Employment in Luxembourg

Allen & Overy Luxembourg

Praised for its ability to provide 'innovative solutions for difficult and complex human resources problems', Allen & Overy Luxembourg's 13-strong team has a good reputation among financial services clients across the spectrum of their contentious and non-contentious employment needs. André Marc heads the team and has many years' experience assisting banks on employment matters, including as it relates to remuneration and employee transfers associated with consolidation in the sector. Gilles Dall’Agnol is also regularly involved in large-scale collective employment matters, as was highlighted by his recent involvement as lead employment counsel to Quintet Private Bank on the cross-border merger of the majority of its European subsidiaries. Sabrina Bodson is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

André Marc

Other key lawyers:

Gilles Dall’Agnol; Gabrielle Eynard; Sabrina Bodson; Christophe Ernzen; Maurice Macchi; Nathaël Malanda

Testimonials

‘The team is very approachable and provides concrete, tailor-made answers to our questions.’

‘The team has a high level of expertise in Luxembourg labour law.’

It is able to provide innovative solutions for difficult and complex human resources problems.’

Key clients

Quintet Private Bank (Europe) S.A

Clearstream International

Swedbank AB (PUBL) Luxembourg Branch

Union Bancaire Privée (Europe) S.A

Millicom International Cellular S.A

Advanzia Bank S.A.

Credit Suisse

Husky

Öhman Bank S.A.

Work highlights

  • Assisting Öhman Bank on the negotiation of a social plan for 19 employees.
  • Lead employment counsel to Quintet Private Bank in relation to the cross-border merger of its subsidiaries in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands into the Luxembourg bank ‘Quintet Private Bank (Europe) S.A.’ and the resulting transfer of staff to the newly established branches in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.
  • Assisting a global banking client on complex staff sharing arrangements for its Luxembourg employees.

Arendt & Medernach

Arendt & Medernach is 'extremely reliable in terms of quality of work and responsiveness' and has an excellent reputation among private and public sector employers across the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Benefiting from a 'very large knowledge of legislation and case law', team head Louis Berns is appreciated by clients for his employment litigation prowess in particular, including in claims for abusive dismissal. Philippe Schmit has strong credentials among financial services clients, which he advises across a range of matters, including on the drafting of bespoke remuneration policies.

Practice head(s):

Louis Berns

Other key lawyers:

Philippe Schmit

Testimonials

‘Robust, scaleable and extremely reliable in terms of the quality of work, persistent availability and responsiveness regardless of the complexity or value of the request.’

‘Louis Berns has a very large knowledge of legislation and case law. He is known in Luxembourg as one of the leading labour lawyers.’

Key clients

Euromobiliare Asset Management

Huawei

ArcelorMittal

BGL BNP Paribas S.A.

Guardian Industries

Bain Capital

Northern Trust Management Services Limited

Carlyle Group

IEE

Luxembourg Stock Exchange

Work highlights

  • Assisted a leading multinational company, heavily impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, in renegotiating the terms and conditions of their management team in order to adapt their remuneration package to the challenging situation faced by the company.
  • Assisted several leading Luxembourg financial institutions and banks in setting up flexible working and remote working solutions.
  • Assisted a leading asset management company, having an office in Luxembourg, in the context of the termination of employment contracts of employees having an extraordinarily high seniority in the company and the potential litigation that may subsequently follow.

Castegnaro, member of Ius Laboris

Boutique employment law firm Castegnaro, member of Ius Laboris has developed a strong reputation in the market advising domestic/multinational corporates and financial services entities on their Luxembourg-related employment requirements. Christophe Domingos has particular expertise advising employers on collective redundancies and social plans, and also regularly represents clients in court hearings. Founder and managing partner Guy Castegnaro is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Guy Castegnaro; Ariane Claverie; Christophe Domingos

KLEYR GRASSO

The 'extremely knowledgeable' two-partner team at KLEYR GRASSO provides a 'solution-driven' service to local and international employers across a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including advice on remuneration policies, as well as on large-scale redundancy procedures. 'Outstanding' team head Christian Jungers provides 'innovative and pragmatic solutions' that are tailored to the specific needs of the client, whether they be in the public or private sector, including on behalf of many financial services clients. Counsel Céline Defay provides 'useful and pragmatic advice' to clients seeking to negotiate settlement agreements with employees, as well as to respondents in unfair dismissal claims.

Practice head(s):

Christian Jungers

Other key lawyers:

Philippe Ney; Anissa Bali; Céline Defay; Sandra Rapp; Christophe Ney; Laure Woehrling

Testimonials

‘The team provides open-minded and solutions-focused advice.’

‘This practice is extremely knowledgeable, very good technically and at the same time is able to provide very practical advice which is adaptive of client needs.’

‘The team is very professional and responsive, the best employment lawyers in Luxembourg.’

