LPEA Insights

360 GP View

The LPEA Insights: 360 GP View conference is a new concept proposed by the Luxembourg Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. This new initiative will bring on stage General Partners (GPs) and Limited Partners (LPs) to discuss and showcase the industry from the “360” perspective of local practitioners, together with additional contributions from guest speakers specially invited to the event. 

Learn why buyout, venture capital, private debt, emerging markets and other private equity strategies outperform traditional asset classes, get abreast of the latest trends and opportunities and discover how to deploy money into these investment strategies.

Free for Investors/ Asset Managers.

50% Discount to members of LPEA.

Take advantage of early bird rates.


1.45 p.m.

Welcome Coffee

Opening & Keynote Speech

2.30 p.m.

PE and VC in Luxembourg: 10 years from now by Jerome Wittamer, President of LPEA/ Founding Partner, Expon Capital
Welcome speech by the Minister of Finance H.E. Pierre Gramegna
Keynote by Mark Florman, LPEQ – Listed Private Equity Association

What it takes to succeed in Private Equity

How to drive success from different portfolio strategies: direct investing, co-investing and fund of fund investing.
Testimonials from managers of buyout and growth funds raised from institutional investors and family offices.

3 p.m.

Claus Mansfeldt, Swancap
Manuel Roumain, Kharis Capital
Stephanie Delperdange, Sofina
Pierre Weimerskirch, Luxembourg Investment Solutions (moderator)

Luxembourg in the global Venture Capital ecosystem

Why Venture Capital investing requires deep expertise. Why is it the best time ever to be an Entrepreneur in Europe and what are the new opportunities in technology? How is the VC scene changing? What does VC bring to an investment portfolio? Who is investing in this asset class?

3.30 p.m.

Uli Grabenwarter, Luxembourg Future Fund/ EIF
Rodrigo Sepulveda Schulz, Expon Capital
Hans Jürgen Schmitz, Mangrove Capital Partners
Gilles Dusemon, Arendt & Medernach (moderator)

4 p.m.

Coffee Break

The rise of direct lending in Europe

What is the range of private debt opportunities and investment strategies ? How conservative is this asset class? How to best get access to it?
Does it replace traditional bond portfolios? Who is investing in this asset class?

4.30 p.m.

Edouard Guillet, IPF Partners
Gustavo Diquez, Cordet Capital Partners
Maximilien Dambax, AlterDomus (moderator)

Luxembourg in the crossroads of Emerging Markets

What is Emerging Markets investing and why is it relevant today? Where are the opportunities ? What is the best way to address these markets? Is this strategy for all types of investors?

5.00 p.m.

Julien Kinic, IDI Emerging Markets
Jean Philippe de Schrevel, Bamboo Capital
Carlos Heneine, Quilvest Private Equity
Anja Grenner, SGG (moderator)

Structuring benchmark

How to navigate the different alternatives structures and pick the right one for your investment strategy.

5.30 p.m.

Andrea Neuböck-Escher, EQT Fund Management
David Capocci, KPMG (moderator)

Closing Speech

François Tesch, Luxempart

6.00 p.m.


6.15 p.m.


Stephanie Delperdange

Head of Luxembourg Office, Sofina

Stéphanie Delperdange joined Sofina in 2007. She is heading the Luxembourg office of Sofina group in charge of managing a diversified portfolio of venture and private equity funds, mainly focused on the United States, but also Europe, India and China. In her role, she is implicated in the selection of GP’s as well as on the day-to-day management of the Luxembourg entities of the group. Earlier in her career, Stéphanie was audit manager at KPMG Luxembourg. She is a graduate of the ICHEC business school in Brussels and is a Luxembourg chartered accountant.

