Atalanta becomes American, Percassi sells 55% shares to Pagliuca

Announcement of the white smoke, partnership for control of the club

Atalanta also becomes American. Agreement reached between the Percassi family and a group of US investors led by Stephen Pagliuca for the sale of 55% of the shares in the orobico club. This was announced by the parties involved in a statement. “Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio SpA (” Atalanta “or the” Club “) announces the signing of a partnership agreement between the Percassi family and a group of investors led by Stephen Pagliuca, Managing Partner and Co-owner of the Boston Celtics, as well as Co -chairman of Bain Capital, one of the main investment funds in the world. The agreement provides for the entry of new investors with a total stake of 55% in the share capital of La Dea Srl (“La Dea”). The Percassi family will keep the 45% stake. La Dea is the sub-holding of the Percassi family, owner of approximately 86% of the share capital of Atalanta “.

“The Percassi family – continues the press release – will remain the main single shareholder and the governance will be the expression of an equal partnership: Antonio and Luca Percassi will continue to hold the position of President and CEO of Atalanta, respectively, while Stephen Pagliuca will be appointed Co- chairman of the Club. The group of new investors includes leading professionals with in-depth experience in the football and sport sectors in general. Also for this reason, the partnership aims to strengthen the company and the team, with the intent to achieve a further improvement in sporting and economic results – in addition to the considerable ones – achieved so far “.

“The commitment is to guarantee the Club an even more international future – the note reads -, increasing the brand’s notoriety outside the European borders, expanding the network of talents to which Atalanta has access and opening the doors to new opportunities for commercial collaborations as well as the use of innovative technologies for the management – sporting and financial – of the Club. All this in the declared desire never to loosen the strong roots of Atalanta in the Bergamo area and the close link with the own supporters “.

“We took this opportunity with my family, with the aim of growing our team by choosing to remain linked to the Club, which in over ten years we have brought to results that perhaps no one would have expected from a provincial team” , Antonio Percassi said. “Atalanta, in whose ranks I played in the 1960s, are in my heart as well as in the hearts of thousands of fans who support them. Great challenges await us and my belief is that the Partnership with such high-profile investors will not be able to than to accelerate our growth path “.

“We are extremely happy to enter into partnership with the Percassi family and to support the future development of the club. Atalanta and the Boston Celtics share the same sporting values: team spirit and a unique bond with their fans and communities. We believe that the Percassi family has built very solid foundations on which to work together for a global strengthening of the brand, with the aim of encouraging further diversification and revenue growth, allowing the club to become increasingly competitive on an Italian and international scale “, the words of Stephen Pagliuca, future co-chairman of Atalanta.