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    • Yasman Ekrami - Luther S.A.
    • Jacques Graas - Allen & Overy Luxembourg

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Allen & Overy Luxembourg’s team has ‘deep knowledge’ of the corporate and private equity space and the ability to leverage ‘a very efficient international network’ to effectively advise on many of the highest-profile cross-border mandates in the market. The ‘client-friendly and proactive’ Peter Myners advised Global Bankers Insurance Group on its acquisition of NN Life Luxembourg. ‘Responsive and knowledgeable’ counsel Jacques Graas was also involved in the aforementioned mandate and is a key member of the team that includes Fabian Beullekens and Marc Feider.

Arendt & Medernach’s experienced team provides ‘a commercial and pragmatic’ service. Recent highlights include Guy Harles advising Deutsche Bank on the sale of Sal. Oppenheim’s Luxembourg asset servicing business, and Laurent Schummer’s work for UBS on the rationalisation of its European wealth management activities into one single European company.

As well as its expertise in financial services M&A, Clifford Chance also provides ‘a business-oriented service’ to private equity sponsors and corporates across a range of traditional M&A and real estate-related acquisitions. Christian Kremer recently advised a Chinese consortium on the acquisition of Robert Bosch’s Starter Motors Generators business. Katia Gauzès is also recommended.

Elvinger Hoss Prussen handles the full spectrum of corporate and commercial work including major cross-border M&A transactions for clients ranging from entrepreneurs and SMEs to multinationals. Toinon Hoss recently advised TPG on its acquisition of a majority stake in Transporeon. Karl Pardaensprovides precise advice’ and Philippe Hosshas the courage to respond clearly to delicate legal questions’. Pit Reckinger and Patrick Santer are also recommended.

Led by Nicolas Gauzès, Linklaters’ three-partner team handles private and public M&A and benefits not only from the ‘strong expertise’ of its lawyers in Luxembourg but also those throughout the firm’s international network of offices. Gauzés has notable expertise handling downstream private equity work and recently advised The Carlyle Group on its acquisition of a majority stake in the Logoplaste Group. Peter Goes and Manfred Müller are also recommended.

Baker McKenzie’s three-partner team excels in handling cross-border M&A mandates where it regularly works with lawyers from across its vast international network. Recent highlights include advising FedEx on its $4.8bn acquisition of TNT Express. Jean-François Findling is ‘excellent at handling work within the private equity sector’. Torsten Schmitt left to establish TS&P in 2018.

Headed by Thierry Lohest, Loyens & Loeff’s ‘responsive’ five-partner team handles cross-border public and private equity M&A transactions, where it is able to draw on the firm’s ‘first-rate’ tax structuring capability. Guy Palmaers advised Ring International Holding on its €520m sale of the Helios Group to Kansai Paint. Michael Scott is ‘adept at identifying innovative legal solutions within the Luxembourg framework’ and Jean-Baptiste Beauvoir-Planson has ‘a commercial’ approach and focuses on corporate and M&A work with a French nexus.

Led by the ‘practical and experiencedChantal Keereman, Bonn & Schmitt’s two-partner team provides ‘responsive and succinct advice’ to clients from the energy, financial services, pharmaceutical and real estate sectors on their ongoing corporate and commercial matters as well as on M&A transactional work. Frédéric Lemoine is recommended. Clients include EQT, Capvis and Philip Morris.

Benefiting from strong litigation and transactional credentials, Bonn Steichen & Partners has an excellent perspective on drafting transactions in such a way as to avoid potential future problems. The team is well versed in advising on corporate governance issues including those relating to shareholders’ rights. Team head Pierre-Alexandre Degehet recently advised NCC Group on the sale of the Open Registry group of companies.

Dentons provides ‘a friendly and helpful service’ to a growing roster of multinational corporates including Samsonite International, Johnson Controls and Dana International. Delphine Tempé advised Colony Capital, Goldman Sachs, and OpCapita on the €575m sale of French retailer But to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and WM Holding. ‘Client-focused’ team head Gérard Maîtrejean and ‘incredibly knowledgeable’ associate Pawel Hermeliński-Ayache are also recommended.

Kleyr Grasso provides ‘an accurate and responsive service’ on day-to-day corporate governance and commercial work including advice on establishing offices in Luxembourg and on shareholder agreements. On the transactional front, the team recently handled TA Associates’ acquisition of German-based company think project!. Patrick Chantrain and counsel Sophie Arvieux are praised for their ‘technical knowledge of the local law and international regulatory environment’. Jean-Paul Spang and the ‘excellentRina Breininger are also noted.

MNKS’ three-partner team provides ‘sophisticated advice’ to a predominantly US and UK-based client roster. The ‘excellentSaskia Myners excels in handling private equity transactions. Katia Scheidecker and Catherine Baflast are other names to note.

