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Katan Hirachand - Co-head London - Energy Advisory & Finance - Societe Generale

Katan Hirachand


Co-head London - Energy Advisory & Finance
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 (mainly in Africa) he is widely recognized by the industry for his expertise and sits on a number of advisory boards.

He currently leads a number of flagship advisory deals for the bank including Mozambique LNG which is set to represent the largest-ever sub-investment debt raise (USD 15 bn) due to sign in Q3 2019. He also leads two equity private placements for LNG projects in Africa and the U.S. He has led and closed deals in a number of African countries and is involved in the development of LNG-to-power and floating LNG projects. He led the lending of the STAR refinery, and has been involved in the LNG-to-power deal in Ghana.

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.

ERC, which closed in 2012, won a host of plaudits for its structure and ability to weather multiple political and financial storms winning deal of the year in 2012 and representing the largest non-recourse financing in Africa to date, and notably one with no completion guarantee. It has an unprecedented capital structure comprising DFI’s, commercial banks, multi-laterals and private equity.  

Katan was promoted to co-head for energy in September 2018. He covers EMEA although his specialized focus is in Africa as well as deals involving higher levels of market risk. In October 2018, he became a Board member of SG Mozambique highlighting his significant contribution to the Mozambique and SADC region.

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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