SG Corporate & Investment Banking (SG CIB) has appointed Massimiliano Battisti as director of project finance in Italy. Battisti will be responsible for originating and structuring project finance transactions, in the infrastructure and energy sectors, and will report to Matthew Vickerstaff, head of project and sectorial finance, as well as to Olivier Furlan, head of debt finance activities in Milan.

His appointment will support SG CIB’s already strong project finance business in Italy, with clients in both the public and private sector.
Battisti joins SG CIB from Babcock & Brown, the global investment and advisory firm, where he was part of the project finance and infrastructure department, with particular responsibility for the energy sector. He successfully contributed to the structuring of a project financing for 72MW merchant wind-farm in Sardinia and also led the sale of a large portfolio of wind-farms, 50% owned by Babcock & Brown, in Sicily.

Previously, Battisti headed TXU Europe Energy Trading’s operation in Italy for four years, where he managed the start-up and the development of the company in the Italian market. During his years at TXU, a leading merchant energy company, Battisti originated and executed transactions on structured financial projects related to energy commodities, working with all the major Italian and European energy players.

Battisti also spent five years in MCC Spa’s (formerly Mediocredito Centrale) project finance team based in Rome, where he contributed to several project finance transactions, mainly in Latin America.