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Joanna Pecenik



Pecenik Joanna
Joanna Pecenik



Joanna’s practice includes, among others, the structuring, setting up, registration, and ongoing operation, of regulated funds (SIFs and SICARs) and unregulated funds (limited partnerships and RAIFs) investing in a variety of asset classes as well as advising on general fund regulatory matters.

She also extensively advises institutional and DFI investors on their investments in private equity, venture capital, debt, real estate, infrastructure established in Luxembourg or other jurisdictions as well as on co-investment in such funds. Joanna has also experience in advising clients on secondary transactions.

Prior to joining Allen & Overy, Joanna gained 13 years of experience working in several other leading law firms located in Luxembourg, the U.S. and France. She also spent three years working as legal counsel for the European Investment Fund (EIF) advising EIF, amongst others, on its investments in private equity, venture capital, loan and social impact funds.

Joanna is a member of the New York bar.

News & insights

Publications: 10 DECEMBER 2019

Registered AIFMs and internally managed non-AIFs: the CSSF’s reminder of your AML/CFT obligations

The CSSF continues to raise awareness of AML/CFT obligations to the fund industry. Following a conference addressed to registered (sub-threshold) AIFMs and internally managed non-AIFs, the CSSF published a list of common AML/CFT pitfalls.

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Publications: 02 DECEMBER 2019

Important clarifications for the Luxembourg fund industry on AML CFT requirements

Taking into account the results of the Luxembourg national risk assessment which classifies the fund industry as high ML/FT risk, the CSSF clarifies that Luxembourg regulated funds, like Luxembourg investment fund managers (IFMs), are required to appoint two persons in charge of AML/CFT. 

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Publications: 08 NOVEMBER 2019

Extension of the deadline for Brexit notifications

On 6 November, the CSSF released a new press release 19/54 which is intended to replace the reference date to a hard Brexit (i.e. 31 October 2019) in all previous CSSF communications with the new Brexit date, 31 January 2020.

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News: 29 OCTOBER 2019

CSSF press release 19/49 communication regarding the results of the 2018 EMIR IFM Questionnaire

On 14 October 2019, the CSSF published, in a press release 19/49 its findings following the questionnaire that was sent in August 2018 to Luxembourg investment fund managers (IFMs) to assess compliance with the EMIR Regulation.

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Admitted to the New York bar, 2006


LL.M. Boston University School of Law, Boston, USA, 2003

DESS-DJCE, International Business Law, Aix-Marseille University, Aix-en-Provence, France, 2001

Master in International Business Law, Paris XI University, Sceaux, France, 2000