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DSM Avocats A La Cour
BP 2648, 1026 LUXEMBOURG

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Jointly headed by Mario Di Stefano and Renaud Le Squeren DSM Avocats A La Cour advises a diverse array of stakeholders, including funds, banks, developers and contractors, on corporate real estate, zoning and planning, and real estate acquisition projects.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Well-versed in alternative dispute resolution techniques in addition to formal litigation, DSM Avocats A La Cour represents clients across a broad range of domestic and cross-border commercial litigation. Team head Alban Colson is also noted for his white-collar expertise.

Practice head(s):

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Jointly headed by Renaud Le Squeren and Mario Di StefanoDSM Avocats A La Cour handles a broad array of ongoing corporate and commercial matters for local entities and international clients based in Luxembourg. The team also regularly handles cross-border M&A work across a range of industry sectors, including real estate.

The firm: DSM Avocats à la Cour was founded in 2004 and is located in the heart of one of the world’s main financial centers. The firm is regularly called upon to assist in domestic, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional matters. DSM’s lawyers are recognized experts in numerous legal practice areas including corporate, real estate, finance and tax law, as well as in dispute resolution. Located in the heart of one of the world’s main financial centers, DSM provides its national and international clientele multidisciplinary, multilingual services suited to Luxembourg’s current environment.

Main international areas of practice: 

Corporate/mergers and acquisitions: The Corporate and M&A team assists clients in all aspects of their transactions including due diligence; incorporation of special purpose vehicles in the context of investment and business activity structuring; the transfer or assignment of real estate; the creation of charges and all types of guarantees; leasehold agreements and rights (bail emphythéotique, droit de superficie); and, corporate financing, including drafting of the necessary legal opinions. Corporate and M&A is always tied to tax issues and DSM’s Corporate and M&A department works with its Tax Law department to devise the best solutions for our clients.

Real estate and construction: DSM advises on the entire lifespan of a real estate project including obtaining administrative permits for general and specific development plans and environmental permits; dealing with urban planning issues, corporate structuring; real estate sales and the sale of shares; financing; contracts for transfers, rentals, guarantees and surface area (contrat de superficie); and, advising in civil and administrative disputes over issues such as construction, co-ownership and guarantees.

Tax Advice and Tax Dispute Resolution: DSM’s Tax team advises corporate clients on a wide range of international transactions, investment structures as well as on day-to-day business matters involving Luxembourg. It not only represents Luxembourg companies, shareholders and lenders but also borrowers, collateral providers and pledgees. All tax fields are covered, including income tax, municipal business tax, net wealth tax, VAT and other particular taxes or registration duties. DSM also advises on private wealth management and private wealth vehicles, such as family wealth management companies (SPFs), family offices and private foundations, including with respect to tax planning and managing international successions and inheritances.

And, we cover the full range of tax advisory services from strategic tax planning to high-end technical advice, as well as the establishment, review and follow-up of tax compliance documents regarding direct taxes and VAT. DSM also assists its clients in the context of cross-border administrative procedures for the elimination of double taxation situations.

DSM’s Tax team has significant experience interfacing with the Luxembourg tax authorities in local and cross-border matters at any pre-litigation phase. During the litigation phase, the Tax team represents its clients before all Luxembourg and EU courts international tax litigation practice, including with respect to direct taxes and VAT.

Banking and financial law: DSM’s Banking and Financial Law team advises on financial transactions involving Luxembourg and foreign entities or in respect of Luxembourg-based assets. We advise banks and professionals of the financial sector (PSF), representing lenders as well as borrowers, collateral providers and pledgees. We advise on financing and the taking of security, not only on all structuring, tax and ancillary aspects of both traditional corporate finance but also more complex financing arrangements and hybrid financial instruments. We further advise financial institutions and other professionals in the financial sector on all aspects of client contractual relations and documentation, professional liability, criminal financial law liability, corporate governance and personal data protection.

In cooperation with DSM’s litigation team, we advise on litigation, dispute resolution, and arbitration in finance-related matters both in Luxembourg and internationally. We also assist bankers and financial professionals in financial criminal proceedings.

