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Wildgen
69 BOULEVARD DE LA PÉTRUSSE
2320 LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg

Insurance Tier 1

The team at Wildgen is 'composed of lawyers with complementary and highly diversified skills in the insurance sector' and is thereby well-placed to advise clients in the life insurance, non-life insurance and reinsurance sectors across the gamut of aspects impacting their businesses. Karine Vilret has been pivotal to the firm's recent success in the area and, since her arrival to the team at the end of 2018 from KLEYR GRASSO, has galvanised its offering, particularly in light of her contentious life insurance expertise. 'Strategic thinkerMichel Bulach co-heads the team alongside Vilret and provides non-contentious expertise to reinsurers, including on M&A in the sector, as well as on establishment and ongoing operational requirements. Silvia Bracaloni's arrival in October 2019 from Generali further enhances the team's offering, in light of her 'detailed product and regulatory knowledge'. 

Practice head(s):

Karine Vilret; Michel Bulach

Other key lawyers:

Giuseppe Cafiero; Silvia Bracaloni; Nicolas Melmer

Testimonials

The firm is composed of lawyers with complementary and highly diversified skills in the insurance sector.’

‘The members of the firm I have dealt with have always been very available, efficient and responsive.’

‘Karine Vilret has significant expertise in Luxembourg insurance law ’

‘Michel Bulach is a strategic thinker.’

‘Giuseppe Cafiero is excellent at bridging insurance expertise with financial market skills.’

‘Silvia Bracaloni has detailed product and regulatory knowledge, and makes her in-house experience count in client relationships and developing solutions.’

‘Silvia Bracaloni has deep knowledge and experience, having worked in the insurance sector.’

Key clients

Allianz Luxembourg S.A.

Bâloise Group Luxembourg

Barents RE

CAMCA Assurance SA (Groupe Crédit Agricole)

Chubb

CNI

La Mondiale Europartner Luxembourg

Lombard International Assurance

Wealins

Investment funds Tier 2

Wildgen's three-partner team provides 'client-oriented and highly professional' advice to fund managers and promoters, throughout the lifecycle of alternative investment funds and UCITS. Samia Rabia combines pure fund structuring expertise alongside her broader corporate offering, enabling her to provide an integrated service to alternative asset management clients, including private equity sponsors, on the fund structuring front, as well as on any subsequent downstream investment work. Banking partner Mevlüde-Aysun Tokbag co-heads the team along with Rabia and Mark Shaw, and is noted, in particular, for her ability to provide an 'insider knowledge of processes with institutional investors in the German-speaking region'.

Practice head(s):

Samia Rabia; Mevlüde-Aysun Tokbag; Mark Shaw

Other key lawyers:

Davide Giacomoni; Iya Martkoplichvili; Emma Massicard

Testimonials

The client-oriented team provides highly professional and very good advice.’

This practice has successfully developed a very unique and professional range of services that perfectly meets the expectations of its clients.’

Responsiveness and individual knowledge as well as pragmatic approach.’

The very hands-on team has a solution-oriented approach.’ 

Wildgen has the personal touch of a small firm but the expertise of a large practice. The team has a good knowledge of fund management and brings a large spectrum of expertise in several languages.’

Aysun Tokbag has a good overview of complex structures and relationships and also quickly grasps supervisory law issues in the cross-border area.’

Key clients

Chenavari Investment Managers

GREMI International

International Housing Solutions

Kara Investment Fund

Macquaire Investment Management Europe

Platinum Equity LLC

RWC Patners

Selfbank

Swiss-Asia Holding

IP and IT Tier 2

Although Wildgen's standing in the IP/IT space took a significant hit following former team head Emmanuelle Ragot 's departure at the end of 2019, it does still have some capacity, particularly on the data protection front, where it is praised for its 'responsive and knowledgeable service'. Tax partner David Maria  is the de-facto head of the team.

Practice head(s):

David Maria

Other key lawyers:

Florence Delille

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive and knowledgeable concerning our specific needs.’

Key clients

INUI STUDIO S.A.

