Dispute resolution in Luxembourg
Able to tap into the substantive law expertise of practitioners across the firm's full-service offering, Arendt & Medernach provides an 'excellent service' to clients across the panoply of litigation, including as it relates to general commercial, white-collar, tax and IP disputes. François Kremer and Clara Mara-Marhuenda are particularly accomplished at asset recovery for foreign and domestic clients; they recently successfully represented an investment group, at first instance, on the validity of the enforcement of a pledge over the Luxembourg holding company of a French restaurant chain. Kremer and Mara-Marhuenda also continue to represent custodian banks in the Madoff fraud case. The 'outstanding' Christian Point and Marianne Rau are recommended for their public law and real estate litigation expertise.
Leveraging the firm’s strong base of institutional financial services clients and also well positioned to handle multi-jurisdictional disputes thanks to its extensive international network of offices, Clifford Chance is regularly involved in the highest-profile disputes in the market. Albert Moro has broad-ranging litigation expertise across corporate, real estate and employment matters, and heads a team that also includes 'extremely knowledgeable' counsel Olivier Poelmans, who is praised for his ability to 'present the main issues in a way that a non-Luxembourg lawyer/client is able to understand'.
Leveraging the firm's impressive roster of institutional clients and also regularly receiving referral work from high-calibre international law firms, Elvinger Hoss Prussen is regularly involved in major commercial disputes, particularly within the financial services sector. Léon Gloden is representing the local Volkswagen importer on all aspects of the Dieselgate emissions scandal. Marc Elvinger is also recommended.
Praised for its 'pragmatic approach to disputes', KLEYR GRASSO is regularly instructed by major multinational corporates and financial services entities to represent them in their most significant litigation. Managing partner Marc Kleyr is recognised as an 'excellent strategist' who excels in handling complex shareholder disputes and finance litigation; he recently successfully defended HITEC Luxembourg against a minority shareholder action initiated before the Luxembourg commercial court. The 'highly knowledgeable' Pascal Sassel is heavily engaged in financial services litigation, and is representing Deutsche Bank in a multi-million-euro damage claim brought against it by DP Immobilier, following the termination of a multi-million-euro facility and the subsequent enforcement of its guarantees. Other recommended partners include Rosario Grasso, for white-collar matters; Donata Grasso, for financial services and insolvency litigation; Yasmine Poos, for procurement litigation; and the 'reliable and proactive' François Collot , for real estate and construction disputes.
Headed by the 'very practical' Guy Loesch, Linklaters' 'well-connected and commercial' five-strong disputes team has an excellent reputation for handling domestic and cross-border litigation and regulatory investigations for the firm's impressive roster of institutional clients. As well as excelling across a range of commercial disputes, including shareholder litigation, Loesch is regularly instructed to enforce foreign judgments before the domestic courts; he continues to represent Italian electricity provider ENEL in a large dispute relating to the enforcement of an Albanian judgment.
Recently strengthened by a number of hires, including counsel Henri Dupong - who adds particular strength in relation to white-collar disputes - the 'responsive and knowledgeable' team at Loyens & Loeff has the strength in depth to handle a significant volume and breadth of complex commercial disputes. Working in conjunction with the firm's market-leading tax group, the firm regularly handles state-aid-related investigation work. The 'client-focused' Véronique Hoffeld heads a team that also includes Annie Elfassi and counsel Farah Jeraj.
The 'responsive, pragmatic and solution-oriented' team at MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL has cultivated an excellent reputation for handling complex banking, commercial and corporate disputes. Paulo Da Silva has a particularly strong reputation for defending banks and their directors in high-stakes litigation. The 'pragmatic and efficient' Philippe Thiebaud benefits from an 'in-depth knowledge of the Luxembourg financial sector and the relevant case law', and is a key member of the team that also includes recommended partners Michel Molitor and François Cautaerts.
