Breakfast Briefing for Company Secretaries: Board meetings and substance
Raphaël Docquier worked for eight years as a Fund Accountant (in the regulated and non-regulated sector) and as a Domiciliation Agent before joining PwC Luxembourg in 2007. He started his career in 1999.
At PwC, Raphaël was a Director (10 years) and worked in the corporate tax department where he was in charge of a portfolio of international clients (consulting and compliance). Raphaël helped create the corporate structuring service (CSS) department, where he gained experience in implementing structures and managing the routine activities of companies in Luxembourg from a corporate secretary perspective. He acted as Corporate Secretary for international groups. Raphaël was also involved in developing web-based database management tools (dedicated to collaboration and governance of boards).
Raphaël was a member of the Ordre des experts-comptables (Luxembourg’s institute of chartered accountants) and was involved in several of the institute’s domiciliation and anti-money-laundering committees. He is also certified in corporate governance with HEC Liège.
He is one of the founders of TKR Consult S.A., a company dedicated to the provision of directors’ mandate and consulting services in the corporate governance and structuration areas. Raphaël is acting as Independent Director for regulated and non-regulated entities and also acts as an Independent Corporate Secretary for several clients.
He is the Chairman of the working group of ILA (Institut Luxembourgeois des Administrateurs) related to Company Secretarial and Governance Officer.
Katia Ciesielska is an INSEAD & ILA Certified Independent Director and Consultant with over 15 years of multi-cultural experience covering commercial companies, regulated (UCITS, SIF), and unregulated fund vehicles (AIF, RAIF, partnerships), start-ups, and non-profit organizations.
She advises daily on corporate law and governance, general business law, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture agreements, PE & RE deals, secured financings, risk management, ESG, and compliance.
Katia is a graduate of business law and commercial law degree programs. Over the past few years, she completed executive education programs from top business schools such as INSEAD (International Directors Program), HEC Paris (International Certificate in Corporate Finance), and London School of Economics and Political Science (Certificate in Real Estate Economics and Finance).
Since 2021, she is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and is acting as a compliance officer (responsable du contrôle du respect des obligations – RC) for various investment structures.
She is ILA Board Member and sits on ILA’s Company Secretaries Committee and ILA’s Think Tank.
Richard Fauvel is a Principal at ATOZ Services. Richard joined ATOZ Tax Advisers within the Corporate Implementation department in 2010 and advised private equity and real estate funds as well as multinational corporations on structuring and financing of international transactions. He also has strong experience in joint ventures, corporate governance and operational matters.
Richard is qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Luxembourg (“Expert Comptable”) and has successfully passed the CCDL (“Cours Complémentaires en Droit Luxembourgeois”) exam.
He is a member of the Company Secretarial & Governance Officer Committee of the Instituts Luxembourgeois des Administrateurs (ILA).
Richard holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Caen (France) as well as a Master’s degree in International Business Law from the University of Rennes II (France). He also spent a year in the University of Groningen in the Netherlands studying International Business Law.
Andreas is a Principal in the International & Corporate Tax department at ATOZ.
A tax professional since 2010, Andreas has experience in Luxembourg transfer pricing and international tax advisory for a wide range of institutional investors. He provides advice on the tax and transfer pricing structuring of alternative investments through Luxembourg (private equity, real estate, sovereign wealth funds) as well as the tax structuring of multinational groups. He advises clients on all direct tax matters, including deal structuring, corporate reorganisations, mergers & acquisitions and exit planning, as well as on transfer pricing aspects in relation to the pricing of financial instruments and intra-group services.
Andreas is a certified German tax adviser (“Steuerberater”) and is also a chartered accountant in Luxembourg. He holds a degree in Business Administration with a major in Tax from the University of Trier in Germany and a post-graduate degree in Luxembourg Tax.
He speaks English, German, and French.