The team can also avail itself of expert advisors and partner companies, providing specialized skills whilst letting Abraxas maintain its valuable flexibility.

Advisors and strategic partnerships

Luca Celati

Non-Executive Director/Advisor

Luca co-founded Abraxas Capital Management with Fabio Frontini in 2002 and actively participated in the launch of the first fund in 2003. Today he still holds a directorship in Abraxas Capital Management and advises on the firm’s business stragegy. Luca was the Global Head of Risk Management in the Debt Division of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (DRKW) in London for three years. Before that, he was involved in a Private Equity deal at an industrial company in northern Italy. Earlier in his career, he was in Proprietary Credit Trading and Sovereign Bond Arbitrage at Bankers Trust in New York and London. He has had other independent consulting assignments in Risk Management. Luca is the author of The Dark Side of Risk Management (FT-Prentice Hall, October 2004). He was awarded an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business, Northwestern University in 1988. He holds a Laurea in Economics from LUISS in Rome (1984).

Luca Frontini

Non-Executive Director/Advisor

Luca, after an experience as portfolio manager, still acts as an advisor in respect of strategies with an Emerging Market bias for Abraxas’ advisory platform for managed accounts. Luca started his career as an Economist at the World Bank in 1996. In 2000 he moved to Pioneer Investments in Dublin where he worked as a portfolio manager on the US and Far East Equity desk and then on the Global Equity desk in charge of specialised equity products. In late 2003, Luca moved to China and in 2004 created Lombarda China Fund Management Co., the first ever Sino-Italian Fund Management Joint Venture. Luca was the CEO of Lombarda China from 2005 to 2009, managing about USD 1 bn. in investments in China and advising foreign financial institutions on investments in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Luca holds a Masters degree in International Economics from SAIS, Johns Hopkins University and a Master in Financial Engineering and Business Studies from Bocconi University and University College Dublin.

Richwell Partners

Compliance Partner

Richwell Partners are a team of senior regulatory compliance professionals, who understand the businesses of FCA regulated clients and how best to address FCA compliance requirements appropriately in each case.
A tailored service ensures clients are up to date with regulation, have implemented their procedures properly, and have the evidential trail to prove it. Richwell assist clients at both the start-up stage and throughout their lifespan