VANDENBULKE announces that Dr. Marcel Bartnik joins the Firm as a partner for heading the Investment Funds Practice.

In a move that further strengthens its growing alternative investment funds offering and expands its range of services, VANDENBULKE announces today that leading investment funds lawyer Dr. Marcel Bartnik has joined the firm as a Partner in our Luxembourg headquarters. Marcel is joining the firm to lead its Investment management and investment fund practice.

Dr. Bartnik is a German national and in addition to his terrific experience brings specific German legal knowledge and capabilities to the firm. His move is part of a global development and firm expansion in its core specialties of corporate, banking & finance and investment funds practices. His arrival, along with other recent top-tier addition of Nicolas Mille in our banking and finance practice, reflects the continued strategic growth of our firm in its reputed corporate finance practice.

The move strengthens the firm’s position as a go-to legal partner for asset managers, institutional investors and private funds needing sophisticated, forward-looking and practical legal services for the full range of their investment funds products. Dr. Bartnik’s experience will be synergistic with Denis Van den Bulke’s 30-year experience in the fund industry and extend the range of VANDENBULKE expertise across all types of structures and asset classes.

Marcel will offer VANDENBULKE clients significant breadth and depth of both experience and knowledge in the Luxembourg investment funds space. He has been acknowledged for his investment fund experience in leading industry publications including Legal 500 and IFLR 1000. Since 2005, he represents fund sponsors, asset managers, and investment advisers in connection with the structuring and distribution of Luxembourg Investment funds, including open-ended and closed-end funds,private asset funds such as RAIFs, SIFs or unregulated partnerships or retail funds such as UCITS or part II funds. He also acts for investors in legal due diligence processes concerning their investment into a Luxembourg fund. Before joining VANDENBULKE, Marcel worked in several first-tier local and international law firms, including in the position as partner.

“VANDENBULKE has a highly reputed and very robust Corporate and Banking & Finance practice. I am excited to join the firm and contribute my expertise to bring their investment fund practice to the next level, building upon their existing strong platform for our common clients”, says Marcel Bartnik.

Denis Van den Bulke further underlines that “the recent, and expected future strategic hires of the firm, aim at expanding and consolidating the firm expertise with a new generation of brilliant lawyers. At Vandenbulke, we pride ourselves to be recognized beyond our boundaries as an independent elite firm in Luxembourg offering and unparalleled expertise in the legal fields connected to corporate finance. Our latest European Lawyer awards again recognise our talented expertise and our unique position in the Luxembourg legal market. Given the relentless growth of the Luxembourg financial sector, we are aiming to focus our energy to develop further our investment fund practice and address the evolving needs of top-of-market asset managers. With Marcel, we are now in an outstanding excellent position to offer fund initiators and investors a complete range of services for sophisticated matters related to all aspects of their business and operation.”

Marcel Bartnik is the second Partner to join the firm in the last 4 months.