Led by the 'experienced and diligent' François Kremer, Arendt & Medernach's four-partner team is 'very knowledgeable' across a range of business disputes, including those relating to funds, asset tracing and tax controversy. Although it handles some purely domestic litigation, including on employment and real estate matters, the team is most visible on multi-jurisdictional mandates, where it is praised for its 'effective collaboration with other law firms'. Christian Point is 'extremely well-prepared and has an excellent understanding of client needs', particularly on insurance and real estate-related disputes. Praised for her 'excellent technical knowledge', Clara Mara-Marhuenda has wide-ranging commercial litigation expertise, including on international disputes relating to the enforcement of collateral against insolvent debtors.
Dispute resolution in Luxembourg
Other key lawyers:
Christian Point; Clara Mara-Marhuenda; Marianne Rau; Philippe Dupont; Philippe-Emmanuel Partsch; Thierry Lesage
‘Arendt & Medernach has always been reliable and attentive to our needs. They focus on the problem you actually have to deal with and do not create virtual problems.’
‘A very experienced and capable team with particular strength in fund disputes.’
‘François Kremer served as an expert on Luxembourg law in a case we had here in Sweden, he provided testimony in court, and had a fantastic presence in the courtroom, managed to quickly establish an excellent connection with the judges and provided persuasive testimony which our adversary was unable to challenge during cross-examination.’
‘François Kremer and Clara Mara-Marhuenda are very diligent and experienced.’
‘Clara Mara-Marhuenda: Excellent technical knowledge, combined with patience and understanding when assisting international litigants with understanding and planning for litigation in the Luxembourg court system.’
‘Christian Point is an extremely prepared lawyer in the field of real estate and connected projects. He knows everything connected with the matter and is a fantastic negotiator who is capable of understanding the real needs of the clients and assisting them in negotiations.’
Clearstream Banking S.A., Luxembourg
The Luxembourg State
European Investment Fund
- Represented GAZPROM in several judicial proceedings commenced in Luxembourg.
- Ongoing representation of custodian banks in the Madoff case.
- Representing a trustee of an American company in Chapter 11 proceedings, in a major international financial fraud case involving in excess of $300m.
The 'responsive and thorough' 11-strong team at Clifford Chance has expertise across the waterfront of commercial disputes, both in the context of conventional litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques. Led by the 'responsive and trustworthy' Albert Moro, who is noted for his corporate litigation prowess, the team is particularly well-suited to representing clients in complex multi-jurisdictional mandates, where it adds value and convenience by virtue of its ability to work alongside practitioners from other international offices within the firm's network. Counsel Olivier Poelmans is well-versed in contract law and regulatory issues and is also often involved in administrative proceedings pursuant to public procurement disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Olivier Poelmans; Sébastien Schmitz; Ada Schmitt; Alma Custovic
‘The team is responsive and thorough.’
‘Albert Moro is responsive and trustworthy.’
The 'experienced, effective and focused' team at Elvinger Hoss Prussen handles corporate, commercial, civil and administrative litigation for a range of companies, financial institutions and individuals. As well as handling purely domestic matters, the team is also well-versed at representing clients in multi-jurisdictional mandates and is praised for its understanding of 'what is required when working with demanding Common Law lawyers and their clients'. Marc Elvinger and Pierre Elvinger are 'two of the most experienced and respected litigators in Luxembourg' and co-head the team that also includes the 'responsive and technically strong' Elisabeth Omes, who is noted, in particular, for her financial services-related expertise.
Marc Elvinger; Pierre Elvinger
Other key lawyers:
Léon Gloden; Elisabeth Omes; Michel Nickels
‘It is an experienced, focused and effective team.’
‘They are attuned to the needs of international clients.’
‘One of the best-regarded litigation teams in Luxembourg. On the matter we are working with them on, they have a team that comprises both litigators and transactional lawyers. They all work well together and it is a well-managed team providing a seamless service. They understand what is required when working with demanding Common Law lawyers and their clients!’
‘We are working with Marc and Pierre Elvinger, two of the most experienced and respected litigators in Luxembourg. Ours is a complex matter involving eight different law firms across seven different sets of proceedings. Marc and Pierre have the authority to be able to co-ordinate all the lawyers on our side. They also have the experience to help us navigate the Luxembourg system, work effectively within the local rules and, to the extent possible, anticipate the outcome.’
