The partnership between Luigi Luzzatti S.C.p.A. (“Luzzatti”) and the Prelios Group (“Prelios”) ended 2021 by setting up and arranging the first investments of a reserved closed-end alternative investment fund named Eleuteria for distressed credits classified as Unlikely to Pay. Created and managed by Prelios SGR, the Eleuteria Fund is to invest – directly or through notes issued by dedicated SPVs – in UTP credits due from companies mainly in the SME/Corporate segment. It will promote credit recovery strategies designed to put the debtor companies back on a performing basis, through proactive management of their positions focused on corporate restructuring. The fund commenced operations in December with an initial investment in a credit portfolio for a GBV totaling 70 million euro, with the participation of the following Luzzatti shareholder banks: Banca di Credito Popolare, Banca Agricola Popolare di Ragusa, Banca Popolare Pugliese, Blu Banca (Banca Popolare del Lazio group), Banca Popolare di Fondi, Banca Popolare di Lajatico, Banca Popolare di Puglia e Basilicata, Banca Valsabbina and Banca Popolare Sant’Angelo. Over the coming months, the Eleuteria Fund will continue to raise capital, in part through the planned opening to other banks, with a view to developing an on-going deconsolidation program on this type of credit to support its contributors’ derisking processes. “The new UTP AIF is one of the most significant initiatives on the new multiorginator solutions platform promoted by Luzzatti to support proactive management and derisking of the various types of distressed credit held by our shareholder banks,” said Luzzatti Chief Operating Officer Luigi Avogadro. “It will be developed further in 2022 with the selection and contribution of new UTP portfolios.” Prelios SGR will make use of all Prelios Group units in managing and enhancing the credits acquired, specifically, of Prelios Credit Servicing and Prelios Credit Solutions as regards master and special servicing activities. “With the creation of Eleuteria we are delighted to join Luzzatti in promoting a tool that not only meets the deconsolidation needs of investors but also aims to provide support for the small- and medium-sized businesses to which the UTP credits covered by the initiative refer,” said Prelios SGR CEO Patrick Del Bigio. “We firmly believe that our role as asset manager is to be implemented through a responsible approach that is sensitive to the real needs of the Italian economy. This project is yet another demonstration that our Group has this capability, above all through innovative and effective tools like Eleuteria.” The Eleuteria alternative investment fund aims to raise 250 million euro and will continue with new capital contributions over the coming years.