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Ostrum AM launches Hong Kong subsidiary

Natixis Investment Managers’ affiliate Ostrum AM is expanding its business in the Asia-Pacific region by opening a subsidiary in Hong Kong to provide investors opportunities to diversify into real asset private debt.

This move forms part of Ostrum AM’s broader strategy to expand its global platform for this asset class, managed by Denis Prouteau, Real Asset Private Debt CIO.
This newly created subsidiary will provide investors with investment opportunities in the infrastructure real asset private debt space in Asia-Pacific, along with co-lending opportunities in partnership with Natixis’ Corporate & Investment Banking division.
Asia-Pacific has become the world’s largest infrastructure market in terms of both investment opportunities and investor demand.
Ibrahima Kobar, Chief Investment Officer & Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Ostrum AM, says: “Asia-Pacific alone is set to account for 60 per cent of global infrastructure spending by 2025, including the One Belt, One Road program, which will require a hefty amount of financing. Hiring renowned experts into our teams in APAC is key to helping us develop a fund range suited to our clients’ needs over the months ahead.”
Fabrice Chemouny, Head of Asia-Pacific for Natixis Investment Managers, adds: “Real assets private debt is an excellent way to address investors’ need for diversification while giving them the opportunity to finance the real economy. The asset class offers an attractive risk/return profile. Ostrum AM’s range fits fully with Natixis Investment Managers’ Active ThinkingSM approach.”
Charles Regan has been appointed Managing Director, Head of APAC Infrastructure Real Assets Private Debt and Alistair Ho has been appointed Managing Director, Head of Co-lending for Asia-Pacific. Co-lending activity will be done in partnership with Natixis’s Corporate & Investment Banking division.
Regan says: “Asia-Pacific includes the fastest growing economies in the world and Australia, which is the 2nd largest project finance market in the world – all of which provides rising market for infrastructure debt. And infrastructure financing in Asia offers comparable risk to OECD investments3. We have been investing in the region for more than 20 years and have experienced successful execution through multiple cycles.”

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