Luca Franza
Ausonio Fund, Switzerland

Luca Franza Born in 1978 in Napoli (Italy), Luca graduated cum laude in Economics at Bocconi University (Milan). Luca started his career in finance in 2000, working as an equity research analyst for Standard & Poor’s Equity Research in London, covering first the Italian market and subsequently the technology sector. In 2002 he joined Credit Suisse First Boston as an equity research analyst covering Southern European small caps (Italy, Greece, Iberia). Luca was individually ranked No. 3 in Europe for small-mid cap equity research in the 2005 Institutional Investor survey. In Sep ’05 Luca left CSFB and started running a €10m managed account for a private client, adopting his distinctive investment strategy: long only, global small caps, private equity-like style (extreme selection, high concentration, thorough due diligence / “scuttlebutting”). In 2008 the managed account evolved into a fund, AUSONIO. Compounding the returns of the managed account and of AUSONIO, over the 4+ year period to Dec ’09 the strategy has yielded a cumulative euro return of 100.2%, i.e. on average 17.2% per annum compounded, net of all fees and unlevered (the portfolio was >40% cash on average over the period), outperforming the MSCI World in euro by some 113%. Since 2004 Luca is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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