RBS Lev Fin appoints

Royal Bank of Scotland’s leveraged finance group has expanded its European operations with the recruitment of three new executives for its office in Milan – see April evcj p72.

Fabio Sangiovanni has been appointed as head of RBS leveraged finance, Italy and will report directly to Eric Mallaroni, managing director for Continental Europe. Sangiovanni joins from ABN AMRO where he was head of acquisition finance and prior to that he worked with Credit Suisse in Milan and New York.

Alberto Arrotta, director leveraged finance, and Elvira Viviani, manager leveraged finance, will also join RBS from ABN AMRO and report to Sangiovanni.

Arrotta was the head of credit & market risk of ABN AMRO in Italy and Viviani worked in the leveraged finance team at ABN AMRO for three years following her graduation at Bocconi University where she was in charge of credit assessment, structuring, negotiation and execution of lending activities.

Eric Mallaroni, managing director for RBS leveraged finance Continental Europe, said: “The leveraged finance strategy is to support our key private equity customers wherever they are contemplating a transaction. With a team in every major European private equity market – Italy, Germany, France and soon Spain, RBS leveraged finance is in a position to lead arrange and execute the debt package backing domestic LBOs across continental Europe.”

In London RBS leveraged finance has been bolstered by the appointments of Jeff Thomas, Peter Crawford and David Vials, all from Scotia Capital. They will report to Euan Hamilton, managing director for leveraged finance UK large buyouts.

Thomas has been at Scotia Capital for 12 years as a member of its acquisition and leveraged finance team. He is also a qualified accountant.

Crawford has been with the same team at Scotia Capital for the last three years having qualified with Ernst & Young in Toronto, Canada.

Vials was with Scotia Capital for two years and is a qualified associate member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.