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Pierre Gramegna was born on 22 April 1958 in Esch-sur-Alzette. Education and qualifications. Following secondary school studies in Esch-sur-Alzette (classical mathematics section), Pierre Gramegna pursued studies in law and economics at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), where he was awarded a master’s degree in civil law in 1981 and a degree in economic sciences in 1982. He completed his post-university education with a DEA (post-graduate diploma of advanced studies) in Community law. Governmental posts Following the legislative elections of 20 October 2013, Pierre Gramegna joined the government as Minister of Finance on 4 December 2013 in the coalition government formed by the Democratic Party (DP), the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party (LSAP) and the Green Party (“déi gréng”). Professional activitiesA career diplomat, Pierre Gramegna joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983. He was subsequently appointed political and economic affairs advisor to the Luxembourg embassy in Paris in 1988, an office he held for four years before being appointed consulgeneral and director of the Board of Economic Development in San Francisco. From 1996 to 2002, Pierre Gramegna was Luxembourg’s ambassador to Japan and South Korea. He was subsequently responsible for the Directorate of International EconomicRelations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2003, Pierre Gramegna took up the position of director general of the Chamber ofCommerce, an office he held until his appointment to the government in December 2013. Prior to joining the government, Pierre Gramegna was a member of the executive board of several companies, including in particular Cargolux Airlines International SA (as chairmanfrom 2004 to 2008), the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (Bourse de Luxembourg), the National Credit and Investment Company (Société nationale de crédit et d’investissement), the Del Credere Office (Office du ducroire), LuxExpo Luxembourg and BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg SA. He has also been a member of numerous advisory committees, such as the Tripartite Coordination Committee (Comité de coordination tripartite), the Economic and SocialCommittee of the Greater Region (Comité économique et social de la Grande Région), the Advisory Committee on Foreign Trade (Comité consultatif du commerce extérieur),the Economic Development Committee (Comité de développement économique) and theNational Committee for the Promotion of Entrepreneurship (Comité national pour la promotion de l’esprit d’entreprise).
Rafael Aguilera is an Executive Director at EY. He has more than 13 years experience in the asset management industry within the areas of product development, registration and multichannel distribution of investment funds on a cross-border basis. Rafael joined EY in 2012 from a 'Big Four' consulting firm where he held for 6 years a Directors’ role within their Regulatory Consulting department. Prior to this role Rafael worked for 4 years at Fortis Investment Luxembourg as Senior Legal Advisor and 2 years at ING Investment Management Brussels as Legal and Compliance Officer. Rafael has developed a solid background in all regulatory matters related to fund registration and distribution. Rafael is nominated expert from ALFI on cross-border Asset Management initiatives. He is also a member of numerous ALFI working groups. Rafael is fluent in French, Dutch, English and Spanish and completed his law degree at the VUB and masters in Finance and Corporate Finance at the KUL Business School, in Belgium.
Valérie Arnold is an Audit partner and Impact Investing Leader. She is responsible for promoting the “Asset Management” practice. Valérie Arnold has been supervising the Asset Management Task Force and has been particularly involved in the proposals linked to Social Responsible Investment (SRI), with a specific focus on Microfinance. She has a professional experience of more than 20 years in the audit of investment funds, more specifically in the alternative funds like Hedge Funds and Private Equity. Valérie Arnold has the following qualifications: Master’s degree from University of Strasbourg (France) and “Réviseur d'Entreprises agrée” since 2006.
Peter is Managing Director of M&G Real Estate, Luxembourg and CEO of M&G (Guernsey) Ltd in the Channel Islands. He has been with M&G since 1984 holding various management positions in the Cayman Islands, UK, Guernsey and Luxembourg, related to offshore and overseas funds, with a focus on the management and governance of real estate funds for the last 10 years. M&G Real Estate is part of the M&G Group which has as its ultimate parent company Prudential plc.
Peter is Managing Director of M&G Real Estate, Luxembourg and CEO of M&G (Guernsey) Ltd in the Channel Islands.
He has been with M&G since 1984 holding various management positions in the Cayman Islands, UK, Guernsey and Luxembourg, related to offshore and overseas funds, with a focus on the management and governance of real estate funds for the last 10 years. M&G Real Estate is part of the M&G Group which has as its ultimate parent company prudential plc.
