François Pfister

Partner Luxembourg
Francois Pfister
François is a recommended lawyer for the Luxembourg investment funds practice. The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2018, 2016 & 2014


François is the Practice Partner of Ogier's Luxembourg office and leads the Investment Funds team. He is involved in a wide range of matters including fund formation, regulatory advice, private equity and real estate transactional and tax structuring. François is also a director of several regulated and unregulated investment vehicles.

Areas of expertise

Laws practised

  • Luxembourg law
  • Background

    François is the Practice Partner of Ogier's Luxembourg office which he and Daniel Richards founded in 2012. He is nominated as one of the world's leading practitioners in the Who'sWho Private Funds 2015 for Luxembourg and is recommended in the Legal 500 EMEA 2014 for the investment funds practice.

    François graduated from the University of Strasbourg (France) and obtained several degrees in law, economy, finance and political science.

    He began his career in 1986 with KPMG as tax adviser and Svenska Handelsbanken as legal counsel.  After having acted as head of legal and tax for the RTL group, he joined Fidelity Investments as senior legal counsel for continental Europe and was thereafter a senior partner at OPF Partners for 12 years.

    François has been a member of the Luxembourg Bar since 1991 and is also a member of The Monterey Funds Club, an alliance of specialist investment fund lawyers across Europe.  He is a member of several working groups within ALFI (Luxembourg Fund Association) and a board member of the Luxembourg Private Equity Association (LPEA). 

    François is a regular speaker at conferences globally.  He is currently teaching a module at the IFBL (Institut de Formation Bancaire, Luxembourg) on the “international structuring of real estate investment funds” and "AIFMD".

    He is ranked in Chambers Europe 2015 (band 3) for the investment funds practice in Luxembourg. François was nominated by ACQ as Investment Funds and Private Equity lawyer of the year for Luxembourg in 2014.  He is also a director of several regulated investment funds.

    A Luxembourg national, he speaks many languages including; English, French, German and Luxembourgish.

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  • Recognition

    François is a recommended lawyer for the Luxembourg investment funds practice. The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2018, 2016 & 2014
    Luxembourg-based François Pfister is a "top act" in the market whom clients "cannot praise highly enough". Who's Who Legal Private Funds, 2016
    François Pfister was great, and (...) I was happy with everybody [in the team], they were knowledgeable, very solutions-focused (...), I would definitely recommend them. US-based vice president, counsel and compliance officer of an international real estate investment manager, 2016
    [François Pfister and Marc Lenaers] demonstrated innovative and creative thinking, (...) appropriate technical expertise [and] (...) were commercially focused. Slovakia-based director of a European real estate developer, 2016
    Ranked Band 3 for Investment Funds Chambers Europe, 2015
    Investment funds and private equity lawyer of the year ACQ5 Global Awards, 2014
    François Pfister has a commercial understanding and he is pretty responsive. He is clear with his advice and what he is doing. Key client, January 2015
    François is a one-stop shop person for alternative funds, tax planning. Key intermediary, July 2015