Natixis is pleased to announce the appointment of Xiaofei Guo as Director of Green and Sustainable Finance, Asia Pacific, Corporate & Investment Banking (CIB). Xiaofei joined Natixis in early October, with a mandate to support green and sustainable deal origination and solutions sales.
Based in Hong Kong, Xiaofei reports to Orith Azoulay, Global Head of Green and Sustainable Finance, CIB, and to Raghu Narain, Head of Investment Banking, Asia Pacific.
Xiaofei is a member of Natixis’ Green & Sustainable Hub, which is structured around four main propositions: Green and Sustainable Research, Finance Structuring and Origination (bond, loans, securitization), Investment Solution Structuring (equities, fixed income and credit), and Advisory.
Prior to joining Natixis, Xiaofei was part of ING’s Sustainable Finance & Sustainable Markets team, where she had a focus on originating and structuring green bonds, green loans and sustainable supply chain finance. Before working with ING, Xiaofei worked for Bank Mendes Gans and China Construction Bank.
Natixis has closed a number of significant green transactions in recent months, including CapitaLand’s five-year multi-currency sustainability-linked loan, the first of its kind for Natixis in the real estate sector in Asia Pacific, as well as State Development & Investment Corporation’s (SDIC) USD500m five-year green senior notes, which SDIC can used in accordance with its Green Bond Framework and Environmental Method Statement to fund or refinance eligible green assets and projects.
Xiaofei’s appointment follows Natixis’ recent announcement that its Green Weighting Factor is now fully operational. This innovative mechanism is an internal capital allocation system that enables Natixis to incentivize and monitor the greening of its lending book.
Raghu Narain commented: “We are delighted to welcome Xiaofei to Natixis. She not only brings with her solid knowledge in originating and structuring green bonds, green loans and sustainable supply chain finance, but also a keen understanding of the unique challenges that companies can face as they seek to adapt their businesses to be more environmentally sustainable. Xiaofei’s appointment comes at a time when the appetite of issuers and investors in the region for green and sustainable solutions is only growing stronger and more pressing. I have no doubt she will be a significant contributor to increasing the footprint of our green and sustainable financing franchise.”