Excellent teamwork is the key to the quality of our client service. To obtain the very best services and cover pretty much everything our clients might require we have an experienced core team and work closely with other experts to ensure that we have the breadth.
Experience, knowledge and a genuine interest in people are the hallmarks of our core team. When it comes to Lake Como we have unsurpassed knowledge, contacts and expertise. And when it comes to the process of making a property purchase in Italy we have the ability to ensure that your purchase will run smoothly.
Professionalism, honesty, transparency and a genuine love of Lake Como are our hallmarks.
“Until the day when we finally move there, we know we are dealing with people who care about Lake Como and will look after our interests too. Ultissimo are wonderful people to deal with”
Front of House
Managing Director - Paul runs the business, working closely with our teams on the ground in Italy to find new development opportunities and to guide the design and renovation of each property. Paul also devised Ultissimo’s award-winning Property Search service and continues to work with clients looking for their ideal home. He takes personal responsibility for client satisfaction and is always available to speak with clients. Prior to founding Ultissimo Paul was responsible for leading the development of global client relationships at a major professional services firm. This is why our business has an exceptional focus on clients.
Business Development - Sarah, based in London, leads Ultissimo’s brand management and marketing activities. She takes responsibility for working with a number of clients of our Property Search service and has a wealth of knowledge about the property market and Italian lifestyle. Sarah ensures that Ultissimo has excellent processes in place for giving certainty to clients that we deliver everything they require whenever they require it. In addition to her Search Service role Sarah also plays a key role in managing Ultissimo’s development projects.
Client Services - Anton, who divides his time between homes in Moscow and on Lake Como, has primary responsibility for developing and servicing Russian clients for our Property Search business across lakes. Speaking Russian and English, having studied for his MBA in the UK, Anton has a clear understanding of the requirements and culture of Eastern European clients and their needs in Italy. With his family having a large international construction business Anton has a sound understanding of building structures and a natural feel for quality.
And in support...
Liza is a trained freelance photographer responsible for ensuring that we have photography of properties to international standards.
Andrea leads an international architectural practice based in Genova and London with a top reputation. Major projects in Italy are combined with projects in London. Andrea has masterminded the design and is directing the renovation of Villa Peduzzi. His credentials are impeccable (he is the architect responsible for the restoration of the facades of St Mark’s Square in Venice) and his sense of design is right at the top of his profession. Most importantly he understands the international mindset and the plethora of Italian building legislation.
Nadia provides Ultissimo and our clients with translation services from Italian into English and vice versa.
Michele (Michael to his many non-Italian clients) provides legal advice to Ultissimo on all Italian matters and acts regularly for our Property Search service clients to provide expert independent legal advice. Michael spent a period working with a leading London law firm and is fluent in English as well as understanding the international mindset and dealing quickly and pragmatically with myriad inevitable Italian legal obstacles and requirements.
Enrico Bernasconi is a highly respected architect based in Cernobbio and advises many of the small Comunes on the interpretation of building regulations. He is invaluable in knowing his way around the plethora of Italian building legislation and ensuring that we comply fully with all legal requirements. This substantially eases the process of obtaining valid permissions for building work to be undertaken.
Our fully outsourced IT services are handled by MB Networks and utilise the latest Cloud technology to ensure that cross-country working is seamless. We utilise the latest proven technology for sharing information with clients, ending the tiresome process of downloading numerous attachments from emails.
Jo Allen, of Savvy & Victor, is behind the consistently high standard of all of our materials, from this website to our brochures and letterheads. She has provided this support since Ultissimo was no more than a concept on paper.
Isabella has had a career in international finance, working in the UK, Italy, Switzerland and France. She manages our banking relationships and sources our business finance in Italy.
With a depth of experience in the Italian mortgage market, ClearFS have proved themselves adept at gathering the required information from clients requiring mortgage finance and accurately predicting the amount that can be borrowed from an Italian bank. ClearFS regularly find the best deals in the Italian market.
Currency exchange can be inefficient, and many purchasers will improve their exchange rate by as much as 1% through using a specialist. We have chosen to work with WorldFirst for our business and a number of clients have also chosen WorldFirst as they undertake to provide the best rates in the market and have a very easy to use system.
GianLuigi advises our business on Italian taxation issues with a good understanding of the international implications. He is often engaged by our clients to optimise the tax position of alternative Italian property purchase structures.
Where a client prefers advice from a London-based lawyer we are pleased to recommend TBA Legal who have two Italian partners practicing in London. TBA Legal are also well placed to advise on wills and inheritance tax issues in relation to Italian property.
Beyond this we have many others we work with who provide services to the standards our international clients expect. Whether it is a property survey, advice on interior design, or management and rental of your property, we know the right people who will provide the advice, support and guidance you require. Our aim is to make your purchase and ownership secure and easy. And we are confident that we have the resources to enable you to achieve this.