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Arendt & Medernach
HEAD OFFICE
41A AVENUE JF KENNEDY
2082 Luxembourg
L-2082
Luxembourg

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

With two distinct teams (numbering eight partners in total) focusing on regulatory and transactional work in the banking and finance sector, Arendt & Medernach has the strength-in-depth to provide an all-encompassing service to an impressive roster of financial institutions, including Credit Suisse, UBS, Natixis and HSBC. The 'excellentPaul Mousel and Pierre-Michaël de Waersegger are well regarded for their regulatory knowledge and have been providing high-level strategic advice to a raft of insurance companies, including AIG Insurance and RSA Insurance Group, on their relocation strategies in light of Brexit. On the transactional front, Grégory Minne recently advised HSBC and Barclays on the £420m English-law governed margin facility granted to Global City Theatres in order to facilitate its investment in Cineworld's rights issue. François Warken is 'very strong on the capital markets/structured finance front', and is a key practitioner that also includes debt capital markets experts Matthieu Taillandier and the 'vastly knowledgeablePhilippe Dupont, and Laurent Schummer, who specialises in equity capital markets matters. Other recommended practitioners include Marc Mouton, who has developed a strong reputation for fintech regulatory issues, and Glenn Meyer, whose broad-ranging regulatory expertise frequently sees him instructed on discrete standalone matters as well as on the regulatory issues concomitant to financial services M&A.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

With critical mass and expertise across a myriad of sectors, including financial services and technology, Arendt & Medernach remains extremely visible in the market for Luxembourg-related structuring aspects of cross-border M&A mandates. The 'solution-focusedLaurent Schummer recently advised Compagnie Nationale à Portefeuille on its acquisition of a majority stake in Caffitaly from Alpha Private Equity. Guy Harles has an excellent perspective on international M&A mandates, particularly on matters with an Asian nexus; he recently represented Deutsche Bank on the sale of Sal. Oppenheim’s Luxembourg-integrated white-label asset servicing and depositary bank business to Hauck &Aufhäuse, a wholly-owned subsidiary of leading Chinese investment firm Fosun. The return of Bob Calmes to Luxembourg in July 2017, following several years heading up the New York office, bolsters the team's offering across a range of industry sectors, including space and satellites, where alongside Schummer he has developed a strong reputation. Other clients include Audi, Apax Partners, Crédit Suisse and Rocket Internet.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Able to tap into the substantive law expertise of practitioners across the firm's full-service offering, Arendt & Medernach provides an 'excellent service' to clients across the panoply of litigation, including as it relates to general commercial, white-collar, tax and IP disputes. François Kremer and Clara Mara-Marhuenda are particularly accomplished at asset recovery for foreign and domestic clients; they recently successfully represented an investment group, at first instance, on the validity of the enforcement of a pledge over the Luxembourg holding company of a French restaurant chain. Kremer and Mara-Marhuenda also continue to represent custodian banks in the Madoff fraud case. The 'outstanding' Christian Point and Marianne Rau are recommended for their public law and real estate litigation expertise.

Employment Tier 1

Led by the 'responsiveLouis BernsArendt & Medernach's seven-strong team provides 'accurate and timely advice' across the gamut of contentious and non-contentious matters to domestic and institutional clients, primarily from the financial services and industrial sectors. Berns is advising a global financial services entity on a collective redundancy process and in its negotiations of a social plan agreement with the trade unions. The 'excellentPhilippe Schmit is the other partner within the team and, as well as regularly advising on the employment issues associated with restructurings and reorganisations, is very adept at handling remuneration matters including share option plans.

Insurance Tier 1

'Market leading in the jurisdiction', Arendt & Medernach combines deep regulatory knowledge with corporate expertise to provide a compelling offering to insurance entities across M&A in the sector, advice on establishing new products and on licensing requirements. Pierre-Michaël de Waersegger and Paul Mousel have an excellent reputation in the market and have been acting for numerous insurance companies on relocation strategies in light of Brexit. Christian Point handles a range of insurance litigation, including coverage disputes.

Investment funds Tier 1

The 'results-oriented and commercial' team at Arendt & Medernach has 'very broad knowledge' of both unregulated and regulated funds. The firm is, however, best-known for its prowess in the UCITS area, and is able to deploy vast resources focused on the regulatory, structuring and operational needs of clients. The 'knowledgeable and professionalIsabelle Lebbe is a 'joy to work with', and has been providing ongoing advice to Generali on the day-to-day management and development of their UCITS and alternative products in Luxembourg. Praised for her 'clarity of thought', Florence Stainier is developing an excellent rapport with clients, including Merrill Lynch Investment Solutions, which she recently assisted in the creation of a UCITS sub-fund, which gains exposure to commodities by purchasing eligible delta-one fund-linked notes. Claude Kremer and Claude Niedner both have excellent reputations for UCITS-related work, in particular, and are pivotal members of the team that also includes alternative funds expert, Gilles Dusemon, and the 'analytical and knowledgeableHenning Schwabe.

IP and IT Tier 1

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.