‘The very experienced Pierre Elvinger has good judgement regarding options and possible outcomes.’
‘Elisabeth Omes is responsive and technically strong.’
Immobilière André Losch SCI
UBS Europe SE
Syniverse Technologies S.àr.l.
Michel Fischer, Bannister Investment SA
Fonds de gestion des édifices religieux etautres bien relevant du culte catholique (FONDS)
- Successfully represented UBS in relation to a contract dispute arising in the context of the Madoff fraud.
- Represents Luxembourg-based private bank Banque Havilland in an employment dispute with a former senior executive at the bank.
- Successfully represented Michel Fischer and Bannister Investment in a case brought relating to whether conditions for liquidation were fulfilled and validly decided on.
Recognised as a 'top litigation firm in Luxembourg', KLEYR GRASSO is able to direct significant resources to clients engaged across a wide range of litigation and arbitration, including as it relates to commercial, employment and real estate disputes. Clients appreciate the firm's 'deep knowledge of business litigation in Luxembourg with a cross-border aspect', as well as its 'knowledge of how the law is applied by the courts'. Managing partner Marc Kleyr is 'very reactive and professional' and remains central to the firm's litigation offering by virtue of the superb track record he has built up over the years handling complex corporate law and shareholder disputes, as well as in the defence of clients in audit negligence cases arising from cross-border insolvencies. Other recommended partners include the 'focused and proactive' Donata Grasso; white-collar crime defence expert Rosario Grasso, who has 'a lot of experience and knowledge of the local market'; Pascal Sassel, for financial services sector disputes; and François Collot, whose primary focus is on real estate and construction cases.
Other key lawyers:
Rosario Grasso; Donata Grasso; Pascal Sassel; François Collot; Yasmine Poss; Henry De Ron
‘Very reactive and professional.’
‘Kleyr Grasso is a top litigation firm in Luxembourg. They are neither too small nor too large and are just the right size to be able to cover all relevant areas. You get a lot of partner time for your money, but there is also a highly capable team of associates. A great choice overall.’
‘The litigation team of Kleyr Grasso has a deep knowledge of business litigation in Luxembourg with a cross-border aspect.’
‘They know the law very well and how it is applied by the courts.’
‘They show a willingness to be close to the customer. Taking ownership of process to ease customer decision making.’
‘Marc Kleyr is very reactive and professional.’
‘Rosario Grasso is a top-rated practitioner with a lot of experience and knowledge of the local market.’
‘Donata Grasso is highly focused on the case and gives proactive advice.’
Ernst & Young
LOTUS F1 TEAM LIMITED
HEEREMA ENGINEERING SERVICES B.V.
- Defending Luxembourg entities of the Triton Group, in proceedings brought before the Luxembourg courts by inter alia Signal Capital Partners and other former junior creditors following the completion of a €1bn multi-jurisdictional financial restructuring of the Luxembourg-incorporated industrial group Galapagos.
- Assisting Baltisse in a multimillion-euro claim brought in the Luxembourg courts against Valiance Life Sciences Growth Investments SICAV-SIF.
- Defending Bousval S.C.A., a former Luxembourg company holding a minority stake of the Italy-based telecoms infrastructure firm Retelit, in relation to an attachment made over its assets (including the aforementioned stakeholding) at the request of the former not internationally recognised Tripoli government.
The 'proactive and solutions-oriented' team at Linklaters acts on its own on purely domestic matters, as well as regularly forming part of a multi-office offering alongside colleagues from throughout the firm's huge international network of offices, on cross-border disputes. 'Very experienced' team head Guy Loesch is 'a stand-out litigator' and regularly represents banks and funds in commercial litigation and regulatory investigations. Managing associate Katrien Baetens is active across a range of commercial litigation and arbitration and has also regularly worked alongside Loesch in relation to the firm's financial services-related mandates. Leveraging the firm's overarching international arbitration expertise, the Luxembourg team is also regularly instructed by clients in relation to the enforcement of arbitration awards in the Grand Duchy.
