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Benefiting from a ‘deep knowledge of the regulator’, Allen & Overy Luxembourg provides ‘an excellent service’ to clients across the panoply of sophisticated alternative funds products. Team head Jean-Christian Six is handling an increasing amount of work for development finance institutions including the International Finance Corporation, which he advised on the establishment of a debt fund, and on its joint venture participation with asset manager Amundi to create the world’s largest green-bond fund dedicated to emerging markets. Pierre Schleimer and the ‘responsive and commercial’ Christopher Dortschy are also recommended.

Arendt & Medernach provides ‘practical and client-focused advice’ across the gamut of the regulatory and operational needs of UCITS funds, in particular. The ‘commercial and practicalClaude Niedner recently advised Danish bank Jyske Bank on establishing its first Luxembourg UCITS platform. Gilles Dusemon has particular expertise in the alternative funds sector and recently advised Ufenau Capital Partners on the establishment and fundraising of its fifth-generation private equity fund, which focuses on the lower mid-market buyout segment. Florence Stainieris very aware of evolving best practice in the Luxembourg space’. The ‘fantasticClaude Kremer has a longstanding leading reputation in the UCITS space; ‘solution-orientedYves Lacroix is active across private equity and real estate funds matters; and senior associate Frank Brülin is recommended for work for regulated funds.

FIRMS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Chevalier & Sciales

Chevalier & Sciales celebrated 12 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, reserved alternative investment funds, closed-ended funds, hedge and private equity funds, as well as the negotiation of service and management agreements.

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One of the best in the alternative funds space’, Clifford Chance provides ‘deep analyses’ to financial institutions, investment firms and asset managers on the legal and regulatory aspects pursuant to the structuring, implementation, management and servicing of investment funds. ‘Excellent’ team head Joëlle Hauser worked alongside the firm’s Beijing office on the establishment of a European investment fund for the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China that is focused on projects in Central and Eastern Europe. Paul van den Abeele and senior associate Alexander Wagner, who has ‘a high level of law and market knowledge’, are other names to note.

Very talented across the fund formation spectrum’, Elvinger Hoss Prussen has ‘incredible strength-in-depth’ and therefore has the critical mass to handle a considerable volume of matters for clients ranging from boutique investment houses to large international fund promoters. Jerome Wigny is ‘excellent at fund formation work’ and alongside counsel Philippe Burgener recently assisted East Capital Asset Management with the final phase of the concentration of the client’s asset management activities for its European range of funds in Luxembourg through an extension of its license to encompass discretionary portfolio management. Frédérique Lifrange, Jacques Elvinger and Gast Juncker are also recommended.

Linklaters has ‘in-depth knowledge of complex fund structures’ for investment banks, asset managers and global custodians. Emmanuel-Frédéric Henrion excels in real estate fund work and recently advised Valad Investment Management Service on the structuring of its first open-ended real estate investment fund in Luxembourg. Silke Bernard, who is regularly involved in complex and novel fund structures, recently assisted Partners Group with the establishment of its first European long-term investment fund. Hermann Beythan and Freddy Brausch are also recommended.

Baker McKenzie has ‘excellent business knowledge’ of the regulatory and commercial issues impacting the funds industry and acts for promoters, as well as investors, on due diligence issues. The ‘flexible and client-orientedLaurent Fessmann advises real estate, private equity, and hedge funds on structuring, regulatory and investment activity; he and the ‘pragmatic and solutions-orientedCatherine Martougin advised BNP Paribas Real Estate on the structuring and formation of Eurozone Logistics Fund SCS, SICAV-FIS which has a focus on built or soon-to-be developed logistics platforms.

Bonn & Schmitt handles structuring, operational and regulatory issues for UCITS and alternative funds. Corinne Philippe and Amélie Thevenart are assisting the four UCITS of the Fideuram Group on several ongoing matters including the creation and transformation of sub-funds.

Led by Luc Courtois, Bonn Steichen & Partners advises managers and promoters on fund formation, ongoing operational issues and investment activity. Courtois recently secured the necessary regulatory approval to facilitate the merger of two sub-funds of the UCITS Nextam Partners SICAV. Evelyn Maher is also recommended.

Led by Marc Seimetz, Dechert Luxembourg’s four-partner team advises asset managers on local matters and has the ability to help clients ‘better understand and incorporate relevant global/offshore issues’ as a result of its integrated global fund industry expertise. Johan Terblanche is advising on the structuring and launch of a Luxembourg platform fund, which includes seven sub-funds investing in the global private credit space. Praised for his ‘excellent knowledge of the local regulations’, Patrick Goebel provides a ‘very commercial service’.

