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What we represent

LPEA represents, promotes and protects the interests of the Luxembourg private equity and venture capital industry

by Jhemp Bastin. Photo: Luc Ewen

The Luxembourg Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (LPEA) is the most trusted and relevant representative body of private equity and venture capital practitioners with a presence in Luxembourg.

Created in 2010 by a leading group of private equity and venture capital players in Luxembourg, with 270 members today, LPEA plays a leading role locally actively promoting PE and VC in Luxembourg.

LPEA provides a dynamic and interactive platform which helps investors and advisors to navigate through latest trends in the industry. International by nature, the association allows members to network, exchange experience, expand their knowledge and grow professionally attending workshops and trainings held on a regular basis.

If Luxembourg is your location of choice for private equity, LPEA is your choice to achieve outstanding results.

LPEA is a member of Invest Europe and Luxembourg For Finance

Foundation of the LPEA.
June 2010
Appointment of Paul Junck as Managing Director
February 2013
Capital V Magazine #2
February 2014
Election of Jérôme Wittamer as President
September 2014
Capital V Magazine #4
February 2015
Capital V Magazine #6
February 2016
Capital V Magazine #8
February 2017
LPEA Insights Conference “360 GP View”
September 2017
PE Insight/Out Magazine #11
April 2018
Creation of the LPEA Young Leaders group
July 2018
PE Insight/Out Magazine #12
November 2018
PE Insight/Out Magazine #13
March 2019
Creation of the PE4W Initiative
August 2019
Appointment of Rajaa Mekouar as CEO Nomination of Claus Mansfeldt as President
September 2019
PE Insight/ Out Magazine #14
October 2019
Update of the PE in Luxembourg guide
January 2020
PE Insight/ Out Magazine #15
February 2020
February 2010
Election of Hans-Jürgen Schmitz as President
October 2010
Capital V Magazine #1
September 2013
Capital V Magazine #3
June 2014
Luís Galveias joins the team as Marketing & Communication Manager
September 2014
Capital V Magazine #5
September 2015
Capital V Magazine #7
September 2016
Capital V Magazine #9
April 2017
Capital V Magazine #10
February 2018
LPEA Insights Conference “Building the Real Economy”
May 2018
Election of Rajaa Mekouar as President
September 2018
Creation of the ESG Club
February 2019
LPEA Insights Conference “Private Equity 3.0”
March 2019
Michaela Viskupicova joins the team as Events & Communication Manager
September 2019
Creation of the Large Buyout Club
October 2019
Stephane Pesch joins the team as Director of Strategy
January 2020
Natalia Koltunovskaya joins the team as Head of International Development and Operations
February 2020
LPEA 10th Anniversary Party

Our mission

The mission of the LPEA is threefold:

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LPEA’s mission towards its members is to represent and promote the interest of Private Equity and Venture Capital (“PE”) players based in Luxembourg and abroad.

02

LPEA’s mission towards Luxembourg is to support government and private initiatives to enhance the attractiveness of Luxembourg as an international hub for carrying out PE business and/or servicing the PE/VC industry in all its dimensions.

03

In summary, LPEA is the go-to platform where PE practitioners can share knowledge, network and get updated on the latest trends of the industry across the value chain.

The Luxembourg PE industry, however, is distinct from many other countries. Due to the limited size of its domestic market, the added value of Luxembourg for the mostly international GPs is mainly represented by efficient PE transaction and fund structuring possibilities rather than PE investment opportunities on the national territory. This has several implications on the goals, objectives and composition of the LPEA.

As a general rule, LPEA shall encompass and represent the interests of all actors that shape or serve the PE value chain in Luxembourg, which include:

• Fund managers of PE-focused investment vehicles (“General Partners” or “GPs”),

• Institutional or non-institutional investors in PE (“Limited Partners” or “LPs”)

• Service providers to the PE industry

• Affiliate Members dedicated to individuals, physical persons who, due to their professional objectives, wish to connect with the LPEA and take an active role in the life of the association. This new category may include Independent Directors, freelance professionals, start-up founders, business angels, etc…

MOTTO

Matching Talent & Money.

LPEA aims at bringing new talents and young professionals to Luxembourg and to the PE asset class in particular. With this motto, LPEA intends to raise the level of expertise and the diversity of professionals by increasing the offer of high skilled experts and by actively contributing to that offer through training, mentoring and networking.

CEO MESSAGE

Dear Visitor,

Welcome to the world of LPEA, where you can learn about the PE / VC industry in Luxembourg!

We are unique for the reason that our Association is international by design and caters for mostly international members, which leads us to work closely with other PE associations from across Europe and beyond. Luxembourg is a key hub for PE/VC investors who seek a stable, multilingual and nimble environment to base their operations. Our work at the Association focuses on providing a platform where newcomers enjoy a “one-stop shop” while ensuring that existing operators keep abreast of the latest developments across the board.

