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Loyens & Loeff
18-20 RUE EDWARD STEICHEN
2540 LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Well regarded by banks and funds, as well as referred to by international law firms, Loyens & Loeff 'is very knowledgeable and has longstanding experience on various financing transaction matters'. Established as 'one of the very few "go-to partners" in Luxembourg for capital markets transactions', Cédric Raffoul is well-versed in handling both debt and equity issuances for lenders and borrowers, including his recent work for Goldman Sachs, as underwriter,  on Bain Capital's high-yield issuance to facilitate its acquisition of Kantar from WPP. Vassiliyan Zanev is noted for his structured finance expertise, which includes structuring securitisation programmes utilising a range of underlying assets, including trade receivables and mortgage loans. Zanev also spearheads the firm's 'standout fund finance' offering, which he is assisted in by the 'technically knowledgeable and pragmaticAntoine Fortier-Grethen, whose versatile knowledge in the space includes advice to borrowers and lenders across equity bridge facilities, management lines, co-investment and carry schemes financings. 'Highly committed to providing a quality service', Michael Schweiger heads up the firm's financial services regulatory sub-group and is noted, in particular, for his expertise on governance matters, in part due to his many years' experience as head of legal and corporate governance for Royal Bank of Canada throughout Europe. Anne-Marie Nicolas rounds out the team at a senior level and spearheads the firm's acquisition finance and financial restructuring offering. Senior associate Elie-Raphaël Soudry is 'really outstanding for secured lending and real estate financing operations'. 

Practice head(s):

Anne-Marie Nicolas (Acquisition Finance and Financial Restructuring); Vassiliyan Zanev (Securitisation and Fund Finance); Cédric Raffoul (Capital Markets); Michael Schweiger (Financial Regulatory)

Other key lawyers:

Antoine Fortier-Grethen; Natalja Taillefer; Maude Royer; Alvaro Garrido Mesa; Elie-Raphaël Soudry; Tina Fettes; Adrien Pierre

Testimonials

‘The team is very knowledgeable and has longstanding experience on various financing transaction matters.’

‘They provide high-quality advice on capital markets matters.’

‘They are responsive, thoughtful, always available, practical and a key support for us in Luxembourg fund financings. We see them as the stand-out practice on the fund finance side in Luxembourg.’

‘The team, led by Antoine Fortier, is technically knowledgeable and also very pragmatic. They tend to think outside-of-the box when needed, in order to find pragmatic solutions taking into account the legal risks.’

‘The responsive and reliable Antoine Fortier-Grethen is attuned to our needs, and our client’s needs, as Luxembourg finance support for global fund financings.’

‘Michael Schweiger is an expert on governance matters and is highly committed to providing quality service. He is able to deal with people at all levels and is respected. He is a great asset for any organisation and we are extremely grateful for the support he provided.’

‘Michael Schweiger – approachable, very good knowledge of the industry, good sense of humour’.

Adrien Pierre – very technical and meticulous on a given topic. Follows through on requests. ’

‘Elie-Raphaël Soudry is really outstanding for secured lending and real estate financing operations. He is knowledgeable and defends his client’s interest, but also always works towards an appropriate and commonly acceptable solution in order to get the deal done. His availability and sense for pragmatic approach are very helpful in tense situations among the principles.’

