Natixis Corporate & Investment banking (Natixis CIB) has appointed Olivier Menard as Head of Green & Sustainable Hub, Asia Pacific.
Based in Hong Kong, Olivier took up the role in late July, reporting to Raghu Narain, Head of Investment Banking, Asia Pacific, and globally to Orith Azoulay, Global Head of Green & Sustainable Finance.
Olivier, who has worked for Natixis CIB since 2001, has been appointed to head the Green & Sustainable Hub's Asia Pacific team, as part of Natixis CIB's strategy to position itself as its clients' preferred banking partner for their energy transition. Asia Pacific is a major priority in this strategy, and Olivier will oversee a push to offer issuer and investor clients in the region a broad spectrum of expertise in green and sustainable finance.
Natixis has also recently hired Xing Lan as a Vice President in its Green & Sustainable Hub, to further build out its expertise in Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, Xing reports to Olivier Menard.
Natixis CIB, and its Green & Sustainable Hub, is recognized for its expertise and innovation in green finance. In 2019, Natixis CIB launched the Green Weighting Factor, an in-house mechanism to promote the financing of deals that have an affirmative environmental impact and support the transition to a low-carbon economy, while providing for a negative adjustment for financing deals with environmental risks.
Raghu Narain said: 'We are delighted that Olivier has taken on this role. His appointment comes at a very exciting time for ESG financing in Asia Pacific. Sustainable financing is moving evermore towards the mainstream and issuers and investors are increasingly looking to the theme of energy transition, an area that Natixis CIB is well-placed as a go-to advisor and financial partner to accompany clients on this journey. I have no doubt that given his past experience in the APAC region and intimate working knowledge of green and sustainable financing activities, Olivier will be a key advisor to our clients and a driving force behind the further development of our green and sustainable financing franchise in the region.'
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