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Allen & Overy Luxembourg's 'responsive and professional' three-partner team has the expertise to 'solve complex M&A and structuring issues' for corporates, funds and banks. Benefiting from strong transactional and regulatory expertise, the group has been an integral part of multi-office teams involved in big-ticket financial services M&A. Marc Feider recently advised Nordea Bank on the sale of its Luxembourg-based private banking business to UBS Europe. The 'client-friendly and proactive' Peter Myners  regularly handles M&A work within the asset management industry, including his recent representation of Oaktree Capital Management on the sale of its portfolio company SACO Property Group to the Aparthotels Group. Fabian Beullekens and recently promoted partner Jacques Graas are also recommended.

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.

Clifford Chance‚Äôs two-partner team has been particularly active recently handling high-profile financial services M&A. Managing partner¬†Christian Kremer¬†advised Precision Capital on the ‚ā¨1.5bn sale of its majority stake in Banque Internationale √† Luxembourg to Beyond Leap, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed investment group Legend Holdings.¬†Katia Gauz√®s¬†regularly handles private equity and real estate-related M&A transactions and is also recommended.

Benefiting from strong ties with numerous clients in the asset-management industry, as well as corporates (including several Luxembourg-listed entities), the 'knowledgeable, pragmatic and efficient' team at Elvinger Hoss Prussen continues to handle a tremendous volume and range of corporate work. Toinon Hoss has a strong reputation within the private equity industry, and recently provided the local law advice to Cinven on its acquisition of Chryso. Patrick Santer is also very active in the private equity space, particularly on behalf of BC Partners, which he recently advised on its acquisition of PlusServe. Pit Reckinger has vast experience across a range of public and private M&A, as well as ongoing corporate governance advice and is a key member of the team that also includes recently promoted partner Thierry Kauffman.

Operating with significant strength-in-depth out of Luxembourg and also able to leverage the expertise of practitioners spread across its huge global network,¬†Linklaters' three-partner team is regularly involved in the highest-profile mandates in the market.¬†Manfred M√ľller¬†regularly handles investments and exits on behalf of private equity sponsors, including Triton, which he recently advised on the IPO of portfolio company Befesa on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Recently promoted partner¬†R√©my Bonneau's broad-ranging corporate expertise includes work for corporates, private equity sponsors and sovereign wealth funds.¬†Nicolas Gauz√®s¬†is also recommended.

Baker McKenzie's two-partner team is able to lead on local M&A and also provide a valuable resource to the firm's wider international network for big-ticket cross-border transactions implementing Luxembourg investment vehicles. Team head Jean-François Findling is active across both private equity and public M&A; he recently provided the Luxembourg structuring advice to Turkey-focused private equity firm Actera on its acquisition of a majority stake in Korozo Ambalaj. Recently promoted partner Elodie Duchêne is recommended for private equity M&A.

Praised for its ability 'to understand the needs of foreign clients', Bonn & Schmitt has excellent traction among numerous international private equity firms, including Capvis and Cerberus, and acts for them on their M&A activity and disposals. Frédéric Lemoine has recently handled a number of matters for EQT, including on its $2.5bn acquisition, via a Luxembourg investment platform, of SUSE from Microfocus Group. 'Very committed' senior counsel Chantal Keereman is also recommended.

Led by the 'commercial and client-focused'¬†G√©rard Ma√ģtrejean,¬†Dentons' two-partner¬†team provides a 'responsive and attentive service' to multinational corporates and private equity sponsors on their M&A activity with a Luxembourg nexus.¬†Ma√ģtrejean recently advised Dubai Aerospace on its ¬£5.8m acquisition of AWAS.¬†Shaohui Zhang¬†heads the office's China desk and regularly acts for Chinese investors and companies on their Luxembourg activity. Managing counsel¬†Pawel HermeliŇĄski¬†is also recommended. Other clients include Johnson Control, Covalis Capital and Dana Holding.

