Ongoing European expansion following the successful launch of the Paris office

Perwyn is delighted to announce that it is expanding its European footprint and opening its third permanent office in Europe, based in Milan, Italy.  This follows the success of its Paris office opened in 2021 and continues its pan-European investment approach.

While Perwyn’s London office serves the northern European market well, including the Nordics, the opening of a permanent base in Italy will allow Perwyn to look more actively at a broader spectrum of investment opportunities.

Perwyn will now focus on expanding its local team in Milan, headed by Partner Mathieu Antonini (from Paris) and Investment Director Maxime Menu (locally in Milan), to build on a strong network as an active participant in this major financial centre.

The firm’s diverse team, global perspective, pan-European outlook, and adaptable investment strategy across minority and majority stakes positions it as an ideal partner for businesses aiming for significant growth through expansion into new customers or markets, product launches, or acquisitions.

Given the entrepreneurial and family nature of many regional businesses, Perwyn’s strategy of collaborating with dedicated entrepreneurs and leveraging its substantial permanent capital base aligns perfectly with local market dynamics.

Andrew Wynn, Founder & Managing Partner said: “Our new base in northern Italy – Europe’s most industrialised region after Germany – opens doors to vast potential. The region is renowned for its high number of high-calibre SMEs, often global leaders in their niche, poised for international expansion. We have already proven our success in helping our portfolio companies along similar journeys, and are ready to replicate those skills in the Italian market.”

Mathieu Antonini, Partner, and Head of France and Italy, commented: “Opening an office in Milan will allow us to build a strong local network.  Our model remains unique, as we can be extremely flexible, deliverable, and confidential whilst free from the constraints imposed by traditional funds.  Our flexibility on timing also means that we can support companies to do the right thing for their business, whenever and wherever this might occur during our investment. We believe this will resonate very well in Italy.”

Maxime Menu, Investment Director in Milan, concluded: “I am very excited to embark on this new phase with Perwyn, further establishing our footprint as a top-tier private equity investor in Europe.  We firmly believe that, in the Italian market, there is no substitute for local knowledge and a national presence, and I look forward to helping build the team here in Milan. We hope to replicate our successful model already established in London and Paris, and very much look forward to partnering with ambitious local entrepreneurs and managers”