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    • Sophie Arvieux - Kleyr Grasso
    • Eliane Dejardin Botelho - Linklaters

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Allen & Overy Luxembourg’s four-partner team provides an ‘all-encompassing’ service to lenders, funds and corporates across the full range of transactional and regulatory banking and capital markets matters. The team excels in cross-border work, and is able to tap into the expertise of practitioners in all the major financial centres; Henri Wagner recently worked alongside the London office advising the arranger on an international financing. Frank Mausen is particularly accomplished in the capital markets space and recently advised Gaz Capital on its CHF500m notes issuance for the purposes of financing a loan to Gazprom. André Marc and Pierre Schleimer are also recommended.

Now with eight partners focused on regulatory and transactional banking and capital markets work following the recent promotions of Marc Mouton and Pierre-Michael de Waersegger, Arendt & Medernach’s ‘best-in-class’ team has the critical mass to handle a broad spectrum of mandates for banks, funds and corporates. Matthieu Taillandier provided local law advice to JPMorgan Chase on the New York law amendment and restatement of a senior unsecured multi-currency revolving credit facility to Michael Kors. Key figures include Gregory Minne, who is ‘well versed in cross-border financings’, Paul Mousel, the ‘experiencedMax Kremer, and the ‘reactive and practicalPhilippe Dupont and Glenn Meyer.

Clifford Chance’s ‘responsive and commercial’ three-partner team handles acquisition, real estate and fund financing, as well as regulatory work, for high-calibre clients including ING, UniCredit and JP Morgan. The ‘exceptional’ Marc Mehlen advised a syndicate of banks including Commerzbank and SEB on the financing of Capvis’ acquisition of Hennecke Holding from ADCURAM Group. Steve Jacoby is regularly engaged in capital markets matters and has handled numerous bond issues under major issuance programmes. Christian Kremer is also recommended.

Elvinger Hoss Prussen provides ‘business-oriented advice’ to banks, corporates and sponsors on many of the highest-profile financing mandates in the market. Karl Pardaens acted for the lenders on the financing of Bain Capital’s €239m buyout of Autodistribution. In another highlight, Philippe Hoss advised ArcelorMittal on a $3bn rights issue. André Hoffmann and Philippe Prussen are also recommended for regulatory and debt capital markets work, respectively.

At Linklaters, team head Nicki Kayser recently worked alongside the firm’s Hong Kong office on numerous debt capital markets transactions, including advising ICBC on its $800m notes issuance under a €8bn Medium Term Note (MTN) programme. Nicolas Gauzès has particular expertise in equity capital markets matters and recently advised the underwriters, including Goldman Sachs, on ArcelorMittal’s $3bn rights offering. Patrick Geortay is noted for his ‘broad expertise across banking and capital markets matters’, and managing associate Eliane Dejardin Botelho provides ‘client-oriented advice on complex analytical matters’.

Despite the departure of a number of partners – including Philipp Moessner and Andreas Heinzmann, who left in March 2016 to set up the Luxembourg branch of GSK Stockmann (GSK Luxembourg SA)Bonn & Schmitt remains well-equipped to advise on a range of transactional and regulatory matters, including debt and equity capital markets issuances and structured finance transactions, for a number of financial institutions. Senior partner Alex Schmitt recently acted as local counsel for an international bank on a shari’ah-compliant financing facility.

Bonn Steichen & Partners has a strong pedigree across a range of debt and equity capital markets transactions. Pierre-Alexandre Degehet recently advised IVS Group on its €240m senior unsecured notes issuance. Laurent Lazard provided local law advice to ADO Properties on its €456m IPO. Jean Steffen and Evelyn Maher are also well versed in capital markets matters.

Dentons handles new money financings and refinancings for banks, private equity firms and corporates. In a recent highlight Stéphane Hadet advised Samsonite International on the debt financing to facilitate its $1.8bn acquisition of Tumi. Also recommended are Mathilde Lattard and the ‘diligent and preciseYann Hilpert, who has particular strength in asset finance transactions.

At Loyens & Loeff, the ‘knowledgeable and thorough’ Judith Raijmakers advised Morgan Stanley on the financing to facilitate Samsonite International’s acquisition of Tumi. Vassiliyan Zanev ‘brings a wealth of experience on structured finance transactions’, and Anne-Marie Nicolas has ‘in-depth knowledge of banking practices’.

NautaDutilh’s practice is headed by the ‘experienced’ Josée Weydert, who has expertise across a range of debt capital markets, acquisition financing, structured financing and securitisation matters. Weydert advised Deutsche Bank on the local law aspects associated with the financing of Ball Corporation’s $4bn acquisition of Rexam. Also recommended is ‘pragmatic and experienced’ senior associate Ann Blaton, who heads the London office’s Luxembourg desk.

