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Allen & Overy Luxembourg’s three-partner team regularly handles high-profile strategic M&A and private equity mandates, as well as joint venture structuring and ongoing corporate and commercial matters. ‘Very knowledgeable’ counsel Jacques Graas recently advised Commerzbank on the sale of its Luxembourg private bank to Julius Baer. Fabian Beullekens has a particular niche within the insurance sector and recently advised Cowen Group on the acquisition of a majority stake in Builders Reinsurance from Hochtief. Marc Feider, Peter Myners and ‘responsive’ counsel Christophe Balthazard are also recommended.

At Arendt & Medernach, the ‘very responsiveLaurent Schummer advised BlackFin Capital Partners on its acquisition of RBS’s Luxembourg UCITS and alternative investment management company and funds governance business. Schummer also represented CVC in its secondary acquisitions of a controlling stake in Alvogen and its buyout of the Douglas Group. Other recommended partners include Guy Harles, Pierre Beissel and Bob Calmes, who is based in the firm’s New York office.

Clifford Chance’s two-partner team is led by Christian Kremer and Katia Gauzès following her recruitment in May 2016 from Arendt & Medernach. The firm has an excellent reputation in the financial services sector, where it is able to combine strong transactional and regulatory expertise with a broad international network. Kremer recently advised Sentinel Group Holdings on the €441m sale of Skrill Topco to Netinvest. Other clients include Carlyle Group, 3i and KKR.

Elvinger Hoss Prussen is regularly involved in the Luxembourg law aspects of significant sponsor-driven international deals. The ‘outstandingToinon Hoss advised on Hellman & Friedman’s acquisition of Securitas, as well as on CVC’s acquisition of Linxens. Patrick Santer, Pit Reckinger and Philippe Hoss are also recommended.

Led by the ‘excellent’ Nicolas Gauzès, Linklaters’ three-partner team has strong ties to private equity firms including Triton, Oaktree and Centerbridge and is also regularly called on by corporates seeking advice on cross-border M&A. Gauzès advised Julius Baer Group on its acquisition of Commerzbank’s Luxembourg-based private bank. Peter Goes and Manfred Müller are also recommended.

Thanks in part to its wide-ranging international network, Baker McKenzie’s two-partner team is well placed to represent corporates and private equity firms on cross-border M&A. Working alongside colleagues from the firm’s Germany offices, practice head Jean-François Findling represented RWE and E.ON on the joint sale of their minority stakes in Luxembourg utility Enovos. Torsten Schmitt is also recommended.

Bonn & Schmitt regularly handles the local law aspects of international transactions and has particular strength advising private equity firms. Chantal Keereman and Frédéric Lemoine provided local law advice to Capvis on its €140m acquisition of Gotha Cosmetics.

Aided by a market-leading tax team, Bonn Steichen & Partners provides a ‘very responsive’ service that covers a range of M&A and restructuring mandates. Team head Pierre-Alexandre Degehet recently assisted UBI Banca on the internal restructuring of its Luxembourg private bank prior to its sale to EFG International.

Headed by the ‘very personable’ Gérard Maîtrejean, Dentons’ three-partner team has the international reach and expertise to handle large-scale private equity transactions and strategic M&A. The ‘efficient and organised’ Delphine Tempé recently advised Samsonite International on the local law aspects of its $1.8bn acquisition of Tumi. Yoanna Stefanova joined NautaDutilh in June 2016.

The ‘knowledgeable, pragmatic and solutions-orientedPatrick Chantrain at Kleyr Grasso regularly handles real estate sector related corporate deals and recently advised Corestate Capital on the €90m sale of a real estate portfolio located in Germany. Rina Breininger and Jean-Paul Spang are also recommended.

Headed by Thierry Lohest, Loyens & Loeff’s five-partner team regularly works closely with its ‘excellent’ tax team to provide ‘very strategic’ advice on new money and distressed M&A transactions. Frédéric Franckx advised Belfius Insurance on the sale of Luxembourg-based International Wealth Insurer to Foyer. The ‘solutions-oriented and responsive’ Michael Scott has a strong reputation for advising hedge funds based in the UK and US on their investments through Luxembourg into European jurisdictions.

MNKS is particularly noted for its handling of deals involving US and UK entities. In addition to receiving direct instructions from clients, it also benefits from a significant flow of mandates from major law firms in those jurisdictions. Recommended partners include Marie-Béatrice Noble, Katia Scheidecker, Catherine Baflast and private equity expert Saskia Myners.

Led by Jean Brucher and Nicolas Bernardy, the ‘tenacious and focused’ team at Brucher Thieltgen & Partners provides a ‘high level of professionalism’ across a range of M&A transactions, corporate governance issues and corporate structuring matters. Bernardy is regularly appointed by Luxembourg courts to act as a trustee in bankruptcy proceedings.

