MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL > Luxembourg, Luxembourg > Firm Profile

MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL
PO BOX 690

Luxembourg > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Forming one of the lynchpins of MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL's full-service offering, litigation is very much in the firm’s DNA, ensuring that clients receive a ‘commercial, responsive and user-friendly’ service throughout the life-cycle of a litigation procedure. A good deal of the work relates to financial and corporate disputes, an area that many of the lawyers have particular expertise, including on matters involving a multi-jurisdictional angle. Paulo Lopes Da Silva provides ‘very clear and accurate technical legal advice’ to banks and funds across a range of commercial litigation, and is appreciated for his ‘understanding of the practical inter-relationships between the law and procedure, and legal authorities.’ Philippe Thiebaud  specialises in insolvency, corporate and fund litigation and is noted for his ‘strong understanding of cross-border issues.’ The firm also excels in managing disputes utilising ADR techniques, with the ‘outstanding’ Armel Waisse and Jacques Wolter noted for their arbitration skills, with Wolter also an accredited mediator. Managing partner Michel Molitor co-heads the team alongside Da Silva.

Practice head(s):

Michel Molitor; Paulo Lopes Da Silva

Other key lawyers:

Armel Waisse; Jacques Wolter; Philippe Thiebaud


Molitor’s team is very professional and responsive. They have an international approach and their open-mindedness allow them to deal with cross-border issues with high acumen.’

‘The team is commercial, responsive and user-friendly.’

‘Paolo Lopes Da Silva has provided excellent counsel, and very clear and accurate technical legal advice, as well as an understanding of the practical inter-relationships between the law and procedure, and legal authorities.’

‘Philippe Thiebaud has a strong understanding of cross-border issues and provides a practical approach.’

‘The outstanding Armel Waisse knows her stuff very well, and is also willing to help.’

‘Molitor manages to avoid bottlenecks due to lack of resources, there is always someone available to take a call or answer a query. High quality of work delivered.’

‘We have found all team members at different seniority levels to be excellent in terms of technical legal ability, speed of response, and clarity of advice.’

‘The team is composed of very competent professionals, very experienced in the dispute resolutions field and with a very thorough approach.’

Luxembourg > Employment Tier 2

Led by the ‘very responsive and efficient’ Régis Muller, MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL provides ‘sound advice’ across a wide array of employment issues, including on remuneration matters and contract drafting for banking and private equity firms. As well as employer-side work, Muller and managing partner Michel Molitor also have experience representing executives in negotiating settlement agreements.

Practice head(s):

Régis Muller

Other key lawyers:


‘The team listens to its customers and understands the needs and challenges. They provide sound advice in all kinds of situations.’

‘Régis Muller is very responsive and efficient. Interactions are always friendly.’

‘Michel Molitor and Régis Muller are very responsive and collaborative at all times.’

‘Very efficient team in general.’

‘The team is knowledgeable in labour law and responsive. They are easy to work with.’

Luxembourg > Insurance Tier 2

Drawing upon an ‘excellent knowledge of insurance law’, MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL provides a ‘professional and highly skilled service’ to domestic and international insurance companies across a range of advisory and disputes work. Team head Michel Molitor is a prominent figure on the contentious front, combining strategic nous with a deep knowledge of the black letter law to good effect across a myriad of cases relating to liability and coverage, inter alia.

Practice head(s):

Michel Molitor

Other key lawyers:

Jacques Wolter; François Cautaerts; Sophie Lamothe; Ariane Wourwoukas


‘The team provides a professional and highly skilled service.’

‘It is a very professional firm.’

‘Their expertise in the insurance field has impressed me time and again. The attorneys have a deep understanding of the most complex insurance law issues.’

‘We appreciate their commercial know-how and legal efforts greatly.’

Michel Molitor has a deep understanding of the most complex insurance issues and delivers high-quality advice in a caring fashion.’

‘Ariane Wourwoukas is extremely hard working and astute.’

Luxembourg > IP and IT Tier 2

Led by counsel Virginie Liebermann and managing partner Michel Molitor, MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL provides ‘responsive, practical and pragmatic advice’ to clients in the retail, financial services, automotive and health sectors, in particular, across a wide range of IP/IT-related matters, including issues relating to privacy law, trade marks/copyright and regulatory clearance of media and advertising projects.

Practice head(s):

Virginie Liebermann; Michel Molitor


‘The team provides very responsive, practical and pragmatic advice.’

