Natixis plans fund launches on real asset private debt

Natixis Asset Management has built a team in a new area of expertise, real asset private debt, that focuses on three sectors : real estate, infrastructure and aircraft.

The firm believes real asset private debt offers significant benefits in the current environment, represents an alternative to traditional investments and traditionally reduces portfolio volatility and is a source of diversification for bond portfolios.

The team is 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.

Within the team, the real estate pole is managed by Arnaud Heck, with 19 years’ experience in private debt management.

The infrastructure pole is managed by Céline Tercier, with 19 years’ experience in private debt including 10 years in infrastructure.

The aircraft sub-division is managed by Aymeric Angotti, with 14 years’ experience in the sector, including 5 years in aircraft structured finance.

By the end of 2016, Natixis Asset Management seeks to launch a range of debt products: a second real estate debt fund of €750m, 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, said: “Natixis Asset Management is very ambitious for the new real asset private debt activity: by 2018, we aim to have close to €3bn in assets under management and a dedicated team of 15 specialists.”

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