‘The firm is very hands-on in the process and has provided good support and guidance. They are solution finders and try and avoid litigation as far as possible, as they understand the financial constraints of the client, although it is not afraid to approach the courts if need be.’

‘Christian Jungers is outstanding. I perceive him as someone who is able to put himself exactly in the shoes of the client and to understand what the important aspects are from a business perspective. Very efficient!’

‘Sandra Rapp is excellent, technically and commercially. She is also extremely responsive and committed to clients.’

Céline Defay provides useful and pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Carmignac Gestion Luxembourg S.A.

Burger Brands Luxembourg S.A.

Adecco Luxembourg S.A.

Work highlights

  • Defended Carmignac Gestion Luxembourg before the Labour Court against different claims brought by a former employee for unfair dismissal, moral harassment, pension, etc.
  • Represented Burger Brands against a claim from a former employee to render her dismissal null and void due to her pregnancy.
  • Advised Adecco Group on the implementation of an important project related to the population screening.

PwC Legal Luxembourg

The 'responsive and proactive' two-partner team at PwC Legal Luxembourg is appreciated for its ability to provide 'tailor-made solutions to suit the specific needs of the client'. The team is also valued for its engagement with clients and its provision of regular updates on legislative changes, as well as a helpful degree of automation around contracts. A 'truly exceptional and naturally talented lawyer', Cindy Arces has an 'uncommon ability to immediately adjust to any unpredictable situation, so as to assist the client with a multi-solution approach that allows for alternatives'. Marielle Stévenot co-heads the team alongside Arces, and regularly handles the employment aspects of corporate relocations, as well as providing advice on the implementation of stock option plans.

Practice head(s):

Cindy Arces; Marielle Stevenot

Other key lawyers:

Sabrina Alvaro; Mona-Lisa

Testimonials

‘The reactivity and availability of the team is amazing and this is really helpful to manage urgent matters.’

‘The team is always responsive, proactive and ready to support any request at short notice. I also like their attention to costs and their capacity to provide for tailor-made solutions meant to suit the specific need of the client.’

‘Cindy Arces provides a value-added service, both on purely technical and regulatory issues and more complex strategic matters, specific to our company and business sector.’

‘Cindy Arces is one of the rare law firm managing partners who is still fully operational and fully available for her clients. She is proactive and is able to offer constant strategic advice on the top of regular legal services. She understands our business well and is able to anticipate future issues and problems before they even occur.’

My full acknowledgment goes to Cindy Arces for her amazing capacity to immediately understand the client’s needs and the best approach for a tailor-made solution to its problems. Besides, Cindy is also incredibly talented and always updated, showing outstanding skills to provide for alternatives meant not only to solve the issue but to suit the client’s organisational and productive needs as well. Such talent comes from an uncommon ability to immediately adjust to any unpredictable situation so as to assist the client with a multi-solution approach that allows for alternatives and always pleases the client.’

Adam & Bleser

Praised for its 'client-focused approach and business mindset', employment boutique Adam & Bleser has 'a very strong reputation' representing employees across a range of disputes. Founding partner Romain Adam has been pivotal to the firm's success in the area and has 'a sharp expertise in defending employees in settlement negotiations or litigation cases'.

Practice head(s):

Romain Adam; Claude Bleser; Dominique Farys; Stéphanie Anen

Other key lawyers:

Julien Konsbruck; Melvin Roth; Melanie Hubsch; Anna Ratajewicz

Testimonials

It is a very professional team with a perfect knowledge of Luxembourgish law.’

Having made the defence of employees their core business, the team enjoys a strong reputation in the field of employment law.’

They have a highly regarded negotiation-focused approach, but are also fantastic litigators when it comes to legal proceedings before the courts.

‘The firm displays a client-focused approach and business mindset.’

‘Romain Adam has a sharp expertise in defending employees in settlement negotiations or litigation cases.’

Romain Adam has a strong reputation in handling complex matters in a smart and pragmatic way, providing a hands-on approach and accurate advice to solve issues.’

Dominique Farys is not only a formidable litigator, she also has excellent technical knowledge and is very pragmatic and solutions-oriented.’

Bonn Steichen & Partners

The 'approachable and responsive' six-strong team at Bonn Steichen & Partners provides 'practical advice' to employers, on everything from day-to-day HR assistance, through to larger-scale mandates, including collective bargaining and advice on termination processes. Team head Anne Morel provides 'responsive and succinct advice', including on many matters with an international dimension.

Practice head(s):

Anne Morel

Other key lawyers:

Harmonie Méraud; Pauline Wirtzler

Testimonials

‘We frequently work with the team on international projects, as they are very responsive and provide excellent, but usable advice. ’

‘Very approachable, friendly folks, that are very responsive and always push the envelope to get things done. ’

‘Very well-connected internationally. Hands-on practical advice.’

‘Anne Morel provides responsive and succinct advice.’

