Paul Van den Abeele, Clifford Chance Luxembourg

Paul Van den Abeele Paul Van den Abeele is a partner in the Luxembourg Investment Funds practice and specialises in international fund structuring, focussing on alternative strategies. He advises financial institutions, investment firms and asset managers across Europe, the US and Asia in relation to legal and regulatory matters of the structuring, implementation, management and servicing of investment funds, with a particular emphasis on real estate, private equity, infrastructure and debt funds. Paul also has buy‐side experience, advising institutional and sovereign investors with regard to fund reviews, as well as experience in cross practice matters involving fund industry M&A transactions and leveraged finance.

New infrastructure strategies and trends

Exploring pledge fund structures and flexible solutions for investors


Fund structuring: back to the drawing board

Responding to the ever-changing legal and tax landscape – recent experiences and key developments in fund structuring, including:

  • Most popular investment vehicles and fund regimes (limited partnership; RAIF)
  • Increased complexity of structures (use of multiple layers and feeders)
  • Impact of ATAD I/II and DAC6
  • Trends in the context of real asset funds (incl. value add strategy and retailisation of illiquid funds)
  • New tax for Luxembourg funds directly owning Luxembourg real estate



Sustainable investment in the alternative fund industry – practical considerations when it comes to ESG reporting, data collection and benchmarking


Regulatory outlook: What are the priorities for alternative asset managers

What are the priorities for alternative asset managers


Spotlight II: Workshop - Digital transformation and innovation

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  • How significant is the impact of pandemic on real estate, are fundamental changes on the horizon?
  • Trends before the pandemic and scenarios of future development of the main investment strategies.
  • Examples of innovative/disruptive technologies in real estate and real estate investing
  • When is digitisation a friend and when can it be a foe?
  • Is digital transformation stimulating ESG advancement or is it the other way around?