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Pierre Gramegna was born on April 22, 1958. He is married and has two children. After finishing high school in Luxembourg, he studied law and economics at the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) where he graduated with a degree (Maîtrise) in civil law in 1981 and a degree (Licence) in economics in 1982. Pierre Gramegna also holds a Master of advanced studies in European community law. Since December 2013 Pierre Gramegna is Minister of Finance of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. He was the Director of the Chamber of Commerce of Luxembourg from September 2003 to December 2013. From 2002 to 2003 he has been the Director of International Economic Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. From 1996 until 2002, he was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Luxembourg to Japan.

Naïm Abou-Jaoudé is Chief Executive Officer of Candriam Investors Group and Chairman of New York Life Investment Management (NYLIM) International. Within these roles, he relies on a more than 25-year experience in asset management. He joined Candriam (formerly Dexia Asset Management) in 1996 where he was a member of the Executive Committee, responsible for Alternative Investments, until the end of 2006 before his appointment to Chief Executive Officer in January 2007. He became a Vice Chairman of NYLIM International in February 2014 when Candriam was acquired by New York Life until his appointment to Chairman of NYLIM International in September 2015. Previously, he was a member of the Management Board and responsible for the Investment Management and Derivatives department at UBS Asset Management France and Alfi Gestion. Mr. Abou-Jaoudé started his career as a partner at Transoptions Finance (subsidiary of Crédit Agricole). He is a member of the Board of several asset management industry bodies in Europe. He is a graduate of the Institute of Political Studies in Paris (IEP-Sciences Po) and holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Finance from Université Paris II – Panthéon Assas.

Giuliano Bidoli is Tax Partner in the Alternative Investments Department with KPMG. He is a national tax adviser, with over 15 years of work experience, including international taxation, cross-border tax planning and reorganizations.  Giuliano is heading the tax practice of M&A in Luxembourg and has permanent involvement in international tax planning (European holding, headquarters and finance structures, mergers and acquisitions, group restructurings and reorganizations). Giuliano works closely with national and international clients in the Private Equity, Hedge Funds and corporate sector in designing and executing complex multijurisdictional investments and transactional structures. His practice supports multinational corporate, private equity and hedge funds clients on tax matters related to mergers, acquisitions and debt restructuring. His areas of expertise include Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Group restructuring, Holding and Finance companies. Giuliano has a degree in Economic and Management Science (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium).  Furthermore, Giuliano is member of the Tax Committee of the LPEA (Luxembourg Private Equity Association). Finally, Giuliano is fluent in Italian, English, French, Luxemburgish and German. “

Freddy Brausch has been a partner in Linklaters Luxembourg’s Investment Management Group since 1988 and served as the office’s Managing Partner for many years. As a senior industry figure, Freddy is regularly sought after for advice and opinions about the evolution of the fund industry sector in Luxembourg. He represents several prime investment banks and asset managers, on all aspects of their investment management business including the structuring of traditional, as well as alternative investment fund products. He is also involved in the servicing side of asset management, advising global custodians, administrators and securities settlement houses. Freddy is a member of several advisory bodies to the Luxembourg government and to the Regulator of the Financial Sector (CSSF). He is a permanent member of the “Haut Comité de la Place Financière”, a think tank set up by the Luxembourg Ministry of Finance. Freddy is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI), a member of ALFI’s Executive Committee and ALFI’s Vice-Chairman in charge of National Affairs. Freddy is speaking regularly at national and international funds conferences and industry road-shows in Europe, the US and Asia. Freddy Brausch holds a law degree from the University of Aix-en-Provence, France and an LL.M from the London School of Economics (University of London). He is a member of the Luxembourg Bar.


Olivier Coekelbergs is the leader of EY’s 300 professional strong Private Equity practice for audit, advisory, valuation, transaction and tax services in Luxembourg. He is furthermore the EMEIA Private Equity Fund Practice coordinator. With more than 15 years’ experience in servicing major Private Equity houses and small and mid-sized general partners around the globe, Olivier has gained an in-depth knowledge of the Private Equity and Venture Capital industry. Olivier is a recognized expert in the valuation of illiquid assets and in the application of the International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation Guidelines. Olivier is Vice-Chairman of the Luxembourg Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LPEA).


