Ethicalfin

Team

LONDON

Alessandro Mele

Alessandro Mele

Founder & CEO

Competence

Funtions

  • Brings EthicalFin’s vision to life
  • Manages the Advisory Board and the team to develop and implement EthicalFin’s strategy
  • Drives the team forward with energy to grow the business
  • Works on the origination, execution and sales of deals

 

Professional background

Alessandro began his career in the 1990s in London and New York with Financial Security Assurance and later worked with important international investment banks: Deutsche Bank, HVB and Bank of America. Throughout his professional career, Alessandro has focused on structured finance, securitisations, asset-backed securities and the acquisition of illiquid credit portfolios. He became head of the Southern Europe securitisation team at HVB and subsequently head of the Continental Europe ABS origination team at Bank of America. As CEO of EthicalFin, Alessandro implements growth strategies for the company, coordinates the team’s activities and he is directly involved in structured finance, investment “clubs” and capital markets transactions. Alessandro has set himself the task of establishing a truly ethical culture within the company and has laid the foundation stones in EthicalFin’s stated core corporate values.

 

Skills

 

Alexandra Mele

Alexandra Mele

Co-Founder

Competence

Functions

  • Ensures the development of the company in accordance with stated values
  • Supports the CEO with human resources and talent management
  • Leads capital introduction efforts and investor relationship management

Professional background

Alexandra began her career in 1996 in Bankers Trust in Zurich at the equity derivatives desk. In 1999, after the merger with Deutsche Bank, she was responsible for selling equity derivatives to the Bank’s Swiss clients. In 2006-2009 she was COO of the equity derivatives trading desk at Deutsche Bank in Zurich. Alexandra has a degree in law from the University of Basel.

Skills

Fabio Greco

Fabio Greco

Managing Director

Competence

Functions

  • Leads Ethicalfin’s corporate finance activities
  • Identifies qualified corporate advisory and investment opportunities
  • Develops long lasting relationships with entrepreneurs and investors
  • Develops and implements Ethicalfin’s corporate finance growth strategy
  • Manages and trains the corporate finance team

Professional background

Fabio has 25+ years of experience on Machine Learning, Energy and Corporate Finance and has a passion for technology, innovation and sustainable investments. He started his career with scientific research and development of financial applications of neural networks and published articles cited in several international patents. He has been working in London since 1998 with top tier investment banks and trading houses, holding senior management positions at Enron Capital and Trade, Dynegy, Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch. He has advised Private Equity firms, corporates, utilities and family offices, he has executed M&A mandates, raised capital, directed projects for LNG, gas, power and renewable energy, originated energy supply and sales contracts. He loves entrepreneurship and founded several start-up companies. Fabio holds a BSc and a MSc in Physics summa cum laude from the “University of Rome” and holds an MBA from INSEAD in France. He speaks fluently English, French and Italian.

Skills

Elena Shebunyaeva

Elena Shebunyaeva

Manager

Competence

Functions

  • Supports in the execution of corporate finance assignments
  • Supports in research, due diligence and business planning
  • Manages the operations of the company (book-keeping, accounting, budgeting, management reporting, treasury, procurement, IT)

Professional background

Elena has an extensive experience in investor and shareholder relations, financial, operational and strategic analysis, as well as corporate reporting. She started her career as an analyst in the investment fund focussed on the emerging equity market in Russia. Further, she spent 5 years in the investor relations function of the NYSE listed telecommunications group. Elena holds an MBA degree from Cass Business School (London, UK).

Skills

ROME

Alfredo Fineschi

Alfredo Fineschi

Head of NPLs

Competence

Functions

  • Leads the development of EthicalFin NPL
  • Originates and execute Italian NPL transactions
  • Manages internal and external resources
  • Relationship management for NPL servicers and investors

Professional background

Alfredo has over 15 years experience in the credit collections and NPL market. After serving as a senior asset manager in the Capitalia Service JV and as a team leader in the NPL division of Pirelli, he worked on behalf of various banks like Unicredit and autonomous servicers like Cerved Credit Management. He also served as a Business Development & Operations manager at Cassiopea NPL. Now he’s CEO of Ethicalfin NPL Srl, specialising in debt collection in Italy.

