Natixis has appointed Xiaofei Guo as director of green and sustainable finance, Asia-Pacific, Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB). Guo joined Natixis in early October, with a mandate to support green and sustainable deal origination and solutions sales.
Based in Hong Kong, Guo reports to Orith Azoulay, global head of green and sustainable finance, CIB, and to Raghu Narain, head of investment banking, Asia-Pacific.
Guo is a member of Natixis’ Green and 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, Guo was part of ING’s Sustainable Finance and 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, Guo 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 the Asia-Pacific, as well as State Development & Investment Corporation’s (SDIC) US$500 million five-year green senior notes, which SDIC used in accordance with its Green Bond Framework and Environmental Method Statement to fund or refinance eligible green assets and projects.
Guo’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.