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Our journey

More than just a story

We have been an investment bank since 1997, with a passion for development.

For over twenty years, supporting our customers

We were founded in 1997 when SIM became a fully-fledged bank, but there are many stages in our journey that have made us what we are today.

In 1998, we became part of the Banca Popolare di Milano Group, a fundamental step in our growth.



In collaboration with other banks, we founded ESN LLP (European Securities Network), a joint European company specialised in equity research.



Launch of SABE, an innovative project designed for best execution bond purchases. It is still one of the best automated systems on the market today.


Creation of AKIS, Banca Akros’ Systematic Internaliser, the trading venue on which Banca Akros guarantees continuous trading offers on a list of capital guaranteed bonds issued and/or placed by the Group’s banks and by customer banks on their respective networks.


Launch of the first private “bad bank”: a platform where small and medium-sized banks can bring their NPLs (non-performing loans) and write them off their financial statements.


The Banco BPM Group is born from the merger of Banco Popolare and Banca Popolare di Milano.


Banca Akros acquired 100% of Oaklins Italy, brand for the Italian market of Oaklins International, a network of more than 850 professionals operating in over 45 countries worldwide, offering highly specialised solutions in cross-border transactions Corporate Finance and M&A.

A new beginning

2017 – Marked the entry of Banco BPM Group, created by the merger of Banca Popolare di Milano and Banco Popolare. A step that signals the beginning of a new chapter.