Alessandro Tappi, Head of Guarantees & Securitisation, EUROPEAN INVESTMENT FUND

Alessandro Tappi

Head of Guarantees & Securitisation

Alessandro Tappi is Head of Guarantees & Securitisation at the European Investment Fund (EIF). Starting in 2000, he developed EIF's presence in the capital markets and transformed EIF into the largest investor specialised in SME securitisation. EIF's guarantee activity now spans across all the EU Member States, as well as the candidate countries and Southeast Europe. EIF mainly focuses on transactions backed by a broad range of SME financing, such as SME loans, micro-loans, lease receivables, trade receivables, small CMBS, venture debt, collateralised funds obligations, etc.). Under his responsibility EIF issued guarantee commitments (mainly at mezzanine and subordinated level) in both cash and synthetic deals in excess of EUR 14 billion in a large number of SME-backed structured finance transactions, using both EIF own resources as well as third party mandates. Between 2006 and 2008 Alessandro has been Member of the Board of Directors of EFSE, the European Fund for South-East Europe, the largest microfinance investment fund worldwide. Prior to joining EIF, Alessandro worked for several years in the project financing area at San Paolo Bank, Turin. Alessandro holds an MBA in Business Administration and a Diploma in Economics and Trade from the Faculty of Economics and Commerce, Turin. He has been lecturer at the Universities of Udine, Torino and Paris and held various training courses on Structured Finance products and Financial Modelling.