Private equity Tier 1

Well-versed in the regulatory framework underpinning the industry, Arendt & Medernach is well-positioned to provide 'clear and commercial advice' on the cross-border transactions handled by an impressive roster of private equity sponsors, including Bain Capital, Carlyle Group and Blackstone. Recent transactional highlights include Sébastien Binard's work for Bain Capital on the acquisition of Dutch design company Bugaboo International, and Pierre Beissel's representation of Blackstone on the acquisition and financing of Cirsa, a leading gaming and leisure company in Spain and Latin America.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Able to call upon the expertise of lawyers from complementary practice areas, including investment funds and corporate, Arendt & Medernach provides a 'knowledgeable and supportive service' to real estate entities at every stage of the value chain of their projects. Christian Point has 'vast knowledge of all aspects related to real estate and construction'; he recently advised Allianz on the €178m acquisition of the Vertigo Real Estate Complex. Pierre Beissel regularly handles transactional work for real estate funds/investors, including SIGNA Prime Selection, which he advised on its acquisition of a real estate portfolio across Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Munich from RFR Holding. Claude Niedner is recommended for real estate fund structuring.

Tax Tier 1

Arendt & Medernach's five-partner team has sufficient strength-in-depth to provide broad-ranging tax expertise on standalone advisory work, as well as M&A and investment-fund-related structuring matters. Thierry Lesage regularly provides the tax input in relation to alternative investment fund structures established by the firm, and recently advised Swiss telecoms provider, Swisscom, on the establishment of an unregulated alternative investment fund - the “Digital Transformation Fund”. As well as providing tax advice in the context of private wealth matters, Eric Fort is often involved in real estate and private equity-related tax matters. Jan Neugebauer has broad-ranging national and international tax expertise, and is a key member of a team that also includes VAT expert, Bruno Gasparotto, and transfer pricing specialist Alain Goebel.

The firm: Arendt & Medernach is the leading independent business law firm in Luxembourg. The firm’s international team of 325 legal professionals represents clients in all areas of Luxembourg business law, with representative offices in Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Moscow, New York and Paris.

The firm’s service to clients is differentiated by the end-to-end specialist advice the firm offers, covering all legal, regulatory, taxation and advisory aspects of doing business in Luxembourg.

Luxembourg: a European hub: The Luxembourg office of Arendt & Medernach, which is also the head office of the firm, was founded in 1988. Since its establishment with four founding partners, the firm has expanded considerably and now counts more than 300 legal experts. The teams are multi-cultural with more than 30 languages spoken.

As the largest Luxembourg law firm, Arendt & Medernach provides clients with high-quality advice combining an in-depth understanding of the financial markets with specialised knowledge of the law. The service is characterised by a flexible approach and a responsive attitude to client relationships

Work undertaken: The firm’s specialised practice areas allow it to offer a complete range of legal, tax and regulatory services, tailored to the client’s individual needs across all areas of Luxembourg business law, ranging from fund formation, private equity, real estate and corporate to banking, finance, insurance and tax matters.

The firm works with…

Arendt Services (AS), a business facilitator offering a full range of services to businesses for the setting up and management of their operations in Luxembourg. Arendt Services offers in particular services related to business creation, accountancy and the comprehensive management of tax returns. They are also authorised to act as central administration and transfer agent for regulated and non-regulated investment funds.

Arendt Regulatory and Consulting (ARC), a Luxembourg advisory company offering practical complementary services to the law firm’s legal expertise. This extends to all other aspects of a business (regulatory, compliance, and project management) by using an efficient delivery model to ensure cost efficiency. Arendt Regulatory and Consulting brings project management expertise to complex issues, bridging the gap between legal advice and its implementation.

Arendt Business Advisory (ABA) is Arendt’s dedicated management consulting and advisory firm. ABA assists private organisations, family businesses and public entities, active in sectors ranging from financial services to renewable energy and manufacturing. ABA’s dedicated team leverages on extensive field experience to provide a wide range of services, including strategic and entrepreneurial support, transaction and valuation services, sustainability analysis and new business modelling, crisis negotiation, cost control or performance management. ABA operates locally, as well as abroad, through Arendt’s network and global presence.

