Alain Kinsch, EY

Alain Kinsch

Alain Kinsch is the Country Managing Partner of EY in Luxembourg, leading an office of over 1.350 professionals. He is also a member of the EY regional leadership team. Alain has been active as an advisor and auditor to the private equity and the banking industries since 1995 and he led the set-up of the EY Luxembourg Private Equity practice between 2004 and 2012 that now counts over 300 professionals dedicated to private equity. Today Alain leads the Private Equity fund practice for EY in EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India, Africa). He is a member of the High Committee of the Financial Sector in Luxembourg and chairs its Alternative Investment Fund Working Group, the co-chairman of the ALFI Private Equity Committee and a member of the Investment Fund Manager Committee of the Luxembourg financial services regulator (CSSF). Alain is the co-founder and former Vice-President of the Luxembourg Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (LPEA). Alain is a member of the Luxembourg State Council, a member of the Board of Regents of Sacred Heart University and a former member of the Board of Governors of the University of Luxembourg, the Consul General a.h. of the Republic of the Philippines to Luxembourg and the Vice-President of SOS Villages d’Enfants Monde a.s.b.l. Alain holds an MBA. from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, an MSc and BSc from the University of Paris-Dauphine and is a Réviseur d’Entreprises (CPA) in Luxembourg. Alain speaks English, German, French and Luxembourgish.

09.10 - 09.15

Chairperson's introduction

  • Alain Kinsch

    Alain Kinsch Country Managing Partner, EMEIA Private Equity Fund Leader EY

09.35 - 10.20

Luxembourg as a PE hub: why the trend is accelerating

The PE fund business relies on administration and operations teams that can react fast. As strong growth figures testify, Luxembourg’s reputation as a reliable hub from which to serve the European alternative fund market has gone global. Many local expert practitioners and service providers work together seamlessly to ensure the best outcome for deals in any market. Panellists discuss what is needed to continue and even grow the trend.

10.50 - 11.35

Embrace technology, maximise efficiency

Cloud-based solutions, machine learning, blockchain, etc. – how necessary, difficult, beneficial is it really to embark upon the technology (r)evolution?

11.35 - 11.55

Secondaries: the wind of change?

Interview: Shift from a niche market to a functional and active market place with sophisticated players.

14.10 - 14.50

Private debt – opportunities and challenges

Negative yields force investors to plunge into riskier debt. Technologies are shaking the traditional way of doing business. What is the investment climate for private debt in the key European markets? How will the industry face the next downturn when it finally arrives? EU regulations are still to be tested in a downturn.

14.50 - 15.25

Tax aspects of PE – a lifelong learning experience

ATAD, BEPS Action point 6 (substance) and DAC Mandatory Disclosure Rules- how to deal with the new EU rules in practice. What are the impacts on PE fund structuring?

16.15 - 16.55

PE for the greater Good

Private equity investors aim at creating thriving businesses. They are no strangers to long-term strategies, which makes ESG aspects and active ownership crucial elements of their investments decisions. What about the financial rewards? Are PE and ESG really a match made in heaven?