Through our long-term experience in the Luxembourg market, we have built a team of highly skilled experts with deep technical and market knowledge who are dedicated to Alternative Investments within our different practice areas.

We constantly enhance our expertise through both our work for clients and extensive research. We stay up-to-date with market trends, challenges, and regulatory developments, which enables us to build solutions addressing current and anticipating future industry needs.

Advisory Services

Our solutions include:

Strategy and market analysis

Are you planning to develop new services or venture into new locations? Is your business experiencing change and you want or need to adapt? Or do you simply want to start working with new business partners?

We will assist you with:

  • Performing in-depth market analyses regarding:
    • Jurisdictions you plan to do business in
    • Types of services you intend to offer
    • Competitive landscape of your business
    • Investor/Demand side of your services
  • Due diligence services on Investment Managers, Investors and Asset Servicers
  • Definition of your strategic targets
  • Design of a strategic road-map

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Target Operating Model design

Has your tax or regulatory environment changed? Did your performance indicators highlight a low-performance in your processes? Does your IT environment indicate the existence of silos and little communication between systems? Do you need assistance in analysing your current operating model and designing new, efficient standards?

We will assist you with:

  • Performing an as-is analysis to obtain a 360° view of your current organisation, governance and processes;
  • Assessing your level of compliance and areas of improvement within your existing operating model by means of a health check;
  • Benchmarking your organisation against your peers;
  • Understanding of key drivers of change/challenges in the current operational environment and IT trends;
  • Identifying key threats and opportunities as well as main improvement areas;
  • Designing your target operating model including organisational framework, efficient and effective to-be processes and IT and data improvements.

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Operations improvement and implementation

Have you identified a need for more efficient operations? Do you plan to improve your processes, systems and communication channels in specific parts or even your entire organisation?

We will assist you with:

  • Identifying improvement areas within your organization;
  • Addressing identified pain-points in design of to-be state covering (i) organisation, (ii) processes, (iii) communication and (iv) technology;
  • Ensuring that implementation of redesigned operations is fully supported by the required tools and enablers;
  • Assisting you and your people with change management to ensure that all stakeholders buy-in to the redesigned operations and are equipped with the required understanding and expertise to implement them;
  • Performing formal handover to make sure that newly designed operations work in practice, and enable fine-tuning.

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Service Provider selection

Are you looking to outsource certain functions or appoint third party providers to support you operations?  Do you require support in identifying potential service providers and evaluating their fit based on comprehensive selection criteria? Do you need assistance with onboarding a newly selected service provider?

We will assist you with:

  • Performing market research to identify service provider leaders;
  • Formulating high-level and detailed evaluation criteria in order to assess service providers across  different dimensions;
  • Developing RFP, soliciting and evaluating service provider responses;
  • Engaging service providers in presentations and operating models reviews;
  • Evaluating and scoring service provider fit with business and technology objectives and producing summary assessment to stakeholders;
  • Coordinating negotiations and onboarding;
  • Assisting with due diligence of selected provider.

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Process digitalisation and automation

Are you looking to optimise your processes by automating highly manual and repetitive tasks? Do you want to achieve greater efficiency by targeting straight-through processing? Technologies have the potential to improve significantly operational efficiency and quality for you, your clients and other partners. We can work with you to help you identify process digitalisation and automation opportunities which will have a significant impact on your value chain and support their implementation and adoption.

We will assist you with:

  • Analysing and assessing current processes to support the identification of automation / digitalisation opportunities;
  • Mapping detailed business requirements (data flows, aggregation and calculation rules, report specifications, process workflows…) for process automation / digitalisation;
  • Designing to-be process map and user journey for proof-of-concept;
  • Evaluating potential IT solutions;
  • Setting-up and testing prototype for automation / digitalisation;
  • Coordinating iterative implementation of solution and managing successful adoption by end-users.

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Vendor selection

Are you looking for a software solution to support your business needs? Do you require assistance in identifying potential vendors and tools as well as evaluating their fit based on comprehensive selection criteria?