Now with four partners who focus on corporate and commercial matters, following the arrival in July 2018 of the 'knowledgeable and responsive'¬†Delphine Temp√©¬†from¬†Dentons,¬†KLEYR GRASSO¬†has the strength-in-depth to handle a tremendous volume and range of work for a growing roster of corporates and funds. The 'highly skilled and practical'¬†Rina Breininger¬†regularly handles work for TA Associates, including on its¬†partial acquisition, via a Luxembourg holding structure, of the France-based Solabia Group. Jean-Paul Spang¬†and counsel J√©r√īme Burel¬†are also recommended. Patrick Chantrain left the firm.

Loyens & Loeff has a 'real focus on the end product' and provides 'superb advice' to private equity sponsors and corporates, including Bain Capital, Allergan and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, on domestic and cross-border M&A. Thierry Lohest recently advised JC Flowers on its sale of Luxembourg-based life insurance company OneLife to APICIL Group. Guy Palmaers represented Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, as part of a consortium, on the acquisition of CeramTec Group from Cinven. Michael Scott is a 'leader when it comes to implementing complex private market strategies' and is a key member of the team that also includes recently promoted partner Siobhán McCarthy.

At Bonn Steichen & Partners, Pierre-Alexandre Degehet regularly handles M&A transactions and commercial activity for private equity sponsors, corporates and start-ups, including advice to fintech companies on the burgeoning area of initial coin offerings (ICOs). Degehet is also well-versed in corporate governance matters, and recent work has included representation of the minority shareholders of Gagfah regarding their rights and potential protection against a merger with Deutsche Annigton decided by the majority shareholder of the company.

Regularly working alongside key international offices (including London and Germany), and also handling more ongoing local commercial work, Hogan Lovells (Luxembourg) LLP is 'doing very well in the market' and picking up an increasing volume of mandates for private equity sponsors and corporates. Team head Marc Elvinger regularly advises private equity firms and real estate funds on their M&A activity; he recently acted for Charterhouse Capital Partners on its acquisition of a majority stake in Belgian pharmaceuticals business SERB. Counsel Alexander Koch is also recommended and is a key member of a growing team that recently welcomed the arrival of senior associate Emmanuel Lamaud from Allen & Overy Luxembourg.

The 'responsive and client-focused team' at¬†Luther S.A.¬†provides 'commercial advice' to corporates and private equity firms, including Altice Group, Beechbrook and Sun Capital. The 'responsive and pragmatic'¬†Selim Souissi¬†advised Carlyle on its¬†‚ā¨900m acquisition of ADB Safegate from PAI Partners. The 'outstanding'¬†Eric Sublon¬†has 'some amazing relationships at the owner/CEO level of very large companies' and has¬†the 'experience and common sense to make things happen when needed'.¬†The 'solution-oriented'¬†Mathieu Laurent¬†and 'very¬†promising young partner'¬†Aur√©lien Latouche¬†are also recommended.

NautaDutilh's three-partner team is firmly plugged in to the private equity ecosystem and regularly advises clients, including Alchemy Partners, Argand Partners and Carlyle Group, on the Luxembourg structuring pursuant to their investments. Recent highlights include Yoanna Stefanova's representation of Marathon Asset Management on the acquisition of a real estate portfolio (shopping centers) in Spain and Italy, and Margaretha Wilkenhuysen's advice to Grupo Cimcorp (as one of the investors) on the acquisition of Getronics' global operations in the Netherlands and the US.

Headed by Catherine Baflast, PwC Legal Luxembourg' three-partner team provides expertise across the gamut of corporate and commercial matters, and is seen as a 'reliable alternative to the established big law firms'. The 'responsive and business-oriented' Saskia Myners excels in private equity-led M&A, and is a key member of the team that also includes the 'excellent' Katia Scheidecker, whose client base includes US e-commerce and telecoms businesses.

Displaying 'excellent knowledge of Luxembourg laws and practice', Stibbe provides a 'reactive and responsive service' to private equity sponsors on the Luxembourg structures underpinning their M&A activity. Gérald Origer  'stands out' at the practice and has recently handled a raft of work for Investindustrial, including on its acquisition of Benvic Group through Luxembourg and French acquisition vehicles. Claire-Marie Darnand is also recommended, while counsel Michael Meylan handles a range of transactional and day-to-day corporate and commercial matters.

