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Arendt & Medernach

HEAD OFFICE, 41A AVENUE JF 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

With two distinct teams (numbering eight partners in total) focusing on regulatory and transactional work in the banking and finance sector,¬†Arendt & Medernach¬†has the strength-in-depth to provide an all-encompassing service to an impressive roster of financial institutions, including Credit Suisse, UBS, Natixis and HSBC. The 'excellent'¬†Paul Mousel¬†and¬†Pierre-Micha√ęl de Waersegger¬†are well regarded for their regulatory knowledge and have been providing high-level strategic advice to a raft of insurance companies, including AIG Insurance and RSA Insurance Group, on their relocation strategies in light of Brexit. On the transactional front,¬†Gr√©gory Minne¬†recently advised HSBC and Barclays on the ¬£420m English-law governed margin facility granted to Global City Theatres in order to facilitate its investment in Cineworld's rights issue.¬†Fran√ßois Warken¬†is 'very¬†strong on the capital markets/structured finance front', and is a key practitioner that also includes debt capital markets experts¬†Matthieu Taillandier¬†and the 'vastly knowledgeable'¬†Philippe Dupont, and¬†Laurent Schummer, who specialises in equity capital markets matters. Other recommended practitioners include¬†Marc Mouton, who has developed a strong reputation for fintech regulatory issues, and¬†Glenn Meyer, whose broad-ranging regulatory expertise frequently sees him instructed on discrete standalone matters as well as on the regulatory issues concomitant to financial services M&A.

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

With critical mass and expertise across a myriad of sectors, including financial services and technology, Arendt & Medernach remains extremely visible in the market for Luxembourg-related structuring aspects of cross-border M&A mandates. The 'solution-focused' Laurent Schummer recently advised Compagnie Nationale à Portefeuille on its acquisition of a majority stake in Caffitaly from Alpha Private Equity. Guy Harles has an excellent perspective on international M&A mandates, particularly on matters with an Asian nexus; he recently represented Deutsche Bank on the sale of Sal. Oppenheim’s Luxembourg-integrated white-label asset servicing and depositary bank business to Hauck &Aufhäuse, a wholly-owned subsidiary of leading Chinese investment firm Fosun. The return of Bob Calmes to Luxembourg in July 2017, following several years heading up the New York office, bolsters the team's offering across a range of industry sectors, including space and satellites, where alongside Schummer he has developed a strong reputation. Other clients include Audi, Apax Partners, Crédit Suisse and Rocket Internet.

Leading individuals

Guy Harles - Arendt & Medernach

Laurent Schummer  - Arendt & Medernach

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Arendt & Medernach

Able to tap into the substantive law expertise of practitioners across the firm's full-service offering, Arendt & Medernach provides an 'excellent service' to clients across the panoply of litigation, including as it relates to general commercial, white-collar, tax and IP disputes. François Kremer and Clara Mara-Marhuenda are particularly accomplished at asset recovery for foreign and domestic clients; they recently successfully represented an investment group, at first instance, on the validity of the enforcement of a pledge over the Luxembourg holding company of a French restaurant chain. Kremer and Mara-Marhuenda also continue to represent custodian banks in the Madoff fraud case. The 'outstanding' Christian Point and Marianne Rau are recommended for their public law and real estate litigation expertise.

Leading individuals

François Kremer - Arendt & Medernach

Next Generation Partners

Clara Mara-Marhuenda - Arendt & Medernach

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Arendt & Medernach

Led by the 'responsive' Louis Berns, Arendt & Medernach's seven-strong team provides 'accurate and timely advice' across the gamut of contentious and non-contentious matters to domestic and institutional clients, primarily from the financial services and industrial sectors. Berns is advising a global financial services entity on a collective redundancy process and in its negotiations of a social plan agreement with the trade unions. The 'excellent' Philippe Schmit is the other partner within the team and, as well as regularly advising on the employment issues associated with restructurings and reorganisations, is very adept at handling remuneration matters including share option plans.

