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Antoine Rech

Antoine Rech is the Administrative Director of the Luxembourg branch of Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, USA. He directs and oversees the functions of the Jack Welch College of Business and performs administrative and programmatic functions including technology, human resources, and public relations. Antoine oversees admission activities for all Luxembourg academic departments in close collaboration with program faculty and staff, reviews and evaluates candidates for admission and counsels prospective students. Antoine is responsible for strategic planning, policymaking, and maintaining organizational effectiveness; he oversees the management of office staff and outside consultants. Prior to serving as Administrative Director, Antoine Rech was the Project Manager at Technicolor Luxembourg, part of the THOMSON Group. In this role, he managed clients representing 5 million euros of annual revenue and supervised orders and special projects handling for Microsoft and Disney. From 1999 to 2001, Antoine worked in New York for Bloomingdale’s and a wine import company located in SoHo where he developed and maintained an effective marketing communication strategy. Antoine received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ecole Française des Attachés de Presse (EFAP) in Lille, France, his Master of Arts degree from the Marymount Manhattan College in New York, USA, his Master’s degree in International Business from ICN in Nancy, France and his MBA from Sacred Heart University in Luxembourg, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

Sacred Heart’s MBA Program Takes its Place Among the Best

Sacred Heart’s MBA Program Takes its Place Among the Best

Sacred Heart University photo by Tracy Deer-Mirek 11/13/19

Sacred Heart University has earned a place among the nation’s outstanding business schools for a master’s degree in business administration, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles SHU in its recently reported list, “Best Business Schools for 2020.”

The Princeton Review compiled its list of the 248 top business schools using institutional data, information provided by students enrolled in MBA programs and data from school administrators. The profiles also have five categories of ratings that The Princeton Review tallies based on data from its administrator and/or student surveys. Rating categories encompass academic experience, admissions selectivity, career and professors who are interesting and accessible.

“We are pleased The Princeton Review has once again recognized the value of our program. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to ensuring students receive the best business education. Sacred Heart’s MBA program prepares students to be as successful as our college’s namesake and long-time friend, the legendary former CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch.”

Martha J. Crawford
Dean of the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology (JWCoBT)

The MBA faculty members in the JWCoBT, which holds accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, are recognized scholars and experienced practitioners in the business world, Crawford said. Under their tutelage, students complete required coursework and a capstone project, working with their peers to help local businesses develop a product or service. In the course of this effort, they hone their management skills, apply the business concepts they’ve learned and make presentations to business professionals, nonprofit executives and faculty on the new product or service they developed. Students gain first-hand experiences and a glimpse of what business success entails.

According to The Princeton Review, SHU’s MBA students commended the JWCoBT faculty members’ “breadth and depth of knowledge,” calling them an “outstanding group of professors with diverse backgrounds to teach various aspects of the business world. Their skills and knowledge in their particular subject are outstanding” and relative to today’s business world.

Because “the school is not too large,” students said, they benefit from “the opportunity to get to know one another” and their teachers.

The JWCoBT recently moved to SHU’s West Campus, formerly General Electric’s global headquarters. The facility offers cutting-edge classrooms and includes labs for finance, artificial intelligence and cyber-security, a makerspace, incubator spaces, a co-working area and other educational facilities.

Corporate Awards Ceremony: DEC 11

DECEMBER 11 at 4:00 p.m.


This event is open to the public. Registration is Mandatory.

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Chamber of Commerce

7, rue Alcide de Gasperi
2981 Luxembourg

As a conclusion to our MBA program, the final stepping stone our MBA students take before graduating is the

Teams of 4-6 students act as consultants to clients from the local Luxembourg business community, facing real-life challenges such as market entry, product/service development, fundraising, expansion or economic development.

The Jack Welch College of Business & Technology at Sacred Heart University Luxembourg is pleased to honor the following corporations for their support of our MBA students through their collaboration on the final and key challenge of the MBA program at SHU.


15:30 – Event Check-in Opens

16:00 – Welcome

16:15 – Introduction of Capstone Course & Projects

16:30 – Presentation of Corporate Awards
Including a brief presentation of each
Capstone Student Team Project

17:00 – Closing Remarks
Followed by Question & Answer

17:15 – Networking Cocktail

The CAPSTONE Course is not an academic exercise.

A number of business plans developed by students over the years have been implemented by the respective client corporations; a testament to SHU’s successful integration of theory and practice in our programs, embracing the University’s “Learn Today, Apply Tomorrow” mission.

The CAPSTONE Course is a key pillar of the University’s immersion into and collaboration with the Luxembourg community. Each year SHU and its students are given the chance to make a difference….thanks to client organizations challenging students with exciting projects.

Tonight, we would like to honor this year’s CAPSTONE Course client organizations for their commitment to SHU and its students with the CAPSTONE Corporate Award for making a difference to SHU and our students, and for their support in providing excellence in business education.

This event is open to the public. Attendance is complimentary. Registration is Mandatory.


