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Headed by the ‘pragmatic’ Jean Schaffner, Allen & Overy Luxembourg’s two-partner team provides ‘effective advice’ to private equity and real estate funds on their global investments involving a Luxembourg investment vehicle. Patrick Mischo recently implemented the tax structuring for Intermediate Capital Group on its acquisition of a majority stake in the Spanish company Grupo Garnica Plywood. The ‘outstanding’ Julie Carbiener leads on VAT matters and senior associate Sophie Balliet leads on transfer pricing mandates.

Arendt & Medernach provides ‘responsive and pragmatic advice’ across the gamut of standalone advisory work, as well as M&A and investment fund-related structuring matters. Jan Neugebauer provides ‘solutions-oriented advice’ and alongside the ‘absolutely greatEric Fort advised HIG European Capital Partners on the tax structuring associated with numerous real estate acquisitions it made in the Nordics. Thierry Lesage is also noted for his corporate tax structuring expertise, and Alain Goebel and Bruno Gasparotto are recommended for their transfer pricing and VAT expertise, respectively.

Baker McKenzie provides ‘a proactive service’ to clients across a range of advisory, transactional and contentious matters including advice on the tax implications of structured investments and financings, as well as structuring advice pursuant to asset management clients establishing funds in Luxembourg. The team is particularly accomplished at handling work for international clients where it regularly works alongside practitioners from throughout the firm’s vast international network. The ‘very well-respectedAntonio Weffer heads the firm’s ‘excellent transfer pricing practice’. André Pesch left to establish TS&P in 2018.

Bonn Steichen & Partners excels in handling the tax structuring elements of major M&A and capital markets transactions for private equity and financial institution clients. The ‘excellentAlain Steichen recently advised Goldman Sachs on the tax structuring associated with its acquisition of a minority interest in BIP Investment Partners.

The ‘pragmatic and results-oriented’ team at Clifford Chance regularly handles complex cross-border tax structuring advice and stands out for its ‘technical ability and industry knowledge’. François-Xavier Dujardin is appreciated for his ‘international experience’ and recently advised Capstone Asset Management on the tax structuring associated with its acquisition of the Zalando headquarters in Berlin. Counsel Maxime Budzin provides ‘reactive and practical advice’ on direct and indirect tax matters.

Benefiting from ‘excellent knowledge of the tax laws and the practical developments in the market’, Elvinger Hoss Prussen provides creative and efficient tax structuring advice associated with M&A transactions handled by the firm and also on structuring associated with the firm’s leading UCITS fund practice. Jean-Luc Fisch provides ‘practical solutions for complicated issues’. Counsel Isabelle Gervais handles transfer pricing issues.

Co-headed by Jochem van der Wal and Pieter Stalman, Loyens & Loeff’s ‘high-quality’ eight-partner team has the critical mass to handle a tremendous volume and breadth of work across direct and indirect tax on a standalone basis and in tandem with corporate and investment management practitioners at the firm. Cecile Henlé has ‘an excellent knowledge of international tax structuring’ and is ‘proficient with complex fiscal realities’. Simon Paulcombines technical expertise with practical application’. At an associate level, the ‘client-oriented and business-mindedGeorges Simon and Nadège Le Gouellec are noted.

Headed by Diogo Duarte de Oliveira, Stibbe’s eight-strong team has a focus on international tax matters for private equity and real estate funds and excels in transactions involving a Benelux angle by virtue of a strong tax presence in its Amsterdam and Brussels offices. Recent highlights include advising Threesixty Developments on the Luxembourg and Dutch aspects of the sale of a portfolio of real estate investments located in the UK and Ireland.

As well as advising on tax structuring associated with transactions handled by the firm, Bonn & Schmitt has been handling an increasing amount of exchange of information matters including Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act-related queries. Team head Gaelle Felly is recommended.

Often working closely with other offices throughout the firm’s international network, CMS’ four-strong team provides ‘corporate-oriented advice with particular expertise in international tax law’. The ‘pragmatic’ William Jean-Baptiste is ‘an expert in international tax law and indirect tax’.

At Clément Konrad & Partners, the ‘outstanding’ Christophe Clément combines ‘technical and commercial skills’ to provide ‘a responsive and solutions-oriented service’ to regulated and unregulated funds on structuring and follow-on investments.

At Dentons, Frederic Feyten, who provides ‘innovative and very technical tax advice’, advised Terra Firma on the tax aspects related to the sale of its interest in Odeon and UCI Cinemas Group to AMC Theatres.

Leveraging the firm’s international network, particularly in the US where many of its funds clients are domiciled, Hogan Lovells (Luxembourg) LLP is regularly involved in tax structuring in the investment management sector. The ‘business-minded, creative and approachable’ Gérard Neiens is recommended.

Linklaters’ Olivier Van Ermengem, who provides ‘clear and practical tax advice’ on real estate transactions, advised BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Management on the structuring of its first semi open-ended real estate investment fund in Luxembourg. Other clients include Oaktree, Triton and AG Real Estate.

Increasingly visible in the market’, MNKS provides ‘creative and technical’ tax-efficient structuring advice pertaining to corporate and private equity transactions. The firm regularly works alongside the real estate team on tax structuring matters. Charles Roemers is the primary contact.

Despite the recent departure of Christophe Joosen to Ernst & Young, NautaDutilh has ‘a very strong practice’ that excels in providing ‘commercial’ structuring advice relating to M&A, finance and fund structuring mandates handled by the firm. The team regularly provides the tax structuring pursuant to private equity investments from clients including Argand Partners, Oaktree Capital and Partners Group. Jean-Marc Groelly is recommended.

Established in July 2016 by Ayzo van Eysinga and Rutger Zaal, AKD’s two-partner tax team already has a significant foothold in the market as a result of both partners’ established reputations, particularly for international tax structuring. Van Eysinga recently assisted with the Luxembourg tax structuring aspects of Oaktree Capital’s sale of SGD Pharma to a Chinese investor.

Vandenbulke provides ‘creative and pragmatic advice’ and is as comfortable handling work for ‘sophisticated individuals as it is with international clients engaged in large-scale transactions’. Denis Van den Bulke provides ‘straightforward and clear advice’.

Headed by the ‘excellent’ Frédéric Dupont following his arrival in March 2017 from Jeantet, Weidema Van Tol excels in international tax law, on a standalone advisory capacity and in the context of M&A transactions and restructuring.

Headed by David Maria, Wildgen provides ‘an impressive service’ to private equity sponsors on the tax structuring associated with their fund formation and M&A activity. The team is also adept at handling tax planning for high-net-worth individuals.

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