Natixis Footprint in Asia Pacific

Natixis wishes a Happy New Year and a successful business year to its Chinese clients! 2014, the Year of the Horse, is also the 20th anniversary of Natixis’ presence in China, as Natixis settled its first office in Hong Kong in 1994.

More globally, Natixis has a strong footprint in the Asia Pacific region with nearly 600 employees in 12 countries: Australia, China, Korea, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Natixis provides its best expertise in Wholesale Banking and Asset Management to Asian corporate and institutional investors.
Our clients can benefit from our expertise to finance their operating cycle (corporate loans, global transactional banking, money market treasury) and optimize their risk management (interest rate derivatives, Forex and commodities). They also take advantage of our position as 15th asset manager worldwide1.


The largest ever cross-border acquisition in the US by a private Chinese company

Natixis acted as Original Mandated Lead Arranger, underwriter and bookrunner in the USD4bn financing provided to the Chinese company Shuanghui Group for the acquisition of Smithfield Foods in the US. Both Shuanghui Group and Smithfield Foods operate in the meat processing industry.
This landmark transaction represents the largest ever cross-border acquisition in the US by a private Chinese company. The general syndication closed successfully on December 9, 2013 with 23 new lenders joining the transaction, for a total amount raised in the Asian loan market of more than USD1.1bn.


Major deals

  • Natixis acted as Mandated Lead Arranger, coordinator and hedging bank of a $300m financing for a floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO), including a $78.5m loan commitment, on behalf of Berantai Malaysia.
  • Natixis acted as sole arranger and bookrunner for a CNY230m, three-year bond issue on behalf of Brave Rise Investments Ltd. The issue was guaranteed by Right Lane Ltd. and carried a 4.7% coupon.


Durable Portfolio Construction in Asia

Natixis Global Asset Management, 15th asset manager worldwide1 offers to its Asian clients its multi-affiliates expertise and its Durable Portfolio Construction philosophy: our risk-focused approach goes beyond conventional asset allocation to address the modern market challenges of low interest rates and high volatility:
Our offices in Asia (Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, Taipei, Hong Kong and Singapore) address its funds, according to markets: sovereign wealth funds, public pension funds, financial institutions and retail investors.
Assets under management raised in Asia increased by 17% in 2013.
The US Asset Managers Loomis and now Harris have now raised meaningful business across the region. For example, the launch of Daiwa Harris US fund reached more than US$400m in August.


The first Durable Portfolio Construction Symposium in Singapore

Natixis Global Asset Management held its first Durable Portfolio Construction Symposium in Singapore last November. Nearly 200 investors attended. The symposium featured expertise from Loomis, Harris, Natixis Asset Management and H20. The number of attendees shows the interest of investors in the investment approach of Natixis Global Asset Management.
The topics of the symposium were:

  • NGAM's overall strategy and the importance of durable portfolios, by John Hailer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Natixis Global Asset Management – The Americas & Asia
  • DPC: From Theory to Practice, by Gabe Vincenzo (VP, Portfolio Research & Consulting Group)
  • DPC Application: Fixed Income in a rising Interest rate Environment, by Elaine Stokes (Loomis Sayles portfolio manager)
  • DPC Application: The Return of the U.S. Equity, by Mike Mangan (Harris Associates portfolio manager)
  • DPC Application: Equity investing, the low volatility way, by Seeyond's Nicolas Just (Head of active model-based global and regional equity management) and Sam Richmond-Brown (Product Specialist).
  • A good understanding of the Correlation Dynamics for a Better Asset Allocation by Bruno Crastes, Chief Executive Officer H2O Asset Management.


1 2013 Cerulli annual survey based on Assets under Management