We will assist you with:

  • Performing market research to identify vendors;
  • Analyse your current IT architecture and legacy systems;
  • Formulating high-level and detailed evaluation criteria in order to assess vendors and their tools across  different dimensions;
  • Developing RFP, soliciting and evaluating vendor responses;
  • Engaging service providers in presentations and product demonstrations / use cases;
  • Evaluating and vendor fit with business and technology objectives and producing summary assessment to stakeholders;
  • Coordinating negotiations and onboarding.

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Risk management

Alternative investments players need to cope with critical risk management. Risk exposures develop and change rapidly. Players also face pressure from regulators and investors and the need to produce proper reporting.

Our team of experienced risk management professionals can help you set up your risk-monitoring framework by defining the key risk indicators. They will use appropriate methodologies and our dedicated technology and tools, while also supporting your team with best practices during reporting, and last but not least, by preparing risk reports using our web-based solutions, which are flexible and tailored to your needs.

Our credentials:

  • We have helped asset managers, from reviewing risk-management processes to fully implementing risk-management procedures;
  • We provide ongoing risk monitoring and implementation for major players, including UK, German and Swedish asset managers.

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Corporate Governance

The increasing pressure induced by compliance and society on organizations demonstrates the importance of an appropriate governance and the key role played by corporate secretaries to support business actions and set up efficient decision process tools.

Entity Governance and Compliance will help to produce your corporate documentation but also to define and maintain the proper governance of your organization.

Our approach for a proper governance is driven by the following equation

Governance x Adhesion = Efficiency

What we can do for you:

  • We can assist you to set up, implement, formalise or simply assess your corporate governance.
  • We can give you access to adequate IT tool renders the outsourcing invisible for you, your partners and stakeholders.
  • We will provide you with a professional dealing with your organisation as an insider, ensuring the respect of regulations, anticipating changes and managing your administration. Close to you, he will interact to set up, monitor, control the proper governance of your structure. He will be the best partner of your organisation.
  • We propose a collaboration tool (called e-CS) to support our company secretary solutions. This tool can be designed to stick to your own organization and reduce the learning time of users.

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Are you looking to raise a new fund? Do you need assistance in finding investors, deciding on your marketing strategy or setting up a bridge facility?
We will assist you with:

  • Investor sourcing;
  • Formulating the fundraising strategy, including cost-benefit analysis of placement options under different regulatory regimes and selection of a placement agent;
  • Planning and executing your fundraising process, including:
    • Preparation of documentation, setup and maintenance of the data room according to market best practice and regulatory requirements
    • Completing investor due diligence questionnaires and answering their queries
  • Registering your AIFs in all countries of marketing;
  • Complying with AIFM Directive and local regulations in each country of marketing.

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Deal Services

Does your deals team need assistance with screening/sourcing investments, negotiations and /or documentation? With skilled advisers for every aspect of a deal, we make sure you benefit from our years of experience and extensive business network in a variety of sectors across the world, which means we factor in local specificities.

Our team of experts helps organisations execute successful deals and create value through mergers, acquisitions, disposals and restructuring. We work with you to develop the right strategy before the deal, identifying issues, points of negotiation and value.

Our Services include:

  • Deal sourcing:
    • Within our large client base we can identify suitable candidates for Alternative investors, thus creating proprietary opportunities
    • Screening according to defined criteria, such as ESG, Shariah compliance, etc.