Andreia started her professional career in 2000, with Ernst and Young Portugal, as an auditor of large commercial and industrial companies. In October 2006, she joint the Assurance Real Estate department of Ernst and Young Luxembourg as an assistant manager. In June 2010 she became responsible for developing Ernst and Young advisory business solutions for the alternative fund industry in connection with the new regulatory environment (AIFMD, Dodd Frank act) and in October 2011 she moved to Ernst & Young Business Advisory Services in Luxembourg as a Senior Manager. In February 2013, Andreia became the senior risk manager of Aberdeen property funds, since then she has being actively involved in the Management Company’s AIFMD implementation project and in the day to day risk management activities. Andreia has a Master from University of Minho in Business Management and a Post Graduation in Tax law and Finance from the University of Economics of Oporto.
Olivier is a Partner in the Financial Services Consulting Practice. He has gained broad experience of the financial services industry and especially in the investment fund industry, leading engagements in different areas such as fund accounting, transfer agency or depositary banks. Olivier has been involved in the review of Back-Office processes for Luxembourg and international investment management companies and service providers. He is assisting clients in the implementation of regulatory requirements (e.g. AIFMD, UCITS, EMIR) at Management Company as well as fund product level. Olivier is co-chairman of the ALFI Risk Management Committee.
Geoffrey (Geoff) M. Cook is a Partner, and co-Head of Investor Services’ Europe, Middle East and Africa businesses at Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH). He operates as the Supervising Partner of BBH Luxembourg, the Partner responsible for Fund Solutions, and the Global Relationship Management and Sales Disciplines. Geoff is the director of: Brown Brothers Harriman (Luxembourg) SCA, BBH Luxembourg Funds SICAV, Brown Brothers Harriman Services AG (Switzerland), Brown Brothers Harriman Fund Administration Services (Ireland) Limited and Brown Brothers Harriman Investor Services Limited (United Kingdom). He is a Board Member of Brown Brothers Harriman (Luxembourg) Holdings Sàrl and Brown Brothers Harriman (Luxembourg) Sàrl. Geoff has 23 years of financial industry experience. He joined BBH in 1997, and was appointed Partner in 2009. For nine years prior to joining BBH, Geoff was a senior manager in the London, Luxembourg and New York financial services practices of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Geoff is the author of several articles published in industry publications around the world, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and media discussions, such as at ALFI - the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry, Financial News, ICFA, Funds Europe, etc. In the past, Geoff has held leadership positions in several industry organizations, such as: board member of the Luxembourg Bankers Association (ABBL), and the Luxembourg Fund Association (ALFI), president of the Association of American Banks in Luxembourg as well as chairman of the ALFI/ABBL Depository Banks Forum. He was featured in “Decision Makers in Luxembourg,” a book published by My Official Story in Luxembourg. Geoff is a member, as well as sits on the Council, of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
Yves is Head of Corporate Finance, Valuation and M&A at KPMG Advisory Luxembourg. He has 18 years of experience within the KPMG corporate finance network in the US and in Luxembourg. He now manages a team of 16 corporate finance professionals in Luxembourg. A preview of his professional experiences includes: successful M&A sell side assistance of Lloyd’s private banking activities in Luxembourg, assistance and presentation to the board of ArcelorMittal in regards to the spin-off of the stainless steel segment (APERAM), independent valuation of a number of private equity and infrastructure portfolios in the context of reporting to investors, share pledge enforcements by lenders and arbitration, technical assistance to a Moroccan private equity firm for the launch of the first mezzanine fund of Morocco on behalf of the European Investment Bank. Co-head of KPMG’s GVI, a think tank on the valuation issues that are face by entrepreneurs, investors and regulators. He is accredited by the Corporate Finance Network to provide company valuations and is part of KPMG Global Valuation Committee. Yves is a frequent columnist in the CFA Magazine. Co author of «Private Equity Valuation» with Tim Jenkinson (faculty of finance dean at Oxford University) and “Cost of capital” for the CFA institute. Yves is also author of a publication on company valuation edited by Kluwer. Project Consultant to the CFA Institute in relation to the curriculum since 2005, he is co-chair of the Accounting and Valuation Committee of Luxembourg Private Equity Association (Luxemburgish branch of the EVCA). Visiting Lecturer at the Bartlett School of Construction & project Management (UCL) Yves speaks French, English and Dutch.
