Employment in Luxembourg
Allen & Overy Luxembourg
Led by the 'excellent' André Marc, Allen & Overy Luxembourg provides 'in-depth knowledge and solution-oriented advice' to financial services, retail and technology clients on standalone employment advisory matters, contentious issues, as well as employment issues arising in the context of major transactions handled by the firm. Marc is particularly accomplished at handling collective employment issues, including in the context of negotiating and effectuating social plans. 'Very efficient' counsel Gilles Dall’Agnol regularly takes the lead on large-scale employment projects, often in the context of staff transfers pursuant to M&A activity. Senior associate Sabrina Bodson is particularly accomplished at advising on remuneration policies in the banking and financial sector.
‘In-depth knowledge and solution-oriented advice.‘
Swedbank AB (PUBL) Luxembourg Branch
Union Bancaire Privée (Europe) S.A
Millicom International Cellular S.A
Advanzia Bank S.A.
- Assisting Clearstream with the negotiation of a social plan concerning a headcount reduction of 212 employees.
- Assisting Swedbank with the negotiation of a social plan concerning a headcount reduction of 15 employees.
- Advising UBP on a staff transfer resulting from the acquisition of Bank Carnegie Luxembourg.
Led by the 'highly intelligent and knowledgeable' Louis Berns, Arendt & Medernach's 'very talented' two-partner team provides 'practical advice' across the gamut of contentious and non-contentious employment issues, including restructurings and reorganisations, industrial relations, collective dismissals and collective bargaining negotiations for private and public sector clients. The team is best known for its work within the financial services/funds sector, with the 'client-focused and accessible' Philippe Schmit recently handling numerous collective dismissal procedures in the asset management space. Other recent areas of activity include advice on General Data Protection Regulation implementation and Brexit-related employment matters.
‘It houses one of the largest and best employment practices in Luxembourg and is fully integrated with the firm’s other practice areas – which is very handy when the employment question also has a data privacy or regulatory angle.‘
‘The team has deep knowledge of the legal framework and related employment case law.‘
‘Louis Berns is intelligent, highly competent, knowledgeable and precise.‘
‘Philippe Schmit is very commercial, responsive and internationally minded.‘
‘Philippe Schmit has taken the time to understand our business and the corporate culture of the team, which helps us obtain advice that takes into account our unique needs.‘
BGL BNP Paribas S.A
Guardian Europe S.à r.l.
Northern Trust Management Services Limited
Luxembourg Stock Exchange
- Advised a leading asset manager on the closing down of its Luxembourg operations, which involved the carrying out of a collective dismissal procedure as well as a cross-border merger among two European entities both having a substantial headcount.
- Advised a significant investment funds entity on a major restructuring of its Luxembourg operations, which involved the carrying out of a collective dismissal procedure as well as an outsourcing project.
- Assisted a client in the insurance industry with the relocation of a top executive (who does not have a European passport) from the UK to Luxembourg.
The 11-strong team at employment boutique Castegnaro, member of Ius Laboris has the strength-in-depth and knowledge to advise corporates across the full spectrum of their Luxembourg employment needs. 'Vastly experienced' team head Guy Castegnaro has both contentious and non-contentious expertise. Ariane Claverie is knowledgeable about sickness and social security, terminations, working hours, secondment and data protection. Recently promoted partner Christophe Domingos is particularly accomplished advising on collective employment and remuneration matters.
Oracle Luxembourg S.à r.l.
Jointly headed by Christian Jungers and Philippe Ney, KLEYR GRASSO's two-partner team provides 'reactive and practical advice' to domestic and multinational corporates across the waterfront of contentious and non-contentious matters, including as it relates to terminations, social plans, immigration and restructuring. 'Brilliant' counsel Céline Defay 'always tries to find the best solution for the employer'; she is particularly strong advising on matters relating to dismissals and settlement agreements, harassment and discrimination issues.
‘The firm’s advice is always straight to the point and immediately applicable.‘
‘Sandra Rapp is always reachable and reactive; her advice is very practical and can be implemented very easily.‘
‘Céline Defay is very empathetic to the requirement of clients.‘
Carmignac Gestion Luxembourg S.A.
- Represented the interests of Carmignac before the Labour Tribunal as regards different claims from a former employee relating to unfair dismissal, moral harassment and pension issues, among others.