Key clients

Bank of America

Citigroup

Goldman Sachs

Hayfin Capital Management

JP Morgan

KKR

Tikehau

Morgan Stanley

SMBC

Natixis

EQT Partners

Wells Fargo

Société Générale

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Now led by Frédéric Franckx, who returned to Luxembourg in February 2020 following several years as head of the firm's New York representative office, Loyens & Loeff's 'efficient and commercial' six-partner corporate team has the strength-in-depth to handle a tremendous range and volume of work, and the experience, both locally and internationally, to be able to provide a 'real tailor-made solution for clients'. Benefiting from 'fantastic collaboration/integration and communication with the other teams', including tax and finance, the corporate group remains best-known for its work for financial sponsors, including EQT Partners and the Carlyle Group, and is appreciated for its ability to provide a highly integrated service on all the requirements associated with effectively structuring downstream investment work throughout Europe. As well as his involvement in sponsor-led M&A, the 'very professional and efficientGuy Palmaers also regularly advises Luxembourg-based companies on their IPOs, as well as management and supervisory boards of Luxembourg-based listed companies on strategic corporate governance. The 'calm and consideredMichael Scott excels in 'articulating complicated issues and finding commercial solutions' for clients, including for funds as creditors, in the context of major international restructuring matters.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Franckx

Other key lawyers:

Guy Palmaers; Thierry Lohest; Michael Scott; Mathilde Lattard; Siobhán McCarthy; Ana Andreiana

Testimonials

‘The group has great international experience in and deep understanding/experience of the specific needs relevant to the industry/corporate structure. It also displays fantastic collaboration/integration and communication with the other teams of the firm (tax, IP, etc.) ’

‘The team is outstanding, bright, efficient and commercial – true problem solvers.’

‘The best practice in Luxembourg. Always a pleasure to work with. High-level advice, always responsive. They have a unique feeling for situations and for solutions that are not standard. One can count on their experience and their remarkable knowledge.’

‘I worked with Siobhán McCarthy, who was great. She was generally responsive and incredibly helpful. She was very pragmatic and helped get our project implemented efficiently and without fuss.’

‘Guy Palmaers is very professional and efficient and provides solid advice.’

‘Thierry Lohest is a great professional, who always contributes great added value with his support.’

‘Michael Scott’s ability to break down a problem, manage transactions, articulate complicated issues and find commercial solutions is truly stand-out. He is a pleasure to deal with, always approachable, calm and considered and a truly great member of any deal team. ’

Key clients

CPP Investment Board Europe

Nippon Steel/Arcelor Mittal

The Carlyle Group

EQT Partners

Novalpina Capital

JAB Holding Company

Banco Santander

Trinseo SA

Robus Capital

Kepler Cheuvreux

Francisco Partners

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Benefiting from 'extensive skill and experience', Loyens & Loeff's three-partner team is well-versed at handling formal court proceedings and arbitrations, involving a wide range of corporate and commercial disputes. Team head Véronique Hoffeld regularly represents companies, directors and banks in litigation, and is also noted for her contentious insolvency prowess (as demonstrated by her vigorous defence of Galapagos Group in several disputes brought by noteholders). The team is also able to leverage the firm's broader network of offices and is well-equipped to handle regional Benelux-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Véronique Hoffeld

Other key lawyers:

Henri Dupong; Sabrina Martin; Farah Jeraj; Claudia Lenertz; Olivier Marquais; Nadège Le Gouellec

Testimonials

‘Top-quality lawyers and a great international network.’

‘Extensive skill and experience.’

Key clients

Galapagos BidCo S.à r.l.

Former directors of the LUXALPHA and LIF fund (“Madoff” Case)

Investment funds Tier 1

Loyens & Loeff has 'a deep knowledge of applicable law, a commercial focus and a wide view of the market', ensuring that it picks up a tremendous flow of work directly from clients, as well as from leading international law firms, across a range of primarily alternative investment funds and related capital raising, structuring and regulatory issues. The 'commercial and outcome-focused' Marc Meyers heads a six-partner team that includes 'knowledgeable and responsive' senior associate Veronica Aroutiunian, who provides 'top-notch legal advice' to asset managers on the structuring of private equity and hedge funds.

Practice head(s):

Marc Meyers

Other key lawyers:

Vassiliyan Zanev; Pieter Leguit; Jérôme Mullmaier; Antoine Fortier-Grethen; Frank van Kuijk; Veronica Aroutiunian

Testimonials

The lawyers are friendly and responsive business-enablers.’

