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Belgium > Dispute resolution Tier 1NautaDutilh's multilingual team handles the full spectrum of disputes work, working with clients in a broad range of sectors on high-profile banking disputes, insolvency litigation and sovereign debt enforcement disputes. The team is increasingly engaged on pre-litigation mandates, including potential trial preparation, ADR and mediation. Co-practice head Stan Brijs handles various domestic and international disputes, with key expertise in mass tort claims and enforcements. Fellow practice head Sophie Jacmain handles both litigation and arbitration, and is renowned for her reputation in insolvency and out-of-court restructuring proceedings. Alexander Roels is noted for his focus on international arbitration, while Bram Van Cauwenberge is especially capable in real estate litigations.
Stan Brijs; Sophie Jacmain
‘Although a dispute was not at all anticipated, the NautaDutilh dispute resolution team has in an efficient manner taken over from its M&A colleagues the handling of our case.’
‘Sophie Jacmain and Stan Brijs are exceptional as they are talented dispute attorneys and manage the NautaDutilh dispute resolution team as a team.’
‘Stan Brijs is an outstanding litigator with an extraordinary capability to explain very complex matters in plain layman terms – he is also always very mindful of the culture within the company.’
‘Dedicated, knowledgeable staff with business acumen. Available after hours and at short notice. Very reasonable rates. They do not litigate for the sake of litigation and have a pragmatic approach to dispute resolution.’
‘Special mention to Bram Van Cauwenberge. Really client-focussed, pragmatic, available, and a great work ethic.’
‘Great team, excellent lawyers – bright, hard working and true team players.’
ABN Amro Bank
Lycops – Debeurme – OMMIA / P&V Assurance
Schneider Electric Energy Belgium NV
Connectis (part of Getronics)
‘ Strong and reliable team with huge insolvency and litigation skills.’
‘Sophie Jacmain is clearly on the top of the hill. Fully involved, very well balanced, deep knowledge of the insolvency practitioners in Belgium.’
‘Small firm, but dedicated professionals with a client focussed approached, thorough in their research, available outside normal business hours’.
‘Solutions orientated, assisting to find a way that works rather than focussing on what the obstacles are and what would not work.’
Pimkie Belgium (Belsay)
Swissport Belgium NV
Vaalon Capital GP
Tanguy de Haan; Florence Verhoestraete
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm has a reputable IP practice and highly skilled teams in each of their locations.’
‘Tanguy de Haan is a great professional. His legal skills are excellent. He has a lot of experience in the court and in the European Court. He has won several important cases with our firm.’
‘Very knowledgeable team, the best in pan-European / complex litigation cases before the Courts in particular European Court of Justice’
‘I have been working with Philippe Peters and Tanguy de Haan for many years. Philippe is one of the best European lawyers and is a key expert. He is also very pragmatic, very close to his clients. Tanguy is one of the best of his generation, with an extensive practice before the Courts in Luxembourg and extremely agile and business oriented.’
‘Philippe Péters and Florence Verhoestraete at Nautadutilh have provided prompt and efficient and appropriate assistance when required and at short notice. This is particular appreciated since we do not have a regular need yet they provide a premium and dedicated service. They are also easy to work with and clear in their advise. It is also great to be able to connect with other Nautadutilh colleagues in other countries (Netherlands and Luxembourg) to provide additional country expertise as needed.’
CampoFrio Food Group
Levi Strauss & Co.
Scotch Whisky Association
Super Brand Licensing
The holders of the PINK LADY trade mark
VIB (Flanders Institute for Biotechnology)
- Successfully represented Guerlain in appeal proceedings before the General Court of the EU against a refusal by the EUIPO to register Guerlain’s iconic 3D shape mark for lipstick.
- Acting for Allergan in a multi-layer litigation against Dermavita with respect to its successful JUVEDERM product (for reducing wrinkles).
- Successfully assisted GSK in setting aside the Benelux IP Office’s decision to refuse to register the shape of the “Ellipta” inhaler.
Dirk Van Gerven; Philippe Remels; Nicolas de Crombrugghe
‘To the point and hands on advice.’
‘Very hands-on and tailored approach’
‘Philippe Remels – a brilliant lawyer, able to combine his vast legal knowledge and practical/commercial approach.’
Royal BAM Group
AG Real Estate
Vanbreda Risk & Benefits
Johnson & Johnson
- Advised AS Adventure on the partial acquisition and recapitalisation of the AS Adventure group.