At Kleyr Grasso, Rina Breininger assisted TA Associates with the refinancing and restructuring of a French/Luxembourg group of companies and the ‘knowledgeablePatrick Chantrain advised Corestate Capital on a €15m loan facility with HSH Nordbank. ‘Excellent’ counsel Sophie Arvieux is also recommended.

MNKS provides ‘practical and responsive’ advice on banking, capital markets and securitisation matters. Basile Fémelat is the key name. Jean-François Trapp left the firm.

Wildgen, Partners in Law’s ‘customer-oriented’ team is headed by the ‘analytical and knowledgeable’ Michel Bulach, who has considerable expertise in regulatory issues associated with the payments industry. The firm handles a range of secured lending, debt capital markets and structured finance mandates.

Headed by Laurent Fessmann, Baker McKenzie provides ‘solution-oriented advice’ to clients engaged in debt and equity capital markets and securitisation work. The team has a strong reputation advising on asset-backed security (ABS) transactions within the automotive industry; working alongside the German office, it recently advised LeasePlan Deutschland on its €549m securitisation of lease receivables and auto residual values. Martin Michard joined in March 2016 from D.law.

Headed by the ‘very commercialVivian Walry, CMS specialises in multi-jurisdictional finance deals involving input from offices across its network. Walry recently advised Deutsche Pfandbriefbank on a €152m loan provided to a property company for the purposes of the construction and development of a skyscraper project in Frankfurt. Françoise Pfeiffer, who heads the office’s German desk, regularly assists Walry with German-related finance deals.

Headed by the ‘knowledgeable and analyticalLaurent Massinon, Luther S.A. regularly handles the local law aspects of high-profile bond issuances for major international corporates including Altice and Numericable-SFR. Massinon recently advised the former on the local law aspects of the financing for the acquisition of Suddenlink, which involved the issuance of two tranches of senior notes.

At Molitor Avocats à la Cour, the ‘knowledgeable and pragmaticMichel Molitor regularly handles the local law aspects of cross-border matters, including debt capital markets issuances and bank loans. Of counsel Martina Huppertz is also recommended.

Led by the ‘highly technical and commercial’ Gérald Origer, Stibbe’s seven-lawyer team handles a range of bank lending and capital markets work, often involving a cross-border component. Recent highlights include advising Interoute on the financing to fund its £402m acquisition of Easynet. ‘Commercially focused’ and ‘extremely knowledgeable’ counsel Jean-Marc Delcour acted alongside Origer on that matter.

Vandenbulke focuses on providing domestic law advice on cross-border financings to lenders and borrowers, and derives a significant amount of its work from international law firm referrals. Peter-Jan Bossuyt handles a broad range of bank and bond financing mandates relating to M&A, real estate and projects. Denis Van den Bulke combines a strong grounding in tax with general finance expertise.

Led by Nicolas Thieltgen, Brucher Thieltgen & Partners provides ‘responsive, proactive and value-for-money advice’ to banks, corporates and funds across a range of transactional, regulatory and litigation matters.

Hogan Lovells (Luxembourg) LLP’s small team is praised for its ‘responsiveness and high service levels’, and regularly works alongside its offices in London, Paris and Frankfurt to provide local law expertise on deals with a Luxembourg nexus. It has been active on automotive-related securitisation deals; working alongside the Frankfurt office, the team recently advised BMW Bank on the €800m securitisation of auto lease receivables structured through a Luxembourg securitisation vehicle. Managing partner Pierre Reuter heads the team, which includes up-and-coming senior associate Ariane Mehrshahi.

Ogier provides ‘practical and commercial’ advice to banks and asset managers across a range of new money and refinancing deals, including securitisation and syndicated lending mandates. The ‘approachable and friendlyDaniel Richards has ‘good technical knowledge’.

While it is best known for investment fund matters, Chevalier & Sciales’s broader finance expertise also covers debt capital markets and securitisation transactions. Rémi Chevalier is the primary contact.

Led by Marc Seimetz and the ‘hardworking and practical’ Jean-Louis Frognet, Dechert Luxembourg’s two-partner team focuses on structured finance, real estate finance and derivatives matters and forms a key part of the firm’s wider European network. Recent highlights include advising Deutsche Real Estate Funds on a €63.5m bond issuance to fund the purchase and refurbishment of student residences in Germany.

At GSK Stockmann (GSK Luxembourg SA), the ‘knowledgeable and efficient’ Philipp Moessner has an excellent pedigree in capital markets and recently advised Oddo Seydler Bank on 3W Power’s €14m convertible bond issuance. Andreas Heinzmann is also recommended.

Cost-effective and responsive’ corporate and finance boutique Linari Law Firm attracts praise for its ‘excellent knowledge of the relevant Luxembourg law matters and keen understanding of the wider context of the transactions’. Name partner Vincent Linari-Pierron has a strong reputation for securitisation mandates.

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