Andera Partners opens its Milan office and appoints Maurizio Bottinelli as Senior Advisor to further strengthen its position in the Italian private equity market.

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Over the last 20 years, Andera Partners has established itself as a leading European private equity firm, with more than €3.6bn of assets under management and 6 investment strategies. Wholly owned by its partners and management team, Andera Partners is headquartered in Paris, with offices in Milan, Munich and Antwerp. Andera MidCap, its mid-market private equity team, partners with entrepreneurs and managers of established European businesses to accelerate their profitable and sustainable growth. Andera MidCap invests equity tickets of €25m to €100m, in both control and minority investments.

Andera Partners has been investing in the Italian market for 10 years, completing several investments including the latest in Pusterla 1880. The opening of its Milan office further confirms the importance of the Italian market, notably for Andera MidCap.

Maurizio Bottinelli has over 20 years of experience in private equity investments in Italy and internationally. Maurizio held senior roles at Investindustrial, Clessidra – where he was head of the investment team and CEO – and Apax Partners, where he was partner in their Milan office. He graduated in industrial technologies engineering from the Polytechnic of Milan. Maurizio will support the Andera MidCap team in the acceleration of Andera Partners activities in Italy.

Maurizio Bottinelli commented: “I am delighted to join Andera Partners as Senior Advisor and to have the opportunity to participate in the opening of its Milan office. I was convinced by Andera MidCap mindset of true partnership with entrepreneurs, their longstanding track-record of investing in the change of scale of mid-sized European companies, and their strong entrepreneurial culture. I am convinced that Andera MidCap approach fits perfectly with the Italian market and the needs and ambitions of Italian entrepreneurs and managers”.

Laurent Tourtois and Raphaël Wisniewski, co-Managing Partners at Andera Partners, added: “We are thrilled to welcome Maurizio in our team. His experience and outstanding reputation represent a great asset for Andera Partners. The appointment of Maurizio confirms our ambition to further strengthen our presence in Italy, in the context of our broader growth in Europe”.

Francesco Gonzaga, Investment Director and responsible for Andera MidCap activity in Italy, added: “Italy is a strategic market for Andera Partners and Andera MidCap in particular. Its enormous potential stems from the incredible number of talented entrepreneurs who are looking for the right financial partner for achieving their goals. We witnessed a lot of interest in our approach, hence decided to further invest in the team, who will be completed by two additional professionals in early 2023. I am delighted to be working with Maurizio on such an exciting project”.

Andera MidCap is currently deploying its fifth fund (Andera MidCap 5), which completed three investments in 2022. With a first close at €450m in March 2022 and the fund target size of €600m already secured, the final closing of Andera MidCap 5 will take place in 2023.

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