Willis Names Bellone for Europe Capital Markets & Advisory Unit

March 12, 2012

Willis Group Holdings announced the appointment of Andrea Bellone as Managing Director in the European team of Willis Capital Markets & Advisory (WCMA), effective immediately.

He is based in London and reports to Michiel Bakker, Head of WCMA Europe. Bellone will be responsible for Willis’ WCMA clients in continental Europe, with a particular emphasis on Italy.

He joins Willis from Leadenhall Capital Partners. Prior to that, he was Head of the Italian team at Fox-Pitt Kelton and held several roles as a long-term member of the financial institutions team at Schroders/ Citigroup. Bellone has 18 years’ experience in insurance and financial services investment banking, advising on M&A and capital raising transactions across continental Europe.

Bakker welcomed Bellone to WMCA, indicating that “he brings a wealth of relationships and industry experience and will help us to further build our franchise in Continental Europe.”

Tony Ursano, Global CEO of WCMA, noted: “From a standing start in 2009, WCMA has built up a significant track record of M&A and capital markets transactions, consistent with our goal of having the highest quality insurance investment banking platform in the industry. Bringing Andrea Bellone on board is further evidence of our commitment to continue to build a strong franchise across multiple geographies.”

Willis Capital Markets & Advisory, with offices in New York and London, provides advice to companies involved in the insurance and reinsurance industry on a broad array of mergers and acquisition transactions as well as capital markets products, including acting as underwriter or agent for primary issuances, operating a secondary insurance-linked securities trading desk and engaging in general capital markets and strategic advisory work.

Source: Willis Group Holdings

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