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Arendt & Medernach is best known for handling business and finance-related disputes where it has ‘an excellent view of the market’ and strong ties with numerous funds, banks and corporates. The ‘outstanding’ François Kremer has ‘perfect knowledge of the intricacies of Luxembourg court proceedings’ and is representing custodian banks in the long-running Madoff case. Philippe Dupont and Glenn Meyer are recommended for their ‘in-depth analysis’ of banking and finance litigation.

Leveraging the firm’s strong base of institutional financial services clients and also well positioned to handle multi-jurisdictional disputes thanks to its wide-ranging international network of offices, Clifford Chance is regularly involved in the most significant mandates in the market. Practice head Albert Moro provides corporate, employment and real estate law dispute expertise and counsel Olivier Poelmans is ‘outstanding’.

Elvinger Hoss Prussen represents international and domestic clients across the gamut of commercial litigation including shareholder disputes and in the context of the asset management industry. Pierre Elvinger and Elisabeth Omes recently represented Standard Industries in litigation measures brought against Braas Monier Building Group in an attempt to prevent the addition of a significant premium to the price of the unsolicited offer. Nathalie Prüm-Carré heads the firm’s well regarded administrative and public law practice. Marc Elvinger is also recommended.

The ‘responsive and business-oriented’ team at Kleyr Grasso is best known for its ‘extensive knowledge of business litigation matters’. Marc Kleyr recently successfully defended EY in an audit negligence claim brought by Norvest. The ‘responsive and efficientDonata Grasso is regularly involved in corporate litigation and is a key part of the team that also includes white-collar criminal law expert Rosario Grasso; Pascal Sassel, who excels in finance disputes; and Yasmine Poos, who is regularly engaged in procurement, construction and real estate disputes.

Headed by the ‘excellent’ Guy Loesch, Linklaters’ six-strong team is particularly well equipped to handle big-ticket multi-jurisdictional corporate disputes where it can effectively leverage its international network as well as its knowledge of the often complex substantive law underpinning such disputes. The team has a leading reputation in the enforcement of foreign judgments and is representing Enel Luxembourg in a challenge to prevent the ruling of an Albanian court becoming enforceable in Luxembourg.

Co-headed by the ‘hardworking’ François Cautaerts and the ‘commercialPaulo Lopes Da Silva, the ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Molitor Avocats à la Cour has an excellent reputation for handling cross-border business disputes. Michel Molitor is also recommended.

Led by ‘very good’ counsel Thomas Berger, Allen & Overy Luxembourg excels in handling domestic and cross-border disputes for the firm’s impressive roster of asset management and banking clients. Berger recently successfully defended an investment fund in a dispute pertaining to alleged misrepresentation in the context of the disposal of certain of its assets. Katia Manhaeve provides contentious IP expertise.

Headed by Alain Grosjean, Bonn & Schmitt is particularly noted for its banking and corporate litigation expertise. Armel Waisse provides ‘proactive and creative solutions’ and is a key member of the team that also includes the ‘experienced and strategicAlex Schmitt.

Bonn Steichen & Partners’ multi-disciplinary team handles a wide array of disputes relating to international M&A, tax, commercial, private equity, funds and real estate matters. Team head Fabio Trevisan is ‘excellent at handling difficult litigation’ and ‘knows how to implement the correct strategy to win the case’. Trevisan has notable expertise securing the enforcement of judgments; he is representing Viorel Micula in a complex case regarding the enforcement of an arbitral award issued against the state of Romania. Anne Morel is recommended for employment litigation.

At EtudeWurth Kinsch Azizi, Patrick Kinsch has ‘an absolutely fantastic reputation’ for high-profile commercial and administrative law disputes.

Loyens & Loeff provides ‘a responsive’ service to clients across a range of financial and corporate litigation, both independently as well as alongside other offices within the firm’s Benelux network. Team head Véronique Hoffeld and senior associate Farah Jerajmake a very good team and are excellent at client management’. Hoffeld is representing an investor in the enforcement of an arbitral award, rendered under the ICSID procedure. Cécile Henlé regularly handles tax litigation.

Led by Cindy Arces and Marielle Stevenot, MNKS regularly handles complex shareholder disputes, investor litigation and contract disputes. Stevenot recently successfully defended a domestic IT company against unfair competition claims brought by a rival company following the recruitment of several employees from that company.

Headed by Marie Bena, Brucher Thieltgen & Partners has ‘a good understanding of the deeply politicised nature of litigation in Luxembourg’. Nicolas Thieltgen provides ‘clear and concise advice’ on banking and finance litigation and is also noted for his ‘good knowledge of financial crimes’.

Praised for its ‘excellent legal knowledge and an understanding of the broader local legal environment and context’, Thewes & Reuter is a popular choice for public and private sector clients across a range of litigation. Marc Thewes, who is noted for his expertise in public law and procurement-related litigation, and the ‘impressive’ Thibault Chevrier recently secured a notable victory before the administrative court for Post Luxembourg in a high-profile competition law dispute. Pierre Reuter is praised for his ‘high-level litigation skills’ pertaining to financial services litigation.

DSM Avocats A La Cour represents domestic and international clients in a broad range of civil, real estate and commercial disputes.

At Dentons, of counsel Christel Dumont and senior associate Vincent Alleno handle corporate and commercial litigation including shareholder disputes. Guy Perrot joined DCL Avocats.

Headed by Mathieu Laurent, Luther S.A.’s two-partner team stands out for its ‘strong leadership and technical skills’. It handles shareholder disputes, insolvency litigation and debt recovery matters for domestic and international clients.

NautaDutilh’s team head Antoine Laniez has a flourishing commercial litigation practice which includes representing ABN Amro in numerous debt collection and contractual disputes. Vincent Wellens handles IP and IT-related disputes.

At Pierre Thielen Avocats, name partner Pierre Thielen is a seasoned litigator whose expertise encompasses a broad range of disputes including complex corporate litigation.

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