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Arendt & Medernach

41A, AVENUE J.F. KENNEDY, 2082 Luxembourg, L-2082
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Luxembourg

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Arendt & Medernach

The ‘outstanding’ team at Arendt & Medernach is staffed by ‘a pool of highly talented practitioners’ that cover the full spread of work in the area including acquisition finance, structured finance, regulatory mandates and capital markets work. The ‘proactive and solution-orientedMatthieu Taillandier recently advised RBS as senior lender on an acquisition financing provided to an equity consortium led by Venn Partners through a Luxembourg-based securitisation vehicle; he also advised the bank, as arranger and manager, on the Luxembourg securitisation vehicle’s subsequent €480m capital markets refinancing of the initial acquisition debt. Max Kremer and Paul Mouselunderstand the needs of international clients’ and are key members of the team, which also includes François Warken, ‘responsive and practical’ equity capital markets expert Laurent Schummer and ‘rainmakerPhilippe Dupont.

Leading individuals

Paul Mousel - Arendt & Medernach

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Arendt & Medernach

Arendt & Medernach handles a broad range of corporate and commercial work including strategic and private equity-driven M&A, joint ventures and de-listings. The ‘responsive and practicalLaurent Schummer is ‘one of the best M&A lawyers in the market’; alongside Guy Harles, he recently advised China Minsheng Investment on its partnership with Luxaviation. Recently promoted partner Bob Calmes and private equity expert Pierre Beissel are also well regarded in the market.

Leading individuals

Guy Harles - Arendt & Medernach

Laurent Schummer - Arendt & Medernach

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Arendt & Medernach

Headed by the ‘excellentFrançois Kremer, Arendt & Medernach mainly represents financial services clients – including banks, funds and insurance companies – in a range of high-profile commercial litigation at all levels of the civil and commercial courts. Christian Point continues to act for a local insurance company and its UK reinsurer in a coverage dispute regarding a complex bank fraud. Philippe Dupont specialises in banking litigation.

Leading individuals

François Kremer - Arendt & Medernach

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Arendt & Medernach

Leveraging its impressive M&A practice, Arendt & Medernach’s five-strong employment team is frequently engaged to advise on the employment aspects of restructuring and corporate transactions. The team also handles a wide range of standalone employment mandates including collective bargaining, restrictive covenants, and compensation and benefits schemes. Practice head Louis Berns is recommended.

Leading individuals

Louis Berns - Arendt & Medernach

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IP and IT
IP and IT - ranked: tier 1

Arendt & Medernach

Héloïse Bock heads Arendt & Medernach’s practice, which represents domestic and international corporates across the spectrum of IP and TMT matters, including advice on the commercialisation of IP rights, the IP and IT aspects of M&A transactions, as well as discrete trade mark, copyright and patent litigation.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Arendt & Medernach

Arendt & Medernach handles the full array of issues affecting insurance companies including advice on licence applications, new insurance products and passporting rules. Leveraging its strong corporate expertise, the firm is however perhaps best known for M&A work in the sector and recently advised Blackstone on its acquisition of Lombard International Assurance. Practice head Paul Mousel is recommended for transactional and regulatory work, while Christian Point handles insurance litigation.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Arendt & Medernach

With 11 partners focused on the investment funds sector, Arendt & Medernach has the critical mass to handle work throughout the lifecycle of a broad range of funds, including hedge funds and UCITS, as well as real estate and private equity funds. Michèle Eisenhuth has been advising CaixaBank on establishing and operating its first investment fund in Luxembourg. Practice head Claude Kremer, Claude Niedner, Gilles Dusemon and Isabelle Lebbe are recommended.

Leading individuals

Claude Kremer - Arendt & Medernach

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 1

Arendt & Medernach

Benefiting from a strength in depth unmatched by other firms in the market, Arendt & Medernach has the critical mass to advise a vast number of major private equity clients on fund formation and transactional work, in addition to any regulatory issues which may arise. Team head Pierre Beissel recently advised Blackstone on its buyout of Lombard International Assurance from Friends Life Group Limited. Other recommended partners include Marc Elvinger and Sebastien Binard.

Leading individuals

Pierre Beissel - Arendt & Medernach

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Arendt & Medernach

Arendt & Medernach has ‘excellent coverage of the real estate market’, where it represents local and international clients. The firm is also noted for its ‘top-notch’ practice in relation to the establishment and structuring of real estate investment funds; Claude Niedner is ‘superb at real estate funds work’ and is regularly involved along with Pierre Beissel and Gilles Dusemon on real estate fund formation mandates. Christian Point has more of a traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ focus to his practice and also handles real estate litigation.

Leading individuals

Claude Niedner - Arendt & Medernach

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Arendt & Medernach

Arendt & Medernach’s four-partner team provides ‘strength in depth’ across a broad range of tax issues and is able to provide a significant degree of specialisation. Thierry Lesage and Alain Goebel are primarily engaged in the tax issues associated with private equity and real estate fund structuring and transactions; Eric Fort mainly advises on private wealth; and Bruno Gasparotto leads on VAT work. Clients include Bain Capital, Credit Suisse and Highbridge.

Leading individuals

Eric Fort - Arendt & Medernach

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    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.
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