Simon Barnes developed his familiarity of fund operations during his 12 years at ING, where he worked as controller of the fund management companies, and later as operations manager. At European Fund Administration, he managed the set-up of variety of clients’ fund structures and SPV’s. Simon also has significant general management and board experience, including three years as General Manager of a Fund of Funds SICAV. Simon was until recently Head of Director Services at State Street Services (Luxembourg) S.A.
Jens has more than 12 years of experience in alternative asset management including fund administration and fund management. His experience of the industry covers several elements, such as legal, corporate governance, transaction structuring and portfolio and risk management regarding private equity, including buyout, venture and growth capital, real estate, credit, mezzanine, secondaries, and infrastructure. During his career, Jens has served as a board member of funds and SPVs, including securitization vehicles, and management companies. Amongst others, he worked for a one of the world’s largest service provider in the directorship services department and for a major private equity firm.
Mirko Dietz worked for State Street Services (Luxembourg) S.A. and held several senior positions (Head of Operational Development, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Relationship Management and Client Services). Furthermore, Mirko also held a series of board mandates on client structures, and was a board member of State Street Services (Luxembourg) S.A. Prior to this, Mirko has gained significant experience in the fund and finance industry during more than 12 years working for different entities of the Dexia group where he held a series of board mandates on UCITS structures.
Patrick Hutchines was an approved conducting officer for a service provider in Luxembourg and prior to this worked for BNY Mellon following its acquisition of PNC International Bank. Patrick set up, opened and ran the depositary branch of PNC in Luxembourg. Before that, Patrick has gained significant experience in the fund and finance industry during more than 12 years working for ING group and other large financial service providers.
Guy Knepper has over 28 years of experience in the financial services sector in Luxembourg having worked as desk head for most of his career in a universal, asset servicing and in an investment bank. He has set-up and developed the securities lending & financing desks at KBL European Private Bankers and Caceis Bank and headed the local entity of Merrill Lynch Luxembourg. He has a strong exposure to the investment fund industry since 1993. Guy is approved by the Luxembourg insurance supervision commission and by the Ministry of Economics as economic advisor.
Simon holds Masters degrees from both the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, and a Master of Business Administration of the University of Cambridge. He is fluent in English and French.
Jens is recognized in Luxembourg as an expert in private equity and is active in various industry bodies. He holds a Master’s degree in law of the University of Cologne, Germany, and an MBA from the John F. Welch College of Business, Fairfield, CT, USA. Jens is fluent in German and English and has basic capability in French and Luxembourgish. He is resident and domiciled in Luxembourg.
Mirko has successfully finalized a specialized banking training provided by the IFBL Luxembourg and the European Bank Academy of the ABBL in Luxembourg. Furthermore, he holds a Master of Business Administration of the University of Solvay, Belgium. Mirko is fluent in German, French, English, Luxembourgish and Spanish.
Patrick has extensive practical experience in the administration and operation of Luxembourg companies and a sound knowledge of Luxembourg financial services laws and regulations. He is fluent in French and English.
Guy has successfully concluded the European Bank Academy EBAL and holds an MBA in financial studies from Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He is fluent in German, French, English and Luxembourgish and has a good basis in Italian.