Rodrigo Delcourt is a Counsel in the Investment Management group of Linklaters LLP in Luxembourg. He specialises in all aspects relating to the setting up and restructuring of open- and closed-ended investment funds, including property funds, private equity funds, alternative funds and UCITS, for both institutional and retail investors. Rodrigo further provides regulatory and on-going advice relating to investment funds and to funds service providers. He has developed particular expertise in the field of regulated pan-European and Asian property funds, having led some of the major property fund structurings, acquisitions, disposals and financings in the market. Rodrigo is active in various industry working groups.
Marty Dobbins is senior vice president and managing director for State Street in Luxembourg. In this role, he is responsible for the business strategy and governance of the organization, and chairs the management board. From March 2005 to February 2007, Mr. Dobbins was State Street’s regional director of operations process management, where he managed the realignment of operations across all of the European offices,
including nearshoring and offshoring strategies. Mr. Dobbins was previously the chief operating officer and head of fund administration for State Street in Luxembourg from November 2001 to June 2005. During his 25 years at State Street, Mr. Dobbins has held senior positions in collective investments, custody and information technology in the United States and Asia-Pacific. His previous positions in Europe included European director of global funds solution – consultancy and head of fund services and information technology (Munich). Mr. Dobbins holds a bachelor’s degree infinance and banking from Suffolk University and a master’s degree in international finance from Suffolk University’s executive Master’s of Business Administration program.
Gilles Dusemon is a partner in the private equity/real estate investments practice of Arendt & Medernach and a member of the firm’s strategy board. He specialises in the formation of alternative investment funds (AIF). He has been a member of the Luxembourg Bar since 1997. Gilles Dusemon is actively involved with the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI). He serves as co-chairman of ALFI's Private Equity and Venture Capital Working Group. He is also a founding member of LPEA, the Luxembourg Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, and is sitting on its Executive Board. Gilles Dusemon holds a Master's degree in business and tax law from the Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis (France), as well as an LL.M. in International Taxation from New York University (2000).
Jacques Elvinger has passed a Master of Law Degree (Law Faculty, University of Strasbourg) in 1983 and was admitted to the Luxembourg Bar in 1983. He became a partner with the Luxembourg law firm Elvinger, Hoss & Prussen in 1983. Jacques Elvinger practises commercial, company, banking and finance law. He specialises in the field of undertakings for collective investment, pension funds and other investment vehicles and is head of the investment fund department at Elvinger, Hoss & Prussen. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Luxembourg Investment Fund Industry (ALFI) and co-chairman of the ALFI’s Legal Commission and member of numerous ALFI Working Groups.He is a Member of several Advisory Committees of the Commission for the Supervision of the Financial Sector (CSSF) (CSSF Committee on Investment Funds, CSSF Committee on Pension Funds and CSSF Committee on Investment Companies in Risk Capital). He is also a member of the AIFMD Working Group of the CSSF Committee on Investment Funds. He is also a member of the Working Group on Alternative Investment Funds of the High Committee for the Development of the Financial Centre (HCPF). He is a member of the Expert Group of the European Commission on the EU Directive on Taxation of Savings. He is a member of the Working Group of the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) on the development of UCITS. He is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and member of the Committee I (Investment Funds) of the IBA. He is a lecturer at the University of Luxembourg in the context of the Master II law degree and holds courses in the context of the examinations for admission to the Luxembourg bar.
As Schroders' Global Head of Fund Services, Noel runs teams in London and Luxembourg that look after more than 200 open and closed-ended funds in Luxembourg, the UK, Jersey, Guernsey and Ireland. He also provides leadership for Schroders' fund services in other countries around the world. Noel is the managing director of Schroder Investment Management (Luxembourg) S.A. and has lived and worked in Luxembourg for eleven years. Noel was elected a member of ALFI's board of directors in 2005.
Robert Galione is the Chief Operating Officer of ECM Asset Management Limited a UK based asset manager that is wholly owned by Wells Fargo. Robert is also a director and Conducting Officer the two ECM self-managed, Luxembourg domiciled, UCITS SICAVs. As well as this he is a director of ECM’s two SICAV-SIF structures which are captured by AIFMD. Robert has been employed by ECM for fifteen years firstly as head of operations and as COO for the past four years. Prior to this he worked for UBS in London and Singapore in a variety of roles mainly with a fixed income derivative focus.
