Henderson Private Capital, the private equity arm of Henderson Global Investors, has hired Roberto Italia as a partner based at the firm’s Italian office in Milan.
Italia is a former partner and managing director at Warburg Pincus which he joined in 1994, most recently heading the firm’s communications practice globally whilst also covering Southern Europe. Prior to this he was with the Telecom Italia Group. He relocated to Italy this year to focus on mid-market opportunities locally.
Italia will be responsible for investment activity in Italy and Southern Europe. “We are aware that there are many mid-market private equity investment opportunities in Italy and Southern Europe,” said Italia, “and our goal is to turn these into successful investments.”
Italia joins the European team of nine investment professionals based in Germany and the UK. “Italy and Southern Europe are key areas of focus and our goal to be an active player in the mid-market private equity arena in this region can now be pursued aggressively,” commented Toby Boyle, head of European private equity at Henderson Private Capital.
In 2001, Henderson Private Capital launched the Henderson European Partners I, a E400m fund focusing on pan-European businesses. Earlier this week, the firm backed a management buy in team to acquire Vacant Property Securities (VPS) a void property management business based in the UK, for an undisclosed sum. Other recent investments include Leisure Link, the UK-based operator of entertainment machines, and Top Golf, a high tech driving range operator.