It is a market-leading firm in respect of investment funds in Luxembourg, with a deep knowledge of applicable law, a commercial focus and a wide view of the market. They have good connections with the Luxembourg regulator, are flexible and practical in their advice and are always available at short notice if required.’

In my opinion, Marc Meyers is Luxembourg’s top investment funds lawyer. He is always available on short notice when required, has deep expertise and experience in Luxembourg law and regulation affecting funds and similar structures and manages his team well to deliver results for us and our clients.’

Marc Meyers shows a level of commercial awareness and an outcome-focused mindset that is often lacking for lawyers in Luxembourg. Marc is always our first choice when instructing or recommending Luxembourg investment funds counsel.’

The very knowledgeable and responsive Veronica Aroutiunian provides top-notch legal advice.’

Key clients

Breakthrough Energy Ventures, LLC

BlueBay Asset Management

CBRE Global Investors, LLC

Morgan Stanley

Brookfield Asset Management

EQT Partners

Partners Group

Trill Impact

AMP Capital

IK Investment Partners

Private equity Tier 1

Loyens & Loeff is appreciated by financial sponsor clients for its 'collaborative approach' among lawyers within the firm's M&A, finance, investment management, tax and restructuring groups, enabling it to provide 'exceptional quality' on the Luxembourg-related law advice relating to work throughout the fund lifecycle. The 'outstandingGuy Palmaers has many years' experience in the space and has superb insight into the structuring of cross-border private equity-led M&A. Michael Scott 'takes ownership of all transactions', and has a particular strength advising funds on distressed M&A and in a restructuring context. The 'very proactive and professionalMathilde Lattard was promoted to partner in January 2020 and continues to grow her reputation in the market for a number of well-known global sponsors. Frédéric Franckx heads up the private equity transactions team following his move back to Luxembourg in February 2020 after a three year stint in charge of the firm's New York representative office.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Franckx

Other key lawyers:

Marc Meyers; Jochem van der Wal; Guy Palmaers; Thierry Lohest; Michael Scott; Siobhán McCarthy; Mathilde Lattard

Testimonials

Operates as a proper team which makes them a pleasure to work with, as the members are complimentary to each other and support each other along the way. The lawyers are on-the-ball and knowledgeable about the transactions.’

A team of strong experts that are very savvy in their area of expertise, are easy to work with and are very responsive.’

It is a pleasure to work with other lawyers, who are highly-educated but also very pragmatic. There seems to be no problem that cannot be solved.’

It is an outstanding practice, particularly if you need reliable advice on legal and tax issues. The quality is always exceptional.’

Michael Scott takes ownership of all transactions and consistently adds value to large and small(er) issues.’

Mathilde Lattard is very proactive and professional.’

Guy Palmaers is outstanding.’ 

Key clients

EQT Partners

The Carlyle Group

Blackstone

KKR

Helios Investment Partners

3i Group

Volpi Capital LLP

Platinum Equity

Francisco Partners

Bain Capital

Brookfield Asset Management

Apax Partners

AlpInvest Partners

Ares Management

Partners Group

Starwood Capital Group

IK Investment Partners

Tax Tier 1

Praised for its 'great international experience', as well as its 'excellent collaboration with other practice areas within the firm'the six-partner team at Loyens & Loeff has the critical mass to be able to provide a significant degree of partner specialisation across the spectrum of domestic and international tax matters. For example, team head Jochem van der Wal specialises in transactional tax matters and regularly works alongside practitioners from the firm's corporate, banking and funds group on the structuring associated with those mandates. Peter Moons is also involved in transactional tax matters, although he is best-known for his transfer pricing expertise and heads up the office's sub-group in this area. The team has also been active of late advising on tax aspects associated with Brexit-related group restructurings and has also developed somewhat of a niche providing the tax structuring to Latin American companies on their Luxembourg debt issuances.

