In Private Equity since 2000. In Alto Partners, Raffaele de Courten focuses on deal origination, debt structuring and relationships with investors, with significant expertise in debt financing and corporate lending. He has particular expertise in the services, consumer goods and industrial and commercial machinery sectors. Prior to joining Alto Partners, R. de Courten worked for the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg as the personal counsel to the Italian Executive Vice-President with responsibilities, in particular, for the assessment and development of investments in Private Equity and Venture Capital funds, and borrowing and lending operations in Italy. Prior to joining the EIB, R. de Courten worked for 11 years in the corporate finance department of Mediobanca in Milan, first on equity transactions and later in charge of the funding strategy of the bank on the debt capital markets as well as the organisation of debt operations for the bank’s clients. He was member of AIFI’s Board of Directors from 2010 to 2015 and Chairman of AIFI’s Mid Market Commission from 2013 to 2015. From 2005 to 2015 R. de Courten was Professor of Private Equity at the Postgraduate School of Economics and International Relations at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan. R. de Courten holds a degree in Business Administration from LUISS University in Rome.