Catherine Pogorzelski, DLA Piper

Catherine Pogorzelski Catherine Pogorzelski is the Country Managing Partner of DLA Piper Luxembourg and a corporate and fund lawyer. She advises fund managers and investors on the structuring and formation of investment funds, particularly within the private equity, real estate and debt funds sectors and on the making of the investments by these funds therefore covering the entire value chain of the private equity and real estate sector. Catherine is an active member of the ALFI and of the LPEA. She is also a regular speaker and lecturer on fund structuring and formation, private equity and AIFMD related topics.
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 - 14.55

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.

  • Moritz Frerker

    Moritz Frerker Investment Manager Private Debt Patrimonium Asset Management AG


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?