Navigating the Way to Sustainability

Nicola Facciorusso, Principal, Akros Consulting GmbH & Co KG to Speak at Capital Link

(New York City and Mineola, NY, May 20, 2010)– Nicola Facciorusso, investment banker and expert on Greece and Mideast Affairs, and President of a newly-formed capital market consultancy -- Akros Consulting GmbH & Co., based in Munich—will speak at Capital Link’s Annual Investor Relations Awards on May 31at AIGLI ZAPPEION Gardens in Athens. Immediately following welcoming remarks by Mr. Nicolas Bornozis, President, Capital Link, Mr. Facciorusso’s provocative topic will be “Do Greek Stocks Have a Place in Foreign Investor Portfolios?”   Joining the awards will be Greek Minister of Economy, Development and Shipping, Mrs. Louka Katseli.
Akros Consulting GmbH & Co. and Mr. Facciorusso are a co-sponsor of the Capital Link IR Awards. Capital Link introduced the awards concept to the Greek market in 2003. The objective of the Awards is to identify and publicly acknowledge those companies and individuals who adopt and follow high standards in the fields of Corporate Governance, Financial Disclosure and Investor Relations. The awards also are designed to raise the profile and significance of the function of the Investor Relations among listed companies and contribute to the further developments of this function in Greece.
Mr. Facciorusso is a Fellow of the Governance & Accountability Institute, a global knowledge management resource (www.ga-institute.com) providing timely news, actionable research and information, perspectives and opinion, reliable data, and customized advisory services to organizations, institutions and individuals seeking to do the right thing for the right reasons.  

Hank Boerner, Chairman and CEO of the Governance & Accountability Institute, said: “Nicola Facciorusso has one of the most brilliant minds in finance today. He understands the complexity and ambiguity of financial matters in Greece, Southern Europe in general and the Middle East. He undoubtedly will engage the important IR Awards audience with provocative, news-you-can- use insights and valuable information.”  Mr. Boerner added that:
“Nicola is a compelling speaker who shares Capital Link’s commitment to implementing and sustaining the highest standards of corporate governance, investor relations and financial disclosure.”

Akros Consulting and Mr. Facciorusso focus upon fund raising, joint ventures, pre IPO activity and secondary placements.  Most recently, Mr. Facciorusso had been Senior Vice President of the former German privately-owned bank Sal. Oppenheim (today Deutsche Bank Group) in Munich. As Director of Corporate Brokerage he was in charge for the strategy, activity and relationship of the bank in Southern Eastern Europe and in Middle East. Akros Consulting in Munich will focus on the same a.m. area

As a Fellow of the Governance & Accountability Institute, Facciorusso is the main intellectual resource for “connecting the dots” on finance and related matters in the Middle East region and eastern Mediterranean on behalf of the Institute.

Akros Consulting’s sector focus is predominantly centered upon pharmaceutical, renewable energy, agriculture and real estate industries. Mr. Facciorusso’s background includes 22 years of close-contact experience in advising institutional investors from Europe and the Middle East for the German equity market, as well as corporations from Greece for capital market transactions.

While at Oppenheim, Mr. Facciorusso was responsible for all investment banking issues affecting Sal. Oppenheim in Greece and the Middle East. He was the bank’s first contact person for institutional investors, government representatives, listed/unlisted companies and local/international press for the two regions. He had an active involvement in the shaping and realization of the bank’s related working processes. He was a sought-after guest in several live Italian television interview programs related to the German capital market, and enjoyed a high media profile in leading financial magazines and newspapers in Italy the U.S. the Middle East and Greece.

Also, Mr. Facciorusso has been a guest speaker on sovereign wealth funds from the Middle East and the Greek capital market, and has helped to establish, organize and manage several sophisticated, large-scale investment conferences and investor field trips dedicate to international institutional investors in Germany, Italy Greece and the United Arab Emirates.

Mr. Facciorusso may be reached at Akros Consulting Maximillianstrasse 35a, 80539 Munich, Germany, via mobile at +49 (0) 171 / 640 54 56 or via email at Facciorusso@akrosconsulting.com. Private email: Facciorusso@mail.com His company website may be accessed at www.akrosconsulting.com   

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