Patricia Volhard, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Patricia Volhard

Patricia Volhard is a partner in Debevoise’s Frankfurt and London offices, and is a member of the firm’s Investment Management Group. Her practice focuses on advising private funds on a range of regulatory issues.

Ms. Volhard is one of Europe’s leading private funds regulatory lawyers, and has played a prominent role in the ongoing development of the area, in part through involvement in Invest Europe (formerly the European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association). She is the former chair of its Tax, Legal & Regulatory Committee, as well as the current chair of its Financial Services/Regulatory Working Group. She is also a member of the Investment Management Consultative Working Group of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA); the Legal Committee of BVK, the German private equity association; the Alternative Credit Technical Group of the Alternative Investment Management Association; and the Regulatory Committee of the Listed Private Equity Association. Ms. Volhard has been recognised by the major legal directories as a leader in her field. She is recommended for investment fund work by The Legal 500 EMEA (2017) and The Legal 500 Deutschland (2017). In Chambers Europe (2017) sources note that she has a “deep knowledge of fund structuring, offers a high level of flexibility and effectiveness, and is perfect for complex situations.” In the 2016 edition of the guide she is praised for her “quick reaction to queries and profound knowledge in regulatory investment law.” She is also recognised as a “Most Highly Regarded Individual” in the current edition of Who’s Who Legal Germany (2017). The guide also praises her “outstanding” practice, with one client declaring her “one of the country’s most accomplished and celebrated funds lawyers.” JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien (Handbook of Commercial Law Firms) (2016/2017) notes that she is “almost without competition in her practice area”. Ms. Volhard is also listed by Expert Guides in its annual Women in Business Law list. Ms. Volhard has commented in the media and written numerous articles relating to various aspects of her practice. Recent publications include “Why Brexit Impact On Funds May Be Limited,” Private Debt Investor (September, 2017); “Brexit And The AIFMD: Impact For US Private Fund Sponsors On Their Marketing And Advisory Activities In Europe,” American Investment Council (May, 2017); “Terms and Structure of Debt Funds,” Private Equity (July, 2016); and “Keeping on top of the paperwork,” Private Equity International (July/August, 2016). She is also a co-author of “Debt Funds for Institutional Investors: Current Developments in German Regulatory and Tax Law,” FYB Financial Yearbook(2016); and “Liberalisation of the German debt fund market,” Private Equity International (2015). Ms. Volhard studied law in Frankfurt/Main, Strasbourg, and at the London School of Economics, where she obtained her LL.M. in 1999. Ms. Volhard is admitted to practice in Germany and France, and speaks fluent German, French and English.

Agenda

09.40 - 10.15

Innovation in the same kind? What’s really happening in the Private Equity space

After an introduction of the current state of the PE industry in Luxembourg, panellists representing a blend of PE Managers, showcase their solutions to seizing market opportunities, PE type strategies, through innovative structuring of their respective fund structures.


10.45 - 11.30

Getting fund governance right – the Manager & Investor Perspective

The influence of investors in the private equity industry is growing significantly and has never been as strong as it is today. Using the main insights of a research as a backdrop, panellists provide a (post-AIFMD) reality check on the fundamentals of fund governance and operational due diligence, and discuss their views on the current and future state of fund governance in Europe.


11.30 - 12.10

The art of fund raising in Private Equity - what matters most to the front line of PE capital raising

Key players on the front lines of the PE fund raising ecosystem discuss what matters most to them in the fund raising life cycle:

  • The laws of attraction and retention from the perspective of the PE fund manager
  • Connecting qualified investors with PE fund managers and secondary market participants
  • Let’s talk cash – moving from traditional to real assets

An engaged conversation between fund raisers


14.00 - 15.00

From Private Wealth to Private Equity: Navigation support in an ocean of constraints and uncertainties

After the 2008 Financial Crisis, many wealthy families have lost their trust in traditional investments and private banking. This loss of trust, combined with market volatility and low-interest rates, have resulted in a decreased interest in traditional investments such as commodities, bonds and equities and many wealthy families have been seeking out for alternative investments such as Private Equity Funds to achieve higher returns with controlled volatility.

A blend of Private Client Solutions players, share their insight on the reach to “entrepreneurial investors’ for the creation of robust wealth and alternative investments structures such as Private Equity, to support their financial goals.


14.00 - 15.00

Investing in Private Equity as an asset class – a unique Insurance and pension perspective

  • Building products for insurance and pension schemes
  • Legal engineering: the PE/VC tool box, tax, etc.

15.15 - 16.15

Operational Efficiency – a constant adaptation to the drivers of change and evolving PE operating platforms

The PE industry has to rapidly adjust to more demanding investor reporting standards, tighter governance, and an increasingly complex regulatory framework and evolving operational requirements for standardisation and automation in PE operating models.

Dealing with these challenges effectively requires close cooperation between the GPs and their key business partners and stakeholders. It is incumbent on service providers to have the expertise and tools at their disposal to ensure their clients are fully prepared for the future

  • Drivers of change in the PE industry and the impacts to operational efficiency: regulations (AIFMD), industry trends and innovation requirements (Blockchain, )
  • The PE investment process and controls post AIFMD
  • Operating models and their efficiency levels
  • Opportunities for standardisation, automation and digitalisation in private dealings

A live deep dive and interactive discussion with the operational side of the PE industry


15.15 - 16.15

PE Governance in a changing environment - AIFMD, BEPS, CSSF visits, Risk Management, and more…

A blend of 3rd party AIFM’s discuss the current state of PE governance’ regulatory impacts in their respective PE world