Fabrice Coste is General Manager and Senior Director – Fund Accounting at Invesco Real Estate.  He leads the team of Invesco Real Estate in Luxembourg which is responsible for providing central administration services to the Luxembourg-domiciled real estate funds and accounting support to the European business.  He sits on the Board of the AIFM and is one of the conducting officers as well as the conducting portfolio manager. Prior to joining Invesco, Fabrice spent nine years at AIG in Luxembourg where he set up the Luxembourg office of AIG Global Real Estate and was responsible for the administration of Luxembourg vehicles and supervision of the off-shore structures Fabrice is a member of the real estate financial framework working group of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI). Fabrice has a degree in Business Economics obtained from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Liege, Belgium.

Ted Craig heads MJ Hudson’s Secondaries practice and advises clients on all aspects of private fund secondary transactions, including indirect portfolio acquisitions and disposals, secondary directs, leveraged secondaries and fund restructurings and other liquidity solutions. Ted also has a broad private fund formation practice, acting for fund managers and investors both. Prior to MJ Hudson, Ted worked in the market leading international funds group at King & Wood Mallesons (formerly SJ Berwin) and as in house counsel at Capital Dynamics.

Chris Cummings is a member of the FCO's Diplomatic Excellence Panel, has advised Treasury on regulatory matters and served on advisory groups for Business Ministers.He is a member of the FCA's Regulatory Decisions Committee, Cass Business School’s Strategy Board and a Visiting Professor.Before joining the IA he was the founding CEO of TheCityUK and held senior posts in banking, insurance and consulting with major global firms.He is a regular columnist, commentator and speaker on issues of international competitiveness and regulation in financial services.

Josh Dambacher, co-head of the firm’s London office, focuses his practice on corporate, securities and regulatory matters. He primarily represents institutional and entrepreneurial investment managers, financial services firms and private investment funds in all aspects of their business. Josh's experience includes structuring investment management firms, hedge funds, private equity funds, hybrid funds, UCITS funds and funds of funds; and structuring and negotiating seed and strategic investments. He also regularly advises investment management firms and their principals on US and UK regulatory compliance, acquisitions and reorganizations of investment management firms, and restructuring proprietary trading desks into independent investment management firms. Josh previously led the US Financial Reforms Working Group for the Alternative Investment Management Association. He is listed as a leading investment management lawyer by Chambers Europe, Chambers UK, IFLR1000, The Legal 500 United Kingdom and Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers, and he is listed in the Financial News 40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Hedge Funds 2012 and Financial News 40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Legal Services 2013. Josh is recognised by Chambers UK interviewees as "pragmatic and commercial in his outlook" and "always reachable no matter what." He is also a frequent speaker and author on issues facing the investment management industry including, most recently, on the current regulatory landscape for hedge funds, the proposed EU Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers, alternative investment UCITS funds and the US Dodd-Frank Act. Josh holds a JD from the University of Michigan Law School and an MBA in finance from Purdue University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa.

Andrew Devine is the Chief Compliance Officer for BC Partners and is based in the London office. Andrew is a qualified regulatory lawyer by background and is responsible for all risk and compliance matters at BC Partners. Prior to joining BC Partners, Andrew was the Head of Legal and Compliance at Partners Capital and prior to that ran his own consultancy business, PE Compliance Services. Andrew has also held roles at Apax Partners, PwC Legal, Standard and Poors and the Financial Services Authority.

Martin Eckel, Head of Legal Luxembourg. As a transactional lawyer with a private equity and real estate background Mr. Eckel worked on corporate structuring, financing, regulatory compliance as well as equity investments and debt transactions in a variety of European jurisdictions. Mr. Eckel joined Oaktree in 2015 from the Luxembourg office of LaSalle Investment Management where he served as head of Legal & Compliance. Prior thereto, he held in-house legal, compliance, and fund administration roles with JER Partners and Citco. Mr. Eckel graduated in law from the University of Trier, Germany, and received the German first and second legal state exam. Mr. Eckel is admitted as an attorney (Rechtsanwalt) to practice law in Germany.

