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For a country that has a population of just over half a million, Luxembourg has a remarkable input in terms of financial services globally. The jurisdiction’s stability, international orientation and innovativeness make it an attractive hub for private and institutional investors from all over the world. As well as its reputation as a centre of premier private banking, the Grand Duchy is also a haven of investment funds – notably, approximately 75% of the world’s Undertakings for Collective Investments in Transferable Securities (UCITS) are registered there. Although most investors historically have been drawn to the market by its low taxation policies, changes have been made recently in order to comply with international requirements; the move towards greater transparency was recently recognised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which upgraded it to a ‘largely compliant’ rating.

As well as funds work, law firms in the region are regularly involved in major cross-border M&A deals, where mandates are frequently structured using a Luxembourg investment vehicle to facilitate the deal. Similarly, in financing, the Luxembourg stock exchange is one of the leading locations for the issuance of high-yield debt, which accounts for a significant amount of work.

Independent domestic firms such as Arendt & Medernach and Elvinger Hoss Prussen compete at the top of the rankings with international firms Allen & Overy Luxembourg, Clifford Chance and Linklaters LLP and several Benelux firms – including Stibbe, Loyens & Loeff and NautaDutilh – which are prominent in numerous practice areas. De Wolf & Partners was wound up. In January 2016, OPF Partners became part of Dentons.

Firms in the spotlight

Tiberghien Deynecourt
www.tiberghiendeynecourt.com

Tiberghien Deynecourt is a firm of choice for institutional and private clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal and tax advice in Luxembourg. The firm’s recognised practice groups include tax, investment funds and asset management, corporate and M&A, commercial and real estate, estate planning, dispute resolution and insolvency. The firm’s lawyers strive to deliver the highest quality legal work and service, to be accessible, efficient and responsive, and to find practical, robust and effective solutions for clients.

Bonn & Schmitt
www.bonnschmitt.net

Bonn & Schmitt is a leading law firm in Luxembourg with an extensive international practice. The firm’s attorneys are experienced practitioners in Luxembourg’s legal environment and represent a broad spectrum of expertise that allows them to deliver unrivalled legal solutions in one of Europe’s leading financial centres. Bonn & Schmitt is a trusted legal partner of leading international financial institutions, industrial corporations, national governments, as well as media companies, pharmaceutical groups and food and beverage groups listed on the Forbes ‘The Global 2000’ list.

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  • Luxembourg’s one-euro company provides major incentive for entrepreneurs

    Luxembourg’s law of July 23, 2016, which came into force on January 16, 2017, creates an incentive for entrepreneurs to establish a business in the grand duchy by introducing the simplified private limited liability company (société à responsabilité limitée simplifiée or Sàrl-S) – also known as the one-euro company.
  • ESMA sets out new rules for UCITS share classes

    On January 30, the European Securities and Markets Authority issued an opinion on the minimum principles that management companies must apply when establishing different UCITS share classes. The opinion is aimed at ensuring a harmonised approach throughout the EU, where different national approaches have been observed up to now.
  • UCITS investment limits to be applied to umbrella funds on look-through basis

    The European Securities and Markets Authority has updated its Q&A documents on details of the UCITS rules in November of this year with two additional queries regarding the interpretation of investment limits when a UCITS invests in an umbrella fund.
  • Modernisation of Luxembourg Company Law: changes affecting the S.à r.l.

    The law of 10 August 2016 modernising the law concerning commercial companies of 10 August 1915 and amending the Civil Code as well as the law of 19 December 2002 on the register of commerce and companies and the accounting and annual accounts of companies (the “Law”), entered into force on 23 August 2016. The Law is immediately applicable for all newly incorporated companies. Existing companies have been granted a period of 24 months to adapt their articles of association. The below is a summary of the main changes which affect private limited liability companies (“société à responsabilité limitée” (“S.àr.l.”)):
  • Luxembourg regulator updates rules for UCITS depositaries

    Luxembourg’s Financial Sector Supervisory Authority (CSSF) has issued on October 11, 2016 Circular 16/644, which sets out revised rules applicable to all Luxembourg credit institutions acting as depositary banks for UCITS funds as well as to all Luxembourg UCITS, including self-managed funds, and/or their management companies. The circular sets out regulatory requirements clarifying rules under the updated Luxembourg investment fund law implementing the UCITS V directive, which came into force on June 1, and the European Commission’s Level 2 delegated regulation EU2016/438 regarding the obligations of depositaries, as well as various other matters.
  • UCITS V regulation on depositaries’ obligations comes into force

    The Commission’s delegated regulation (EU) 2016/438 of December 17, 2015, which updates the UCITS regime provisions on the obligations of depositaries, has taken effect as of October 13. The UCITS V Level 2 regulation sets out detailed uniform rules in particular regarding the duties of the depositaries of UCITS funds. The regulation lays down requirements regarding depositaries’ duties, delegation arrangements and the liability regime for UCITS assets under custody, designed to provide a high level of investor protection.
  • New bill on the implementation of the 2017 tax reform package

    27 July 2016
  • Investment Funds: shielding from the new supervision paradigm

    9 August 2016
  • Reserved alternative investment funds (the “RAIF”) for EU and third-country AIFMs

    The RAIF benefits from flexibility in terms of legal structuring, and from all the advantages known to the SIF and SICAR regimes: umbrella structure, toolbox assembly approach and the “well-informed” investor concept. Please refer to our newsflash, to get all the details about the RAIF.
  • Simplified faster legal publication regime in Luxembourg

    The new simplified regime regarding legal publication relating to companies and associations has been implemented in Luxembourg on June 1, following approval of the legislation by the Chamber of Deputies on May 10. The legislation, which was published in Luxembourg’s Official Journal on May 30 as the Law of May 27, 2016, is complemented by a circular issued by the Luxembourg Trade and Companies Register on March 24 (Circular RCSL 16/01).

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