Luxembourg, August 21nd 2017 -The European Impact Investment Platform is pleased to welcome new Member of the Board, Xavier Pierluca.

Founding Member and Managing Partner at Social Investment Managers & Advisors (SIMA), Mr Pierluca will bring an extensive experience in private equity and debt fund structuring and management in the field of impact investing to EIIP.

The Platform, powered by FARAD Group, is the first SICAV – SIF in the world entirely dedicated to the development of impact investing strategies by addressing a specific set of institutional clients (banks, pension funds, management companies, administrative bodies, etc.), interested in developing sub-funds dedicated to impact investing within an already existing and fully operational structure.

“We are proud to welcome Xavier Pierluca in our team” Mr Esposito, current Member of the Board, has remarked. “Xavier is an experienced professional in the impact investing field who will bring to our customers a priceless expertise in specific sustainable finance fields like microfinance, Fintech companies and climate change strategies in development countries.” 

Xavier Pierluca is an investment professional with 20 years’ experience and is a pioneer in the field of impact investing, having spent the last 13 years managing both private equity and debt funds. He currently manages investment and advisory mandates in the Access to Energy, Financial Services and Education areas at SIMA.

“I’m very excited to join EIIP, a much needed initiative in the field of impact investing for a multitude of managers in light of the recent regulatory changes. EIIP offers all the support services required by a fund manager in order to locate a fund in Luxembourg” states the new Member of the Board.

Xavier has structured complex investment and divestment transactions involving co-investors and several counterparties, family offices, Development Finance Institutions, Private Equity Fund and NGOs. With his team, he supported the transformation in regulated banks of five microfinance companies in diverse geographies. He has been an active board member and participant of key committees of the largest microfinance banks globally such as Banco FIE in Bolivia or miBanco in Peru.

Xavier was more recently the Chief Investment Officer of Financial Services for Bamboo Finance. He had joined Bamboo Finance in 2007 to raise the Bamboo Financial Inclusion Fund I. As an investment manager covering Latin America, he developed the investment strategy for that region prior to becoming the Chief Investment Officer in 2012, in charge of monitoring and fund divestment leading a team of 11 investment professionals based in Bogota, Nairobi, Singapore and Geneva. He lately had designed the strategy and raised the Bamboo Financial Inclusion Fund II, targeting microfinance / SME banks and Fintech companies including mobile payments/remittances, correspondent banking and peer-to-peer lending.

Previously, Xavier worked for the Deutsche Bank Microfinance Investment Funds with his current Partners at SIMA. He played a central role in arranging senior and subordinated/mezzanine financings in several countries, and structured several funds in the sector of microfinance and healthcare. Prior to that, Xavier worked for five years as management consultant for Deloitte Consulting and Ernst and Young Corporate Finance in the United States and in France. He specialized in mergers & acquisitions and access to financing for mid-cap companies.