- Advised RTL Group on the acquisition of 100% of the shares of RTL Belgium.
- Advised Virya Energy on the acquisition of Eurowatt, a European company predominantly active in French onshore wind energy.
Belgium > Environment Tier 2NautaDutilh has a strong record in environmental permitting, particularly relating to construction projects, and is also active in enforcement proceedings, both in administrative and criminal contexts. Other areas of strength for the firm include PPP and public procurement, and energy transition, with clients including energy producers, developers, and transport companies. The team is led by Jens Mosselmans, who combines advisory and litigation work in a range of public and administrative law cases relating to environmental issues, while counsel Maxime Vanderstraeten joined the firm from Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick in early 2021 and has deepened the firm’s reach in French-speaking regions of Belgium. Counsel Stef Feyen is noted for his work on public procurement.
‘Highly regarded practice with a very skilled team. Pragmatic and outcome-focused approach.’
‘Jens Mosselmans is a highly skilled lawyer, very responsive, down-to-earth, gives straightforward advice.’
Gunvor Petroleum Antwerp
- Advising Engie Electrabel on the Capacity Remuneration Mechanism and on several investment dossiers.
- Advising Umicore on strategising and finding an adequate response to the imposition of unprecedented environmental standards following a recent increase of lead concentration around the Umicore Hoboken plan.
- Advising Gunvor Petroleum Antwerp on the restructuring of its refinery in Antwerp, including permit- and soil-related challenges.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very competent team, very accessible, very efficient and always punctual. We can always count on them.’
‘I work with Anne Fontaine. She is knowledgeable, approachable, pleasant, available, and achieves results within a very short time.’
‘Anne Fontaine knows the specificity of our company inside out – this is a great asset that facilitates the cooperation and speeds up the process.’
‘I have been working with Anne Fontaine and her team for a number of years now and they always provide an excellent service. Anne is very responsive and the team provide clear and pragmatic advice. They are also always willing to accommodate client’s demands. The team has in depth knowledge of the regulatory framework and covers a very broad range of legal areas which is very valuable.’
‘Strong team, well-integrated with Nauta’s other offices. Consistently give well-reasoned, practical advice.’
‘Anne Fontaine has been excellent on regulatory matters for payment service providers.’
‘Very responsive team. Very pleasant to work with.’
‘Anne Fontaine is a widely recognised and rightly highly respected practitioner, particularly on the funds regulatory side.’
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Reinsurance Group of America (RGA)
Willis Towers Watson
- Advising Euroclear on regulatory issues.
- Advising ABN AMRO on various financial regulatory topics in relation to its Belgian banking and investment services activities.
- Advising Belfius bank as a member of its law firm panel on various financial regulatory topics.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team at NautaDutilh is very well-versed and capable in complex cross-border transactions in the Life Sciences field. From our perspective, they are a leading firm in Belgium in this field and have an experienced team, comprised of professionals with different specialisations.’
‘Philippe Remels is very experienced with transactional matters and an excellent partner to work with on cross-border mandates. I greatly appreciate his friendly and collaborative approach.’
Bausch Health companies Inc.
Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc
Johnson & Johnson
VIB (Flemish Institute for Biotechnology)
- Assisted the underwriters with a $1.15bn (approx. €995m) fundraising by argenx.
- Assisted Nyxoah with its IPO on Euronext Brussels and on Nasdaq.
- Advising ASIT Biotech on a potential business combination whereby the French group DMS will contribute its imaging activities to ASIT Biotech in exchange for newly issued shares.
‘The NautaDutilh team shows great involvement towards its clients. Their proactive approach really contributes to sustainable solutions. Also the fact that they have in depth knowledge on board of the various real estate related aspects, makes them outstanding performers.’
‘Didier De Vliegher has a great experience in real estate and construction business, which makes him the perfect leader and coach of this team.’
‘Louise Anne Bertin is an absolute talent, very driven and always to the point.’
‘Louise Anne Bertin is very knowledgeable and can manage and navigate complex cases very well. Very accessible and a pleasure to work with.‘
‘Didier De Vliegher is very knowledgeable, invested in his clients and always there for us when we need him.’
‘They are very good in what they do, hands-on and above all they are genuinely nice people to work with.‘
AG Real Estate
Raffinerie Tirlemontoise SA – Tiense Suikerraffinaderij NV
- Advised INEOS on its acquisition of the petrochemicals business of BP Chembel.
