Hall Of Fame

Employment in Luxembourg

A&O Shearman

The ‘very collaborative and knowledgeable’ team at A&O Shearman provides ‘tailor-made advice and pragmatic solutions’ to clients across a wide-ranging mix of individual and collective employment issues. Under the leadership of the ‘brilliant’ Gilles Dall’Agnol, the firm is particularly adept at acting for financial services and investment fund clients, with work ranging from advice on remuneration policies, bonus agreements and stock options, through to large-scale reorganisations and collective redundancies. André Marc is at the forefront of many of these training sessions and still remains active advising on work within the private banking sector. Other recommended practitioners include Christophe Ernzen, who has ‘a very clear and calm way of explaining things,’ including on collective labour matters, Maurice Macchi, who provides ‘very pragmatic advice’ including on highly strategic matters for international banks, and Nathaël Malanda, who excels in providing employment law advice pursuant to transactions and on individual employment law matters.

Practice head(s):

Gilles Dall’Agnol

Other key lawyers:

André Marc; Christophe Ernzen; Maurice Macchi; Gabrielle Eynard; Nathaël Malanda


‘The team is very collaborative and knowledgeable – they always help guide us through with excellent commercial acumen.’

‘The team is very reactive and provides tailor-made advice and pragmatic solutions.’

‘They provide high-quality training sessions/webinars.’

Key clients


Edmond de Rothschild (Europe)

Ferrero International


Danske Bank



Banque Internationale à Luxembourg


Arendt & Medernach

Appreciated by clients for their ‘measured, careful and empathetic’ approach, Arendt & Medernach excels in providing strategic and tailored advice to an employer-focused client base which appraises both the purely legal as well as the business considerations of the client. Team head Philippe Schmit is praised for his ‘ability to find the right balance between the best interests of the client and the level of risk to assume.’ Other key members of the team include Jean-Luc Putz, who provides added bandwidth to clients on white-collar issues affecting their business, including in the context of AML and cybercrime, Lorraine Chéry, who displays ‘an excellent work ethic and provides forthright advice’ and Louis Berns, who despite being less active on fee-earning work is still a key member of the team by virtue of his ability and willingness to share his considerable knowledge and know-how built up over his many years’ of practice.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Schmit

Other key lawyers:

Louis Berns; Jean-Luc Putz; Lorraine Chéry


‘They are measured, careful and empathetic. They are also very flexible, always available and attentive to customer needs even in emergency situations.’

‘Philippe Schmit exhibits quiet strength and is calm and serene in his advice.’ 

‘Philippe Schmit immediately understands the key points of the request and focuses on them. He has the ability to find the right balance between the best interests of the client and the level of risk to assume.’

‘Lorraine Chéry has an excellent work ethic and provides forthright advice which carefully considers the risk/benefits of the course of action.’

‘What makes the Arendt team unique is firstly their competence and expertise and their great mastery of employment law. For me, they are the best in Luxembourg.’

‘The legal advice which is given comes in a very timely manner and is concise, easy to understand.’

‘Philippe Schmit remains an outstanding legal advisor. His team is equally knowledgeable and have his lead in terms of commitment to client service.’

Key clients

Bain Capital

Euromobiliare Asset Management

Guardian Industries

Huawei Technologies Luxembourg


J.P. Morgan

Northern Trust Management Services Limited


Summit Partners


Work highlights

  • Advised one of the world’s largest manufacturers of float glass and fabricated glass products, in the context of negotiation of a continuity plan, while the company faced some financial difficulties further, among other to the war in Ukraine and the increase of the energy costs.
  • Advised a transportation company on its transition to a four-day working week.
  • Assisted a commercial company in the context of an exceptional procedure regarding the dismissal of a presumed whistle-blower.

Castegnaro, member of Ius Laboris

Independent boutique employment firm Castegnaro, member of Ius Laboris provides ‘pragmatic and clear advice’ to employers from a range of sectors, including retail and finance, across the gamut of non-contentious and contentious issues associated with conducting business in the country. Founding partner Guy Castegnaro has extensive knowledge across the spectrum of local employment laws and as well as keeping clients abreast of hot-button topics and legislative changes, while also regularly providing strategic advice in the context of restructuring, collective dismissals and social security law matters. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Ariane Claverie provides ‘nuanced and user-friendly advice,’ including in the context of terminations, sickness and data protection, and alongside Christophe Domingos, who excels in collective employment matters, rounds out the team at a partner level.

