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Committees and Groups

Tax, Legal & Regulatory Committee

Invest Europe’s Tax, Legal and Regulatory Committee deals with tax, legal and regulatory matters affecting European private equity and combines the legal expertise of Invest Europe and its national association members.

Cooperating closely with the national associations, the committee provides information, expert evidence and advice to Invest Europe and its members. It advises Invest Europe’s wider public and regulatory affairs activities by supporting the Public Affairs Executive.

The committee is appointed by and reports to Invest Europe Board. Each of the four Invest Europe platforms has a representative on the committee. The regional/national representatives are nominated by their respective national associations.

Committee members


Committee Leaders

Chairman                         
Patricia Volhard - P+P Pöllath + Partner

Vice-Chairman                  
Phil Bartram - Travers Smith LLP


Platform Representatives

LP Platform                      
Hugo Lauque - Ardian

VC Platform                      
Gitte Bedford - Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH

MM Platform                     
Rachel Thompson – Bridgepoint

LBO Platform                    
Jay Modrall - Norton Rose Fulbright LLP


Regional Representatives

Austria and Germany         
Christian Schatz - King & Wood Mallesons

Belgium 
Bernard Peeters - Altius/Tiberghien 

Nordic Region      
Jakob Mosegaard Larsen - Mazanti-Andersen Korsø Jensen
Martin Nilsson - Mannheimer Swartling 
Jyrki Tähtinen - Attorneys at law Borenius Ltd 

CEE Region                       
Piotr Dulewicz – Dentons

France                            
Stephane Puel – Gide (Regulatory)
Sylvie Vansteenkiste - King & Wood Mallesons (Tax)

Italy                                
Fabio Brunelli - Di Tanno e Associati

Luxembourg                     
Gilles Dusemon – Arendt & Medernach

The Netherlands                
Marco de Lignie - Loyens & Loeff

Portugal                           
Ana Sofia Batista - Abreu Advogados

Spain                              
Isabel Rodriguez - King & Wood Mallesons

Switzerland                      
Felix Haldner - Partners Group

The United Kingdom           
Ed Hall - King & Wood Mallesons (Legal)
David Nicolson- Bridgepoint (Tax)

The United States of America
Robin Painter - Proskauer

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Working Groups led by the Tax, Legal & Regulatory Committee

The Tax, Legal and Regulatory Committee is supported by several working groups set up to bundle the expertise of Invest Europe’s membership on specific market sectors or topics.

Financial Services/Regulatory Working Group

The Financial Services/Regulatory Working Group (formerly AIFMD Technical Group) is the key working group supporting Invest Europe in its lobbying work and activities around the AIFMD and EuVECA. Since the start of the AIFMD legislative process in 2008, the group has provided (legal) advice, guidance and expertise on AIFMD-related issues, aimed not only at European and national policymakers but also at Invest Europe members. More recently, the Technical Group has also been involved in Invest Europe’s work on the European Venture Capital Fund Regulation (EuVECA).

The Group holds a bi-weekly call on Friday afternoon. Recent publications include the AIFMD Essentials and the AIFMD Third Country paper.

Chairman

Patricia Volhard, P+P Pöllath + Partners

Members

Phil Bartram, Travers Smith LLP
David Bailey, Augentius
Geoffrey Bailhache, The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP
Ann Baker, Gide
Gregg Beechey, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP
James Bermingham, Aztec Group
Stephanie Biggs, Travers Smith LLP
Lisa Cawley, Kirkland & Ellis International LLP
Nick du Cros, HarbourVest Partners (U.K.) Limited
Gilles Dusemon, Arendt & Medernach
James Gee, Ernst & Young LLP
Sally Gibson, Debevoise & Plimpton
Christopher Good, Macfarlanes LLP
Paulus Hidén, Attorneys at Law Borenius
Tim Lewis, Travers Smith LLP
Tamasin Little, King & Wood Mallesons
James Modrall, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Oliver Morris, KPMG
Anne Holm Rannaleet, IK Investment Partners Ltd
Rachel Thompson, Bridgepoint
John Verwey, Proskauer
John Young, Ropes and Gray
Andrew Whittaker, Ipes (Guernsey) Limited
Simon Witney, King & Wood Mallesons

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International Tax and Tax Reporting Group

This Working Group has been set up to monitor and advise on Tax developments. More recently, the negotiations on OECD BEPS have been at the forefront of the agenda.

