New global infra chief at Natixis

The bank’s European head is replacing Anne-Christine Champion, now in charge of portfolio management.

Paris-based Natixis has appointed Emmanuel Gillet-Lagarde as its global head of infrastructure and projects.

Gillet-Lagarde, who joined the bank in 2005, replaces Anne-Christine Champion, at the helm of the unit since 2012. Having taken charge of global portfolio management in July, Champion will now be focusing solely on this latter role.

The moves will become fully effective in September, a spokesperson for Natixis told Infrastructure Investor.

In a statement, Natixis said Gillet-Lagarde has more than 20 years of experience in arranging and advising infrastructure debt, having held senior positions in both Paris and Hong Kong before running the bank’s Sydney desk for two years. He returned to Europe in 2012, taking charge of Natixis’ European infrastructure business.

Before joining the bank, Emmanuel held various positions in infrastructure finance at Crédit Lyonnais, BNP Paribas and Entenial, part of Allianz Group.

Natixis is the corporate and investment arm of France’s Groupe BPCE, the country’s second-largest banking group.

Its most recent transactions in the energy and infrastructure space include loans to a 43MW biomass facility in the UK, the €1.6 billion Merkur offshore wind farm in Germany and a $350 million trans-Pacific cable connecting Australia and New Zealand to the US.