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Bonn & Schmitt
148, AVENUE DE LA FAIENCERIE
L-1511 LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg

Luxembourg > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Organised within a ‘multi-faceted structure that perfectly combines competence and personal client care’, Bonn & Schmitt‘s ‘very capable and attentive‘ litigation team has deep and broad experience across formal litigation and in cases utilising ADR techniques in proceedings before the civil, criminal and administrative courts. Many of the partners at the firm handle some litigation, including the ‘very approachableAlex Schmitt, whose transactional banking and finance knowledge is regularly deployed to good effect in relation to disputes in the sector. Alain Grosjean is also a key partner in the team and is particularly well-versed at representing clients in cross-border corporate/shareholder disputes as well as employment litigation.

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Bonn & Schmitt’s litigation team clearly stands out with its multi-faceted structure that perfectly combines competence and personal client care.’

The team is very capable and attentive.’

Alex Schmitt is very approachable.’

Key clients

EAM SOLAR ASA

Luxembourg > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

The ‘empathetic, supportive and technical‘ three-partner team at Bonn & Schmitt handles a wide range of corporate and commercial work, including restructurings/spin-offs, JVs and shareholder agreement drafting. On the transactional side, the ‘very pragmaticFrédéric Lemoine is ‘highly knowledgeable on Luxembourg corporate law matters‘ and regularly provides the local law structuring advice pursuant to M&A mandates handled by the firm’s private equity roster of clients which includes Capvis and EQT.

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It is a team that accompanies our company at all times and is attentive to our weaknesses and needs.’

The team is empathetic, supportive and technical.’

Frederic Lemoine – very pragmatic approach and hands on advice. Highly knowledgeable in Luxembourg corporate law.’

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EQT

Capvis

Azelis

Aggregate

Luxembourg > Employment Tier 3

Co-headed by litigators Alain Grosjean and Pol Steinhäuser, Bonn & Schmitt remains best-known for its representation of employers in relation to risk management and formal litigation, including as it relates to the defence of unfair dismissal claims. Gabriel Bleser‘s arrival from Moyse Bleser Avocats a la Cour enhances the team, particularly in light of his overarching labour and social security expertise.  

Luxembourg > Investment funds Tier 3

Although it does handle some alternative fund work, Bonn & Schmitt is best-known for its work in the retail space and it regularly advises worldwide clients, including Italian institutions, on the establishment and ongoing operational concerns of UCITs. Alex Schmitt  has vast experience in the fund industry and is the main contact alongside Chantal Keereman.

Key clients

BANCA GENERALI

FIDEURAM GROUP

UBI BANCA

BANCA DI SAN MARINO

EuroAmerica Administradora General de Fondos S.A. / ZCH AM SICAV

CREDEMLUX

Luxembourg > IP and IT Tier 3

Co-headed by Alain Grosjean and Gabriel Bleser, the latter who joined in October 2020 following the firm’s absorption of Moyes Bleser, Bonn & Schmitt has a particular focus advising on data protection/GDPR compliance.

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Luxembourg Bar Association

International Association of Lawyers (UIA)

Luxembourg > Private equity Tier 3

Bonn & Schmitt regularly provides the local law structuring advice on behalf of a small but loyal roster of significant private equity firms, including EQT and Capvis. Frédéric Lemoine co-heads the team alongside Cedric Bellwald and is appreciated for his ‘very pragmatic approach and hands-on advice’.

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Testimonials

The team is empathetic, supportive and very technical.’

They are our go-to counsel for all Luxembourg matters. Since many of our investments are made through Luxembourg we have a fair amount of local law work.’

Frederic Lemoine has a very pragmatic approach and provides hands-on advice. He is highly knowledgeable on Luxembourg corporate law.’

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EQT

Capvis

Azelis

Luxembourg > Tax Tier 3

Bonn & Schmitt regularly provides tax structuring advice pursuant to investments made by core private equity clients (including EQT), as well as in the context of financing facilities on behalf of banks. Senior counsel Anne Selbert is the main contact and has a strong grounding across direct and indirect tax matters, international tax and transfer pricing.

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EQT

BIL

Coros

Luxembourg > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 4

Although it lacks the transactional prowess and involvement in the highest-profile mandates in the market of some of its higher-ranked peers, Bonn & Schmitt handles a fairly sizeable array of borrower-side real estate financing matters for corporates and funds. Another strength is the firm’s litigation prowess, which is harnessed to good effect from a risk management perspective, as well as in any formal disputes for financial services clients. Alex Schmitt heads the team.

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Banque Internationale à Luxembourg

EQT Partners

Bayerische Landesbank

EDFI MANAGEMENT COMPANY N.V.

CREDEM INTERNATIONAL (LUX)

Capvis Equity Partners

China Development Bank

Cerberus Capital Management

Ad-hoc group of holders of notes issued by Galapagos S.A.

The firm: Bonn & Schmitt is a leading independent Luxembourg law firm with an extensive international practice.

The firm’s attorneys are experienced practitioners in the Luxembourg legal environment and represent a broad spectrum of expertise that allows them to deliver unrivalled legal solutions in one of Europe’s leading financial centres.

Bonn & Schmitt is a trusted legal partner of leading international financial institutions, industrial corporations, national governments, as well as companies listed on the Forbes Global 2000 list.

Having fostered strong links with leading international law firms, the firm’s global client base stretches through Europe, to Russia, the US, South America, South Africa and Asia. The firm aims to nurture strong client relationships and to address the particular business needs of each client in the most efficient manner.

Bonn & Schmitt’s lawyers are registered with the Luxembourg Bar and many are members of several legal associations, including the International Bar Association, the Union Internationale des Avocats and the International Fiscal Association.

Areas of practice: The firm provides broad ranging legal services in the following core areas: corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, insolvency and restructuring; tax, including corporate and international tax advisory, indirect taxes and VAT and tax litigation; banking, finance and regulation, including capital markets, securities and insurance law; investment management covering both asset management and investment funds; and litigation and dispute resolution covering employment, IP, telecommunications and commercial litigation.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking and finance Alex Schmitt
Private equity and venture capital Alex Schmitt
Private equity and venture capital Frédéric Lemoine
Mergers and acquisitions Frédéric Lemoine
Mergers and acquisitions Cédric Bellwald
Mergers and acquisitions Chantal Keereman
Capital markets Alex Schmitt
Capital markets Frédéric Lemoine
Investment funds Alex Schmitt
Insurance and reinsurance Chantal Keereman
Labour and employment benefits Alain Grosjean
Labour and employment benefits Gabriel Bleser
Labour and employment benefits Pol Steinhäuser
Corporate and commercial Cédric Bellwald
Corporate and commercial Chantal Keereman
Media, IT, IP and e-commerce Alain Grosjean
Media, IT, IP and e-commerce Erwin Sotiri
Litigation and arbitration Alain Grosjean
Litigation and arbitration Cédric Bellwald
Insolvency and restructuring Alex Schmitt
Insolvency and restructuring Cédric Bellwald
Tax Stéphane Ebel
Tax Anne Selbert
Number of lawyers : 30
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