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  2. Leading individuals

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    • Nicolas Decker - Decker & Braun
    • Katia Manhaeve - Allen & Overy Luxembourg
    • Cyril Pierre-Beausse - C law

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Led by Katia Manhaeve, Allen & Overy Luxembourg’s six-strong team covers contentious and non-contentious IP and TMT matters including those relating to trade marks, patents and copyrights. Gary Cywie regularly handles IT outsourcing projects for many of the firm’s financial services clients, and Catherine Di Lorenzo has been particularly active handling data protection compliance work.

Arendt & Medernach handles contentious and non-contentious IT and IP matters including an increasing amount of trade mark and domain name disputes work, as well as a significant amount of data protection compliance work in anticipation of the pending EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Sophie Wagner-Chartier and senior associate David Alexandre are now the main contacts following the recent departure of Héloïse Bock. Clients include Roche, Volkswagen and Credit Suisse.

Established in 2013 by IT and data protection expert Cyril Pierre-Beausse, C law acts directly for clients, as well as receiving a growing number of referrals from international law firms. The firm considerably strengthened its team in 2017 with numerous lateral hires - most notably that of IT and data protection expert Elisabeth Guissart from Allen & Overy Luxembourg and former director for e-commerce and information security at the Ministry of Economy Raymond Faber. The group is rounded out by IP specialist Claire Leonelli.

Decker & Braun has expertise handling trade mark and copyright litigation. Marianne Decker and Nicolas Decker are recommended.

Headed by Vincent Wellens and now including four dedicated IP and IT fee-earners following two recent arrivals at an associate level from Arendt & Medernach, NautaDutilh has ‘a strong offering’ across a range of IP infringement matters including trade mark disputes, in addition to IT outsourcing and data protection work.

Headed by the ‘business-oriented’ Emmanuelle Ragot, Wildgen provides ‘a practical service’ to clients across the gamut of IP and data protection matters. Also active in the venture capital space, Ragot spearheads the firm’s multi-disciplinary legal hub for start-ups which assists with IP, commercial and fundraising activities.

As well as advice on traditional IP issues including trade marks and copyright law, Bonn & Schmitt is well regarded for its data protection expertise. Alain Grosjean’s reputation is underscored by his position as the President of the Intellectual Property, Media and Telecommunication Commission, which advises the Luxembourg Bar and comments on draft legislation.

Linklaters provides ‘a client-oriented service’ across IP and TMT issues affecting the e-commerce, telecoms and financial services industries including data protection, regulatory and IT outsourcing advice. ‘Technical and detail-oriented’ team head Olivier Reisch advised KBL European Private Bankers on the drafting and negotiation of the contractual documentation covering data centre-related services entrusted to the European Business Reliance Centre in Luxembourg, which is a leading provider of ICT solutions including cloud services.

Now headed by the ‘responsive and pragmaticAudrey Rustichelli following her arrival in November 2016 from Baker McKenzie, MNKS has been active handling data protection compliance projects for corporates in light of the forthcoming GDPR. Katia Scheidecker also regularly advises on e-commerce and outsourcing matters.

Molitor Avocats à la Cour is noted for its ‘comprehensive and succinct advice’ across a range of IT, IP and media law matters. ‘Efficient and pleasant’ senior associate Virginie Liebermann is the primary contact.

Leveraging its overarching litigation experience, Thewes & Reuter regularly handles IP disputes and is representing ICANN in a dispute with Luxembourg-based registrar EuroDNS concerning its alleged non-compliance with specific domain name legislation. Associate Camille Saettel has a particular niche advising on trade mark matters in the sports industry.

At Clifford Chance, counsel Isabelle Comhaire regularly handles data protection work for financial services clients.

At Elvinger Hoss Prussen, Linda Funck regularly handles IP and ICT work; she is acting for innovative Asian restaurant Boonchu (the first so called "fast-casual" restaurant) on its IPR protection and strategy. Patrick Santer handles data protection litigation.

At LG Avocats, Stéphan Le Goueff is noted for his telecoms expertise.

At Loyens & Loeff, generalist commercial and litigation lawyer Véronique Hoffeld, who handles e-commerce, data protection and IP-related commercialisation work, is representing a multinational luxury fashion company in a case concerning alleged breach of copyright and community design infringement.

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