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Paolo Simonato
Advisor, Stamford Avenue Partners
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Paolo supports Vita Accelerator with his expertise in private equity, M&A, fundraising and a broad international network. Paolo is the Managing Partner of Stamford Avenue Partners, a boutique advisory company, and one of few Italian investors with worldwide experience in managing large PE and private debt portfolios. He advises Mediobanca-BlackRock co-Investments, which he helped setting-up in 2020, and several growth companies. He earlier worked for BlackRock as Co-Head of BlackRock Private Equity Partners in Europe supporting major client and new initiatives development.

Paolo worked at General Electric for 24 years; first as auditor, then in the M&A team at GE Energy. At GE Investments since 2000, he turned-around the Latin America private equity portfolio (€200M AUM) and set-up the European private equity office as its Managing Director (>$800M AUM). In 2012 he joined GE Capital Leverege Finance Europe as credit committee and executive committee member (€4B AUM) underwriting ca 100 financings, or ca €4B in new loans volume. He also drove multi-awared JV with Ares Capital Management pioneering unitranche financings in Europe (>€1B AUM). Paolo has a degree from Bocconi University, is a frequent speaker at industry events like Super Investor and Super Return, and loves saling.


The Vita Accelerator is a novel startup acceleration program launched by CDP together with Healthware and Accelerace that aims to support a new generation of digital health startups.