Employment in Luxembourg

Allen & Overy Luxembourg

Combining 'legal knowledge with commercial insights and a sound understanding of human behaviour', Allen & Overy Luxembourg is able to 'propose creative solutions' to domestic and multinational employers from a broad swathe of industry sectors, including financial services and retail, across a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. As well as advising on discrete projects, including, inter alia advice on social plans and collective redundancies, the team's position as a thought leader also ensures that it provides extremely valuable guidance and training on hot-button issues and legislative changes impacting the market. 'Highly experienced' team head André Marc provides 'pragmatic and high-quality' advice to clients on standalone advisory and training mandates, including on the implementation of social plans and the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, as well as on the employment law advice associated with transactions handled by the firm. Recognised as a 'business partner of great value' to many large employers, including those within the asset management sector, Gilles Dall’Agnol combines 'theoretical preparation' with 'experience and knowledge of the Luxembourg reality'. The qualities of the two aforementioned partners tricle down to the more junior practitioners of the team, ensuring a uniformity of approach regardless of who is dealing the file. Of the more junior practitioners, Nathaël Malanda provides 'straightforward, open and well focused' advice to clients across a range of individual employment law matters; recently promoted counsel Maurice Macchi displays a 'service-minded approach' on behalf of financial institutions on day-to-day matters, as well as strategic projects and litigation; and Christophe Ernzen is particular adept at handling collective labour law matters.

Practice head(s):

André Marc


Other key lawyers:

Christophe Ernzen; Maurice Macchi; Gabrielle Eynard; Nathaël Malanda


Testimonials

‘They combine legal knowledge with commercial insights and a sound understanding of human behaviour, which allow them to propose creative solutions to the issues offered by the Luxembourg labour code.’

‘They are one of the most pleasant teams to deal with: courtesy, responsiveness and respect are the order of the day.’

‘All members of the team work hand-in-hand to provide superb advice for the client. What I appreciate very much is the quality but also usability of the advice given. This is readily usable in practice and tailored to decision-makers.’

Key clients

Ferrero


Starwood Capital


Commerzbank


Franklin Templeton


Sienna Capital


Schroders


Citibank


Pictet


Work highlights


  • Advised Pictet & Cie (Europe) S.A. in relation to the implementation of a cross-border teleworking policy.
  • Advised Commerzbank AG, Filiale Luxemburg and Commerzbank Finance & Covered Bond Bank concerning the negotiation of a social plan concluded between the banks, the staff delegation and the unions.

Arendt & Medernach

Arendt & Medernach advises an impressive roster of banking and industrial clients, in particular, across a wide range of individual and collective labour law issues affecting their business operations in Luxembourg. As well as the real world experience the team has gained over the years as result of standalone advisory and project-related employment matters, many of its practitioners are members of associations and working groups and are thereby abreast of trends and changes in the employment market. Philippe Schmit provides 'pragmatic and solutions driven' advice to clients in both a contentious and non-contentious setting, including as it relates to collective bargaining agreements, dismissals and remuneration policies. Louis Berns co-heads the team alongside Schmit and has vast experience in the field.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Schmit; Louis Berns


Testimonials

The firm provides tailor made solutions for each case.’

‘They have developed strong expertise on topics such as CSSF-related matters.’

‘Philippe Schmit is pragmatic and solutions driven.’

Key clients

JP Morgan


Euromobiliare Asset Management


Huawei


Summit Partners


Guardian Industries


Bain Capital


Northern Trust Management Services Limited


Talkwalker


IEE


Bitstamp


Work highlights


  • Assisted a Luxembourg-based company in the internal investigations and termination for moral harassment of a manager in a contentious setting before representing the client before Court in the context of a claim for unfair dismissal.
  • Assisted a leading player in the retail sector, in the context of a fraud within one of its retail services and asked our firm to organise and assist with an in-depth investigation and to handle the results of the investigation, notably from an employment law perspective.
  • Represented in Court a worldwide expert in the manufacture of electromechanical components for the automotive industry, in the context of a collective dispute.

