Natixis Asset Management launches a new area of expertise, real asset private debt, in three complementary, high potential sectors: real estate, infrastructure and aircraft

Paris, France, September 6, 2016

In order to meet the challenge posed by persistently low interest rates and to address investors’ need for diversification, private debt financing of real assets is a potential source of performance. In addition, it helps to finance the real economy. To meet the needs of institutional investors, Natixis Asset Management has launched a new area of management expertise, real asset private debt, combining three complementary, high potential sectors: real estate, infrastructure and aircraft.

A diversifying asset class offering attractive upside potential

Real asset private debt offers significant benefits in the current environment:

  • It represents an alternative to traditional investments and traditionally reduces portfolio volatility;
  • It offers a wide range of potential yields depending on the investor’s appetite for risk;
  • It represents a source of diversification for bond portfolios.

A comprehensive range managed by an experienced, recognised team

Headed by Laurent Belouze, who has over 20 years’ experience in financing infrastructure projects, and reports in to Natixis Asset Management’s fixed income division, the new real asset private debt area of expertise covers three complementary sectors considered to be high potential:

  • Real estate, managed by Arnaud Heck, with 19 years’ experience in private debt management;
  • Infrastructure, managed by Céline Tercier, with 19 years’ experience in private debt including 10 years in infrastructure;
  • Aircraft, managed by Aymeric Angotti, with 14 years’ experience in the sector, including 5 years in aircraft structured finance.

Strong growth ambitions

By the end of 2016, Natixis Asset Management’s objective is to launch a comprehensive range of debt products: a second real estate debt fund of €750 million, Senior European Loan Fund II(1), the first closing of which occurred in March 2016, an infrastructure debt fund denominated in dollars and euros, an aircraft debt fund and a junior debt fund invested in aircraft and/or real estate assets.

Ibrahima Kobar, Co-CIO in charge of fixed income products at Natixis Asset Management, says: “Natixis Asset Management is very ambitious for the new real asset private debt activity: by 2018, we aim to have close to three billion euros in assets under management and a dedicated team of fifteen specialists.”

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  1. SELF I, a €323 million real estate debt fund, was launched in 2012 and fully invested in July 2015. Senior European Loan Fund II is a sub-fund of the Senior European Loan Fund SCA-SIF, a specialized investment fund under Luxembourg law, managed by AEW Luxembourg. Natixis Asset Management and AEW Europe acts as a consultant with AEWLuxembourg. The subscription and acquisition of interests in the Senior European Loan Fund are restricted to certain types of institutional investors who meet the definition of Well Informed Investors as set out in the Luxembourg Law of 13 February 2007 relating to specialized investment funds. Natixis Asset Management - Limited liability company - Share capital €50 434 604,76 - Regulated by AMF under n°GP 90-009 - RCS Paris n°329 450 738 - Registered Office: 21 quai d’Austerlitz – 75 634 Paris Cedex 13.

Natixis Asset Management ranks among the leading European asset managers1 with €349 billion in assets under management and 720 employees2. Natixis Asset Management offers its clients tailored, innovative and efficient solutions organised into six investment divisions:

Fixed income, European equities, Investment and client solutions, Structured products and volatility developed by Seeyond, Global emerging developed by Emerise, and Responsible Investing developed by Mirova.

1 Source: IPE Top 400 Asset Managers 2015 ranked Natixis Asset Management as the 46th largest asset manager based on global assets under management, and by the country of the main headquarters and/or main European domicile, as of 31 December 2014.

2 Source: Natixis Asset Management - Natixis Asset Management Asia Limited as of 30 June 2016.

Reference to a ranking does not indicate the future performance of the fund manager.

Seeyond is a brand of Natixis Asset Management. Emerise is a brand of Natixis Asset Management and Natixis Asset Management Asia Limited with teams in Paris and Singapore. Natixis Asset Management Asia Limited is an asset manager, 100% subsidiary of Natixis Asset Management. Mirova is a subsidiary of Natixis Asset Management.

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