Meet the Luxembourg team

We aim to build trusted, long-term relationships with our corporate clients and their advisors; experience, expertise, integrity, discipline and prudence underpin our success.

Our knowledge, skills, experience and dedication to excellence provide clients with the comfort that they are partnering with a global leader in quality and service.

Patrick van Denzen, Managing Director

Patrick van Denzen

Patrick holds a position of Managing Director at TMF Luxembourg office. He joined TMF Group in 1997 and since then has held various positions within the company, including Deputy Managing Director, Director Client Services, heading up the accounting department in the Luxembourg office and his last position being the Chief Operating Officer for Luxembourg. He also worked in the Dutch office for one year and upon returning to Luxembourg, headed a team of legal professionals. Patrick holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and is a native Dutch speaker with fluency in English and German.

Romuald Minatchy, Executive Director

Romuald Minatchy

Romuald joined TMF Group in November 2019 as an Executive Director and member of the Management Team to supervise the operations in different business units. He started his career as an External Auditor in one of the Big 4 companies. He is a qualified “Réviseur d’entreprises”, specialized in Private Equity and Real Estate structures. After 8 years in audit, he joined the Luxembourg office of a US industrial company to lead the Finance and Accounting department. Before TMF Group, Romuald worked for over 10 years with a major Corporate and Trust service provider as Business Unit Director and became an Executive Director and part of the Management Team in 2018.

Séverine Canova, Executive Director

Séverine Canova

Séverine joined TMF Group in December 2018 as Head of Corporate Services and member of the management team. She has an 18-year track record in corporate, legal, management and administration within service providers in Luxembourg and France. Before joining TMF Group, she spent nine years as Managing Director at a major Corporate Service Provider, respectively 5 years in Paris and 4 years in Luxembourg. Séverine holds a Master of Business Law from the University Robert Schuman in Strasbourg France. She is a native French speaker with fluency in English.

Joel Cardenas, Market Head of Business Development

Joel Cardenas

Joel was recently appointed Market Head of Business Development and member of the Management Team in Luxembourg after joining TMF Group in January 2020 as Director Client Services. In this role, Joel led a team of accounting and legal professionals, who manage a portfolio of real estate clients and international corporations. He is an accounting and financial services professional with over 18 years of experience. Before joining TMF Group, Joel spent most of his professional career with a Luxembourg Trust and Corporate Services provider, Big 4 audit firms and the investment department of Knight Frank, where he gained extensive experience in the real estate sector as an external auditor and as an accounting and financial advisor. Joel holds a Master’s degree in Law and International Tax and Accounting and is a native Spanish speaker, fluent in English and French, with a good understanding of Portuguese.

Stéphane Toscano, HR Director

Stéphane Toscano

Stéphane joined TMF Group in November 2019 as Human Resources Director and member of the Management Team. Stéphane has a 16-year track record in the Human Resources field within the Financial sector in Luxembourg. Before joining TMF Group, Stéphane worked for over 10 years in one of the big 4 companies and 5 years with a major Corporate and Trust service provider. He holds an MBA from the Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC. He has lived in France, Cameroon, Canada and the US before settling in Luxembourg. He is a native French speaker with fluency in English. 

Virginie Dohogne, Finance Director

Virginie Dohogne

Virginie joined TMF Luxembourg in January 2020 as a Finance Director and member of the Management Team. She is an experienced professional with strong focus on finance matters. Prior to TMF, she worked for 5 years in the banking sector, both private and retail banking and then spent 16 years with a major corporate and trust service provider where she acted as CFO, Board Member and was also in charge of the daily management of the company for the last 8 years. Prior to her CFO role, she was working in business operations for 8 years, mainly leading a team in charge of a client portfolio dedicated to the Benelux, Italian, French, Southern Europe and Latin America markets. She has a background in Economics and International Taxation and holds a university degree from Mons-Hainaut and a Master’s degree from HEC Liege. Virgine is a native French speaker and fluent in English. 

Anja Grenner, Head of Sales Fund Services Luxembourg

Headshot of Anja Grenner

Anja joined TMF Group in June 2020 and is currently Head of Sales Fund Services Luxembourg. Anja has been working in the Luxembourg fund service industry since 1993 and in alternative funds since 2004. Before joining TMF Group, Anja spent 13 years with various fund administration companies in Luxembourg as well as 8 years in one of the BIG4 firms where she oversaw Business Development for Private Equity and Real Estate. In her last role Anja headed the Fund Operations and Business Development teams. Anja holds a University degree from the University of Giessen (Germany) and a post-graduate degree from Royal Holloway, University of London. She also obtained the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) in the UK and qualifies as a Real Estate specialist certified by the Luxembourg training institution for the financial industry.

