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Leveraging the firm’s entrenched institutional ties with banks, asset managers, private equity sponsors and corporates, and also able to tap into its large international network of offices, Allen & Overy Luxembourg is a popular choice across a range of transactional and regulatory capital markets and banking work. The ‘excellent’ Henri Wagner recently advised Deutsche Bank on a hybrid financing of French companies guaranteed by a Luxembourg guarantor. Other recommended practitioners include Pierre Schleimer for real estate finance; capital markets specialist Frank Mausen; and André Marc, who focuses on private banking.

Praised for its ‘in-depth banking expertise’, Arendt & Medernach’s eight-partner team has the critical mass to devote two distinct groups of lawyers responsible for handling regulatory advice and transactional work within the banking and finance sector. ‘Excellent on capital markets and structured finance matters’, the team is ‘always abreast of new developments, products and structures’; François Warken and the ‘solution-orientedLaurent Schummer advised SES on a €550m hybrid bond offering. Matthieu Taillandier advised Merrill Lynch, and others, as initial purchasers of a €500m high-yield bond issuance by an international gaming operator. Paul Mousel, Philippe Dupont and Glenn Meyer are also recommended.

Jointly headed by Steve Jacoby and Marc Mehlen, Clifford Chance’s three-partner team provides ‘an excellent service’ to corporates, private equity sponsors and banks on cross-border deals involving a Luxembourg financing structure. Jacoby is also active on restructuring and insolvency and has been a key part of the firm’s global efforts for bondholders and new money providers on Abengoa’s €13bn restructuring. He also advised the lead arrangers on a €450m multicurrency revolving facility agreement for the Belron Group. Christian Kremer is also recommended.

Elvinger Hoss Prussen has the ‘depth of expertise’ to handle diverse transactional and regulatory work for commercial and private banks, corporates and private equity sponsors. François Felten advised Crystal Almond on its €250m high-yield bond offering. The arrival in October 2016 of former Minister of Finance Luc Frieden enhances the team’s offering on the regulatory front. Philippe Hoss, André Hoffmann, Philippe Prussen and Karl Pardaens are also noted.

Linklaters’ four-partner team provides ‘real insight’ to banks, private equity firms and corporates on their financing requirements across the spectrum of general banking, restructuring, structured finance and capital markets transactions. Nicki Kayser recently handled numerous China-related deals, including acting for China Construction Bank on the establishment of a €3bn medium-term note programme and the issuance of €500m notes thereunder. Nicolas Gauzès recently advised JPMorgan as underwriter on the €204m IPO of Balta Group. Patrick Geortay, Melinda Perera, ‘solutions-oriented’ of counsel Janine Biver and managing associate Eliane Dejardin Botelho are also recommended.

Bonn & Schmitt’s two-partner team provides ‘reactive and concise advice’ to financial institutions across a range of transactional and regulatory matters, including debt and equity capital markets issuances and structured finance transactions. Laurent Henneresse has ‘a perfect understanding of real estate finance issues’ and is a key member of the team that also includes Alex Schmitt and Armel Waisse.

Bonn Steichen & Partners is recognised for its capital markets expertise and regularly acts for private equity clients on IPO exits, as well as for issuers and arrangers on debt public issuances and private placements. Laurent Lazard has an excellent reputation for advising on automobile securitisations; Jean Steffen is noted for his IPO expertise; and Evelyn Maher is well versed in equity capital markets transactions and regulatory matters.

The three-partner team at Dentons excels at handling ‘complex structured finance matters’, as well as leveraged and real estate finance deals and debt capital markets mandates. Recent highlights include advising Dana Incorporated on a $400m high-yield bond issuance. Team head Stéphane Hadet was involved in the aforementioned matter and is also increasingly active advising on bridge financing for investment funds. Yann Hilpert is recommended for asset finance.

At the ‘commercial’ four-partner team at Loyens & Loeff, the ‘experiencedJudith Raijmakers advised the syndicate of lenders on the $1.5bn financing of Ternium Investments, part of which was used to finance the acquisition of Thyssenkrupp Slab International. Vassiliyan Zanev has ‘a wealth of experience in structured finance deals’; Anne-Marie Nicolas is ‘client-oriented’; and ‘constructive and helpful’ senior associate Antoine Fortier is responsible for developing the firm’s fund finance offering. Cédric Raffoul, who was promoted to the partnership in January 2017, heads the capital markets team and recently represented Poland's second largest mobile network operator, Play Communications, on its €1bn IPO on the Warsaw stock exchange.

NautaDutilh’s banking and finance team handles a range of financing work for an impressive roster of lender clients including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and ING Bank. Practice head Josée Weydert is regularly engaged in capital markets work and recently advised Raizen Fuels Finance on its $500m high-yield bond offering.

