building partnerships and joint ventures in different sectors of the industry, both in Africa and Europe.

Sebastien Clamorgan: Venia International's projects and activities

On the strength of its prominent position as a reference point in Africa and the Middle East, the global consulting and investment firm owned by Sebastien Clamorgan plays a key role in building joint ventures and partnerships with international players, ranging from the fields of Shipping, Port Management and Port Project, to those of Logistics and Food & Beverage, just to name a few. In the Food & Beverage sector, the firm is part of a joint venture with Eat'n'go, a Nigerian restaurant group which became the exclusive master franchisee for big companies such as Cold Stone Creamery, a $1.5 billion company in the ice cream business, and Domino's Pizza Nigeria, a $6 billion fast food giant. The partnership between Venia International and Eat'n'go includes as well the educational sector, in which they carried out the Slum2School project to support Nigerian children into school. Among the field of Logistics, Venia International helped Trucklog LTD, a transport company, to achieve market leadership in Sub-Saharan Africa and to become Lafarge's best performer with regard to revenue and safety. Another important field among the ones of Sebastien Clamorgan's firm is Port Management, as showed by its role of deal maker, broker and representative of a stakeholder' interests in the Badagry MegaPort and Free Zone. This project aims at creating one of the largest full-service port in Africa, in order to support a sustainable growth in Nigeria. Located sixty kilometres from Lagos, the project is being developed through a partnership between private entities and is designed to allow companies to take advantage of worldwide assets and expertise. Badagry MegaPort and Free Zone is among the initiatives carried out by Venia International and confirms the firm's key role in supporting the development of business activities in Africa and the Middle East.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Vittorio Massone: digital revolution has not yet had its full impact

Vittorio Massone pointed out that the effects of the digital revolution have not yet had their full impact: the changes occurred so far are only the beginning, as the real transformation will take place in the next twenty years.

Vittorio Massone

Vittorio Massone: a new debut for the digital revolution

The digital transformation process has been so radical that daily actions such as working and buying, just to name a few, have undergone really profound changes: this is only a taste of the digital revolution, and the real transformation will have its full impact only in the next twenty years. Vittorio Massone, an expert in management and digital projects, explained that the digital revolution has already brought about a very big change within everyone's lives. But, he pointed out, the revolution is expected to extend to those areas other than the consumer area, affecting as well the business-to-business sector: this will lead to an ICT-driven economy. The Executive Director and Vice President of Alkemy S.p.A. continued by underlining that, therefore, the digital revolution is starting to affect the fields of operations, the distribution chain and those businesses between market operators and public administration structures. As explained by Vittorio Massone, these sectors are slower in changing, but can have a profound impact across the economic field. What we can be sure of, he concluded, is that the transformation that is affecting the business-to-business sectors will start to move on a scale, and this will result in a real transformation in the next twenty years: this is a new debut for the digital revolution.

Vittorio Massone's career: management, digital innovation and team "diversity"

An expert in the development of digital strategies, Vittorio Massone has over 25 years of experience in strategic consultancy, management and digital innovation. He is currently the Executive Director and Vice President of Alkemy S.p.A., an Italian leading digital agency, and, among his current activities, he collaborates with "digital natives" companies to support them in growth, and with traditional companies in the development of digital innovation processes. Vittorio Massone graduated in Economics with full marks (Sapienza University of Rome, 1989), and earned a Master in Business Administration (Bocconi University of Milan, 1992). He started his career as a Business Analyst at Klopman Textile Industry (Burlington Group), and later moved to the management consulting firm Value Partners, holding the role of Associate. In 1994 he joined Bain & Co., a company where he was a Partner since 1999 and Director since 2004. Over time he gained an overall recognition as a leading figure in the digital, telecommunications, industrial services, government, media/entertainment, and automotive fields. He brilliantly managed the acquisition of Virgilio/Matrix in 1999 and the turnarounds of Seat Pagine Gialle (1997-2001) and Poste Italiane (2002-2008). Vittorio Massone has been the leading figure for Bain & Company Africa: as a Managing Partner, he relaunched the company's operations, created a team of 200 people focused on the digital field, and helped Bain & Company Africa to open a new office in Nigeria, bringing as well his managerial vision based on team "diversity". He is currently a Member of the Premier Leadership Organization of CEOs (YPO), with approximately 28,000 members.

