A recovering economy, markets picking up speed, renewed interest in Italy: it is hard to imagine a more favourable context for the 17th Borsa Italiana STAR conference in London on 9-10 October, 2017.
During the roadshow, which took place at the London Stock Exchange Group offices, some of the top Italian companies listed in the STAR segment were presented. A parallel series of presentations was also held for a group of 14 innovative companies in the AIM Italia segment, which was back in London after a visit at the end of May this year.
In order to facilitate dialogue between the companies represented at the conference and the London business community, a reception was held yesterday evening at the Embassy of Italy in London, at the end of the first day of the two-day event.
The purpose of the reception was to present a number of Italian SMEs to the London financial community, highlighting the close collaboration between the Italian embassy and Borsa Italiana.
In his opening speech, the Italian ambassador, Pasquale Terracciano, noted the value of the close partnership between the embassy and Borsa Italiana as well as the excellence of the STAR Italia instrument, which actively promotes top Italian companies. The ambassador observed that the the Borsa Italiana roadshow took place against a backdrop of a positive economic climate.
“It is no coincidence that Italy is enjoying renewed attention from both investors and private individuals, as well as from international institutions,” he said, adding that they are encouraged by the recovering macroeconomic context and the path of reform that Italy has been following.
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This was the 17th conference held in London dedicated to the STAR sector, a segment of the Italian equities market listing medium-capitalisation companies that fulfil stringent criteria relating to transparency, liquidity and governance. Seventy-four companies are currently listed in the STAR sector, with capitalisation ranging from €40m to €1bn. The STAR segment has shown itself to be the most dynamic of the Milan stock market’s listings, recording an astonishing +293% growth since 2003 relative to the All Share listing.