Mara Grasso


Prior to joining Apis, Mara spent four years in the Investment Banking team at Berenberg, focusing on Mid-Market Growth Equities. During her time at Berenberg, Mara worked on multiple corporate finance transactions, including the IPO of a UK fintech player, LendInvest, and the IPO of the FTSE250 cybersecurity unicorn, Darktrace. She holds a M.A. in Management from ESCP Europe Business School and a B.A. in International Economics and Finance from Bocconi University.

During her studies, Mara lived in Milan, London, Madrid and Paris. She’s now based in London, where she enjoys going to jazz clubs, hanging out with friends and trying new restaurants.



Latina, Italy

Currently located

London, UK

Areas of expertise

Growth Equity, Technology Platforms


English, Italian


I enjoy travelling, experiencing different cultures, hiking in the nature or exploring a secluded beach, but my main passion has always been Ballet. Dancing is a way of expressing myself which I discovered in childhood.

Start my own business, ideally a fintech platform and help solve some critical challenges by delivering a positive impact while generating a financial return.

I am glad to be working at Apis, in a team that shares the same vision and has a strong track record of investing in financial services and supporting impactful businesses.

Growth Markets offer an exciting business environment with companies experiencing rapid growth supported by innovative solutions and opportunities for business expansion. These economies are often characterised by poor digital infrastructure ready to be disrupted by entrepreneurs across different verticals, while generating a positive social impact for the local communities.

A large addressable market, superior unit economics, a proven business model and product fit and a strong management team willing to take the business to the next stage of growth, which will generate an outsized return to shareholders at exit.

Prior experience


Senior Associate, Investment Banking

Goldman Sachs

Summer Intern, M&A

AcAp Advisory

Summer Intern, M&A


ESCP Europe Business School

MA – Management

Bocconi University

BA – International Economics and Finance

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