After 19 years in investment banking and asset management, Christian founded A Black Square, a family office focused on for-profit investments with positive social outcomes. The family office will also manage the family art collection and engage in dialogue with major art institutions.
Previously, he was a Partner at York Capital Management, an alternative asset manager where he was heading the Europe equity group and co-managed the York European Opportunities and York European Focus funds. He also served as a member of the Firm’s Socially Responsible Investment Committee.
Prior to that, Christian worked at Merrill Lynch as an investment banker in the London Mergers and Acquisitions department. Christian received an M.S. in Banking and Finance from HEC Lausanne, Switzerland and a B.S. and M.S. in Management Engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.
As an investor, Christian and his team won many awards including; Eurohedge Award 2010 – Best Event Driven Manager – York European Focus Fund; FN Awards for excellence in Institutional Hedge Fund Management Europe 2012: Best Hedge Fund Manager – Event Driven: York Capital Management and FN 40 under 40 Rising Stars of Hedge Funds, 2012 and 2013.
Francesca is the founder of Francesca Oggioni, an architectural practice that specialises in high-end eco-friendly residential projects. She previously worked for various architectural practices before setting up on her own in 2008.
She was born in Milan where she studied Architecture at the Politecnico.
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