Who We Are

Sterling is one of the oldest activist investors in Europe, founded in 1999 under the guidance of Dr. Tito Tettamanti, a Swiss investor and entrepreneur. Originally a private activist company, Sterling evolved into the Sterling Strategic Value Fund (“Sterling”) in December 2016, which will ensure permanent continuity of Sterling’s impressive 19-year track record.

Our Structure

Investment Advisor
  • SSVL (Monaco) S.A.M. is the Investment Advisor for Sterling. It provides advisory services, investment analysis and recommendation as well as research to the AIFM.
  • The Investment Committee of SSVL Monaco is composed of 5 experienced individuals with financial, industrial and legal backgrounds and a long track record of working as a team.  The team is further strengthened by an Advisory Committee which is made up of senior professionals from a variety of backgrounds who brings unique knowledge and complementary skills.
  • SSVL Monaco is a limited company incorporated in the Principality of Monaco and regulated by the CCAF (Commission de Contrôle des Activités Financières) in Monaco.
Investment Manager
  • Notz, Stucki acts as Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM) for Sterling. It is one of the largest and fully independent asset management groups in Europe. Founded in 1964 in Geneva (Switzerland), it has eight offices globally and approximately $8bn AUM. The team at Notz, Stucki responsible for SSVF is based in Luxembourg.
Fund Domicile
  • Sterling Strategic Value Fund S.A. is registered in Luxembourg as a SICAV RAIF

Our Approach

Investment Philosophy

  • Sterling invests in the listed equity of small and mid-cap companies quoted on the major European exchanges. The fund seeks to enhance the value of companies through, where appropriate, an engaged and supportive approach that aligns shareholder and management interests.
  • Sterling has a zero-loss philosophy, operates with no leverage, avoids currency risk and maintains a willingness to retain cash in the absence of opportunities

What Makes Us Different?

  • Investment Committee (“IC”) Approach
    • Uniquely, Sterling is run by a team of 5 highly experienced IC members governing the investment process and mitigating key-man risk.
    • Multi-lingual team with extensive senior level networks and complementary backgrounds
    • Supported by a 6-person Advisory Committee and a team of 6 Analysts.
  • Experienced Activist Investor
    • Sterling chooses to be an engaged, respectful and supportive activist shareholder, to best facilitate the implementation of industrial strategy and measures to improve performance
    • When required, Sterling capitalizes on close working relationships with key stakeholders to deliver on an activist agenda.
    • The Strategy has been run since 1999, making Sterling one of the oldest activist investors in Europe.
  • Advisory Committee (“AC”)
    • Comprehensive access to a knowledgeable 6-person AC and their extensive board/corporate networks supplement internal research and underpin investments.
  • Sustainable Model
    • A business model largely underpinned by permanent capital, a stable IC and a consistent and repeatable investment process.

Investment Committee Sterling’s Investment Advisor (SSVL Monaco) is comprised of an Investment committee, Advisory committee and a team of analysts.

The Investment Committee of SSVL (Monaco), chaired by Massimo Pedrazzini, is composed of experienced individuals with legal, industrial and financial backgrounds and a long track record of working as a team.

Advisory Committee

The AC brings extensive industrial knowledge and networks that supplement internal research and underpin investments

Dr. Tito Tettamanti

Honorary Chairman

Dr. Tito Tettamanti

  • Dr. Tito Tettamanti’scareer has spanned the legal, public sector, and financial professions. Recognised as an entrepreneur, financier, lawyer and author, he has worked, taught and published works on subjects that include the legal system, public policy and investments
  • After a short time in politics, Dr. Tettamanti started the FidinamCompany in 1960 specialising in worldwide tax advising and real estate consulting. He was very active in the seventies in real estate development mainly in North America, in financing in the eighties mainly in New York, and as an industrialist chairing and controlling a worldwide leading textile machines company in the nineties. Later, he made investments in China-based projects in the area of infrastructure and construction
  • In 1999 he commenced strategic block investing in companies listed on the European Stock Exchanges as well as in distressed securities in the USA. Until 2012 he was the Chairman of the Board of Directors and controlling shareholder of Sterling Strategic Value Limited. He today serves as Honorary Chairmanof the Sterling Strategic Value Fund
  • Furthermore, he is currently Honorary Chairman of the Swiss VereinZivilgesellschaft(www.zivilgesellschaft.ch) and often participates in conferences, public debates and publishes contributions for daily newspapers and magazines
  • Dr Tito Tettamanti is also Governor and Vice Chairman of European Policy Forum, London (www.epfltd.org). For many years he has also been a member of the Board of SchweizerMonatshefte(nowSchweizerMonat) (www.schweizermonat.ch) as well as of IBL – IstitutoBruno Leoni (www.brunoleoni.it), an Italian Think-Tank. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of AvenirSuisse (www.avenirsuisse.ch) – the largest Swiss Think-Tank
  • He is the author of four books – “Welches Europa”, “Manifest fur eineliberaleGesellschaft”, “Die siebenSundendes Kapitals” and ”T contro T”

Investment Strategy

  • Developed EuropeA concentrated, European focused, long only, value seeking, activist fund undertaking a patient and cautious approach to improve companies with a consistent and repeatable investment process
  • Identify, Understand, FixIdentifying, understanding and fixing stress factors are the core tenets of Sterling’s investment process.
  • Small & Mid Cap FocusedSSVF is largely sector agnostic with an identified small & mid-cap (< €3bn market cap) universe of ~2,350 stocks
  • Multi Stage Proprietary ResearchSterling conducts rigorous multi stage proprietary research utilising industrial expertise and advisors

References

Contact Us

Investment Manager

Mr. Paolo Faraone (Director & CEO), Notz, Stucki Europe S.A. 11, Boulevard de la Foire L-1528 Luxembourg
Email: paolo.faraone@notzstucki.lu
Phone: +352 26 27 11 1

Business Introducer of Notz Stucki Europe S.A. for SSVF S.A SICAV RAIF

Mr. Mike Tuke Ex-Ante Advisors LLP Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, London SW3 6RD
Phone: +44 203 826 0487
Email:UKmarketing@sterlingstrategicvalue.com

Investment Advisor

Mrs. Rosamaria Elefante (Head of Investor Relations and Marketing), SSVL (Monaco) S.A.M. 14, avenue de Grande Bretagne 98000 Monaco
Email: relefante@ssvlmonaco.com
Phone: +377 9797 2098

Registered Office/ Administrator

Fiducenter S.A. 18, rue de l’Eau, L-1449 Luxembourg
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Experience and track Record

Experienced multi-lingual team with a track record and >40 successful investments in multiple sectors and countries

Active Ownership Approach

Work together with management and other shareholders to initiate change in a concentrated number of companies

Detailed Analysis-Driven Process

Aim to limit downside risk through detailed analysis and high level of understanding of the business, like a private owner

Current Core Holdings Concentrated portfolio. Small and mid-caps. High ownership involvement.

Sterling operates in a highly attractive nicheConcentrated portfolio. Small and mid-caps. High ownership involvement.

Software and Cloud Services

Concentrated portfolio of around 10 companies listed on major European Exchanges. Stock picking independent of sector or geographic benchmarks. Risk averse.

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Proven Track Record Sterling is one of the oldest activist investors in Europe, founded in 1999 under the guidance of Dr. Tito Tettamanti, a Swiss investor and entrepreneur. Originally a private activist company, Sterling evolved into the Sterling Strategic Value Fund (“SSVF”) in December 2016, which will ensure permanent continuity of Sterling’s impressive 19-year track record.

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