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Allen & Overy Luxembourg's 'knowledgeable and professional'¬†four-partner team has vast expertise across the gamut of transactional and regulatory banking and capital markets matters for an impressive roster of banks and corporates. Able to provide a one-stop-shop service on complex cross-border mandates by virtue of the firm's extensive international network of offices, recent highlights include¬†Frank Mausen¬†and¬†Marc Feider's representation of Eurofins Scientific on its ‚ā¨299m equity and¬†‚ā¨400m debt issuances.¬†Andr√© Marc¬†is regularly engaged in financial services M&A, and alongside Feider, recently acted for Nordea Bank on the sale of its Luxembourg-based private banking business to UBS Europe.¬†Pierre Schleimer¬†and recently promoted partner¬†Paul P√©port√©¬†are recommended for real estate finance and capital markets, respectively.

With two distinct teams (numbering eight partners in total) focusing on regulatory and transactional work in the banking and finance sector,¬†Arendt & Medernach¬†has the strength-in-depth to provide an all-encompassing service to an impressive roster of financial institutions, including Credit Suisse, UBS, Natixis and HSBC. The 'excellent'¬†Paul Mousel¬†and¬†Pierre-Micha√ęl de Waersegger¬†are well regarded for their regulatory knowledge and have been providing high-level strategic advice to a raft of insurance companies, including AIG Insurance and RSA Insurance Group, on their relocation strategies in light of Brexit. On the transactional front,¬†Gr√©gory Minne¬†recently advised HSBC and Barclays on the ¬£420m English-law governed margin facility granted to Global City Theatres in order to facilitate its investment in Cineworld's rights issue.¬†Fran√ßois Warken¬†is 'very¬†strong on the capital markets/structured finance front', and is a key practitioner that also includes debt capital markets experts¬†Matthieu Taillandier¬†and the 'vastly knowledgeable'¬†Philippe Dupont, and¬†Laurent Schummer, who specialises in equity capital markets matters. Other recommended practitioners include¬†Marc Mouton, who has developed a strong reputation for fintech regulatory issues, and¬†Glenn Meyer, whose broad-ranging regulatory expertise frequently sees him instructed on discrete standalone matters as well as on the regulatory issues concomitant to financial services M&A.

Co-headed by the 'knowledgeable and business-oriented'¬†Steve Jacoby¬†and¬†Marc Mehlen,¬†Clifford Chance's three-partner team provides an 'excellent service' across the full spectrum of banking and capital markets transactions, from both a transactional and regulatory perspective. 'One of the best lawyers in Luxembourg', Jacoby recently advised the European Investment Bank (EIB) on a ‚ā¨75m loan provided to Evotec for¬†drug discovery research and development. Christian Kremer¬†has significant experience handling finance and regulatory matters for banks and private equity sponsors. 'Solid' counsel¬†Martin Wurth¬†is noted for his funds finance expertise.

As one of the stalwarts of the Luxembourg market, Elvinger Hoss Prussen has strong direct ties with a raft of international banks and private equity sponsors, and is also a firm favourite of a plethora of top-ranking international law firms. Consequently, it is frequently involved in big-ticket banking and capital markets matters, including Toinon Hoss' representation of Intelsat on its $1.5bn senior notes issuance, and her work for Belron on the refinancing of its term loans. The team is also is also appreciated for its 'depth of expertise in relation to securitisation matters'; Cintia Martins Costa recently advised Fortress Investment Group on its investment, implementing a Luxembourg holding structure, in a securitisation of a portfolio of Italian non-performing loans (NPL) and the related refinancing of the portfolio. André Hoffmann and Pit Reckinger have a wealth of experience across both transactional and regulatory matters and are also recommended.

Linklaters¬†is a popular choice for corporates, banks and private equity sponsors, which are appreciative of its¬†'breadth of knowledge' across the banking and finance sector, as well as its ability to provide an holistic service by dint of its full-service capabilities and huge international network. Appreciated by clients for her 'excellent judgement and expertise',¬†Melinda Perera¬†excels in debt capital matters; she recently advised Triton Partners on its high-yield bond issuance, the proceeds of which were used, in part, to finance its acquisition of Bormioli Pharma.¬†Nicki Kayser¬†is also very well-versed in handling complex debt capital markets and structured finance matters, including his representation of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China on the update of its ‚ā¨8bn medium term note programme. Managing partner¬†Patrick Geortay, Janine Biver , and 'practical¬†and approachable'¬†counsel Eliane¬†Dejardin Botelho¬†are also recommended.

