Stéphane Karolczuk is head of Arendt & Medernach’s representative office in Hong Kong, where he advises clients based in the Asia-Pacific region regarding their Luxembourg legal and regulatory questions.
As a senior associate of the investment funds practice, Karolczuk advises international clients on all issues relating to investment funds, such as the structuring, registration, marketing, public offering and listing of Luxembourg and foreign investment funds.
He also advises and assists clients in relation to the selection and setting up of investment structures and the drafting of contractual and marketing documentation and liaises with the Luxembourg financial regulator, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) and the Luxembourg Stock Exchange in relation to such matters.
From September 2007 to January 2009, Karolczuk was seconded to Arendt & Medernach’s representative office in New York in view of developing an Investment Management Helpdesk advising US clients in relation to Luxembourg investment funds questions. He has been permanently based in Hong Kong since September 2009.
He has taken part in the activities of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI), the Hong Kong Investment Funds Association (HKIFA) and the Hong Kong Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (HKVCA) and he is regularly invited to speak on Luxembourg funds-related topics at conferences in the region.
Karolczuk graduated from the University of Brussels and the University of Ghent, both in Belgium. He is admitted to practise in Hong Kong as registered foreign lawyer, as well as in Luxembourg and Brussels.
He speaks English, French and Dutch and has abasic knowledge of Mandarin.
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