- Advised Allianz on the development of an office building of approximatively 15,000m² in the European quarter in Brussels.
- Advised Inclusio on its IPO on Euronext Brussels and its registration as a Belgian real estate investment trust.
‘There is a clear continuity with the team and its members.‘
‘Nicolas de Crombrugghe is a very business oriented partner.‘
‘Stick to the agreed budget. Propose some alternatives to accelerate the process of the transaction and reduce the unhelpful tasks. Excellent collaboration.‘
‘Nicolas de Crombrugghe remains transaction after transaction perfectly informed regarding our group even after an increase of more than 200%. He knows exactly the details about our group. very impressive anticipation of our need.’
‘Nicolas de Crombrugghe is a senior partner well introduced in the Brussels financial market. He helped us a lot for our contacts with FSMA and Euronext.’
‘Very efficient team. Hands on and very business oriented.’
‘Impressive know how on ECM topics and regulatory issues.‘
ABN AMRO Bank
ABN AMRO Asset Based Finance
Bank of America
Bausch & Lomb Pharma
BNP Paribas Fortis
Coface Finanz GmbH
Münchener Hypothekenbank eG
Union Bancaire Privée UBP
- Advised Bayerische Landesbank and Münchener Hypothekenbank on the financing of the acquisition by Riyad Capital of the “PwC Campus”, the Belgian headquarters of PwC.
- Advised Cofinimmo on its first public benchmark sustainable bond offering, for an aggregate nominal amount of €500m.
- Advised Nyxoah on two IPOs.
Belgium > Employment Tier 3Working with a high-profile roster of clients that spans the logistics, financial services, life sciences and retail sectors, NautaDutilh is a ‘responsive and pragmatic‘ adviser across the full gamut of restructuring mandates, often in a cross-border capacity. Social elections, whistleblowing investigations and remuneration reviews are also key workflows for the team. Practice head Philippe François is noted for his corporate expertise, regularly assisting various companies with reorganisations and transfer of undertakings. Thierry Duquesne focuses on Belgian and European labour law matters for the firm’s healthcare and life sciences clients.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very responsive and pragmatic team, always available to help, and always giving us the feeling they put everything aside to assist us. High expertise and insight in likelihood and outcome of legal scenarios.’
‘Philippe François, authentic, very engaged, well informed, always keeps track of developments in company.’
‘The contact is personal and fast. The advice is sound. The lawyer takes the time to give clear and simple explanations. He is very open to discussion.’
‘We work mainly with Thierry Duquesne. We appreciate his clear and precise communication, his availability, his advice and his great availability.’
Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc
- Successfully represented Schneider Electric before the Brussels Labour Tribunal and the Constitutional Court in relation to the 2020 social elections for the works council.
- Successfully represented Basic Fit before the Antwerp Labour Tribunal in relation to a dismissal case for gross misconduct.
- Successfully represented FedEx before the Antwerp Labour Tribunal in relation to the 2020 social elections.
Nicolas de Crombrugghe; Jens Mosselmans
SODRAEP (VEOLIA Group)
- Advising ENGIE Electrabel on the legislative deployment of the Capacity Remuneration Mechanism (CRM) and simultaneously assisting in several investment dossiers entangled with CRM.
- Assisted Virya Energy with the acquisition of the shares of the minority shareholders of Eurowatt.
- Assisted ENGIE Electrabel and its partners as lenders’ legal counsel with the financing of the Wind4Flanders 5 and Wind4Wallonia 2 projects.
Belgium > Private equity Tier 3NautaDutilh advises on buyouts, exits, and private equity-backed take-private transactions, with a Benelux-focused structure capable of advising clients across the region and internationally. The firm also has notable expertise in financial services regulatory issues, as well as handling early-stage investment rounds. Clients include established international buyout funds, early-stage investors, and family offices. The team is led by Philippe Remels, who focuses on transactions within regulated sectors such as energy, healthcare, and chemicals, alongside Nicolas de Crombrugghe, who advises on cross-border transactions with Belgian targets.
Nicolas de Crombrugghe; Philippe Remels
‘Being a start-up with scarce resources (and so, low level business potential in the next months for the firm) was not a barrier for the team. The team is flexible to work for us with terms that make it easy for us. The invoicing and billing plan was adapted to our financial situation perfectly.’
