Matteo Cerri

Matteo Cerri

Founder & CEO at The Family Officer Group

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Born in Milan, graduated in Business Administration at Universita' Bocconi Milan, specialising in an unusual combination of Insurance and Non Profit Sectors.
Moved to London in 1996 and worked as Corporate Finance Executive at Cowell & Partners (former Mapfre Securities). In the same year, in partnership with his father Franco, founded the first Italian Risk Management Consultancy Firm devoted to NPOs. Published various books and articles on the subject of Risk Management for Non Profit and Institutions, as well as holding seminars and lectures.
In 1999 founded, in London, Shield Risk Management Ltd, the first company of the Group. In the same period, became one of the co-founders of Shield & Co. Merrill Lynch Bank & Trust, a multi-family office run by the well-known American bank.
Subsequently achieved an LLM focusing on inheritance matters within family groups.
Briefly moved back to Italy in 2004 to take over the advisory services business of the multi-family office and created the present The Family Officer Group as a spin-off (2006) of Shield Group.
Presently acts as CEO of the international activities of the Group, which is now recognised among the most important family offices of Italian origin, with over 130 associates and representative offices in more than 20 countries worldwide.
Over the years the Group has broadened its scope and now its interests in the insurance, property, entertainment and food & beverage industries, run alongside its more traditional professional services.
Matteo holds an executive role in various companies of the Group and sits on the board of some holdings and foundations of client families in different jurisdictions.
In December 2014 the Group announced the foundation of i2i - Italians to Italians. A venture capital firm investing in companies led by Italians abroad. In less than one year i2i has become one of the leading companies backing Italian start-ups in the UK, USA and Italy.

Founder & Ceo

The Family Officer Group

| July 2006 – Present London, United Kingdom

In July 2006 the activities once owned by Shield Group and 2 other minor Family Offices merged into The Family Officer Group. The Group has a dynamic structure in continuous evolution. The latest re-organisation took place between December 2014 and June 2015. The Group coordinates and controls a number of different companies covering the following industries: Financial Services - Independent Financial Advice Risk Management and Insurance Tax & Legal Planning Real Estate Planning, Investments and Property Finder Media & Events Private Equity & Venture Capital (focus on 'Made by Italians', Insurance, Food&Wine Market, Entertainment) The Group, at December 2015, involved more than 130 professionals, was represented in nearly 30 offices and more than 20 countries around the world.

Founder & Ceo

i2i - Italians to Italians (by Italian Ventures Ltd)

| December 2014 – Present London, United Kingdom

Italian Ventures Ltd, better know as i2i, is the Venture Capital company launched, and fully financed, by The Family Officer Group to support and invest in young and successful companies started by Italians in London and UK.

Co Founder

Eat Drink Love Italian Ltd

| April 2014 – Present London, United Kingdom

Meet Italy at its best. Event format to meet the best of Made in Italy and Made by Italians in London (soon launching in San Francisco).

Board Member

Wision 55 Srl

| July 2015 – Present Villafranca (VR) - Italy

Nominated Board Member following the investment of Makefin Ltd (i2i - TFO Group) in the 49.9% of Wision55 Srl


Motu Novu

| May 2014 – Present Greater Boston Area

Adviser in London

Non Executive Board Member

Emergins - General Insurance Company

| April 2014 – Present (1 year 10 months)Africa

Appointed, by the main shareholder, as Non Executive Board Member at EMERGINS - General Insurance Company Ltd, a newly incorporated General Insurance Company active in non - EU markets and focusing mostly on Emerging Markets.


Vini Italiani Ltd

| June 2015 – Present (8 months)London, United Kingdom

Vini Italiani's mission is to become the contemporary ambassador of the Italian wine tradition in the UK.


In Art We Trust Foundation

| April 2014 – Present (1 year 10 months)London, United Kingdom

Appointed Protector of "In Art We Trust Foundation"

Financial Expert

Business e via Italy - Your Gateway to the Italian Market

| September 2015 – Present (5 months)

Business e via Italy: to help Italian companies reach out to foreign investors and to give advice and information to businesses and private individuals wanting to do business with Italian companies or set up in Italy.

Senior Advisor

TFO Vikare

| January 2011 – December 2014 (4 years)Edinburgh, United Kingdom

TFO VIKARE was the name of the Joint Venture between Steven Carmichael, Neil McAllister (Vikare Investments) and The Family Officer Group - TFO; through this venture their combined experience and knowledge, particularly of running property funds, off market property investment opportunities, property restoration, property development and property sales predominantly in Europe, could be channelled, structured and developed to create a high return business for investors. TFO VIKARE had four core activities; Asset Management, Property Development, Structuring Investments and Sales & Marketing, that individually or together will provide clients with a comprehensive service. TFO VIKARE also acted as introducer to the Vikare Tuscan Property Fund as well as other investments opportunities all over Italy and Europe.


Euro Tep Project

| July 2010 – July 2013 (3 years 1 month)London, United Kingdom

Traded Endowment Policies Investments with a focus on the Italian Market


Milan Junior Camp (UK)

| June 2010 – August 2011 (1 year 3 months)London, United Kingdom

Ac Milan Soccer Schools and Junior Camps in the UK.


Wine Managers Ltd

| January 2008 – February 2011 (3 years 2 months)London, United Kingdom

Investments in Italian and European Wine Producers and Real Estates. 2010 Chairman - Responsible Legal & Finance Area. 2008 -2009 Founder and Responsible for the Project. In February 2011 the company, having successfully sold all its participations (with a two digits return in less than 3 years), announced its liquidation. All the Wine related commercial and event activities continue as a department of The Family Officer Group. The property business were moved to TFO Vikare and the Vikare Tuscan Property Fund, a JV between The Family Officer Group and Vikare Investments.

Co-Founder & European Area Manager

Shield Group

| June 1997 – June 2006 (9 years 1 month)London, United Kingdom

Shield was a Group of companies serving European UHNWI and HNWI. In 2007, after a deep restructuring, part of the Shield Group has merged with other entities and created The Family Officer Group. Founder and Director of Shield Risk Management Ltd and its Italian operations Risk management modelling for the non profit sector and private foundations. During 2004-2005 Interim Management of Institutional Clients at the Rome Office of Allianz - Ras. Consultant to Shield & Co. Ltd. Private holding company managed by Merrill Lynch International Bank.

Associate, Italian Market

Project Sword

| July 2000 – September 2001 (1 year 3 months)London, United Kingdom

Affinity Market solutions In charge of Italian Market expansion of the Group (consortium - Allianz, Scottish life, Cedar, ...)

Corporate Finance Executive

Cowell & Partners Ltd

| July 1997 – July 2000 (3 years 1 month)London, United Kingdom

Corporate Finance Boutique specialised in the Insurance and Telecoms Market.


Interservice Distribuzione

| June 1995 – June 1997 (2 years 1 month)Milan Area, Italy

Selling Insurance and Financial Products