Sometimes referred to as Luxembourg’s “elder statesman” of investment funds, Freddy’s advice is sought by clients all over the world. His expertise includes investment funds and investment management law, banking and financial regulation, custody and settlement, and capital markets. Freddy completed two and a half mandates (from 2002 to 2007 and from 2010 to 2016) as Managing Partner of the Luxembourg office, having previously been Managing Partner of several legacy firms, and having played a significant role in the transition to Linklaters in 2002.
Freddy represents several prominent investment banks and asset managers on all aspects of their investment management business, including the structuring of traditional investment funds, as well as alternative investment fund products. He is also involved in the servicing side of asset management, advising global custodians, administrators and securities settlement houses.
Freddy has been involved with the creation of several Luxembourg flagship fund platforms of major banks and asset management houses, including GAM (formerly Julius Baer Investment Management), the Capital Group, Henderson, Merrill Lynch Investment Management now BlackRock, T. Rowe Priceand Deutsche Wealth & Asset Management. Freddy serves on the Boards of the Luxembourg fund platforms and the management company of several of those houses.
Freddy has advised on many of the most notable bank and investment management related transactions over the course of the past 30 years. Amongst others, these include advising:
- State Street on its acquisition of Deutsche Bank’s fund custody business
- the U.S. Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA) on its’ acquisition of Henderson’s real estate fund business as well as the creation of the TIAA / Henderson joint venture and the subsequent integration of the joint venture into TIAA’s business
- on the merger of the Luxembourg subsidiaries of several Japanese banks (Bank of Tokyo, Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, Yasuda Trust & Banking IBJ, Mizuho, Taiyō-Kobe Bank) to form Mizuho Bank and Mitsubishi IFJ respectively
- on the creation of a series of Luxembourg subsidiary banks and other regulated financial entities, including those for State Street, Nomura, Mitsubishi IFJ, Mizuho and RBS
- on the development of Crédit Agricole Indosuez’s funds pooling facility
- on successive mergers and acquisitions of several global investment management businesses
- on negotiations for the setting-up of custodian arrangements between all the major U.S. asset managers (i.e. Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch), and (then) Bank of Tokyo in the context of their management of the foreign assets of the Japanese government pension fund
Freddy has previously been the Managing Partner of Loesch & Wolter and De Bandt, van Hecke, Lagae & Loesch which formed the Linklaters Luxembourg office.
Freddy has been influential in helping Luxembourg to become a leading centre for the establishment, the administration and the management of investment funds. Among many roles heldwithin the fund industry body, the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI), Freddy is presently the acting ALFI Vice-Chair in charge of national affairs and a member of ALFI’s Board and Executive Committee. Freddy is also a member of, respectively chairs, several technical committees and working groups of ALFI, including notablythe committee concentrating on anti-money laundering and on cluster munitions and the committee implementing the several UCITs reforms.
He is a member of several advisory committees to the Luxembourg securities regulator, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF), and a permanent member of the Haut Comité de Place (HCP), a think tank set up by the Luxembourg Ministry of Finance to preserve and enhance the attractivity of Luxembourg as an international financial centre.
Freddy is a regular speaker at national and international funds conferences and industry roadshows in Europe, the U.S. and Asia. He is a lecturer, for post-graduate students at the University of Luxembourg (UniLu) and trains independent directors in courses run by the Institute of Luxembourg Administrators (ILA).