ESG Working Group

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

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

Silvia Merler

Silvia Merler

Head of ESG Working Group - oversight of all ESG matters, strategy and research

Silvia Merler joined Algebris as a research associate in 2019.

She is responsible for Algebris internal ESG research and she is also head of research for the Algebris Policy & Research Forum. 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.

She holds a BA and Msc in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University in Milan. Silvia is a PhD candidate in European and Eurasian Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Alessandro Mancini

Alessandro Mancini

Carbon neutrality analysis; Investment integration

Alessandro joined Algebris in 2018 as a Quant 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.


Dimitrios Karadimos

Risk management and investment integration

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).

Giancarlo Bollero

Giancarlo Bollero

Carbon neutrality analysis; Investment integration

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.

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.

Karina is a Japanese speaker and lives in London with her husband and young son.

Solveig Leary

Solveig Leary

External ratings research and investor relations communications

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 which reached just under $50m AUM at peak. In addition to direct investment decisions, she has traded in various geographic regions, equities and future instruments, through the Bloomberg EMSX platform. Prior to this she worked on the sell side with Morgan Stanley in their Equity research team for 10 years. There she initiated set-up of Pan European banking valuation and financial product and contributed to the publication of reports on stocks investment cases and capital market trends.

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.


Lucy Challis

Coordinating the execution of the offsetting project with Hakuna

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.


Polina Hristova

Legal oversight

Polina joined Algebris Investments as Legal Counsel in 2016. 

After graduating from the London School of Economics with a degree in law, Polina joined international law firm Simmons & Simmons where she completed her training as a solicitor with a focus on investment funds, including a secondment to a global fixed income specialist firm. Prior to that, Polina worked for a London-based boutique insurance law firm. 

Her interest in impact investing, early stage businesses and social enterprise led her to co-found a campus-based business incubator programme in 2010.  She has collaborated with leading social enterprises and worked on the establishment of two impact investment funds between 2011-2013. 

Polina holds an LLB in Law, an MBA in Legal Services and is a CFA Certificate in ESG Investing candidate.