EXCELLIUM SERVICES LUXEMBOURG

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Led by Samia Rabia, who has 'extraordinary business acumen and foresight', Wildgen handles work for clients throughout the lifecycle of real estate transactions, from funding through to leasing. Given Rabia's overarching asset management expertise, unsurprisingly, the firm also excels at structuring real estate funds.

Practice head(s):

Samia Rabia

Other key lawyers:

Romain Viard

Testimonials

The firm’s understanding of the client’s commercial needs is truly noteworthy.’

The partner and all the associates show an incredible level of knowledge. Their preparedness was noteworthy and their ability to communicate to the client the legal requirements or restrictions of the transaction has been efficient and very effective.’

Samia Rabia has shown extraordinary business acumen and foresight.’

Romain Viard’s knowledge of his field of expertise in real estate was very obvious and incredibly useful in the transaction.’

Key clients

Gremi International

Hotel Investments (Luxembourg) – Asset Paris II (Luxembourg) – UBX Luxembourg

International Housing Solutions

Kara Investment Fund

Katia Immobilière

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

The 'very responsive and approachable' two-partner team at Wildgen provides 'solutions-oriented' advice to banks and private equity sponsors on acquisition financing mandates, utilising debt from across the capital structure. The 'committed and motivated' Mevlüde-Aysun Tokbag co-heads the team alongside Michel Bulach, and excels in providing regulatory and transactional advice to German clients.

Practice head(s):

Michel Bulach; Mevlüde-Aysun Tokbag

Other key lawyers:

Giuseppe Cafiero; Michael Mbayi

Testimonials

‘The firm provides solutions-oriented advice.’

‘The team was very responsive and approachable.’

‘The firm is well-positioned to assist with significant and multi-faceted transactions. The firm is highly regarded for banking and financial issues, and stands out from others with the resourcefulness of its seasoned professionals and deep understanding of its clients.’

‘Mevlüde-Aysun Tokbag is an outstanding personality: there is always a solution!!’

‘Mevlüde-Aysun Tokbag is committed and motivated.’

‘Giuseppe Cafiero is client focused and often helps us make material and sometimes innovative structuring decisions.’

Key clients

4 Finance

ALFA Luxembourg / Marriott

Bank of Beirut

DDM Group Finance S.A.

Dover Corporation

Innit International SCA

Michelin

Pacific Drilling

Stena AB Group

Trafigura Funding SA

WFS Group

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

The 'very knowledgeable and hardworking' team at Wildgen provides a 'responsive and flexible' service to multinational corporates, family businesses, start-ups and funds across a range of transactional and ongoing corporate and commercial work. The 'very pragmatic and down-to-earthFrançois Brouxel is well-versed in local Luxembourg corporate law, and as well as utilising this knowledge to effectively structure international M&A mandates, he has also been at the vanguard of discussions relating to the  modernisation of Luxembourg’s company law and the reform of business licences. Isabelle Charlier co-heads the team alongside Brouxel and is noted for her ability to 'clearly answer questions, and present good and interesting proposals'.

Practice head(s):

François Brouxel; Isabelle Charlier

Other key lawyers:

Lionel Bonifazzi; Samia Rabia; David Maria; Yann Payen; Luis Marques Guilherme; Delia Nitescu; Thomas Biermeyer; Jérémie Ferrian

Testimonials

‘The team provides pragmatic and solutions-oriented advice.’

‘It is a very knowledgeable and hardworking team.’

François Brouxel is very pragmatic and down-to-earth.

‘Isabelle Charlier clearly answers questions, and presents good and interesting proposals.’

‘Lionel Bonifazzi has excellent knowledge of the matters and is very precise.’

‘Samia Rabia has shown incredible business acumen.’

‘Samia Rabia and Delia Nitescu are extremely personable and responsive.’

The very practical David Maria is very responsive and always available to assist.’

Key clients

4Finance

AEDC

TLNT Holdings S.A.

DDM Group Finance S.A.

