Natixis hires Boleslawski to head equities

Long-standing SG trading head arrives at French rival

Arié Boleslawski
Arie Boleslawski is now global head of equities in Natixis’s corporate and investment banking division

Arie Boleslawski, the former head of trading at Societe Generale (SG), has resurfaced at Natixis where he has been appointed global head of equities in the corporate and investment banking division.

He arrived at the French investment bank in August, Natixis confirms, reporting to Selim Mehrez, global head of equity derivatives and fixed income. In his new role, Boleslawski will be in charge of equity derivatives trading and will co-supervise global secured funding alongside Mehrez.

In late 2018, Natixis merged its Europe, Middle East and Africa (Emea) equity derivatives and fixed income teams under Mehrez, creating a new cross-asset financial engineering department headed by Elie Bitton, who was previously the bank’s Emea head of sales and fixed income financial engineering.

Natixis’s global ambitions to expand equity derivatives and structured products activities suffered a setback last December when the bank took a €260 million ($287 million) hit on its South Korean structured products book. The bank has since looked to cut its exposure, offloading around a third of its Korean equity-linked securities book through a $2.5 billion notional sale to a group of banks including Bank of America Merrill Lynch and BNP Paribas.

Boleslawski spent two decades at SG, but left the bank in April following a round of job cuts in which his global head of trading role was eliminated. He is one of a slew of equity derivative stalwarts to leave the French dealer since 2017, including former global markets head Frank Drouet, and former equity and equity derivatives head Richard Quessette.

Beginning his career in 1998 as a delta one equities trader at SG, Boleslawski traded exotics on equities and funds before shifting to head structured credit in the US. His long-standing tenure at the French equity derivatives powerhouse was broken by an 18-month stint at Deutsche Bank between 2006 and 2008, when he headed credit correlation at the German lender.

Boleslawski rejoined SG in 2008 as head of structured equity and fixed income trading. He worked alongside Mehrez, who moved to SG from Goldman Sachs around the same time to head pricing and new products for equity derivatives. 

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