Allen & Overy Luxembourg
The 'sharp and dynamic' team at Allen & Overy Luxembourg provides a 'responsive and value-for-money service' for the firm's impressive roster of asset management and banking clients, when they are involved in domestic and cross-border disputes. 'Smart and open-minded' counsel Thomas Berger is appreciated by clients for his 'attention-to-detail, which makes him a great litigator in complex financial transactions'. Katia Manhaeve provides contentious IP expertise.
Led by Alain Grosjean and Armel Waisse, Bonn & Schmitt has a particularly strong reputation for representing financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals in commercial litigation. Waisse is singled out for her 'expertise in commercial cases relating to financial collateral', and the 'very strategic' Alex Schmitt has a 'particularly strong knowledge of the financial services sector and is able to identify quickly the issues that really matter'.
Headed by the 'proactive and knowledgeable' Fabio Trevisan, Bonn Steichen & Partners has a strong reputation for corporates and financial institutions across a myriad of commercial litigation, including in shareholder and contract disputes. Trevisan also has developed niche expertise enforcing and obtaining freezing injunctions in international arbitration; he is currently involved in a complex matter relating to the enforcement of an arbitral award issued against the Romanian state.
Led by the 'very empathetic' Marie Bena, the 'responsive and efficient' litigation team at Brucher Thieltgen & Partners provides 'a very personal service' to financial services clients across a range of domestic and cross-border disputes. Particularly skilled at handling banking and shareholder litigation, Nicolas Thieltgen provides 'clear and well-thought out legal arguments', and is a key member of the team that also includes 'excellent' associate Patrick Cuignet.
EtudeWurth Kinsch Azizi
Led by two dedicated litigation partners and also able to draw upon the expertise of lawyers with substantive knowledge across areas including employment, finance and IP/IT, PwC Legal Luxembourg is well-placed to provide an 'excellent service' to institutional clients of the firm, as well as those instructing it on a standalone basis. Cindy Arces is appreciated by clients for her 'flexible, committed and creative approach', as well as her 'willingness to find alternative dispute resolution solutions before deciding to move forward with legal proceedings'. The 'excellent and skilled', Marielle Stevenot's broad-ranging expertise encompasses a significant amount of employment litigation, as does 'excellent' senior associate Mona-Lisa Pierre.
Thewes & Reuter
The 'responsive and efficient' team at Thewes & Reuter provides 'clear and detailed advice' across a range of public law and financial services disputes. The 'excellent' Marc Thewes specialises in public sector litigation and continues to handle numerous matters for national railway company, CFL, including recently concluding an administrative law issue relating to its pension scheme. The 'very approachable' Pierre Reuter leads on many of the major financial and corporate disputes handled by the firm, and is appreciated by clients for his 'calm demeanour' and 'honest evaluation of all the facts and the likelihood of success'.
Often working in harness with other relevant practice groups within the firm, including corporate and M&A, Luther S.A. excels in advising clients from a pre-litigation and litigation perspective across a broad array of corporate disputes. The 'technically strong and pragmatic' Mathieu Laurent has 'very good expertise in shareholder conflicts' and has been particularly active of late on behalf of minority shareholders. Senior associate Maurice Goetschy is recommended for corporate disputes and debt collection.
Established in January 2017, Moyse Bleser Avocats a la Cour handles a range of civil, commercial, administrative and criminal disputes for a varied array of clients. François Moyse is particularly adept at handling white-collar and administrative law disputes. Gabriel Bleser is also noted for his public law prowess, as well as his niche expertise representing clients in competition law-related disputes.
Led out of Luxembourg by Antoine Laniez, and also regularly working alongside other offices in Holland and Belgium, NautaDutilh excels in handling cross-border corporate and commercial disputes with a Benelux nexus. Working alongside several practitioners from the firm's Amsterdam office, Laniez is representing Moldovan investors in their attempts to enforce the $506.7m arbitral award against the Republic of Kazakhstan. Vincent Wellens handles IP and IT disputes.