NewsPress release

Sienna IM expands its private credit business to Italy with the acquisition of Ver Capital

Sienna Investment Managers (“Sienna IM”) enters the Italian market and strengthens its private debt business by joining forces with Milan-based Ver Capital SGR (“Ver Capital”), a leading Italian financial player. This acquisition is another significant step in the roll-out of Sienna IM’s development strategy as a pan-European, multi-expertise asset management firm, with a footprint now covering 8 countries. By combining their expertise, industry knowledge and resources, Sienna IM and Ver Capital will manage approximately 3 billion € in private debt (out of 34,1 billion € of total AuM as of December 2023) and speed up their development by delivering comprehensive investment solutions to a greater number of investors based historically in France and in Italy, with the intent to grow their reach to a broader international client base.

Download PDF

The companies will adopt corporate cross-governance to ensure integrated collaboration between France and Italy. With a team of experienced professionals committed to excellence, Ver Capital has established a solid reputation within the Italian market. Post-acquisition, Ver Capital will add highly recognized European high-yield, leverage-loans, and local private debt expertise to Sienna IM’s existing offering, while Sienna IM’s team will capitalize on its expertise and track-record in both asset-backed financing in real assets (real estate, infrastructure and public sector) and direct lending (mid-market small business).

Paul de Leusse, CEO of Sienna IM, said: “By joining forces, we will have the scale needed in both countries to offer a particularly large range of products and services, and to benefit French and Italian clients from our presence in Europe. We are also delighted to welcome Andrea Pescatori who will bring his network of Italian investors and his deep-rooted knowledge of the local asset management industry to our leadership team.” Laurent Dubois, Chief Investment Officer – Private Debt, added: “Given our complementary strengths, the new cross-border partnership will create a unique and agile player covering a large spectrum of liquid and private credit solutions for the benefit of sophisticated investors across the globe.” Commenting on the partnership, Andrea Pescatori, CEO of Ver Capital, said “We are very excited to kick off the partnership with the Sienna Group that will mark a new chapter for Ver Capital, with a more international perspective and with the aim to create a comprehensive international platform in the European credit space with a solid experience and track records in our relevant sectors”.