Former Credit Suisse banker moves to Italy's state-backed fund

MILAN, April 26 Fri Apr 26, 2013 12:02pm EDT

MILAN, April 26 (Reuters) - Leone Pattofatto, formerly in charge of mergers and acquisitions at Credit Suisse's Italian division, has moved to Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP), the latest investment banker to join the Italian state-backed fund.

Pattofatto, who joined the CDP earlier in April, is now in charge of CDP's large strategic investments into listed Italian companies such as oil and gas major Eni and grid operator Terna, according to the CDP's website.

CDP declined to comment. Pattofatto did not respond to requests to comment.

Italy's CDP, majority-owned by the Italian Treasury, has already hired investment banker Maurizio Tamagnini, who was the head of investment banking for southern Europe at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He heads CDP's Fondo Strategico di Investimento, a state-backed private equity fund created in 2011.

Pattofatto, who was at Credit Suisse between 2005 and 2013, was previously at Morgan Stanley. (Reporting By Lisa Jucca. Editing by Jane Merriman)