Members

David Nicolson, Bridgepoint
Geoffrey Bailhache, The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP
Ludo Bammens, KKR
Raphaël Béra, King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin
James Bermingham, Aztec Group
Fabio Brunelli, Di Tanno e Associati
Emidio Cacciapuoti, King and Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin
Laura Charkin, King and Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin
Emily Clark, Travers Smith
Marco de Lignie, Loyens & Loeff NV
Martin Nilsson, Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyra AB
Roderick MacMillan, The Carlyle Group
Patrick Mischo, Allen & Overy
Chaim Miller, The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP (+ Giovanna Perkins, The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP)
James Modrall, Norton Rose Fulbright
Daniel Noe Harboe - PwC
Bernard Peeters, ALTIUS/Tiberghien
Matt Saronson - Debevoise
Shannon Stafford, The Carlyle Group
Dominic Stuttaford, Norton Rose Fulbright
Christian Schatz, King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin
Alexander Secker, Loyens and Loeff
Bert van der Poel, Loyens and Loeff
Sylvie Vansteenkiste, King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin
Dany Teillant – Deloitte
Richard Ward – Debevoise

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Insolvency Working Group

The focus of this Working Group is on European legislation dealing with Insolvency and Business Failure.

Members

Katharina Gerdes, P+P Pöllath + Partners
Francisco Patricio, Abreu Advogados
Gabrielle Ruiz, Clifford Chance
Edward Smith, Travers Smith LLP
James Stonebridge, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Jyrki Tähtinen, Attorneys at law Borenius Ltd

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Anti-Trust and Competition Working Group

This Working Group advises and supports Invest Europe in its work around Anti-Trust issues and Merger Regulation.

Chairman

James Modrall – Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Members

Phil Bartram, Travers Smith LLP
Gitte Bedford, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH
Christophe Humpe, King and Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin
Philippe-Emmanuel Partsch, Arendt & Medernach
Rachel Thompson, Bridgepoint
Inês Sequeira Mendes, Abreu Advogados
Daniel Wiedmann, P+P Pöllath and Partners

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Investor Regulation Working Group

The main goal of this Working Group is to assist Invest Europe in its Political Advocacy work on Investor Regulation related issues.

Chairman

Felix Haldner, Partners Group AG

Members

Aatif Ahmad, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Phil Bartram, Travers Smith LLP
Heiko Bensch, Talanx Asset Management GmbH
Gillian Brown, Rubato Associates
Jürg Burkhard, LGT Capital Partners Ltd
Christian Diller, Montana Capital Partners
Mark Drugan, Capital Dynamics Ltd
Jin-Hyuk Jang, P+P Pöllath + Partners
Yves Lacroix, Arendt & Medernach
Tarek Mardini, P+P Pöllath + Partners
James Modrall, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Michael Wehrle, Partners Group AG
Patricia Volhard, P+P Pöllath + Partners
Hilger von Livonius, King and Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin
Peter Wand, Baker & McKenzie
Paloma Ybarra Miranda, Altamar Capital Partners
Xavier Zaegel, Deloitte S.A.

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Working Group on Long-Term Investment

This Working Group has been set up to support Invest Europe in its work around the European Commission’s European Long-Term Investment Fund (ELTIF) proposal. At a later stage the focus of this group might be extended to cover other long-term investment topics.