Machine learning algorithms, Pompeo Pontone explains the usefulness of Decision Trees

Pompeo Pontone is a Professional Investment Specialist and Financial Consultant with more than 25 years of experience gained in the field. As an expert in Data Science, FinTech and Private Equity, he has recently dealt with the subject of Decision Trees in Data Science.

Decision Trees explained by Pompeo Pontone

Currently working in the fields of Quantitative Finance, Derivatives Trading, FinTech, Data Science, and Private Equity, Pompeo Pontone explains why Decision Trees are so important within Data Science: "Decision trees (DTs) are among the most versatile class of machine learning algorithm", he writes, "they're particularly useful as the basic classifier and random forests which are among the most powerful class of machine learning algorithm". As pointed out by the Investment Consultant and Specialist, indeed, a decision tree is a non-parametric supervised learning algorithm used for classification and regression problems. His article underlines that the goal of Decision Trees "is to create a model that predicts the value of a target variable by learning simple decision rules inferred from the data features", expert says, adding that such methods are "capable of handling both classification and regression tasks and they're able to deal with complex nonlinear datasets". Pompeo Pontone continues his article by explaining another useful feature of Decision Trees, which are also called "white-box models", as they are easy to interpret: "This is because they're based on a hierarchy of simple classification rules which are easily visualized", he writes, and "this is an opposition to black-box models like deep neural networks. In black-box models, decisions are made in a process which is far more opaque". The Investor and Investment Specialist concludes his article by adding that "with Decision Trees, we can easily traverse the tree by eye and see the criteria for how the decisions are made".

Pompeo Pontone: current activities and past roles in the world of finance

Particularly focused on the fields of Investment Management and Capital Markets, Pompeo Pontone is a professional Investment Specialist and Financial Consultant with over 25 years of experience. After graduating with honors in Economics from the Bocconi University in Milan (1994), he obtained a Master of Science in Quantitative Finance from the Birkbeck College (University of London). His academic qualifications include as well the "Mathematical Finance: Contingent Claims Pricing in Continuous Time" Postgraduate Course (University of Florence). Currently working as an Investor and Investment Specialist with a focus in Quantitative Finance, Derivatives Trading, FinTech, Data Science, and Private Equity, Pompeo Pontone started his career as a Research Analyst at Stone & McCarthy Research Associates, which he joined in London in 1995. He then served as Fixed Income Analyst at Credito Italiano (known today as UniCredit) in Milan, and as Vice President and Senior Fund Manager at Pioneer Investments, a Dublin based firm specializing in investment funds management. After a professional experience at Intesa Asset Management (known today as Eurizon - Intesa San Paolo), which he joined as a Director - Co-Head of Credit Portfolios & Asset Management in 1999, he held the position of Managing Director - Head of Corporate Bonds & Credit Derivatives at Fineco Asset Management from 2001 to 2002. His successful career led him to undertake other significant challenges at leading international institutions, such as BMPS Bank in London, where he was Managing Director - Head of Corporate Bonds & Credit Derivatives Proprietary Trading, and ALTIAM - Amstel Securities LLP, where he was appointed Managing Director - Head of Alternative Investments and Asset Management. His last professional experience before starting his current activities was as Senior Financial Advisor at Method Investments & Advisory Ltd in 2011.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Alkemy S.p.A.’s Executive Director and Vice President: the career of Vittorio Massone

With a successful career that reflects his commitment to supporting the development of "digital native" companies and the transformation process of the traditional ones, the new Executive Director and Vice President of Alkemy S.p.A., Vittorio Massone, is a manager with deep experience in digital innovation.
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Vittorio Massone's new professional adventure at Alkemy S.p.A.

Prominent Strategic Consultant and Digital Advisor, Vittorio Massone is an expert manager who held positions of great responsibility in the fields of digital transformation and business advisory. He is currently the Executive Director and Vice President of the Italian leading digital agency Alkemy S.p.A., an appointment he received in February 2020, when he has been identified as a leading professional for supporting the agency's business activities. With a specific focus on Business and Corporate Development, he will help the agency in addressing the challenges deriving from Alkemy S.p.A.'s recent transition to the STAR segment of the Italian Stock Market (Borsa Italiana). A further industrialization phase has recently taken place in Alkemy, and this has led to a reorganization of the corporate structure into the four business units of "Consulting & Performance", "Brand Experience", "Tech" and "Data & Analytics". As showed by his long career - consisting of more than 25 years of experience - and the previous top positions he held in sectors such as strategic consultancy, management and digital innovation, Vittorio Massone is no stranger to roles of such importance: his professional life, indeed, gave him the chance to be working with high-level clients, both in Italy and abroad.

