Swisscanto, a leading asset management firm in the Swiss market, announced the appointment of Andrea Ferrante Manager for Italy. Ferrante reported to Ralf Brand, and has been responsible for developing international markets. Andrea Ferrante will take care of the input and business growth in the Italian market, offering his expertise of recognized value of both operators and analysts for Swisscanto. The expansion of the European Group – the fourth manager for mutual funds and a major player in the supplemental pension solutions in Switzerland – began in 1998 with Germany, then followed by Austria and England.
Ralf Brand said of the appointment of Andrea Ferrante: “We are very pleased with our choice. Andrea Ferrante has a deep knowledge of the Italian asset management industry where he has worked for years and therefore has established relationships with major players in the market, in particular institutional traders. ”
Andrea Ferrante, 44, joined Swisscanto after a long and important journey in the asset management industry. After an initial five-year experience in Private Banking Sanpaolo Bank in Vienna, as asset manager, he arrived in 1997 in Sanpaolo IMI Institutional asset management company (now Eurizon) as Head of banks and foundations. In 2007, he landed in Duemme SGR (Gruppo Banca Esperia) for the post of head of institutional clients. Thanks to roles in major banking groups and the Asset Management Company industry leader in Italy and in Austria, Andrea Ferrante has established himself as an expert on the Italian institutional market, and expert on hedge funds and hedge fund due diligence, real estate funds and products asset management in general.
“I think the management style of Swisscanto in each asset class characterized by a strong focus on risk control and allowed the company to achieve the top position in the institutional and retail market in Switzerland, will be especially appreciated in the Italian market. In this phase, both institutional investors that the so-called wholesale customers are interested in the right mix of return on investment and capital protection,” said Andrea Ferrante, head for Swisscanto in Italy. ” We are launching the start- up and we want to introduce our brand to Italian investors, confident in the interest of the market and we aim to build a dedicated team over the next year. “