Founder & CEO, Lio Capital, United Kingdom


Francesco is the founder and CEO of Lio Factory(, global alternative investment and technology development firm. Lio Factory has two distinct divisions, respectively “Special Situations” (investments across real-estate, claims, bankruptcies) and “Lio X” (venture capital investments across Fintech and Deeptech). Lio Factory’s mantra is that technology (in all its forms, e.g. Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Tokenization & Blockchain) will reshape the outdated mold of alternative investments, through transformational improvements in every step of the investment cycle (sourcing, underwriting, management). Lio Factory is equipped with €100m in equity, that can scale to >€500m firepower through its club deal network (leading Europeans family offices and HNWI).
Prior to conceptualizing Lio Factory this year, Francesco spent over a decade building two successful niche players in the vast world of Special Situation investing, “Lio Capital” (, for real-estate investing) and “Lio BAI” (, for investments in claims and bankruptcies). Driven by an obsession for cherry-picking assets in niches and attentive de-risking, Lio Capital and Lio BAI have systematically built a portfolio of asymmetric payoff profiles from off-the-radar opportunities for its investors.

Prior to Lio, Francesco spent about a decade in Special Situation principal roles at leading investment banks (Mediobanca, Merril Lynch, Lehman Brothers), as well as a time at McKinsey & Company.
Francesco holds a MSc in Business Administration cum laude at Bocconi University in Milan. In his spare time, Francesco enjoys spending time with his two kids, as well horse-back riding. He is also an active angel investor (primarily in fintech and longevity) and an avid art collector.