Practice head(s):

Jochem van der Wal

Other key lawyers:

Peter Moons; Peter Adriaansen; Frank van Kuijk; Willem Bon; Charlotte Haarsma-den Dekker; Pierre-Antoine Klethi; Oliver Coulon; Tom Hamen

Testimonials

‘The firm has great international experience and a deep understanding of the specific needs for the industry/corporate-group structure.’

‘Outstanding experience and excellent collaboration with other practice areas within the firm.’

Key clients

Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional

EQT Partners

Goldman Sachs & Co LLC

Jack Wolfskin

Rede d’Or São Luiz S.A.

Summit Partners

Ultrapar International SA

Unigel Participações S.A.

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Led by Véronique HoffeldLoyens & Loeff's seven-partner multidisciplinary team provides 'practical advice' to end-users, developers and investors across the spectrum of their local "bricks and mortar" requirements, as well as on international mandates. The firm's role on the European Investment Bank's real estate panel continues to generate a considerable amount of instructions, including in relation to the construction of its new building in Luxembourg.

Practice head(s):

Véronique Hoffeld

Other key lawyers:

Anne-Marie Nicolas; Claudia Lenertz; Olivier Marquais; Elie-Raphaël Soudry

Testimonials

Great quality and speed of service.’

The team provides prompt responses and offers practical advice.’

Elie-Raphaël Soudry is very good.’

Key clients

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

CBRE Global Investors

Investec AM

Morgan Stanley

Starwood Capital Group

Patrizia AG

Partners Group

Pantheon Ventures

Nuveen RE

IP and IT Tier 3

Headed by Véronique Hoffeld, Loyens & Loeff's IP/IT team handles a significant amount of GDPR-related data compliance work for investment funds. Other work includes advice on multi-jurisdictional IP and commercial disputes involving patents, trade marks, distribution and agency agreements, and infringements of copyrights and designs.

Practice head(s):

Véronique Hoffeld

Other key lawyers:

Sabrina Martin; Emilia Fronczak

Testimonials

‘The firm has great international experience in and deep understanding/experience of the specific needs for the industry/corporate structure. Fantastic collaboration and communication with the other team of the firm (tax, corporate legal, etc.). Great collaboration with other advisor of the client in international transactions/structure ’

The firm: As a leading firm, Loyens & Loeff is the logical choice for a legal and tax partner if you do business in, or from, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland, the firm’s home markets. You can count on personal advice from any of its advisers based in one of the firm’s offices in the Benelux and Switzerland or in key financial centres around the world. Thanks to its full-service practice, specific sector experience and thorough understanding of the market, its advisers comprehend exactly what you need.

Independent and international: as a fully independent law firm, Loyens & Loeff is excellently positioned to co-ordinate international tax and legal matters. The firm has a network of offices in major financial centres, staffed with specialists in Dutch, Belgian, Luxembourg and Swiss law. Through these offices, clients have access to Loyens & Loeff’s full-service legal expertise in their own time zone. The firm’s office network is complemented by its numerous country desks, all of which are experienced in structuring investments all over the world. It’s this winning combination that enables the firm to assist international clients in the most efficient of ways. Moreover, the firm is on excellent terms with other leading independent law firms and tax consultants. That way, Loyens & Loeff guarantees you top-level advice in every part of the world.

Innovative and pragmatic: each problem requires a customised solution. The firm’s pragmatic approach and drive to devise innovative solutions allow it to effectively address the demands of its clients’ domestic and international businesses. Thanks to the broad range of the firm’s legal experience, know-how and the size of its practices, the firm can offer you top-level advice, locally and internationally. The firm is committed to meeting your needs at the highest quality level in the most efficient way.

Focused and engaged: entrepreneurship, client focus, quality awareness and social engagement all characterise the firm’s culture. Loyens & Loeff offers a challenging work environment and equal opportunities for all its employees. The firm is mindful of the environment and helps charities with the support and knowledge of its employees.

