Sace Simest - Cassa Depositi e Prestiti Group - services

05 August 2020

Dear Members and Friends of CICC,

The CICC is pleased to present the services offered by SIMEST.

SIMEST is a CDP Group company 76% controlled by SACE and 24% owned by Italy’s leading banks and banking associations. Together with SACE, SIMEST offers to Italian companies financial support, for export and internationalization, to help their international growth.


Working with SIMEST means having a partner who is:

  • Part of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti Group, a company controlled by the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance. CDP is the Italian National Promotional Institution, as well as the Financial Institution for Development Cooperation.
  • A company at the center of an institutional support for the Italian business and trade system (Italian Trade Agency, or ITA) which is managed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The Ministry’s competencies in commercial policy and internationalization of Italian business and trade include the supervision of SIMEST and ITA.
  • A member of EDFI–European Development Institutions, which involves 15 leading European financers, through which it collaborates with multilateral finance institutions.


Range of instruments

SIMEST operate with its own resources as well as manage funds on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its objective is to help Italian companies in their internationalization process, especially SMEs.

SIMEST accompany businesses during the whole internationalization cycle, from opening of a new market, the initial assessment on to the expansion through direct investment.

The three lines of activity:

  • Soft loans
    • Companies’ participation in international trade fairs and/or exhibitions
    • Feasibility studies
    • Programmes for entering foreign markets
    • Technical assistance programmes
    • E-Commerce
    • Temporary Export Manager (TEM)
    • Capitalization of exporting companies (only SMEs and Mid Cap).
  • Equity Investment
    • Equity Investment in non-EU countries
    • Equity Investment of the public Venture Capital Fund
    • Equity investments in EU enterprises, including Italy
  • Export Credit Support
    • Contribution on supplier credit
    • Contribution on buyer credit


Click HERE to read more information about their services.



Francesco Tilli, Head of External Relations,

Marco Rosati, Head of Equity Origination,


Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 323, 00186, Rome, Italy

+ 39 0668635.1

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