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm has strength and depth of experience.’
‘Proactive, experts in their field and solutions oriented.’
‘Guy Loesch is a stand-out litigator, who is very experienced and comfortably able to deal with a similarly experienced opponent.’
- Representing Propertize Bank, as one of the claimants, in criminal litigation brought against an individual accused of fraudulent behaviour in the context of the financing of a large real estate construction project in the south of the country.
- Representing Enel Luxembourg in its challenge of an ex-parte exequatur order to prevent a ruling of an Albanian court becoming enforceable in Luxembourg.
Benefiting from 'extensive skill and experience', Loyens & Loeff's three-partner team is well-versed at handling formal court proceedings and arbitrations, involving a wide range of corporate and commercial disputes. Team head Véronique Hoffeld regularly represents companies, directors and banks in litigation, and is also noted for her contentious insolvency prowess (as demonstrated by her vigorous defence of Galapagos Group in several disputes brought by noteholders). The team is also able to leverage the firm's broader network of offices and is well-equipped to handle regional Benelux-related matters.
Other key lawyers:
Henri Dupong; Sabrina Martin; Farah Jeraj; Claudia Lenertz; Olivier Marquais; Nadège Le Gouellec
‘Top-quality lawyers and a great international network.’
‘Extensive skill and experience.’
Galapagos BidCo S.à r.l.
Former directors of the LUXALPHA and LIF fund (“Madoff” Case)
- Defended Galapagos Group in several Luxembourg proceedings brought by noteholders in relation to the Group’s 2019 financial restructuring.
- Representing the former directors of two Luxembourg-based funds, LUXALPHA and LIF, who are being sued by the liquidators and investors in the wake of the Madoff scandal.
- Acting for an investor related to one of the largest East-European Food Groups, on the enforcement of an arbitral award.
Already accounting for a substantial proportion of the firm's overall workload, MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL's litigation capabilities were recently further strengthened by Armel Waisse and Laurent Henneresse's arrival from Bonn & Schmitt in May 2020. Both practitioners further underscore the team's excellent credentials for business and finance-related litigation, in particular, and bolster a market-leading team that is co-headed by 'highly respected' managing partner Michel Molitor and 'experienced and enthusiastic litigator' Paulo Lopes Da Silva. Other areas of focus include construction, employment and contentious insolvency matters.
Michel Molitor; Paulo Lopes Da Silva
Other key lawyers:
Armel Waisse; Philippe Thiebaud; Jacques Wolter; Laurent Henneresse
‘I have experience of a number of practitioners within the firm and they are all excellent technical lawyers as well as being personable and easy to work with.’
‘Michel Molitor leads the firm and is a highly respected practitioner.’
‘Philippe Thiebaud is a very good technical lawyer and provides clear and sensible advice to clients.’
‘Philippe Thiebaud stands out for his efficiency and technical skills in several areas of both national and international law. ’
‘Paulo Lopes Da Silva is an experienced and enthusiastic litigator who is personable and a pleasure to work with.’
Allen & Overy Luxembourg
The 'very responsive and knowledgeable' team at Allen & Overy Luxembourg has a particularly strong reputation representing commercial/investment banks and funds across a range of domestic and cross-border litigation, including as respondents in professional liability claims. Team head Thomas Berger has 'in-depth knowledge of litigation in Luxembourg', particularly as it relates to civil, criminal and regulatory proceedings facing financial services clients.
Other key lawyers:
Pierre Schleimer; Antoine Reillier
‘It is a very responsive and knowledgeable team.’
‘The team has excellent subject matter knowledge and analytical skills.’
‘Thomas Berger and Antoine Reillier are patient trained lawyers with a high degree of in-depth knowledge of litigation in Luxembourg. They provide high-quality submissions and pleadings in court.’
Able to call upon the expertise of numerous 'talented and experienced individuals', Bonn Steichen & Partners provides a 'very business-oriented' service to clients on many of their most sensitive and complex commercial and white-collar disputes. 'Dynamic, responsive and client-friendly' team head Fabio Trevisan excels at handling cross-border disputes, and as a result of his Italian heritage is particularly skilled at representing clients with a connection to that country. Laure-Hélène Gaicio-Fievez has a 'strong reputation in cross-border litigation', including in relation to enforcing and obtaining freezing injunctions in international arbitration.
