Team

We seek to make the companies we invest in stronger through a bottoms-up strategy of transformation. We strive to create value by investing in great businesses where capital, strategic insight, relationships and operational support can drive transformation that unlocks the company's potential. We purposefully engage only in friendly transactions and work with talented management teams to achieve transformative results. 

Alessandro Scala
Founder
Roberto Grattacaso
Co-Founder

Founding Partner of The Wave over 20 years of distinctive  cross functional experience in advisory services,  capital markets and private equity. Alessandro started in Arthur Andersen and E&Y followed by more senior roles in Merrill Lynch and RBS in London until 2015. Since then Alessandro has build on his versatile experience by founding Advbeca Ltd a boutique advisory firm by closing a number of transactions with SMEs in Capital Markets and private equity deals. Alessandro sits on the board of several private companies in Europe and in the UK.

Alessandro worked on the concept of Advbeca / The Wave by bootstrapping and reinvesting revenues with the aim of setting up a captive investment model able to engage flexibly entrepreneurs and professional and institutional investors. Alessandro reads a bachelor in Economics from The Catholic University  of the Sacred Heart  of Milan and an Executive MBA from London Business School.

Roberto started in the family business, taking care of the technical and commercial tasks related to the management of a large insurance agency operating in the province of Salerno. Following an internship in a large multinational company, he started a small consulting and risk analysis business at the same time. Until 2004 he held the position of Technical Director of the family business, which in the meantime had also included a brokerage company as well as a multi-firm agency, always cultivating a passion for risk management.

Roberto received appointments from important multinational companies operating in the sectors of renewable energy, health, transport and logistics, but also from organisations and National Federations, for example as Head of Risk Management of the XXX Universiade of Naples, on behalf of the Organising Committee, under license from the International Olympic Committee. Roberto is co-founder of The Wave.

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Elena Bignamini
Human Capital Advisor
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Christoph Lanz
Conducting Officer

More than 25 years of experience in Management Consulting, especially focusing on General Management and Human Capital matters within domestic and international environment, working closely with Entrepreneur, Board Member, Ceo, HRD, Private Equity Funds and Family Office.  In 2010 She carried on, as Managing Partner at Signium International Italy, the whole Italian business sponsoring the upcoming merge with Governance Consulting where She served as Senior Partner and Board Member.  Later she promoted at Boyden Int’l, the Italian Human Capital practice, being an active Partner as well. Elena provides a wide range of services: Executive and Middle Management search, Leadership Services and People Due Diligence.

Partner of RSM Fund Management Luxembourg, set up RSM fund management practice in 2018. Christoph draws a long experience with Private Equity, Debt and Real Estate investment funds. After having completed his Master’s and Doctorate in law, he pursued his career with Edmond de Rothschild in Luxembourg. Christoph was in the Executive Committee of LPEA and participates in ALFI working groups.

At RSM Fund Management Luxembourg, he is in charge of portfolio management, business development and assisting with the regulatory and fund structuring aspects. 

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Leonardo Leoncini
Analyst
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Nicolò Pentassuglia
Analyst

After graduating in December 2018, Leonardo joins Reliable Energy Advisors, an independent advisory boutique focused on renewable energy investment projects based in Bologna. As a financial analyst, he has been involved in numerous M&A transactions related to the photovoltaic industry. Leonardo is a columnist for brokeraffidabili.it, writing articles on main topics regarding financial markets. Leonardo holds a bachelor’s degree in Business and Administration and a Master degree in Finance and Risk Management from the University of Florence.

Finance, analytics and business development with an ESG prospective, those are the key elements on which Nicolò has based his academic and professional background.
He holds a degree in Environmental Engineering, with a MSc thesis focused on project financing for energy efficiency investments, and a Master in Finance at Luiss Business School, where he had the opportunity to enhance his professional growth in corporate finance. 
He started his career in manufacturing and automation industry, taking part to the development of the e-mobility sector of IMA Group, worldwide leader in automatic machines and industrial plants; before that he experienced life in London, where he worked as a business developer at The Commercialiser Ltd., a VC Studio where he tested his negotiation and lead generation abilities within SMEs.