Natixis appoints Emmanuel Verhoosel as Global Head of Real Estate & Hospitality, covered by the specialist press

Natixis has appointed Emmanuel Verhoosel as Natixis’ new Global Head of Real Estate & Hospitality for Corporate & Investment Banking.

The appointment aligns within Natixis’ New Dimension strategic plan and its aim to become a “go-to” bank for the sector in Corporate Investment Banking. Emmanuel will report to Olivier Delay, Global Head of Real Assets, and will be based in Paris.

The news was covered in IFR, Global Banking and Finance Review, Real Estate Finance & Investment, Property EU.

Natixis sells business lines to Groupe BPCE, covered by tier one press

Natixis plans to sell its Consumer financing, Factoring, Leasing, Sureties & guarantees and Securities services businesses to its majority owner Groupe BPCE SA, for a total of €2.7bn.

The move, if successfully completed, will allow Natixis to accelerate the development of its asset-light model. In turn, Natixis would invest up to €2.5bn over its New Dimension strategic plan, primarily in asset management, compared with €1bn initially planned.

The news was covered by The Financial Times, Reuters, IFR, Globesnewswire, Law 360, Yahoo Finance, New York Times, Market Watch, This is money, CNBC, Euroinvestor, Post Online Media, Investsize.

RiskFirst quoted in P&I feature examining how evolving technology is key to improving efficiencies in asset servicing

In a special report on AI and technology in operations by P&I, Matthew Seymour, CEO of RiskFirst, describes some of the challenges of technology adoption and standardisation in the asset servicing industry. The report examines how the ongoing development of technologies – such as blockchain and AI – could not only drive efficiencies but also serve as a catalyst, encouraging all market participants to speak the same transactional language.

Seymour noted, however, that “cooperation among major players in the industry isn’t a given”. He said: “The biggest challenge is the vested interest of financial services market participants. Accepting AI will require some to change their businesses. Right now, the collection of data is a real gold mine for some companies. Their concern about maintaining or growing their data businesses, at the same time as AI and blockchain, will make data more accessible to everyone, will make the adoption of new technology more measured while firms assess how this will affect their business models. It’s not just technology adapting to business, but business adapting to technology.”

To read the full article, please click here. (Please note, this article lies behind a paywall).

RiskFirst’s analysis that nearly a third of US pension plans are now within striking distance of a buyout sparks interest from the specialist press

RiskFirst has announced that approximately 30% of US pension plans may now have a funded status of 95% or more, making a buyout or significant risk-transfer deal a feasible option.

Their analysis of some 500 plans with assets of over $100bn highlights that the number of plans within this funding level band has increased by 50% in the first half of 2018. With market factors – such as new accounting reforms, a strong performance in equity markets and increased PBGC premiums – creating particularly favourable conditions to de-risk, there is the potential for risk transfer rates to rise considerably.

Following Moorgate’s outreach, P&I, Life Annuity Specialist, Plan Advisor, Plan Sponsor, Financial IT, Fintech Finance, Fintech Insight, and New York Business Journal covered the news.

Natixis announces new appointments to Executive Committee

In line with its strategic plan, Natixis has announced that Anne-Christine Champion, Natixis Global Head of Distribution & Portfolio Management, Olivier Delay, Natixis Global Head of Real Assets, Dominique Fraisse, Natixis Global Head of Energy & Natural Resources and Cyril Marie, Chief Financial Officer of Natixis Investment Managers will join the bank’s Executive Committee.

These appointments aim to ensure that Natixis successfully meets the ambitions set out in its strategic plan ‘New Dimension’, whilst further strengthening the bank’s position as a leading player in active asset management and in becoming the “go-to bank” in the 4 selected sectors for Corporate & Investment Banking – which includes Energy & Natural Resources, Aviation, Infrastructure, Real Estate & Hospitality.

What’s more, the four appointments and their subsequent expertise will strengthen the Originate-to-Distribute strategy, essential in Natixis’ sustainable value creation model.

The news was covered in IJ Global and IFR (please note the login/paywall).

PNC adoption of RiskFirst’s digital solution “PFaroe” covered by the specialist press

PNC Institutional Advisory Solutions, part of the asset management branch of the Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group, has adopted RiskFirst’s digital solution PFaroe – to help structure better solutions, improve reporting efficiency and deepen engagement with its defined benefit (DB) pension plan clients. PFaroe will allow increased interactivity with clients, provide forecasting tools to model potential investment strategies, and support the co-ordination and configuration of funded status-based and interest rate-based ‘glide paths’ – as well as automating and enriching report quality for its clients.

