Stout served as financial advisor to Quadrivio Group, in connection with the acquisition of a majority stake in EPI through its private equity vehicle Industry 4.0 Fund for investment in digitalizing SMEs.
Founded in 1996 in Milan, EPI is an Italian ‘brick and click’ company and partner in managing merchandising for the leading clubs in first-division soccer and the National Basketball Association (NBA). The firm started out by handling professional racing driver Michael Schumacher’s merchandising and, since 2002, has been expanding and managing the first official online stores for top-division Italian football clubs. A multi-channel business model has taken these online spaces to be accompanied by retail outlets in the most prominent Italian cities. Today EPI has well-established partnerships with AC Milan, ACF Fiorentina, AS Roma, Atalanta, FC Inter, Juventus FC, Pallacanestro Olimpia Milano, and SS Lazio, as well as the NBA.