He was born in Lamezia Terme in 1962 and he graduated in 1986 in business administration at the "Bocconi" University of Milan. Then he continued his academic activity at the same university, where he was professor of the department of corporate and project finance at the management school from 1988 to 2006 and, subsequently, full professor. He is currently associate professor of corporate finance at the University of Sassari, while he was researcher at the Cattolica University of Milan. He is author of several scientific publications on the subject of corporate finance and from 1999 he is also chartered accountant and auditor, activity in which context he provides in particular advise on valuation of companies, intangible assets and impairment. During the nineties he dealt with consulting projects for the World Bank and for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in relation to reconstruction measures in certain Eastern-Europe Countries. In 1995 he was one of the founding partner of Medinvest, company that during the following years provided financial advice in several relevant extraordinary financial transactions involving some listed companies; the activity of Medinvest, starting from 2000, developed also in the field of "merchant banking" with the incorporation of Medinvest International, of which Professor Maffei is still the managing shareholder. At the end of 2009 the activity of financial advice of Medinvest was transferred to Centrobanca.
Furthermore, during the period 2004-2007 he monitored, with Pirelli Re and Lehman, the incorporation of the real estate fund Diomira and the following acquisition of the real estate portfolios of ENPAM and UBI Banca. From 2010 to 2014 was partner and chairman of Principia SGR, one of the main Italian venture capital companies, that he left at the beginning of 2015. He held and currently holds several offices on the board of directors and on the board of statutory auditors of important companies, also listed, belonging to private or public groups. In particular he was chairman of the board of directors of the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (from 2009 to 2011), director of Alenia Aeronautica (from 2003 to 2012), founding shareholder and (from 2006 to 2009) director of Banzai, director of Ansaldo Breda (from 2012 to 2013), as well as statutory auditor of Snam (from 2006 to 2012) and Eni Power (from 2006 to 2009). He is currently chairman of the board of directors of GWM Capital Management and director of Bridge Management and Ki Group (companies listed on AIM Italia market), Finanziaria Tosinvest, Im3D (technological start-up in diagnosis in medical imaging), as well as chairman of the board of statutory auditors of Biancamano (company listed on the MTA of Borsa Italiana). Since May 2016 he is regular statutory auditor of Enel.
Last updating as of: May 26, 2016