Welcome to ILA
We invite you to meet and learn a little bit about some of our new members, welcome to the ILA network!
As an experienced Investments Professional with over 25 years in European capital markets, Brian Blanchard is pleased to join ILA as a Non-Executive Director; aiming to contribute to the ever improving standards of corporate governance for Luxembourg UCITS and AIFMD funds.
For the past 17 years Brian has served in a series of senior business development roles at The Bank of New York Mellon in both London and Luxembourg, supporting Asset Managers, SWFs and pension funds throughout the Nordics, Middle East & North Africa and APAC in managing their portfolios.
Brian has developed a broad expertise in investment services through developing consultative solutions involving global custody, depobank, central administration, FOREX, cash management, collateral management, securities lending, middle office outsourcing, performance and risk measurement and UCTIS / AIFMD fund launches during his time at ABN AMRO Mellon / BNY Mellon. Prior to joining ABN AMRO Mellon in 2000, he spent 6 years at Cedel Bank / Clearstream in the Securities Lending product management division.
Considering himself as an ‘Europeanised’ American, Brian is a dual UK / US national and has been intent on contributing to Luxembourg fund industry since relocating from London in 2003. Married with 3 teenage boys, Brian enjoys pastimes such as SCUBA, skiing, mountain biking, travelling and outdoor photography.
Lauren Burnhill is a responsible credit and sustainable investment professional with experience in the design, operation and governance of financing vehicles that deliver positive financial, social & environmental outcomes. Lauren works with clients in the corporate, non-profit & development sectors to help them clarify the ways in which they want to achieve impact, their options for tracking & reporting impact performance & ways in which innovative financial structuring can help align the interests of sponsors, operating companies & investors. Given the increasing importance of clear & prudential regulation, Lauren views the recently released ILA & UNEP-FI “Sustainable Finance Roadmap for Luxembourg” as confirmation of the country’s commitment to addressing urgent “social & green” matters with speed & prudence and hopes to contribute to those efforts.
Lauren has served on the Boards of investment funds, SPVs & regulated financial institutions in diverse emerging markets geographies. She is delighted to continue her governance work in Luxembourg, noting that increased fiduciary requirements around ESG, and growing investor interest in impact investment & the SDGs are stimulating discussion about how governance can adapt to “fiduciary capitalism”. Lauren holds an MBA in Finance & Strategic Planning from Wharton & an MA in Social Change & Development from Johns Hopkins SAIS. She works in English, French, Spanish & Portuguese.
Figen Eren-Gangloff joined LVMH EU and L Real Estate (now L Catterton Real Estate) in October 2015 to serve as Conducting Officer in charge of Risk Management, Legal and Compliance.
Prior to joining L Catterton Real Estate, Figen worked for 4 years at the private equity and real estate funds Oaktree Capital Management, as Director and Legal Staff Attorney. Having now 18 years of experience in Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Corporate Management in Luxembourg, she started her career with international law firms in Luxembourg, with large exposure to Private Equity and Real Estate funds.
Also, from 2012 to 2018, Figen has been an Independent Non-Executive Director at Alarko Carrier Sanayi ve Ticaret AS, a company listed at Istanbul Stock Exchange (United Technologies and Otis group affiliated company). During this period, she was also Chairman of Early Detection of Risk Committee, Member of Corporate Governance Committee and Member of Auditing Committee.
Figen is a member of Luxembourg Bar Association since 2003.
She earned a Master's degree in law from the Université Robert Schuman of Strasbourg, France and a Postgraduate Diploma in European litigation law from the Institut Universitaire International de Luxembourg.
Ralf Ferner is a former bank and management company executive with over 25 years of experience in the financial sector. He has been a regulator-approved bank director, conducting officer and board member of fund companies, insurance companies and investment funds in Luxembourg, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the British Virgin Islands.
After an early career as Foreign Exchange trader, Ralf joined Swedish bank SEB Group, where he has held a number of executive positions in Luxembourg and Stockholm. He started in the Private Banking division, where he managed client portfolios and investment funds and became the Head of Discretionary Management for the Luxembourg, Swiss and Asian Private Banking hubs. In 2007, he transferred to the bank‘s head-office in Stockholm to become Head of Equities and Fund-of-Funds, responsible for 11 investment teams across Europe. In 2012 Ralf took up a position in the authorised management of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken Luxembourg, responsible for the development of their institutional biusiness. Subsequently, he became CEO and Director of SEB Asset Management and SEB Fund Services, both „Super Mancos“ managing long-only UCITS as well as Private Equity, Real Estate and Hedge Funds.
