AIM Italia is the market segment dedicated by Borsa Italiana "to dynamic and competitive SMEs, looking for capital to finance their growth following a balanced and regulated procedure, specifically thought for ambitious companies", as Borsa Italiana describes it. AIM Italia is based on the central role of a nominated advisor "Nomad" that assists the company through the listing process.
Besides being a Nomad, Epic acts as co-arranger in the IPO placement of companies, using the platform to present them to the investment community.
Epic can also work on private equity transactions, which may have different objectives:
- expansion financing o development capital, to sustain development;
- replacement capital, e.g. replacing shareholders no more interested in the company;
- buy out (management buy out o buy in), to sustain generational change or moving from a family ownership to management ownership. Such transaction are often structured to include a debt portion, in order to reduce the equity portion provided by investors and enhance the investment return.