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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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