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Allen & Overy Luxembourg’s ‘technically strong and knowledgeable’ three-partner team excels in advising on insurance M&A transactions. The ‘approachable and responsive’ Fabian Beullekens is a market leader for insurance M&A and alongside counsel Christophe Balthazard recently advised Cowen Group on its acquisition of a majority stake in Builders Reinsurance. Peter Myners and Pierre Schleimer are also recommended for insurance M&A and insurance regulatory work, respectively.

Arendt & Medernach’s commitment to the insurance sector was underscored by Pierre-Michael de Waersegger’s promotion to partner alongside team head Paul Mousel. The firm is active across a spectrum of issues including insurance M&A, the distribution of insurance products and product development. Recent highlights include advising Atlanticlux Lebensversicherung on the acquisition of a life insurance unit-linked portfolio from Kaupthing Life and Pension. Christian Point handles insurance litigation.

Kleyr Grasso’s ‘excellent team’ handles contentious and non-contentious work for local and international insurers. Team head Rina Breininger advised Hoctief-owned Builders Insurance Holdings on the sale of a majority stake in the company to Cowen Group. The team was further enhanced by the arrival of Karine Vilret from her own firm Vilret-Avocats in October 2016.

Headed by Franz Schiltz, Schiltz et Schiltz’s practice has a longstanding presence in the insurance market and is particularly accomplished at handling disputes in the sector.

Baker McKenzie represents a growing roster of domestic and international insurance companies on their day-to-day operational needs, as well as providing advice on product development and insurance-related M&A. Jean-François Findling heads the team, which was recently strengthened by the arrival of senior associate Andrea Sabine Schmid, formerly general counsel at Zurich Eurolife.

Bonn & Schmitt handles a range of insurance and reinsurance work including advice on product development and general regulatory issues. Alex Schmitt heads the team, which includes senior counsel Chantal Keereman and regulatory expert Armel Waisse.

At CMS, ‘proactive’ team head Vivian Walry advised international credit and financial risk insurer CBL on its acquisition of SFS and IMS.

At Molitor Avocats à la Cour, managing partner Michel Molitor handles insurance disputes as part of his broad-ranging litigation expertise.

Real experts in the area’, Philippe & Partners provides ‘excellent business knowledge’ in the insurance sector to local and international market participants across a broad spectrum of issues relating to product development, operational concerns and litigation. Team head Marc Gouden (who is ‘responsive and to the point’) has particular expertise advising on life insurance products.

Led by the ‘proactive and knowledgeable’ Michel Bulach, Wildgen, Partners in Law acts for domestic and international insurance and reinsurance entities across the gamut of issues including providing advice on the development of products, licence applications and M&A mandates.

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