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    • Nicolas Decker - Decker & Braun
    • Katia Manhaeve - Allen & Overy Luxembourg
    • Cyril Pierre-Beausse - C law

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Led by Katia Manhaeve, Allen & Overy Luxembourg’s six-strong team covers contentious and non-contentious IP and TMT matters including those relating to trade marks, patents and copyrights. Gary Cywie regularly handles IT outsourcing projects for many of the firm’s financial services clients, and Catherine Di Lorenzo has been particularly active handling data protection compliance work.

Arendt & Medernach handles contentious and non-contentious IT and IP matters including an increasing amount of trade mark and domain name disputes work, as well as a significant amount of data protection compliance work in anticipation of the pending EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Sophie Wagner-Chartier and senior associate David Alexandre are now the main contacts following the recent departure of Héloïse Bock. Clients include Roche, Volkswagen and Credit Suisse.

Established in 2013 by IT and data protection expert Cyril Pierre-Beausse, C law acts directly for clients, as well as receiving a growing number of referrals from international law firms. The firm considerably strengthened its team in 2017 with numerous lateral hires - most notably that of IT and data protection expert Elisabeth Guissart from Allen & Overy Luxembourg and former director for e-commerce and information security at the Ministry of Economy Raymond Faber. The group is rounded out by IP specialist Claire Leonelli.

Decker & Braun has expertise handling trade mark and copyright litigation. Marianne Decker and Nicolas Decker are recommended.

Headed by Vincent Wellens and now including four dedicated IP and IT fee-earners following two recent arrivals at an associate level from Arendt & Medernach, NautaDutilh has ‘a strong offering’ across a range of IP infringement matters including trade mark disputes, in addition to IT outsourcing and data protection work.

Headed by the ‘business-oriented’ Emmanuelle Ragot, Wildgen provides ‘a practical service’ to clients across the gamut of IP and data protection matters. Also active in the venture capital space, Ragot spearheads the firm’s multi-disciplinary legal hub for start-ups which assists with IP, commercial and fundraising activities.

As well as advice on traditional IP issues including trade marks and copyright law, Bonn & Schmitt is well regarded for its data protection expertise. Alain Grosjean’s reputation is underscored by his position as the President of the Intellectual Property, Media and Telecommunication Commission, which advises the Luxembourg Bar and comments on draft legislation.

Linklaters provides ‘a client-oriented service’ across IP and TMT issues affecting the e-commerce, telecoms and financial services industries including data protection, regulatory and IT outsourcing advice. ‘Technical and detail-oriented’ team head Olivier Reisch advised KBL European Private Bankers on the drafting and negotiation of the contractual documentation covering data centre-related services entrusted to the European Business Reliance Centre in Luxembourg, which is a leading provider of ICT solutions including cloud services.

Now headed by the ‘responsive and pragmatic’ Audrey Rustichelli following her arrival in November 2016 from Baker McKenzie, MNKS has been active handling data protection compliance projects for corporates in light of the forthcoming GDPR. Katia Scheidecker also regularly advises on e-commerce and outsourcing matters.

Molitor Avocats à la Cour is noted for its ‘comprehensive and succinct advice’ across a range of IT, IP and media law matters. ‘Efficient and pleasant’ senior associate Virginie Liebermann is the primary contact.

Leveraging its overarching litigation experience, Thewes & Reuter regularly handles IP disputes and is representing ICANN in a dispute with Luxembourg-based registrar EuroDNS concerning its alleged non-compliance with specific domain name legislation. Associate Camille Saettel has a particular niche advising on trade mark matters in the sports industry.

At Clifford Chance, counsel Isabelle Comhaire regularly handles data protection work for financial services clients.

At Elvinger Hoss Prussen, Linda Funck regularly handles IP and ICT work; she is acting for innovative Asian restaurant Boonchu (the first so called "fast-casual" restaurant) on its IPR protection and strategy. Patrick Santer handles data protection litigation.

At LG Avocats, Stéphan Le Goueff is noted for his telecoms expertise.

At Loyens & Loeff, generalist commercial and litigation lawyer Véronique Hoffeld, who handles e-commerce, data protection and IP-related commercialisation work, is representing a multinational luxury fashion company in a case concerning alleged breach of copyright and community design infringement.

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  • New anti-money laundering rules in Luxembourg

    On 14 February 2018, the law of 13 February 2018 implementing a substantial part of the 4th anti-money laundering directive (4th AML Directive) was published in the Official Journal of Luxembourg. The law will enter into force on 18 February 2018.
  • Outsourcing made easier: professional secrecy in the financial and insurance sector softened

    Through the law of 27 February 2018 implementing the EU regulation (UE) 2015/751 on interchange commissions for card based payments, which amends various laws relating to the financial sector (and was published in the Luxembourg official gazette on March 1st 2018), the Luxembourg parliament has now relaxed the rules on professional secrecy for banks, investment firms, other regulated professionals of the financial sector, payment institutions, electronic money institutions and insurance undertakings (together the « financial institutions ») to facilitate outsourcing arrangements.
  • 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).
  • 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.

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