Investment thesis assessment, including consideration for tax and operational implications of options;

  • Financial analysis and modelling:
    • Our valuation experts offer an unrivalled breadth and depth of valuation experience in a wide variety of industries. We have teams of financial engineers and mathematicians ensuring that we address your unique circumstances in an appropriate manner.
    • Strategic, commercial, operational, financial and tax due diligence
  • The negotiations of Sale and Purchase Agreements;
    • Analyse risks/opportunities that can impact your assessment of the target/business and its value
    • Identify non value or worthless items within Net Asset Value
    • Review and preparation of business plan
    • Review of Purchase mechanism
    • Review of SPA and other transaction documents from financial and tax perspective
  • Deal structuring from the tax and financial point of view.
  • M&A Services
    • Identification of potential assets
    • Strategic advise
    • Identification of potential acquirers
    • Marketing the asset

Our credentials:

  • Wide range of clients, especially family offices, pension funds, insurance companies, banks and sovereign investment funds;
  • Local and cross-border experience with local players investing in Luxembourg, inbound investments from foreigners and outbound investments from holding structure in luxembourg.

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We are facing a new era of low interest rates and the search for yield has created an increasingly competitive environment. Assets with long-term secured yields have become scarce due to the lack of supply. Identifying suitable targets in good time has become a paramount challenge for portfolio managers. In addition, increased interest in secondary markets and the emergence of alternative asset classes in the last few years provide new opportunities.

In order to navigate the changing landscape and to support you along the full life cycle of an asset, our Valuation practice will share with you its up-to-date and accurate view on the market thanks to its comprehensive set of data and market insights.

Our Services include:

  • Pre-deal and post-deal analysis
  • European market intelligence
  • Support in governance and oversight
    • Independent valuation reviews
    • Valuation guidance and best practices
    • AIFMD compliance and risk indicators
    • Training and workshops

Our credentials:

  • Over 1,000 international real-estate valuations reviewed annually;
  • Access to extensive market data: historical market-data sources from all real-estate sectors, as well as European market data focused on regional dynamics such as performance, historical trends and risk factors.

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Managing and Improving Investments

For the Management of a backed business

We help you deal with a variety of challenges:

  • development of the business strategy to support decisions such as expansion into a new market or product range, reconsidering your marketing and distribution strategy, digitisation of your business, etc.;
  • help you optimise your capital structure;
  • assess your operating model and implement operational improvements, such as cost reduction, supply chain optimisation;
  • implementation of new systems and tools.

For the Fund Manager

We help you create value in your portfolio companies through:

  • strategic assessment as well as development and implementation of a new strategy for your portfolio company;
  • turnaround and restructuring;
  • provision of highly experienced interim management team;
  • portfolio monitoring ensuring adherence to investment strategy, risk levels and continuous compliance with any specific criteria, e.g. ESG, Islamic finance restrictions etc.

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Realising Investments

For fund investments

It takes time and careful planning to prepare for a smooth exit. You have to make sure your objectives are aligned with those of the portfolio company’s management, while aiming at achieving your target return.

We’ll strengthen your efforts by providing an independent strategic assessment and advice in the following areas:

  • IPO preparation
  • deal documentation, data room maintenance and management;
  • management incentives strategy;
  • introduction to suitable buyers, whether strategic or financial;
  • exit valuation and SPA negotiation;
  • exit tactical planning, incorporating local requirements and tax nuances for aspects such as cash repatriation;
  • exit strategy;

For the fund

  • we help you deal with all formalities to wind down a structure at the end of the fund's life cycle;
  • we support you in case of unsuccessful investments;
  • we liaise with creditors and assist with the debt recovery process;
  • we act as a third party liquidator or support the liquidator during the liquidation process.

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Global Fund Distribution and Due Diligence services

When distributing your Alternative funds on a cross-border basis, you might need to consider:

  • Are the funds duly registered in the target host countries under the appropriate notification method? Or do they follow the applicable local national private placement rules?
  • Are all the annual reporting and filing requirements to these host regulators duly met, in order to maintain such registration status?
  • Do the marketing materials used to promote the Alternative funds - factsheets, roadshow materials, websites, etc. - meet all applicable national rules?
  • Is initial and ongoing due diligence being performed on the distributors activities? And who is monitoring my administrators, my transfer agents?

The PwC Luxembourg Global Fund Distribution practice can become your single point of contact for fund distribution - from compliance with local rules for selling and marketing your funds and ongoing adherence to regulations in an ever evolving environment, to due diligence of third parties, and development of an appropriate strategy for expanding into new markets.