Practice head(s):

Guy Castegnaro; Ariane Claverie; Christophe Domingos

Other key lawyers:

Marie Behle Pondji


‘The team is very competent and friendly. They provide quick, pragmatic and clear answers to questions.’

‘The knowledgeable Ariane Claverie provides nuanced and user-friendly advice.’


Key clients

State Street Bank Luxembourg


Work highlights

  • Advised Uniqlo on various substantial issues regarding the start of its new business in Luxembourg.
  • Approached by State Street Luxembourg Race and Ethnicity Network to organize a training workshop on the legal challenges and pitfalls that HR need to understand while designing and implementing diversity and anti-discrimination policies in the workplace.


KLEYR GRASSO provides ‘solutions-oriented, dynamic and responsive’ advice across a broad swathe of contentious and non-contentious social and employment law issues impacting employers from a range of industry sectors. Christian Jungers is ‘totally committed and absolutely trustworthy,’ regularly picking up high-profile mandates regarding collective bargaining agreements and social plans, as well as disputes relating to sexual and moral harassment. The ‘exceptional’ Anissa Bali provides ‘high-quality advice’ to new employers establishing in Luxembourg and is also regularly engaged in high-profile termination cases and the subsequent settlement negotiations. Céline Defay is a popular choice among domestic and international corporates seeking reassurance that all their policies comply with Luxembourg labour laws. Philippe Ney's wide-ranging expertise includes the negotiation of social plans and collective bargaining agreements, while ‘very knowledgeable and responsive’ counsel Sandra Rapp excels at advising on cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Christian Jungers

Other key lawyers:

Anissa Bali; Céline Defay; Philippe Ney; Sandra Rapp


‘They provide solutions-oriented, dynamic and responsive.’

‘They clearly know everything about labour law and everybody related to it in Luxembourg.’

‘The outstanding Christian Jungers is extremely competent, totally committed and absolutely trustworthy. I rarely met an individual so passionate and competent about his/her area of law.’

‘The exceptional Anissa Bali provides high-quality advice.’

‘Sandra Rapp is very knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘They have in-depth knowledge of the different legal areas. You usually get a swift replies to your requests.’

‘They have a good understanding of the needs of our company.’

‘They clearly know everything about labour law and everybody related to it in Luxembourg.’

Key clients

Vodafone Procurement Company S.à r.l.



BDO Luxembourg


Unalome Legal Sàrl

Since its establishment at the beginning of 2022 employment boutique Unalome Legal Sàrl has rapidly gained traction in the market and has been embraced by entrepreneurs and companies of all size and industry sector to advise on all their operational and strategic HR legal issues, where it is appreciated for its ‘personalized approach, which eschews the one-size-fits-all mentality often associated with other firms‘. Core to the firm’s instant success is the knowledge and experience of its two founding partners Cindy Arces and Marielle Stevenot, who both ‘offer not only exceptional technical proficiency but also a keen aptitude for strategic thinking and formidable negotiation skills’. Arces is particularly skilled at advising international companies wishing to establish a presence in Luxembourg (and to handle all the attendant employment law issues), in addition she is a ‘fierce litigator’ensuring that HR departments are able to ‘proactively mitigate and swiftly resolve potential disputes’. Stevenot leverages her HR background to good effect and provides  ‘pragmatic straightforward solutions’ across a range of advisory work, including on business restructuring needs and employee incentive schemes.

Practice head(s):

Cindy Arces; Marielle Stevenot


‘Cindy Arces and Marielle Stevenot have a deep experience and understanding of the labour law in Luxembourg.’

‘Their counsel is finely tuned to the unique nuances of each situation.’

‘Cindy and Marielle are not only seasoned professionals but also a harmonious duo. Together, they offer not only exceptional technical proficiency but also a keen aptitude for strategic thinking and formidable negotiation skills.’

