François Pfister

Partner Luxembourg
Francois Pfister
François is a recommended lawyer for the Luxembourg investment funds practice and recognised as a true thought-leader in private equity/venture capital and alternative asset categories The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2018

Overview

François co-founded the Luxembourg office in 2012, is recognised as one of Luxembourg's leading advisers in the investment funds space and has grown the Luxembourg fund practice from two to twelve lawyers in 7 years. He advises global fund managers, institutional investors, major credit institutions and international asset managers on fund planning, structuring and formation solutions.

Areas of expertise

Laws practised

  • Luxembourg law
  • News & publications

  • Background & experience

    François advises global fund managers, institutional investors, major credit institutions and international asset managers on fund planning, structuring and formation solutions. He has proven experience in advising structures involving private equity, real estate, debt funds, DFIs, hybrid and infrastructure funds but he also regularly advises on cross-border structures with parallel funds, and provides comprehensive advice from fund formation to launch including potential tax implications at each relevant stage.

    François is recommended in the Legal 500 EMEA in 2019 and 2018, in the Chambers EMEA in 2016, was nominated as one of the world's leading practitioners in Who's Who Private Funds 2015 and recognised as lawyer of the year by ACQ5 in 2014. François has also been recognised in the Banking, Finance and Transactional Law Expert Guides in 2017 and 2018, as an Expert in Investment Funds.

    François regularly speaks at conferences on Luxembourg investment funds and also gives training sessions at the House of Training Luxembourg.

    He is a steering committee member at the University of Luxembourg and is also a board member of several regulated and unregulated investment vehicles. François is an active member of several associations (ALFI, IBA, LPEA) and is a founder member of the Monterey Funds club (an alliance of specialist investment fund lawyers n Europe). François has also been a panel member at joint-conferences in 2018 introducing Luxembourg as a platform for Chinese Investment into Europe and is the author of a number of articles and briefings.

    Prior to joining Ogier, he began his career in 1986 with KPMG as Tax Advisor 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 graduated with a Bachelor in Political Sciences, Economics and Finance, a Master in Political Science and Master in Law and in European Law from the University of Strasbourg.

    He is qualified in Luxembourg and speaks English, French, German and Luxembourgish.

    Admitted in:

    Luxembourg

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  • Recognition

    François is a recommended lawyer for the Luxembourg investment funds practice and recognised as a true thought-leader in private equity/venture capital and alternative asset categories The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2018
    Recommended Lawyer The Legal 500 EMEA 2019
    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