ESG Committee

Algebris has set up a dedicated ESG Committee, currently comprising of fifteen members of staff at Algebris across different functions and offices.

The ESG Committee is responsible for developing an internal ESG research framework and integratng ESG factors in the investment process, working closely with the investment team to also formalize an engagement process with the entities we invest in.

The Committee also seeks to embed ESG and sustainability considerations in the wider firm activities including our climate strategy.

Silvia Merler

Head of ESG Committee - Oversight and management of ESG strategy and research

Silvia Merler joined Algebris as a research associate in 2019.

She is Head of ESG & Policy Research. Silvia has done extensive research on topics of European political economy, with attention to European macro and financial economics issues, as well as EU institutions and governance.

Before joining Algebris, Silvia served as Affiliate Fellow at Bruegel – Brussels economic policy think tank – and as economic analyst at the European Commission’s DG ECFIN.

Silvia holds a BA and MSc in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University in Milan, and a PhD in European and Eurasian Studies with focus on European political economy at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She has completed the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing, and two Responsible Investment courses offered by the UN PRI Academy.

Davide Serra

Strategic oversight

Davide is the Founder and CEO of Algebris Investments, a global investment manager with a historical focus on the financial sector across the capital structure. Founded in 2006, Algebris has gradually expanded its expertise and entered the global credit, Italian equity and green transition space to capture a broader set of value opportunities.

Davide, a dual Italian and British citizen, is recognised as one of the world’s leading experts on financial services and is often consulted by the world’s central bankers and regulators on policy matters. He has been awarded the Commendatore designation, a decoration of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Davide is Chairman and Trustee of the Hakuna Matata foundation, a registered UK charity which he founded with his wife, focused on assisting orphaned children in central Tanzania. Davide is a graduate cum laude of Bocconi University in Milan, Italy and holds a Master CEMS. He played volleyball professionally in Italy from 1985 until 1990 and reached Series A1, and is a keen alpinist.

Tommaso Cotroneo

Tommaso Cotroneo

Risk oversight

Tom joined Algebris in 2017 as Chief Risk Officer. His main focus is on further development of the existing risk management framework and technology for the firm.

Before joining Algebris Tom was Global Head of Equity Derivatives Strategy as well as Head of UK Equity Derivatives Sales for UniCredit based in London.

Previously he spent many years in both Tokyo and Hong Kong, at first as a structurer with Merrill Lynch and then tasked with building the Equity Derivatives Trading and Structuring business for ANZ in Asia. Tom started his career as an Equity Derivatives Strategist at Merrill Lynch in London.

Tom is a trustee of Heartquake, a UK charity dedicated to raising funds for the earthquake hit areas of Central Italy; he is also actively involved in fundraising efforts for Solace Women’s Aid in London.

Tom holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Groningen and an MSc in Computer Engineering cum laude from the University of Napoli. A keen sportsman from a very young age, he still competes in long distance running and cycling events.

Alessandro Mancini

Alessandro Mancini

Investment integration - Climate strategy

Alessandro joined Algebris in 2018 as an Analyst and is now a Trader.

Prior to Algebris and since 2013, he worked at QW Capital LLP, a London-based independent asset manager where he helped developing proprietary algorithms and a quant equity market neutral strategy based on mean reversion.

He holds a MSc in Finance and Investment from CASS Business School in London. Originally from Rome, he holds a degree in Business Administration from University of Rome (where he majored in Economics and Finance) and put his finance and accounting skills at the service of local charities.

In his free time he enjoys playing football and travelling.

Antonio Focella

Investment integration - Research

Antonio joined Algebris in 2019 as a Research Analyst, focusing on macro analysis, predictive analytics, and monetary policy research. He moved to the investment team in 2021 as an Equity Analyst.

Prior to joining Algebris he was a trainee at the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs at the European Commission.

Antonio holds a BSc and MSc in Economics from Bocconi University and is a CFA charter holder. In his free time he enjoys running and is passionate about history.


Dimitrios Karadimos

Investment integration - Risk management

Dimitri joined Algebris as a Risk manager to help with the regulatory requirements of the Algebris funds.

Prior to that he spent 15 years at Aspect Capital, a commodities investment company, in front office roles in Risk, Research and software engineering.

He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering (Meng), Artificial Intelligence (MSc) and Quantitative Finance (CQF).

Elisa Natali

Investment integration - Italian securities strategies

Elisa joined Algebris in 2020, first as intern and later as an Equity Analyst, with a focus on Italian and then European Equities.