PFaroe, launched in 2009, is RiskFirst’s core product, and seeks to enhance the management of defined benefit pension plans and endowments and foundations. With PFaroe already used as a tool for over 1,800 pension schemes, with more than US$750 billion of liabilities, the technology has already achieved market leading status in the UK, with an expanding client base in the US.

The news was covered by the following in the specialist press: Benefits and Pensions Monitor, PlanAdviser, International Securities Services (ISS), RiskTech Forum, Fintech Finance, Finextra, Fintech Insight, Financial IT.

 

The rise of art-lending: FFA’s Guy Vassiere writes for ePrivate Client

Besides being a passion and a lifestyle for many collectors, art is also increasingly being seen as a safe investment at a time of great economic uncertainty. Having shown longevity and substance, many investors view art as an alternative asset class – and an ideal way to diversify their portfolios.

Meanwhile, the emergence of great wealth, especially in Asia, is further bolstering liquidity in the art market. With prices – particularly for high-quality works in established market sectors – rocketing since the early 2000s, many collectors find they have a great deal of capital tied up in their collections.

Writing for ePrivate Client, FFA’s Guy Vassiere argues that it is developments like these that continue to drive demand for a variety of specialised art and finance services among the financial community – as well as a greater focus on the role of art in overall wealth management. Of course, this also extends to art-backed lending.To read more, click here.

The art of art lending: Falcon Fine Art’s Tim Hunter discusses the use of art as collateral

The art-secured lending market is booming. In fact, according to report by Deloitte Luxembourg and ArtTactic, the market has expanded to an estimated US$15-US$19 billion of loans outstanding in the U.S loan. Yet, in a guest article for Wealth Briefing, Tim Hunter, Vice President of Falcon Fine Art, discusses the reasons why using fine art as collateral is a complex task – and not without its challenges.

Hunter explains that collateralising art is not an easy process. A variety of factors ranging from ownership, authenticity and attribution to condition, location and insurance must be taken into account. As different countries have different laws governing artworks and lending, this also adds to the complexity. More importantly, art is a notoriously difficult asset to value.

To read the full article, please click here (subscription is required).

S&P Global Ratings releases 2017’s first quarterly Infrastructure Finance Outlook newsletter

The new edition of IFR Outlook brings together the major commentaries, ratings updates and news in the global infrastructure sector over the first three months of 2017.

Making the front page is an in-depth feature on the credit implications of “bundling” of project finance assets. Senior director Trevor D’Olier-Lees argues that aggregating assets can “unlock potential” in industries across the infrastructure spectrum.

Next up on the agenda is the impact of Basel III regulation, as managing director Michael Wilkins explains that while bank lending may struggle to adjust to the changing regulatory environment, more innovative financing in the capital markets might find space to grow – with the Middle East’s Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) already leading the way.

S&P’s analysts also explore the latest trends in the infrastructure world. They call out the challenges facing telecommunications companies, outline the current credit outlooks in the global utilities sector, and map out a likely route taken by toll-road operators. Director Michael Ferguson, meanwhile, takes a dive into the US hydropower sector, asking how generators might keep their heads above water in Trump’s energy market.

For all the ratings news and updates making the headlines and more, read the edition online in ebook or pdf format.

 

Moorgate compiles and edits IFR Outlook.

Falcon Group’s latest appointment covered by specialist press

Specialist financier Falcon Group has hired former Barclays Trade & Working Capital Director, Avner Brunner, to boost business development in London.

Brunner joins from Barclays where he gained extensive experience in providing trade finance and working capital to companies across a range of sectors such as commodities, retail, media, aviation and engineering. Prior to joining Barclays, Brunner held a regional business development role with HSBC.

Commenting on the hire, Emma Clark, Falcon’s Head of Business Development, UK and Europe said: “With eight years’ experience in trade and working capital finance – and a proven track-record of success – Avner will be a key part of the UK team, helping us to communicate and engage with clients and prospects.”

Following Moorgate’s outreach the news was covered by: City AM,  FTSE Global Markets, GTR, TFRGT NewsTRF Trade Finance and TXF