Jointly headed by Cindy Arces and Marielle Stevenot, PwC Legal Luxembourg 's knowledgeable' team has contentious and non-contentious expertise, including as it relates to restructuring projects, unfair dismissal cases and collective employment matters. Providing a multi-disciplinary approach which also leans on the expertise of practitioners within the firm's tax, corporate and regulatory teams, the group also excels at drafting and implementing staff incentive schemes. Clients include companies from the financial services, real estate and manufacturing industries.
‘The team provides responsive and professional advice.‘
‘Sabrina Alvaro provides knowledgeable and practical advice.‘
Led by the 'very practical' Anne Morel, Bonn Steichen & Partners' team provides 'pragmatic and solution-oriented advice' across the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious matters, from both an individual and collective employment perspective. As well as standalone advice and employment work relating to significant workplace restructurings/M&A mandates, the firm also provides day-to-day HR support to many clients.
‘The team provides a reliable and responsive service.‘
‘Anne Morel is reliable and provides a flexible and practical approach.‘
Led by Albert Moro , Clifford Chance's 'flexible and empathetic' team advises corporates and financial services clients across a broad array of discrete contentious and non-contentious employment matters, as well as those arising in the context of transactions handled by the firm. Moro has recently provided the employment input on behalf of numerous asset management clients which have undergone internal reorganisations.
Elvinger Hoss Prussen handles a range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters for banks and asset management firms, in particular. The scope of the work is broad and includes the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, transfer of undertakings in the context of restructurings/M&A activity, and defending clients against claims of unfair dismissal. Pierre Elvinger is the principal contact.
Losch Services S.à r.l.
- Advising Losch Services on the employment issues associated with a Luxembourg restructuring.
Independent local firm MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL has a core focus on employment matters, and provides an 'attentive and professional service' to employers (particularly from the retail, hotel and catering sectors) across a range of mandates, including on the creation and negotiation of social plans, transfer of contracts, and privacy and data protection issues. The team also has a strong reputation acting for senior executives in the financial sector, with work including advice on redundancy situations and unfair dismissal cases. Recently promoted partner Régis Muller heads the team.
‘The responsive team provides an excellent quality of written reports.‘
‘The team is highly professional.‘
Bonn & Schmitt handles a significant amount of contentious employment work as a part of the firm's overarching litigation expertise. In addition, Alain Grosjean has a strong reputation across the spectrum of advisory work and is particularly noted for his work in relation to collective redundancies. The firm is particularly active advising banks and funds on employment matters.
- Handled a collective redundancy procedure for a bank.
- Assisting a banking client with the implementation of the new provisions of the Luxembourg banking collective bargaining agreement.
CM Law is able to call upon the expertise of the 'impressively responsive' Catherine Graff, who has a 'thorough knowledge of employment law'. Benoit Maréchal left in August 2019 to set up his own law firm.
‘Catherine Graff is one of the best lawyers in Luxembourg in the area of employment law with whom I have had the pleasure to work.‘
‘Catherine Graff is impressively responsive and very attentive to her clients.‘
At Luther S.A., 'very knowledgeable and experienced' team head Marie Sinniger regularly handles employment work for standalone and existing clients of the firm, including multinationals LIidl and Altice. The scope of Sinniger's work runs the gamut from advice on employee benefits and employment contract drafting, through to the employment issues associated with restructurings and M&A activity.
‘The team is very knowledgeable, professional and thorough.‘
‘Always informative and explained everything in detail.‘
- Advising German global discount supermarket chain LIidl on all contentious and non-contentious Luxembourg employment matters, including on GDPR compliance.
- Advising Altice Group on day-to-day employment law matters, including establishing new employment agreements, ensuring compliance with employment law regulations, secondment, mobility of employees within the group, and handling employment issues during company restructurings.
- Assisting RHI Magnesita with the final negotiations regarding the implementation of its first collective bargaining agreement that was signed by the company and the social partners.
Thewes & Reuter
At Thewes & Reuter, Pierre Reuter has 'substantial experience and high-level litigation skills' and Marc Thewes is noted for his public sector employment expertise work - which continues to see him advise government-owned mail and telecommunications company, POST Luxembourg across a raft of different employment matters.
‘Pierre Reuter is a top expert in employment law. He has substantial experience and high-level litigation skills, and is very professional and timely in his responses.‘
‘The very professional and reliable Anne Charton is an expert on employment issues.‘
- Continuing to provide contentious and non-contentious advice to Post Luxembourg.