At Kleyr Grasso, Patrick Chantrain provides ‘very accurate advice’ to fund clients including GSO Capital Partners on the financing of investments. ‘Excellent’ team head Rina Breininger and counsel Jérôme Burel regularly assist private equity sponsor TA Associates with the financing arrangements to facilitate investments. Sophie Arvieux is also recommended.

At MNKS, Basile Fémelat provides ‘clear analysis on structured finance matters’ and has handled numerous mandates for originators in multimillion-euro securitisation transactions. Katia Scheidecker is also recommended.

Stibbe’s team ‘punches above its weight’. It handles a range of finance transactions for clients and international law firms, who are increasingly instructing it to advise on the local law aspects of high-yield bond issuances. Gérald Origer and ‘calm and pragmatic’ counsel Jean-Marc Delcour recently advised Rhône Group on the Luxembourg aspects of the bank financing of the €1.2bn acquisition of Zodiac from Carlyle Group.

Headed by the ‘knowledgeable’ Michel Bulach, Wildgen provides ‘a responsive service’ to commercial and private banks, high-net-worth individuals and SMEs engaged in secured lending, debt capital markets and structured finance mandates. Bulach is also noted for his regulatory advice and is aided on this by Charles Krier, who has significant banking regulatory expertise developed through his recent stint on secondment at UniCredit Bank and prior to joining the firm during his time at the Luxembourg Supervisory Authority of the Financial Sector.

Baker McKenzie continues to gain traction in the market and its real estate finance offering was bolstered by the arrival of Jean-François Trapp from MNKS in 2017. Laurent Fessmann regularly handles fund financing and securitisation matters; he recently worked alongside the firm’s Frankfurt office for Société Générale as lead manager and arranger on a €730m securitisation for Red & Black Auto Lease.

The ‘committed and responsive’ team at CMS excels in handling multi-jurisdictional transactions for funds, banks and corporates where it frequently works alongside practitioners across its network of offices. Vivian Walry is recommended for real estate finance.

Vandenbulke provides ‘a partner-led service’ to clients on corporate finance mandates involving a Luxembourg structure. The ‘commercial and pragmaticPeter-Jan Bossuyt and Denis Van den Bulke, who has ‘a very strong finance background’, are noted.

At Brucher Thieltgen & Partners, Nicolas Thieltgen has ‘deep knowledge of the banking and finance sector’ and provides ‘detailed and responsive’ advice across a range of transactions and regulatory work for international and domestic banks.

Hogan Lovells (Luxembourg) LLP often works alongside offices from across its international network to provide ‘a high level of service’ on corporate finance and capital markets transactions. Alongside practitioners from the Frankfurt office, Pierre Reuter and counsel Ariane Mehrshahi Marks advised Raiffeisen Leasing Gesellschaft on its first securitisation of over €438m worth of auto-leasing receivables to investors.

Luther S.A. handles a considerable amount of new money deals and refinancing work for Altice Group including recently advising it on the refinancing of the term-loan credit agreement entered into between, among others, SFR Group as borrower and Ypso Finance and Ypso Holding as guarantors. Former team head Laurent Massinon joined DLA Piper Luxembourg in September 2017.

Led by Michel Molitor, Molitor Avocats à la Cour advises corporates and lenders on financing and refinancing where, as a result of its strong litigation credentials, it is able to effectively draft documentation to avoid potential disputes. The ‘flexible and creativeChan Park advises corporates on equity and debt fundraisings.

At Ogier, team head Fabien Debroise’s wide-ranging finance capability includes acquisition financing mandates as well as refinancing for lenders and borrowers. Debroise also handles debt capital markets work and recently advised Echo Energy on its £20m bond issuance listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange Euro MTF Market.

Although the firm is undoubtedly best known for its investment funds expertise, Chevalier & Sciales also handles capital markets and securitisation work. Rémi Chevalier is the main contact.

DLA Piper Luxembourg’s nascent finance and project finance team has been strengthened by the recent arrival of Laurent Massinon from Luther S.A.. The group is primarily focused on handling multi-jurisdictional finance matters where it is aided by its vast network of offices. The ‘professional and responsive’ Xavier Guzman is also recommended.

Dechert Luxembourg primarily handles financing work for its impressive and growing roster of funds clients. The ‘knowledgeable and capable’ team also handles securitisation transactions. Marc Seimetz and Jean-Louis Frognet are recommended.

At GSK Stockmann (GSK Luxembourg SA), Andreas Heinzmann advised China Merchants Bank Luxembourg on the establishment of a €2.5bn commercial paper programme. The team has also ‘effectively expanded the scope of its expertise to match the evolution of financial markets with changes to financial regulations’.

The ‘knowledgeable and accessible’ team at Linari Law Firm excels in securitisation transactions. Vincent Linari-Pierron has ‘excellent market knowledge’.

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