Parking available at the Chamber of Commerce

Bus Line: 8, 20
Bus Stop: Leon Hengen

For any inquiries regarding your registration please contact:
Email: or
Call: +352 22 76 13 – 33


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Please print your ticket from the order confirmation email or pull it up in the Eventbrite app on your mobile device to make sure you’re ready to attend.

Conference Check-in Opens at 15h30. Your QR-Code will be scanned. The QR-code is allowing only one entry per scan.

Can I update my registration information?

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?
Please submit one registration form per guest.



LPEA-SHU Private Equity Training: OCT 1 – NOV 14


OCT 1–NOV 14



3 hours
per class


2 classes
per week



Chamber of Commerce

Training Center
(parking provided)


The Luxembourg Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LPEA) and the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology at SHU have joined forces to create a business certificate for Luxembourg professionals, specifically designed to focus on Private Equity: The Private Equity Business Certificate Program.

Together, the LPEA and SHU developed a comprehensive curriculum that offers a unique opportunity to deep-dive into Private Equity and Venture Capital.


This initiative with the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology is the first of a long-term development in Luxembourg that aims at enhancing the skill set of newcomers and current practitioners in Private Equity and Venture Capital, while embracing the University’s “Learn Today, Apply Tomorrow” mission.



You’ll gain first-hand insight from seasoned professionals and experts on how best to apply what you learn,
into your current business or future career.


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Private Equity is one of the best performing asset classes.

Over the past decades, the industry has consistently grown to exceed €4 trillion in assets under management. Those distributions, combined with the poor performance and volatility linked to traditional asset classes, have driven a number of new investors to enter the Private Equity world.

Luxembourg is one of the most popular jurisdictions for private equity and venture capital. Whilst historically a local presence in Luxembourg was limited mostly to smaller and/or emerging General Partners, many large international houses have set up and conducted business out of Luxembourg since the middle of the last decade with a considerable and growing local substance.

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) introduced new organizational requirements and specific disclosure rules regarding AIFMs managing AIFs which acquire control of non-listed companies and issuers. Focus shifted from well-known product regulation to manager regulation.

The alternative investments industry accepted the challenge and is governed today by a framework that is eligible to develop into a brand, just as the UCITS Directive.

PE managers appreciate Luxembourg's business friendly environment and they have embraced the introduction of the Reserved Alternative Investment Fund (RAIF), which completed the Luxembourg investment fund toolbox by a manager-regulated alternative fund.

In a fast changing environment, the industry is however facing challenges of an economic and regulatory nature. While Luxembourg has been active in the Private Equity field for more than two decades, until recently very few large investment vehicles were established there. In this new paradigm, the appetite for the Luxembourg fund structuring toolbox has increased beyond expectations. The diverse range of vehicles, from unregulated to regulated products, together with the asset class expertise developed over the years within the professional community and the CSSF are key factors of this collective success.

This shift is driving a strong demand for skilled employees who understand how the industry operates in its entire value chain—from fund structuring through to operations and exits.

The Private Equity & Other Alternative Asset Classes course and the Private Equity Business Certificate Program aim to meet the growing demands of the industry by delivering both engaging and challenging courses, providing participants with tailored curriculum and professional insights to develop new skills and knowledge directly applicable to the day-to-day business operations.


  • Standard Price: €950 (EUR)
    When you are ready to register, access the online registration system HERE.
  • Partial Payment is due upon registration. Participants will be invoiced separately for the remaining fee balance. Your space is secured upon receipt of full payment.
  • Price includes learning materials and processing fee.



Class Day Date Time
1 Tuesday 1-Oct-2019 18:30-21:30
2 Thursday 3-Oct-2019 18:30-21:30
3 Monday 7-Oct-2019 18:30-21:30
4 Thursday 10-Oct-2019 18:30-21:30
5 Tuesday 15-Oct-2019 18:30-21:30
6 Thursday 17-Oct-2019 18:30-21:30
7 Tuesday 22-Oct-2019 18:30-21:30
8 Thursday 24-Oct-2019 18:30-21:30
9 Tuesday 29-Oct-2019 18:30-21:30
10 Thursday 31-Oct-2019 18:30-21:30
11 Thursday 7-Nov-2019 18:30-21:30
12 Tuesday 12-Nov-2019 18:30-21:30
13 Thursday 14-Nov-2019 18:30-21:30


This course will provide an overview of the main approaches, structures and actors in Alternative Assets and specifically Private Equity. With well-known on the ground practitioners the elements of a successful Private Equity Fund will be described and discussed in detail.
The course will specifically address:

  1. Alternative Asset Strategies such as Venture Capital, Leveraged Buyout, Real Assets and Private Debt.
  2. The fundraising, investment and portfolio management of Private Equity funds.
  3. Legal and tax aspects of selecting and setting up Private Equity vehicles.
  4. The exiting and performance measurement and reporting for Private Equity funds.