Other key lawyers:
Anne Morel; Laure-Hélène Gaicio-Fievez
‘The firm is composed of very talented and experienced individuals.’
‘The small and dedicated team is very business-oriented and has a strong international focus.’
‘The corporate crime practice is very strong.’
‘Fabio Trevisan is dynamic, responsive and very client-friendly. He has an excellent capacity for communicating the important aspects of a matter to the client honestly and precisely.’
‘Laure-Hélène Gaicio-Fievez is creative and efficient.’
Laurent Van der Weyen
Italian holding company (multiple industry sectors)
Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran
- Recently successfully represented the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran in its efforts to resist attempts by victims of several terrorist attacks (including 9/11) to enforce a US judgment brought against it in Luxembourg under the basis of immunity of a foreign state and of the immunity of a central bank.
- Represents Ferrero on a regular basis, including in several liability cases against international carriers.
- Representing CLMG Investissement S.A. in litigation to recover the price resulting from the sale of the shares of a Luxembourg company holding the famous Spanish football club, Granada Club de Futbol SAD, for a total value of €47m to a Chinese company.
Led by real estate expert Marie Bena, the 'highly responsive and user-friendly' two-partner team at Brucher Thieltgen & Partners provides 'clear and concise advice on complex Luxembourg litigation matters'. Nicolas Thieltgen is a 'calm, experienced and strategic thinker', traits which are appreciated by clients that are subject to banking and finance litigation and shareholder disputes, in particular.
Other key lawyers:
Nicolas Thieltgen; Anne-Marie Ka; Fanny Gilliers; Catherine Wagener; Elodie Rousseau; Florian Poncin
‘The team is highly responsive and user-friendly.’
‘The lawyers provide clear and concise advice on complex Luxembourg litigation matters.’
‘The team is very reactive and legal analysis is performed very accurately.’
‘Nicolas Thieltgen is a calm, experienced and strategic thinker.’
‘Nicolas Thieltgen is a very knowledgeable lawyer with great expertise in litigation.’
‘Anne-Marie Ka is an excellent litigator who provides straight-to-the point advice.’
‘Fanny Gilliers provides excellent follow-up of litigation files and is transparent and precise about what is performed for the client.’
- Defending a corporate manager of a Luxembourg company against a liability claim brought by other managers to obtain the cancellation of a transaction executed by the company and to have the corporate manager sentenced to pay damages to the Luxembourg company in relation to the criticised transaction.
- Obtained a very favourable ruling for a domestic property developer in a specific dispute relating to the sharing of profits from a major real estate transaction (construction of two towers) which had made the headlines some ten years ago.
- Continuing to represent a high-profile international football player in a contractual dispute with a former manager regarding the creation of various image rights structures in Luxembourg.
PwC Legal Luxembourg provides a 'unique combination of long-term field vision and short-term operational technicality', across a range disputes relating to corporate law, IP, banking, tax and employment. Cindy Arces has 'great experience in managing the personal and psychological side of litigation, thanks to her negotiation skills and strategic sense', and is a keen proponent of utilising ADR methods in the right circumstances. Arces co-heads the team alongside Marielle Stévenot, who is noted for her employment litigation expertise.
Cindy Arces; Marielle Stevenot
Other key lawyers:
Sabrina Alvaro; Mona-Lisa
‘PwC Legal offers a unique combination of long-term field vision and short- term operational technicality.’
‘The lawyers were available and attentive; they quickly understood our problem.’
‘Cindy Arces provides a top-notch service, with great reactivity and constant advice to effectively manage our dispute resolution matters.’
‘The proactive Cindy Arces is able to anticipate future issues and problems before they even occur. She also has great experience in managing the personal and psychological side of disputes and litigation thanks to her negotiation skills and strategic sense.’
‘Cindy Arces has a serene and solid approach to any question.’