Work highlights

Adam & Bleser

Employment boutique Adam & Bleser has ‘deep experience on the Luxembourg market,’ leveraging its strong overarching litigation smarts to good effect to provide ‘pragmatic and solutions oriented’ advice across a myriad of contentious employment law matters. Although it does handle some work for employers, including within the public sector, the team is undoubtedly best-known for its representation of executives in disputes, an area that Romain Adam is particularly accomplished, including in the context of settlement agreements. Other recommended practitioners include the ‘very experienced’ Claude Bleser, who ‘has good technical skills,’ Dominique Farys, who is ‘extremely experienced with regard to Luxembourg labour law’ and the ‘proactive’ Julien Konsbruck, who ‘provides strong representation on high value cases.’

Practice head(s):

Romain Adam; Claude Bleser; Dominique Farys; Stéphanie Anen

Other key lawyers:

Julien Konsbruck; Melvin Roth; Melanie Hubsch; Ornella Mastrangelo


‘They are responsive, have high technical expertise but are also pragmatic and solutions oriented.’

‘I appreciate their reactivity and deep experience on the Luxembourg market.’

‘Romain Adam is well experienced and knows market practice which avoids unexpected surprises in the context of negotiations of settlement agreements.’


Led by Anne Morel, BSP provides ‘sound and pragmatic advice’ to employers from a range of industry sectors, including IT, retail and financial services, across a wide array of individual and collective employment law matters, from a contentious and non-contentious perspective. As well as handling large standalone projects, including redundancy matters and transfer of undertakings, Morel regularly advises corporates on a day-to-day basis, where she is appreciated for her understanding of ‘the challenges specific to the HR policy of large companies.’

Practice head(s):

Anne Morel

Other key lawyers:

Hervé Michel; Harmonie Méraud; Pauline Wirtzel; Alexandra Simon


‘Very responsive, knowledgeable and solutions oriented.’

‘The extremely responsive team provides sound and pragmatic advice.’

‘We have regularly worked with Anne Morel. Thanks to her vast experience with large and multinational companies, she quickly understands the challenges specific to the HR policy of large companies. This is conducive to the efficiency of her work and the creativity of the solutions provided.’

‘The practice’s main selling point to me is its hands-on approach.’

‘Extremely responsive team and sound pragmatic advice.’

‘The team is incredibly responsive. Depending on the nature of the assignment, clear agreements are made and deadlines agreed upon. The work always meets what was agreed and is delivered on time.’

Clifford Chance

‘Very dedicated to its clients,’ which include numerous funds, banks and insurance companies, Clifford Chance provides ‘flexible and responsive’ advice across a range of discrete employment issues, as well as in the context of employment support to transactions handled by the firm’s corporate and real estate teams The ‘highly responsive’ Albert Moro is ‘a very experienced negotiator,’ whose expertise spans both litigation and advisory work, including as it relates to redundancies and reorganisations, and defending employers against harassment and discrimination claims. Ada Schmitt co-heads the team alongside Moro that also includes ‘very strong’ senior associate John Ted.

Practice head(s):

Albert Moro; Ada Schmitt

Other key lawyers:

John Ted


‘The team is very dedicated to its clients and provides very flexible and responsive.’

‘The team members know, what they are talking about. You get clear answers without any “..if this then that, maybe…”You get all possible alternatives for your specific situation, but you get ONE answer.’

‘Clifford Chance provides excellent advice not only on legal matters, but also provides effective and valuable assistance in negotiating tactics. Also, they are able to work in several languages with no compromises whatsoever on quality, responsiveness and speed.’

‘Albert Moro is highly responsive, very experienced negotiator, perfectly fluent orally and in writing in several languages.’

‘John Ted is a very strong professional and his advice is always very useful for our business.’

Key clients

TotalEnergies Marketing Luxembourg

Work highlights

  • Advised TotalEnergies on its exclusive negotiations with Alimentation Couche-Tard for the setting up of a partnership in Belgium and Luxembourg and the sale of its retail networks in Germany and the Netherlands.