Vittorio Massone: digital innovation and team "diversity"

Among his current activities, the Executive Director and Vice President of Alkemy S.p.A. collaborates with "digital natives" companies to support them in growth, and with traditional companies in the development of digital innovation processes. Vittorio Massone is also a current Member of YPO, the Premier Leadership Organization of Chief Executive Officers, with approximately 28,000 members. His educational background includes a Degree in Economics with full marks (Sapienza University of Rome, 1989), and a Master in Business Administration (Bocconi University of Milan, 1992). His first professional experience was as a Business Analyst at Klopman Textile Industry (Burlington Group), where he remained until 1991. He later joined Value Partners, a management consulting firm, as an Associate. In 1994 Vittorio Massone continued his career at Bain & Co., where he held roles of increasing responsibility: after starting as a Manager in 1995, indeed, he became Partner in 1999 and then, five years later, Director. Over time he gained an overall recognition as a leading professional in the fields of digital, telecommunications, industrial services, government, media/entertainment, and automotive. This led Vittorio Massone to be involved in complex operations such as the acquisition of Virgilio/Matrix (1999), and the turnarounds of Seat Pagine Gialle (1997-2001) and Poste Italiane (2002-2008). Other international clients he worked with include Walt Disney, Rai, Consip, Sviluppo Italia (currently Invitalia), Coni Servizi, Gruppo Espresso, and Il Sole 24 Ore. The manager has been as well the leading figure for Bain & Company Africa, which he helped, as a Managing Partner, to achieve market leadership and to create a team of 200 people particularly skilled in the digital sector. While in Africa, he brought his managerial vision based on team "diversity": only the companies that allow the full development of personal potential can succeed in the long term.

Pompeo Pontone: top management roles and career goals achieved

With a successful career spanning more than 25 years of experience, Pompeo Pontone held positions of responsibility at leading global institutions, with relevant experiences both in Italy and abroad. By applying his skills in stochastic modeling, financial economics, quantitative finance, econometrics and applied mathematics, today he is an established professional in the financial services industry.

Pompeo Pontone's on-going activities as a Professional Investment Specialist

Currently working as an Investor and Investment Specialist, Pompeo Pontone is particularly focused on sectors such as Quantitative Finance, Derivatives Trading, FinTech, Data Science, and Private Equity. In addition to his specialized knowledge of the financial field, he is as well skilled in Computer Programming - such as Java and Python - and has developed professional interests in Computer Science, Information Technology, and Cyber Security. As regards his educational background, Pompeo Pontone graduated with honours in Economics from the Bocconi University in Milan in 1994, and continued his studies at Birkbeck College (University of London) where he obtained a Master of Science in Quantitative Finance. In addition to this strong educational background, he completed "Mathematical Finance: Contingent Claims Pricing in Continuous Time", a Postgraduate Course he attended at the University of Florence. The Investment Specialist started his career at Stone & McCarthy Research Associates in London in 1995, serving as Research Analyst. He then went back to Italy to join Credito Italiano (known today as UniCredit) in Milan, where he held the role of Fixed Income Analyst at the Financial and Economic Research Department. His experience at Credito Italiano included his contribution to The Italian Treasury Bond Guide, and Investment Strategies: Financial Newsletter, two financial publications of which he was co-author.

Pompeo Pontone's roles of responsibility in the financial world

Pompeo Pontone's career path continued with professional positions of increasing responsibility, in particular at the top management of important financial institutions. After his appointment as Vice President and Senior Fund Manager of the Dublin based firm Pioneer Investments in 1998, he held the role of Director - Co-Head of Credit Portfolios & Asset Management of Intesa Asset Management (known today as Eurizon - Intesa San Paolo) between 1999 and 2001. On the strength of his deep knowledge of stochastic modeling, financial economics, quantitative finance, econometrics and applied mathematics, Pompeo Pontone's career led him to undertake a new professional challenge, serving as Managing Director - Head of Corporate Bonds & Credit Derivatives at Fineco Asset Management (2001-2002). He was then Managing Director - Head of Corporate Bonds & Credit Derivatives Proprietary Trading at BMPS Bank in London (2002-2010), and Managing Director - Head of Alternative Investments and Asset Management at ALTIAM - Amstel Securities LLP (2010-2011). His career continued as a Senior Financial Advisor at Method Investments & Advisory Ltd since 2011. Following a successful career spanning more than 25 years of experience gained in the field, Pompeo Pontone works today as an Investor and Investment Specialist. By applying his skills in stochastic modeling, financial economics, quantitative finance, econometrics and applied mathematics, he is particularly focused on Quantitative Finance, Derivatives Trading, FinTech, Data Science, and Private Equity.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Covid-19: Eat’n’go, a Sebastien Clamorgan’s joint venture, is feeding the frontline

