Our project

Operational since July 2020, Anima Alternative is the asset management company within the ANIMA Group, that focuses on investments in the equity and debt of privately owned companies.

Established at the beginning of 2020, in July 2020 Anima Alternative was authorized by the Bank of Italy to provide asset management services. In December 2020 Consob gave the go-ahead to the marketing of its first direct lending AIF.

The creation of Anima Alternative is a big step forward in our business diversification strategy. It will strengthen the capabilities of the ANIMA Group in offering tailored solutions to institutional investors.

With low interest rates set to remain in the long term, private markets are an area of ​​great importance when responding to the growing demand for alternative income sources. The area complements the market segments already covered by the ANIMA Group.

The first closing of the Anima Alternative 1 direct lending fund was arranged in January 2021. In the future, Anima Alternative will lean on the ANIMA Group infrastructure to launch other private debt funds or products specializing in other private market segments.

We invest in Italian companies, supporting them in their path of growth in domestic and international markets.

Banks are structurally reducing their exposure to corporate customers. This trend opens up large market spaces for direct lending operators, catering in particular to the medium / long-term financing needs of Italian SMEs. Through its first fund, Anima Alternative supports companies with long-term financing, sustaining them in their growth path in domestic and international markets.

Our investments target Italian companies, mainly small and medium-sized (fewer than 250 employees and turnover below €50 million or total assets below €43 million) or mid-caps (fewer than 3,000 employees and €500 million of turnover).

One of the distinctive features of Anima Alternative 1 is its ability to invest with the utmost flexibility through debt instruments (loans or bonds) and minority shareholdings.

Our investment targets are selected after careful analysis, combined with a strategic evaluation of their industrial project. Analyzing target companies' ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) policies is an integral part of the investment process.

As part of the ANIMA Group, Anima Alternative has been a member of UNPRI since its creation.