Chris Edge has 28 years’ experience in the financial services industry, mainly with Chase Manhattan Bank Luxembourg and its successor business under J.P.Morgan. Chris left J.P.Morgan in 2005 to build a business offering savings and investment service propositions for UK retail clients. In 2009/10 he built a mobile payment business in East Africa. Chris re-joined J.P.Morgan in 2011 and was appointed Managing Director of its Luxembourg bank once more. Chris was appointed Head of HSBC Securities Services Luxembourg in September 2014, and led a reanimation of the business for the next two years. In September 2016 Chris joined PwC in Luxembourg in a new role focused around innovation and transformation solutions for the Asset Management sector

Tobias Ettlin, Vice President, AQR Capital Management (Europe) LLP. Mr. Ettlin has been with AQR since 2007 and heads the Compliance team for AQR Capital Management (Europe), based in London. In this role, he provides assurance that AQR’s European business unit adheres to applicable rules and regulations, client mandates and other contracts, and accepted industry practices. Prior to AQR, he was a compliance officer at Bear Stearns Asset Management and a compliance analyst at JPMorgan Asset Management, both in New York. Mr. Ettlin earned a B.B.A. in economics from the University of Basel and an M.A. in business management from the University of St. Gallen, both in Switzerland.

Yaron Ernst is the Founder & CEO of Pulsar Connect, an innovative platform that serves as a global marketplace for funds and other instruments, and allows institutional investors around the world to collaborate. Yaron was Managing Director at Moody’s, with global responsibility for ratings of asset managers and funds. He was previously Head of Business Development of Moody’s Structured Finance Group and held several analytical positions. Yaron was formerly a structured finance attorney with Cadwalader in NYC. Yaron holds an Executive MBA from HEC-Paris, a Finance certificate from NYU, a Master of Laws from Cornell Law School and a Bachelor of Laws from Tel Aviv University.

Michael Ferguson is the EY Luxembourg Asset Management Practice Leader and their EMEIA Regulated Investment Funds Leader. His primary responsibility is to lead and develop audit and related services that EY delivers to an international investment management clientele. Michael has over 25 years experience in the investment management industry primarily in Luxembourg, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Michael is a member of EY’s Global Asset Management Advisory Board and of its Global Hedge Fund Committee. His clients include a wide variety of mutual funds, hedge funds and structured products promoted by global asset managers. Michael Ferguson is a member of the Board of Directors of Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (“ALFI”) and chairs and participates in various ALFI committees. Michael is also a regular speaker at asset management conferences, including the local ALFI conferences as well as ALFI Road-shows to Asia, the UK and the US. He has written many articles and publications about the investment fund industry.     

Said Fihri, Associate Partner, KPMG in Luxembourg. Before joining KPMG Luxembourg in 2011, Said had five years’ experience in fund distribution and regulatory with Deloitte, and two years’ experience in a large U.S. asset manager (BlackRock). Said has 11 years’ experience in cross-border regulations involving more than 40 jurisdictions, working with numerous large asset managers on global strategies covering compliance, regulatory research and market analysis. He has also expertise in the digitalisation of the fund industry and helps large asset managers with their digitalisation strategies. Finally, he chairs the working Digital Investing working group at the ALFI.

Campbell Fleming is the Global Head of Distribution and is responsible for Aberdeen’s client, sales and marketing efforts across the globe. Campbell joined Aberdeen in August 2016 from Columbia Threadneedle Investments where he was the Chief Executive – EMEA and Global COO, having joined the firm in November 2009 as the Global Head of Distribution. Previously, Campbell worked for JPMorgan Asset Management as Head of UK after performing a variety of roles within the firm and Europe.  Campbell had joined JPMorgan with its acquisition of Robert Fleming Asset Management in 2000 (which he joined in 1997). Prior to that, Campbell worked for Financial Service regulators in the UK and Australia as well as the Australian Government Solicitor/Attorney General’s Department in Sydney Australia where he completed his Legal training. Campbell graduated in 1991 with a Dip Law at Barristers Admission Board through the Law Extension Committee, Sydney University. Campbell was admitted as a Barrister to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1991 and to the Supreme Court of England & Wales as a non-practising Solicitor.  Campbell is the Chair of ICI Global steering committee, and previously been on the advisory or statutory Boards of CityUK and The Investment Association.

Gerard Franklin joined Tishman Speyer in 2007 and currently oversees European tax functions for investments in Europe. In this role, he is responsible for tax matters related to acquisitions, development projects and existing properties within the European portfolio. Prior to joining Tishman Speyer, Mr. Franklin was a senior manager in the real estate tax team at KPMG in London, where he was responsible for providing tax structuring advice on European real estate investments. He has been a tax advisor for almost 20 years, and has specialized in real estate tax. Mr. Franklin holds a BSocS in politics and economics from Birmingham University and is a Chartered Tax Advisor.

