Holmes Report 18 May 2014 // 4:04PM GMT
Almost every major European market has one corporate and financial communications firm capable of competing head-to-head with multinationals such as Brunswick and FTI; in Italy, that firm is Barabino & Partners, which dominates the financial transaction advisory business there under the leadership of its founder and CEO Luca Barabino, who will receive a SABRE Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement at our sold-out awards dinner in London next week.
Barabino introduced high-end corporate and financial communications to Italy, where he and his firm have worked on the privatisations of Telecom Italia, BNL, ENI 3, ENI 4, ENI5, Enel 1, 2, 3 e 4, Autostrade; the IPOs of Brunello Cucinelli, Banco Santander, Monte dei Paschi, and ERG. On the M&A front, he advised on the merger of SIP/foundation of Telecom Italia, Olivetti’s takeover on Telecom Italia, Compart’s on Montedison, Dieci’s on Burgo and Lottomatica’s, and the merger between London Stock Exchange Group and Borsa Italiana.
Barabino also provides corporate and brand reputation, and issue management services to many important companies. These include Intel, FedEx, Heineken, Pepsico, Indesit Company, Fujitsu, Brunello Cucinelli, BlackRock, PwC, Inditex, American Express, Unipol, Nike, and Brita.
More recently, Barabino has led the international expansion of his firm, which began its international experience in 2007 with the opening of B&P UK in London, soon followed by the opening of new companies in five more countries, in Berlin (B&P Deutschland Gmbh), in Brussels (B&P Europe SA) and in New York (B&P USA LLC). In Saõ Paulo, Brazil, the firm operates through an overseas representative office.
Today Barabino & Partners employs more than 100 consultants.
In addition, Luca Barabino has recently been appointed as member of the board of directors of LaFondazioneNY, a foundation based in New York City and chaired by Massimo Vignelli, along with some of the most illustrious representative of Italian brands worldwide.