Anja is a native German speaker and fluently speaks English, French and Spanish with basic knowledge of Italian and Luxembourgish.

Atif Kamal, Director Client Services, Capital Markets Services

Atif Kamal

Atif is Director Client Services (“DCS”), Capital Markets Services in TMF Luxembourg Office. Atif started his career in 2001 in Audit and Financial Advisory Department of KPMG Pakistan and later joined Deloitte Ireland. He has also worked for TMF Dublin (Ireland) supervising portfolio of various structured finance vehicles including CLO/CDO, CMBS/RMBS, receivables, leasing, life settlements vehicles. During his tenure with TMF Dublin he was member of various boards, including holding companies, structured finance vehicles, leasing structures and operational trading companies. Atif is a Fellow Member (FCA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP).

Claudia Momoh, Head of Fund Administration

Claudia Momoh

Claudia joined TMF Group in January 2020 as Head of Fund Administration. Claudia has a 25-year track record in accounting, audit, management and administration within service provider, asset manager and bank in Luxembourg and Germany. Before joining TMF Group, she has spent over 5 years with a major bank in Luxembourg. Claudia holds an International Certified Management Accountant degree from the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Cologne, Germany. She is a native German speaker with fluency in English.

Fabrice Rota, Director Client Services

Fabrice Rota

Fabrice holds a position of Director Client Services at TMF Group. He is responsible for a team of legal professionals managing a portfolio of private equity firms and international corporations. He has a wide experience in banking, corporate and secretarial services, where he has been working for the past 18 years. Prior to joining TMF Group he spent 6 years working for an Italian bank in Luxembourg. Recently, he has been approved by the Luxembourg regulator (CSSF) as director of regulated vehicles. Fabrice holds a Master’s Degree in International Trade from the University of Metz in France and speaks fluently French, English and Italian.

Gaëlle Attardo, Head of Capital Markets

Gaelle Attardo

Gaëlle joined TMF Group in January 2020 as Head of Capital Markets. She has a 15-year track record in legal, corporate and financial matters with particular expertise in capital markets industry, including financing and refinancing transactions, restructuring, stock exchanges related (de)listings, structured finance and other capital markets operations as well as management and administration within the service providers environment in Luxembourg.

Before joining TMF Group, for over six years she has worked in the Capital Markets departments of two major law firms in Luxembourg and eight years at a major Corporate Service Provider focusing, as Director Capital Markets, on capital markets legal matters and new structures services. Within TMF Group, she is now leading the Capital Markets services and products development in Luxembourg and is consulted on all capital markets related legal, corporate and transactional matters.

Gaëlle has graduated from Law from the University of Nancy France (Magistère de Juriste d’Affaires Européen) and University of Sheffield United Kingdom and was admitted to the Luxembourg Bar in 2007.

She is a native French speaker with fluency in English and Italian.

Gwenaëlle Cousin, Senior Client Director, Practice Leader GEM services

Gwenaëlle Cousin

As a Senior Client Director, Gwenaëlle is responsible for supervising relationship for a number of large private equity clients and multinationals and holding related mandates, but also for developing new business opportunities and monitoring client satisfaction. As Practice Leader for GEM services in Luxembourg (corporate secretarial, legal, domiciliation and directorship services), she is in charge of developing and leading the GEM activities in terms of implementation, opportunities and priorities.

Gwenaelle joined TMF Group in 2003 and was working in business operations for 17 years, mainly leading a team or a unit with accounting and legal teams in charge of clients portfolio. Prior to joining TMF Group she worked as a manager with Deloitte in Luxembourg where she gathered extensive experience in audit and corporate finance. Gwenaëlle holds a master’s in finance and management from Nantes Graduate School of Management - ESCNA/AUDENCIA (France) and speaks French and English.

Hui Gao, Head of China Desk International Markets

Hui Gao

Hui rejoined TMF Group in February 2020 as Head of China Desk International Markets, where from 2014 to 2016 she used to hold a position of Head of China Desk Luxembourg. Currently she is responsible for the growth of China business in Europe and beyond by customizing the service model for Chinese clients.

Hui has a 13-year track record in accounting, corporate and business development within service providers in Luxembourg and has been the board member of Chinalux Chamber of Commerce since 2017. Before joining TMF Group, Hui assisted and serviced more than 100 Chinese corporates having entities in different European countries.