Clifford Chance

Led by the 'outstandingAlbert MoroClifford Chance's eight-strong team provides 'responsive and clear advice' to international corporates and financial services institutions across a myriad of employment issues related to the daily operation of business in the country. The team also excels at providing the employment advice pursuant to company reorganisations, as well as in the context of M&A activity handled by the firm.

Practice head(s):

Albert Moro

Other key lawyers:

Isabelle Comhaire; Ada Schmitt

Testimonials

The team provides responsive and clear advice.

‘Albert Moro is very professional and available. His high reliability is much appreciated.’

Albert Moro is an outstanding lawyer, certainly among the very best in labour law in Luxembourg. His opinions are well balanced, carefully thought out and totally reliable from a legal point of view.’

 

Work highlights

  • Advising and assisting a major European media group in relation to an internal reorganisation involving a social plan.
  • Assisting a large securities services provider on its contemplated merger with a Netherlands-based company.
  • Assisting an airline company on the termination of the employment contracts of two senior executives.

Elvinger Hoss Prussen

'Very well-connected within Luxembourg', Elvinger Hoss Prussen provides 'focused' advice to domestic and international companies/financial institutions across a myriad of individual and collective employment law matters. Pierre Elvinger is appreciated by clients for his 'professional and entrepreneurial thinking', in the context of both advisory work and litigation. Léon Gloden co-heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Pierre Elvinger; Léon Gloden

Testimonials

‘Very professional and quick. Entrepreneurial thinking, always trying to find a workable solution instead of reason why the answer is no. Very well-connected within Luxembourg.’

‘The experienced team provides focused and judicious advice.’

‘Pierre Elvinger displays professional and entrepreneurial thinking.’

‘Pierre Elvinger is a very experienced, focused and effective employment lawyer with excellent judgement regarding potential outcome of court cases.’

MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL

MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL provides 'very detailed and precise analysis', directly on behalf of clients, as well as in the context of referral work from other law firms, across a range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Team head Régis Muller has expertise advising on disputed redundancies, immigration, work permits, pension rights and the transfer of employment and social plans.

Practice head(s):

Régis Muller

Other key lawyers:

Michel Molitor

Testimonials

‘The firm is accessible and practical and has a good reputation in the market. Their independent status among the larger international and domestic firms, combined with a high level of expertise and experience, makes for an attractive position.’

‘The team is extremely reactive and efficient.’

‘The lawyers provide very detailed and precise analysis.’

Bonn & Schmitt

Co-headed by litigators Alain Grosjean and Pol Steinhäuser, unsurprisingly Bonn & Schmitt is particularly focused on representing employers in labour matters with a contentious dimension. However, although some of this work relates to formal legal proceedings, the firm's strong litigation credentials also ensures that it is in a strong bargaining position, for example, in negotiating collective redundancy procedures and settlement agreements.

Practice head(s):

Alain Grosjean; Pol Steinhäuser

Other key lawyers:

Simon Malterre; Elena Arno

CM Law

At CM LawCatherine Graff is the main contact for employment matters and is well-versed at advising on data privacy issues, large-scale redundancy processes and discrimination cases.

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Graff

Luther S.A.

The 'friendly and resourceful' two-strong team at Luther S.A. has wide-ranging contentious and non-contentious expertise, which it deploys to good effect for standalone and existing clients of the firm, including multinationals, Lidl and Altice. Marie Sinniger is also a member of the corporate team and is consequently able to add value to clients on large-scale projects, including on M&A mandates, which involve employee transfer issues.

Practice head(s):

Marie Sinniger

Other key lawyers:

Anne-Laure Wach

Testimonials

‘There are not many law firms in Luxembourg willing to represent former employees (no matter how senior) in labour disputes with their former corporate employers. Luther is a welcome exception.’

‘The team is very responsive, available, friendly and resourceful.’

‘We were very happy with the service and legal advice delivered in labour law by Anne-Laure Wach and Marie Sinniger. The overviews and meetings with them were elaborate, precise and clear. Anne-Laure was always available throughout the process to answer practical questions etc. I will definitely go back to them if we have a new case. ’

‘Marie Sinniger and Anne-Laure Wach were an invaluable resource when it came to protecting our rights in the courtroom. Both were very accessible, diligent, and dependable.’

Key clients

LIDL

Altice Group

Work highlights

  • Providing a range of ongoing contentious and non-contentious employment advice to German global discount supermarket chain LIDL, including on matters relating to flexible working time and holidays, and remuneration issues.
  • Advising the Altice Group on day-to-day employment law matters.

Thewes & Reuter

Benefiting from 'great experience and knowledge of the local environment', Thewes & Reuter handles a range of non-contentious and contentious work for employers and high-ranking employees. Led by Pierre Reuter, the three-strong team is particularly effective in representing public sector and cultural entities and has niche expertise advising on collective employment issues. 

Practice head(s):

Pierre Reuter

Other key lawyers:

Anne Charton; Laurent Welter

Testimonials

‘Great experience and knowledge of the local environment ’