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Leading Italian investors start Alkimis


A number of well-known Italian investors made up of the family offices of some of Italy's biggest retail brand names have backed the launch of a new hedge fund operation, Alkimis. The investors include: B&D Finance - the family office of De Agostini; the Barilla families - owners of the food group; and Catelli - owner of the Artsana-Chicco group.

Alkimis is an onshore Italian investment management company called a Società di Gestione del Risparmio (SGR), authorised by Italy's central bank, Banca d'Italia.

The new venture is headed up by