Hui holds two master’s degrees respectively in administration of enterprises and financial management from the Université Nancy II in France. She is a native Mandarin speaker with fluency in English and French.

Jean-François Flamant, Head of Depositary Services

Jean-François Flamant

Jean-François joined TMF Luxembourg in August 2019 as Head of Depositary Services, part of the daily management.

He acts as daily Manager authorized by the CSSF supervising the depositary services within TMF Luxembourg and is the escalation point for and to clients in relation to any Depositary issues. When required, he also assists business development and sales activities.

Prior to joining TMF Group Jean-François was active more than 20 years in the Fund Industry in different Luxembourg well-known Financial Institutions such Dexia Fund Services, BGL BNP Paribas, BNP Paribas Securities Services and ABN AMRO Bank Luxembourg. He is specialized in Depositary Services & Client Relationship Management to regulated and unregulated Alternative Funds mainly investing in Real Estate, Private Equity and Debt. He speaks fluent French, Luxemburgish, German and English.

Mervin Kupers, Head of Fund Operations

Mervin Kupers

Mervin Kupers joined TMF Luxembourg in early 2020 as Head of Fund Operations. He has over 10 years of experience in Fund Services gained in Europe and South-East Asia with various global leaders in fund administration. In his last role, prior to joining TMF Group, Mervin was a Director Investor Services responsible for Registrar and Transfer Agency with a special attention to Investor AML/CFT. Throughout his career, Mervin has been heavily involved in the building and restructuring of teams within the Fund Operations spectrum. He holds a degree in Commercial Economics with a specialization in International Marketing Management. Mervin is fluent in both English and Dutch.

Michaël Watrin, Director Client Services

Michael Watrin

Michaël joined TMF Luxembourg in October 2006. In his current role as Director Client Services, Michaël is responsible for the supervision of a unit of professionals, qualified accountants and legal officers which are managing a portfolio of real estate clients and international corporations.

Presently he serves also on Board of several companies, which are mainly engaged with real Estate area.

Prior to joining TMF Group in 2006, he worked for a well-known French bank in Luxembourg for 6 years with a strong focus on Special Purpose Vehicles within the Fund Accounting department whereby he developed his knowledge on financial instruments and analytical accounting. Michaël holds a master degree in accounting, management and economics and he is fluent in French and English.

Pamela Valasuo, Head of Business Development, International Region

Pamela Valasuo

Pamela has 20 years of experience in financial services industry, with 12 of those years being based in Luxembourg where she started her Luxembourg career at Equity Trust and TMF Group as a Team Leader. Followed her departure from TMF Group in 2013 she held various senior management roles within several established service providers in Luxembourg. Within these roles, she has gained significant experience in understanding and delivering solutions to the needs of asset managers, both from a strategic and daily management standpoint, across all asset classes. She holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Law from respectively the University of Buckingham and Stellenbosch University and has also completed INSEAD’s International Director Program in 2018. She is fluent in English, Finnish & Swedish.

Paul Akkerman, Commercial Director

Paul Akkerman

Paul joined TMF Group in October 2019 as Commercial Director, focusing on finding new fund opportunities as well as assisting the operational teams in developing their business. With experience in various jurisdictions, Paul assists prospect clients in looking at the greater multi-jurisdictional environment. Paul develops tailor-made solutions for private equity firms and alternative investment funds, from fund formation to SPV coordination. Prior to TMF Group, he has spent 3 years with a major Corporate Service Provider in Luxembourg.

Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Applied Sciences of Rotterdam. He is a native Dutch speaker, also fluent in English, French and Italian, with professional knowledge of German, Luxembourgish and Spanish.

Samuel Haglon, Senior Client Director

Paul Akkerman

Samuel joined TMF Group in September 2021 as Senior Client Director in the Fund Services team. He acts as key contact for our largest Luxembourg funds clients and also works closely with the sales team to develop our business.

Samuel has a track record of eight years in securities services as a Client Officer, and 14 years in Alternative Investment Funds as a Team Leader and Relationship Manager with service providers based in both Luxembourg and Ireland. Before joining TMF Group, he spent seven years as Private Equity Relationship Manager with a major bank in Luxembourg. Samuel holds a degree in technology, specialising in logistics and economics, from the “Institut Universitaire de Technologie” in Bordeaux, France. He is a native French speaker and is also fluent in English.

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