Luxembourg surfs Brexit wave to strengthen its private equity industry

AGEFI Luxembourg – le 19 février 2019 :

Luxembourg is renowned worldwide for its fund administration industry currently hosting at least 15 of the 20 largest global funds (including Carlyle, Blackstone, KKR, Apollo …), which have structures and / or funds domiciled in the country. The Brexit has created a major challenge for Luxembourg, as the country will have an opportunity to attract a maximum of the British market players as a consequence to the decision taken on 29 March 2017.

One of the potential consequences of the Brexit, which would see the United Kingdom leaving the single European market, would be the loss of the European passport to financial institutions that has so far enabled them to sell their products and services within the European Economic Area (EEA). It goes without saying that financial activities would be particularly affected by this loss and have already been impacted. Several investment funds have already relocated their activity in other European countries to keep the enjoyment of this European passport and continue to reap the benefits and transfer funds. Overall, the top five financial centers benefiting the most from Brexit are Paris, Luxembourg, Dublin, Frankfurt and Amsterdam. Paris and Frankfurt are focused on trading and investment banking, while Dublin and Luxembourg are specialized in investment funds and asset management. Singularly, Amsterdam is a well-known place for its technological know-how around fintech and its airport hub.