Arendt Institute (AI), which offers specialised and tailor-made training, aiming to satisfy the increasing needs of clients on key topics regarding Luxembourg legislative and regulatory developments.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Jean-Marc Ueberecken Jean-Marc.Ueberecken@arendt.com (+352) 40 78 78 297
Chairman Guy Harles Guy.Harles@arendt.com (+352) 40 78 78 204
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Adrian Aldinger  photo Mr Adrian Aldinger
Mr Pierre Beissel  photo Mr Pierre Beissel
Mr Louis Berns  photo Mr Louis Berns
Mr Sébastien Binard  photo Mr Sébastien Binard
Mr Bob Calmes  photo Mr Bob Calmes
Mr Philippe Dupont  photo Mr Philippe Dupont
Mr Gilles Dusemon  photo Mr Gilles Dusemon
Ms Michèle Eisenhuth  photo Ms Michèle Eisenhuth
Mr Bruno Gasparotto  photo Mr Bruno Gasparotto
Mr Alain Goebel  photo Mr Alain Goebel
Mr Guy Harles  photo Mr Guy Harles
Mr Stéphane Karolczuk  photo Mr Stéphane Karolczuk
Mr Francis Kass  photo Mr Francis Kass
Mr Max Kremer  photo Mr Max Kremer
Mr Claude Kremer  photo Mr Claude Kremer
Mr François Kremer  photo Mr François Kremer
Mr Yves Lacroix  photo Mr Yves Lacroix
Ms Isabelle Lebbe  photo Ms Isabelle Lebbe
Mr Thierry Lesage  photo Mr Thierry Lesage
Ms Clara Mara-Marhuenda  photo Ms Clara Mara-Marhuenda
Mr Glenn Meyer  photo Mr Glenn Meyer
Mr Grégory Minne  photo Mr Grégory Minne
Mr Paul Mousel  photo Mr Paul Mousel
Mr Marc Mouton  photo Mr Marc Mouton
Mr Jan Neugebauer  photo Mr Jan Neugebauer
Mr Claude Niedner  photo Mr Claude Niedner
Mr Alexander Olliges  photo Mr Alexander Olliges
Mr Carsten Opitz  photo Mr Carsten Opitz
Mr Philippe-Emmanuel Partsch  photo Mr Philippe-Emmanuel Partsch
Mr Christian Point  photo Mr Christian Point
Ms Marianne Rau  photo Ms Marianne Rau
Mr Philippe Schmit  photo Mr Philippe Schmit
Ms Gaëlle Schneider  photo Ms Gaëlle Schneider
Mr Laurent Schummer  photo Mr Laurent Schummer
Mr Henning Schwabe  photo Mr Henning Schwabe
Ms Florence Stainier  photo Ms Florence Stainier
Mr Matthieu Taillandier  photo Mr Matthieu Taillandier
Mr Jean-Marc Ueberecken  photo Mr Jean-Marc Ueberecken
Ms Sophie Wagner-Chartier  photo Ms Sophie Wagner-Chartier
Mr François Warken  photo Mr François Warken
Mr Pierre-Michaël de Waersegger  photo Mr Pierre-Michaël de Waersegger
Number of lawyers : 325
at this office : 286
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Other offices : Dubai
Other offices : Hong Kong
Other offices : London
Other offices : Moscow
Other offices : New York
Other offices : Paris

Arendt & Medernach appoints four new Partners

Arendt & Medernach has the pleasure of announcing the appointment of four new Partners.


Arendt & Medernach appoints three new Partners

Luxembourg, 25 January 2018 - Arendt & Medernach has the pleasure of announcing the appointment of three new Partners.


Eric Fort takes over as head of the New York office

Arendt & Medernach is delighted to announce that as of September, Eric Fort will succeed Bob Calmes as head of our New York office. Having successfully worked with institutional and private clients operating in Luxembourg, Eric brings a wealth of experience to the US office where our aim is to continue to provide tailored advice for our clients in this market.


Arendt & Medernach: Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year

Luxembourg, May 2017 – Arendt & Medernach is proud to have been named “Luxembourg Law firm of the year” both by Chambers & Partners and IFLR (International Financial Law Review). The prestigious trophies were both received in April in London at the respective ceremonies of the Chambers Europe Awards 2017 and the IFLR European Awards 2017.


Country-by-country reporting (CBCR) implementation in Luxembourg

29/12/2016

​On 13 December 2016, to ensure compliance with the BEPS Action Plan, the Luxembourg Parliament adopted bill of law No. 7031 (CBCR Law) implementing Council Directive (EU) 2016/881 of 25 May 2016 (DAC IV) as regards mandatory automatic exchange of information in the field of taxation and introducing new reporting obligations for multinational companies. Based on the information attached, you should be able to assess the impact of the new legislation on your group companies by:


Societal impact company

15/12/2016

The law of 12 December 2016 (the “Law”) has introduced a new legal framework for companies having a social or societal impact: the société d’impact sociétal (the “SIS”).


Perfection of the New Market Abuse Regime in Luxembourg

13/12/2016

Today, the Luxembourg Parliament enacted the law (the “New Market Abuse Law”) implementing Directive 2014/57/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on criminal sanctions for market abuse (market abuse directive), also known as the “Market Abuse Criminal Sanctions Directive” (“Directive 2014/57/EU”) and Commission Implementing Directive (EU) 2015/2392 of 17 December 2015 on Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards reporting to competent authorities of actual or potential infringements of that Regulation (“Directive (EU) 2015/2392”). With the transposition of Directive 2014/57/EU and Directive (EU) 2015/2392, Luxembourg has ensured the effective implementation of the new market abuse regime deriving from Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on market abuse (market abuse regulation) and repealing Directive 2003/6/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Commission Directives 2003/124/EC, 2003/125/EC and 2004/72/EC (the “Market Abuse Regulation”) and its related implementing and delegated regulations, which had already entered into force on 3 July 2016.