Lately Ralf has become involved with technology companies, founding Berlin-based drone manufacturer Germandrones and sitting on the Board of Directors of Luxembourg Regtech company Governance.com.
Ralf is a German national and resident of Luxembourg-City. He is fluent in German, English, Luxembourgish and Swedish.
Luc Galand has over 30 years experience in the financial sector mainly in the custody and fund services. In early 2015, he joined Foyer, a newly created insurance agency specialized in the financial sector. Given his experience in the business, he developed a package dedicated to cover the civil liability insurance for professionals and board members of Luxembourg Investment vehicles. Over the last 20 years he headed several positions within Citigroup on the client relationship/sales side in Luxembourg and Dublin managing funds customers representing over Eur 150 bn’s assets under management. Before Citibank he worked for a subsidiary of the Fortis group in Luxembourg and earlier for BIL Banque Internationale à Luxembourg in the funds department.
In addition, Luc Galand works as independent director mainly for PE SIF’s and RAIF’s.
He is bilingual French/English. His view is that precision, efficiency and respect in all the communications towards internal and external clients, financial supervisors and auditors are key.
Peter Gillert, professionally resident in Luxembourg, is mandated as board member of several Luxembourg-based investment structures, regulated and non-regulated, predominantly in real estate and real estate debt. He is as well Managing Director of LRI Depositary S.A., a specialised depositary for non-financial assets under Luxembourg law founded in 2013 as a PSF regulated by the CSSF.
Further, he is co-founder and managing partner of a US based real estate company. He has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and comprehensive knowledge regarding UCITS and Alternative Investment Funds including real estate and private equity, securitisation solutions, investment structuring, regulatory environment and finance.
Peter Gillert previously worked as auditor of real estate, private equity and securitisation vehicles for PwC Luxembourg, as auditor of banks and insurance companies for PwC Germany, at a German Sparkasse, as well as with a German real estate developer and property manager. He is a member of the working group “Depositary Bank Forum” of the ALFI and ABBL as well as a member of the working groups “New Regulations” and “Oversight Duties” of ALFI. He holds a degree in Master of Economics from Saarland University, Germany, graduated as German Certified Public Accountant at the Institut der Wirtschaftsprüfer, Düsseldorf, Germany, and successfully completed the “Formation Complémentaire des Réviseurs d’entreprises” at the University of Luxembourg.
Marc has 22 years of experience in the reinsurance industry (France, Germany and Luxembourg) including 9 years in Executive roles (CEO of Barents Re, Deputy CEO of CCR Re). Marc sat on the board of 7 different re/insurance companies as Director or Chairman and worked in a large international group (Allianz), medium size companies and small agile startups.
Marc is an engineer, an actuary and multi-certified in finance, risk management, reinsurance and business administration from the best European schools (INSEAD, Centrale Paris, ESSEC) and American programs (CFA Institute, Insurance Institute of America).
Marc is 49, French, married with 3 daughters.
Expertise: reinsurance, structuring, underwriting, actuarial science, finance and investments.
Martine Kerschenmeyer is a Senior Client Partner in the Korn Ferry Luxembourg office and a member of the Global Financial Services Markets.
Martine spent 18 years in the Financial Services Industry working in the City of London, notably, she most recently was a Director at BlackRock, in charge of Business Development for the Private Equity Group in EMEA.
Prior to this, she was an Investment Director at SL Capital Partners, responsible for Private Equity Business Development in Continental Europe. Prior to that she was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley, responsible for Business Development in EMEA and APAC for Private Equity and Hedge Funds. She started her career as an Associate at JP Morgan in the Equity Derivatives business.
Through her experiences, she has acquired a deep understanding of the Banking and Asset Management industries in Europe, with a particularly profound knowledge of Alternative Assets and Private Equity. Having operated at the highest managerial levels, Martine holds unique relationships with the leaders of the industry across the region.
Martine holds an LLM (Master of Laws) in International Commercial and Comparative Law from King’s College London, UK. She also has a Diplôme d’Etudes Appliquées (D.E.A) in International Business Law from the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), France.
In addition, Martine completed the Havard Business School Executive Program for Private Equity and Venture Capital. She is also a CFA charter holder.
Martine is fluent in Luxembourgish, French, German and English.
Andreas Oster is mandated as board manager of several Luxembourg based investment structures, predominantly in real estate and private equity. As a Managing Director of LRI Depositary S.A., a specialised PSF regulated and supervised by CSSF, Mr Andreas Oster takes the responsibility for Registrar and Transfer Agency, Domiciliation Agency, International Tax Reporting (FATCA/CRS), Legal & Compliance and Investor Relations.
