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Chevalier & Sciales
GRAND-RUE 36-38
1660 LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg

Luxembourg > Investment funds Tier 4

The investment management sector is the principal driver of boutique business law firm Chevalier & Sciales and accounts for the majority of work it handles in an advisory, transaction and litigation setting. As well as helping establish and operate funds administering traditional asset classes, the team has also successfully developed a strong offering in emerging classes, including as it relates to digital assets. Founding partner Olivier Sciales has ‘the ability to translate “law-speak” into clear common language’ and regularly advises Luxembourg and foreign sponsors on the structuring of alternative investment funds. Cécile Rechstein co-heads the team alongside Sciales.

Testimonials

‘Direct engagement with the partners. Specialised in setting up investment funds in Luxembourg.’

‘The team provides impressive responsiveness and an outstanding expertise in relation to investment fund matters.’

‘The team is friendly, (not arrogant at all) and very open to work for new business opportunity, especially in the world of crypto/blockchain.’

‘It is a human scale firm where you are not considered as a small client.’

‘Olivier Sciales has the ability to translate “law-speak” into clear common language.’

Chevalier & Sciales is a Luxembourg law firm established 16 years ago with specialist expertise in investment management, corporate transactions, banking, and finance, as well as high-level litigation and dispute resolutions. Our dynamic litigation and transaction teams and corporate lawyers have an international reputation for bringing together excellence and intellectual rigor with a practical and business-minded approach in serving our clients.

We aim to offer a one-stop-shop service to our clients and provide tailored solutions to meet their needs flexibly, responsively, and cost-effectively. Our practice areas are structured to ensure a comprehensive understanding of our clients’ businesses and markets. We work with recognised tax experts and other service providers to provide you with the assistance and services you require through every aspect of your transactions and business.

Chevalier & Sciales provides advice covering all legal, corporate, and litigation matters. We have extensive experience in investment funds and corporate and commercial litigation, with more than 40 years of combined experience and accumulated expertise. We are particularly well-positioned to deal with cases involving multiple areas of law, drawing on relationships with firms in other jurisdictions to assist you in international cases with a diverse range of skills and specialisations.

Investment management

Chevalier & Sciales has in-depth expertise in investment funds and asset management, providing advice on a comprehensive range of legal and regulatory issues for asset management firms and investment funds.

We assist clients with the organisation, establishment, and operation of UCITS and alternative investment funds (AIF) established as Luxembourg special limited partnerships (SCSp), reserved alternative investment funds (RAIFs), and specialised investment funds (SIFs) covering alternative asset classes such as private equity, real estate, venture capital, private credit, and hedge. We also regulatory evaluate whether the AIF can be structured as an ELTIF, EuVECA, or EuSEF.

Our lawyers in Luxembourg go beyond solving purely legal issues, helping investment managers and fund promoters improve their competitiveness by structuring flexible, easy-to-administer, and cost-effective investment vehicles.

Litigation, arbitration & dispute resolution

Chevalier & Sciales specialises in financial litigation, often involving high-stakes and complex issues relating to corporate, commercial, banking and financial law and encompassing both jurisdictional and arbitration issues.

We combine creative litigation strategies with business practicality to resolve high-stake disputes. We act for private entities or individuals, companies, investors in contentious, advisory and non-contentious matters, be it before state courts or arbitration tribunals, in litigation as well as in pre-litigation phases or for alternative dispute resolutions. Our strength lies in associating in-depth financial and commercial awareness with legal proceedings expertise. We successfully represented clients in the enforcement of arbitration awards and court decisions, inter alia the enforcement of a €500 million arbitration award against a European State in the Grand-duchy of Luxembourg. Our firm is also active in the field of international arbitration. It has recently secured the defense for the claimants in an investment arbitration regarding the application of the Bilateral investment Treaty between Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

Our range of services includes:

  • Corporate litigation
  • Directors’ liability
  • Group liability
  • Shareholder’s disputes
  • Provisional and protective measures
  • Fund litigation
  • Prospectus liability.
  • Limited partner and general partner disputes, disputes among fund principals and conflicts of interests.
  • Assisting clients with cases involving investments in relation to the Bernard Madoff case.

    Private banking, and financial litigation
  • Representing investors in issues arising out of bank-customer relationships.
  • Litigation over compensation for substantial market losses.
  • Arbitration
  • Assisting clients with the enforcement of arbitration awards.
  • Representation of a client in an ongoing bilateral investment treaty arbitration case involving more than $1 billion.

Banking, finance & capital markets

Our finance team has developed wide-ranging expertise in banking, finance and capital markets, including securitisation transactions, bond issues and debt programmes, and listings on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

We assist clients with all types of bond issues and debt issuance programmes of all types including classic and new global notes, the implementation of true sale and synthetic securitisation transactions, and the structuring of investments and financing operations. Our team furthermore drafts and advises on prospectuses, financing and guarantee contracts, and has expanded its expertise on issues relating to the financing of environmental projects.

Corporate

We assist public and privately-held companies in a wide range of sectors with corporate restructuring, cross-border transactions and general corporate matters.

Our corporate team:

  • Assists Luxembourg companies at all stages of their life cycle.
  • Assists with the incorporation of Luxembourg holding and financing companies and advises on appropriate legal structures.
  • Advises on corporate governance issues, including the drafting of joint venture and shareholder agreements.
  • Advises on the implementation of intra-group financing transactions.
  • Assists lenders, creditors, investors and distressed companies as well as their management and principal shareholders with support through customised advice on restructuring and insolvency issues.
  • Assists clients with the liquidation of Luxembourg companies.

 

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Investment management Olivier Scialesoliviersciales@cs-avocats.lu+352 26 25 90 30
Litigation, arbitration, dispute resolution Rémi Chevalierremichevalier@cs-avocats.lu+352 26 25 90 30
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Rémi Chevalier photoMr Rémi ChevalierRémi Chevalier is a founding partner of Chevalier & Sciales. His main…
Olivier Sciales photoMr Olivier ScialesOlivier Sciales is a founding partner of Chevalier & Sciales. He specializes…
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