Cesare Bastianini has been a Director with Italian publicly listed and family controlled holding company CIR's Investments group since 2005. Cesare has over 13 years of private equity experience - both at CIR and previously within Bank of America's principal investments group - mainly focusing on direct investments at various stages of development and in various geographies. While at CIR, Cesare has been responsible for sourcing, assessing, negotiating, executing investments of various nature (buyouts, growth capital, early stage, primary and secondary fund investments), and for identifying, assessing and supporting the development of entrepreneurial efforts in selected niche markets by high potential management teams, in various sectors and geographies. Cesare has also supported listed and private portfolio companies (in particular in the Media, Healthcare and Auto Parts sectors) with corporate finance and strategic development issues (i.e. add-on investments, restructurings, refinancings, IPOs), and often represented CIR at portfolio company level, as Board director or otherwise. Since 2006, Cesare has been responsible for CIR’s direct and fund investments in China, which has involved training and oversight of its local team; local sourcing effort; assessment of over 500 investment opportunities; execution, partial syndication and management of several direct investments (among which the largest pan-Chinese radio-focused advertising agency and the leading branded traditional Chinese medicine manufacturer). As Investment Manager with Bank of America’s European principal investment group, Cesare focused on sourcing and assessing potential targets, negotiating and structuring approved investments, along with ongoing control of portfolio companies (among which a German broadband cable network, a UK provider of co-location services, an Italian PVC film manufacturer and a Spanish cable regional operator). Cesare previously worked within Merrill Lynch’s European Investment Banking group. Cesare graduated at the University of Torino and received an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.