Dr. Marcel BARTNIK


  • Expertise Investment Funds Private Equity

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  • Phone +352 26 383 350 37

  • Languages German

  • Overview

    Marcel is a partner at Vandenbulke and heads the firm’s investment funds practice. His work consists in advising institutional clients, family offices and fund managers or advisors on the structuring and establishment of Luxembourg regulated and unregulated investment funds in a variety of asset classes such as debt, private equity, venture capital, real estate or hedge. His work relates among others to vehicles such as RAIFs, partnerships (SCS / SCSp), SIFs, SICARs and UCITS, regularly including the conducting of approval processes with the CSSF. He also assists management companies and AIFMs with license extensions, any other regulatory issues or the establishment of such entity from the start until the receipt of their license from the Luxembourg regulator CSSF. In addition, he is regularly involved in investor due diligences for his clients, including assisting them with negotiating side letter provisions.


    Marcel’s experience as a lawyer in the investment funds sector in Luxembourg started in 2005. Since then, he has been providing practical and in-depth legal and regulatory advice on the structuring and establishment of Luxembourg regulated and unregulated investment funds. Before joining Vandenbulke, Marcel gathered extensive experience in leading local and international law firms in Luxembourg.
    Marcel is an active member of several working groups within the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI), and is also active in other professional organizations such as the Luxembourg Private Equity Association (LPEA).


    • First and Second State Exam (Germany).
    • Diplôme d´études universitaires générales (DEUG), mention droit, France.
    • Diplôme d´Études Approfondies (D.E.A), University Aix-Marseille III, France.
    • Doctor in Law (Dr. iur.).



    • Admitted to the Bar in Germany (Düsseldorf) since 2005.
    • Admitted to the Luxembourg Bar (Liste IV) since 2007.



    • Ranked as “Rising Star” by IFLR 1000 in 2022 and 2023.
    • Recommended by Legal 500 and IFLR in the field of Investment Funds.
  • Marcel has authored number of articles in the field of investment funds.


    • Börsen-Zeitung, Sonderbeilage “Finanzplatz Luxemburg”: Eltif oder Teil IIFonds: Initiatoren haben die Wahl“.
    • AGEFI Luxembourg: „ELTIF 2.0 in Luxembourg – should you?“.


    • AGEFI Luxembourg: “Private Debt Funds – Regulatory Evolution under AIFMD 2.0”.


    • IFLR: „ESG drives growth within Luxembourg’s investment funds industry”.
    • Andy à Luxembourg: “Négocier le virage ESG“.
    • The International Comparative Legal Guide – Public Investment Funds 2021.
    • The International Comparative Legal Guide – Alternative Investment Funds Laws and Regulations 2021 (Luxembourg chapter).


    • Börsen-Zeitung: “Nachhaltige Investmentfonds in Luxemburg: Von der Kür zur Pflicht“.
    • AGEFI Luxembourg: “AIFM Directive: New changes on the horizon”.
    • AGEFI Luxembourg: “New ESG transparency requirements – what impact for Luxembourg AIFMs and Management Companies?”.


    • The Law of Hedge Funds – A Global Perspective (Luxembourg section); LexisNexis.


    • Frankfurter Kommentar KAGB (Luxembourg section); C.H. Beck Verlag.


    • Investmentrecht (Luxembourg section, co-author); C.H. Beck Verlag.


    • Private Equity Lexikon (Luxembourg section); Schäffer Poeschel.


    • International Guide to Hedge Fund Regulation (Luxembourg section, coauthor); Bloomsbury Professional.