Francesco is the founder and CEO of Lio Factory(www.liofactory.com), 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(in all its forms, e.g. Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Tokenization & Blockchain) will reshape the outdated mold of alternative investments, through transformational improvements in every step of the investment cycle (sourcing, underwriting, management).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” (www.liocapital.com, for real-estate investing) and “Lio BAI” (www.liobai.com, 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.