Thewes & Reuter
Praised for its 'made-to-measure approach and full dedication to its clients', the four-partner team at Thewes & Reuter is 'extremely knowledgeable' across an array of litigation and arbitration, including high-profile administrative law disputes. Marc Thewes is 'responsive, efficient and helpful' and takes the lead on the most significant public sector-related matters handled by the firm, including as it relates to public procurement. Pierre Reuter co-heads the team alongside Thewes and is more focused on work within the private sector, including on financial services disputes.
Marc Thewes; Pierre Reuter
Other key lawyers:
Anne Charton; Hicham Rassafi-Guibal
‘The lawyers were extremely knowledgeable and had a pleasant collegial manner. They were highly available, responded promptly, and were also very efficient.’
‘The made-to-measure approach and full dedication to clients, brings immediate security and trust that the company could not be better represented from a legal standpoint.’
‘Human-size law office with exceptional dedication to client needs. Efficiency and perfect legal skills in conducting dispute resolution far beyond any other competitor in Luxembourg.’
‘Marc Thewes is responsive, efficient and helpful.’
Alia (Luxembourg Media regulator)
CFL (Luxembourg National Railway)
Moyse & Bleser
University of Luxembourg
Hill & Associates
- Representing Luxembourg-based consultant Spectra on its claim for in excess of €500,000 allegedly owed to it by French real estate developer Artea for outstanding commission fees.
- Helped Hill & Associates, a telecoms consultant based in Geneva, to resolve the difficulties they were having with an agency of the Luxembourg State.
- Representing new client University of Luxembourg in numerous public procurement-related disputes.
Although Bonn & Schmitt's litigation offering was weakened somewhat by the departure in April 2020 of Armel Waisse to MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL, it remains a popular choice among corporates, financial services entities and private individuals, by virtue of its 'excellent subject matter knowledge and analytical skills'. Alain Grosjean has a strong track record for clients engaged in corporate litigation and shareholder disputes, often utilising ADR techniques, including mediation, to effectively resolve contentious situations. Senior partner Alex Schmitt has extensive banking law knowledge and is regularly appointed to appear as a Luxembourg expert in relation to issues of banking and finance law arising in the course of international court or arbitration proceedings.
Alain Grosjean; Alex Schmitt; Pol Steinhauser
Other key lawyers:
Simon Malterre; Elena Arno
‘The firm has excellent subject matter knowledge and analytical skills.’
EAM SOLAR ASA
- Continued to represent EAM Solar ASA in a dispute concerning the acquisition of a Luxembourg company amid an alleged fraud perpetrated by the company’s directors.
Headed by Mario Di Stefano, DSM Avocats A La Cour's dispute resolution team has familiarity with a range of litigation techniques, including ADR, which it effectively implements for private sector clients on real estate and tax disputes, in particular. Alban Colson is another name to note.
Mario Di Stefano
Other key lawyers:
- Representing Open Field in recouping unpaid invoices, as well as assisting it with managing its unpaid invoices.
- Represents ICN on a daily basis with respect to pleadings and contracts, as well as the defence of its interests in the event of litigation.
- Acting for Nexvia in relation to the enforcement of unpaid invoices, as well as any other disputes it may have with its clients.
Formerly head of litigation at business law boutique DCL Avocats, Guy Perrot established his own firm, Harvey, in July 2020 focusing on civil, commercial and administrative litigation. Perrot is 'very competent in complex litigation involving commercial companies', and therefore, despite the firm's relative infancy, is well-placed to pick up work directly from clients, as well as from law firm referrals. In addition, a substantial amount of work has followed him from his old practice.
Furstenberg Capital SCA
7 financial intermediaries and 188 investors in Luxembourg funds affected by Madoff’s fraud
EverYi Capital (Asia) Limited
Stevens & De Munter
Giaccardi & Brezzo
BDO Tax & Accounting
Lartigue – Tournois -Associés
- Represents Furstenberg Capital SCA in challenging or defending different decisions taken by the shareholders’ general meeting or board meeting of AHMOSE, a Luxembourg company in which Furstenberg is invested.
- Represents Imagine S.A.S. in a shareholder dispute against Cosmopolitan Investment S.à. r.l., the Luxembourg subsidiary of the private equity UK investment fund Neo Investment Partners.
