BC Partners hires managing partner

The European buyout group behind some of Europe’s largest transactions is putting Italy on its map with the appointment of Antonio Belloni, a veteran industrialist, as managing partner of its Milanese office.

BC Partners, a European private equity groups, has hired Antonio Belloni as managing partner of its Italian team.

Based in Milan he will become one of BC Partners’ eight managing partners from the beginning of November.

He will also become vice president and managing director of BC Partners’s Italian advisory company, where Francesco Conte remains managing director.
Belloni, 56, previously held several positions as managing director in industrial and financial companies. In the last few years, he was managing director of Deagostini, the family owned publishing group.

In this role he was responsible for managing several group companies and also led the process of diversification and a series of acquisitions including Italian lottery operator, Lottomatica, and insurance group, Toro Assicurazioni.

BC Partners has offices in London, Paris, Milan, Hamburg, Geneva and New York. Over the last 19 years the firm has led 63 acquisitions in Europe with a combined enterprise value of €48 billion.

BC Partners has been operating in Italy since 1989, where it has invested in more than 10 companies including Brembo, a brake systems manufacturer;  Interpump, a high-pressure pump company; Seat Pagine Gialle, a directories business, and Galbani, a food group.