Elisa holds a Master’s degree cum laude from the Faculty of Banking & Finance of the Catholic University of Milan and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Bergamo. She attended a Summer School programme at the London School of Economics, where she studied Business Analysis and Valuation.

Elisa loves travelling and is passionate about singing, swimming and Formula 1.

Giancarlo Bollero

Investment integration - Financial Credit Strategies

Giancarlo joined Algebris in 2014 as an analyst. He is currently supporting the credit investment team from the London office.

Prior to joining Algebris Giancarlo worked in the equity research team for Deutsche Bank in Milan.

Giancarlo holds an MSc in Finance from Bocconi University, Milan. An Italian native, he also speaks fluent English. Outside of work Giancarlo is a keen off-piste skier and enjoys sailing and climbing.

Ginevra Bargiacchi

Investment integration - Team coordinator

Ginevra is from a small city near Rome named Tolfa.

She moved to Milan in 2016 to attend Bocconi University where she completed a BA in Economics and Finance (CLEF). She also completed a MSc in Finance at Bocconi, graduating in December 2021. Ginevra joined Algebris as an intern in July 2020 and has remained in the firm since then.

She is passionate about music, from classic to electronic one, and just says that Music gives her the right pace and rhythm.
She spent 6 years studing music and learning to play the tansverse flute which she still enjoys playing in her spare time.

Lennart Lengeling

Investment integration - Global credit strategies

Lennart is an investment analyst in the Global Credit Opportunities team, with a focus on G10 Rates/FX. He joined Algebris as a risk analyst in 2018 and moved to the investment team in 2020.

Lennart completed his BSc in Business Administration and Economics at Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main and his MSc in Finance with a major in Quantitative Finance at Bocconi University in Milan. Prior to joining Algebris, Lennart gained working experience at Eurex, Commerzbank, Allianz and Goldman Sachs. Lennart is a CFA charter holder since August 2022.

Born in Germany, Lennart spent part of his childhood in the UK and Saudi Arabia and is passionate about travelling and exploring new cultures. Furthermore, he enjoys playing basketball.

Lucy Challis

Carbon offsetting project execution

Lucy joined Algebris in August 2014 becoming Executive Assistant to Davide Serra in July 2015. Lucy is also a Trustee of the Hakuna Matata foundation, a registered UK charity which was founded by Davide Serra in April 2010 to assist orphaned children in Central Tanzania.

Lucy holds a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages from The University of Birmingham, UK. British native, she also speaks Spanish and French and is currently studying Italian in her spare time. As part of her degree, Lucy spend a spent a year living and studying in Guadalajara, Mexico. She enjoys travelling, exercise and gardening outside of work.

Maria Sole Bozzi

Maria Sole Bozzi

Investment integration - NPL strategy and Green Division

Maria Sole joined Algebris Investment Team in 2018, where she is also Chief of Staff to Group CEO, Davide Serra. Having obtained a First Class degree in Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, she is now studying to become CFA charter holder.

Since high school, Maria Sole has been volunteering with children affected by leukemia. In her free time she loves skiing and kite-surfing, she is also very passionate about golf and has attended several championships at national level.

Karina Cooper

Karina Cooper

Regulatory oversight

Karina joined Algebris as Head of Compliance in 2018 and oversees compliance and regulatory matters for the firm globally.

Karina has over 18 years of compliance experience. Before joining Algebris, Karina was responsible for advising the private equity and alternatives business at PIMCO Europe.

Polina Hristova

Legal oversight

Polina is the Chief Executive Officer of Algebris Investments (Ireland) Limited, the fund management company for Algebris UCITS and several AIF funds. She is also part of the ESG Committee.

Polina joined Algebris in 2016, and previously served as Assistant General Counsel, with responsibility for legal, regulatory, and commercial matters across the Algebris Group globally.

Polina is admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, England, and Wales. She holds degrees from the London School of Economics, UCLA, and the Irish Institute of Banking. 

Solveig Leary

Solveig Babinet

External ESG research and Investor relations communication

Solveig joined Algebris in 2016 to help expand our French investor base.

Previously Solveig was a Partner & Senior Investment Analyst at Monreith Capital where she co-ran a global financials fund and at Lionstrust as junior PM of an Emerging Markets Financials fund. Prior to this she worked on the sell side with Morgan Stanley in their Equity research team for 10 years. There she covered several countries, contributed to the publication of reports on stocks investment cases and capital market trends and assisted in orchestrating one of the major financial conferences in the industry.

Solveig holds a Master of Business from EM LYON Business School, Lyon. She is half-French half-Dutch with 3 daughters and loves music, good food, sport and travel. She is a native French speaker and also speaks fluent English and basic Dutch.