Luc Frieden is an attorney and is a partner with the Luxembourg law firm Elvinger Hoss. From 1998 to 2013, Luc FRIEDEN served in successive Luxembourg Governments as Minister of Justice, Treasury and Finance. He was a member of the Eurogroup and the European Council of Ministers of Justice and Finance. Luc FRIEDEN is also Chairman of the Board of Banque Internationale BIL, Luxembourg’s oldest bank. He is a visiting professor at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland. He graduated in law from the Universities of Paris Sorbonne, Cambridge and Harvard Law School.


Jean Pierre Gomez is Head of Regulatory & Public Affairs at Société Générale Securities Services in Luxembourg. In this role, he is responsible for developing the business strategy and the visibility of SGSS in Luxembourg. He has 25 years of experience in the investment funds industry. Prior to joining SGSS in 2009, Jean Pierre held several senior positions in collective investment, custody and fund administration, worked as consultant for 3 years and served as director for a number of fund management companies and funds. He has substantial and extensive client management experience covering a broad range of fund administration services (including the core services of custody, fund accounting and transfer agency), compliance and funds corporate services. Jean-Pierre contributes actively to ALFI and LPEA working groups, the Luxembourg funds industry trade associations aiming at promoting Luxembourg as main European Centre for investment funds.  He is also a lecturer at the Luxembourg Institute for Training in Banking (IFBL). He is a regular speaker at international seminars and conferences and was involved in MiFID II workshops organized by Markus FERBER at the European Parliament in 2015 and in 2016.

Jean‑Marc Goy is the Counsel for International Affairs of the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF), the Luxembourg Supervisory Authority of the Financial Sector, where he is in charge of ensuring the communication and relations with foreign Supervisory Authorities, in particular in the field of investment management. He is representing the CSSF within a number of international forums, such as the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Investment Management Standing Committee and its Sub‑Groups, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and the Enlarged Contact Group. He lectures at the University of Luxembourg and he is the Vice‑President of the Board of the Luxembourg Institute of Socio‑Economic Research (LISER). Before joining the supervisory authority in 1998, Jean‑Marc worked a couple of years as an attorney‑at‑law for a Luxembourg law firm. He has studied law at the University of Montpellier (France), where he earned a Master of Laws degree and a postgraduate degree.

Sebastian Hasenack is responsible for the operative portfolio management. In his role as leading asset and fund manager at Rhein Asset Management SA, Sebastian developed systematic asset strategies for the successful management of big assets.

Nev Hyman is an internationally recognised member of the surfing community, having established two of the best known and most successful surfboard brands in the world: Nev Future Shapes and recently Firewire Surfboards. He turned his attention to the housing industry in 2009 with a vision to use recyclable materials to build low cost rapidly deployable homes. When Nev is not surfing, you'll find him talking to Prime Ministers, Housing Ministers, Finance Ministers, Education Ministers, Health Ministers, Ministers for Energy, Community Elders, Clan Leaders and the Heads of Pension Fund Institutions. He has a heart for the people, a global solution and the resolve to make a difference in this world.

Before getting involved in the thrilling Blockchain industry, Marco Houwen founded LuxCloud S.A. in 2010. A market leading provider of cloud service brokerage enablement. Prior to that in 2000, Marco co-founded Datacenter Luxembourg S.A., now recognised as one of the biggest Internet success stories in Luxembourg . Marco also co-founded EuroDNS, e-Brand Services, VoipGate and other ventures. Marco successfully launched the cross-industry initiative LU-CIX and has the honor to serve as Chairman of LU-CIX A.s.b.l. . As such he contributes actively on the construction and promotion of the Luxembourgish internet eco-system. In addition to the above Marco is an active business angel. Luxembourgish born and fluent in English, German and French, Marco has built an international profile by participating in numerous industry forums and advisory groups. With a background in Sales and Marketing, he is passionate about human excellence and contact and strives to get the best out of himself and others.

Lou Kiesch 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 a member of different ALFI working groups and chairs ALFI’s committee for International Distribution. He is furthermore Vice-President of the ALFI Regulatory Board. He is since June 2009 member of the ALFI Board.