Castegnaro, member of Ius Laboris

Boutique employment law specialists advise a varied mix of private and public sector employers across the gamut of contentious and non-contentious matters, including as it relates to renumeration, data protection, dismissals and pensions. Founding partner Guy Castegnaro has vast experience in the field and maintains a strong fee-earning practice alongside a presence as a speaker in many conferences relating to hot button issues and as a university lecturer in relation to social security law. Ariane Claverie has deep knowledge of the Luxembourg Labour Code, having herself participated in its establishment. Christophe Domingos rounds out the team at a partner level and is noted, in particular, for his collective bargaining expertise.

Practice head(s):

Guy Castegnaro; Ariane Claverie; Christophe Domingos


Work highlights


KLEYR GRASSO

The 'client-oriented' team at KLEYR GRASSO provides 'very commercial advice' directly to clients, as well as in the context of referral work from international law firms, across a broad swathe of contentious and non-contentious social and employment law issues. Team head Christian Jungers  is 'responsive and has great technical expertise', including as it relates to collective bargaining matters. Other key members of the team include counsel Sandra Rapp, who provides 'very pragmatic and knowledgeable' advice particularly in a cross-border context, and Céline Defay, whose varied workload includes advice to employers on terminations and the drafting of settlement agreements.

Practice head(s):

Christian Jungers


Other key lawyers:

Anissa Bali; Céline Defay; Philippe Ney; Sandra Rapp; Christopher Ney; Laure Woehrling; Daniel Nerl


Testimonials

The team is client-oriented, committed and reactive.’

The team provides very commercial advice.’

There are several factors that set the employment practice apart from its competitors: the availability of the partner or counsel combined with high expertise in our sector, a strong understanding of immediate needs and the ability to provide prompt assistance and advice in several languages (which is important for us in Luxembourg, but also for our mother house in another country) and, last but not least, excellent value for money.’

Christian Jungers is responsive and has great technical expertise.’

Sandra Rapp is very knowledgeable and pragmatic.’

Celine Defay was helpful and practical in providing legal advice.’

Key clients

SES


Vodafone Procurement Company S.à r.l.


BDO Luxembourg


Cargolux Airlines International S.A.


Work highlights


Unalome Legal Sàrl

Established in 01 January 2022 by Cindy Arces and Marielle Stevenot,  following their departure from PwC Legal Luxembourg, employment boutique Unalome Legal Sàrl has hit the ground running and picked up a raft of instructions from employers within the financial services, manufacturing and retail sector, where it is appreciated for its ‘effective strategic thinking and strong negotiation skills’. Both partners have complementary skills, with the ‘patient, calm and attentive’ Stevenot specialized in business restructuring and employee incentive schemes and Arces praised for her ‘in-depth knowledge of employment law and great experience in dealing with local and cross-border contracts and regulations’. 

Practice head(s):

Cindy Arces; Marielle Stevenot


Testimonials

‘The firm provides quick and relevant answers and human and business-oriented solutions.’

Cindy Arces has an in-depth knowledge of employment law and great experience in dealing with local and cross-border contracts and regulations. She is also a great negotiator and is able to remain calm and effective even in the most stressful situations and able to find strong arguments to support her clients’ positions.’

‘Marielle Stevenot provides an outstanding service. She is patient, calm and attentive and gives speedy, detailed, clear advice.’

Work highlights


Adam & Bleser

Employment law boutique Adam & Bleser has a 'good understanding of the issues' impacting employers and employees in both the private and public sectors. Litigation underpins much of the team's workflow, with founding partner Romain Adam particularly strong in this regard.

Practice head(s):

Romain Adam; Claude Bleser; Dominique Farys; Stéphanie Anen


Other key lawyers:

Julien Konsbruck; Melvin Roth


Testimonials

The lawyers have a good understanding of the issues.’

Work highlights


BSP

BSP is well-versed across a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including as it relates to day-to HR advisory matters and employment contract drafting, as well as work on specific projects, including advice on TUPE-related considerations pursuant to corporate reorganisations.                   Team head Anne Morel provides 'very responsive and practical' advice to an employer-focused client base, including many within the IT and financial services sectors, across a wide range of their employment concerns, often involving a multi-jurisdictional angle.

