Natexis targets Italian leveraged debt market

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Natexis Banques Populaires has hired ex-Calyon banker Alberto Rossignolo to spearhead a push into the Italian leveraged finance market.

Rossignolo, who joins France's Natexis as head of leveraged and acquisition finance in Milan, was most recently at Calyon's Italian office where he spent four years as head of Italian acquisition and leveraged finance.

His hire marks the first time Natexis has had a dedicated Italian leveraged finance head and is part of the French bank's push "towards winning a significant share of Italian leveraged buy-out financings".

Rossignolo said Natexis will build its Italian business by taking a junior role in the financing of large buy-outs, before later aiming for senior arranging roles on mid-market deals once it has established a presence in Italy.

He said: "There are no hard and fast rules. The aim is to be opportunistic while building our team and our presence."

Rossignolo will report to Philippe Lefelle, global head of leveraged finance at Natexis in Paris.

Separately, Calyon has strengthened its European high yield team with the hires of Caroline Fischer and Paul Owens. Fischer joins as a senior high-yield sales banker after a two-year stint at BNP Paribas in London, while Owens, who joins as a desk analyst to support Calyon's trading team, previously worked at Deutsche Bank.

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