Skills

MILAN

Angelo Granati

Angelo Granati

Head of CRM

Competence

Functions

  • Supports EthicalFin’s business development with Italian entrepreneurs
  • Manages the relationships with Italian companies and investors

Professional background

Angelo has more than 40 years experience in the banking, relationship management and private wealth sectors. In 2000 he was hired by Banca Agricola Mantovana and promoted to Managing Director; after the acquisition by Banca MPS, he took over responsibility for the coordination, management and delivery of the marketing activities for their telematic services of the virtual banking platform. More recently he was a private banker with Allianz.

Skills

ADVISORY BOARD

Gianlauro Casoli

Gianlauro Casoli

Senior Advisor

Competence

Professional background

Gianlauro has worked for more then 11 years as a research fellow in the University of Parma (Italy). His research is concentrated on sustainability and its impact on the organisation. He also completed a MSc in sustainability at Ashridge Hult.

Skills

Marco Musciacco

Marco Musciacco

Senior Advisor

Competence

Professional background

Marco has 40 years’ experience in the financial services industry with a proven track record in building investment structures. He focuses on product development and capital raising, offering strategic advisory and marketing services to financial institutions. In the last 15 years, he led several projects across Hedge Funds, Asset Management and Investment Advisory, providing assistance to Private Equity, Real Estate and Venture Capital, facilitating capital introduction and bridging market integration. Previously, Marco worked in London for Lehman Brothers as European Head of Foreign Exchange Sales and for Banca Commerciale Italiana as Chief Dealer for the Chicago, Madrid and Milan trading desks.

Skills

Reyad Fezzani

Reyad Fezzani

Senior Advisor

Competence

Professional background

Reyad has 25 years of experience in energy and finance. He currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Regenerate Power, a developer, owner and operator of utility-scale renewable energy projects, and Managing Partner of Energy Finance Company a fund manager, and investor in distributed generation projects. Prior to co-founding Regenerate Power, Reyad was CEO of BP Solar and Chairman of Tata-BP Solar. He previously served as President of BP’s Global Wind and Solar business.

Skills

Jamie Stein

Jamie Stein

Senior Advisor

Competence

Professional background

Jamie Stein is the founder of Fonte Capital, which supports clients who have exceptional engineering expertise, scientific knowledge, or operating know-how in order to build pipelines of commercial opportunities and / or to establish relationships with different forms of capital.

Skills

Dolly May

Dolly May

Senior Advisor

Competence

Professional background

Dolly May is a professional voice and communication coach committed to supporting people into whole-self speaking. Her passion and curiosity for her subject motivates her deeply to find new and interesting ways to help her clients say what matters in an embodied way. She founded Working With Voice company 2011 and now focuses on work with positive impact businesses. She believes that the quality of how we communicate determines how we feel, share and grow our ideas, and prepare for the future.

Skills

Avv. Francesco Torre

Avv. Francesco Torre

Senior Advisor

Competence

Professional background

Francesco Torre has over 30+ years experience as a lawyer in Italy with a particular focus on financial institutions, lending, non-performing loans, bankruptcy procedures and securitisation. It has lead team of lawyers while working on high profile clients such as BNL and Archon Group on their NPL management strategies.

Skills

Marco di Pietro

Marco di Pietro

Senior Advisor

Competence

Marco Di Pietro

Professional background

Marco Di Pietro has over 25+ years experience in the illiquid credit, NPL and real estate markets in Italy. He has lead special servicers SIGC and Antares and has developed a strong expertise in the due diligence, valuation and management of performing and non performing loans and receivables, both secured and unsecured, to individuals, corporates and public sector entities alike.

