Natixis in crisis-fighting mode to stem outflows at IM boutique H2O
The question now is whether the illiquid investments that have caused trouble for H20, GAM and Woodford represent a wider trend
London — Natixis went into crisis-fighting mode on Monday to stem a wave of outflows from its H2O Asset Management unit, selling about €300m of its unrated private bonds and marking down the balance to remove incentives for investors to pull even more.
The move cuts the aggregate market value of the bonds, which were issued by companies linked to financier Lars Windhorst, to less than 2% of assets under management, H2O said in a statement on Monday. H2O’s funds, whose assets doubled since 2017 to $37.6bn before last week’s tumult, will be priced at a discount between 3% and 7%, and the company will remove all entry fees across its funds, it said...