Elvinger Hoss Prussen

Prioritising ‘pragmatism and real-world solutions’ as opposed to abstruse legal theories, Elvinger Hoss Prussen is a popular choice among domestic and international employers, including funds and banks across a broad array of advisory work, in particular, including advice on internal policies, employment contracts as well as general legal employment counselling on restructuring projects. A reflection of his broader commercial litigation prowess, much of team head Pierre Elvinger‘s workload is of a contentious nature, be it from a risk management or pre-litigation perspective or in formal litigation before the courts. Possessing a ‘remarkable ability to navigate complex issues,’ Florence Apostolou has more of a non-contentious angle to her work which includes standalone advisory as well as work aligned to transactions handled by other practice groups at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Pierre Elvinger

Other key lawyers:

Florence Apostolou


‘Deep level of knowledge, accessible and approachable lawyers.’

‘They provide consistently sound and reliable advice and guidance.’

‘Rather than solely focusing on legal theory, they prioritize pragmatism and real-world solutions.’

‘Florence Apostolou possesses a remarkable ability to navigate complex issues and arrive at concrete conclusions and action plans while carefully assessing all risks.’

‘The people we have collaborated with working at Elvinger Hoss Prussen have been amazing. They are smart and creative people, who are excellent to work with.’

Key clients

SkyCom and Claude Lenert

European Fund Administration

MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL

Led by the ‘very responsive and efficient’ Régis Muller, MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL provides ‘sound advice’ across a wide array of employment issues, including on remuneration matters and contract drafting for banking and private equity firms. As well as employer-side work, Muller and managing partner Michel Molitor also have experience representing executives in negotiating settlement agreements.

Practice head(s):

Régis Muller

Other key lawyers:

Michel Molitor


‘The team listens to its customers and understands the needs and challenges. They provide sound advice in all kinds of situations.’

‘Régis Muller is very responsive and efficient. Interactions are always friendly.’

‘Michel Molitor and Régis Muller are very responsive and collaborative at all times.’

‘Very efficient team in general.’

‘The team is knowledgeable in labour law and responsive. They are easy to work with.’

Baker McKenzie

At Baker McKenzie, counsel Sabrina Bodson handles much of the day-to-day employment work, where she is appreciated for her ‘hands-on and pragmatic’ advice across a range of issues including remuneration policies, employee mobility, social security and staff restructuring. Annie Elfassi heads up the overarching group, leveraging her broader litigation skills to good effect from a risk management perspective as well as on employment disputes.

Practice head(s):

Annie Elfassi

Other key lawyers:

Sabrina Bodson; Merona Gehbrhiwet; Meryem Ozdemir; Kyllian Talbourdet


‘The excellent Sabrina Bodson is hands-on, pragmatic and has excellent knowledge of the law.’

‘Sabrina Bodson has very strong leadership capabilities, not afraid of speaking up and holding to her opinion.’

‘Annie Elfassi and Sabrina Bodson have the ability to explain certain subjects in simple terms and give good advice.’

Key clients

Dupont Teijin Films Luxembourg S.A.


Work highlights

  • Led a high-profile job reduction programme for Luxembourg-based company Dupont Teijin Films.

Brucher Thieltgen & Partners

At Brucher Thieltgen & Partners, team head Marie Benaknows the Luxembourg environment perfectly,’ ensuring she is well-positioned to represent international and regional companies across a broad range of their ongoing employment and HR issues. In addition, Bena has excellent litigation skills which she implements for employers and employees, including in relation to unfair dismissal matters.

Practice head(s):

Marie Bena


‘The team has excellent knowledge of local markets and practices – relations with the authorities and understand customer’s needs.’

‘Marie Bena knows the Luxembourg environment perfectly. She has an excellent understanding of the client’s needs and an assessment of the issues that always takes into account a risk assessment that protects the client’s interests.’

‘Experienced firm that gives good advice.’

‘The team is able to handle a wide range of issues, giving practical input.’


