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  2. Leading individuals

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Allen & Overy Luxembourg handles fund formation and transactional work for alternative investment funds and UCITS (undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities) with clients including UBS, Patrizia Alternative Investments and the European Investment Fund. Pierre Schleimer jointly heads the team with the ‘competent and responsive’ Jean-Christian Six.

Claude Kremer leads Arendt & Medernach’s investment management practice, which provides clients with ‘very prompt responses’ and ‘proactive and practical advice’ on matters including UCITS and alternative investment funds as well as fund strategies. Clients range from start-ups and boutiques to institutional asset managers. ‘Standout partnerFlorence Stainier is recommended along with the ‘very enthusiasticMichèle Eisenhuth.


Chevalier & Sciales

Chevalier & Sciales celebrates 10 years of existence this year. It has strong expertise and in-depth knowledge of investment and asset management, providing comprehensive advice on legal and regulatory issues for asset management firms and investment funds. Their interdisciplinary approach assists clients with the organisation, establishment and operation of investment funds, including retail and sophisticated UCITS, master-feeder structures, Specialised Investment Funds, closed-ended funds, hedge and private equity funds, as well as the negotiation of service and management agreements.

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Clifford Chance’s funds practice can ‘always be relied on’. It serves domestic and multinational clients and recent work includes advising China Exim Bank on setting up a sovereign wealth fund and assisting NREP Management Company with the structuring of a specialised investment fund (SIF) to invest in Scandinavian real estate. Joëlle Hauser, who has ‘excellent industry knowledge’, and Paul Van den Abeele are the practice co-heads.

Elvinger, Hoss & Prussen’s funds team provides ‘superb service’ to clients including international asset managers and financial institutions. The firm recently advised East Capital Asset Management on a major restructuring and assisted Alliance Bernstein with the establishment of a real estate debt fund. ‘Top investment funds lawyer’ Jacques Elvinger is recommended along with Jérôme Wigny and ‘excellent’ counsel Jean-Pierre Mernier. Xavier Le Sourne and Sophie Dupin were promoted to the partnership in January 2015.

Linklaters LLPprovides creative solutions to complex problems’ and its ‘industry knowledge remains excellent’. The team recently assisted Invesco with establishing a real estate fund and advised Prologis on fundraising. Other clients include Aberdeen Asset Management, BlackRock and HSBC. Department head Hermann Beythan, Freddy Brausch and Emmanuel-Frédéric Henrion are recommended along with counsel Rodrigo Delcourt, who gives ‘reliable and savvy guidance’.

Bonn & Schmitt provides ‘knowledgeable and efficient answers to requests’. The practice focuses on UCITS and alternative investment fund applications and conversions, and recent work includes advising Carnegie Fund Services on Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) applications as well as assisting Pramerica Real Estate Investors with the creation of a specialised investment fund. Marcus Peter and senior counsel Corinne Philippe are the key names.

Bonn Steichen & Partners’ ‘rapid, reliable and customer-minded’ team is regularly instructed by clients including financial institutions, brokers and asset management firms. ‘Great professionalLuc Courtois heads the team, in which associate Oriana Magnano is singled out as giving ‘great guidance and advice’.

Dechert Luxembourg’s ‘efficient and to-the-point’ practice is part of an excellent global practice and is recognised as having ‘in-depth investment fund knowledge’. Clients include PIMCO, Generali Money Market Fund and Alger SICAV. Managing partner Marc Seimetz is recommended along with the hardworking Patrick Goebel. Johan Terblanche joined the firm in 2014 from Loyens & Loeff.

Loyens & Loeff focuses on UCITS and alternative investment fund matters. Recent work includes advising Arcus Infrastructure Partners on the implementation of a special limited partnership. The team is headed by fund specialist Marc Meyers.

Laurent Fessmann at Baker & McKenzie provides ‘proactive, responsive and commercial advice’ to clients including banks, asset managers and other fund service providers. Sandrine Leclercq is also recommended.

Chevalier & Sciales’ recent highlights include the creation of a private equity fund, fund restructuring and AIFMD regulatory advice. Rémi Chevalier and Olivier Sciales are the names to note.

Kleyr Grasso’s team, which is co-headed by Rina Breininger and Patrick Chantrain, has ‘a high level of expertise’ and ‘a can-do attitude’. It advises clients from the private equity and hedge fund sectors on regulated and unregulated funds.

Max Welbes now leads the ‘absolutely excellent’ practice at MNKS, after joining the firm from Luther in 2013. Recent work includes advising on specialised investment funds, UCITS and the impact of AIFMD.

The ‘always committedWildgen, Partners in Lawfinds tailor-made solutions’ for investors and financial institutions. Team head Samia Rabia recently advised TIAA Henderson Real Estate on AIFMD issues.

CMS’ ‘smaller but very recommendable’ funds practice is now headed by Françoise Pfeiffer, succeeding Vivian Walry, who is ‘responsive and focused on the core issues’. Recent work includes assisting a private individual with the restructuring of a non-regulated securitisation fund.

Hogan Lovells (Luxembourg) LLP’s small investment funds team is headed by the highly respected Pierre Reuter, who has ‘a very hands-on and creative approach’. Recent mandates include assisting Areca with gaining a licence to become a self-managed entity under AIFMD.

King & Wood Mallesons’ ‘impressive’, ‘extremely efficient’ funds practice represents clients including Swiss Life and UBS, and recently advised Triton on the financing of its fourth Luxembourg fund. Alexandrine Armstrong-Cerfontaine heads the team.

Luther primarily advises clients on regulated funds. Counsel Jeannette Vaude-Perrin heads the team, which advises on fund set-up, structuring and regulatory matters.

Martina Huppertz heads the practice at Molitor Avocats à la Cour, which fields fund specialists in investment funds. The firm was recently referred work by an international law firm.

NautaDutilh’s team is currently headed by Josée Weydert, after former senior associate Jean-Florent Richard joined Clifford Chance. The firm advises clients on all aspects of fund formation, structuring and regulatory compliance.

OPF Partners advises clients on regulated and unregulated funds, and has particular expertise in fund structuring. Ezechiel Havrenne heads the team.

Ogier advises on regulated and unregulated offshore and onshore funds, and handles fund formation, structuring and regulation. François Pfister heads the practice.

Vandenbulke utilises its position as a tax, corporate and finance specialist to advise local and international clients on the structuring of a range of investment funds. Denis Van Den Bulke and Laurence Jacques are names to note.

D. Law’s ‘very strong’ practice advises clients on the establishment of regulated and unregulated funds as well as on AIFMD regulations. Practice head Ingrid Dubourdieu has ‘sound judgement’.

Recently established firm Deynecourt gives comprehensive advice to clients including Rothschild Bank and Carlisle Management Company. Emmanuelle Bauer and the ‘knowledgeable’ Pierre de Backer jointly head the practice.

LexField advises clients on fund formation and structuring with recent work including establishing a €250m debt fund for Rothschild Merchant Banking.

Under Vincent Linari-Pierron, Linari Law Firm provides ‘a highly personalised service’ advising companies and fund managers on a range of funds including SICAVs and UCITS.

M Partners has a strong international element to the practice with a focus on SIFs and securitisation work. Key figure Vanessa Molloy is particularly experienced in offshore structures.

SJL | Sedlo Jimenez Lunz advises clients on a range of fund structures including SIFs, private equity funds and real estate funds. Adrian Sedlo heads the practice.

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