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Allen & Overy Luxembourg provides ‘excellent advice’ to employers on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters including employee transfers pursuant to M&A transactions and the negotiation of collective agreements. Team head André Marc is regularly involved in private banking-related employment issues and recently advised BSI Bank on the negotiation and implementation of a social plan. Counsel Gilles Dall’Agnol advised UBS Fund Services on the transfer of employees to Northern Trust following its acquisition of UBS’ fund administration servicing unit in Luxembourg. Senior associate Sabrina Bodson has a focus on immigration matters and remuneration issues within the financial services sector.

The ‘professional and knowledgeable’ two-partner team at Arendt & Medernach provides day-to-day advice on compensation and benefits schemes, as well as employment advice linked to major corporate transactions. Louis Berns has ‘an in-depth knowledge due to his seasoned approach’ and, alongside Philippe Schmit, recently advised a multinational company on the employment issues associated with its restructuring which involved the closure of operations in Luxembourg.

Castegnaro, member of Ius Laboris regularly advises clients on the employment issues associated with business reorganisations including instances which involve redundancy processes as a result of the relocation of activities to another country. The ‘very knowledgeableGuy Castegnaro and Ariane Claverie are the principal contacts and Christophe Domingos is ‘excellent at implementing staff reduction plans’.

Headed by Albert Moro, Clifford Chance’s eight-strong team has ‘broad and deep knowledge of the labour code’, enabling it to handle a wide cross-section of work including matters relating to collective bargaining and employee benefits. The team is particularly strong in handling matters within the financial services sector. Counsel Isabelle Comhaire is recommended.

Praised for its ‘extensive knowledge of labour law’, Kleyr Grasso provides ‘a responsive service’ to domestic and international clients on contentious and non-contentious social and employment law issues including employee remuneration schemes, transfer of undertakings and redundancy programmes. Christian Jungers and counsel Sandra Rapp have ‘extensive employment law knowledge and are able to explain complex labour law aspects in an understandable way’. Recently promoted partner Philippe Ney provides ‘customer-oriented advice’.

At MNKS, the ‘calm and pragmaticMarielle Stevenot excels in handling the employment issues related to outsourcing and restructuring projects. Cindy Arces regularly assists international clients on staffing and day-to-day employment law compliance issues.

Employment law is a core area of focus for Adam & Bleser, where name partner Romain Adam handles work for employees and employers.

At Bonn Steichen & Partners, team head Anne Morel handles a range of individual and collective employment issues from a contentious and non-contentious perspective and has recently been particularly active advising on data protection issues.

Elvinger Hoss Prussen regularly handles individual and collective employment issues for financial services clients. Pierre Elvinger has ‘deep industry knowledge’ and provides ‘very appropriate advice’ on contentious and non-contentious matters. Counsel Anouck Schneider provides ‘excellent support on day-to-day employment concerns’.

Molitor Avocats à la Cour provides wide-ranging employment law expertise to employers and executives. The ‘experiencedMichel Molitor is particularly strong in handling collective bargaining matters and is a key member of the team that also frequently handles contentious matters by virtue of the firm’s strong general litigation background. The group was strengthened by the return of counsel Regis Muller in June 2017 from AMMC Law - Avocats à la Cour,

Bauler & Lutgen’s Jean-Marie Bauler regularly represents employees in litigation.

Bonn & Schmitt handles a broad range of employment matters including those associated with business restructurings and litigation. Practice head Alain Grosjean is advising a bank on a collective redundancy procedure.

Linklaters is particularly effective in advising on the local law employment aspects of multi-jurisdictional restructuring and M&A mandates. Consultant Yuri Auffinger is the principal contact and also regularly handles standalone employment matters including on behalf of Oaktree, which he is advising on numerous matters including the implementation of a staff delegation.

Loyens & Loeff’s team head Annie Elfassi has ‘extensive employment law knowledge’ and provides ‘proactive and effective’ advice to employers on the employment law aspects of reorganisations, as well as on pensions and benefits matters where clients also benefit from advice which often includes input from the firm’s accomplished tax team.

Thewes & Reuter handles contentious and non-contentious employment work for private and public sector employers as well as senior executives. Leveraging his ‘high-level litigation skills’, team head Pierre Reuter regularly handles complex employment disputes. ‘Very professional and reliable’ senior associate Anne Charton has a particular focus on social security and benefits matters.

Brucher Thieltgen & Partners’ team head Marie Bena effectively combines her litigation and employment law expertise for employers and employees.

As well as handling employment due diligence in the context of cross-border M&A mandates handled by the firm, CMS also regularly handles day-to-day human resources issues including drafting and amending employment contracts. Audrey Bertolotti is recommended.

Recently strengthened by the arrival in October 2016 of counsel Catherine Graff from Linklaters, Collin Maréchal Law Firm acts for domestic and international corporates, as well as individual employees engaged in litigation. Benoit Maréchal provides ‘clear and practical advice’ across a range of employment matters including immigration issues related to EU and non-EU expatriates.

Headed by the ‘efficient and responsive’ Jackye Elombo, Wildgen provides ‘high-quality and cost-effective’ advice to a growing roster of companies on day-to-day employment issues. Elombo is also regularly instructed on standalone matters including TUPE issues relating to business reorganisations and employment litigation.

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