Feeding the Frontline is a support initiative launched by Eat’n’go, a joint venture that includes Sebastien Clamorgan’s Venia International as a shareholder.

Supporting essential workers who are carrying out extremely important work on the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic: the joint venture that includes Sebastien Clamorgan's Venia International as a shareholder - Eat'n'go - is providing food for doctors, nurses, police officers and other security agencies in Nigeria.

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Sebastien Clamorgan (Venia International) and Eat'n'go to collaborate with Feeding the Frontline

"Today, we say thank you to the people who stay at their jobs so we can stay safe at home", Eat'n'go wrote in a statement, adding that "since the rise of the Covid-19 global pandemic, we have witnessed the rise of heroes across the countries - the doctors, nurses, police officers and other security agencies". With these words, the Nigerian food and beverage Group headquartered in Lagos wanted to express its gratitude to all the workers who are on the emergency frontline. Part of a joint venture built by Sebastien Clamorgan's Venia International, Eat'n'go has launched this support initiative to help workers in combating the spread of Covid-19 in Nigeria. Feeding the Frontline has made it possible to donate 23 million naira value of products, including over 13,600 slices of pizza, 10,000 cups of ice cream, and 800 cups of yoghurt, reaching 6,500 workers at the frontline. "We throw a salute to these MVPs; our very own Heroes. Thank you for your selfless commitment to our community. We are grateful for you! We will continue to support you", the statement concluded. The charity initiative is one of the social projects carried out by Eat'n'go over the years. The food and beverage Group started operating in 2012 and, since then, opened more than 100 stores across Nigeria, managing to achieve market leadership in the country. A big push toward these successful results has been given by Venia International, the global consulting and investment firm founded by Sebastien Clamorgan at the end of the Nineties.

The Venia Difference: the global services and projects of Sebastien Clamorgan's firm

With a special focus on Africa and the Middle East, Venia International is a global consulting and investment firm, whose purpose is to support the establishment of global brands that wish to penetrate new markets. The firm is led by Sebastien Clamorgan, a businessman and entrepreneur with more than 25 years' experience in the fields of consultancy and representation of multinationals, private equity, shipping & logistics, food & beverage, and real estate. Venia International is well known for the successful partnerships it has built with international players, ranging from the fields of Logistics and Port Management, to those of Shipping, Food and Beverage, and Airport Duty Free. Among the Logistics sector, Venia International is an indirect shareholder of the haulage firm Trucklog LTD, a leader among the transport and logistics solutions providers in the Sub-Saharan Africa. With regard to Port Management, Sebastien Clamorgan's firm played the role of deal maker, broker and representative of a stakeholder' interests in the Badagry MegaPort and Free Zone project in Nigeria, an initiative aimed at developing a new port in the country. Market research and insights, lobbying services to represent clients, regional business setup, assistance in negotiating M&A agreements, and business intelligence are among the specialized services provided by Venia International, which, as a result of the investments made, is experiencing strong economic expansion today, boasting more than 3,000 employees all over the world.

Friday, November 9, 2018

F2i’s Third Fund achieves a €3.6 Billion final closing

Exceeding its original target by more than 600 Million euros.
With italian and international investors contributing equally to the fundraising's success.


