Head of Syndicate / Direct Investments @ Kharis Capital
Rajaa Mekouar joined Kharis Capital, a direct investment firm backed by Family Offices and dedicated to mid cap Consumer investments in 2016, out of Luxembourg, after 15 years in Private Equity in London. Rajaa was previously an investor (GP) at Draper Fisher Jurvetson ePlanet Ventures, Lazard European Private Equity Partners and Change Capital Partners. In 2008, she co founded Terra Magna Capital, an Agriculture investment SPV via her own boutique, Maera Capital, in partnership with Massena Partners. She started her career in the late 1990s at Procter & Gamble and Dresdner Kleinwort (M&A). Rajaa is a graduate of HEC Grande Ecole and MBA INSEAD. She is an active board member of the LPEA and the initiator of the LPEA Insights Conference Series.
Managing Partner @ Cipio Partners
Hans van Swaay
Partner @ Lyrique
Hans van Swaay is a partner of Lyrique and has been active for more than twenty years in private equity as co-founder of Lyrique, as Head of Private Equity at Pictet & Cie, as Managing Director of UBS Capital, as Managing Director of Merifin and as partner of Lowe Finance. Lyrique invests in private equity for family offices, private wealth institutions and institutional investors.
Lyrique makes investments in niche private equity and venture capital funds. Hans is a co-author Private Equity 4.0, Reinventing Value Creation, published by Wiley in February 2015.
Managing Partner & Co-CEO @ SwanCap Partners
Andreas Bohn is Co-CEO & Managing Partner of SwanCap Partners, a leading independent private equity investment management platform with offices in Munich, Luxembourg, Milan and New York. Prior to joining SwanCap in 2015, Andreas worked for 22 years in a wide range of investment banking and private equity related functions at UniCredit/HypoVereinsbank, most recently serving as a Management Board member at UniCredit Bank AG and as a member of the Global UniCredit Corporate & Investment Banking Executive Committee. He co-founded and for many years led UniCredit’s Leveraged Finance business, which provided total debt financing in excess of €50 billion for over 400 private equity sponsored transactions in the European market. He also established the Private Equity / Principal Investments business of UniCredit, which committed a total of ca. €5bn to leading private equity sponsors, through fund investments as well as co-investments. Andreas received an MBA from Ludwig-Maximilians University and a PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Munich.
Chief Investment Officer @ KBC Pension Funds
Feike Van Eeghen
Vice President @ Wilshire Private Markets
Senior Investment Manager @ EIF
Kriss is a senior investment manager in EIF’s earlystage VC and BA fund-of-funds practice, former business angel, entrepreneur and management consultant. Kriss has a "hands-on" experience in co-founding and developing businesses in product and service sectors, advisory work, as well as investing himself as a business angel. Kriss holds an MBA degree from INSEAD (Singapore, France).
Director Funds Alternative Investments @ Intertrust Luxembourg
Within Intertrust’s Luxembourg office, Anja Grenner heads the Fund service line. Throughout her 24 years of experience, she has acquired a profound insight into key Private Equity and Real Estate markets, as well as a sound knowledge of administration, depositary, AIFM, audit and valuation matters. Prior to joining Intertrust in 2017, Anja worked for various fund administrators in Luxembourg as well as spending 8 years with EY Luxembourg as Head of Business Development for PE and RE. Anja holds a Master’s degree from the Giessen Justus-Liebig University, Germany, where she studied Business Administration and languages, as well as a post-graduate Diploma from Royal Holloway, University of London, the Investment Management Certificate and the Real Estate Certification of the Luxembourg IFBL. She is an active member of the Luxembourg Private Equity Association (LPEA) and of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI).
Briac M. Houtteville
Managing Director @ Greenhill & Co.
· Managing Director @ Greenhill secondary advisory (Greenhill acquired Cogent Partners 4 years ago). Based in London. With the team for 11 years
· Responsible for France, Benelux, Italy, Spain (LPs and GPs)
· Head of GP-led transactions in Europe
· Previously Manager at EY Transaction Advisory in Paris (previously Andersen)
· Graduated from ESSEC Business School (France) and INPG (France)
Head of Equity Investment Unit @ Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.
Managing Director @ Eurazeo
Laurent Guérineau is a Managing Director at Eurazeo where he co-leads LPs relations.
His responsibilities include fundraising, relationship management, fund structuring, as well as supervising the Luxemburg middle and back office team.
He contributed to setting Eurazeo’s third party management practice with the first closed-end-fund, Eurazeo Capital II in 2006.
Managing Director @ Silverfern
Robert is Managing Director of Silverfern and brings over 15 years of private equity, mergers & acquisitions (M&A), consulting, and business development experience to the Silverfern team.
Based in Frankfurt, Germany, Robert leads Silverfern’s investment and investor relationship (IR) activities in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
Prior to Silverfern, Robert was a Management Consultant at FRITZ&MACIOL Group (AXIANS/VINCI). Prior to that he was at TDM Group where he held different positions as Managing Director as well as Director and has gained very broad operating experience.
Robert earned his Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BScIS) degree and a degree as Diplom Wirtschaftsinformatiker from Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster (WWU), Germany. He is fluent in German and English.
Partner @ Beyond Capital Partners
Reiner M. Löslein
Founding Partner @ Credit Solutions Partner GmbH
Mr. Löslein founded Credit Solutions Partners in 2017 and is a Senior Advisory Partner at Castik Capital Partners since 2014. Before co-founding Castik Capital Partners, he was a member of the Senior Management Committee at Allianz Capital Partners GmbH, Munich, being responsible for worldwide private equity investments in non-quoted companies and private debt solutions for 14 years. Prior to that he worked for Deutsche Morgan Grenfell AG in Frankfurt and London, being responsible for acquisition and leveraged finance products and financial sponsor coverage. He started his career at Dresdner Bank AG in 1985 with a focus on LBOs, structured finance products and corporate restructurings in London and Frankfurt.
