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Conference on Equity and Debt Investment in Italy



Conference on Equity and Debt Investment in Italy

Over 70 investment funds and banks attended the sixth edition of “Equity and Debt Investments in Italy”, a conference held on 25 February, co-organised by the Embassy of Italy in London and the law firm Legance to update the London financial community on economic trends and investment opportunities in Italy.

The ambassador, Raffaele Trombetta, explained that Italy offers excellent investment opportunities, in spite of the current difficulties in the global economy. He pointed out that Italy has risen steadily on international attractiveness indexes, particularly in the digital sector, and performs strongly on competitiveness rankings, with Italian businesses leading numerous sectors. Legance’s senior partner, Filippo Troisi, noted that the country’s macroeconomic indexes and investment flows are all largely encouraging, the banking system is generally solid, and the market for non-performing loans (NPLs) shows positive trends.

The event was attended by high-level representatives from Italian institutions, including Vincenzo Boccia, the head of Confindustria; Carmine di Noia, the commissioner of Consob; and Fabio Panetta, the vice-governor of the Bank of Italy. They outlined the many strengths of Italy’s industrial system and the encouraging picture given by the economic indicators, noting the dynamism of Italian businesses, many of which are making a name for themselves on international markets.

The closing speech was given by Giancarlo Giorgetti, the undersecretary at the Presidency of the Council, who offered a strong message of confidence for investors, explaining that Italy has a solid financial system, a strong manufacturing system and highly diversified added value, and that the significance of these factors is frequently underestimated. The country is making major investments in its future and has become something of a European economic laboratory. All of these considerations, he said, point to Italy as a shrewd choice as an investment destination.