Daniel Godfrey is Chief Executive of the Investment Management Association, which represents the UK-based industry with with €6 trillion under management. The IMA works with Members to help them achieve the best possible outcomes for investors and the economies in which they invest. The IMA is a partner in the UK Asset Management Strategy in collaboration with HM Treasury, The CityUK and UKT&I. Prior to joining the IMA, Daniel spent eleven years as Director General of the Association of Investment Companies. Daniel also held a number of senior marketing and distribution roles with Schroders, Mercury Asset Management (now BlackRock) and Flemings (now JP Morgan).
Jon P. Griffin is Managing Director of JPMorgan Asset Management (JPMAME) in Luxembourg. JPMAME is an approved UCITS Management Company supervising the activities of JPMorgan’s Luxembourg domiciled mutual fund ranges. JPMAME provides distribution, administrative, operational and client servicing capabilities and has branches in Austria, Denmark, France, Greece, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. JPMAME is the largest promoter of funds domiciled in Luxembourg with assets under management of around $250 billion. Jon has had prior assignments within the JPMorgan Group in Frankfurt, London and Tokyo and has been an ALFI Board membersince 2005.
Justin is an audit partner with Deloitte in Luxembourg and has 15 years’ audit experience in the investment management industry. He has worked for Deloitte in South Africa, U.S.A and for the past 11 years in Luxembourg. He is specialised in the audits of UCITS, Hedge Funds, Funds of Hedge Funds, complex fund structures (Pooling) and funds applying IFRS. Justin has actively contributed to a number of Deloitte publications including most recently a white paper on the AIFMD transparency rules - Impact on the annual report of AIFs. Justin chairs the ALFI IFRS for Investment funds working group and is a member of the ALFI corporate governance working group.
Alain Guérard is a principal of the ManagementPlus Group, which provides offshore directorship, Management Company, company administration and consulting services to the traditional and alternative investment industry from offices in the Cayman Islands, Luxembourg, New York and Singapore. Prior joining ManagementPlus in November 2011, Mr. Guérard was a member of the Senior Management Team of J.P. Morgan Bank (Luxembourg) S.A., with overall responsibility for the global promotion of J.P. Morgan's Luxembourg leading franchise. Previously, he was EMEA Head of Sales and Relationship Management for J.P. Morgan Hedge Fund Services, the hedge fund administration and middle-office arm of J.P. Morgan Worldwide Securities Services. Mr. Guérard began his career in 1994 in London with the Fauchier Partners Group as a hedge fund analyst. In 2000, he joined Fortis Prime Fund Solutions to launch their European Commercial Office in London. Before joining J.P. Morgan in 2006, Mr. Guérard held senior sales positions at Bank of Bermuda and RBC Dexia Investor Services. He is a member of the Luxembourg Institute of Directors (ILA), the Hedge Fund Working Group of the Luxembourg Investment Funds Association (ALFI). Mr. Guérard holds a BA in Business Studies from the European Business School. He is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and is a founding member and executive of the Luxembourg CAIA Chapter.
Dirk Holz is Associate Director, Real Estate and Private Assets at RBC Investor & Treasury Services. Dirk is responsible for the global Real Estate and Private Asset product management and development. Before taking this global role in early 2011, Dirk was Portfolio Manager at Pramerica Real Estate Investors Luxembourg. He has also worked in the Real Estate units at Commerzbank, Credit Suisse and Bankhaus Ellwanger & Geiger. Dirk has university diploma in business administration from the University of Tuebingen, Germany and a diploma in real estate portfolio management from the ebs Immobilienakademie Oestrich Winkel, Germany and is member of RICS since 2012.
Michael is EY's EMEIA Real Estate Funds Leader. He is a member of the EMEIA Asset Management board and of the Global Real Estate team, specialising in international real estate and private equity structures, and leading the practice in Luxembourg. Michael has 25 years of experience in audit and business advisory. He is an expert in the design and launch of international alternative fund structures. He played a leading role in the development of pan-European industry guidelines covering corporate governance, reporting guidelines and the financial frameworks of institutional real estate funds through his role at ALFI and INREV. He is a member of the RICS. Michael is a leading consultant on the structuring and roll-out of AIFMD compliant asset management platforms.
Lou joined Deloitte in November 2001 as Director in the Investment Management Services department, where he currently heads up the Compliance and Regulatory Practice. Since 1st June 2005, he is a partner within Deloitte’s Investment Management Services. Lou has a work experience of more than 20 years within the financial industry gained in Luxembourg, London, Frankfurt and Paris. Prior to joining Deloitte, Lou was with Allianz Asset Management and Fidelity Investments where he was in charge of the Continental European Compliance Department. Lou is co-founder of the Luxembourg Compliance Officer’s Association (ALCO) where he occupied the role of Vice President until April 2003. He is furthermore a member of different ALFI working groups and chairs ALFI’s committee for International Distribution. He is since June 2009 member of the ALFI Board.
