Ex-Henderson partner emerges at Cinven

Roberto Italia, who left the European buyout operation of Henderson Private Capital in late 2004, has joined European private equity group Cinven.

Roberto Italia, one of a number of senior executives to walk out of Henderson Private Capital in recent months, has been made a partner at Cinven, one of Europe’s leading late-stage buyout investors. He will be based in London.

Italia joined Henderson in 2003 to head up the firm’s Italian buyout business. He was based in Milan. During his stint at the firm, he led the purchase of Redecam, a manufacturer of industrial filters.

Italia left Henderson late last year. His departure followed that of Toby Boyle, a senior London-based colleague, who left amidst reported acrimony at the firm. Jan Faber, head of Henderson's fund investment business also quit last year to join Bregal, the family office.

Prior to joining Henderson, Italia spent eight years in a senior role at Warburg Pincus, the global private equity group. A former executive with Telecom Italia, he contributed expertise in the communications sector to Warburg’s investment effort in Italy and Spain.

Cinven invests in large leveraged buyouts across Europe. The group is headquartered in London and has offices in Frankfurt and Paris. Currently investing the Third Cinven Fund, a 2001 vehicle, the firm is expected to launch a new fundraising effort later this year.