Roberto Meneguzzo and Palladio, the story of an Italian success

It is since his return from the United States in 1980 that the manager from Vicenza brought the experience acquired abroad to the Triveneto. Thanks to his American specializations, in fact, Roberto Meneguzzo has been able to bring back home the news from overseas.

The foundation of Palladio Finanziaria it put at the center of Italian economic interests first a series of wealthy families from Northern Italy, then large banking and financial groups.

The birth of Palladio Finanziaria

Palladio Finanziaria Holding was born in 1982 (renamed PFH from 2018). Leading it is Meneguzzo personally, who will find a respectable ally in 1998: Giorgio Drago from Bergamo who comes from Mediobanca and Gemina.

The company attracts lenders with important names such as Veneto Banca and BPM, silently becoming the protagonist of highly successful financial actions. In fact, in these years the first contact with the lion of Generali was created.

Snai is part of the great game of acquisitions and what it is the strong point of Roberto Meneguzzo and Palladio, that is private equity. The Holding’s efforts and investments are concentrated in this sector, diversifying its interests in numerous sectors.

The 2000s and the redistribution of power in Palladio

In 2006 Giorgio Drago and Roberto Meneguzzo give life to Venice SpA and in 2010 to VEI Capital. The main financial activities converge in these two new names: first and foremost private equity and, to a lesser extent, renewable energy. The current president of the Holding is Roberto Ruozi, former Rector of Bocconi and long-time manager.

The control of operations is instead entrusted to managers under the age of 50, seen by Meneguzzo and the whole Palladio team as the future of the country’s finance. In fact, Nicola Iorio and Enrico Orsenigo arrive at the top of Venice SpA and VEI.

The major renovation at the top makes Palladio and Roberto Meneguzzo even more relevant in the investment geography of the Northeast. Palladio Finanziaria is today a holding holding with over 400 million euros of permanent capital plus the funds of third party investors, with the ultimate goal of establishing itself as a guide in the world of alternative asset management.

The new world of Palladio: renewable energies and more

Palladio has just celebrated the fortieth anniversary of his birth and is younger and greener. We work in the world of renewable energy with ForVei, a joint venture between VEI green and Foresight dedicated to photovoltaics.

Investments in Brownfield began in 2005, and in 2018 the Holding began to deal with Greenfield, new projects to be managed in full, from start to finish. Thanks to the expert and innovative gaze of Roberto Meneguzzo, the Palladio Finanziaria is thus a pole of attraction for young entrepreneurs and green ideas.

In the world of private equity, the main investments in recent years are those in Rcf, Fila and Tech Cimos. From amplification to stationery to components for turbo engines, all relevant sectors fall within the aims of Palladio and therefore of VEI Capital.

VEI green is dedicated to cleantech and renewable energy. Here it was necessary in 2014 to involve Enrico Orsenigo, former Edison and Bnp Paribas. His contribution was necessary to lead Palladio into the future of financial companies with an ecological background. Investing in photovoltaics, making the economic effort towards “clean” technology increasingly important are some of the objectives of Palladio’s current course.

Roberto Meneguzzo and Palladio Finanziaria

When the Meneguzzo family took over the shares of the two Venetian banks (Popolare Vicenza and Veneto Banca) to invest in the company that was its first “creature” over 40 years ago, they chose a young and diversified course. 80% of business always takes place in the private equity sector, the remaining 20% ​​looks confidently to renewable energies.

As Vice President and senior partner, the manager from Vicenza continues in his I dream of making the Italian Northeast a pole of attraction for successful economic enterprises. A dream that has never died out, it has only changed shape, together with the corporate structure of Palladio Finanziaria and the new sectors to aim for. The business flair and managerial foresight, on the other hand, remained unchanged.

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