Natixis launches Asia Pacific Corporate Advisory department with new hires
Raghu Narain and Yves Shen join Natixis to drive development of regional offering focused on strategic advisory for corporate clients
Natixis is pleased to announce the creation of the Asia Pacific Corporate Advisory department, which provides the bank’s regional corporate clients with Corporate Finance and Client Solutions services including M&A, Capital Structure and Rating Advisory, and Equity Capital Markets.
The department is headed by Raghu Narain, who has joined Natixis’ Hong Kong office as Head of Corporate Advisory, Asia Pacific. He reports globally to Bruno Rigal, Head of Capital & Rating Advisory, and locally to Damien Cleris, Head of Corporate Coverage & Advisory, Asia Pacific, and works closely with M&A and Equity Capital Markets teams worldwide with a focus on cross-border transactions.
Raghu has over 15 years of investment and corporate banking experience. He has originated and closed over 100 transactions and more than US$75 billion in advisory and financings across the US and Asia, including with Salomon Smith Barney / Citigroup, Bank of America and most recently with RBS as Managing Director, Head of Sector Advisory, Asia. He has a Master’s degree from Harvard University and is a member of United Nation’s ESCAP Sustainable Business Network taskforces.
Yves Shen has also joined Natixis as Director, Corporate Advisory, Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, Yves reports to Raghu Narain and is focused on developing Capital and Rating Advisory services. He has ten years of experience in originating and executing Capital Structure, Rating Advisory and DCM mandates at RBS, first in the UK and then in Hong Kong where he was formerly Vice President, Corporate Advisory. He holds a Master’s degree from University College London.
“We are delighted to launch the Asia Pacific Corporate Advisory department and to welcome Raghu and Yves onboard” said Damien Cleris.
“This represents a significant addition to our offering to corporate clients in the region. It is fully in line with Natixis’ global ambition to serve as trusted advisor to its clients, and is highly complementary to our growing European Corporate Advisory franchise. In M&A in particular, we are leveraging Natixis’ capabilities and experience in Europe, including through the bank’s recent acquisition of Leonardo & Co SAS, renamed Natixis Partners, to bring unique outbound opportunities to Asian clients.”
Bruno Rigal added, “Corporate Advisory, encompassing Capital Structure and Rating Advisory, is of increasingly central importance to our sophisticated clients in Asia Pacific, who are expanding overseas and seeking innovative solutions to enhance their balance sheets. The creation of the Asia Pacific Corporate Advisory department, and the significant hires of Raghu and Yves, means Natixis is well-positioned to meet their needs.”