The ‘responsive and helpful’ team at CMS is ‘incredibly knowledgeable and efficient’ and provides ‘pragmatic advice’ to international financial services, investment management, technology and construction companies across a wide array of day-to-day employment issues they encounter while conducting business in Luxembourg. Team head Hugo Arellano, who was promoted to partner at the beginning of 2023, handles day-today HR employment queries, as well as larger scale mandates including collective redundancies, implementation of flexible working policies and high-stakes litigation.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Arellano

Other key lawyers:

Leslie Ledrich; Julia Cavuoto


‘The employment practice is responsive and helpful. They take the time to explain the ins and outs of Luxembourg laws and how those laws apply to our situation.’

‘The team is incredibly knowledgeable and efficient. They are also easy to work with.’

‘The reactive and responsive team provides pragmatic advice.’

‘Hugo Arellano and Leslie Ledrich are good communicators.’

‘Engaging, forward-thinking and very supportive.’

‘Friendly professional and supportive approach, always in a good mood and nice to deal with.’

Loyens & Loeff

The ‘responsive’ team at Loyens & Loeff provides ‘robust advice’ to employers seeking ad-hoc employment advice, as well as in the context of day-to-day employment advisory work, including a considerable amount for private equity firms. Team head Sabrina Martin draws upon her strong overarching litigation prowess to good effect on contentious employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Sabrina Martin

Other key lawyers:

Farah Jerej; Emilia Fronczak; Patrick Ries


‘The responsive team provides robust advice.’

‘Very available; prompt turn-around times.’

‘Very responsive.’

‘Farah Jerej is empathetic and displays a willingness to help and find the solution.’

Luther S.A.

Led by corporate/M&A specialist Marie Sinniger and assisted by ‘very helpful’ senior associate Thomas Alberti, Luther S.A. provides a holistic service to employers across a wide range of the contentious and non-contentious aspects of Luxembourg employment law.

Practice head(s):

Marie Sinniger

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Alberti


‘The firm provided an excellent service and a quick turnaround. Luther has been on top of the case law and their advice was always related to recent case law.’

‘Their answers are clear and easy to understand even for non-specialists in labour law.’

‘Thomas Alberti was very helpful and provided understandable and practical solutions to our problems.

Key clients

Altice Group

Lidl Belgium GmbH & Co.

MS Mode

Phi Participations

Lux Frais SA

Scannell Properties

Flawless Photonics S.à.r.l.

Groupe Danaher (Danaher Luxembourg Finance S.à r.l.)

Aztec Financial Services (Luxembourg) S.A

Work highlights

  • Advised a major Luxembourg corporate on a regular basis for day-to-day labour law matters and providing tailor made solutions.
  • Advised Europe’s leading private equity real estate investment manager on the implementation of several internal policies on current hot topics in Luxembourg.
  • Advised a French multinational telecommunications and mass media company on day-to-day labour law matters and termination issues.

PwC Legal Luxembourg

PwC Legal Luxembourg provides ‘proactive and client-centric advice’ to an internationally-focused employer-side client base across all aspects of employment, social security, and immigration law. ‘Outstanding’ team head Sabrina Alvaro is at the forefront of the most significant mandates handled by the practice, providing a ‘very responsive and committed’ service to clients, including in the context of the establishment complex staff incentive schemes.

Practice head(s):

Sabrina Alvaro


‘The advice is always pertinent and clear.’

‘They have great expertise in employment law matters and provide proactive and client-centric advice.’

‘They provide very practically oriented advice, which it delivers in a clear and didactic manner.’

‘Sabrina Alvaro is very responsive and committed.’

‘Sabrina Alvaro is an outstanding employment law expert.’

‘They are very down to earth in their approach and communication.’

‘A global team that can answer questions on all topics.’

‘It is my privilege to recommend Sabrina Alvaro. She is the mixture of all the qualities that should be present in an excellent lawyer.’

Thewes & Reuter

Although it does handle some private sector engagements, much of Thewes & Reuter's employment work concerns issues facing clients in the public sector, a core overarching area of focus for the firm as a whole, particularly as it relates to litigation. Pierre Reuter is engaged in the most significant mandates handled by the team, including representing employers against claims of unfair dismissal and more broadly on collective employment law matters. Anne Charton co-heads the team alongside Reuter.

Practice head(s):

Pierre Reuter; Anne Charton

Other key lawyers:

Marc Thewes; Laurent Welter

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.