Omnio

Centralis Group

Clyde Blowers Capital IM LLP

Dover Corporation

Facebank Group, Inc

Hotelinvestments (Luxembourg) S.à r.l. – Asset Paris II (Luxembourg) S.à r.l. – UBX Luxembourg S.à r.l.

Murex Group

Pacific Drilling

Platinum Equity LLC

Thermo Fisher Scientific Group

Tax Tier 3

Benefiting from 'extensive knowledge on corporate tax matters',Wildgen provides 'timely replies and solutions' to clients engaged in cross-border restructurings, M&A transactions and business migrations. 'Extremely user-friendly' team head David Maria  is a 'subject matter expert and capable of describing sometimes complex issues clearly for a lay person'.

Practice head(s):

David Maria

Other key lawyers:

Lionel Bonifazzi; Jérémie Ferrian; Valeria Ercolini

Testimonials

‘They are professional and have very good communication skills. In addition, they are always available for you and are particularly adept at identifying your problem and the associated risk factors.’

‘They seem to have extensive knowledge on corporate tax matters and this is reflected in their advice.’

‘David Maria is a subject matter expert and is capable of describing sometimes complex issues clearly for a non-tax lawyer.’

‘David Maria is an extremely user-friendly partner.’

‘We value Lionel Bonifazzi’s objective approach and clear and concise advice.

‘Jérémie Ferrian showed great knowledge in each aspect of the business we were involved in. After carefully listening to our constraints, which is not the case of all other firms, his advice was swift and accurate.’

Key clients

Aif Pharma Lux SA

Centralis Group

Hotelinvestments (Luxembourg) S.à r.l. – Asset Paris II (Luxembourg) S.à r.l. – UBX Luxembourg S.à r.l.

International Housing Solutions (IHS)

Investmon Corp

Modern Media Acquisition Corp

Murex

Schneider Electric

SP Development

SPE Capital

Since 1923, Wildgen has been at the heart of legal practice in Luxembourg serving its clients as an independent full-service business law firm. It is today known as one of the best law firms in the country, possessing a strong track record and offering sound technical expertise. In 2018 Wildgen opened its first international representative office in London.

Wildgen’s practice groups offer a complete range of legal, regulatory and tax services and a wealth of experience on domestic and cross-border transactions. They provide integrated services and work closely together so the firm can act as a one-stop shop. Wildgen lawyers think strategically and pragmatically for their clients. They offer first-class service and a client-focused approach, speaking fluent English and a number of other key languages.

While fully independent, Wildgen boasts a wide-ranging and long-established network of experts and like-minded law firms worldwide, enabling the firm to provide the very best advice in each circumstance. The firm is the Luxembourg member firm of the Interlex Group and Lawyers Associated Worldwide, two global non-exclusive associations of leading independent law firms.

The firm is able to achieve the best outcomes for its clients and regularly represents Fortune 500 companies as well as a wide variety of corporations, partnerships, emerging businesses, HNWIs, asset managers and family offices, investment funds, private equity houses, major banking and financial institutions and leading insurance and reinsurance market players.

Wildgen embraces commercial and ethical principles such as being transparent and efficient in the work it delivers, equally flexible and innovative and places an emphasis on excellence, pro-activity, responsiveness and diversity.

Main areas of practice
Banking and Finance, headed by Michel Bulach and Mevlüde-Aysun Tokbag

Asset and Project Finance | Banking and Financial Law | Capital Markets | Corporate Finance | Fund Finance | Lending and Financial Collaterals | Regulatory and Compliance | Securitisation | Structured Finance

Corporate and M&A, headed by François Brouxel and Isabelle Charlier

Corporate Law | Cross-border Mobility | European Structures (SE, EEIG, SCE) | Insolvency and Restructuring | Joint Ventures | Liquidation | Mergers and Acquisitions | Transfers of Seats and Recapitalisations

Dispute Resolution and Litigation, headed by Karine Vilret and Dr. Eric Perru

Advisory | Banking, Finance and Insurance Litigation | Civil and Commercial Disputes | Corporate Disputes | Debt Collection and Recovery

