DSM Avocats à la Cour > Luxembourg, Luxembourg > Firm Profile

DSM Avocats à la Cour
55-57 RUE DE MERL
2146 LUXEMBOURG
BP 2648, 1026 LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg

Luxembourg > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Real estate is a core area of focus for DSM Avocats à la Cour and this is demonstrated in its ability to provide an ‘efficient and pragmatic’ service to a range of stakeholders, including developers, investors, brokers and family offices. Team head Mario Di Stefano is pivotal to the success of the practice in light of his broad expertise, which covers work throughout the life cycle of a real estate project, including acquisition of the land, advice on zoning/environmental issues, lease negotiations and divestment of the property. Renaud Le Squeren is also a key contact and excels in advising on projects underpinned by sophisticated financing mechanisms including securitization vehicles.

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Testimonials

‘It is an efficient, pragmatic and competent team.’

‘As a leading surety provider in Benelux for real estate and construction companies we appreciate the firm’s in-depth knowledge of the industry.’

‘Mario di Stefano often says “no” to us, which means he really assist us to avoid making mistakes. He assisted us in very complex matter linked to large real estate transactions involving international banks and a listed real estate developer.’ 

Key clients

Rizzani de Eccher

Tracol Immobilier

ICN

Tralux

Landimmo

IKO Real Estate

Luxembourg Capital

EuroCaution

Wagner Group

Guy Rollinger Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Rizzani de Eccher, an Italian general contractor, in relation to the recently opened mixed-use Cloche d’or Shopping Center and residential Zenith Towers located in the new Cloche d’Or neighborhood.
  • Advising Benelux-focused real estate group, ICN Group, across a range of real estate matters, including on development, construction and leasing contracts, and real estate acquisitions.
  • Advising EuroCaution, a broker specialising in financial guarantees and securities, across a broad range of legal matters mostly related to real estate, from the negotiation and conclusion of complex transactions to legal representation before Luxembourg courts when necessary or with respect to construction sites when a completion bond (garantie d’achèvement) has been called.

Luxembourg > Dispute resolution Tier 3

The ‘business savvy’ team at DSM Avocats à la Cour is adept at utilising conventional litigation and ADR techniques to good effect on behalf of private sector clients, particularly in the context of tax and real estate disputes. The practice, headed by Mario Di Stefano and featuring Alban Colson, is also ‘good at helping with strategic planning in cross-border litigation’. 

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‘They are business savvy and also understand what it is like to work with other law firms (acting as lead counsel).’

‘They understand the commercial issues/realities and can advise me on what really matters.’

‘They are good at helping with strategic planning in cross-border litigation.’

Key clients

Nexvia

Cargilux

OpenField

Wagner Group

Rizzani de Eccher

EuroCaution

PM International

Landimmo

Work highlights

  • Assisting a major bank in Luxembourg, which granted a loan to a foreign company, with the reimbursement of the loan.
  • Successfully represented a public institution in a fee dispute suit involving a provider of architectural services.
  • Advising a construction group in a case regarding recuperation of VAT. The plaintiff is a German company.

Luxembourg > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

In spite of its relatively small size, DSM Avocats à la Cour has ‘real experience working for international clients’ across a range of corporate and commercial matters, including on M&A and joint venture structuring. Renaud Le Squeren is ‘very responsive and friendly’, and co-heads the team alongside Mario Di Stefano, who ‘has a very deep knowledge of company law and M&A’. 

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‘It is very reliable in terms of legal skills and cost efficiency.’

‘The team is highly responsive and provides expertise across a wide range of competencies.’

‘The availability of partners is outstanding and the trickle down effect on associates seamless and efficient.’

‘It is a smaller law firm but for Luxembourg they have real experience working for international clients. They are very responsive and give excellent advice. It is one of the firms I work with in Luxembourg.’

‘Renaud Le Squeren: smart mind, shows great experience in leading transactions, always very responsive and friendly.’

‘Renaud Le Squeren is not only a consummate professional and an excellent lawyer, but also a profoundly human character who has an almost uncanny talent for understanding very specific situations instantly and putting them in their broader context at once, which results in perfect and actionable counsel.’

‘Mario Di Stefano is someone I enjoy working with. He has a lot of experience and is a very pragmatic person.’

‘Mario Di Stefano is a very serious and competent lawyer and has a very deep knowledge in the sector of company law and M&A. Moreover, he has a great ethical sense, great flexibility, promptness in offering answers and collaborative spirit.’

Key clients

Vantage Data Centers

International Chemical Investors Group

PM International

Wagner Group

ICN

Tracol Immobilier

Keystone Group

Luxembourg Capital

IKO Real Estate

Tralux

Guy ROLLINGER Group

EuroCaution

Work highlights

  • Assisting Vantage Data Centers, an American group providing data centre solutions, with group restructuring transactions in EMEA, financing, management needs on a day-to-day basis, as well as in the context of all Luxembourg-related transactions.
  • Assisted International Chemical Investors Group in a corporate restructuring involving Luxembourg entities of the group, as well as large-scale financing transactions.
  • Advising PM International, a large German family-owned business on its Luxembourg matters, including advice relating to customer contracts and general corporate governance.

