Natixis launches infra investor

French financial giant Natixis has launched a new affiliate to cater for global infrastructure investments.

Flexstone Partners brings together three of Natixis Investment Managers’ existing private equity affiliates: Euro-PE, Caspian Private Equity and Eagle Asia. Eric Deram, previously founder and managing partner of Euro-PE, has been appointed as the chief executive officer of Flexstone Partners.

With combined assets of $6.7bn the firm specialises in selecting and accessing highly skilled private equity, private debt, real estate and infrastructure fund managers across America, Europe and Asia. It is a signatory of the UN Principles of Responsible Investing.

It caters to institutional investors and has a global team of more than 40 private equity experts in offices in Paris, New York, Singapore and Geneva,

Jean Raby, chief executive officer, of Natixis Investment Managers, commented: “Flexstone Partners specializes in primary, secondary and co-investments in the private equity, mezzanine and infrastructure markets. At a time where investors are increasingly turning to alternatives for long-term growth opportunities in challenging markets, this makes a substantial contribution to our global private equity offering.”

Meanwhile, the Bouygues group and Natixis subsidiary Mirova are to form a partnership to roll out a fibre optic network in France. Axione will operate, maintain and market the network.