Before joining LRI Depositary S.A. he worked as Head of Ordering & Transfer Agency with Banque LBLux S.A. He has more than 10 years of experience in the banking and fund industry, deep knowledge in asset management and investment structuring for regulated and unregulated entities, supervision of client risk assessment and investor relationship.
He passed the exams for the postgraduate studies in “Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA)” and “Certified European Financial Analyst (CEFA)” at the “Deutsche Vereinigung für Finanzanalyse und Asset Management (DVFA)” in Frankfurt.
Mr Oster is German and speaks English fluently. He holds a Master’s degree (Diplom) in Business Administration from the University of Trier, Germany, with a focus on Auditing, Controlling and Economics. He is residing in Germany, and is present on a daily basis in Luxembourg.
Anna Salewski is a Partner since 9 years in E.L.A. Capital Partners Luxembourg Senc, which is Tax and Accounting consulting and advisory company in Luxembourg. Next to the main activity, Anna has successfully planned and builded up several businesses, acting as engaged, highly motivated and professional entreprenieur. The current particular project of SCROBLE S.A. is involved in creation of new business method for new to the market and innovative shopping technology.
Anna holds Master Degree in International Tax Law from Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien and further degrees in Economics and Taxation from Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. She is passionate creative & solution oriented bsiness thinker, speaks fluent English, German and Russian
Harald Schaaff is the CEO of Manager Assecuranz Compagnie Group entities in Munich and Switzerland alike.
MAC Group has specialized in providing (bilingual German – English) liability insurance solutions for ILA members D&O, fund- and asset managers, ManCo`s, financial intermediaries and a number of specialty solutions such as credit collateral insurance, Crime, BBB and legal protection.
Paul Van den Belt
Paul van den Belt is a senior financial professional, graduated in Business Economics, whose career started in his native country The Netherlands. In the first years, Paul van den Belt was active as auditor and financial business consultant, having worked for SME and leading multinationals where he had the opportunity to learn in depth about how the Corporations operate and how they manage structures locally and throughout worldwide branches. For more than 15 years, Paul van den Belt has been gaining his experience in the Investment industry, representing the leading actors in various countries of which the last 5 years in Luxembourg. In his current position, he also holds directorship functions.
Efficient problem solving and practical improvement of day-to-day operations are in Paul’s view one of the most important aspects for Client satisfaction on long-term.
Recently, Paul has been developing interest for FinTech industry and its impact on the Fund industry in the future.
Paul speaks Dutch, English and German. He is a Chartered Accountant and is a member of LPEA’s committee Accounting & Valuation.
Christof Van Tonder
Originally from South Africa, where he grew up and partly lived until the effective age of 19, Christof van Tonder has been active in Luxembourg for 20 years. He graduated in Luxembourg with a joint MBA in International Finance and Business Management, and hold an associate degree in Banking from the Universities of Luxembourg and Metz.
After his graduation Christof managed a computer company for 4 years and coordinated, on a pro bono basis, his first activities as board member for some Holding companies. Computer programming and database design and implementation have since remained a personal passion.
In 2009, he officially joined the Luxembourg financial servicing sector starting at Intertrust Luxembourg. He was quickly advanced from accountant to relationship manager and contact point for semi-regulated entities and alternative investment funds as well as real estate investment funds.
Christof van Tonder continued his career at United International Management Luxembourg, where he had the opportunity to work for some of Luxembourg’s most renowned specialists in the field of regulated entities. In 2014 he continued his career at SFM Europe and later at Wilmington Trust in Luxembourg. Christof started serving on the board of directors for several client companies, especially in various areas of structured financing and capital markets.
Today, Christof is now proficient in 6 languages (Afrikaans, English, French, German, Luxembourgish and Russian). Having the necessary proficiency in Russian, he had the opportunity to join Ziffer, a family office and trust company specialising in the Russian market in Luxembourg.
As such his specialities consist of private equity, structured financing, project development and various FinTech related, value adding corporate due diligence.
Currently he holds various directorships in a wide spectrum of financial companies, and he acts as external advisor for Blue Sparrow Tax and Accounting, a Luxembourg based accounting firm providing accounting services and accounting support services to passive and active investment companies as well as start-up FinTech companies.
Becoming a member of the ILA presents in itself the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded individuals, and externally help promote Luxembourg as a truly international financial centre which not only harbours the knowledge and know-how in banking, insurance and investment funds, but can also assist on a broader range of investment projects exceeding the previous and offering the capability to be on the forefront of new FinTech developments. This presents new opportunities and challenges where we as directors can add value for our clients and fellow board members.