Natixis IM strengthens alternative capabilities with Vauban Infrastructure Partners launch

Ridhima Sharma
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Natixis IM strengthens alternative capabilities with Vauban Infrastructure Partners launch

Natixis Investment Managers has launched Vauban Infrastructure Partners, a new affiliate dedicated to infrastructure equity investing.

Vauban Infrastructure Partners will be established by transferring the current infrastructure team of Mirova into a new specialised affiliate. The team has been at the forefront of innovation in infrastructure investing since the 2012 inception of Mirova.

The team currently manages €2.8bn of assets and will pursue its international growth as a stand-alone affiliate. 

This launch marks another important step in the development of Natixis Investment Managers' international alternative and real asset range following the launch in December 2018 of Flexstone Partners, a global private equity manager; the acquisition in June 2018 of MV Credit, a private debt specialist; and the launch in May 2018 of a co-investment offering - for real estate, infrastructure and aviation private debt - between its affiliate Ostrum Asset Management and Natixis' Corporate & Investment Banking arm.

Vauban Infrastructure Partners will be led by Gwenola Chambon, who will be named CEO, and Mounir Corm, who will be named deputy CEO, both founding partners, and will count a team of 35 highly experienced professionals.

Over the last 10 years, the team has successfully raised five infrastructure funds and has invested in more than 50 assets across Europe.

The team will continue to specialise in structuring and managing equity funds (including the existing ones) dedicated to investing in global greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets with a focus on the transportation, utilities, digital infrastructure and social infrastructure sectors.

Vauban Infrastructure Partners will cater to institutional investors - including pension funds, insurance companies, financial institutions and family offices - across Europe and Asia. It will continue to consider long-term sustainability and ESG aspects as key determinants of long-term performance.

It will be structured as a partnership, emphasising entrepreneurship and long-term alignment with investors.