The Luxembourg Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LPEA) participated in the 2020 edition of SuperReturn in Berlin, the largest Private Equity and Venture Capital fair in Europe, from 25-28 February.
Over 3,000 participants attended this year's SuperReturn. Among them were LPEA's Global Events Manager Michaela Viskupicova and CEO Rajaa Mekouar, who partnered with ALFI on a booth that welcomed many other participants, mostly fund managers and Family Offices keen to learn about the opportunities offered by Luxembourg as a hub for Private Equity and Venture Capital.
Among other highlights during the week, the LPEA was hosted by Luxembourg's Ambassador in Berlin, Jean Graff, for a well-attended VIP dinner that brought together many VC and PE firms from Germany, the UK and the US, as well as Family Offices coming from Asia and Europe, during which Nicolas Mackel, CEO of Luxembourg For Finance, delivered a keynote on the state of the EU and financial services. One of his key messages focused on the disruption brought about by technology in the industry and how Luxembourg is building an edge in fintech to ensure the entire value chain benefits from this. He also insisted on the Green Finance imperative, which Luxembourg champions with its Stock Exchange that represents 50% of the volume of green bonds listed. Last but not least, Mr Mackel re-emphasised the stance of Luxembourg to be a partner of the UK post-Brexit, especially when it comes to fund management.
Another highlight of the week at SuperReturn was LPEA CEO Rajaa Mekouar’s intervention on the panel “Will multibillion Family Offices start investing directly and how will this change the LP landscape?” alongside Greg Durst (ILPA), Sarah Farrell (Aberdeen Asset Management) and Kirsty Acton (Arcapita). The female-dominated panel was well received by a full room of Private Equity and Venture Capital practitioners and delivered unique insights on how Family Offices invest and why they allocate to PE increasingly.
LPEA will host another event in Berlin, next autumn, focused on Venture Capital and Family Offices.