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Praised for its ‘understanding of business dynamics’ and ‘knowledge of the regulatory environment’, Allen & Overy Luxembourg is excellent at handling large insurance M&A deals. Led by Peter Myners, and aided on the regulatory front by counsel Paul Péporté, the team advised Global Bankers Insurance Group on its acquisition of NN Life Luxembourg. Insurance regulatory expert Pierre Schleimer advises on the establishment of insurance and reinsurance companies.

Arendt & Medernach’s team has the ability to combine ‘practical and commercial’ corporate advice with a keen awareness of the regulatory environment underpinning it. It is particularly strong in handling insurance M&A work where Paul Mousel, Pierre-Michaël de Waersegger and Emmanuelle Mousel are all recognised as ‘fantastic corporate insurance practitioners’. Christian Point is recommended for insurance litigation.

At Kleyr Grasso, the ‘proactive and highly analyticalKarine Vilret applies her vast insurance law regulatory knowledge to advise on non-contentious and contentious matters. Vilret has particular expertise in life insurance matters and recently advised ABN Amro (Luxembourg) on the creation of models of delegation for life-insurance contracts.

Schiltz et Schiltz has ‘an excellent pedigree’ representing clients in insurance-related litigation. Franz Schiltz is recommended.

Headed by Andrea Schmid, Baker McKenzie handles standalone regulatory issues, insurance product development and operational matters for a growing roster of insurance clients. Benefiting from many years’ experience in-house at several Luxembourg insurance companies, Schmid has significant credibility within the sector and has recently assisted clients with the implications of Solvency II and with contingency planning in light of Brexit.

Headed by the ‘proactive and creativeArmel Waisse, Bonn & Schmitt stands out for its ‘knowledge of the insurance sector’ and has advised numerous insurance companies on the potential relocation of their operations to Luxembourg in light of Brexit. The ‘responsive and pragmaticAlex Schmitt is also recommended.

At CMS, Vivian Walry regularly handles regulatory and transactional insurance matters as part of his wide-ranging banking and finance practice. Walry recently advised a UK-based insurance company on its restructuring as a result of Brexit.

Leveraging the firm’s overarching litigation expertise, Molitor Avocats à la Cour regularly handles insurance liability and coverage disputes. Michel Molitor is the main contact.

Philippe & Partners has ‘excellent knowledge of the insurance industry’ and has been particularly active advising clients on compliance with recent European legislation, including the Insurance Distribution Directive. Marc Gouden has ‘an ability to think outside the box’ and particular expertise advising on life insurance products.

Headed by Michel Bulach, Wildgen has expertise advising on the distribution of insurance products, as well as on insurance M&A, including recently advising on the acquisition of reinsurance captives.

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