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Allen & Overy Luxembourg provides 'outstanding' and 'highly strategic' advice that effectively balances local considerations with an international outlook, across a myriad of IP and IT matters. 'Excellent' team head Katia Manhaeve has broad-ranging contentious and non-contentious IP expertise, including as it relates to patents, trade marks and copyright. On the IT front, despite the departure of Gary Cywie to Elvinger Hoss Prussen in February 2018, the team is still able to call upon the expertise of counsel Catherine Di Lorenzo, whose workflow includes cyber-security and IT outsourcing matters.

Praised for its 'willingness to go the extra mile for its clients', Arendt & Medernach provides 'business-focused and solution-oriented advice' to its impressive roster of corporate clients (including Volkswagen, Credit Suisse and ArcelorMittal) across the waterfront of contentious and non-contentious IP and IT matters.  In addition to boasting substantial experience in relation to the commercialisation of IPR, as well as on IT and outsourcing matters, team head Sophie Wagner-Chartier has been particularly active of late advising businesses (particularly within the financial services sector) on GDPR compliance.

IP and IT boutique C Law provides 'knowledgeable and service-oriented advice' to clients on e-commerce and data protection matters, among other matters. Praised for his 'pragmatism and client-centric advice', founding partner Cyril Pierre-Beausse has particular expertise on data protection, and has therefore unsurprisingly been inundated with GDPR compliance issues from companies across a range of industry sectors. As well as handling IT matters, Claire Leonelli also has significant IP expertise, including on copyright issues, which is brought to the fore in her advice to public sector entities on digitisation projects. The 'open-minded and creative' Elisabeth Guissart provides a 'a high level of professionalism', particularly in relation to IT and data protection matters.

Benefiting from the expertise of five dedicated fee-earners, as well as being able to tap into the complementary knowledge of lawyers in other practice areas, including banking for fintech and regulatory issues, NautaDutilh has the strength in depth to handle a significant volume and diversity of matters for a growing roster of clients including Airbnb, Alibaba, Microsoft and BMW. Team head Vincent Wellens' broad-ranging practice includes IP infringement matters, in addition to IT outsourcing and data protection work.

Led by the 'commercially savvy' Emmanuelle Ragot , Wildgen provides 'an excellent service which addresses all IP/IT issues relating to Luxembourg'. As well as her market-leading reputation for data protection matters, the 'very responsive' Ragot also handles a raft of commercial, finance and IP-related work on behalf of start-ups.

At Bonn & Schmitt, Alain Grosjean has an excellent reputation for data protection matters and has consequently been in high demand from clients from a range of industry sectors to advise them on the implications of GDPR law.

Although less active than some in the ranking on the IT front, DECKER & BRAUN is very visible in the market for IP matters. Vastly experienced Nicolas Decker is particularly noted for his copyright expertise. Marianne Decker is also recommended.

Considerably strengthened on the outsourcing and data protection front by the arrival in February 2018 of Gary Cywie from Allen & Overy Luxembourg,   Elvinger Hoss Prussen has a growing reputation in the market, and is increasingly picking up instructions on behalf of its impressive roster of institutional clients, particularly within the financial services industry. Linda Funck also continues to handle a significant amount of IT/data protection-related work, including her recent advice to Advanzia Bank on GDPR compliance matters. Senior associate EmmanuÚle De Dampierre has a focus on IP matters.

MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL provides 'flexible and to-the-point advice' across a range of IT, IP and media law matters. Senior associate Virginie Liebermann is 'very capable on data protection matters'.

Appreciated by clients for its 'solution-oriented mindset', PwC Legal Luxembourg has a 'deep knowledge of IP and IT matters, from both an international and domestic perspective'. Spearheaded by the 'responsive and practical' Audrey Rustichelli, the team is, however, best-known for its 'strong data protection knowledge' and has been involved in a raft of GDPR-related projects.

Led by 'proactive' counsel Isabelle Comhaire , Clifford Chance provides 'professional, pertinent and detailed advice' to financial services clients, in particular, on data protection and outsourcing matters.

Formed following the arrival of Linklaters' former team head Oliver Reisch, DLA Piper Luxembourg's nascent IP and technology team has already picked up a significant amount of data protection work.

At LG Avocats, Stephan Le Goueff has a 'strong reputation' for handling media and telecoms matters. Hervé Wolff  is noted for his data protection expertise.

Now headed by 'practical and no-nonsense' commercial litigator Guy Loesch, following the departure in April 2018 of former team head Oliver Reisch to DLA Piper Luxembourg, Linklaters still maintains a credible practice, particularly on data protection, IT and e-commerce matters on behalf of the firm's roster of impressive financial institutions. Linna Biere, formerly a managing associate in the team, left the firm.

Benefiting from significant cross-over with other practice areas, including tax and employment, Loyens & Loeff handles a range of e-commerce, data protection and IP-related commercialisation work. Associate Florence D’Ath handles IP and data protection mandates and has been 'very helpful on GDPR compliance advice'  according to one client. VĂ©ronique Hoffeld regularly handles IP litigation as part of her broad-ranging practice, and is a key member of the team.

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