Tom Kirkpatrick is European COO for SS&C GlobeOp. He is responsible for business strategy in Europe as well as oversight of the firm’s Luxembourg and Irish offices. He previously served Credit Suisse First Boston as the European Regional Head, Product Control, where his responsibilities included Quality Assurance and the development of Operational Risk metrics. Prior to CSFB, he held management positions at Bankers Trust, London, including European Senior Control Officer, European Head of Derivative Products Operations and Regional Product Controller for Derivative Products. He gained additional accounting experience as a Senior Accountant at Salomon Brothers, London. Previously he had qualified as an ACA at Price Waterhouse, London. Kirkpatrick holds a Master of Arts in Modern History from St. Andrews University in Fife, Scotland.
Pierre Kreemer leads the Real Estate & Infrastructure Tax Group since 2009 and KPMG Luxembourg Real estate & Infrastructure Line of Business since 2012. He has an International Corporate Tax background and is regularly involved in large transactions and reorganizations for high level international client base with a focus on corporate reorganizations and the structuring of real estate / infrastructure funds (both regulated and unregulated) and transactions. Since the crisis in 2009 he also leads several initiatives on the restructuring / work outs of distressed real estate funds and also assists in the set-up of debt funds. Pierre is part of the international team of KPMG servicing pension funds and sovereign wealth funds. He is also closely involved in analyzing the tax aspects of the EU AIFM Directive. He is member of the INREV Tax Committee and co-chairs the Luxembourg Investment Fund Association (ALFI) Strategy Working Group for Real Estate Funds as is an active contributor to the ALFI real estate training courses.
Christelle Kupa Oesterlé
Prior to joining Symbiotics, Christelle worked as a Director of Sales and Marketing for ACPI Investments in London. Subsequently, she worked in investment banks in London including JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs as a relationship manager servicing the hedge fund community. Christelle holds a BAA (Hon) in Business Studies from the University of Westminster, U.K.
Xavier Le Sourne
Xavier Le Sourne's practice concentrates on collective asset management and investment funds. He advises a number of investment fund promoters and other financial institutions in relation to the set-up and structuring of their Luxembourg investment fund operations. Xavier advises more particularly private equity firms dealing with any asset classes, including equity, quasi equity or debt financing and real estate sponsors following inter alia core, core plus or opportunistic strategies. Xavier is an active member of the LPEA (Luxembourg Private Equity and Venture Capital Association) AIFMD committee and co-chair of the legal committee. Xavier is also an active member of the ALFI (Association Luxembourgeoise des Fonds d’Investissement) Real Estate Publications and Private Equity and Venture Capital committees. He is "maître en droit" from the "Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV", holds an LLM from the "Universität Bayreuth" and joined Elvinger, Hoss & Prussen in 2004 where he was made counsel in 2012. He is fluent in English, German and French and has a basic knowledge of Luxemburgish.
Nicola joined MainStreet Partners in 2012. Since then he has been covering the impact investing market with a particular focus on the creation of new products and the research for new interesting investing opportunity. He gained his exposure to economic development and developing countries at the International Growth Centre, a research centre of the UK Department for International Development (DFID), where he worked as Country Economist focusing on South Sudan and Uganda. Nicola graduated from the University of Bologna and at the London School of Economics (LSE). He is currently pursuing a PhD in Political Economy at the LSE with research on the effects of information flows on the behaviour of financial markets. Moreover he is part of Quattrogatti.info a group of Italian researchers and professionals that aims to provide accessible information on economic and political issues.
Alex McKenna is Head of Systematic Funds within Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management and he sits on the Executive Committee of its Passive Asset Management business. He serves on the boards of directors of UCITS and non-UCITS funds domiciled in both Luxembourg and Ireland. He joined Deutsche Bank in 2005 from JPMorgan Chase and, prior to that, he worked at Simmons & Simmons, during which times he focused on the structuring and issuance of investment products. Alex is a qualified lawyer, having been called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1995 and he has a degree from Cambridge University.