Bob Kneip is Founder and Chairman of KNEIP, the leading expert in data and reporting for the financial industry. Bob has distanced himself from day-to-day operations, now entrusting them to a CEO, to contribute to ‘the enormous changes caused by the market trends, new technologies and ever-changing regulation, impacting our industry ’. Bob is focused on the future role of KNEIP and the regeneration of the fund industry; he is the obvious choice to lead the change process. Further, Bob is leading KNEIP’s digital project, aiming to deliver industry value and efficiency solutions. A digital transformation team has been recruited, headed by the former Skype COO. Bob will leverage his extensive experience and network, devoting more time to meeting the customers, industry experts, academics and experts engaged in the industry.
KNEIP has two priorities:
•the first, is to continue to provide quality services and support via his newly appointed CEO and leadership team;
•the second, is to lead the digital transformation mission, supporting fund industry challenges, harnessing KNEIP’s expertise, using agile teams to support the digital transformation team.
Further, Bob is a board member of Quilvest S.A. and San Faustin S.A., along with charitable organisations.
Yves Knel has over 15 years' professional experience (including 3 years in Hong Kong). He is specialised in the AIF industry (real estate, private equity, etc.). He focus also on cross-border tax planning for Sovereign Wealth Funds, Asia-Pacific clients as well as Hospitality & Leisure businesses. He is also a co-leader of the Luxembourg Chinese Services Group. Yves advises clients on a wide variety of international tax issues, including M&A, transactional, financing, income repatriation, etc.

Evie Lamprou is responsible for CPG’s distribution efforts in Europe, including sales, marketing and business development strategy. Prior to CPG, Evie worked at RBS where she was the product manager for the Market Access ETF range and a fund structurer within the Structured Funds team, designing and launching funds and fund-based solutions. Prior to RBS, Evie worked in the ETF structuring team in Deutsche Bank’s Global Markets. Evie holds a M.Sc. in Economics and Finance from Warwick Business School and a Bachelors degree in Financial Management and Banking from the University of Piraeus, as well as the Investment Management Certificate.

Isabelle Lebbe is a Partner in the Investment Management practice of Arendt & Medernach where she specialises in a wide range of investment funds with a focus on regulated funds and management entities. Isabelle also works with her colleagues in the litigation team on regulatory complaints and judicial proceedings involving regulated funds or their service providers. Isabelle is a regular conference speaker. She participates to a number of committees established by the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry and the regulatory authority of the financial sector in Luxembourg. She is the co-author of a book entitled Undertakings for Collective Investment under Luxembourg Law, published by Oxford University Pres.

Steven Libby leads the PwC Asset Management team in Luxembourg, is the global PwC Asset Management Advisory Leader and has responsibility for the Transformation Office of PwC Luxembourg. He joined PwC San Francisco in 1991 in the audit practice working across a diverse number of industries, including investment management, real estate and telecommunications.  In September 1996, Steven transferred to the PwC Luxembourg office where his focus has been primarily on the asset management industry, working in both an audit and advisory capacity.  With over 20 years of experience, Steven is a Partner within the Advisory practice and has also been leading the PwC Asset Management Luxembourg and European Third Party Assurance (controls reporting – SOC1 / ISAE 3402) group.  As such and through all of his responsibilities, Steven has gained significant experience supporting the asset management community from strategy through execution, including a focus on fund accounting, transfer agency and custody operations. Steven has also led a diverse number of projects, ranging from market entry studies to FATCA assessments. Steven is a Board member of the Luxembourg Fund Association (ALFI), a member of various IRE committees and a Board member and Financial Services committee member of AMCHAM.

Rory Macmillan is a Principal with The Carlyle Group and the Director of External Affairs for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Mr. Macmillan is based in London. Mr. Macmillan came to Carlyle from Nike Inc, where he was the Director of Government and Public Affairs for EMEA. Prior to joining Nike, he held several senior positions in the international government relations and communications sectors, most notably with the L'Oréal Group, Cosmetics Europe, the European Toiletry & Cosmetic Industry Association and ISA, the International Food Industry Additives Association. Mr. Macmillan is a graduate of University of Dublin, Trinity College where he earned his Masters Degree in Economics. Mr. Macmillan remains an active member in numerous prominent business organizations. Currently he chairs the board of EPER, the European Private Equity Round Table as well as being member of the board at Invest Europe, the European Private Equity Association . He also serves on the Board of World Child Cancer, an international non-profit association which supports some of the poorest children worldwide to access cancer diagnosis, treatment and care.

Catherine Martougin is a partner in the Funds&Asset Management team of the Baker McKenzie Luxembourg office. She has more than 17 years' experience in business law. Catherine represents real estate funds, private equity funds, debt ad infrastructure funds and other financial institutions. She works on a range of corporate and commercial transactions, including organizational structuring and related regulatory matters (notably AIFs and AIFMs), as well as initial fund formation, complex restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, asset dispositions, secondary trades, capital raisings, real estate investments, venture capital investments, and joint venture arrangements. Catherine is a regular speaker at international seminars and is member of the management board of INREV.