Gilde Buy Out
Pertinea Property Partners
- Advised VMF Invest on its participation in the €38m investment round in miDiagnostics.
- Advised Odoo, the first unicorn in Wallonia, on a new investment by Summit Partners.
- Advised NPM Capital NV on its acquisition of Infinitas Learning Holding BV.
Belgium > Tax Tier 4NautaDutilh works with its banking and corporate teams on tax issues for financing and lending transactions, M&A, and private equity deals, as well as acting as lead tax counsel for an array of complex insurance, capital markets, and financial services regulatory matters. Primarily handling transactional tax and regulatory matters, the firm is also engaged in contentious work. The team is led by Ken Lioen.
Icen (former Travelers)
AG Real Estate
Royal BAM Group
- Advised Montea on the issue of €235m in green bonds.
- Advising Colruyt Group on various tax matters.
- Advised Allianz on the tax aspects of the development of an office building.
‘We have been working with Arnout for several years and I have got to know him as a very smart lawyer who is very client-oriented and very experienced in the field of competition law. He has a hands-on mentality and is always willing to help.’
‘Nima Lorjé; he proves that modesty and excellence are perfectly compatible in the legal sector. A top-quality all-around competition lawyer. We will hear a lot more about him in the near future.’
‘The team stands out for its technical knowledge, its practical approach and speed of response.’
‘Mauricette Schaufeli has done a great job re-building the competition team in the last couple of years. The hiring of Nima Lorje as an associate partner was also a good recruitment move and I would expect him to develop well in this role over the coming years.’
‘Mauricette is calm, measured and astute. She is has a collaborative working manner and gets things done on time.’
‘The team we work with provides good and quick advice. The advice is of an excellent nature and does not need a lot of adaptations/corrections. The team understands quickly what is the problem and what is expected.’
‘Mauricette Schaufeli: Very responsive and sound legal advice. A seasoned competition lawyer who has her client’s interests in mind and stays true to her values and principles while staying constructive with a “problem solving” attitude.’
‘The team combines good knowledge of competition law (and economics) with a pragmatic approach. They also take time to design an appropriate (and creative) fee arrangement suitable for any particular project.’
Dutch Ministry of Finance
ABN AMRO Bank
SHV, including NPM
- Advising Lineage Logistics on merger control proceedings relating to the acquisition of Kloosterboer Group, a leading and reputable independent company in Europe offering integrated temperature-controlled storage, logistics and value-added services.
- Assisted the Dutch Ministry of Finance with designing a €12bn state aid scheme in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and notified this aid scheme twice to the European Commission.
- Acting for Deutsche Lufthansa in its defence against follow on damages claims following the air cargo decision of the European Commission. The case concerns one of the largest follow on damages claim cases currently pending before the Dutch courts.
NautaDutilh > Firm Profile
The firm: NautaDutilh is an international law firm practising Dutch, Belgian and Luxembourg law. The firm was founded in 1724 and is one of the largest in the Benelux region, with offices in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels and Luxembourg as well as in London and New York.
NautaDutilh Brussels has become an important player on the Belgian legal market, providing high-quality advice and services in the areas of banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, intellectual property and ICT law, restructuring & insolvency, public & regulatory, employment & pensions, competition and anti-trust and taxation. Despite a highly crowded and competitive market place, our Brussels office has grown to include 70 lawyers, working alongside top Belgian and multinational clients.
While its practice is anchored in the jurisdictions of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, NautaDutilh works with a substantial number of clients involved in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions and proceedings. The firm works on a non-exclusive basis with leading law firms throughout the world.
Areas of practice
Banking and finance: NautaDutilh is recognized as a leading banking and finance law firm. Its team is known for its advice in PPP and project finance, asset-based lending, corporate lending and acquisition finance, structured finance and securitization deals, the full range of financial regulatory matters, governance issues faced by financial institutions, compliance matters, regulatory aspects of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, cross-border transactions and litigation before the Belgian and EU courts and the Belgian regulators.
Capital markets: The capital markets team advises on a range of equity offerings including IPOs, secondary offerings and rights issues. Their debt capital markets expertise includes MTN and commercial paper programmes, notes issues, repackagings and the emerging markets segment of the Eurobond market. Securitisations are an additional focus area within NautaDutilh both for the domestic market and for pan-European transactions, with particular expertise in relation to RMBS and covered bond programmes.
