The Essentials-Luxembourg

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SMITH-MEYER Anthony

Anthony Smith-Meyer is a specialist within Governance and Compliance matters relating to organisational behaviour. Anthony is regular faculty member of ILA courses, as well as for ecoDa in Brussels. He is an Adjunct Professor and lecturer of International Business and Management at the European Campus of Miami University of Ohio. He also conducts Master Class training for Compliance executives at the International Compliance Association in the UK, of which he is also a member of its International Advisory Board. Anthony is a board member at the Institute for Financial Integrity and Sustainability. He has previously founded and acted as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Business Compliance, and is Founder Director of theGovernanceProject.org, a platform dedicated to knowledge sharing and creation in the governance, compliance and ethics space.

A member of the Group Executive Committee of Compliance and Control at BNP Paribas until January 2012, Anthony has been extensively involved with Compliance and Governance matters since 2003, when he organised and established the global compliance department for Fortis Bank, and assumed responsibility for their Group Compliance function in October 2008.  Anthony’s career spans over three decades working for UK, N American, Scandinavian, Benelux and French institutions in a wide range of activities including relationship driven banking, as well as product area trading room activities, structured, asset and project finance. Amongst other, he chaired the European Securitization Forum during 2003/04.

Anthony holds the UK Institute of Directors Diploma in Corporate Direction, is an ILA Certified Director.

REULAND Anne

Anne Reuland is Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer and member of the Executive Committee of LuxTrust S.A. She joined SES as Senior Legal Counsel, Corporate & Finance in 2011 until 2018, after having spent 9 years as a lawyer in the Banking and Finance team of Arendt & Medernach.

In 2012 she became member of the Board of KBL epb, chairing the Legal & Compliance Committee. She is also a member of the Board of the Fondation de Luxembourg since 2017.

She holds a Master Degree in Business law from the Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg (France), a LL.M Degree in Banking and Corporate law from the University of Edinburgh (UK) and is an ILA Certified Director.


GRAAS Jacques

Jacques is a partner in the corporate/M&A department of Allen&Overy in Luxembourg. He deals with a wide range of corporate and M&A transactions across all sectors and has particular expertise in financial institutions M&A, private equity/asset management and real estate. Jacques is also regularly involved in public M&A and takeover law related matters.

Prior to joining Allen & Overy in 2013, he worked for five years at two major U.S. law firms in New York and Paris and qualified as a lawyer in both jurisdictions.

Jacques holds a Master II degree from the University of Paris II-Assas in business law and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

WOESTMANN Victoria

Victoria is a senior associate in the corporate/M&A department of Allen&Overy in Luxembourg and member of the Luxembourg Bar. She advises on a wide range of cross-border public and private M&A and corporate transactions across all sectors, with a specific focus on financial institutions, listed companies and real estate. Victoria is also regularly involved in AIF related matters.

Prior to joining Allen&Overy in Luxembourg in 2013, she worked at Allen&Overy LLP in Hamburg, Germany. Victoria holds a Master I in English Law and French Law from the University of Paris I, Pantheon Sorbonne and King’s College London, and a LL.M / MLB from Bucerius Law School, Hamburg and WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar. 

BURBI David

David is a part-time lecturer at the University of Luxembourg where he focuses on accounting and financial reporting & literacy. He writes on accounting and financial reporting for Wolters Kluwer and other publishers in Luxembourg and abroad.

David Burbi works at CNC Luxembourg, a public-private partnership that has been set up to formalize existing accounting practices in Luxembourg as well as to participate to the accounting debate in the international and European accounting arena.

Prior to joining CNC Luxembourg, David has worked for 12 years within a major accounting firm both in Luxembourg and in the USA where he worked in various capacities within the audit department, the accounting and tax compliance department and finally within the technical department.

O'SULLIVAN Karen

Karen O’Sullivan is head of the Innovation, payments, market infrastructures and governance department at the CSSF. 

She coordinates the activities of this department which is responsible for financial innovation, both the application process and on-going prudential supervision of payment institutions and electronic money institutions, market infrastructures and the oversight of remuneration and governance practices and policies implemented within financial institutions. Being the department in charge of financial innovation means that Karen and her team are the privileged contact and point of entry to the CSSF for the FinTech industry.

She represents the CSSF on an international level through participation in various sub-groups of European institutions dealing with the topics of her department. Additionally, she is speaker at several conferences, covering payment services, remuneration policies and corporate governance matters at both national and international level

Karen is both an Irish and Luxembourgish qualified chartered accountant. Prior to joining the CSSF in September 2012, Karen was an audit director at PwC Luxembourg specializing in the audit of investment funds. 

NOEL Pascal

Pascal is a tax adviser at A’Ventura-agence. Pascal was previously a tax partner with Deloitte Luxembourg where he started his career as auditor in 1986. After becoming qualified as Réviseur d’Entreprises and Expert Comptable, Pascal decided to specialise in taxation and became Tax partner in 2001, heading up the financial services industry tax practice.

Pascal areas of expertise are mainly Luxembourg direct taxation, international taxation and operational taxes (withholding taxes on financial income, capital gain taxation, exchange of tax information (EU Savings Directive, FATCA, CRS…))

Pascal is also assisting Monaco financial institution in complying with new international tax requirements. (FATCA, CRS…)

Pascal holds a master in Economics from the university Louis Pasteur of Stasbourg and speaks fluent French, English and German.