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Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Headed by Laurent Fessmann, Baker McKenzie provides ‘solution-oriented advice’ to clients engaged in debt and equity capital markets and securitisation work. The team has a strong reputation advising on asset-backed security (ABS) transactions within the automotive industry; working alongside the German office, it recently advised LeasePlan Deutschland on its €549m securitisation of lease receivables and auto residual values. Martin Michard joined in March 2016 from

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Thanks in part to its wide-ranging international network, Baker McKenzie’s two-partner team is well placed to represent corporates and private equity firms on cross-border M&A. Working alongside colleagues from the firm’s Germany offices, practice head Jean-François Findling represented RWE and E.ON on the joint sale of their minority stakes in Luxembourg utility Enovos. Torsten Schmitt is also recommended.

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IP and IT
IP and IT - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

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

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Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie represents a growing roster of domestic and international insurance companies on their day-to-day operational needs, as well as providing advice on product development and insurance-related M&A. Jean-François Findling heads the team, which was recently strengthened by the arrival of senior associate Andrea Sabine Schmid, formerly general counsel at Zurich Eurolife.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s two-partner team provides ‘pragmatic and solutions-oriented advice’ to many of the largest and most sophisticated independent global fund managers and bank-affiliated asset managers. Team head Laurent Fessmann (who provides ‘succinct and efficient’ advice) continues to represent the real estate arm of BNP Paribas with several subscriptions from prestigious investors and the acquisition of the fund’s target portfolio of real estate assets. The team was strengthened by the arrival in September 2016 of ‘respected and well-established funds lawyerCatherine Martougin from the Paris office of Jones Day.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Headed by Jean-François Findling, Baker McKenzie’s seven-strong team advises funds, end-users and investors across the spectrum of commercial, residential and retail real estate transactions. ‘Very productive’ corporate partner Torsten Schmitt recently advised Corpus Sireo (a Luxembourg SICAV-SIF) on the €120m sale of four Germany-based care retirement home portfolios.

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Tax - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Clients praise Baker McKenzie’s ‘world-class’ service, which covers international tax planning and tax structuring issues associated with fund formation and M&A transactions. Team head André Pesch is a ‘seasoned tax lawyer with an extensive knowledge of Luxembourg’s tax legislation’ and excels at ‘handling complex multinational tax issues’. Antonio Weffer specialises in transfer pricing matters and is also recommended.

Leading individuals

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Legal Developments by:
Baker McKenzie LLP

  • The New Turkish Code of Obligations: Important Changes for Leases of Residential & Business Premises

    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
    - Esin Attorney Partnership

Legal Developments in Luxembourg

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • 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.
  • Reorganised Luxembourg law on commercial companies comes into force

    A revised version of Luxembourg’s law on commercial companies, originally dating from August 10, 2015, came into force on December 19, 2017, following its publication in the grand duchy’s official gazette (Mémorial A no. 1066) on December 2015 (the “Company Law”.
  • The amended EuVECA and EuSEF Regulations

    Regulation (EU) 2017/1991 amending regulations (EU) No 345/2013 on European Venture Capital Funds (EuVECAs) and (EU) No 346/2013 on European Social Entrepreneurship Funds (EuSEFs) (together, the “Regulations ”) has been published today in the Official Journal of the European Union and will be applicable as of 1 March 2018.
  • MiFID II: are you ready?

    With less than 30 days to go before the new MiFID II regime will be rolled out, funds and management companies/AIFM are increasingly concerned as to how they will be impacted:
  • Registers of beneficial ownership: new rules to be implemented soon

    The draft laws implementing AMLD 4 set out strict rules to allow for protection against improper access to the information on BOs.
  • 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).
  • New Circular Letter on stock option plans

    ​As announced by the Luxembourg Finance Minister in his presentation of the 2018 budget bill, the government introduced certain amendments to the current tax regime of stock option plans. In particular, the valuation of freely negotiable options will be increased as of 1 January 2018 from 17.5% to 30% of the value of the underlying stock.
  • Loi modifiée du 10 août 1915 concernant les sociétés commerciales-version consolidée au 19 déc

    We would like to draw your attention to the release of an official coordinated version of the amended law of 10 August 1915 on commercial companies.
  • Back to 2017 - Forward to 2018

    2017 was a busy year, not least in respect of legal and regulatory changes that may impact your business. We are pleased to provide you with an overview of the major legal and regulatory developments under Luxembourg and EU law.