EDHEC-Risk Institute and NATIXIS set up a research chair on the investment characteristics and governance of infrastructure debt instruments

Written on 23 October 2012.


The purpose of the chair is to contribute to clarifying the nature and investment profile of infrastructure debt instruments in order to reduce the relative shortfall of publicly available investment data on the subject, compared to longer established investment segments. The chair will specifically focus on the risk and return characteristics and portfolio diversification benefits that infrastructure debt instruments can bring to institutional investors.

The research associated with the Natixis-sponsored Infrastructure Debt Chair will be led by Research Director Frederic Blanc-Brude, Ph.D., who has more than ten years of research experience in the infrastructure sector and has published numerous academic papers on this topic.

This three-year partnership was officially signed today by Laurent Mignon, Natixis Chief Executive Officer, and Noël Amenc, Director of EDHEC-Risk Insitute, ahead of the first Natixis European Infrastructure Day which will be held on October 23 in Paris. Dr Frederic Blanc-Brude, will take this opportunity to make a presentation of the chair to a large number of institutional investors and to unveil the initial research work that will be carried out within the chair.

“This partnership with EDHEC-Risk Institute will contribute to facilitating the cooperation between banks and institutional investors in infrastructure debt. By sponsoring this chair, Natixis aims to help allow institutional investors to play a more active role in the financing of infrastructure investments that are crucial as drivers of growth, productivity and competitiveness”, announced Laurent Mignon, Natixis Chief Executive Officer.

“In the current macroeconomic and regulatory context, it makes particular sense to conduct research into the investment characteristics and governance of infrastructure debt instruments. We are delighted to be partnering with Natixis on this research chair and look forward to rolling out the research results, which should be of particular interest to institutional investors”, said Noël Amenc, Director of EDHEC-Risk Institute.

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