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Video transcription: Project Finance

Meeting with Benjamin Sirgue Global Head of the Project Finance department within the Corporate and Investment Banking division

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Meeting with Benjamin Sirgue Global Head of the Project Finance department within the Corporate and Investment Banking division

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How do you explain the success of Natixis in financing projects?

[Benjamin Sirgue]

« With a portfolio of more than 300 projects in 45 countries, Natixis is clearly one of the world leaders in project financing. Our role is to provide financial solutions that make it possible to carry out major infrastructure projects. We offer our clients dual expertise of financial advisor and arranger. The strength of Natixis in this business is our ability to offer financial solutions that incorporate all solutions and services: financial advisory and arranger, but also bank debt syndication, bond investment, interest-rate and forex hedging, equity investments and long-term project management through our role as agent. »

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What added value do you offer clients?

[Benjamin Sirgue]

« What sets Natixis apart is our high level of technical skill, ability to innovate, and in depth knowledge of our business sectors (infrastructure, electricity, natural resources, telecommunications) and the world markets we operate in from London, Madrid, Milan, Dubai, Hong Kong, Sydney, New York and, of course, Paris. This ability to innovate is appreciated by our customers and recognized by the market. It enables Natixis to receive a number of awards from the trade press each year. »

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Can you cite an example?

[Benjamin Sirgue]

« We advised several electro-intensive industrial groups to create the first long-term electricity purchasing plant in Europe, known as Exeltium. Thanks to Exeltium, these companies can choose to finance EDF investments to ensure energy supplies at a price known in advance. A market revolution! »

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What are the specific characteristics of your business?

[Benjamin Sirgue]

« At Natixis, we have always aimed to set an example in financing sustainable projects. For example, we have supported the financing of renewable energies for the past 10 years, funding more than 9,000 MW of installed capacity. By financing major projects, we contribute directly to growth and employment. This is important to our entire team. We are proud to know that our work has helped finance the highways we drive on, the wind turbines we can see turning, the port in Tangiers that we might fly over… and soon the high-speed railway line between Tours and Bordeaux, one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the world! »

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