Employment in Luxembourg

Allen & Overy Luxembourg

Led by the 'excellentAndré MarcAllen & 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.

Practice head(s):

André Marc

Testimonials

In-depth knowledge and solution-oriented advice.

Key clients

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

Work highlights

  • 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.

Arendt & Medernach

Led by the 'highly intelligent and knowledgeableLouis BernsArendt & 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 accessiblePhilippe 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.

Practice head(s):

Louis Berns

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

ArcelorMittal

BGL BNP Paribas S.A

Guardian Europe S.à r.l.

Bain Capital

Hines Luxembourg

Northern Trust Management Services Limited

Carlyle Group

IEE

Luxembourg Stock Exchange

Sandhills Publishing

Work highlights

  • 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.

Castegnaro, member of Ius Laboris

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.

Key clients

Oracle Luxembourg S.à r.l.

KLEYR GRASSO

Jointly headed by Christian Jungers and Philippe NeyKLEYR 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.

Practice head(s):

Christian Jungers; Philippe Ney

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Carmignac Gestion Luxembourg S.A.

Work highlights

  • 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.

PwC Legal Luxembourg

Jointly headed by Cindy Arces and Marielle StevenotPwC 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.

Practice head(s):

Cindy Arces; Marielle Stévenot

Testimonials

The team provides responsive and professional advice.

Sabrina Alvaro provides knowledgeable and practical advice.

Bonn Steichen & Partners

Led by the 'very practicalAnne MorelBonn 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.

Practice head(s):

Anne Morel

Testimonials

The team provides a reliable and responsive service.

Anne Morel is reliable and provides a flexible and practical approach.

Clifford Chance

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.

Practice head(s):

Albert Moro

Elvinger Hoss Prussen

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.

Practice head(s):

Pierre Elvinger; Léon Gloden

Key clients

Losch Services S.à r.l.

Work highlights

  • Advising Losch Services on the employment issues associated with a Luxembourg restructuring.

MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL

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.

Practice head(s):

Régis Muller

Testimonials

The responsive team provides an excellent quality of written reports.

The team is highly professional.

Bonn & Schmitt

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.

Practice head(s):

Alain Grosjean; Pol Steinhäuser

Work highlights

  • 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

CM Law is able to call upon the expertise of the 'impressively responsiveCatherine Graff, who has a 'thorough knowledge of employment law'. Benoit Maréchal left in August 2019 to set up his own law firm.

Testimonials

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.

Luther S.A.

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.

Practice head(s):

Marie Sinniger

Testimonials

The team is very knowledgeable, professional and thorough.

Always informative and explained everything in detail.

Key clients

LIDL

Altice Group

RHI Magnesita

Work highlights

  • 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 & ReuterPierre 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.

Practice head(s):

Pierre Reuter

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

POST Luxembourg

Work highlights

  • Continuing to provide contentious and non-contentious advice to Post Luxembourg.