Firm Profile > AKD > Luxembourg, Luxembourg

42, Avenue Monterey

Luxembourg > Private equity Tier 3

Now headed by Cedric Bless, following the departure of Bernard Beerens to Stibbe in February 2020, AKD remains focused on work in the private equity sector and handles a sizeable amount of work for sponsors on the Luxembourg structuring to facilitate international M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Cedric Bless

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Levy; Imède El Moudden

Key clients





Elliott Management



MNK Partners

Oaktree Capital Management



Ridgemont Equity Partners


Roark Capital

Luxembourg > Tax Tier 3

AKD is particularly well regarded among private equity and real estate funds for the 'excellent levels of customer service and cost-effective approach' it provides on fund formation and subsequent downstream investment mandates. The 'commercialRutger Zaal has 'strong cross-jurisdictional knowledge' and co-heads the two-partner tax team alongside Ayzo Van Eysinga.

Practice head(s):

Ayzo van Eysinga; Rutger Zaal

Other key lawyers:

Laetitia Borucki


A small boutique operation with excellent levels of customer service and a cost-effective approach.’

Rutger Zaal is a good commercial operator with strong cross-jurisdictional knowledge.’

Key clients

Trane Technologies (former Ingersoll-Rand)

The Alberta Investment Management Corporation

EagleTree Capital

Peakside Capital Advisors

ARB Advisors Cheniere

Luxembourg > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 5

'Extremely dedicated to their clients' needs and very useful in solving complex situations', AKD has developed a particularly strong reputation for handling structured finance and securitisation work since the opening of its Luxembourg office in 2016.  Combining 'a French human style with US execution power'team head Basile Fémelat is, according to one client, 'definitively the lawyer to instruct on any complex debt capital markets matters in Luxembourg and beyond'. The team was also recently strengthened by Yann Hilpert's arrival from DCL Avocats in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Basile Fémelat

Other key lawyers:

Arnaud Barchman; Yann Hilpert; Delphine Gomes


‘Extremely dedicated to their clients’ needs and very useful in solving complex situations, they always find the right and most pragmatic solutions to achieve our goals in the most time and cost-effective way.’

Basile Fémelat is definitively the lawyer to instruct on any complex debt capital markets matters in Luxembourg and beyond. His knowledge goes beyond the sole legal analysis to also include assistance in financial and strategic decisions as well.’

Basile Fémelat combines a French human style with US execution power.’

‘Arnaud Barchman is very pragmatic, responsive and reliable.’

Key clients



Ipaylinks Luxembourg

DRC Capital

Esprit Eurpe GmbH

Henderson Park




Credit Suisse


Royal Bank of Scotland


Customer satisfaction is at the heart of our Luxembourg office’s philosophy and of our firm in general, with all clients being given the same high level of dedication. From mid-size businesses to large private equity firms, all are given the same undivided attention from the team. Clients value the Luxembourg team’s responsiveness, in-depth knowledge of the financial markets and constant dedication to achieving their commercial objectives.

Luxembourg has for long been at the forefront of the trends and evolutions relating to the financial markets and structured finance environment. It grew to become a well-established financial centre in Europe with worldwide recognition, known as one of the world’s safest and business friendly environment.

Our Luxembourg office consists of a highly experienced team of lawyers and tax specialists, top-level service, and its strong emphasis on customer care.

In Luxembourg, we cooperate with many US and UK international firms who do not have a footprint in Luxembourg. Luxembourg’s famously diverse population is reflected in AKD’s multilingual and multinational staff.

Department Name Email Telephone
Tax Ayzo van Eysinga +352 6 91 55 88 33
Tax Rutger Zaal +352 6 91 55 88 38
Corporate/M&A Cedric Bless +352 6 91 55 88 56
Banking & Finance Basile Fémelat +352 691 400 800
Investment management Virginie Leroy +352 6 91 55 88 98
Corporate/M&A Nicolas Marchand +352 6 91 55 88 13
Investment management Jevgeniy Nesch +352 6 91 55 80 72
Banking & Finance Yann Hilpert +352 26 75 82 301
Banking & Finance Jasper Verhoog +31 6 55 39 58 04
Photo Name Position Profile
 Arnaud Barchman Wuytiers van Vliet  photo Arnaud Barchman Wuytiers van Vliet Counsel
 Cedric Bless  photo Cedric Bless Partner
 Joël Butkiewicz-Jung  photo Joël Butkiewicz-Jung Lawyer
 Imède El Moudden  photo Imède El Moudden Lawyer
 Basile Fémelat  photo Basile Fémelat Partner
 Delphine Gomes  photo Delphine Gomes Lawyer
 Yann Hilpert  photo Yann Hilpert Partner
 Virginie Leroy  photo Virginie Leroy Partner
 Anthony Levy  photo Anthony Levy Lawyer
 Nicolas Marchand  photo Nicolas Marchand Partner
 Jevgeniy Nesch  photo Jevgeniy Nesch Partner
 Ayzo Van Eysinga  photo Ayzo Van Eysinga Partner
 Rutger Zaal  photo Rutger Zaal Partner
Number of lawyers : 270
Other offices : Amsterdam
Other offices : Breda
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : Eindhoven
Other offices : Rotterdam

Benelux firm AKD appoints partners: Passing the baton to the next generation

AKD Benelux lawyers has appointed five new partners, four of them "home-grown”, managing partner Erwin Rademakers clarifies. “It gives immense pleasure to see colleagues developing and, as next-generation partners, contributing to building the future of our firm.” 

AKD continues to expand in Brussels: Julien Hick appointed employment law partner

AKD Benelux lawyers is delighted to announce the appointment of Julien Hick as partner in Brussels.

Yann Hilpert appointed partner at AKD in Luxembourg

AKD Benelux lawyers is delighted to announce the appointment of Yann Hilpert as partner in Luxembourg.

Conny Staudt takes on partnership at AKD Benelux lawyers, “back to her roots”

Pieter Huys, who leads the team, comments: “We are thrilled to welcome Conny at AKD. Coming at a time where flexible employment has become a hot topic, her expertise in this field neatly complements our own expertise. Earlier this year, the Balanced Labour Market Act (Wet Arbeidsmarkt in Balans) came into force, the purpose of which Act is to make flexible employment less flexible and steady employment less steady. We find that this new legislation has given rise to many questions from our clients, duly aggravated by the uncertainties thrown up by the Covid-19 crisis. Conny's expertise and experience add real value to our team”.

AKD adds six new partners to Benelux footprint

AKD has appointed six new partners in Belgium and the Netherlands. Following the appointment of three new partners in Luxembourg earlier this year, AKD thus further increases its Benelux footprint.

Benelux law firm AKD expands with McGuireWoods’ Brussels team

Benelux law firm AKD expands its Brussels office by adding McGuireWoods’ Brussels team, following AKD’s strategy to be the first choice full-service legal and tax services provider in the Benelux. The incoming team consists of partners Hubert André-Dumont, Paul van den Bulck, Timothy Speelman, Steven Ongena, counsel Pol Cools, and four associates.