Co-led by Alex Schmitt and Armel Waisse, Bonn & Schmitt's two-partner team provides a 'pragmatic and responsive service' across a range of new money financings, restructurings and regulatory matters. The team handles a significant amount of work for private equity sponsors, including Capvis, which it advised on the financing to facilitate the purchase from DBAG of a majority stake in the ProXES Group. Nicolas Widung and the 'reliable and pragmatic' Laurent Henneresse are also recommended.

At Bonn Steichen & Partners, Laurent Lazard has an excellent reputation in the market across a range of banking and capital markets work for institutional lenders and investors. He is, however, best-known for structured finance matters and recently established a Luxembourg securitisation vehicle to issue debt securities to a Cyprus company owned by a Guernsey partnership, and list the securities on a recognised stock exchange. Jean Steffen regularly handles equity capital markets work, and is also recommended, as is Pierre-Alexandre Degehet, whose broad-ranging corporate and banking practice includes debt capital markets matters.

In addition to handling a range of pure banking matters for financial institutions, corporates and private equity sponsors, Dentons' one-partner team is also 'very¬†skilled in various fields of structured finance'. Regularly working alongside colleagues from the firm's Paris and London offices, the 'excellent'¬†St√©phane Hadet¬†has recently been particularly active¬† handling bridge financings for investment funds. Hadet has also been involved in numerous high-yield refinancings, including in connection with Samsonite International's issuance of ‚ā¨350m senior notes to help refinance its senior credit facilities. Sophie Arvieux¬†was a new arrival from¬†KLEYR GRASSO.

Praised for its ability to connect the expertise of lawyers from across complementary practice areas, including tax, the 'commercially aware and pragmatic' team at Loyens & Loeff provides 'very comprehensive solutions' to an impressive roster of clients, including AlpInvest Partners, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Blackrock. The 'very experienced' Judith Raijmakers and Cédric Raffoul recently advised Morgan Stanley Investment Management on the refinancing of the original debt package to facilitate Samsonite's acquisition of Tumi Holdings. The 'very hands-on and focused' Vassiliyan Zanev and the 'constructive and helpful' Antoine Fortier-Grethen have particular expertise in relation to fund financing. Anne-Marie Nicolas is noted for her expertise in secured lending.

NautaDutilh has advised on an impressive number of high-profile leveraged finance mandates for both banks and sponsors. Josée Weydert and Margaretha Wilkenhuysen recently acted for a syndicate of international banks, including Credit Suisse and Danske Bank, on the bank and bond financing to facilitate Lone Star's acquisition of Stark Group from Ferguson. Other clients include ABN Amro, Argand Partners and ING Bank.

The 'knowledgeable and hardworking'¬†team at¬†KLEYR GRASSO¬†provides 'accurate and responsive advice' to a loyal cadre of corporates and private equity firms on their financing requirements, including as it relates to their M&A activity. The team¬†recently¬† advised GSO Capital Partners on the financing in connection with Bridgepoint's acquisition of Miller Homes. The 'highly skilled and proactive'¬†Rina Breininger¬†regularly advises TA Associates, including on the financing and structuring of its recent investment into the Solabia Group. Counsel¬†J√©r√īme Burel¬†is also recommended. Patrick Chantrain left the firm. Sophie Arvieux¬†is now at¬†Dentons.

PwC Legal Luxembourg' 'responsive' two-partner team displays an 'in-depth knowledge of financial law' on behalf of lenders and borrowers, particularly as it relates to secured lending and structured finance transactions. Clients include KKR, Scotiabank and Ineos.

Regularly receiving referral work from numerous prominent UK and US law firms, and also picking up an increased number of direct instructions from private equity sponsors, Stibbe is becoming recognised as a 'good alternative to some of the more established firms in the market'. Counsel Jean-Marc Delcour has a focus on bank and capital markets financings, and alongside Gérald Origer recently advised JPMorgan Chase on a $55m secured financing to KobaltMusic Group. Other clients include Rhone Capital, DSI Group and Morgan Stanley.

Led by¬†Michel Bulach ,¬†Wildgen¬†picks up a significant volume of financing work for corporates, SMEs and high-net-worth individuals. Managing partner¬†Fran√ßois Brouxel¬†has handled numerous debt capital markets mandates for core client Puma Energy, including on its recent $750m high-yield issuance. The 'business-minded'¬†Mevl√ľde-Aysun Tokbag¬†specialises in providing financing advice to the firm's German clients.

Leveraging its extensive network of international offices and gaining increased credibility in Luxembourg as a result of some notable recent hires, including acquisition and real estate financing expert Jean-François Trapp, Baker McKenzie is picking up a significant volume of financing mandates for banks, corporates and private equity sponsors. Team head Laurent Fessmann is particularly accomplished at handling debt capital markets and structured finance matters. This includes his work, alongside the firm's Frankfurt office, for BMW Bank on a recurrent basis for periodic securitisation transactions.

