Raffaele Riva and AUREA Multi Family Office: Seamless International Transactions in Switzerland, Italy, and the UK


Raffaele Riva is a European investor and entrepreneur, and the founder and co-owner of the successful AUREA Multi Family Office, an international umbrella firm with several subsidiary companies located in Switzerland, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

In his function as co-owner and partner of AUREA, Riva maintains an active leadership role in several of these smaller companies, overseeing high-profile transactions, and managing exclusive private investments.


About AUREA Multifamily Office

A family office is a relatively recent business model and refers to a private investment, wealth, and asset management firm that provides customized services tailored individually to top-tier investors with ultra-high net worth. A family office provides a much more personalized type of service than a traditional wealth and asset management company.

While traditional companies typically create generic products that they then sell to investors, a family office focuses specifically and solely on developing a customized investment strategy tailored specifically to each individual investor’s needs and preferences. A family office will typically provide such customized wealth management services as financial planning and budgeting, charitable donations, insurance, bequeathals, and tax services.

Founded in 2008, AUREA Multi Family Office, along with its subsidiary companies, provides precisely these services.  Additionally, the firm specializes in:

  • Asset and wealth management
  • Wealth and estate planning
  • Trust real estate
  • International cross-border activities
  • Corporate finance and restructuring
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Club deals
  • Extraordinary transactions

AUREA and its partner companies specifically work with high-profile clients who have significant net worth and assets. Riva, alongside his select team at AUREA, works with a large international network of mutual funds, hedge funds, banks, investors, asset managers, fund managers, tax attorneys, and insurance companies. AUREA provides discretionary asset management mandates for businesses as well as private parties, and the companies it serves include alternative as well as traditional investment firms. In its diverse scope of activities, AUREA has acted as both facilitator and advisor in service to its clients.

AUREA Multifamily Office’s regulated companies include Aurea Gestioni Patrimoniali SA, and Aurea Consulenti Associati SA, both located in Lugano, Switzerland; BGB AUREA Ltd located in London, UK; and Milano Fiduciaria S.r.l., located in Milan, Italy.


Typical Transactions and Activities Handled by AUREA

Raffaele Riva and his business partners, acting for AUREA and its affiliated companies, have established a robust track record showcasing the company’s expertise in structuring international transactions in the following capacities:

  • Advisor to several important completed M&A assets and shares deals
  • Arranger and advisor for a number of financing and corporate finance deals
  • Promoter and advisor for several start-ups and club deals
  • Lead, referral, promoter, negotiator, and advisor for open and collective mutual funds and securitization vehicles
  • Advisor for numerous local and international real estate deals
  • Advisor for several cross-border deals for international groups
  • Advisor for several cross-border wealth and estate reorganization projects
  • Trustee and estate practitioner for a number of high-net-worth families


Recent Sale of Spanish Brand CASALS to Vortice S.p.A.

Most recently, AUREA, represented by Riva, as the sole advisor and agent for the Seller, facilitated the negotiation and sale of 100% of capital shares of Ventilación Industrial Ind. SL, owners of famed Spanish brand CASALS, to multinational group Vortice S.p.A. in a successful international transaction that closed in Barcelona earlier this month.

The famed CASALS brand enjoys an established following dating all the way back to its founding in 1881. The brand may now expand international thanks to the injection of resources and global leverage that Vortice will bring to it. Vortice, a global powerhouse with active operations in over 90 countries, maintains an extensive portfolio of systems that provide air treatment, aspiration, and ventilation services for the domestic, commercial, and industrial sectors around the world.


Riva’s Background

Born in 1962, Raffaele Riva completed his undergraduate education in 1987 at the Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy, graduating with honors and multiple specialties as part of his Economics degree. In 1989, he completed a Master’s Degree in Accounting at the same institution. Following this, he earned two post-graduate qualifications: one in SSQUEA at the Canton Ticino Management Business School, and another in SUPSI at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland.

Riva’s expertise in international business comes from his diverse business experience. He began his career in 1988 as Assistant Manager/Supervisor in the Audit and Accounting Area of a Big 4 form that had offices both in Milan, Italy and Manchester, UK.  Following that, he became Senior Executive of a multinational firm, serving on the boards of its subsidiary companies located primarily in Europe and South America. He then headed the group’s Lugano office in Switzerland, coordinating the operations of various subsidiaries and branches located primarily in Western Europe, Canada, South Africa, and Central and South America.

From 1997 to 2008 Rivas became the founder, co-owner, and managing partner of several advisory companies, providing wealth and estate planning and management services, as well as international activities such as cross-border negotiations (including the legal and tax aspects of these negotiations), corporate finance and restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions. This period of his career allowed him to gain valuable experience in such areas as corporate finance, wealth planning, international taxes, international legal issues, estate planning, mergers & acquisitions, and corporate restructuring. In 2008, Riva founded AUREA Multifamily Office, an umbrella organization that oversees companies providing these activities and services.

Riva maintains dual citizenship in Italy and Switzerland and is fluent in Italian, French, and English. He is an active member of the Register of Legal Auditors in Italy; the Association of the Italian Anti-Money Laundering Committee; the Italian Association of Trust Practitioners; the Swiss Association of Trust Companies; the Register of Authorized Accountants and Trustees of Canton Ticino, Switzerland; and the Register of Authorized Asset Managers of Canton Ticino, Switzerland.


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