12 February 2021

Podcast Project

We are proud to present our new Podcast project, based on an idea of Margherita Sacerdoti, Investor Relations & Sustainability Manager - Ferretti Group and Roberto Peronaglio, Head of Investor Relations – Banco BPM, which has the aim of encouraging a debate between IRM and their counterparts on several topics. We will interview various professionals that usually interact with IRMs, both in and outside a corporation, asking them about their jobs and how to improve their interaction with an IR department.

Gabriele Grego, CEO and founder of Quintessential Capital Fund, is our first interviewee; QCF is an hedge fund based in New York and it’s well-known for its activism in the short selling. Gabriele was born and raised in Milan, he studied in the US and worked in finance in Europe, Israel and US. He is a regular contributor to Forbes Magazine and he is a member of the Forbes Council.

Elena Mariani, Equity Analyst at Morgan Stanley is our second interviewee.

Elena joined Morgan Stanley in 2009 and is currently an Executive Director in the European Equity Research division covering companies in the Luxury Goods & Brands space. Prior to this role, Elena worked in Investment Banking focusing on the execution of European M&A and financing transactions, and at the Strategy / CEO office of Morgan Stanley focusing on business development and global strategic projects in Institutional Securities. Elena holds a master’s degree in Finance and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan and was an Exchange Student at the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania, US.

Giovanni Musarra, Equity Sales at Fidentiis is our third interviewee

Giovanni holds a Business degree and started his career in the IR team in AEM (now A2A). After that, he worked as sell-side analyst at Resfin, Fortis and Mediobanca and then as a portfolio manager in BMPS and Symphonia. Finally, he became equity sales, first at Unicredit in London, and now at Fidentiis (since its establishment in 2010).

Fermo Marelli, portfolio manager, at Azimut is our fourth interviewee

Fermo holds a Business degree from Bocconi University and began his career in London, where he worked from 1992 to 2003. He started in BZW (Barclays Group), then moved to Credit Suisse First Boston as sell-side analyst focusing on Italian and French markets, and then as co-head of the research team on European banks. In 2003 he came back to Milano at Fineco Bank, as co-head of Equity Research, in particular on European stocks, before joining Azimut where he currently works.

Simona CerriCorporate Access at Kepler Cheuvreux is our fifth interviewee

Simona holds a degree in Public Relations at IULM and started her career, after a brief experience in the fashion sector, in 1990 in the Stock Exchange in Milan as a personal assistant to the President Mr. Attilio Ventura. In 2001 she joined the research office of AFV Sim, Mr. Ventura's SIM, which over the years has become Banca Leonardo. Finally in 2011 Simona moved to Kepler, which later became Kepler Cheuvreux, as Smart Connect Manager.

Barbara Lunghi Head of Primary Markets ed Executive Board Member at Borsa Italiana is our sisth interviewee

Barbara Lunghi graduated in 1995 in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan, and worked at Arthur Andersen before starting her professional career at the Italian Stock Exchange in 2001. Barbara started collaborating on the Italian Stock Exchange in the launch, and then in the consolidation of the STAR segment, and subsequently contributed to the launch of the Expandi Market, dedicated to small capitalization companies, which subsequently merged into the main market (MTA). In 2008 she led the launch of the AIM Italian market, and in 2012 she coordinated the launch of the ELITE program in Italy and in 2015 of ELITE in Europe, with the aim of creating a community of outstanding companies and gradually bringing them closer to the capital market. Since July 2016 she has been responsible for the Primary Markets in Borsa Italiana and for the development of all equity markets organized and managed by Borsa Italiana. Since May 2020 Barbara has been a member of the Board of Directors of Borsa Italiana.

Ferigo Foscari, partner of White & Case LLP since 2011, the year in which the studio opened its Italian office in Milan. is our seventh interviewee 

Before 2011 Ferigo worked for 12 years at Chiomenti (Rome and Hong Kong), where he became a partner in 2008, and one year at Skadden, Arps (London). Ferigo is ranked (i) Band 1 / Hall of Fame in Equity Capital Markets by Chambers and The Legal 500 and (ii) leading individual / highly regarded in DCM and M&A by The Legal 500 and IFLR100

The eighth interview, published on January 29th, 2021, is with Francesca Sacchi, Senior Credit Rating Analyst at S&P Global Ratings. Francesca Sacchi, who graduated in Business Administration with specialization in Finance at Bocconi University in Milan, works in the rating company S&P Global as a senior analyst for primary Italian banks. Francesca is also involved in the working group dealing with ESG issues in banks' ratings; she has published articles on this subject.Before joining S&P she worked with the Financial Markets Department of Università Bocconi publishing some researches on credit analysis. She also worked in the Unicredit Group for a short period of time. She started her career at S&P Global Ratings 16 years ago as an analyst in the Financial Institutions division, dealing with the ratings of Italian banks. Then, working in London for S&P Global, she started to follow the ratings of banks located in Central Eastern Europe. Once back in Italy, she kept on working on Southern European banks ratings, especially Italian and Portuguese ones, and on public banks or state-controlled para-banking companies.

The ninth interview, published on February 12th, 2021 is with Francesca Colombo, Head of Analysis and Research at Etica SGR

Francesca graduated in Business and Economics from the University of Milan Bicocca in July 2003.

After a working experience in various marketing and communication agencies in Milan, she joined Etica Sgr in June 2007, working first in the marketing and communication department and then in the research department, supporting the team on the ESG analysis of listed companies.

Francesca is Head of the ESG Analysis and Research Area of Etica Sgr since 2011, where she focuses on ESG selection of issuers, in-depth analysis on specific sustainability topics, voting rights in shareholders' meetings of invested companies and ESG impact on investments.

In 2013 she obtained the AIAF CEFA (Certified European Financial Analyst) diploma and the CIIA (Certified International Investments Analyst) international diploma. Francesca attended several leadership, coaching and management courses, and lectured in various Bachelor and Master courses related to sustainable and responsible investments and Corporate Social Responsibility topics.





In collaboration with Ms Margherita Sacerdoti, Investor Relations & Sustainability Manager - Ferretti Group and Roberto Peronaglio, Head of Investor Relations – Banco BPM