Corporate and M&A: NautaDutilh has a strong team of transaction experts advising on matters involving mergers and acquisitions, the structuring of joint ventures, the establishment of companies (including investment rounds, exit strategies, etc.), the drafting of commercial contracts, corporate governance and compliance issues and corporate housekeeping.
Dispute resolution: NautaDutilh is well-known for litigation in the areas of insolvency, banking, real estate, enforcement and recovery of arbitral awards and cross-border judgments, liability, beside commercial and corporate litigation, as well as domestic and international arbitration. We are present in a number of landmark cases in banking disputes, insolvency litigation and sovereign debt enforcement disputes.
Intellectual property and ICT: NautaDutilh assists clients in all areas of intellectual property, in particular patent and trademark litigation. We also have extensive experience handling disputes related to designs, copyright, neighbouring (related) rights, database rights, trade secrets, advertising and domain names. We provide both IP advisory and transactional services. Our lawyers regularly lead national and cross-border litigation in the Benelux and coordinate multi-jurisdictional litigation before the European courts. We also provide assistance in technology-driven transactions and with the negotiation and drafting of IT and outsourcing contracts.
Restructuring and insolvency: The team advises on financial restructurings as well as on insolvency related litigation and specialises in cross-border cases or cases with an international component. 80% of its cases are carried out in cooperation with foreign law firms.
Public and regulatory: Our public and regulatory team provides advice, does transactional work and often engages in litigation in all areas of administrative and constitutional law. The team has developed a particular expertise in public procurement law (including PPP), environmental law writ large and energy law.
Employment and pensions: As well as advising on the employment law aspects of corporate transactions, in particular with respect to consultation requirements, employee participation and the replacement, and employment terms, of board members, the NautaDutilh pensions and employment team advises on other contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, including collective and individual dismissals.
Competition and anti-trust: The NautaDutilh competition practice has an established merger control capability and has significant experience litigating both before the European courts and in the national arena. The team carries out litigation relating to cases involving State aid, cartel damages, merger control and to behavioural cases such as distribution and horizontal cooperation.
Taxation: In addition to advising on the taxation aspects of corporate and financial transactions, the NautaDutilh taxation team has an established practice advising corporate clients on their ongoing tax affairs and tax planning.
Real estate and infrastructure: We advocate an integrated, cross-practice group approach. At NautaDutilh Brussels, real estate is a sector team, not a practice group like employment or tax. Our real estate team is composed of M&A lawyers who help clients acquire real estate portfolios, as well as urban planning and environmental specialists, tax lawyers and finance, funds and capital markets specialists. This mix allows us to provide high-quality services in an efficient manner. We have an excellent client base and referral network. Clients can rely on us to carry out assignments in a professional manner. The real estate community is a small one, in which respect and reputation are earned over the long term.
|Corporate M&A||Dirk Van Gervenemail@example.com||+32 2 566 8114|
|Corporate M&A||Philippe Remelsfirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 566 8152|
|Public & Regulatory||Jens Mosselmansemail@example.com||+32 2 566 8316|
|Litigation & Arbitration||Stan Brijsfirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 566 8192|
|Litigation & Arbitration||Sophie Jacmainemail@example.com||+32 2 566 8194|
|Banking & Finance||Nicolas Crombrugghefirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 566 8184|
|Banking & Finance||Anne Fontaineemail@example.com||+32 2 566 8146|
|Banking & Finance||Thibaut Willemsfirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 566 8182|
|Employment & Pensions||Philippe Françoisemail@example.com||+32 2 566 8514|
|Employment & Pensions||Thierry Duquesnefirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 566 8512|
|Intellectual Property||Philippe Pétersemail@example.com||+32 2 566 8444|
|Intellectual Property||Florence Verhoestraetefirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 566 8452|
|Intellectual Property||Tanguy de Haanemail@example.com||+32 2 566 8430|
|Taxation||Ken Lioenfirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 566 8612|
|Insolvency & Restructuring||Stan Brijsemail@example.com||+32 2 566 8192|
|Insolvency & Restructuring||Sophie Jacmainfirstname.lastname@example.org||+32 2 566 8194|
|Real Estate & Infrastructure||Didier De Vliegheremail@example.com||+32 2 566 8140|
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|Mr Didier De Vliegher||Partner||View Profile|
|Thierry Duquesne||Local Partner||View Profile|
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|Mr Ken Lioen||Partner||View Profile|
|Mrs Evi Mattioli||Senior Associate||View Profile|
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|Mrs Ysaline Mouthuy||Senior Associate||View Profile|
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|Mr Jean-François Van Drooghenbroeck||Of Counsel||View Profile|
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 433 at this office : 70
LanguagesDutch English French
OtherContact : Dirk Van Gerven (managing partner) Other offices : Amsterdam Other offices : London Other offices : Luxembourg Other offices : New York Other offices : Rotterdam
Corporate Social Responsibility; Empowering the Next Generation
Social engagement and corporate responsibility are inextricably bound up with NautaDutilh’s day-to-day legal practice. We help companies in a wide range of sectors to resolve the issues they are or will be facing in an equitable and practical manner.
