Sustainability is here to stay
I started my career as a corporate finance analyst in Barcelona, working for a year at a small boutique firm. I came to the Netherlands in 2016 to study for a Master’s in Finance & Investments at Rotterdam School of Management. Afterwards, I got in touch with Kempen Merchant Banking and instantly felt a click: it’s not too small and not too big, with plenty of opportunities to learn, as well as big international transactions to work on. Plus, there are lots of young people with a very entrepreneurial spirit – it’s competitive but everyone is willing to help each other out.
I started in the Real Estate team in 2017, but in 2019 I moved to the Debt Advisory team – I was eager for an opportunity to work with lots of different companies in different sectors. At Kempen Merchant Banking, we’re typically very focused on the equity side, but almost every company has debt – it’s been an interesting new challenge for me to help companies raise capital to fund their operations or finance acquisitions.
In the loan and bond market, we’re seeing that investors are increasingly interested in investing in products that offer sustainability as well as making financial returns. We’re talking to a lot of our clients about sustainable alternatives that help make the world a better place but also have economic benefits, such as cheaper rates or access to a diversified pool of investors. And it’s a trend that’s here to stay.