Headed by 'trusted advisor' Nicolas Bernardy, Brucher Thieltgen & Partners' two-partner team provides a 'friendly, pragmatic and efficient service' to local and international entities across the spectrum of corporate, commercial and restructuring work. Jean Brucher is also recommended.

Clément Konrad & Partners provides a 'responsive and pragmatic service' across a range of corporate and commercial work, including as it relates to joint venture structuring and M&A activity. Christophe Clément handles a significant amount of corporate work for Aberdeen Standard, including recently advising it on the sale of a portfolio of Luxembourg companies holding real estate in Germany. The 'entrepreneurial and proactive' Jens Konrad  is also recommended.

Led by the 'outstanding' Raphael Collin , the 'high-quality and quick to react' team at CM Law provides an 'exceptional service' to private equity sponsors, in particular, on the structuring of their international transactions utilising a Luxembourg investment vehicle.

Able to leverage the firm's wide international network on cross-border mandates, CMS provides a 'flexible and dynamic service' to SMEs and larger corporates across a range of corporate and commercial matters, and real estate-related asset and share M&A transactions. 'Very commercial' team head Julien Leclère and counsel Sylvain Elias are recommended.

Praised for its 'cross-functional approach', which draws from the firm's funds and tax expertise, in particular, D.Law provides a 'proactive' and 'business-focused' service to corporates across a range of matters, including on debt restructuring and ongoing corporate governance matters. Jean-Philippe Drescher is recommended.

Dechert Luxembourg regularly provides the downstream investment advice on behalf of the firm's first-rate roster of funds clients, and is appreciated for its 'ability to drive matters forward with counterparties'. Jean-Louis Frognet is recommended. Clients include AGC Equity Partners and Columna Capital.

At DLA Piper Luxembourg, Catherine Pogorzelski leverages her fund expertise to provide structuring advice to private equity sponsors on their cross-border investments (where the firm is able to leverage the vast network of offices). Clients include Oakley Capital, AXA and TMF.

Led by Luxembourg and German-qualified partner Mario Di Stefano, DSM Avocats A La Cour has experience on M&A matters for both private equity and corporate clients. Renaud Le Squeren  has a particular focus on real-estate-related corporate matters.

Led by Bernard Felten, Felten & Associes' corporate team provides a 'pragmatic and agile' service to clients engaged in cross-border real estate-related M&A, as well as an increasing amount of corporate work on behalf of tech start-ups.

At MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL, Chan Park is the principal contact for M&A and general corporate and commercial work. Philippe Thiebaud is another key practitioner for private equity-led transactional led work. The firm is also noted for handling corporate disputes.

As the first offshore law firm to establish an office in Luxembourg, Ogier has established a significant foothold in the market, and is regularly instructed by private equity sponsors to provide structuring advice on their international M&A activity. Team head Bertrand Geradin is recommended.

Praised for its 'reliable, reactive and thorough service', TS&P has made an immediate impression in the market and has picked up a significant amount of work for private equity and venture capital clients, in particular. The 'outstanding' Torsten Schmitt provides 'technically brilliant advice', and heads a team that also includes 'excellent' associate Sabine Brandes.

At VANDENBULKE, Laurence Jacques is the primary contact for corporate and commercial work and is active across all matters affecting clients in a variety of industry sectors. Jacques recently provided the corporate advice underpinning a major IPO on the French stock exchange.

The 'approachable, responsive and partner-driven' team at Wildgen provides a 'practical service' to clients including Murex Group, Platinum Equity and Pacific Drilling, across a range of cross-border transactional work. Led by François Brouxel and with considerable assistance from the 'outstanding' Yann Payen, the firm recently advised Schneider Electric in the reorganisation of the Luxembourg entities of the group. Isabelle Charlier is also recommended.

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