Sharing knowledge and working in concert are paramount. We feel that corporate social responsibility entails so much more and have taken “Empowering the next generation” as our main motto. We are committed to strengthening the position of the next generation by giving them opportunities in a sustainable world.
A diverse and safe working environment
An important part of our strategy is our diversity policy. We aim to promote a safe working environment in which employees feel free to be themselves. Gender diversity, LGBT+ diversity, and cultural diversity are of primary concern. We believe that diversity makes a team stronger.
The current male to female ratio in our partner population is approximately 30/70. Although this makes NautaDutilh one of the top 5 Dutch law firms in terms of diversity, our goal is 50/50, which we hope to achieve by actively recruiting and retaining talented women with, among other things, effective career coaching and by preventing subconscious prejudice from rearing its head in performance reviews. In terms of up-and-coming talent, we are already at 50/50.
In 2014, NautaDutilh became the first independent law firm in the Benelux to have its own LGBT+ network. We are one of the co-founders of Stichting Forward, which aims to promote the acceptance, recognition, and visibility of LGBT+ in the Dutch legal profession.
NautaDutilh also strives for a greater influx of culturally diverse talent. To implement this in practice, we, for example, work with Diversity Dinner. We have partnered this initiative since its launch in 2016.
You can find a more in-depth overview of our CSR policy here.
Press Releases1st April 2021
We are pleased to announce the appointment of three new partners as of 1 April 2021. These appointments further strengthen several of our practice groups, including our Data, Cybersecurity & IT law team, our Banking & Finance team and our Corporate M&A team. With a new partner appointed in each of our three home jurisdictions, NautaDutilh underlines its position as a leading Benelux law firm.
18th February 2020 On 3 February 2020, NautaDutilh strengthened its Luxembourg funds practice with the arrival of investment funds partner Luc Courtois. Prominent in his field, Luc has more than 25 years' experience on the Luxem-bourg legal market, with a strong focus on investment management. His practice covers the full range of Luxembourg-based UCITS and alternative funds as well as all legal aspects of investment funds, man-agement companies and their activities.
13th February 2019
NautaDutilh is pleased to announce the establishment of its Luxembourg Insurance and Reinsurance practice, another big step in the firm's ongoing expansion. The new practice group reflects increased client demand for legal services in the insurance field.
5th October 2017
NautaDutilh expands its New York office with a Luxembourg desk headed by Jad Nader, who recently has been named local partner. The firm's New York satellite team advises US clients on Dutch, Belgian, and Luxembourg law, particularly in regard to cross-border banking and finance and corporate M&A transactions. The arrival of a Luxembourg partner will increase the firm's capacity to handle Dutch and Luxembourg matters locally.
13th April 2017
NautaDutilh Luxembourg is organising a breakfast seminar on outsourcing in the financial sector, which will take place on Wednesday, 10 May 2017.
20th March 2017
NautaDutilh Avocats Luxembourg defended the interests of luxury fashion house Fendi in proceedings against US-based Coach for infringement by the latter of Fendi's EU design rights in its Peekaboo handbag.
20th March 2017
NautaDutilh Luxembourg is organising a breakfast seminar on the financing of Luxembourg investment funds, to be held on Thursday, 6 April 2017 at the Waldorf Hilton.
17th February 2017
NautaDutilh assisted Raizen Fuels Finance S.A., as issuer on its USD 500 million 5.3% senior notes offering which successfully closed on 20th January. The issuer is part of the Brazilian Raizen group, the world largest individual producer of sugar cane. The Raizen group also operates a network of more than 5,800 Shell-branded stations in Brazil.
