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    • Nicolas Decker - Decker & Braun
    • Katia Manhaeve - Allen & Overy Luxembourg

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Allen & Overy Luxembourg handles a broad spectrum of IP and IT issues affecting its corporate clients, particularly those in the financial sector. The team is headed by the ‘brilliant’ Katia Manhaeve, who handles contentious and non-contentious trade mark, patent and copyright issues, and includes Catherine Di Lorenzo, who has a burgeoning IT and e-commerce practice, and counsel Gary Cywie, who is noted for his IT outsourcing work for financial services clients. Di Lorenzo is assisting a major online payment services provider with the Luxembourg banking regulatory and data protection law aspects relating to a project for migration of their EU data and applications into the public cloud.

Headed by the ‘very knowledgeableHéloïse Bock, the ‘professional and well-connected’ team at Arendt & Medernach handles the gamut of IP and TMT matters including data protection and privacy issues. Bock is also regularly involved in IP-related due diligence arising from M&A transactions and plays a key role in the firm’s initiative with regards to start-ups in the ICT sector.

The ‘excellent’ team at Decker & Braun is particularly noted for its strength in contentious matters. Nicolas Decker has vast experience in the market and is widely recognised as the ‘dean of IP in Luxembourg’.

Led by the outstanding’ Emmanuelle Ragot, Wildgen, Partners in Law provides ‘accurate and practical advice’ across a myriad IP and TMT matters including on data protection, e-commerce issues and trade mark infringement. Ragot continues to represent an international shoe company in litigation brought against counterfeited products.

Bonn & Schmitt’s ‘well-regarded practice’ advises clients on the commercialisation of their IP, as well as acting for them in litigation. The firm is also well versed in e-commerce law. Alain Grosjean is recommended.

C law was founded in 2013 by ‘outstanding’ IT and data protection specialist Cyril Pierre-Beausse, and is one of the few IP/IT boutiques in the country. The firm was bolstered in August 2016 by the arrival of ‘responsive and helpful’ IP specialist Claire Leonelli from Molitor Avocats à la Cour.

At boutique firm LG Avocats, Stéphan Le Goueff is noted for his telecoms sector expertise, where he is ‘very well respected, both domestically and internationally’.

Headed by counsel Olivier Reisch, Linklaters provides IP and TMT advice to many of the firm’s corporate clients, often in the context of multi-jurisdictional projects.

Katia Scheidecker heads the team at MNKS and has a strong reputation handling a range of IP and TMT matters including issues relating to e-commerce and outsourcing. Also recommended is employment partner Marielle Stevenot, who is well versed in data protection issues. Rima Guillen left the firm in 2016.

Molitor Avocats à la Cour handles a range of work, including e-commerce and data protection mandates. The team is now headed by senior associate Claire Denoual following Claire Leonelli’s departure at the end of August 2016 to C law.

Led by the ‘outstandingVincent Wellens, NautaDutilh’s three-strong team advises clients on contentious and non-contentious IP work, in addition to TMT-related matters including the preparation of IT outsourcing projects. Wellens is representing Bose in litigation brought against a major international supermarket chain for alleged violation of a selective distribution system.

Leveraging the firm’s litigation expertise, Thewes & Reuter is particularly noted for its capability in IP disputes and is regularly engaged in trade mark and copyright infringement cases. Marc Thewes is representing ICANN in a dispute with Luxembourg-based registrar EuroDNS concerning its alleged non-compliance with specific domain name legislation.

At Baker McKenzie, senior associate Audrey Rustichelli has ‘strong knowledge of data protection issues’.

Clifford Chance regularly advises financial services clients on data protection and data privacy issues. Counsel Isabelle Comhaire is the main contact.

Elvinger Hoss Prussen handles a range of e-commerce, data protection, IP and IT outsourcing agreements work. Linda Funck and Pit Reckinger recently advised Quilvest on the drafting of a range of IT contracts pursuant to an upgrade of its IT system.

Headed by Véronique Hoffeld, Loyens & Loeff’s practice provides pan-Benelux IP and IT advice and has assisted numerous companies on trade mark registrations with the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property.

Stibbe regularly handles the IP aspects of corporate transactions in IP-rich industries. The firm also benefits from offices in Brussels and Amsterdam and is therefore a strong choice for clients seeking a one-stop Benelux service.

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Legal Developments in Luxembourg for IP and IT

  • Luxembourg IP Tax Regime Repealed

    Bill No 6900 for the budget for 2016, presented on 14 October 2015 by the Luxembourg Minister of Finance Pierre Gramegna, is about to be adopted. It repeals the existing business-friendly tax regime encouraging the exploitation of intellectual property rights (“IPRs”) as from 1 July 2016, with a transitional period beginning on 1 July 2016 and ending on 30 June 2021.
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  • Luxembourg’s one-euro company provides major incentive for entrepreneurs

    Luxembourg’s law of July 23, 2016, which came into force on January 16, 2017, creates an incentive for entrepreneurs to establish a business in the grand duchy by introducing the simplified private limited liability company (société à responsabilité limitée simplifiée or Sàrl-S) – also known as the one-euro company.
  • ESMA sets out new rules for UCITS share classes

    On January 30, the European Securities and Markets Authority issued an opinion on the minimum principles that management companies must apply when establishing different UCITS share classes. The opinion is aimed at ensuring a harmonised approach throughout the EU, where different national approaches have been observed up to now.
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    The European Securities and Markets Authority has updated its Q&A documents on details of the UCITS rules in November of this year with two additional queries regarding the interpretation of investment limits when a UCITS invests in an umbrella fund.
  • Modernisation of Luxembourg Company Law: changes affecting the S.à r.l.

    The law of 10 August 2016 modernising the law concerning commercial companies of 10 August 1915 and amending the Civil Code as well as the law of 19 December 2002 on the register of commerce and companies and the accounting and annual accounts of companies (the “Law”), entered into force on 23 August 2016. The Law is immediately applicable for all newly incorporated companies. Existing companies have been granted a period of 24 months to adapt their articles of association. The below is a summary of the main changes which affect private limited liability companies (“société à responsabilité limitée” (“S.àr.l.”)):
  • Luxembourg regulator updates rules for UCITS depositaries

    Luxembourg’s Financial Sector Supervisory Authority (CSSF) has issued on October 11, 2016 Circular 16/644, which sets out revised rules applicable to all Luxembourg credit institutions acting as depositary banks for UCITS funds as well as to all Luxembourg UCITS, including self-managed funds, and/or their management companies. The circular sets out regulatory requirements clarifying rules under the updated Luxembourg investment fund law implementing the UCITS V directive, which came into force on June 1, and the European Commission’s Level 2 delegated regulation EU2016/438 regarding the obligations of depositaries, as well as various other matters.
  • UCITS V regulation on depositaries’ obligations comes into force

    The Commission’s delegated regulation (EU) 2016/438 of December 17, 2015, which updates the UCITS regime provisions on the obligations of depositaries, has taken effect as of October 13. The UCITS V Level 2 regulation sets out detailed uniform rules in particular regarding the duties of the depositaries of UCITS funds. The regulation lays down requirements regarding depositaries’ duties, delegation arrangements and the liability regime for UCITS assets under custody, designed to provide a high level of investor protection.
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  • Investment Funds: shielding from the new supervision paradigm

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  • Reserved alternative investment funds (the “RAIF”) for EU and third-country AIFMs

    The RAIF benefits from flexibility in terms of legal structuring, and from all the advantages known to the SIF and SICAR regimes: umbrella structure, toolbox assembly approach and the “well-informed” investor concept. Please refer to our newsflash, to get all the details about the RAIF.

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