Andrew  McNally - Chief Executive Officer. 27 years of equity market experience - Asset management, brokerage, investment banking - Previously Chairman for Berenberg UK - Morgan Stanley, Henderson Investors, NPI, Sun Alliance Investment Management. Andrew is a Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Equitile. A new investment management firm with a strong focus on investment resilience and fair fees. Andrew's desire to promote broader equity ownership and to develop a more rigorous approach to understanding corporate resilience are behind his decision to found Equitile. Previously, as one of the founders of Berenberg's UK operation, he has been a strong advocate of advice based on fundamental research which builds a deep understanding of corporations and industries. Andrew has been a regular commentator on the structural flaws in finance and has written extensively on the value of equity ownership and equity finance. His recent book, ‘Debtonator’, expands on these ideas. Andrew holds a first class honours degree in Economics from the University of Leicester.

Nick Middleton

Experience: UBS SmartWealth, Co-Head, UBS SmartWealth - Bringing goals-based relevance to investing; UBS Wealth Management, Executive Director: Desk Head of a team of nine client advisors managing assets on behalf of those clients primarily invested in our discretionary investment management service; UBS Wealth Management, Director: managing private client relationships through the provision of discretionary and advisory investment advice as well as lending solutions and other banking services; Senior Investment Director, Rensburg Sheppards: investment management of discretionary and advisory portfolios for private clients, pension and charity accounts.

Diala Minott is a Corporate partner in the London office of Paul Hastings. Mrs. Minott specializes in structured finance transactions, including acting on numerous CLOs and CDOs—both pre- and post-crisis, as well as acting on bespoke hybrid mid-market CLO type funds. Her practice also encompasses debt and credit funds with a particular focus on direct lending, CLO equity and risk retention funds. She covers regulated and unregulated funds, both onshore and offshore, with a particular expertise in Luxembourg funds.

After studying law in Paris („maîtrise en droit“ at the Sorbonne) and London (LLM at University College), Charles Muller became a Luxembourg barrister („avocat à la Cour“). In 1994 he joined Banque Générale du Luxembourg, where he held various legal positions in the retail, corporate and private banking departments, before being appointed Deputy Secretary General of the Bank. In 2003, he joined ALFI, the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry where he held the position of Deputy Director General in charge of i.a. Legal and Tax Affairs, Promotion, Communication and Press Relations. Charles was also a Board member of the world-wide federation of investment fund associations IIFA (International Investment Fund Association), a Board member of the European Federation for Retirement Provision (EFRP) and a member of the Management Committee of the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA). Since December 2011, Charles Muller is a Partner with KPMG Luxembourg, in charge of the Investment Management arm of the European Financial Services Regulatory Centre of Excellence, based in London. He is also a member of the KPMG global leadership team for Investment Management.

Peter Myners is a partner within Allen & Overy’s Luxembourg Corporate and M&A practice. He specialises in a wide range of corporate, corporate finance, and commercial matters, with particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures / co-investments and the setting up and ongoing operation of Luxembourg investment platforms for asset managers including private equity, real estate, hedge, debt and multi-strategy asset managers. He regularly acts as the key point of contact for clients, coordinating specialist teams as needed, both in relation to Luxembourg structures and also the investments that are carried out from those structures. He joined Allen & Overy in Luxembourg in 2010 and was previously on secondment to a FTSE 100 company in Luxembourg in 2006.


Andrew Payne joined Pradera in March 2016 as Finance Director for the existing European retail property funds.  Andrew has significant involvement in new business, including the recent launch of Pradera European Retail Parks SCSp, a RAIF established in Luxembourg to acquire a €900m pan-European portfolio of retail properties from Ikea. Prior to joining Pradera, Andrew was based in the Middle East, where he held the position of Head of Real Estate Investment for a local bank and then Fund Manager for a $750m German residential and commercial fund.  A qualified Chartered Accountant, Andrew previously spent 12 years with Deloitte Corporate Finance in London, working in both the due diligence and deal advisory divisions.

Helena Quinn is a member of SGG UK’s senior commercial team and contributes in particular to the Group’s presence on the fund market,  supporting clients on their European investment vehicles and best regulatory practices. Helena is an experienced executive in fund services and brings over 10 years' experience in management and business development positions in the UK. Prior to joining SGG, she was Head of Sales for another large financial services provider, where she assisted Asset Managers in establishing funds and addressing their regulatory concerns in the UK, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands and Luxembourg. Helena sits on both the Market Intelligence and Promotional Committees of the Luxembourg Private Equity Association (LPEA) and is an active participant in the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA).

