Our People

Gabriele Bavagnoli

After a 20-year career in strategy consulting and private equity, Gabriele Bavagnoli founded Milano Capital in 2014 and has been its Managing Director since then.

In 2017, together with Maurizio Borletti and Paolo De Spirt of the Borletti Group, he co-founded Spactiv, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company, which raised € 90 million from Italian and international investors in a widely oversubscribed IPO. He served as Spactiv CEO until September 2020.

From 2014 to 2016 he was Managing Director  at Idea Capital –  a leading Italian Private Equity Firm with more than € 1.5 billion assets under  management – where he co-led the creation  of a € 200+ million Private Equity Fund focused on Food & Beverage, and carried out the leveraged  buy-out of Gruppo La Piadineria, a fast-growing  restaurant chain, in which he served as Board  member. The investment was later sold at more than 12 times the entry value.

From 1997 to 2014 he has been at McKinsey & Company, where in 2007 he became Partner in the Milan Office. Within McKinsey, he advised global Retail, Consumer Goods and Telecom clients in Italy, UK, US, the Netherlands, Eastern Europe, and Africa on strategy, finance, and commercial topics. He also advised several Private Equity firms in due diligence and performance enhancement efforts.

Before McKinsey he acquired experience in M&A at Morgan Stanley in London. Since 2014 he is board member and since 2017 President at FBH, holding company of Baraclit, a family-owned business and the largest Italian manufacturer of prefabricated buildings. In 2013 he orchestrated the foundation of Dianax, a biotech company specialised in portable diagnostic tests, where he served as board member for 7 years. He is also a member of the NonExecutiveDirector Community and has been an angel investors within Italian Angels for Growth.

He holds a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University, New York, a Laurea cum laude in Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and a Liceo Classico Diploma.

Gianluca Longhi

Gianluca Longhi has over twenty years of experience in Corporate and Investment banking, advisory, strategic consultancy and general management.

He joined Milano Capital as Partner in 2021. Before that, he was Managing Director and member of the Executive Committee of the Corporate and Investment Banking Division at UniCredit, where he started to work in 2008 and where he covered several roles: among others, he was Deputy Head of FIG Italy and Head of CIB Global Client Management.

From 2001 to 2008, he was a strategy consultant at McKinsey’s Corporate Finance Practice, where he was elected Associate Principal in 2005, serving leading international Groups and Private Equity funds in Europe and in the Middle East mainly on Strategy and Corporate Finance topics.

From 1998 to 2001, he worked as Analyst in the M&A department of Morgan Stanley in London.

He holds a degree in Management Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. His interests for digital transformation and contemporary art led him to co-found two startups and to be advisor to several others.

Jacopo Schiavolin

Jacopo joined Milano Capital in May 2021, after a 1-year experience at BNP Paribas in the Real Estate Investment Management division, where he worked as a Financial Analyst within a € 350 million fund.

He graduated with honors in Management Engineering and Finance at Politecnico di Milano, having participated to a six-month exchange programme at the Moscow State University, Russia.