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Liquidation Services

To remain competitive, groups often decide to restructure and this could include liquidating some entities. At PwC Luxembourg, we are ready to assist you throughout the process, including the provision of a liquidator mandate. We can also help you find the easiest and most optimal way to liquidate any Luxembourg company including, when this is possible, the simplified liquidation process.

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Integrated occupier solutions

Facility management can become a significant investment for a company if you are not organised and informed enough.

Our experienced Occupier Services team can share with you their best practices, as we are one of the largest occupiers in the Luxembourg market. You will benefit from what they have learned from operating PwC's own premises, and they will help you find the best solutions in this evolving environment, as well as optimising the technical and financial aspects of your facility-management processes.

They will guide you through all the steps, from defining the strategy, to selecting your premises and fitting it out, all the way through to using the facility.

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Alternative Investments Experts are facing increasing pressure from investors and stakeholders for transparency on how they deal with environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, as well for green building certifications.

Our team will support you in defining your ESG strategy, formalising it into a policy and deploying this policy across every aspect of your business. When reporting, they will seek third-party assurance for you. They will support players with ESG reporting and participation in industry initiatives such as the GRESB Assessment. Our team also comprises accredited professionals for the most commonly recognised certification schemes, namely BREEAM, LEED, DGNB and HQE.

Our engineers and technicians, who have a strong background in the energy efficiency of buildings and an excellent knowledge of the Alternative Investments industry, can deliver a wide range of services for clients willing to engage in a Green Building certification scheme, and can assist building owners and developers in obtaining certification from the different bodies and offer complementary services associated with the Green Building certification process.

Our credentials:

  • >55 certification projects completed in Luxembourg and abroad;
  • Approx. 325,000 m² of office space certified by PwC;
  • World’s first triple certification (BREEAM - DGNB - HQE);
  • Main clients: EU institutions, EIB.

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Market research

Alternative Investments require the consideration of economic data and forecasts to ensure that yield will be achieved over the investment period. Competition for prime assets continues to increase and location, together with the impact of megatrends such as urbanisation, is becoming important for identifying value and market opportunities. Furthermore, managers require insights in areas such as investors’ behavioural trends towards allocation in Alternative Investments, and changing operating models towards insourcing.

Our Market Research Centre is made up of analysts, experts and economists who are experienced in helping market players make decisions. They will provide you with insights on current marketplace opportunities and trends and assist you by forecasting future scenarios and removing any unpredictability.

Our credentials:

  • Forecast of the development of Alternative Investments market by 2025;
  • Market-entry studies;
  • Asset and Wealth Management Revolution: embracing exponential change, considering changes in the AM industry landscape over the coming years;
  • Global Pension Funds, best practices in the pension-fund investment process in allocating to alternatives, such as private equity, real estate, infrastructure and hedge funds;
  • Forecast on the demand for office space for an independent real-estate development company;
  • BIL IMMO index, an indicator tracking the development of the housing market.

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Contact us

Vincent Lebrun

Alternatives Leader, Tax Partner, PwC Luxembourg

Tel: +352 49 48 48 3193

Isabelle Dauvergne

Alternatives Assurance Leader, PwC Luxembourg

Tel: +352 49 48 48 2435

Thierry Braem

Alternatives Tax Leader, PwC Luxembourg

Tel: +352 49 48 48 5106

Kai Braun

Alternatives Advisory Leader, PwC Luxembourg

Tel: +352 49 48 48 2085

Vincent Ball

Clients and Markets, Alternatives COO/CFO Leader and Assurance Partner, PwC Luxembourg

Tel: +352 49 48 48 2254

René Paulussen

Clients and Markets Leader and Alternatives Assurance Partner, PwC Luxembourg

Tel: +352 49 48 48 2385

Amaury Evrard

Alternatives Network and Alternatives Assurance Partner, PwC Luxembourg

Tel: +352 49 48 48 2106

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