Practice head(s):

Anne Morel


Other key lawyers:

Harmonie Meraud; Pauline Wirtzel; Alexandra Simon


Testimonials

Anne Morel is very responsive and practical.’

Work highlights


Clifford Chance

Leveraging its strong institutional client base, as well as being able to draw upon expertise from across the firm's vast global network and complementary practice areas, Clifford Chance provides 'efficient, pragmatic and cost-effective' domestic and cross-border advice across a range of discrete employment issues, as well as in the context of employment support to transactions handled by the firm. 'Solutions-oriented' team head Albert Moro has deep expertise in the space, both in relation to fee-earning work, as well as in the context of involvement local employment law organisations. Although he has a versatile practice, Moro is particularly acclaimed for his work for employers within the financial services sector, where he 'is well-known on a local and at an international level'. 

Practice head(s):

Albert Moro


Other key lawyers:

Ada Schmitt; John Ted


Testimonials

‘The team handles issues in an efficient, pragmatic and cost-effective way.’

Clifford Chance stands out in advising on negotiations related to labour relations (e.g. collective bargaining agreements, restructurings…), bringing to bear deep knowledge of applicable laws and statutory procedures, but also excellent negotiating skill.’

Albert Moro has a global overview of the Luxembourg financial employment sector and is well-known on a local and at an international level.’

Albert Moro stands out for his knowledge and experience, strong analytical skills, a structured way of working, the ability to comprehend complex matters very quickly, a solutions-oriented attitude and corresponding advice, and a high degree of creativity in complex negotiation.’

‘John Ted is very reliable.’

 

Work highlights


Elvinger Hoss Prussen

Elvinger Hoss Prussen has ‘broad expertise and is able to advise clients on the entire spectrum of employment law’, ranging from individual employment relationships to negotiations with staff representatives and labour unions, as well as on litigation matters including the defence of harassment and discrimination claims. Pierre Elvinger has strong technical skills and is a good litigator’, he co-heads the team alongside Florence Apostolou , who has more of a non-contentious/advisory slant to her practice, including as it relates to guidance for employers navigating novel issues which arose during the pandemic.

Practice head(s):

Pierre Elvinger; Florence Apostolou


Other key lawyers:

Léon Gloden


Testimonials

‘The team has broad expertise and is able to advise clients on the entire spectrum of employment law.’

‘Pierre Elvinger has good technical skills and is a good litigator.’

Work highlights


MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL

MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL provides 'high-quality advice' to employers and employees across a range of matters including as relates to social plans, data protection, dismissals/redundancies and settlement agreements. As well as advice on discrete projects and standalone advisory work, the team also offers a cost -effective retainer service, providing advice ad-hoc basis, as and when required. Team head Régis Muller takes the lead on most of the core matters, either on his or alongside managing partner Michel Molitor, who is particularly well-suited to advising on high-stakes matters involving potentially damaging reputational management issues. The firm's nascent tax and estate planning group also regularly works alongside the employment team, ensuring that clients receive a holistic offering in relation to executive compensation and renumeration packages.

Practice head(s):

Régis Muller


Other key lawyers:

Michel Molitor


Testimonials

‘The team provides high quality advice.’

Work highlights


Baker McKenzie

The arrival in April 2022 of counsel Sabrina Bodson from Allen & Overy Luxembourg has considerably strengthened Baker McKenzie's employment offering in light of her strong advisory capability across a range of issues, including remuneration policies, employee mobility, social security and staff restructuring. Annie Elfassi  heads the team and is the principal contact for contentious employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Annie Elfassi


Other key lawyers:

Sabrina Bodson


Work highlights


CM Law

At CM Law, 'very professional' team head Catherine Graff provides 'solutions-oriented' advice to employers across the waterfront of contentious and non-contentious matters, including as it relates to data protection, remuneration, termination of employment contracts and collective bargaining agreements.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Graff


Testimonials

‘Catherine Graff is very professional, and solutions oriented.’