Leading individuals

Louis Berns - Arendt & Medernach

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IP and IT
IP and IT - ranked: tier 1

Arendt & Medernach

Praised for its 'willingness to go the extra mile for its clients', Arendt & Medernach provides 'business-focused and solution-oriented advice' to its impressive roster of corporate clients (including Volkswagen, Credit Suisse and ArcelorMittal) across the waterfront of contentious and non-contentious IP and IT matters.  In addition to boasting substantial experience in relation to the commercialisation of IPR, as well as on IT and outsourcing matters, team head Sophie Wagner-Chartier has been particularly active of late advising businesses (particularly within the financial services sector) on GDPR compliance.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Arendt & Medernach

'Market leading in the jurisdiction',¬†Arendt & Medernach¬†combines deep regulatory knowledge with corporate expertise to provide a compelling offering to insurance entities across M&A in the sector, advice on establishing new products and on licensing requirements.¬†Pierre-Micha√ęl de Waersegger¬†and¬†Paul Mousel¬†have an excellent reputation in the market and have been acting for numerous insurance companies on relocation strategies in light of Brexit.¬†Christian Point¬†handles a range of insurance litigation, including coverage disputes.

Leading individuals

Christian Point  - Arendt & Medernach

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Arendt & Medernach

The 'results-oriented and commercial' team at Arendt & Medernach has 'very broad knowledge' of both unregulated and regulated funds. The firm is, however, best-known for its prowess in the UCITS area, and is able to deploy vast resources focused on the regulatory, structuring and operational needs of clients. The 'knowledgeable and professional' Isabelle Lebbe is a 'joy to work with', and has been providing ongoing advice to Generali on the day-to-day management and development of their UCITS and alternative products in Luxembourg. Praised for her 'clarity of thought', Florence Stainier is developing an excellent rapport with clients, including Merrill Lynch Investment Solutions, which she recently assisted in the creation of a UCITS sub-fund, which gains exposure to commodities by purchasing eligible delta-one fund-linked notes. Claude Kremer and Claude Niedner both have excellent reputations for UCITS-related work, in particular, and are pivotal members of the team that also includes alternative funds expert, Gilles Dusemon, and the 'analytical and knowledgeable' Henning Schwabe.

Leading individuals

Claude Kremer - Arendt & Medernach

Gilles Dusemon - Arendt & Medernach

Next Generation Partners

Florence Stainier - Arendt & Medernach

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 1

Arendt & Medernach

Well-versed in the regulatory framework underpinning the industry, Arendt & Medernach is well-positioned to provide 'clear and commercial advice' on the cross-border transactions handled by an impressive roster of private equity sponsors, including Bain Capital, Carlyle Group and Blackstone. Recent transactional highlights include Sébastien Binard's work for Bain Capital on the acquisition of Dutch design company Bugaboo International, and Pierre Beissel's representation of Blackstone on the acquisition and financing of Cirsa, a leading gaming and leisure company in Spain and Latin America.

Leading individuals

Pierre Beissel - Arendt & Medernach

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

Arendt & Medernach

Able to call upon the expertise of lawyers from complementary practice areas, including investment funds and corporate,¬†Arendt & Medernach¬†provides a 'knowledgeable and supportive service' to real estate entities at every stage of the value chain of their projects.¬†Christian Point¬†has 'vast knowledge of all aspects related to real estate and construction'; he recently advised Allianz¬†on the ‚ā¨178m acquisition of the Vertigo Real Estate Complex.¬†Pierre Beissel¬†regularly handles transactional work for real estate funds/investors, including¬†SIGNA Prime Selection, which he advised on its acquisition of a real estate portfolio across Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Munich from RFR Holding.¬†Claude Niedner¬†is recommended for real estate fund structuring.

Leading individuals

Christian Point  - Arendt & Medernach

Claude Niedner  - Arendt & Medernach

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Arendt & Medernach

Arendt & Medernach's five-partner team has sufficient strength-in-depth to provide broad-ranging tax expertise on standalone advisory work, as well as M&A and investment-fund-related structuring matters.¬†Thierry Lesage¬†regularly provides the tax input in relation to alternative investment fund structures established by the firm, and recently advised Swiss telecoms provider,¬†Swisscom,¬†on the establishment of an unregulated alternative investment fund - the ‚ÄúDigital Transformation Fund‚ÄĚ. As well as providing tax advice in the context of private wealth matters,¬†Eric Fort¬†is often involved in real estate and private equity-related tax matters.¬†Jan Neugebauer¬†has broad-ranging national and international tax expertise, and is a key member of a team that also includes VAT expert,¬†Bruno Gasparotto, and transfer pricing specialist¬†Alain Goebel.

Leading individuals

Eric Fort - Arendt & Medernach

Next Generation Partners

Jan Neugebauer - Arendt & Medernach

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