Welcome to ILA

March 2020

We invite you to meet and learn a little bit about some of our new members, welcome to the ILA network!

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Annie Elfassi

Annie Elfassi is the Partner in charge of the Litigation and Employment departments of Baker & McKenzie's Luxembourg office. She has over 20 years of experience. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie in 2019, Annie was a partner in the Litigation and Risk Management practice and headed the Employment department of a leading law firm in Luxembourg. She has also worked as a litigation attorney in France.

Annie advises and assists clients on dispute resolution, employment law, contract law, corporate law, and intellectual property rights. She manages all aspects of shareholder disputes, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and/or fraud. 

Annie has co-authored the book on the status of board members from an employment law and social security perspective. She is interested in the different aspects of law governing this status.

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Adrian O’Sullivan

Adrian has worked in the treasury departments of multinational groups operating in Luxembourg for over twenty years. This provided experience in the diverse aspects of treasury, from the investment of surplus funds and financial risk analysis, to managing debt facilities and group liquidity, and ultimately the organizational requirements of a Treasurer and governance focus of a Board Member. Being responsible for executing transactions early in his career provided detailed insight that helped him develop appropriate risk management policies and procedures in later years. 

After studying Engineering he strengthened his financial knowledge through an MBA and transitioned towards finance and treasury. To improve his understanding of the complex environmental and social issues society faces, he acquired a Certificate in Sustainable Development and Social Innovation from the University of Luxembourg. Besides roles with a financial or treasury focus, Adrian would now like to combine his previous experience with this new knowledge while working with organisations developing solutions to these complex problems. He believes that the governance framework and skills promoted by ILA provide an ideal context to assist with this.

Adrian currently holds treasury focused executive and non-executive directorships for companies in Luxembourg. He is married and has two children.

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Alex Vilchez

Alex is a Luxembourg-resident independent director and conducting officer on UCITS, AIF’s, Private Equity, and Real Estate funds and has over 20 years of experience of fund launches, project management, risk management, compliance and day to day fund operations. He’s been working with Luxembourg domiciled funds since January 2001. He is a highly seasoned professional with in-depth knowledge of management company & fund operations and governance. Alex is particularly familiar with the many service provider-related issues which face funds, including pricing, financials, yearend regulatory requirements, filings, ongoing due diligence reporting, fund accounting, investment compliance, and anti-money laundering issues.

Alex speaks English and Spanish and is an active member of ALFI’s Due Diligence Reviews of Service Providers working group.

Alex recently became an official Independent Director offering mainly independent directorships and consultancy services based in Luxembourg.

Prior to January 2020 Alex worked for Carne Group offering independent directorships, conducting officer, MLRO and consultancy services for 9 years. Prior to that Alex was a director at American Express Bank for 9 years based in New York and Luxembourg in charge of the compliance and risk oversight for a number of Luxembourg domiciled funds. Before he worked at American Express Bank Alex spent 4 years at Soros Fund Management in New York working on private and family funds for Mr. George Soros.

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Eryn Zander

Eryn is a board director and a business advisor with 20 years of leadership and advisory experience in multinational environments. 

In early 2000s she led the process of operational transformation in the media industry, worked as a political advisor and election campaign strategist, wrote for various business publications and taught courses on media and strategic communications. For over 5 years Eryn was a partner of a Luxembourg-based advisory firm where she led deal sourcing and fundraising efforts for a global network of private and institutional investors. For the past ten years she has been working in Luxembourg, Germany, France, UK and the USA, advising chief executives in the financial, TMT, education and public sectors on cross-border growth, innovation and sustainability strategies.

Serving as an independent director and chairperson on corporate and investment fund boards (AIF and UCITS), Eryn oversees AML/CFT, risk management and audit areas, acting as the key contact point for regulator and investor inquiries and an advocate for strong governance, board professionalism, integrity and diversity. 

Eryn obtained her BA from Moscow State University, where she focused on language acquisition and media studies. She has graduated with MBA degree from INSEAD in 2008 and earned CFA designation in 2012.