Headed by Marc Meyers, Loyens & Loeff’s three-partner team provides an ‘outstanding’ service across the panoply of regulatory, transactional and operational issues impacting the alternative funds market. Thibaut Partsch recently advised EQT on the structuring and establishment of a new unregulated Luxembourg private equity fund platform. The ‘creative and knowledgeableMax Welbes is ‘experienced in non-standard structures’, particularly those involving a German nexus.

Chevalier & Sciales has ‘deep knowledge of investment management and laws in Luxembourg’ and expertise relating to the establishment and restructuring of UCITS, SIFs and RAIFs. The ‘knowledgeable and responsiveRémi Chevalier and Olivier Sciales are recommended.

Led by the ‘unflappablePierre Reuter, Hogan Lovells (Luxembourg) LLP has ‘deep industry knowledge’ within the alternative funds sector and provides ‘added value’ on the establishment, marketing and operation of funds.

Headed by Samia Rabia and enhanced in November 2016 by the arrival of the ‘business-savvy’ Antonios Nezeritis from Dechert Luxembourg, Wildgen’s three-partner team provides ‘accurate and in-depth advice’ on the structuring and establishment of fund structures, as well as on associated regulatory matters related to AIFMD and UCITS V.

CMS has expertise across the fund lifecycle including structuring and advice on downstream investments. The addition of new practice head Benoit Rose in July 2017 from a Swiss bank widens the firm’s offering to include UCITS work as well as alternative funds. The ‘excellent’ Vivian Walry also handles funds work as part of his banking and finance practice. Françoise Pfeiffer left the firm.

At Dentons, Jeannette Vaude-Perrin has ‘deep expertise in investment funds regulations and understanding of the industry’ across regulated and unregulated investment vehicles.

At Kleyr Grasso, Patrick Chantrain and counsel Sophie Arvieux have ‘technical knowledge of the law and international regulatory environment’ surrounding private fund structuring and M&A work. Counsel Ulrike Jacquin-Becker has been very active of late advising on UCITS V regulatory matters.

Working closely with corporate, tax and finance practitioners, MNKS has a multi-disciplinary approach to work in the funds sector. Key practitioners include Saskia Myners for private equity work and Basile Fémelat, who is particularly focused on unregulated fund structuring.

NautaDutilh’s team head Ezechiel Havrenne handles alternative investment funds and UCITS structuring, as well as work through the deal life cycle including advice on subsequent investments.

The ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ team at Ogier provides ‘efficient and commercial advice’ on fund formation, regulatory and operational matters. François Pfister is ‘a true thought-leader in private equity/venture capital and alternative asset categories’. The group was strengthened by the arrival of several new hires including counsel James Bermingham, who formerly served as general counsel of a global asset manager and private equity administration group.

Stibbe provides ‘a business-oriented service’ to a growing roster of clients including SouthBridge Europe Mezzanine, Access Capital Partners and European Investment Fund. Team head Renaud Graaas is ‘extremely impressive in the field of closed-ended alternative investment funds’ in terms of fund structuring and in the context of fund review work for large institutional investors.

Vandenbulke is particularly active advising on alternative investment structures where the firm is able to add value by virtue of its cohesive regulatory, tax, corporate and finance offering.

At Charles Russell Speechlys, the ‘well-connected’ David Louis provides ‘solutions-oriented advice’ to alternative investment funds. Louis recently advised Orbis Asset Management on the establishment of an investment vehicle in Luxembourg. Other clients include A&G, Norama Fund and Baum Management.

Benefiting from a strong relationship with the regulator, D.law’s team head Ingrid Dubourdieu is well-placed to effectively advise UCITS and alternative funds on their establishment and operational needs.

Strengthened by the arrival in July 2017 of the ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ Arne Bolch from Clifford Chance, GSK Stockmann (GSK Luxembourg SA) acts for alternative funds and UCITS. Marcus Peter recently advised Hauck & Aufhäuser on the establishment of a RAIF for the purpose of investing in real estate.

LexField has a particular focus advising private equity and real estate funds. The transactional-focused Aldric Grosjean and Pierre-Yves Magerotte, who is a key name for structuring, jointly head the team.

At Linari Law Firm, Vincent Linari-Pierron and Guillame Deflandre provide ‘a solution-oriented approach’ across the gamut of investment structures including RAIFs.

At Luther S.A., ‘smart and responsive’ team head Hervé Leclercq provides ‘practical and reliable’ advice particularly in relation to alternative funds structures. Counsel Julie Thai is also regularly involved in the establishment, restructuring and distribution of UCITS and other regulated or unregulated vehicles.

Praised for its ‘excellent industry knowledge’, Molitor Avocats à la Cour was substantially enhanced by the arrival of the ‘excellentAugustin de Longeaux from Clifford Chance in January 2017. Longeaux has a particular focus on the formation of regulated and unregulated real estate, private equity, debt and infrastructure funds.

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