Mr. Löslein holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences in Nuremberg and successfully completed an Executive Program at Harvard Business School.
Managing Director, Private Equity and Real Assets @ MUFG Investor Services
Mr. Sarfas is the global head of private equity and real assets at MUFG Investor Services. He has 25 years of experience serving the alternative asset industry having provided audit, valuation, deal advisory, financial structuring and administration services to private equity houses and banks.
His experience covers a wide range of business transactions including mergers, divestitures, acquisitions, international joint ventures, as well as general advisory services including fund structuring, transactions screening, and overall administration services to alternative asset funds.
Before joining MUFG, Mr. Sarfas was the European PERE leader at Citco, a third party administrator. He started his career in financial audit spending 13 years at pwc and EY. He also worked at Dexia Bank and Houlihan Lokey providing deal advisory to private equity funds, large public and closely held companies as well as institutions and governments in the areas of M&A and financial structuring.
Managing Director @ c*funds BV
Katalin is an experienced fund placement agent & GP-LP deal-broker for investment funds. Started
as an EU grant writer for startups and has grown through to investment deal-broker for startups and
currently dedicated only for investment funds. Currently 380 M EUR mandates in placements.
c*funds BV is a globally active and independent, fully digitalized fundraising agency focusing on
setting up new investment funds (20-150 M EUR).
c*funds represents a “fresh” approach on the traditional, rigid asset market, combining alternative
assets data intelligence with high-end design and direct face to face meetings. Strong hands on
mentality. Katalin has studied MA Economics and spent the last 15 years active as fundraiser for
different institutions and the last 3 years for private equity. Born in Hungary and spent 20 years in
Amsterdam. European Commission ICT innovation expert and evaluator since 2015.
Motto: Large tickets. Fast progress. Fascination for Funds of Funds.
Managing Partner @ New Angle Capital
Alexander Rhea has a 20+ year background in Private Equity investing in both Europe and
Silicon Valley and is an expert in helping fast growing small cap companies in their global
growth. In 2014 he founded New Angle Capital (NAC Partners), a Luxembourg based GP
for fund-of-funds, Corporates, Family Offices and Private Banks. NAC Partners invests
opportunistically in Western Europe alternative assets. Currently NAC Partners currently
manages a portfolio of 36 SMEs.
From 2011 to 2014, Alexander was a Partner at PwC Luxembourg and the CEO of PwC’s
Accelerator, a pan-European project within the PwC network which aimed to help promising
SMEs (turnover from EUR3m to EUR100m) become global in scope by developing certain
methodologies including systematic approaches.
From 2000 to 2011, Alexander was the Managing Partner of Pyramid Technology
Ventures, a EUR120m VC/Cap Dev private equity fund with offices in both Paris and San
Francisco. It is during his years at PTV that Alexander developed an expertise in helping
European companies become transatlantic in scope.
From 1995 to 2000, Alexander was an Investment Director at Iris Capital, at the time the
venture capital arm of the Caisse des Dépôts Group (also known as CDC) where he
developed a portfolio of US investments. Alexander was first exposed to private equity
investing, when he was hired in 1993 by GET Capital as a turnaround CEO for one of its
portfolio companies. His CEO skills were first proven when he was the CEO of Birkmayer
USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Laborbirkmayer.
Alexander graduated from HEC Paris (France) and has received a Bachelor of Engineering in
Computing and Electronics from Catholic University (Washington, DC)
Director @ HLD Private Equity
Founder @ Baker McKenzie Luxembourg office
Jean-François Findling is a founder of the Baker McKenzie Luxembourg office, which was established in 2010. Prior to joining the Firm, Jean-François created his own firm in 2009 and made partner in another top-10 Luxembourg law firm. Jean-François is regularly recommended by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, in particular for his expertise in mergers and acquisitions and private equity.
Jean-François' practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and group reorganizations. He routinely advises private equity funds on the structuring of their investments. On the transactional side, Jean-François has significant expertise in acquisitions and joint ventures of Luxembourg banks and insurances. In addition to the above core practice, he acts for both lenders and borrowers in a range of international finance transactions.
Partner @ KPMG
Yves is a Partner and Head of Deal Advisory, a sub functional group comprising Valuation, M&A, Restructuring and Due Diligence at
KPMG Luxembourg. He has 23 years of experience within the KPMG network in the US and in Luxembourg, during which he advised
firms in a cross border transactional context. He now oversees a team of 3 Partners, one Associate Partner and 50 Deal Advisory
professionals in Luxembourg
His core areas of expertise comprise M&A and Valuation
A preview of his professional experiences includes: public and private fairness opinions, buy and sell side M&A negotiation assistance,
strategic advice to boards on acquisitions, divestitures, spinoffs and long term incentive plans to the management, independent valuation of
private equity and infrastructure portfolios in the context of transactions and also reporting to investors, court appointed expert on valuation
matters, valuation opinions in the context of share pledge enforcements and arbitration.
Co-head of KPMG’s GVI, a think tank on the valuation issues faced by entrepreneurs, investors and regulators (8 published research
papers). He is a member of KPMG’s Global Valuation Committee
Yves is a co-author of “Private Equity Valuation” with Tim Jenkinson (Faculty of Finance dean at Oxford University) and author of “Cost
of capital” in the CFA Institute curriculum. Yves is also author of a book “Introduction to Corporate Valuations” (Wolters Kluwer). He has
advised the CFA Institute on the CFA Curriculum since 2005. He is the Chair of the Valuation Committee of Luxembourg Private Equity
Lecturer at the Bartlett School of Construction (University College London) since 2012. Subject: infrastructure valuation