Digital: Our Digital team advises on complex international transactions as well as local Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology, Media & Telecommunication (TMT) transactions. This includes advising on, drafting and negotiating technology contracts such as hardware and software supply contracts, licenses, general terms of use, as well as design, building and operating, turnkey, O&M, systems integration and offshore outsourcing contracts. Our team also provides legal advice and support for issues on IT rights, data protection, licenses and exploitation of intellectual property rights, counterfeiting, consumer law and litigation in Luxembourg, including the use of Luxembourg investment vehicles enabling the protection of technology and intellectual property assets. The team further assists clients with clouds, telecoms, biotechnology, health, and provides assistance to all operators confronted with obligatory rules associated with new technologies.

Investment funds and investment management: DSM’s Investment Funds and Investment Management team advises clients in setting up and administering their Luxembourg fund structures and investment vehicles. We assist our corporate and private clients in choosing the most appropriate investment fund structures and determining their key characteristics. This includes advising on Alternative Investment Funds (AIF) including Specialised Investment Funds (SIF) or Reserved Alternative Investment Funds (RAIF) to implement various investment strategies (Real Estate, Private Equity, Hedge Funds); ensuring compliance of a fund’s legal documentation with new laws and regulations; assisting funds and investment vehicles in the acquisition, management and divestment of assets; coordinating with the financial sector supervisory authority (Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier or CSSF); and, advising on AIFMD, SFTR and MifiD II issues, as well as data protection matters (GDPR).

Dispute resolution: The DSM team handles national and international matters. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) techniques geared towards cost-effective and timely dispute resolution are part of the firm’s practice, which has advised on cases submitted to international arbitration, including to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and mediation.

EU and competition law: DSM advises on all aspects of European Union and Competition Law (cartels, leniency applications, abuse of a dominant position, joint ventures, distribution and licensing issues, damage claims, EU merger control and state aid). We litigate before the European adjudicatory bodies located in Luxembourg, be it for international companies or private individuals, Court of Justice of the European Union, the General Court of the EU, the European Commission and the Luxembourg Competition Council.

Department Name Email Telephone
Real estate and construction, Corporate/M&A, Investment funds, Commercial and business law, Employment and social security law, Dispute resolution, Restructuring and insolvency, Tax Mario Di Stefano
Real estate and construction, Corporate/M&A, Commercial and business law, Digital, Restructuring and insolvency Renaud Le Squeren
Banking and financial law Marie-Paule Gillen
Banking and financial law, Tax, Corporate/M&A, Commercial and business law Jérôme Bach
Dispute resolution Alban Colson
Tax advice and tax dispute resolution Alex Pham
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Jérôme Bach  photo Mr Jérôme Bach Partner and Avocat à la Cour
Mr Alban Colson  photo Mr Alban Colson Partner and Avocat à la Cour
Mr Mario Di Stefano photo Mr Mario Di Stefano Managing Partner, Avocat à la Cour and Rechtsanwalt
Mrs Marie-Paule Gillen  photo Mrs Marie-Paule Gillen Partner and Avocat à la Cour
Mr Renaud Le Squeren  photo Mr Renaud Le Squeren Partner and Avocat à la Cour
Mr Alex PHAM  photo Mr Alex PHAM Counsel Tax
Number of lawyers : 20
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International Business Law Consortium (IBLC)
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Diversity – a building block for our firm’s strategy

We at DSM are convinced that the diversity of our employees, as reflected in
their gender, age, origin, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, education
and individual values, improves our ability to fulfil our tasks, enhance our
performance and innovate to our clients’ benefit. Diversity at DSM goes beyond simple appreciation. It is an expression of the
integration of different potentials and world views in the daily work of our firm
and is our strength. Cooperation in our diverse work environment is based on
respect and tolerance for each other. Given our international clientèle, the broad knowledge and extensive experience of our employees with their different nationalities and cultures is a definite advantage. We expressly seek this diversity in making our hiring decisions. It allows us to appropriately adapt to our clients’ needs because we speak their language. DSM gives women and men equal opportunities to develop their personal and
professional skills. More than half of our employees are women. The compatibility of work and family life is important to us. Whether it be flexible working hours in case of family necessities or parental leave for new mothers and fathers, we support those situations with measures that help our employees balance their professional and personal lives. We see diversity as our opportunity.