Private Equity: Focus on Fundraising

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LPEA Insights conference sheds light on the next chapter of Private Equity developments in Luxembourg.

The Luxembourg Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LPEA) is hosting its annual Insights conference this Thursday 13th of October with a focus on Fundraising.

Luxembourg is the “go to” place for Private Equity (PE) and Venture Capital (VC) Fund managers to setup shop in the EU. The activities of fund managers in Luxembourg today are much more diverse than they were a decade ago. This represents an evolution towards a more complete value chain of PE-VC activities and places Luxembourg closer to the decision making process of investment groups. Many believe the next chapter of development will take place on the Fundraising side with Luxembourg teams becoming actively involved in the fundraising process of the funds.

Private Equity investors such as pension funds, foundations and other institutional investors are familiar with Luxembourg fund structures but the fund raising process and investor relations in general are not yet commonly deployed from Luxembourg. This has been gradually changing and the LPEA Insights conference will highlight this change by animating the discussion with locally based Luxembourg-based managers.

Gilles Dusemon, Partner of Arendt & Medernach and one of the voices anticipating this market shift, will lead a discussion with representatives from Coller Capital, Advent International, Cube Infrastructure Managers and Ilavska Vuillermoz Capital.

The conference goes even one-step further by inviting six fund managers to present their upcoming funds. Such presentations are traditionally only available to professional investors but in this case will be adapted to illustrate the fundraising activities that are today already taking place from Luxembourg.

Another hot topic addressed in the conference will be the expansion of PE and VC’s investor base. With Preqin’s latest Alternatives report[1] anticipating the sector to nearly double in size in the next 5 years to USD 7.6 trillion, the conference will address the different types of investors gaining exposure to PE. This will be covered in a series of short interviews which include the testimony of Franz Gaul, former CIO of the Max Planck Foundation who built the organisation’s portfolio of alternative investments for the past 13 years.

The LPEA Insights conference is known to be a privileged forum for PE and VC practitioners and this year again will be the meeting point of the industry and the lighthouse for what is to come.

[1] Preqin Special Report: The Future of Alternatives in 2027