Legal Developments21st April 2020 A disruptive cultural shift is driving change in the financial industry. Investors and new sources of deals are redesigning the fundamentals of the asset management business.In the asset management sector, trends have generally evolved to keep pace with the need to identify new ways of delivering alpha, as investors have traditionally been focused mainly on return. Today, however, investors are increasingly concerned with the social impact of their investments.The communication on the European Green Deal recently issued by the European Commission is representative of this changing environment. Indeed, the EU aims to become climate neutral by 2050. On a more global scale, similar sentiments were voiced at the last UN Climate Change Conference (COP 25) in Madrid. Initiatives at the European and national levels focusing specifically on the financial industry are also being taken, such as Regulation (EU) 2019/2088 on sustainability‐related disclosures in the financial services sector. In the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, there is already a legal framework for green covered bonds linked to renewable energy projects; in addition, a new bill (no. 7433) on sustainable finance aims to introduce more favourable rules for inter alia funds with environmental, social and governance (“ESG”), green or similar investment strategies. Finally, the Luxembourg Stock Exchange has issued guidelines for reporting on ESG aspects that address “the specific scope and needs of its three main stakeholders: companies, issuers of sustainable debt instruments, and asset managers active in sustainable & responsible investment funds”.The real economy is influencing the financial economy and forcing portfolio managers to develop products that are more in line with investors’ expectations. Unless they have a positive impact on, for example, the environment, the healthcare system or access to affordable housing, strategies will not be considered in line with current trends, regardless of whether they take a short or long approach, relate to a correlated or uncorrelated investment approach or public or private debt.There is indeed growing demand for the industry to participate in resolving questions and respond to real-life needs.ESG investing takes into account both ethical factors and financial elements in the decision-making process and has become increasingly common worldwide in recent years. Once a niche approach thought to come at the expense of returns, such strategies have proven that they can be market-beating. As ESG momentum builds, it is argued that companies can no longer afford to ignore ESG ratings. Last year, record amounts were invested in so-called sustainable funds.Within the overarching category of sustainable investing, strategies include ESG integration, socially responsible investing and impact investing. In brief, the primary factor in ESG integration is still financial performance, while impact investing is meant to maximise, with a quantifiable impact, social reach. Socially responsible investing can be considered to fall somewhere in the middle.The first priority for ESG integration strategies remains financial performance, while impact investing focuses on achieving the greatest possible social reach.Performance measurement is coming under increasing scrutiny by investors, and asset management firms need to be able to report on financial and social results in a transparent manner.Digital transformation In the financial sector, digital transformation tops the list of priorities of a majority of financial institutions and actors. The integration of digital technologies into all areas of business, including human resources and finance, entails a cultural shift and requires organisations to constantly question themselves and the way they operate and deliver value to customers. In practice, we may expect increasing adoption of digital operating models, including integrated cross-functional teams, better use of artificial intelligence and machine-learning processes, greater reliance on the public cloud, encompassing a more detailed legal and regulatory framework, and finally continuous investment in data storage in order to synthesise data and facilitate their use.Luxembourg, the frontrunner in anticipating and driving changeThe Luxembourg financial sector is already investing in new standards and processes and revamping its service offering in order to adapt to the rapidly changing landscape. One of the keys to the success of the Luxembourg financial sector is the speed at which participants (i.e. service providers, credit institutions, auditors, lawyers and authorities) invest in and purchase new skills and technologies to ensure they are seen as modern, mature and competent business partners by the international markets.As has been the case in the past for other strategies, knowledge and expertise in new areas of investment and services, to anticipate and drive change, will enable the Grand Duchy to remain a location of choice for investors and asset managers.Law firms need to consider all aspects of digital transformation as well as ESG issues and impact-investing asset classes and understand the various components and models in order to be able to assess them adequately in the due diligence process and ensure that they are reflected in contractual and legal documentation.As global front-runners, Luxembourg financial sector players have not only an opportunity but also a duty to stay on top of these trends. Understanding ESG and digital transformation entails implementing appropriate processes within each organisation and constantly innovating by adopting an open-minded, ESG-oriented approach in all areas of business.
Luxembourg: Lending & Secured Finance
Published: April 2022
Authors: Nicolas Bonora Audrey Derep
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Lending & Secured Finance laws and regulations that may occur in Luxembourg.
Luxembourg: Mergers & Acquisitions
Published: April 2022
Authors: Margaretha Wilkenhuysen Romain Sabatier Caroline Notté Aline Nassoy
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Mergers & Acquisitions laws and regulations that may occur in Luxembourg.
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