Employment, headed by François Brouxel

Advisory and Litigation | Contracts | Crisis Management | Employee Management | GDPR Compliance | TUPE

Insurance and Reinsurance, headed by Karine Vilret and Michel Bulach

Affinity | Captive Reinsurance | Commercial Reinsurance | Contracts and Policies | Freedom to Provide Services and Freedom of Establishment | Insurance Funds | Life | Non-Life | Professional Liability | Regulatory | Surety Insurance | Specialty Lines

Investment Funds, headed by Samia Rabia, and Mevlüde-Aysun Tokbag

AIFM | ELTIFs | European Social Entrepreneurship Funds (EuSEFs) | European Venture Capital Funds (EuVECAs) | Islamic Finance | Microfinance | Non-UCITS Retail Funds (Part II Funds) | Private Equity | RAIFs | Real Estate Funds | SICARs | SIFs | UCITS | UCITS Management Companies | Unregulated Alternative Investment Funds | Venture Capital

IP/TMT, headed by David Maria

Competition | Data Protection | Distribution Law and Advertising | E-commerce | Intellectual Property Rights | Regulatory and General Trade Practices | Sports Law | Trademark, Copyrights, Domain Names, Patents, Designs and Models Life Sciences

Tax, headed by David Maria

Luxembourg and International Taxation | Cross-Border Transactions | Financing structures | Mergers and Acquisitions | Regulated or unregulated vehicle | Securitization | Structuring and Restructuring | Tax due diligence | Tax Pre-litigation and Litigation | VAT and indirect taxes | Private wealth

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Offices
Luxembourg 
69 boulevard de la Pétrusse – L-2320 Luxembourg
T: +352 40 49 601 – F: +352 40 44 09
E: luxembourg@wildgen.lu

London 
33 St James’s Square – London SW1Y 4JS
T: +44 20 3875 0182 – M: +44 7894803757
E: london@wildgen.lu

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate François Brouxel, Managing Partner francois.brouxel@wildgen.lu +352 40 49 601
Investment Funds Samia Rabia samia.rabia@wildgen.lu +352 40 49 601
Banking & Finance, Insurance & Reinsurance Michel Bulach michel.bulach@wildgen.lu +352 40 49 601
Tax, IP/TMT David Maria david.maria@wildgen.lu +352 40 49 601
Banking & Finance, Investment Funds Mevlude-Aysun Tokbag mtokbag@wildgen.lu +352 40 49 601
Corporate, Tax Lionel Bonifazzi lionel.bonifazzi@wildgen.lu +352 40 49 601
Corporate, Transport Isabelle Charlier isabelle.charlier@wildgen.lu +352 40 49 601
Head of our London Office Mark Shaw mark.shaw@wildgen.lu +352 40 49 601
Insurance & Reinsurance, Litigation Karine Vilret karine.vilret@wildgen.lu +352 40 49 601
Litigation, Wildgen 4 art Dr. Eric Perru eric.perru@wildgen.lu +352 40 49 601
Corporate, Wildgen 4 innovation Yann Payen yann.payen@wildgen.lu +352 40 49 601
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Lionel Bonifazzi  photo Mr Lionel Bonifazzi Partner
Mr François Brouxel photo Mr François Brouxel Managing Partner, Head of the Corporate Practice Group
Mr Michel Bulach photo Mr Michel Bulach Partner, Head of the Banking & Finance Practice Group
Mrs Isabelle Charlier photo Mrs Isabelle Charlier Partner
Mr David Maria photo Mr David Maria Partner, Head of the Tax Practice Group
Mr Yann Payen photo Mr Yann Payen Partner
Mr Eric Perru  photo Mr Eric Perru Partner
Mrs Samia Rabia photo Mrs Samia Rabia Partner, Head of the Investment Funds Practice Group
Mrs Mevlüde-Aysun Tokbag photo Mrs Mevlüde-Aysun Tokbag Partner, Head of the German Desk
Mrs Karine Vilret photo Mrs Karine Vilret Partner, Head of the Litigation Practice Group
Partners : 11
Fee Earners : 55
Total Staff : 85
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