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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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  • Luxembourg introduces draft legislation to create beneficial ownership registers

    Luxembourg’s government has published draft legislation to incorporate into national law the requirements under articles 30 and 31 of the European Union’s Directive 2015/849 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing, better known as the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive. Placed before the Chamber of Deputies on December 6, 2017, draft law no. 7217 would establish a central register of beneficial owners of Luxembourg legal entities such as companies and partnerships under the authority of the minister of justice, while draft law no. 7216 would create a similar register of beneficial owners of fiduciary contracts, that is express trusts, under the authority of the Administration de l’Enregistrement et des Domaines, Luxembourg’s indirect tax authority.
  • CSSF sets out more restrictive policy on UCITS investment in non-UCITS funds

    Luxembourg’s Financial Sector Supervisory Authority (CSSF) has announced changes to its policy regarding investment by UCITS funds in non-UCITS undertakings for collective investment, amending the guidance contained in its Frequently Asked Questions document addressing the law of December 17, 2010 on undertakings for collective investment. In the interests of convergence at EU level regarding the UCITS regime, the CSSF now says that UCITS may no longer invest in other UCIs and those that have done so are required to divest their holdings as soon as possible, unless the eligibility of each target fund has been confirmed specifically through case-by-case analysis.
  • Reorganised Luxembourg law on commercial companies comes into force

    A revised version of Luxembourg’s law on commercial companies, originally dating from August 10, 2015, came into force on December 19, 2017, following its publication in the grand duchy’s official gazette (Mémorial A no. 1066) on December 2015 (the “Company Law”.
  • The amended EuVECA and EuSEF Regulations

    Regulation (EU) 2017/1991 amending regulations (EU) No 345/2013 on European Venture Capital Funds (EuVECAs) and (EU) No 346/2013 on European Social Entrepreneurship Funds (EuSEFs) (together, the “Regulations ”) has been published today in the Official Journal of the European Union and will be applicable as of 1 March 2018.
  • MiFID II: are you ready?

    With less than 30 days to go before the new MiFID II regime will be rolled out, funds and management companies/AIFM are increasingly concerned as to how they will be impacted:
  • Registers of beneficial ownership: new rules to be implemented soon

    The draft laws implementing AMLD 4 set out strict rules to allow for protection against improper access to the information on BOs.
  • Permanent exemption from variation margin obligation for FX forwards?

    Earlier this week, the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published draft amendments to EMIR-related regulatory technical standards (RTS) that align the treatment of variation margin (VM) for FX forwards with the supervisory guidance applicable in other key jurisdictions. More specifically the draft amendments propose that the requirement to exchange VM for physically settled FX forwards shall only target transactions between institutions (credit institutions and investment firms).
  • New Circular Letter on stock option plans

    ​As announced by the Luxembourg Finance Minister in his presentation of the 2018 budget bill, the government introduced certain amendments to the current tax regime of stock option plans. In particular, the valuation of freely negotiable options will be increased as of 1 January 2018 from 17.5% to 30% of the value of the underlying stock.
  • Loi modifiée du 10 août 1915 concernant les sociétés commerciales-version consolidée au 19 déc

    We would like to draw your attention to the release of an official coordinated version of the amended law of 10 August 1915 on commercial companies.
  • Back to 2017 - Forward to 2018

    2017 was a busy year, not least in respect of legal and regulatory changes that may impact your business. We are pleased to provide you with an overview of the major legal and regulatory developments under Luxembourg and EU law.

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