Apax Partners extends European reach with the opening of an office in Milan and the appointment of a Senior Advisor

Paris (France), 6 April 2018 – Apax Partners announces the opening of an office in Milan and the appointment of a Senior Advisor. This new office will consolidate Apax Partner’s European reach and reinforce proximity with Italian mid-cap companies.

The opening of an office in Milan forms an important part of Apax Partners’ European development strategy and follows the announcement of the team’s development in Netherlands in January 2018.

Italy is a core market for Apax Partners both for direct investments and through its portfolio companies which have a significant local presence.

Direct investment

  •  Acquisition in March 2018 of Business Integration Partners (Bip), a leading European consulting company, first direct investment in Italy for Apax Partners.

Portfolio companies

  • Acquisition of Telemar, Italian player in telecommunications and navigations systems, by Marlink, the largest technology-independent satellite communications and digital solutions provider, in November 2016.
  • Acquisition of Stroili Oro, the number one jewelry retailer in Italy, by THOM Europe, leading jewelry retailer in Europe, in October 2016.
  • Altran, world leader in Engineering and R&D services, has a strong position in Italy.

The office will be led by Francesco Revel-Sillamoni, who joined Apax Partners in 2012 and who will count of the support of Francesco Panfilo who joins Apax Partners as Senior Advisor. With over 30 years of experience in Private Equity, he will help reinforce the presence in Italy while identifying high potential companies in Apax Partners’ sectors of specialisation: TMT, Consumer, Healthcare and Services.

Francesco Panfilo is currently Board Member of Benetton Group, Olimpias, Coster Tecnologie Speciali and Elemaster Group. He is also Chairman of Panakes Partners SGR and past Board member of Tecnica Group and Senior Advisor of PWC. Previously, he was Chairman and Founding Partner of PM&Partners, Managing Director of ABN Amro Capital Investment and CEO of Sofipa. Chemical Engineer, he worked before in Technip, FosterWheeler and BNL.

Eddie Mirahi, CE0 of Apax Partners,said “Apax Partners has established itself as a leading European player in the investment industry. We already know the Italian market well but this local presence will allow us to intensify our activities and meet the requirements of a market in which we see a lot of growth to come. I am delighted we can collaborate with Francesco Panfilo. His knowledge of the Italian market will be extremely beneficial to our team and an important addition to Apax Partners.”

About Apax Partners

Apax Partners is a leading private equity firm in Europe. With 45 years of experience, Apax Partners provides long-term equity financing to build and strengthen world-class companies. Funds managed and advised by Apax Partners exceed €3 billion. These funds invest in fast- growing small and mid-market companies across four sectors of specialisation: TMT, Consumer, Healthcare and Services.


Coralie Cornet
Communication Director
+33 1 53 65 01 35 

Francesco Revel-Sillamoni
Head of Italy
+39 349 418 3403

Francesco Panfilo
Senior Advisor Italy
+39 335 576 2333


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