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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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’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.
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.
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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.
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).
On June 9, 2016 the CSSF issued the latest update of its Frequently Asked Questions document on the Luxembourg law of July 12, 2013 implementing the AIFMD and the European Commission’s Level 2 regulation on implementation of the directive, last revised on August 10, 2015. The new version provides clarity about the ability of Luxembourg-domiciled alternative funds to conduct loan origination, participation and acquisition, an important issue given the role of Luxembourg as a leading centre for funds conducting or investing in loans.
The Luxembourg Government presented on 29 February 2016 a new set of tax measures to be implemented by 2017, known as the 2017 tax reform package. The new measures concern both corporate and individual taxation, with a particular focus on social justice and international competitiveness. The amendments may be summarised as follows:
used mileage points interpreted as sales allowance deductible from tax base- Lee & Ko
Head of VEGAS LEX PPP and Infrastructure practice Denis Shtirbu moderated the session on transport cooperation and logistics at The Moscow Times conference, Doing Business with China. New Horizons for Business Cooperation: Russia – China .
GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte has once again received awards, this time for the year 2017, from Corporate INTL for best law firm in the fields of commercial law and tax law in Germany.
The members of a sisterhood may also fall within the ambit of the regulations pertaining to what is termed labour leasing or temporary employment. That was the verdict of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in its ruling of November 17, 2016 (Az.: C-216/15).
Barcelona – Gonzalo Butori and Graziano Cecchetti, Partners at the newly opened Giambrone Barcelona office, attended the 4 th edition of the International Trade Fair of the Legal Profession held by the Barcelona Bar Association (ICAB) on February 16 th and 17 th .
America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced its intention of pursuing organisations involved in binary options fraud across the globe. The FBI’s Complex Financial Crimes Unit will seek to draw on the relationships that it has forged with law enforcement agencies worldwide to pursue and bring down the fraudulent organisations that prey on innocent victims and leave a trail of destruction in their wake.
VEGAS LEX experts have discussed procedural specifics of supporting cartel damage disputes at a Pravo.ru conference on judicial practice in 2016 and important 2017 trends.
NautaDutilh assisted Raizen Fuels Finance S.A., as issuer on its USD 500 million 5.3% senior notes offering which successfully closed on 20th January. The issuer is part of the Brazilian Raizen group, the world largest individual producer of sugar cane. The Raizen group also operates a network of more than 5,800 Shell-branded stations in Brazil.
Goltsblat BLP , the Russian practice of international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has advised ICBC International Leasing , the leasing subsidiary of the world’s biggest financial group, on delivery of six Airbus A321-211 aircraft to Aeroflot.
Seriously offending one’s work colleagues constitutes good cause justifying exceptional notice of dismissal with immediate effect. That was the verdict of the Landesarbeitsgericht (LAG) Rheinland-Pfalz [Regional Labour Court of Rhineland-Palatinate] (Az.: 4 Sa 350/15).