Gustavo Diquez

Investment Professional & Chief Operating Officer, CORDET Capital

Gustavo joined CORDET Capital  in 2013 as COO and Investment professional responsible for the UK and Northern Europe. CORDET is an independent credit specialist offering private debt and direct lending solutions for smaller mid-market companies and core income-focused credit investment solutions for institutional investors. Gustavo began his Leveraged Finance career with Dresdner Kleinwort and has underwritten over €20bn of loans and high yield bonds to date. Prior to joining CORDET, Gustavo was part of UBS’s Sponsor Coverage and Leveraged Finance team in London where he worked on private equity transactions and corporate refinancings, gaining extensive origination, structuring and execution experience.

Mark Florman

Chairman of LPEQ

Mark Florman’s career in financial services spans some 30 years. Following an early career in banking, including the creation and leadership of one of the leading independent investment banks in Europe, he was a Senior Principal at Doughty Hanson from 2001 to 2008. He went on to form the private equity business 8 Miles and was CEO of the BVCA from January 2011 until April 2013, where he encouraged a new dialogue with regulators and politicians focusing on the role of private equity and venture capital in driving economic growth in Europe’s economies. In 2014, Mark became a Trustee of the BBC Trust and is the BBC Trustee for England. In 2016 Mark was appointed Chairman of  the Listed Private Equity Association (LPEQ).

Uli Grabenwarter

Deputy Director, European Investment Fund

Uli Grabenwarter is Deputy Director at the EIF overseeing activities in Impact Investing, Technology Transfer and Venture Capital. Previously he was responsible for EIF’s strategic development for equity and has led the build-up of the Social Impact Accelerator, the first pan-European social impact investing fund-of-funds. From 2010 to 2012 he conducted a research project on impact investing in collaboration with IESE University of Navarra (Barcelona) and the Family Office Circle Foundation in Switzerland, analysing best-market-practice for impact investing in private equity and VC.

Edouard Guillet

Partner, IPF Partners

Edouard Guillet is Partner of IPF Partners, leading alternative financing provider focused on the European healthcare sector. With 18 years of experience in the healthcare industry & consulting, Guillet is a former Business Unit head at Gilead Sciences and Manager at Medtronic and the Boston Consulting Group. He has an extensive experience in healthcare product, project and general management and an MsC from HEC School of Management in Paris.

Carlos Heneine

Co-head of Emerging Markets, Quilvest Private Equity

Carlos Héneiné manages the team at Quilvest that oversees PE Investments in Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe as well as Middle East and Africa. He is based in Dubai, where he is a Managing Director of the office that handles co-investor relationships with regional family offices and institutions. Carlos started his career at British Aerospace and after his MBA embarked on a 10 year stint in Consulting at Booz Allen and Hamilton and Mercer Management (now Oliver Wyman). He shifted to the financial sector in 1999 when he joined Banque Saradar as Head of Strategy before assuming his current functions at Quilvest in 2005. Carlos holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelors degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College of Science and Technology at London University.

Julien Kinic

Managing Partner, IDI Emerging Markets

Julien is a co-founder and a managing partner of IDI EM. He holds numerous seats in funds governance bodies as well as in portfolio companies’ boards. Previously, he spent two years in Agence Française de Développement (AFD, Proparco), the French government arm dedicated to the financing of emerging and developing countries, contributing to its development of both direct and indirect private equity investments. Prior to that, he spent 5 years as an investment director at Cognetas, formerly known as Electra Partners Europe, a pan-European fund specialized in LBO.

Claus Mansfeldt

Chairman / Managing Director, SwanCap Investment Management SA

Prior to SwanCap, Claus was heading UniCredit’s Principal Investments unit in London for 10 years where he was responsible for managing the origination, structuring and execution of private equity investments with a focus on Central & Eastern Europe (CEE). Before UniCredit Claus worked for Commerzbank in the Corporate Finance & Capital Markets division in London and was responsible for origination in the Nordic Region. Prior to this Claus also worked 12 years for Nomura International plc (London), in the Merchant Banking division, focused on direct investments in CEE (1995-2000) and in the Capital Markets division (1988-1995). Education: BSc.(Econ), London School of Economics.