- Represents Golden Times S.à r.l., the Luxembourg subsidiary of EverYi Capital (Asia) Ltd, in a dispute against Pierre Marcolini China Holding S.A., the Luxembourg subsidiary of Pierre Marcolini Group S.A. and Neo Investment Partners LLP.
Closely integrated with the firm's corporate and M&A offering, Luther S.A.'s litigation group is, therefore, 'fully aware of CEO and shareholder mindsets and companies' day-to-day concerns', which in turn engenders a very 'pragmatic and solutions-oriented approach' across a range of business-related disputes. 'Fully aware of the procedural rules and recent Luxembourg case law', team head Mathieu Laurent has 'real business litigation skills', enabling him to effectively 'analyse legal problems and to find practical solutions'.
Other key lawyers:
Marie Sinniger; Marie Romero; Robert Goerend; Maurice Goetschy; Anne-Laure Wach
‘Has the capability to address Luxembourg law civil litigation issues promptly and efficiently.’
‘The team works closely with its clients, listens to their needs and defines with them the appropriate litigation strategy.’
‘The firm has excellent analysis and capacity to fully comprehend the smallest details of the case. Good understanding of M&A deal structure and practices as well as good accounting and finance knowledge which clearly helps.’
‘While this team is dedicated to dispute resolution, it maintains strong ties with corporate and M&A practices of the firm, which makes it fully aware of CEOs and shareholders’ mindset and companies’ day-to-day life and concerns. Therefore the team is fully integrated and has an advisory-driven approach, which is not always the case in other firms’ dispute resolution departments.’
‘Mathieu Laurent has a very pragmatic and solutions-oriented approach.’
‘Mathieu Laurent is a recognised and reliable expert, who knows how to expose litigation strategies with a very pedagogical and reassuring approach for his clients.’
‘Mathieu Laurent is a very good litigation lawyer with excellent knowledge of corporate law. He is pragmatic, very responsive and extremely dedicated to the client’s needs.’
‘I am especially impressed by the work of Mathieu Laurent who has real business litigation skills, both to analyse legal problems and to find practical solutions. Mathieu is one of the best litigation lawyers in Luxembourg and he is fully aware of the procedural rules and recent Luxembourg case law.’
‘Marie Romero does not miss any details and identifies the key arguments very quickly.’
‘Marie Romero is an experienced lawyer who masters the proceedings and keeps her client informed in due course at every step.’
‘Robert Goerend thinks “outside-of-the box” and puts web-based resources and information to very good use when documenting claims.’
At NautaDutilh, recently promoted partner Antoine Laniez 'has considerable experience of both commercial litigation and insolvency processes'. As well as private commercial litigation, the 'first-rate' Laniez is also gaining a strong reputation in cases where a sovereign government is an adversary, including his recent involvement in a notable arbitration involving the Republic of Kazakhstan. Vincent Wellens co-heads the team alongside Laniez and has a focus on IP and IT-related disputes.
Antoine Laniez; Vincent Wellens
‘The team provided us with pragmatic and solution-focused advice in what has been a difficult and complex dispute, involving the enforcement of a UK judgment. They are always on hand to assist us when needed, are approachable and are clear about their recommendations.’
‘Antoine Laniez provides first-rate, practical advice and clearly has considerable experience of both commercial litigation and insolvency processes, which he uses to guide his clients through difficult and complex areas, anticipating any particularly problematic areas and advising on appropriate action. He is approachable and provides advice in a client-friendly style, focusing on commercial priorities/realities.’
‘Antoine Laniez is a very engaged, pleasant and great strategic thinker, who puts the client’s goals first.’
Moldovan investors Anatolie and Gabriel Stati and their company Ascom
A leading engineering and construction company
Intelsat Global Sales & Marketing Ltd
ABN AMRO Bank Luxembourg
Zurich / Chambre de commerce
Volkswagen / Skoda
- Assisting two foreign investors in the enforcement of a $500m arbitral award rendered against Kazakhstan and in securing attachments in Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands and other jurisdictions in relation thereto.
- Assisting Zurich Insurance in a dispute in relation to the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce construction involving a dozen parties, which is pending before the Luxembourg courts.
- Representing a multinational producer of stainless and speciality steel, in litigation brought by the former CSC group, now DXC Technologies, about the exit from a major IT services agreement.