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. DSM Avocats à la Cour 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 and 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 EU 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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 Stefanomdistefano@dsm.legal
Real estate and construction, Corporate/M&A, Commercial and business law, Digital, Restructuring and insolvency Renaud Le Squerenrlesqueren@dsm.legal
Banking and financial law Marie-Paule Gillenmpgillen@dsm.legal
Banking and financial law, Tax, Corporate/M&A, Commercial and business law Jérôme Bachjbach@dsm.legal
Dispute resolution Alban Colsonacolson@dsm.legal
Tax advice and tax dispute resolution Alex Phamapham@dsm.legal
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Mr Jérôme Bach  photo Mr Jérôme Bach Partner – Avocat à la Cour
Mr Alban Colson  photo Mr Alban Colson Partner – Avocat à la Cour
Mr Mario Di Stefano photo Mr Mario Di StefanoManaging Partner – Avocat à la Cour and Rechtsanwalt
Ms Marie-Paule Gillen photo Ms Marie-Paule GillenPartner – Avocat à la Cour
Mr Renaud Le Squeren  photo Mr Renaud Le Squeren Partner – Avocat à la Cour
Dr Alex PHAM  photo Dr Alex PHAM Partner Tax – Avocat à la Cour
Number of lawyers : 22
English
French
German
Italian
Luxembourgish
Spanish
ALFA International
Association of European Lawyers (AEL)
International Business Law Consortium (IBLC)
SCG Legal
UIA (Union Internationale des Avocats
WIRAS
AMCHAM
British Chamber of Commerce
ILA (Luxembourg Institute for Directors)

As a member of IMS Luxembourg (Inspiring More Sustainability) since January of 2020 and signatory of the Diversity Charter since 2015, our firm is committed to the environment and social justice, to which our recent actions in sustainable development, the training of young people, diversity, legal sponsoring as well as the promoting of a healthy work environment attest.

· Sports sponsoring: DSM Avocats à la Cour is a partner with Mondorf-les-Bains Sports Union and the Red-Boys Differdange women’s team
· New guide on the inclusion of transgender persons in the workplace with Vanessa LOMORO’s participation – January 2022
· Donation for Lëtzebuerger Déiereschutzlig – December 2021
· Hosting of five high school students for an internship during the dayCARE – October 2021 · Exhibit at DSM Avocats à la Cour’s offices: Women pioneers in Luxembourg entrepreneurship – September 2021
· The law firm of DSM Avocats à la Course participates in the Luxembourg Times BusinessRun 2021 charity run – September 2021
· Solidarity through sports: DSM Avocats à la Cour supports Solirunbike – July 2021
· DSM Avocats à la Cour sponsors the film “Io Sto Bene” – June 2021
· DSM Avocats à la Cour donated 5 computer screens to the non-profit Digital Inclusion – May 2021
· Participation in the IMS Luxembourg “Transition Kit” on alternatives to singe-use plastic – April 2021
· DSM Avocats à la Cour participates in the Race for Life – March 2021
· DSM Avocats à la Cour supports the #ReAct helpline for Chamber of Commerce entrepreneurs · Pioneering Women in Luxembourg Journalism Exhibit – February 2021

DSM Avocats à la Cour is certified “Great Place To Work 2021/2022”

This certification distinguishes the best organizations that consistently seek to improve their employee experience and recognizes DSM’s commitment to building and maintaining a high-trust culture.


DSM Avocats à la Cour has long been a member of several major international legal networks allowing us to partner with more than 590 top quality independent law firms around the world with expertise in a multitude of practice areas.

We maintain a close relationship with them and can count on their prompt support abroad at any time.

Given that our international counterpart firms are independent law firms as we are, they provide us a wide selection of alternatives from which to choose.


CLIENT: Real Estate
COMPANY/FIRM:
TESTIMONIAL: Mario Di Stefano strives to find solutions for his customers.


CLIENT: Corporate
COMPANY/FIRM:
TESTIMONIAL: Renaud Le Squeren was pleasant to deal with, positive and organised. He and his firm were responsive and diligent, closing the transaction to deadline.


CLIENT: Tax
COMPANY/FIRM:
TESTIMONIAL: Alex Pham singled himself out by providing in a characteristically low-key demeanor an incredibly sharp and detailed legal advice.


CLIENT: Real Estate
COMPANY/FIRM:
TESTIMONIAL: Top-notch firm, highly technical and with a great service, from beginning until the end. Perfect combination of experience and agility.


CLIENT: Banking and finance
COMPANY/FIRM:
TESTIMONIAL: The firm gives its legal opinion with a high-ranking degree of specialisation and knowledge of banking and financial law.


CLIENT: Restructuring
COMPANY/FIRM:
TESTIMONIAL: The DSM team were responsive and efficient, and a pleasure to work with.