Rajaa Mekouar

Syndicate, Investments & Partnerships, Kharis Capital

Rajaa Mekouar has joined Kharis Capital in 2016 after 15 years of experience in Private Equity. Arriving in Luxembourg to set up a PE division in Fuchs Group, Rajaa has a long career with GP roles at Draper Fisher Jurvetson ePlanet Ventures, Lazard European Private Equity Partners, Change Capital Partners and Serendipity as well with an advisor/ LP focus in Massena Partners, Terra Magna Capital and Maera Capital. Graduated by HEC Grande Ecole and MBA INSEAD, Rajaa started her career at Procter & Gamble and Dresdner Kleinwort (M&A).

Andrea Neuböck-Escher

Manager, EQT Fund Management S.à r.l.

Andrea has over 9 years of professional Private Equity experience gained in various roles for EQT with a strong focus on transaction structuring and management in and through Luxembourg. She started at EQT Partners in Munich in 2008 in the investment team and moved to Luxembourg in 2009 to help building up EQT‘s team and office there. Following the rapid growth of the group and the decision to put funds on-shore, she most recently spent most of her time on structuring and fundraising a big Luxembourg domiciled buy-out fund.

Manuel Roumain

Co-founder of Kharis Capital

Manuel Roumain managed direct and LP investments across all asset classes during his 10-year tenure as the Chief Investment Officer of a prominent Family Office in Geneva, the Edmond Safra Philanthropic Foundation, after having gained extensive Capital Markets experience with major Wall Street firms Goldman Sachs, UBS and Citigroup. Manuel serves as a non-executive board member of BK SEE, and Managing Partner of le Club B, a leading non-profit family office forum, connecting over 250 prominent families. His strategic thinking, focus and accountability have also allowed him to establish and foster key relationships with Fund Managers and long term investors.

Hans-Jürgen Schmitz

Co-founder, Mangrove Capital Partners

Hans-Jurgen 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 his firm in 2000 with Mark and Gerard because he believed they were a complementary team, something he keep considering a key success factor in every investment opportunity he look at. He is focused on finding innovative and disruptive businesses in the universe of e-commerce across Europe and emerging countries such as Russia and India, recognizing that in this field solid execution skills from the outset are equally as crucial as entrepreneurial spirit and vision to build big businesses.

Jean-Philippe de Schrevel

Founder & Managing Partner, Bamboo Capital

Jean-Philippe de Schrevel leads business development at Bamboo Finance. Previously, he co-founded BlueOrchard Finance in 2001. Prior to that, he was the Dexia Micro-Credit Fund Manager at Dexia Asset Management, a Junior economist in Romania for a EU PHARE technical assistance program, Field Consultant in Microfinance for a Belgian NGO, an Associate with McKinsey & Co, the Operations Director of a private Microfinance Foundation in Argentina, and a Consultant for the UNCTAD Microfinance Unit in Geneva. Jean-Philippe is fluent in French, Spanish and English. He holds a MA in Economics from Université Notre-dame de la Paix in Namur, Belgium, and a MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

Rodrigo Sepúlveda Schulz

Managing Partner, Expon Capital

Rodrigo Sepúlveda Schulz is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Expon Capital. He started his career working with industrial, banking, retail and media clients for two large consultancies co-creating the Internet security, Internet strategy and online marketplaces practices. He co-founded in 2002 Glowria, a video-rental and VOD service (#1 in France & #2 in Germany). In 2005, he co-founded and ran vpod.tv, an award-winning multi-media content management software. Both had significant venture-capital financing and were acquired. In 2009, he became an active business angel and startup mentor with a strong focus on consumers investing in companies such as Amiando, Trigami, GetAround, RecargaPay, ManifestCommerce, Boostable, Roomorama, Tribe, Holberton School, Attach.io, etc.