Julien Leclère heads the seven-lawyer team at CMS, which provides a ‘proactive service’ to corporates and high-net-worth individuals. The Luxembourg office regularly handles transactional and day-to-day commercial work, and often works in unison with the firm’s other European offices. Highlights included advising Amp Capital on its acquisition of a majority stake in UK rolling stock company Angel Trains.

Dechert Luxembourg leverages its expertise in asset management and funds matters to handle a steady flow of asset acquisitions and disposals. The ‘commercial and knowledgeableMarc Seimetz and Jean-Louis Frognet advised GIC on the acquisition of a further equity stake in

At Hogan Lovells (Luxembourg) LLP, ‘creative, practical and insightful’ team head Gérard Neiens acted alongside the firm’s Munich office for Funding Circle on the acquisition of Zencap. The team also acts for real estate fund clients including M&G Real Estate and TIAA Henderson Real Estate. ‘Calm and professional’ senior associate Thierry Somma is also recommended.

In addition to handling a steady flow of work for multinational telecoms company Altice, Luther S.A.’s five-partner team is gaining traction among private equity firms and REITs. The ‘technically excellent’ Aurélien Latouche advised Bridgepoint on the local law aspects of its acquisition of Anaveo. Associate Yasman Ekrami ‘has a clear overview of the key issues in cross-border transactions’. Eric Sublon is also recommended.

At Molitor Avocats à la Cour, ‘professional and knowledgeable’ team head Chan Park has significant experience handling cross-border transactions for funds and corporates.

Headed by the ‘authoritative and forward thinkingMargaretha Wilkenhuysen and recently strengthened by the arrival in June 2016 of Yoanna Stefenova from Dentons, NautaDutilh provides ‘commercial and pragmatic’ advice to funds and corporates on M&A and restructuring transactions. Wilkenhuysen recently advised Alchemy Partners on the acquisition of a €21m debt portfolio.

Stibbe’s two-partner team provides ‘responsive and commercially sensible advice’ to numerous high-profile private equity sponsors, among other clients. ‘Very practical and reliable’ team head Gérald Origer continues to advise Luxembourg Space Telecommunications on day-to-day corporate and operational matters.

Corporate and finance boutique Vandenbulke provides an ‘attentive and efficient service’ to a growing roster of corporates and private equity firms across a diverse array of conventional and distressed M&A. Laurence Jacques (who attracts praise for her ‘elevated knowledge of Luxembourg laws and best market practices’) heads the team, which was bolstered by the arrival of counsel Hervé Précigoux from Linklaters in May 2016.

At Wildgen, Partners in Law, team head François Brouxel continues to represent Cemex group on aspects of its global restructuring. The ‘responsive and innovative’ Pierre Metzler has been involved in the Luxembourg aspects of Dover Corporation’s group restructuring.

Leveraging its increasingly prominent tax practice, Clément & Avocats provides ‘swift and efficient’ advice on transactions involving a Luxembourg element to a range of corporates and funds. In a highlight, the ‘outstanding’ Theodore Fisher (who has ‘excellent knowledge of the US markets’) recently acted alongside ‘experienced tax lawyer’ Christophe Clément to provide local law advice to a US-listed company on its acquisition of a German industrial group.

Collin Maréchal Law Firm is noted for its ‘efficient and effective’ handling of cross-border M&A and restructuring mandates. Founding partner Raphaël Collin has a strong reputation among the private equity community and has handled numerous mandates for several high-profile sponsors.

Led by the ‘solution-oriented and effectiveJean-Philippe Drescher, provides ‘responsive and pragmatic’ advice on cross-border M&A transactions and restructurings, as well as on corporate governance matters.

Since opening its office in Luxembourg in May 2014, DLA Piper Luxembourg has been handling a significant amount of work for international corporates across a range of matters including corporate governance and M&A. ‘Responsive and user-friendly’ of counsel Jean-Michel Detry recently advised Alchemy Partners, as part of a consortium of funds, on the £175m acquisition of Avant Homes Group. Key figures include Catherine Pogorzelski, who heads the practice and handles a mix of funds and corporate work, and associate Xavier Guzman, who is ‘outstanding at worldwide restructuring projects’.

DSM Avocats A La Cour provides a ‘responsive and cost-effective’ service across a range of corporate matters with a particular focus on the real estate sector.

At Linari Law Firm, Vincent Linari-Pierron provides ‘precise and efficient advice’ to corporates and private equity firms on cross-border M&A and restructuring projects.

At MMS Avocats, team head Joram Moyal has a ‘high level of industry knowledge’. He advises corporates and private equity firms on M&A, and also handles general corporate governance and strategic matters.

Noted for its ‘fresh and unstuffy approach’, Ogier’s practice advises a range of investment funds, including private equity funds, on cross-border acquisitions using Luxembourg investment vehicles. The ‘responsive and knowledgeableDaniel Richards heads the practice, which includes managing associate Laurent Thailly, who attracts praise for his ability to ‘frame complex legal questions in a way that is easily digestible’.

In addition to handling M&A and restructuring mandates, Pierre Thielen Avocats also has significant corporate litigation experience.

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