  • Grasping the Big Picture.
  • Introduction to the Private Equity market in Luxembourg.
  • Overview of different elements of a successful operation of a Private Equity fund.
  • Understand the opportunities and functioning of the Alternative Asset classes and the Private Equity market.
  • Lectures by and discussion with specialized practitioners of Alternative Asset market segments.


  • Lecture-based teaching method with interactive in-class discussions.
    (Basic preliminary studies, i.e. via internet, would be helpful.)
  • Practitioners such as fund managers, lawyers, auditors, tax advisors and other service providers to the industry will share their knowledge and experience and discuss theoretical and practical challenges of their specialization.
  • Participants will be required to participate actively in the class discussions.
  • Team Project: Your Private Equity/Alternative Asset Fund
    Participants will be split into teams the start of the course. The project will aim at simulating a real-life launch of an alternative fund using the topics covered throughout the course, and displaying that you understood the “Big Picture”. Participants will showcase their findings and fund in final pitch presentation.
    Faculty will be available throughout the course to provide feedback and advice.
  • Grading will be based on discussion participation and the Team Project.
  • Participants learn to recognize how they can use material in the context of their own organization and apply concepts in their professional environment of future career.
  • A diverse set of perspectives across industries, professional experiences and academic disciplines: participants come from a variety of backgrounds and companies, ensuring exposure to a broad range of learning experiences.
  • This courses is academically accredited at the graduate level.
  • Credits earned may be applied toward the Private Equity Business Certificate or the MBA Degree.


This course is designed as overview/introduction to Private Equity/Alternative Assets with more detailed and specialized discussions of the alternative asset universe.

  • Financial sector professionals with an interest to develop in Alternative Assets and Private Equity.
  • Individuals aspiring to start a career in the Alternative Assets and Private Equity markets.
  • Professional AND Individuals looking to expand their understanding of Private Equity.
  • Basic prior understanding of Private Equity and finance concepts will be helpful for this course, but is not a “must-have”.
    (Basic knowledge can be obtained via prior self-studies.)



Experts in the Private Equity and Venture Capital field, including fund managers, lawyers, auditors, tax advisors and other service providers to the industry will share their knowledge and experience and discuss theoretical and practical challenges of their specialization.


Wednesday Mornings are for Building Skills


Legitech Fall 2019 Workshop Cycle-Executive Education with SHU

Building & Nurturing Client Relations


Digital Marketing

OCT 16

High Impact Presentations

NOV 13

Conflict Resolution Development

NOV 20

Client Relationship Development

DEC 11

Innovation Management

Chamber of Commerce

Training Center
(parking provided)

Legitech and the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology, department of Executive Education, have developed 5 workshops that will inspire professionals and practitioners looking for skills to build and nurture client relations in the legal, fiscal and accountancy domains.

9-Oct-19 | Digital Marketing

Instructor: Benedikt Jonas

Understanding rapidly evolving world of internet marketing, changes in consumer behaviour and opportunities, problems, tactics & strategies associated with internet-specific marketing tools in the legal and consultancy environment. Introduce participants to various digital channels, their advantages and ways of integration.

16-Oct-19 | High Impact Presentations

Instructor: Esther Celosse

Delivering presentations with confidence & impact in the legal community and environment. This workshop identifies & explains the secrets to high impact delivery presentations and provides the context to put the learnings into practice. Adapted to legal & consultancy environment.

13-Nov-19 | Conflict resolution & Assertiveness

Instructor: Keith Amoss

Standing your ground (in the client relationship) in the legal environment. This workshop aids the development of awareness & approach to detect, avoid & manage potential conflict situations within the legal environment. Focusing on reinforcing key efficient communication behaviors that work across a wide range of business & organizational situations.

20-Nov-19 | Client Relationship Development

Instructor: Olivier Hance

Growing & maintaining Client Relationships in the legal environment. This workshop gives an overview of the key elements of client relationship management, recognize & address potential threats to existing relationships and how to develop fruitful existing & new relationships. Adapted to participants working environment.

11-Dec-19 | Innovation Management

Instructor: German Castignani

Understanding Innovation Management. Guiding participants through the innovation process, from invention disclosure up to successful commercial transformation. Open innovation & co-development strategies will be included, likewise strategies for protection & licencing of intellectual property. This workshop develops the awareness & approach to assist clients in their innovation process and at the same time, stimulates the participant to set innovation in their own agenda.

If you register for all the workshops you have one workshop for free.

Key Benefits

  • Learn today, apply tomorrow.
  • Living this graduate level educational experience will enhance your career opportunities by developing your skills and abilities.
  • Participants will receive a proof of recognition (Certificate of Attendance) dated and signed by both Legitech and the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology.

Who Should Attend?

  • All workshops will be adapted to the need of the specific environment of the participants and can be (re)designed for in-house purposes or open-registration purposes.


3 Hours (09:00-12:00)


English or French


Chamber of Commerce in Kirchberg.
Training Center
Parking available on site. Easy access by tram, bus and vel’OH!

For more information and registration:

Download Workshop Flyer