Katan Hirachand - Managing Director, Advisory and Project Finance - Energy, EMEA - Societe  Generale

Katan Hirachand


Managing Director, Advisory and Project Finance - Energy, EMEA
Societe Generale

Katan joined SG in 2006 having spent 5 years in the industry with BG Group including commercial roles based in Brazil, Tunisia and Iran. He has cultivated a wide experience of advisory and arranging roles across the energy sector including LNG, refineries, pipelines and upstream successfully raising multi-billion dollar financings in emerging market jurisdictions.

He currently leads a number of flagship advisory deals for the bank including Mozambique LNG – set to represent the largest-ever sub-investment financing (USD 15 billion). He also leads a couple of equity private placements for projects in Africa and the U.S. He has led and closed deals in a number of African countries and is closely involved in the development of LNG-to-power and floating LNG projects.

Katan led the financing of the landmark USD 3.7 billion Egyptian Refining Company (ERC) financing. He has worked extensively with multi-laterals, DFI’s and export credit agencies and played a key role in new product development including mezzanine, equity, A/B loan structures.

Katan is a regular industry speaker and has a number of publications to his name. In 2012, he was nominated for the Financial News “Rising Stars” under 40 awards having become one of the banks youngest ever managing directors. In 2013, he became the first investment banker to secure a position on the Gastech steering committee highlighting his contribution to the industry. In 2014, he was selected for the advisory board of the Global African Investment Summit. In 2015, he was selected as part of “World Finance 100” as a leader in financing for emerging markets.

He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from King’s College London and is holder of the Tadion-Rideal prize for contribution to Molecular Science.

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