We host a series of online and offline events that address the ever-growing diverse membership base. See our events

We offer different types of memberships, depending on the location, size and nature of your operations: See our memberships

As it stands, LPEA counts 279 members, 50% of which are investors (LPs & GPs, including Family Offices and Private Banks). There is a growing proportion since 2019, which shows that Luxembourg is gaining trust as a substance-focused hub. Take a look at our Members list

We are here to “match talent and money” and encourage you to contact our team to answer your queries, whether you are new to Luxembourg or want to navigate better in the PE/VC ecosystem as a local player.

Meanwhile you can browse through our extensive library of content, where you can read articles, view videos and browse through magazines on all important topics: See our media

Best wishes,

Rajaa MEKOUAR-SCHNEIDER
Rajaa Mekouar
CEO

team

Meet our team

Rajaa MEKOUAR-SCHNEIDER

Rajaa Mekouar

CEO

rajaa.mekouar@lpea.lu | +352-691-201-550

Rajaa has been a PE investor (GP and LP) since 2002, after a first career stint in Consumer Goods, an MBA and a job in investment banking. She has a passion for entrepreneurship in PE, hence a long term focus on SMEs, in Europe in particular. She worked at Lazard European Private Equity Partners where she was a founding principal, as well as Change Capital Partners and DFJ ePlanet Ventures, out of London. Rajaa then founded Maera Capital, a co-investment boutique dedicated to partnerships with Family Offices. She moved to Luxembourg at the end of 2015 to join a Family Office as head of PE. Here, she found a passion in promoting the Grand Duchy as a PE/VC hub and became President of LPEA in July 2018 before being appointed CEO in September 2019. Rajaa is the infinite engine of our association and generates a lot of energy to inspire the team. She also plays piano and loves to perform at our events.

Luis Galveias

Marketing Director

luis.galveias@lpea.lu | +352 28 68 19 -603

Luis started his marketing career when the new millennium knocked at his door. He is responsible for the face of LPEA and all the visuals we produce. He reviews the marketing strategy of the association and makes sure that all the work we do is recognised and well received by the public. Luis is also in charge of our publications such as Insight Out magazine and technical brochures about PE in Luxembourg. Luis has been a part of the association for 6 years and knows every member, understands their interests and also keeps track of young entrepreneurs in Luxembourg as he was one himself. He has a creative mind and likes photography.

Stephane Pesch

Director of Strategy

stephane.pesch@lpea.lu | +352 28 68 19 – 604

Stephane is the only Luxembourger in the team. He assists the CEO as part of the “Roadmap to 2025” Strategy Review. He has 15 years of experience in the investment funds industry, great entrepreneurial spirit and a deep local network. Stephane is in charge of different LPEA Technical Committees and Clubs (Legal, Tax, Operations, VC and others), public advocacy, governance and the LPEA Academy. He loves education and not only is he a professor and mentor for many young talents in town, but also he has an irresistible desire to improve his own knowledge and skills.

Michaela Viskupicova

Global Events & Strategy Manager

michaela.viskupicova@lpea.lu | +352 28 68 19 – 605

Michaela has now been working within the industry of organizing conferences for last 8 years. She is responsible for managing our global events and strategies. She uses her boundless creativity to improve our marketing strategy and leading PE4W project, which helps women pushing their career in private equity. She never leaves any detail forgotten and is an endless source of sarcastic jokes. Since she worked as a reporter in TV she moderates our events and you can find her on a stage with a microphone. She is a sporty person with an artistic soul, who lives by the quote from Nelson Mandela: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” as her motto.

Natalia Koltunovskaya

Head of International Development and Operations

natalia.koltunovskaya@lpea.lu | +352 28 68 19 – 606

Natalia started her career as a fashion editor in Conde Nast, one of the biggest media companies and then managed a company in early education in Tokyo. She makes sure our mission is accomplished and our work is more relevant. Natalia takes care of all events and meetings for SFOs, association’s newsletters, social media communication with public and our database. She is also promoting “matching talent & money” initiative, which helps young professionals to improve their skills and to find dream jobs in Luxembourg. Natalia likes travelling, visiting local art scenes and brings the inspiration and positive lightness back to the office.

Evi Gkini

Intern in Marketing & communication

evi.gkini@lpea.lu | +352 28 68 19 

Evi has 5 years of experience in B2B companies as project coordinator and event manager. She joined LPEA in April 2020 and assists us in communication with members and in our future marketing strategy. She also gives the team a fresh feedback on the whole picture of our activities. Evi is a student of the University of Luxembourg in Master of Entrepreneurship & Innovation and an energised and dynamic person. She loves traveling and she believes that people are the bigger asset in every organization and the bigger investment in life.

Kheira Mahmoudi

Executive Office & Operations Manager

kheira.mahmoudi@lpea.lu | +352 28 68 19 – 602

Kheira has been at LPEA from the very beginning. She knows everything about our association’s work and is the key for it to function properly. She takes care of all the enormous documentation of the company and everyone in it. Kheira keeps track and care of our membership application and invoices, our accounting, agendas and much ore. Kheira loves classical music and enjoys order, peace and silence.

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