Skills

Investing in Happiness

Why we should change the name Impact Investing to Conscious Investing

 

Impact investing is a rapidly growing area of finance. This is good news. Anything that helps money flow toward positive social and ecological results is to be strongly encouraged. But behind the good news lies a hidden assumption which needs illuminating, if we are to realise the full potential of impact investing at the scale and speed current global challenges require.

The assumption is hidden in plain sight. To call this impact investing, is to imagine or pretend that other forms of investing do not also have social and ecological impacts beyond the purely financial. Clearly this is nonsense. We must recognise that every form of investment, every choice of where to put our money, and every money flow decision creates an impact. And, de facto, if the impact is not consciously benefiting social or ecological outcomes, it is quite likely damaging them.

Business and finance are not neutral:

To call this new, growing development impact investing, is to unwittingly collude with the powerful but unfounded assumption that business and finance are somehow neutral disciplines. That our conventional assumptions about how we earn and grow money are not part of an entrenched value system. This is basically what has been taught in business schools for generations. We are told that business is business, finance is finance and money is money. Ethics is relegated to a peripheral discussion, often an unsophisticated one, to be had another time.

We must recognise that all business, all finance and all investment has impacts. What is starting to grow now is people’s consciousness about these impacts. Impact investors are therefore actually conscious investors. They are increasingly aware of several important dynamics and relationships that have always been present in the money system but usually disregarded. Here are some of them:

Relationship 1: Relationships between different parts of the system:

The money I invest in a company is a sign of support for the way that company treats its employees, local communities and the natural world. Normal business logic has not tended to see it that way – restricting its vision to a narrower range of relationships. But the wider relationships are present in the system nonetheless – whether we acknowledge them or not.

Conscious investing recognises the importance of a company’s effect on stakeholders far and wide, human and non-human[1]. The investor has become more conscious of the reality of these relationships, their inevitability and their importance.

Relationship 2 – Relationship between different points in time:

The money I invest in a company today is both a backing for and determinant of a particular future that awaits my children and future generations. Again this is not a neutral thing. Investing in certain technologies, industries and activities may express support for a polluted and unstable future or a healthy and life sustaining one.

By consciously investing money in businesses who are working toward the sort of world I actually want to see, I am recognising and respecting the relationships between past, present and future. These relationships have always been there, but now my investment choices are consciously acknowledging their reality.

Relationship 3 – Relationship between my money and my life:

The assumption of business as a value neutral, objective force in the world has relied on a historic separation between business and money on the one hand, and our heart and soul on the other. We all have our own words describing this separation. Whatever the words, conventional business logic has tended to assume and demand a separation between the personal and the professional, the heart and the head, the things I care most deeply about, and the things I am told must be done in the ‘real world’. This separation has been largely unconscious, but of course in reality such aspects of life cannot really be separated. There is always a price to pay if we try to separate them.

Conscious investing is beginning to acknowledge this, and therefore has a role in a gradual healing [2] taking place in the world of business and finance. By consciously investing, I am recognising that money is not just a quantity, a number. The quality of my money – where it has come from, and where it is going, who it has affected and how those things resonate with my innermost values, is also important.

Recognising deeper relationships:

These relationships – between different places, different time periods, and different inner and outer aspects of our lives have always been there. They have always been present in the business and finance system, though very often ignored. The historical industrial and financial logic has created and demanded a sense of split. This has been largely unconscious. Most people in business and finance have just assumed that is the way it is, and must be.

Impact investors – let us now call them conscious investors, as well as those working toward positive social and ecological outcomes in business – let us call them conscious business people, are consciously using their money, time and skills to support the flow of life itself. This is vital, important, necessary work to be celebrated. By recognising that de facto all business has impact, and that we must therefore all become conscious and clear about what those impacts are in reality, we can accelerate and celebrate this vitally important shift.

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