Miriam Muller is Head of Product Development for the BofAML Fund Solutions Group and is responsible for product origination and development across several fund platforms, including the flagship Merrill Lynch Investment Solutions (MLIS) UCITS platform. MLIS launched its first fund in 2007 and provides UCITS eligible exposure to both absolute return hedge fund strategies and index replication funds. Miriam joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2006 as Onboarding Manager for the Hedge Fund Development and Management Group and moved to work on the UCITS platform at its inception in 2007. Prior to this she spent ten years at Morgan Stanley in various roles within the Prime Brokerage division, including Client Service Manager and Business Development Project Manager.
Claude Niedner is a founding partner of Arendt & Medernach law firm and serves as head of the firm’s Real Estate industry group. He is also a member of the firm’s management board. He specialises in investment funds and works in the UCITS, hedge funds and real estate areas. He has been a member of the Luxembourg Bar since 1993. He is chairman of the Alternative Investments Committee of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI). Claude has been actively involved in the AIFMD working group of ALFI, liaising intensively with the public bodies participating in the negotiation process of the directive. He is a regular speaker at international conferences on investment funds related topics. He was a lecturer in financial law at the Université Robert Schuman de Strasbourg (France). Prior to joining the Luxembourg Bar, Claude Niedner worked in the capital markets department of a major Luxembourg bank. Claude Niedner holds a Master's degree in law from the Université Robert Schuman de Strasbourg (France) as well as a Master's degree in business administration from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), Paris (France).
Paul North is Head of Product Management across the EMEA region within BNY Mellon Asset Servicing. He has responsibility for overseeing the enhancement and development of products that support clients across the 107 countries in the EMEA region. Prior to joining BNY Mellon in early 2006, Paul was an executive within the Investment Operations business for JP Morgan Chase Worldwide Securities Services where he took a leading role in the development of its investment operations outsourcing business infrastructure. Paul has significant experience in the financial services industry and has held various senior positions across business development, IT, operations and project management during his career to date. Notably he spent 15 years with Accenture, three of these as Partner, charged with responsibility for several major client relationships. During his tenure at Accenture Paul worked on various IT and operational architecture, change management and outsourcing projects. He also served as a partner in the asset management group. Paul holds an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College of Science and Technology.
Kumar Panja runs the hedge fund consulting group within JP Morgan’s Prime Brokerage business providing strategic consulting services to alternative asset managers. Prior to joining JP Morgan in 2010 Kumar was a senior counsel at Goldman Sachs International in London. Prior to Goldman Sachs he worked for Allen and Overy as a finance lawyer. Kumar is a member of the Strategic Partner Advisory Committee and International Affairs Committee of the Managed Funds Association and participates on a number of committees of AFME.
French, 50 years old, graduated from the “ISG” (Institut Supérieur de Gestion) in Paris. Marc is also Réviseur d’entreprises agréé. He joined PwC in 1986, was admitted as a partner in 1996 and has more than 25 years of experience in the Asset Management Industry in Luxembourg and in the US. Between 2006 and 2010, Marc led the PwC Global Asset Management practice. Marc is a member of the CSSF-OPC Committee, advising the Luxembourg fund regulator on laws and regulations impacting the fund industry in Luxembourg. Since June 2011, Marc is the Chairman of ALFI, the Luxembourg fund association.
Hans-Jürgen Schmitz grew up in Germany in an entrepreneurial family where he was exposed early on to the chances and challenges of running a company. He co-founded Mangrove in 2000 with Mark Tluszcz and Gerard Lopez. Hans-Jürgen Schmitz is currently involved with e-commerce business models from couponing, over flash sales to full price e-tailing and had the privilege to be instrumental in the start-up, restructuring and ultimate sale of Brands4Friends to eBay in 2010. He currently sits on the boards of four of Mangrove’s portfolio companies. In 2010, he co-founded the Luxembourg Private Equity and Venture Capital Association and has acted as its chairman since its inception. The Association today counts over 100 professional organizations, both national and international, active in private equity. After finishing his studies in international banking and finance from University of St. Gallen, Hans-Jürgen Schmitz started his career at Arthur Andersen in Luxembourg, where he eventually became a Director in the business consulting practice.
Josiane joined the Linklaters Investment Management group in 1999 and was promoted to counsel in May 2010. She is an acknowledged and seasoned practitioner on UCITS funds structuring and related matters. She also advises with respect to other types of investment fund matters, including the setting-up of alternative funds and their alternative investment fund managers. Josiane has led UCITS IV upgrades and restructurings of funds and their management companies and advises major asset management houses, as well as prime investment banks. Josiane is a member of several Alfi working groups and is a regular speaker at fund industry or other events. Josiane is a member of the Luxembourg Bar since 1998.