Brucher Thieltgen & Partners’ team head Nicolas Bernardy handles corporate and M&A work as well as restructuring matters for local and international stakeholders. Nicolas Thieltgen’s litigation background is appreciated by clients during the negotiation phase of M&A mandates due to his ability to ‘anticipate complicated M&A pre-litigation/litigation issues’. Jean Brucher is also recommended.

The ‘attentive and pragmatic’ team at CMS provides ‘professional and well-balanced advice’ to SMEs and larger corporates on corporate and commercial matters, and real estate-related asset and share M&A transactions. Julian Leclère is ‘excellent at corporate structuring’; he handled the local law aspects of Bottega’s €220m acquisition of the Getronics group from Aurelius, which involved numerous offices across the firm.

The ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Dechert Luxembourg excels in handling M&A work involving a Luxembourg structure for the firm’s impressive roster of funds clients. The ‘very hardworking’ Jean-Louis Frognet is recommended.

Hogan Lovells (Luxembourg) LLP provides ‘high-quality advice’ to funds and corporates engaged in cross-border mandates implementing a Luxembourgish corporate structure. Marc Elvinger, who heads the team following his move from Arendt & Medernach in February 2017, recently advised L’Occitane on the Luxembourg investment structure to facilitate its minority stake in Limelight by Alcone. Senior associate Alexander Koch is praised for his ‘deep industry knowledge’ within the real estate, financial services and technology sectors.

Headed by the ‘solutions-orientedEric Sublon, Luther S.A.’s team provides ‘commercial advice’ to corporates and private equity firms on cross-border deals. Selim Souissi provides ‘excellent advice across all aspects of M&A and corporate matters’ and has recently handled numerous mandates for Altice including its €300m acquisition of Teads. Marie Sinniger is ‘commercial and flexible’ and Mathieu Laurent has ‘a tremendous amount of transactional experience’. Associate Yasman Ekrami is also well regarded.

Led by the ‘flexible and creativeChan Park, Molitor Avocats à la Cour provides ‘focused and commercial advice’ to international clients across a range of cross-border M&A mandates and reorganisations. The ‘commercialPhilippe Thiebaud regularly handles private equity-led M&A work.

Led by Margaretha Wilkenhuysen, NautaDutilh’s three-partner team handles M&A work, restructurings and joint venture structuring for private equity sponsors and corporates. Yoanna Stefanova advised Certares on its investment in AmaWaterways.

Stibbe provides ‘commercial and pragmatic advice’ to a private equity-focused client roster on cross-border transactions involving Luxembourg corporate structures. Gérald Origer is ‘responsive and customer oriented’ and Claire-Marie Darnand is ‘goal oriented and dedicated’.

Corporate and finance boutique Vandenbulke provides a holistic service to corporates and funds engaged in new money and distressed M&A mandates. Laurence Jacques heads the team.

At Wildgen, David Maria advised TDV Industries on its acquisition of Klopman International. The ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ François Brouxel heads the team. Isabelle Charlier and the ‘responsive and solutions-oriented’ Yann Payen are also noted.

Clément Konrad & Partners handles a considerable amount of high-level referral work from international law firms on corporate and M&A matters where it is appreciated for its ‘pragmatic, personable and detail-oriented approach’. Christophe Clément is ‘particularly impressive in handling tax, corporate and private equity matters’.

The ‘responsive and commercial’ team at Collin Maréchal Law Firm has a strong reputation for handling the Luxembourg aspects of cross-border deals and benefits from numerous practitioners with significant expertise in international deals. Raphael Collinworks well with other international law firms from other jurisdictions’ and Alberto Morpurgo is ‘reliable and efficient’.

Independent corporate and funds boutique is a popular choice for cross-border structuring matters. Recent highlights include advising a US-based company on the full spin-off of its two activities, including internal reorganisation and refinancing, and in the subsequent re-listing of both entities. Jean-Philippe Drescher is recommended.

At DLA Piper Luxembourg, team head Catherine Pogorzelski regularly handles the Luxembourg aspects of multi-jurisdictional transactions handled by the firm including her recent work for Red Hat on its acquisition of Codenvy.

As well as regularly handling real estate-related M&A, DSM Avocats A La Cour also handles an increasing amount of day-to-day corporate and transactional work across other sectors including the financial services industry. Mario di Stefano and Renaud le Squeren are recommended.

At Linari Law Firm, Vincent Linari-Pierron has a particular focus on advising on the corporate issues associated with securitisation work.

Now headed by Bertrand Geradin following his arrival in September 2016 from King & Wood Mallesons LLP, Ogier further enhances its ability to provide downstream transactional advice to its growing roster of investment funds, including private equity funds, on cross-border acquisitions using Luxembourg investment vehicles. Laurent Thailly is also recommended.

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