At¬†CMS, 'highly technical and creative' team head¬†Vivian Walry¬†recently worked alongside the firm's Ukranian office on behalf of MV Cargo on a¬†¬†‚ā¨74m financing relating to the construction of a grain terminal in an Ukrainian port. Walry has also handled numerous strategic Brexit-related queries for international banks.

VANDENBULKE provides 'clear and precise advice' to banks, funds and insurance companies across the spectrum of secured and unsecured lending activities. The 'responsive' Peter-Jan Bossuyt has recently handled numerous significant real estate financings, including for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in relation to Ares' acquisition of a pan-European office real estate portfolio.  Denis Van den Bulke is also recommended and adds value by virtue of his former in-house experience in the private and public sectors.

Praised for its 'deep knowledge of banking and finance matters', Brucher Thieltgen & Partners regularly handles work for international banks on the local law aspects of their financing requirements. The 'very responsive' Nicolas Thieltgen is at the forefront of the most significant finance work handled by the firm, including on regulatory matters such as Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID ii) compliance.

DLA Piper Luxembourg's 'professional and approachable' two-partner team has generated a significant amount of market traction since its inception in May 2017, having acted on behalf a varied array of banks, corporates, funds and alternative credit providers. The team is focused on providing advice on cross-border matters, including Laurent Massinon 's recent work (alongside numerous Nordic offices) for Nord/LB on the financing of a 13 turbine wind farm site in Sweden. The 'proactive' Xavier Guzman  is also recommended.

Leveraging its extensive international network, the 'proactive, client-oriented and pragmatic' team at¬†Hogan Lovells (Luxembourg) LLP¬†is frequently involved in complex bilateral and syndicated real estate and leveraged financings, for both banks and borrowers. In tandem with the firm's London office, team head¬†Pierre Reuter¬†recently acted for the EIB on a¬†‚ā¨30m bilateral loan facility to Medneo. Other clients include BNP Paribas,¬†Mercedes-Benz and¬†Volkswagen.

Now headed by Bob Scharfe  following his recruitment from Hogan Lovells (Luxembourg) LLP in September 2018, Luther S.A. regularly provides financing expertise to the firm's growing roster of corporate and private equity sponsors, including Altice and Carlyle. Selim Souissi is recommended.

MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL provides 'solution-oriented and commercial advice' to clients on cross-border financing matters, where it benefits from 'an exceptional understanding of the capital markets in Luxembourg and Europe'. Michel Molitor and Chan Park are the main contacts for litigation and transactional work, respectively.

The team at Chevalier & Sciales has 'an exceptional knowledge of capital markets matters', and is increasingly active in the area on behalf of its funds clients. The 'exceptional' Rémi Chevalier has a 'deep knowledge in banking, finance and capital markets under the Luxembourg regulations', and is appreciated by clients for his ability to 'provide innovative solutions even on the most complicated situations'.

Independent business boutique law firm, DCL Avocats provides a 'partner-led' and 'adaptable ' service across a range of finance mandates on behalf of funds and SMEs, in particular. Yann Hilpert  provides 'added value' and has niche expertise at handling asset finance matters.

Appreciated for its 'responsiveness and coordination with its foreign offices', Dechert Luxembourg's two-partner team handles financing work for funds clients, as well as a growing number of corporates and banks.   The 'excellent' Jean-Louis Frognet is 'particularly strong on cross-border matters'.

As part of his broad-ranging finance practice,¬†GSK Stockmann (GSK Luxembourg SA)'s¬†Andreas Heinzmann¬†regularly handles real estate-related matters, including his recent work for DG HYP on financing Invesco Real Estate's ‚ā¨250m acquisition of a hotel portfolio.¬†Dr Philipp M√∂√üner¬†is recommended for his equity capital markets work. Other clients include EQT, Bank of China and Colony Capital.

At Linari Law Firm, the 'commercial and pragmatic' Vincent Linari-Pierron and Deflandre Guillaume both 'have an excellent understanding of financial structures underpinning securitisation transactions'.

Established in June 2017, Norton Rose Fulbright has effectively leveraged its vast international network to provide 'commercial advice' to banks, funds and corporates on cross-border deals with a Luxembourg nexus. Stéphane Braun is particularly strong at handling equity and debt capital markets work.

Co-led by Fabien Debroise and Daniel Richards, Ogier continues to pick up a significant amount of debt capital markets, leveraged and fund financing work.

At¬†Simmons & Simmons in Luxembourg,¬†Louis-Ma√ęl Cogis¬†provides 'straightforward and no-nonsense advice' across a range of banking and capital markets transactions, including in relation to real estate and funds finance.

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