Sanjiv Sawhney was named the Global Head of Global Custody and Alternative Investor Services in January 2014. Sanjiv was previously Head of Securities and Fund Services for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) where he was responsible for leading the growth of Citi’s regional SFS platform and product offering for investor, issuer and intermediary clients across EMEA. Sanjiv re-joined Citi in December 2009 as the Global Head of Fund Services for CTS and was responsible for driving growth and market leadership globally. He also led the positioning of Fund Services within the comprehensive suite of Investor Services solutions, by delivering a value-added set of products and services to meet client needs. Sanjiv has 23 years of industry experience, including 20 years with Citi, where he held key positions in the EMEA Fund Services business, including Head of Fund Services EMEA. Prior to re-joining Citi, Sanjiv worked for JP Morgan as the European Fund Services Operations Head as well as Managing Director and Board Member of JP Morgan Bank Luxembourg
Thomas Seale is CEO of European Fund Administration (EFA) in Luxembourg. European Fund Administration S.A. (EFA) is an independent company servicing investment funds, unit-linked insurance products, private equity funds, real estate funds, hedge funds and funds of hedge funds. With 214 clients, representing 2,686 funds worth $135 billion, and working in collaboration with 93 custodians and 12 prime brokers, EFA is the leading provider of administration services to third parties in Luxembourg, the largest centre for pan-European and global distribution of investment funds. Mr. Seale is a Member of the CSSF OPC Committee, Chairman of LUXFLAG (Luxembourg Fund Labelling Agency), Member of the Board of ALFI (Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry), past Chairman of ALFI’s Responsible Investing Technical Committee and ALFI’s Microfinance Sub-Committee. He also served as Chairman of ALFI from 2003-2007, and Vice-Chairman from 2007-2011. Before EFA, Mr Seale was Managing Director and Country Corporate Officer for Citibank Luxembourg, led Product Marketing for The Citibank Private Bank in Switzerland, and worked as a Management Consultant for the Mac Group in Paris and Los Angeles. Mr. Seale holds an MA in Economics and an MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles. He received his BA (with honours) in Economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and he spent a year studying abroad at St. Andrews University in Scotland.
Johan Terblanche, attorney, is a partner practicing in the Investment Management department of Loyens & Loeff, Luxembourg. He specialises in the structuring of investment funds and regulated business with special focus on alternative funds and advising managers and investors. Johan regularly speaks at conferences and funds events, has published articles in several industry publications and is a member of several working groups of ALFI (Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry) and LPEA (Luxembourg Private Equity Association).
Valerie Tixier is an audit partner of our Luxembourg office and has over 19 years of experience in the asset management industry both in Luxembourg and in the USA. Her client's portfolio includes numerous investment funds including private equity funds and structures. She is Private Equity Funds Leader for PwC Luxembourg and regular speaker in conferences or events in relation to Alternative Investment Funds or Private Equity. She is an active member of various professional organisations in Luxembourg (ALFI, LPEA) as well as a member of the Luxembourg regulator SICAR working group.
Laurent is Chief Executive Officer of Alter Domus Group and Global Head, Fund Services. Before joining Alter Domus in January 2012, Laurent was Managing Director and Country Executive at JP Morgan Bank, Luxembourg. He also served as Managing Director of RBC Dexia Investor Services Luxembourg and was a Member of the Group Executive Committee from 2006 until 2009. Laurent also held Senior Executive roles for Dexia Fund Services and Dexia Bil from 1993 until 2006. Laurent has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Liège (Belgium).
Jane Wilkinson is an audit partner at KPMG Luxembourg with 20 years of professional experience focusing on the audit of private equity, venture capital and investment fund sectors in Luxembourg. Jane also focuses on SRI funds including impact investing and microfinance funds. Jane is leading KPMG Luxembourg’s Sustainability Team with experience within investment sector (ESG analysis, SRI investments), Sustainability reporting (GRI etc), is responsible for KPMG Luxembourg's Corporate Responsibility Programme and is Director of the KPMG Luxembourg Foundation. Jane is chairwoman of the ALFI Responsible Investing Market Intelligence working group and has been instrumental in the development of LuxFLAG SRI fund labels.