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Baker McKenzie

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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

André Pesch - Baker McKenzie

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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

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  • ESMA issues new updates to UCITS and AIFMD Q&As

    The European Securities and Markets Authority has issued fresh updates on October 5 to its Questions and Answers documents containing guidance on and interpretation of the EU’s Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) and Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) regimes. ESMA says the Q&A documents aim to promote common supervisory approaches and practices in the practical application of the various UCITS directives and the AIFMD through responses to questions posed by industry members and regulators themselves.
  • VAT in the GCC – Q&A updates from the UAE Ministry of Finance

    On 9 July the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Finance (MOF) published an update of the Value Added Tax (VAT) FAQ section of its website.     
  • Foreign issuers on Luxembourg Stock Exchange must now provide LEI codes

    The Luxembourg Stock Exchange now requires all domestic and foreign issuers operating on the regulated market, the Bourse de Luxembourg, or its Euro MTF multilateral trading facility, to provide the exchange with their legal entity identifier codes. The exchange has called on foreign issuers to check the ongoing validity of their LEI codes with local operating units designated by different countries and to send them to the exchange by e-mail to .
  • New Tax Procedures Law in the UAE

    On 31 July 2017, the President of the United Arab Emirates (the “UAE ”) issued the new Tax Procedures Law (the “Law ”). This Law contributes to build the UAE’s tax system, to regulate the administration and collection of taxes and most importantly, to clarify the respective rights and obligations between the Federal Tax Authority (the “FTA ”) and the taxpayer.
  • Confirmation of the end of the VAT exemption regime for financial IGPs

    Following the Luxembourg case C-274/15, the series of cases relating to the scope of the cost-sharing VAT exemption also referred to as “Independent Group of Persons” (“IGP”) continues with the release today of three judgements by the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJUE”): Aviva (C-605/15), DNB Banka (C-326/15) and European Commission v Federal Republic of Germany (C-616/15).
  • Luxembourg law on the exploration and use of space resources entered into force

    The Luxembourg law on the exploration and use of space resources of 20 July 2017 entered into force on 2 August 2017 and placed Luxembourg among the most innovative space-oriented nations in the world.
  • UAE domestic VAT law released!

    On 27 August 2017, the United Arab Emirates (the " UAE ") published the text of its domestic Value Added Tax (the " VAT ") Law, shortly after releasing the text of its Excise Tax Law last week, and the Federal Tax Procedures Law earlier this month. It will be followed by implementing regulations, which will provide more detail on application of the VAT Law.
  • ICLG 4th edition - Corporate Immigration 2017

    As Luxembourg is gaining increasing success in international mobility and business immigration , the applicable legal framework has been recently adapted by introducing several new categories of residence permits in Luxembourg, including a residence permit for investors.
  • Posting of workers and its implications for posting companies - New law

    A revision of the Posting Directive became necessary after it proved that the Posting Directive contained numerous pitfalls in the past. In some cases it turned out that companies posting employees were only “letterbox companies” without any substance. In other cases, situations where concerned employees’ rights were being circumvented were unveiled.
  • CSSF provides guidance on PRIIPs KID for Luxembourg alternative funds

    In the latest update of its Frequently Asked Questions document on the legislation governing alternative investment fund managers, published on July 6, 2017, Luxembourg financial regulator CSSF has addressed issues raised by the introduction in January 2018 of the European Union’s regulation on Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products and its requirement for such products to provide investors with a Key Information Document.