London, June 11, 2001 – Ariadne Capital Ltd (www.ariadnecapital.com), the new pan-European venture group architecting deals in technology, media and telecommunications, is adding Senia Rapisarda, former Head of Principal Investments in the Communication and Technology Group at Nomura International Plc, to the senior management team as of July 1, 2001.
During her three years at Nomura, Senia helped manage $300 million in investments across 42 companies in Europe, Israel and the U.S. She worked with companies such as U.K.-based Arc Cores (Arc International Ltd) and Barclays Plc, ArrayComm, Inc. in the U.S. and Spain’s MyAlert.com with IPOs, secondary offerings, private placements, block trades, M&A, advisory work as well as build international strategic partnerships and technology transfers. She joins Ariadne Capital, which was recently described by the Industry Standard magazine to be building “the Net’s Next Business Model.”
As General Partner, Senia will lead the establishment of its proposed co-investment fund, which is subject to obtaining regulatory authorization. Senia’s responsibilities at Ariadne Capital are to raise this fund to co-invest alongside top financial institutions in technology, media, telecom companies in Europe. She has more than 10 years of investment banking experience at Nomura, Salomon Smith Barney, Inc. and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Redevelopment. Senia also has Board level experience with leading technology and media firms like DealTime in the U.S., and funds such as Swiss-based ETF Group, which has about 60 investments in European and U.S. companies.
Italian-born Senia has a J.D. from the University of Rome and Master’s in Law and Economics from Columbia University in New York. In the beginning of her career, she practiced law in New York and Italy doing work in cross-border M&A, leveraged buyouts and IPOs. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian.
Giorgio Ronchi, Founder and Chairman, ETF Group, commented, “Working closely with companies is the key to success, and Senia has had a track record of making companies successful throughout her career. She is an extremely impressive individual.”
Kevin Sara, Managing Partner, Reflexion Capital Partners A.G., the Swiss-based venture capital investment and advisory firm, commented, “Having worked with Senia for several years, I recommended her highly to Julie and the senior team at Ariadne Capital. She’s contributed to the success of a number of firms, and will help make Ariadne Capital an important franchise in Europe.”
Senia commented, “Ariadne Capital sits on a huge arbitrage opportunity in the market due to the extensive and reliable pan-European networks that they leverage for their clients. I saw the need for this while I was at Nomura, and believe that the market requires the type of solution that Ariadne Capital provides.”
According to Julie Meyer, founder and CEO of Ariadne Capital, “Rather than raising another billion dollar fund, Senia and I saw immediately that we shared a similar vision for a new model in venture capital, and that we could work well together in creating a new franchise in Europe.”
Bundeep Singh Rangar, Ariadne Capital founder and COO, said, “Senia’s experience investing more than $300 million into a portfolio of 42 companies during 3 years at Nomura will add a lot of value to the companies that we intend to invest in.”
About Ariadne Capital
Founded in December 2000, Ariadne Capital Ltd. is a new venture group in Europe dedicated to architecting the leading deals of the technology, media and telecom sectors in Europe. Information on our clients, investors and partners is available on our website: http://www.ariadnecapital.com
The Industry Standard magazine called Ariadne Capital “the Net’s Next Business Model.” – cover story, December 8th, 2000.
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