Geoff Radcliffe, Managing Director, heads BlackRock EMEA Fund Administration with responsibilities extending into Asia Pacific.  The EMEA population is 1,100 funds with fund assets, primarily in UK, Luxembourg & Ireland, exceeding US$900 billion. He leads teams in various countries which focus on change management, exception management and risk management. He joined BlackRock in 1998 and has 30 years of fund, accounting and banking experience gained in Luxembourg, Bermuda, London and Isle of Man. He is a chartered accountant, resident in Luxembourg and a director of BlackRock funds and group companies. He was appointed to the ALFI board of directors in 2013.

Mark Reid is a Senior Finance Director for LaSalle Investment Management in London with 17 years financial services experience.  He has worked in the real estate funds industry since 2004, firstly with PwC UK in their real estate tax team before moving across to TH Real Estate (formerly Henderson Global Investors) in 2008.  During his eight years at TH Real Estate he was responsible for a number of UK and Luxembourg closed and open-ended fund vehicles, most recently overseeing the launch of an open-ended pan-European fund structured in the form of a Luxembourg SCSp.  At LaSalle he is responsible for the financial management and operations of LaSalle’s UK real estate funds as well as LaSalle’s Luxembourg operations.  He is actively involved in the design and operation of new fund products. He holds a Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Olivier Renault is Country Manager for Société Générale Securities Services in Luxembourg since July 2010 and as such is a member of the Executive Committee of Société Générale Bank and Trust. Olivier  began  his  career  as  a  consultant in  the  banking sector  and  was  appointed Director of Financial Control for a services company  in  France.  Olivier joined Société Générale in 1999 as Head of Depobank in France. In 2006, he became Deputy Head of SGSS S.p.A in Milan and was responsible for project integration and synergies. Olivier is of French nationality and holds a MBA from the Paris Graduate School of Economics, Statistics and Finance (ENSAE).

Anne Richards is the Chief Executive of M&G, a position she has held since June 2016. Before joining Prudential, Anne was Chief Investment Officer and Head of the EMEA region for Aberdeen Asset Management PLC. Anne began her career in Geneva at the nuclear research organisation CERN before working for the technology consultancy Cambridge Consultants. She became an analyst for Alliance Capital in 1992 and then moved into portfolio management with roles at JPMorgan Investment Management and Mercury Asset Management. She joined the Board of Edinburgh Fund Managers as Chief Investment Officer and Joint Managing Director in 2002, and continued as CIO following Aberdeen Asset Management's acquisition of Edinburgh Fund Managers in 2003. Anne is Vice Convener of the Court of Edinburgh University, Chair of the CERN & Society Foundation, and a member of the Financial Conduct Authority Practitioner Panel. She is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, an Honorary Fellow of the CFA Institute (UK) and holds an honorary degree from Heriot-Watt University. Anne is also on the Board of Leaders of 2020 Women on Boards, a US organisation which aims to increase the proportion of women on corporate boards. From 2012-2016 Anne was a non-Executive Director of Esure Group. She is also on the Steering Committee of the 30% Club. Anne was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in 2014, and a CBE in 2015. In September 2016 she was placed at Number 45 on the Fortune Most Powerful Women International List.

Stephen Roberts

Jeffrey J. Sherman, CFA - Deputy Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Sherman joined DoubleLine in 2009, currently serves as the Deputy Chief Investment Officer and is a member of DoubleLine’s Executive Management and Fixed Income Asset Allocation Committees. Additionally he serves as a portfolio manager for multi-sector strategies.

Sunaina Sinha  is the founder and Managing Partner of Cebile Capital, a placement agent and secondaries advisor. Under her leadership, Cebile Capital has quickly become one of the leading advisors in private equity and infrastructure. 

Cebile Capital has raised exceptional mid-market funds and served as an advisor to both buyers and sellers of a significant number of secondaries deals. Sunaina was named Best Placement Agent and Winner of the European Emerging Leaders Awards.

Johan Terblanche is a partner of Dechert (Luxembourg) LLP and has been focusing on fund structuring/formation and regulated financial business since 2001.  He advises managers and investors of collective investment funds, with a particular focus on alternative funds and their management entities.  Before returning to Luxembourg in 2007, he spent five years practicing fund law in the British Virgin Islands. He is recognized as a leading fund lawyer in several industry publications and regularly speaks at conferences and fund events. He has published articles in several industry publications and is a member of several working groups of ALFI.