Members

Gregg Beechey, King and Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin
Simon Currie, Covington
Nick du Cros, HarbourVest Partners (U.K.) Limited
Patrizia Gioiosa, Di Tanno e Associati
Felix Haldner, Partners Group (+ Andrew Davis, Partners Group)
Victorien Hémery, Arendt & Medernach
James Modrall, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Christian Schatz, King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin

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Public Affairs Executive

Invest Europe Public Affairs Executive (PAE) is the leading decision-maker on issues affecting European private equity. Invest Europe Chairman chairs the PAE, which has seats for the Limited Partner, Venture Capital, Mid-market and Large Buyout Platforms, as well as Invest Europe Chief Executive.

The German, the UK and French national associations, the three largest in Europe, have a seat each.  A rotating seat is reserved for the association of the country holding the six-monthly EU Presidency. The PAE regularly exchanges information with the Representative Group, which consists of all Europe's national associations.

Other Invest Europe members are invited to be part of the PAE as guests. These include Invest Europe's former Chairman and Chairman-Elect, the Campaign Director, the Chair of the PAE Technical Group.

Chairman

Gerry Murphy - Blackstone - Invest Europe Chairman

Members

Anne Glover - Amadeus Capital Partners - representing Invest Europe VC Platform

Roderick Macmillan - representing Invest Europe Large Buyout Platform

Sebastian Ippisch, Allianz Capital Partners GmbH – representing Invest Europe Limited Partner Platform

Dörte Höppner - representing Invest Europe

Tim Hames - representing the BVCA (British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association)

Ulrike Hinrichs - representing the BVK (German Private Equity and Venture Capital
Association)

Paul Perpère - representing AFIC (Association Francaise des Investisseurs en Capital)

Patricia Volhard, P+P Pöllath + Partners - representing Invest Europe Tax, Legal & Regulatory Committee

Paul Junck - representing the LPEA (Luxembourg Private Equity & Venture Capital Association) as the current Presidency of the Council of the EU

Guests

Max Römer - Quadriga Capital - Invest Europe Immediate Past Chairman

Michael Collins, Invest Europe - Public Affairs Director

Representative Group

The Representative Group consists of members of all of Europe’s national trade associations. It discusses industry issues at both national and European level.   

Chairman

Gerry Murphy - Current Invest Europe Chairman

Members

Pierre Demaerel - BVA (Belgian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association)

Irina Anghel - SEEPEA (South Eastern Europe's Private Equity Association)

Dominique Barthel Denis - ASCRI (Asociación Española De Entidades De Capital-Riesgo)

Regina Breheny - IVCA (Irish Venture Capital Association)

Paulo Caetano - APCRI (Associação Portuguesa de Capital de Risco)

Isabella de Feudis - SVCA (Swedish Private Equity & Venture Capital Association)

Anna Gervasoni - AIFI (Italian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association) 

Ivan Jakubek - SLOVCA (Slovak Venture Capital Association)

Tim Hames - BVCA (British Venture Capital Association)

Ulrike Hinrichs- BVK (German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association)
 
Silke Horakova - CVCA (Czech Venture Capital Association)

Paul Junck - LPEA (Luxembourg Private Equity and Venture Capital Association) 

Egita Polyansky - LVCA (Latvian Venture Capital Association)

Jürgen Marchart - AVCO (Austrian Private Equity and Venture Capital Organisation)

Mirna Marovic - CVCA (Croatian Venture Capital Association)

Tjarda Molenaar - NVP (Nederlandse Vereniging van Participatiemaatschappijen)

Barbara Nowakowska - PSIK (Polish Private Equity and Venture Capital Association)

Jannick Nytoft - DVCA (Danish Venture Capital and Private Equity Association)

Maurice Pedergnana - SECA (Swiss Private Equity & Corporate Finance Association)

Paul Perpère - AFIC (Association Française des Investisseurs en Capital)

Pia Santavirta- FVCA (Finnish Venture Capital Association)

Dovydas Varkulevicius - LT VCA (Lithuanian Venture Capital Association)

Ibolya Pinter - HVCA (Hungarian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association)
 
Rikke Eckhoff Høvding - NVCA (Norwegian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association) 

Kristiina Vassilkova - EstVCA (Estonian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association)
 
Dörte Höppner - Invest Europe (European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association)