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The global crackdown on bank secrecy and tax evasion has had a positive impact on Luxembourg, which is now proving itself as a centre of financial transparency. Its stronghold on the investment funds industry remains tight as investors seek to move funds onshore for greater regulation, aided by the recent enactment of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). The appealing tax environment is meanwhile attracting investors from BRIC countries; the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), Bank of China and most recently China Construction Bank have all chosen Luxembourg as their continental base.
Where clients go, law firms will follow. Hogan Lovells (Luxembourg) LLP is the latest new entrant, stepping into the market with two key partners from NautaDutilh, Jean-Michel Schmit and Pierre Reuter. Other notable lateral moves include Linklaters LLP’s former head of corporate Jean-Paul Spang to Kleyr | Grasso | Associes; Luther’s former head of funds Max Welbes joining MNKS; CMS’ former head of tax Diogo Duarte de Oliveira joining Stibbe; and Allen & Overy Luxembourg’s former head of IT Cyril Pierre-Beausse leaving to establish his own firm.