Denise Voss is the Chairman of ALFI, the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry. Denise is Conducting Officer of Franklin Templeton Investments, she has worked in the financial industry in Luxembourg since 1990. She joined Franklin Templeton Investments in 1995 and is currently Conducting Officer and board member of Franklin Templeton International Services S.à r.l., a Luxembourg-based management company, managing both UCITS and AIFs, in and outside of the EU. Prior to joining Franklin Templeton Investments, she worked in the audit division of Coopers & Lybrand in Boston, USA and Luxembourg for over 9 years. Denise holds a Massachusetts C.P.A. license and obtained an undergraduate degree from Tufts University, as well as a master’s degree in accountancy from Bentley College.

Jeremie Vuillquez is a Senior Legal Counsel at Invesco, responsible for managing the legal team in charge of the products of the Invesco Group domiciled in Luxembourg, Ireland and France. Prior to joining Invesco in 2010, he was an Associate at Arendt in Luxembourg. He is a graduate of Paris II Panthéon Assas and holds a LLM from Duke University.

Serge Weyland is responsible for the Financial Institutions business line at Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (BIL). BIL provides a broad range of financial services to a variety of institutional clients ranging from fund management companies, private equity and real estate funds to Fintech companies. Before joining BIL, Serge spent five years with Caceis where he was responsible for North American & UK based alternative funds serviced globally. Previous working experience includes the private bank Sal. Oppenheim and the management consulting firm Accenture. Serge is the co-chair of the Alfi Digital Forum and a member of Alfi and LPEA working groups focusing on hedge funds and private debt.

Jérôme Wigny became a member of the Luxembourg Bar in 1994 and a partner of Elvinger Hoss Prussen in 2001. He specialises in investment funds (UCITS and AIFs, in particular those pursuing alternative strategies) as well as management companies and alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs). He is a member of various commissions of the "Luxembourg Association of Investment Funds" (ALFI) and co-chairs the Hedge Fund commission. He is also a member of the investment fund committee of the "Luxembourg Directors' Institute" (ILA) and of the "Haut Comité de la Place Financière (HCPF), the advisory committee to the Luxembourg Ministry of Finance. He holds a "licence en droit belge" from the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve. He is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars, in particular in relation to investment fund-related topics, and is an invited professor at Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), Liège (Belgium).

Richard Withers is Vanguard's European Head of Government Relations. In this role, he is responsible for formulating the development and prioritization of Vanguard's positions on legislative and regulatory developments throughout Europe and engaging with European policymakers and regulators. Richard joined Vanguard in December 2012, initially in a Legal role and subsequently led Vanguard's European Compliance team. Prior to joining Vanguard, Richard worked for two London based international law firms.

Jérôme Wittamer is Managing Partner at Expon Capital, a global Venture Capital firm dedicated to exponential technologies and markets, and President of the Luxembourg’s Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LPEA). Before that, Jerome was Managing Director at Genii Capital and senior member of the management team at BIP Investment Partners S.A. Over the years he has been active in multiple nonprofit organisations. He graduated Cum Laude in Law from Université Catholique de Louvain and received his MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management.

Ali Ziai is a Director and Conducting Person of Orbis Investment Management (Luxembourg) S.A., a UCITS management company which manages the Orbis SICAV (launched in 2002) and, through a management company passport into the United Kingdom, the Orbis OEIC (launched in 2014).  Ali joined Orbis in 2007, serving in the role of Legal Counsel from the Group’s headquarters in Bermuda before moving to Luxembourg in 2012. Prior to joining Orbis, Ali practiced corporate securities law at the law firm of Goodmans LLP in Toronto and more recently at a prominent law firm in Bermuda.

Nasir Zubairi is a Fintech advisor, an entrepreneur and an investor. He spent 12 years working within Capital Markets at RBS, ICAP, HSBC and EBS.  He has been immersed in the Fintech and startup sector for the past six years. As an entrepreneur, Nasir has built multiple Fintech businesses across verticals. He has advised the boards of leading financial institutions, central banks and governments. Nasir is included in the “Top 40 innovators shaping the future of financial services” by The Wall Street Journal/Financial News. Nasir has a BSc from the London School of Economics and is a Sloan Fellow from London Business School.


Updated on 18/05/17  
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