Clockwise from top left: Yidie Yuan, Gregory Fayolle, Hilary Fitzgibbon and Carlo Stronck. Photos: Guy Wolff

Clockwise from top left: Yidie Yuan, Gregory Fayolle, Hilary Fitzgibbon and Carlo Stronck. Photos: Guy Wolff

London and New York may be hubs for money management, but so is the grand duchy: here are four locally based portfolio managers and snapshots of their workplaces and backgrounds.

Hilary Fitzgibbon

Principal, Ares Management

Asked about career inspiration, Hilary Fitzgibbon recalls working in Dublin during the “Celtic Tiger” era, Ireland’s boom years around the turn of the century: “I got to experience working in several new jurisdictions across Europe and learning new ways of doing things.” Fitzgibbon came to Luxembourg in 2010 and now works in Ares’s multicultural--25 people but 17 nationalities--office in Limpertsberg. Most underrated part of living in Luxembourg? Seeing bands in small venues. “Being so close really adds to the ambience!”

Carlo Stronck

Managing director and conducting officer, Spuerkeess

“Our workplace is cosy yet dynamic,” says Carlo Stronck, drawing a parallel between the architecture--the offices are located in a renovated 100-year-old house--and the vibe of the environment inside: “A unique, harmonious blend bringing together strong, conservative values and a renewed sparkling vigour.” Stronck started at the Spuerkeess in 1999 after completing a master’s in economics in Strasbourg. “I gradually climbed the ladder through dedication and continuous learning,” he says.

Yidie Yuan

Investment manager, Swancap

“I’ve found that taking initiatives and demonstrating ownership is not only encouraged but also wholeheartedly backed,” says Yuan, describing her workplace, where she started working in 2015 after finishing a master’s in finance from the Grenoble Ecole de Management. “Luxembourg is remarkably inclusive,” she says, asked what the most underrated part of working in grand duchy is, adding that the country is quick to adapt to new trends, making it ideal for both personal and professional endeavours.

Gregory Fayolle

Managing partner, Oraxys

Founded in 2008--by Gregory Fayolle--Oraxys focuses on European SMEs working on environmentally friendly produces or services. These firms and their management teams (and production sites) need visiting, however, which is why Fayolle spends about half of his time travelling. But Luxembourg is a good place for this setup, he says--and when it comes to balancing career opportunities with an enjoyable personal life, he adds, the grand duchy beats out the likes of Paris, Frankfurt and London.

This article in the Spring 2024 issue of Delano.