François Tesch

CEO/Managing Director of Luxempart

François Tesch serves as the CEO of Luxempart S.A. and as the Chairman of the board of Foyer S.A. and since 1985 has been its Director-General (now Chief Executive Officer). He serves as Vice Chairman of SES, S.A. and as Chairman of the Board Financière de Tubize S.A. He worked as a Financial Analyst at W.R. Grace & Co in New York and as a Financial Director at W.R. Grace & Co in Paris.

Jérôme Wittamer

President of LPEA

Jérôme Wittamer started investing in technology 25 years ago and has been active both as an investor and as an entrepreneur, all in the technology, telecom and internet space, most recently with Genii Capital for whom he led the successful sale of SecureIT, the datacenter used by Skype since day 1 in Luxembourg. At BIP Investment Partners he led successful investments in media and communication technology companies such as EVS (IPO), Option (IPO) and Evertz (IPO), all of which became a world leader in their field. During that period, he contributed to the foundation of VOXmobile, a mobile operator (sold to Orange).


David Capocci

Partner, Head of Alternative Investments, KPMG

Maximilien Dambax

Head of Debt Administration Services, Alterdomus

Gilles Dusemon

Partner, Private Equity & Real Estate, Arendt & Medernach

Anja Grenner

Fund Services Leader, SGG Luxembourg

Pierre Weimerskirch

Managing Partner, Luxembourg Investment Solutions






(as of 23/03/2017) Alpes Capital, Amethis Finance, Andbank Luxembourg, Apax, Apollo Real Estate Investment, Athys Capital Advisors, Aulien Partners, Bamboo Capital, Bear Value Management, Bemaco SA, CA Indosuez Wealth (Europe), Calibrium AG, Castik Capital S.a r.l., Cordet Capital Partners, Cinven, CIR International, CPP Investment Board, Creafund Management, Creon Capital, Degroof Petercam Asset Services, DEMETER-EMERTEC, Deutsche Bank Luxemborg SA, E² Capital, Edifice Capital Luxembourg, Encevo Group, EQC Agrifund, EQT Ventures, European Investment Bank, Expon Capital, European Investment Fund, Foyer, Fuchs Asset Management, FWU Invest, Genii Capital SA, Hld Associés Europe, ICBC (Europe) S.A., IDI Emerging Markets, ILP, Inserm Transfert Initiative, IPF Partners, IWI International Wealth Insurance SA, J.P. Morgan Bank Luxembourg, KBC Asset Management, KBL, Kharis Capital, KOHD Capital, LBAN, L-GAM Advisers LLP, Lalcap (UK), LuxempartMangrove Capital Partners, Marble Arch Capital Ventures LLP, MIM 3 SA Luxembourg, Mirabaud & Cie Europe, Mitsubishi Bank, Moai Partners SARL, Mojo.Capital, Monarch, New Angle Capital, Nordea Bank, Palmarium Fund Managers SA, Permira Luxembourg SARL, Pure Capital, Quilvest Private Equity, RIAM GmbH, RLCF, Royalton Partners SA, RMI Partners, Senthera Capital UG, Sienna Capital, Société Générale Bank & Trust – SGSS, Sodires, Sofina, SwanCap Investment Management, Tenzing Capital Partners SARL, Triton, TwentyTwo Group Holding, UniCredit Luxembourg, Victida SARL, VP Bank (Luxembourg) SA, Wendel.


The Luxembourg Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (LPEA) is the representative body of private equity and venture capital professionals in Luxembourg.

With over 140 members, LPEA plays a leading role in the discussion and development of the investment framework and actively promotes the industry beyond the country’s borders.

Luxembourg disposes of a stable tax regime and is today at the forefront of international PE regulation providing a flexible, secure, predictable and multi-lingual jurisdiction to operate in.

LPEA provides a dynamic and interactive platform for its members to discuss and exchange information and organises working meetings and networking opportunities on a regular basis.

If Luxembourg is your location of choice for private equity, LPEA is where you actually join the industry!

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