Francis Carpenter

Independent Director

Francis is an independent director of MJ Hudson Luxembourg.


Francis is currently Independent Director (a role similar to a UK NED) of several AIFM/RAIF structured funds in Luxembourg, including 17Capital, PO Participations of NM Rothschild Group and BC Partners. He is one of the co-founders of 17Capital LLP UK and advised CDC Group in Paris on setting up two European infrastructure funds. His diversified experience includes Board appointments of two listed companies on LSE 250 and SDAX in Frankfurt, which included fighting off a hostile bid. Previously, Francis completed a five-year term as Chief Executive of European Investment Fund (EIF), which included fund raising in several of the 27 Countries where EIF operates. Prior to EIF, Francis was Secretary General of AAA rated European Investment Bank (EIB).


  • Admitted to Oxford (Wadham College) on Maths, but took an Honors Degree in Modern Languages (Italian and German languages and literature), then a two year degree from the Institut d’Études Politiques, Paris, in Eco-Fi Privée, (Finance and Economics), and while in NYC, with Citibank, attended New School for Social Sciences, in Finance

Press and Speaking Engagements

  • Featured on cover of REAL DEALS in readers’ poll on “European private equity’s twenty most influential people who matter”
  • Annual Seminar to 5th year Paris Dauphine University Graduates, on Negotiating techniques in Finance
  • “History of a hostile bid” to Luxembourg Oxford Society
  • Lunch speaker for TIGFI on “How Luxembourgers brought the Jubilee line to Canary Wharf”
  • Moderator and speaker at 1 ½ day seminar with Club of Florence, entitled “C’est pas possible” on good (and bad) business governance
  • “Innovation and its financing“ lunchtime to Rotarians, Luxembourg


Francis is bilingual English and French, speaks fluent Italian, has a good knowledge of German, and has also studied Spanish and Portuguese. He has a European Order of Merit: Gold Medal.