‘Catherine Graff is highly skilled and is widely considered the reference in her field in Luxembourg. We recommend anyone to reach to her.’

 

Work highlights


Linklaters

The team at Linklaters acts for domestic and multinational employers within the retail and financial services sector. Guy Loesch is now leading the team following the departure of Audrey Bertolotti left the firm in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Guy Loesch


Other key lawyers:

Louis-Eudes Giroux


Work highlights


Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff 'not only has deep legal expertise but also great practical knowledge of Luxembourg employment issues', which it effectively deploys for an employer-focused client base that includes numerous high-profile investment management firms. Litigator Sabrina Martin heads the team that also includes counsel Farah Jeraj, who is 'incredibly responsive, thorough and thoughtful in her advice' across a range of issues, from dismissal cases to harassment investigations.

Practice head(s):

Sabrina Martin


Other key lawyers:

Farah Jeraj; Emilia Fronczak; Amandine Ther; Patrick Ries


Testimonials

‘They not only has deep legal expertise but also great practical knowledge of Luxembourg employment issues. Furthermore, they were incredibly responsive and worked around the clock for us during a particularly intense period.’

‘The team is proactive at informing us of regulatory changes, often unprompted.’

‘Sabrina Martin was extremely valuable with her strategic and practical take on things.’

‘Farah Jeraj was incredibly responsive, thorough and thoughtful in her advice. She worked tirelessly for us and was integral to the success of the project she worked on with us.’

Work highlights


Luther S.A.

Acting on its own, as well as often in harness with the firm's dispute resolution and corporate/M&A practices, Luther S.A.'s employment law practice, which is headed by Marie Sinniger , advises on discrete contentious and non-contentious matters for an employer-focused client base, as well as providing labour law advice pursuant to transactions handled by the firm.

 

Practice head(s):

Marie Sinniger


Other key lawyers:

Thomas Alberti


Key clients

Altice Group


Work highlights


PwC Legal Luxembourg

Now headed by counsel Sabrina Alvaro , following the departure in January 2022 of Marielle Stevenot and Cindy Arces to set up their own firm Unalome Legal Sàrl, PwC Legal Luxembourg has 'great expertise in local employment laws/ regulations and their practical implementation'. Alvaro is an 'exceptionally knowledgeable, client-oriented and business-minded lawyer' and has successfully risen to the challenge of heading the group, gaining plaudits for her 'very caring and empathetic nature'. 

Practice head(s):

Sabrina Alvaro


Testimonials

‘The team was very responsive and delivered high-quality advice.’

Always delivers a top-notch service. Great expertise in local employment laws/regulations and their practical implementation.’

‘Sabrina Alvaro is very competent, responsive and has a very caring and empathetic nature.’

Sabrina Alvaro is very reactive and helpful.’

Sabrina Alvaro stands out as an exceptionally knowledgeable, client-oriented and business-minded lawyer.’

Work highlights


Thewes & Reuter

Although it handles a range of non-contentious and contentious labour law advice, Thewes & Reuter is perhaps best-known for its ability to provide 'prompt and high-quality advice' to employers and trade unions in relation to collective labour law procedures. Recognised as a 'top expert in employment law', Pierre Reuter co-heads the team alongside the 'very professional and reliable' Anne Charton and is particularly adept at advising clients within the transport sector, as well as in the area of public and private cultural institutions.


Practice head(s):

Anne Charton; Pierre Reuter


Other key lawyers:

Marc Thewes; Laurent Welter


Testimonials

‘The team provides prompt and high-quality advice. At the same time, they have deep knowledge of the industry and unique expertise at each practice. Overall, a strong devoted team of professionals who really care about client’s needs.’

‘Pierre Reuter is a top expert in employment law. He has substantial experience and high-level litigation skills, being also very professional in his responses.’

‘Anne Charton is an expert on employment issues. She is very professional and reliable, too. She works in tight deadlines and successfully delivers precise, timely and high-quality advice.’

Key clients

POST Luxembourg


Work highlights


  • Advised POST LUXEMBOURG on the appointment of health and safety officers for the various branches of their activity, taking into account the diverse legal statuses of its staff.