Areas of practice: The firm offers expertise in the fields of tax, corporate law, financial law and capital markets, cross-border financing, private equity, real estate, VAT, EU, regulatory issues, employment law and employment taxes.

Department Name Email Telephone
International Tax Services Pieter Stalman pieter.stalman@loyensloeff.com +352 466 23 04 03
Litigation & Risk Management Véronique Hoffeld veronique.hoffeld@loyensloeff.com +352 466 23 02 32
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Peter Adriaansen  photo Mr Peter Adriaansen Peter Adriaansen, partner, is a member of the Tax Practice Group in…
Mrs Dominique Afink  photo Mrs Dominique Afink Dominique Afink, senior tax adviser, is a member of the Tax Practice…
Mrs Ana Nicoleta Andreiana  photo Mrs Ana Nicoleta Andreiana Ana Nicoleta Andreiana, senior associate, is a member of the Corporate Practice…
Mrs Veronica Aroutiunian  photo Mrs Veronica Aroutiunian Veronica Aroutiunian, senior associate, is a member of the Investment Management Practice…
Mrs Christine Beernaerts  photo Mrs Christine Beernaerts Christine Beernaerts, counsel, is a member of the Tax Practice Group in…
Mr Willem Bon  photo Mr Willem Bon Willem Bon, partner, is a member of the Tax Practice Group in…
Mr Christophe Boyer  photo Mr Christophe Boyer Christophe Boyer, local partner, is a member of the Investment Management Practice…
Mr Olivier Coulon  photo Mr Olivier Coulon Olivier Coulon, senior associate, is a member of the Tax and VAT…
Mr Thomas Duong  photo Mr Thomas Duong Thomas Duong, senior associate, is a member of the Corporate Practice Group…
Mr Henri Dupong  photo Mr Henri Dupong Henri Dupong, local partner, is a member of the Litigation and Risk…
Mrs Tina Fettes  photo Mrs Tina Fettes Tina Fettes, senior associate, is a member of the Banking & Finance…
Mrs Karin Finné  photo Mrs Karin Finné Karin Finné, senior associate, is a member of the Tax Practice Group…
Mr Antoine Fortier-Grethen  photo Mr Antoine Fortier-Grethen Antoine Fortier Grethen, local partner, is a member of the Banking &…
Mr Frédéric Franckx  photo Mr Frédéric Franckx Frédéric Franckx, partner, heads the Corporate / M&A Practice Group in our…
Mrs Emilia Fronczak  photo Mrs Emilia Fronczak Emilia Fronczak, senior associate, is a member of the Litigation & Risk…
Mr Alvaro Garrido Mesa  photo Mr Alvaro Garrido Mesa Alvaro Garrido Mesa, senior associate, is a member of the Banking &…
Mrs Charlotte Haarsma-den Dekker  photo Mrs Charlotte Haarsma-den Dekker Charlotte Haarsma-den Dekker, senior associate, is a member of the Tax Practice…
Mr Tom Hamen  photo Mr Tom Hamen Tom Hamen, senior associate, is a member of the Tax Practice Group…
Mrs Véronique Hoffeld  photo Mrs Véronique Hoffeld Véronique Hoffeld, partner, is a member of the Executive Committee of Loyens…
Mrs Farah Jeraj  photo Mrs Farah Jeraj Farah Jeraj, counsel, is a member of the Litigation & Risk Management…
Mr Pierre-Antoine Klethi  photo Mr Pierre-Antoine Klethi Pierre-Antoine Klethi, senior associate, is a member of the Tax and Investment…
Mrs Mathilde Lattard  photo Mrs Mathilde Lattard Mathilde Lattard, Avocat à la Cour, is a partner in the Corporate…
Mrs Nadège Le Gouellec  photo Mrs Nadège Le Gouellec Nadège Le Gouellec, counsel, is a member of the Tax Practice Group…
Mr Pieter Leguit  photo Mr Pieter Leguit Pieter R Leguit, local partner, is a member of the Investment Management…
