As Associate Director, my job is split between leading hedging advisory projects for private capital investments and corporate exposures, and pushing the business development agenda across Europe, with a particular focus on, but not exclusive to, Pan-European and Southern European clients. I spend a substantial amount of time taking care of the strategic thinking and structuring behind several advisory works for the team, taking care of the more complex situations and engagements where bridging the language barrier will deliver the best advantage for our clients. On the latter effort, I frequently end up following the developments across all JCRA lines of business in Italy and Spain.
I joined JCRA in 2015 after spending 7 years on the trading floor of an investment bank, dealing with a very wide array of clients (banks, other financial institutions and listed corporates) and regions (Southern Europe and EMEA Emerging Markets). After having built the required technical experience, I realised that I preferred the emotional connection in being on the buy rather than the sell side of derivatives, and the move to JCRA felt natural.
On a sunny day you will find me in my garden, with my family and playing sports with friends. On a wet one, I’ll be watching documentary series on Earth and its inhabitants, or visiting the latest art exhibition in town (whichever town I am visiting at the time!).
I hold a Master’s degree (hons) in Financial Markets from the University of Pisa, a Diploma in Economics from Scuola Superiore S.Anna (Pisa), and a Bachelor’s degree (hons) in Economy of Financial Markets from the University of Genoa. All of them are fairly old now, but they are a good backing for having a nice conversation on economy, social topics, and life in general.
Email Francesco: Francesco.Podesta@jcrauk.com
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