Pierre De Backer has served as principal to the investment funds practice since the Deynecourt’s inception. Pierre specialises in the organisation and offering of regulated and non-regulated investment vehicles, and counselling funds and their sponsors in all aspects of their operations. He has significant experience advising clients that manage or offer alternative or novel investment products. Pierre has been active in assisting clients in structuring Luxembourg and offshore funds, including stand-alone and master-feeder structures, and international investors in negotiating the terms of their subscription in Luxembourg funds. He also has broad transactional experience involving funds and their managers, including merger and acquisition transactions and fund reorganisations and liquidations. Pierre also serves as a member of the board of directors for a limited selection of investment funds sponsored by the firm’s clients. He provides advice to clients on the full range of issues that funds, their management bodies and advisers encounter day-to-day, including compliance matters, contract approvals and disclosure issues. He has spoken at various conferences on fund structuring, management and distribution topics.  Pierre’s expertise has been recognised in The Legal 500, where he has been named as being among Luxembourg’s recommended investment funds lawyers. For the five years prior to joining Deynecourt, Pierre was a senior adviser, then principal and head, of the investment funds practice at other firms. Prior to his time in private practice, Pierre had held senior positions with private banks and hedge fund administration businesses in Luxembourg since 2000.