Mrs Claudia Lenertz  photo Mrs Claudia Lenertz Claudia Lenertz, counsel, is a member of the Litigation & Risk Management…
Mr Thierry Lohest  photo Mr Thierry Lohest Thierry Lohest, partner, is a member of the Corporate Practice Group in…
Mr Menno Maat  photo Mr Menno Maat Menno Maat, senior associate, is a member of the Tax Practice Group…
Mr Olivier Marquais  photo Mr Olivier Marquais Olivier Marquais, senior associate, is a member of the Litigation & Risk…
Mrs Sabrina Martin  photo Mrs Sabrina Martin Sabrina Martin, local partner, is a member of the Litigation & Risk…
Mrs Siobhán McCarthy  photo Mrs Siobhán McCarthy Siobhán McCarthy, local partner, is a member of the Corporate Practice Group…
Mrs Kheira Mebrek  photo Mrs Kheira Mebrek Kheira Mebrek, senior associate, is a member of the Tax Practice Group…
Mrs Laure Mersch  photo Mrs Laure Mersch Laure Mersch, counsel, is a member of the Investment Management Practice Group…
Mr Marc Meyers  photo Mr Marc Meyers Marc Meyers, partner, heads the Investment Management Practice Group in our Luxembourg…
Mrs Sabrina Million  photo Mrs Sabrina Million Sabrina Million, senior associate, is a member of the Tax Practice Group…
Mr Peter Moons  photo Mr Peter Moons Peter Moons, partner, is a member of the Tax Practice Group in…
Mr Jérôme Mullmaier  photo Mr Jérôme Mullmaier Jérôme Mullmaier, partner, is a member of the Investment Management Practice Group…
Mrs Anne-Marie Nicolas  photo Mrs Anne-Marie Nicolas Anne-Marie Nicolas, partner, is a member of the Banking & Finance Practice…
Mr Guy Palmaers  photo Mr Guy Palmaers Guy Palmaers, partner, is a member of the Corporate Practice Group in…
Mr Adrien Pierre  photo Mr Adrien Pierre Adrien Pierre, senior associate, is a member of the Banking & Finance…
Mr Cédric Raffoul  photo Mr Cédric Raffoul Cédric Raffoul, local partner, is a member of the Banking & Finance…
Mrs Judith Raijmakers  photo Mrs Judith Raijmakers Partner
Mrs Maude Royer  photo Mrs Maude Royer Maude Royer, senior associate, is a member of the Banking & Finance…
Mr Michael Schweiger  photo Mr Michael Schweiger Michael Schweiger, local partner, is a member of the Banking & Finance…
Mr Michael Scott  photo Mr Michael Scott Michael Scott, partner, is a member of the Corporate Practice Group in…
Mr Elie-Raphaël Soudry  photo Mr Elie-Raphaël Soudry Elie-Raphaël Soudry, counsel, is a member of the Banking & Finance Practice…
Mr Pieter Stalman  photo Mr Pieter Stalman Pieter W.H. Stalman, local partner, is a member of the Executive Committee…
Mrs Natalja Taillefer  photo Mrs Natalja Taillefer Natalja Taillefer, counsel, is a member of the Banking & Finance Practice…
Mr Vassiliyan Zanev  photo Mr Vassiliyan Zanev Vassiliyan Zanev, partner, is a member of the Banking & Finance Practice…
Mrs Iris van Hardenbroek  photo Mrs Iris van Hardenbroek Iris van Hardenbroek, senior associate, is a member of the Corporate Practice…
Mr Frank van Kuijk  photo Mr Frank van Kuijk Frank van Kuijk, partner, is a member of our Investment Management and…
Mr Jochem van der Wal  photo Mr Jochem van der Wal Jochem van der Wal, attorney at law and tax adviser, is a…
Number of lawyers : 945
at this office : 141
Contacts : Executive team: Pieter Stalman (tax)
Contacts : Véronique Hoffeld (legal)
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