Milan, 8 November 2018. Today marked the traditional F2i Investor Day, a periodic encounter between F2i management and portfolio companies, on the one hand, and shareholders of the asset management company, together with investors, on the other.
During the event, F2i announced the recent final close of F2i's Third Fund , that reached 3.6 billion euros, 600 million euros higher than the target set in December 2017, at the time of the launch of the Fund.
This excellent result, and the short amount of time needed to complete the fund raise, was made possible by existing investors (F2i's First and Second Funds had raised 1.8 billion and 1.25 billion euros, respectively), as well as a significant contribution from new investors. Subscribers to F2i's Third Fund include pension funds, sovereign funds, bank foundations, insurance companies and asset managers, with Italian and international investors (from Europe, Asia and North America) contributing in equal measure to the success of the fundraising effort.
The Third Fund - with a 12-year duration - started operating with an impressive portfolio inherited from the merger with F2i's First Fund, including airports, natural-gas networks, waterworks and photovoltaic plants.
Since December 2017, F2i has already concluded for its Third Fund transactions aimed at consolidating the existing holdings: new acquisitions in the photovoltaic sector have made possible the creation of one of the leading groups in Europe, with an installed power capacity of more than 800 MW, while the airport portfolio has been reinforced through the acquisition of additional minority stakes in the companies that manage the airports of Milan, Naples and Turin.
In addition, the Third Fund recently acquired a controlling interest in EI Towers, Italy's leading independent operator of TLC and broadcast towers. This investment will serve as a major industrial platform for the consolidation of the sector currently underway.

"We are pleased to announce the final close of our Third Fund, marking the culmination of a highly ambitious project whose goal was to raise new capital, both Italian and foreign, in order to continue developing, in Italy, the major infrastructural platforms already in the portfolio, while undertaking new initiatives in sectors of strategic importance to the country," stated the CEO of F2i, Renato Ravanelli.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

F2i’s Third Fund results: Renato Ravanelli expressed great satisfaction

Good news for F2i - Fondi Italiani per le Infrastrutture , which reaches a better goal than expected: the gathering of the fundraising in the Third Fund will be raised to 3.6 billion euros

F2i - Italian funds for infrastructures: new results for its Third Fund. Renato Ravanelli's statements

F2iF2i - Fondi Italiani per le Infrastrutture reached an unexpected, yet fulfilling goal with its Third Fund launched in 2017. As Chief Executive Officer Renato Ravanelli stated, the target of the Third Fund has been raised from 3.3 to 3.6 billion. As per CEO's statement, this fundraising could reach a higher goal, that Renato Ravanelli identified in 4 billion euros. F2i's choice appears to be, instead, to "keep a balance between our portfolio and fresh resources." What especially pleases CEO Renato Ravanelli is the response the company received from both domestic and international investors. An important sign of this continued support has been shown in December, when foreign LPs, that already supported F2i's First Fund, demonstrated further trust with another deposit of a total amount of 1.74 billion euros. Another 1.4 billion euros were gathered by F2i from international and domestic sovereign and pension funds, as well as asset management firms and insurance companies. Among the investments F2i is looking at, thanks to this fundraisings, appears the offer that the Renato Ravanelli guided company submitted for Persidera, that is an Italian digital TV services provider, which operates in joint with RaiWay. This purchase, indeed, would see both F2i and RaiWay share the frequency rights and network infrastructure of Persidera, as per the terms of the bid. This would mean that both companies "will contextually subscribe a long-term agreement for the supply of broadcasting services". No comments have been recorded from Renato Ravanelli about price details. The CEO stated "the bid [of F2i and Raiway] includes earn-out figures and further bonuses that may match vendors expectations. This transaction has a value lower than our usual standards, but it would allow F2i to set a footprint in a sector that is going towards a wave of consolidation in Italy and in Europe", confirming the strategic value of this asset. One last acquisition F2i's CEO is willing to discuss is the one about the stake owned by Milan municipality airports' management company SEA, whose worth is reported to be 1 billion euros.

About F2i, the fund which invests in Italian infrastructures

Major Italian closed-end fund, and one of the biggest in Europe, F2i - Fondi italiani per le infrastrutture is a Saving Management Society (SGR) born in 2007 thanks to its partnership with institutions, international banks, credit institutes, banking foundations, as well as public welfare funds. F2i has its main aim in the improvement of Italian infrastructural asset, renewing it in order to make it competitive from an European and international point of view. This company invests in different sectors, such as transports, telecommunications and media, gas, energy and water distribution, social infrastructures, public services and waste management. Those investments are possible thanks to the fundraising gathered in three funds: The First Fund, started in 2007, the Second Fund, started in 2012, and the Third Fund started in 2017. Since 2014, Renato Ravanelli guides F2i as CEO.

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