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CAIA Association announces the launch of CAIA Italy chapter

CAIA, a global leader in alternative investment education, has announced the launch of CAIA Italy, the organization’s 30th Chapter and its 10th in Europe. CAIA Italy, to be based in Milan, has been established to promote networking initiatives and educational events open to CAIA Members, Candidates and professionals in the Italian marketplace whom are interested in expanding their understanding of the fast-moving universe of alternative investments.

“As one of the largest economies in the Eurozone, Italy is a key market for many investors and one where alternative investments such as hedge funds, private equity, real estate and infrastructure are continuing to join the mainstream”, said William J. Kelly, CEO of CAIA. “The time is certainly right to provide our CAIA Members in Italy with a centralized Chapter to help facilitate greater thought leadership and to be a source for networking in the marketplace.” “One of the first countries in the European Union to regulate hedge funds, Italy has experienced considerable expansion in its alternative investment industry, which now encompasses a wide variety of strategies that attract both institutional and private investors”, said Laura Merlini, Managing Director for EMEA at CAIA. “In particular, pension funds’ allocations to alternatives has increased in number and size, creating an excellent local pool of educated, talented and specialized professionals on both the sell and buy side.”

Lorenzo Piacentini, Senior Vice President, Lazard Fund Managers, serves as Chapter Head for CAIA Italy and is joined by Chapter Executives Paolo Viale, CAIA, Senior Vice President, Client Advisory, Winton; Antonio Forte, International Sales Manager, LionTrust Asset Management; Gianluca Moretti, Head of Investments, SPAFID; Luca Anzola, Head of Fund Research and Due Diligence – Gestioni Multi Manager – Fideuram Investimenti SGR; and Stefan Gess, Capital Markets Equities, Banca IMI.

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