‘Virginie Liebermann and Michel Molitor have excellent knowledge of the law and are very responsive.’

Luxembourg > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Resourcing matters with practitioners offering core real estate/construction knowledge, as well as often collaborating with M&A and litigation experts, MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL provides ‘the most appropriate advice regarding both context and needs’ for private and public sector stakeholders across a wide array of commercial property matters. As well as her transactional expertise, Stéphanie Juan regularly handles lease negotiations and contractual matters for tenants and landlords. Juan co-heads the team alongside litigator Paulo Lopes Da Silva.

Practice head(s):

Stéphanie Juan; Paulo Lopes Da Silva


‘The team listens carefully to its customers and provides the most appropriate advice regarding both context and needs.’

‘Partners and associates are very responsive and always take time to provide clear answers to our questions.’

Luxembourg > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL provides ‘practical and solutions-oriented advice’ to entities establishing a presence in Luxembourg, as well as in relation to general day-to-day matters, covering governance, commercial contracts and shareholders’ rights, and across a broad range of transactional matters. The practice effectively leans into its other areas of strength, including litigation, ensuring that clients recieve excellent risk management advice and are also well-served in the event of any subsequent disputes. Team head Chan Park is ‘a very high level lawyer’ who is recognised as ‘an excellent negotiator and problem solver.’

Practice head(s):

Chan Park

Other key lawyers:

Claude Feyereisen; Luxi Ye


‘The team provides deeply practical and solutions-oriented advice.’

‘Chan Park is a very high level lawyer, prepared, efficient, and an excellent negotiator and problem solver.’

‘The excellent Luxi Ye is very prepared and efficient.’

‘I work with Molitor on M&A topics and the collaboration between the expert within the firm always brings a 360 degree approach without me as client having to raise anything. Molitor’s capacity to integrate corporate law, tax, regulatory is a key differentiator.’

‘Every partner has extensive experience, which make their advice not only theoretical, but deeply practical.’

‘Prepared, efficient, problem solvers.’

Work highlights

Luxembourg > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 6

The ‘responsive and creative’ team at MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL handles a range of finance transactions for borrowers and lenders, often handling the Luxembourg law advice pertinent to international matters. Armel Waisse is a key contact and has recently been particularly active on distressed transactions, both for creditors in insolvency scenarios, as well as on light touch refinancings. Michel Molitor co-heads the team alongside Waisse and often handles litigation in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Michel Molitor; Armel Waisse

Other key lawyers:

Chan Park; Laurent Henneresse; Claude Feyereisen; Ariane Wourwoukas


‘The team is responsive and creative.’

‘They are business and people-oriented.’


Founded in 1996, MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour is an independent law firm offering a one-stop shop service in Luxembourg with a wide international network. It has secured a reputation for innovative, responsive and robust solutions to complex and high-value cases in frequently uncharted legal territory. The firm’s lawyers are specialists in their chosen practice areas and work closely together to ensure that all the relevant disciplines applicable to any case are fully covered. As a result, the firm continues to maintain and expand a loyal client base who benefit from consistent high-level advice and results.

Areas of practice
Banking and finance: MOLITOR has developed a large portfolio of local and international clients including banks and financial institutions. The banking and finance team regularly advises domestic and foreign banks, insurance companies and other professionals of the financial sector on matters arising from their business activities including banking regulation, banking secrecy, portfolio management, credit agreements, white collar crime, contract law, offering and listing of securities.

Corporate and M&A: MOLITOR has extensive experience in advising and assisting a broad range of companies in all areas of corporate law ranging from incorporation and business start-ups to daily commercial operations. The firm advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, reorganisation and complex restructuring, real estate acquisition and corporate governance. MOLITOR drafts all necessary incorporation or restructuring documents, assemblies and minutes, related credit or shareholders’ agreements and legal opinions and coordinates the incorporation process on behalf of its clients and liaises with local notaries and other corporate service providers chosen by the client. The team has been involved in a number of cross-border merger and acquisition deals arising from public takeover bids, as well as purchases and sales of privately owned companies and businesses.

Dispute resolution and litigation: MOLITOR’s specialist dispute resolution lawyers are recognised both nationally and internationally for their expertise and experience in protecting their clients’ interests in complex and high-value cases, often in untested areas of law. In addition to the large number of high-profile local disputes that the firm works on, many of the cases MOLITOR handles are referred by other top-tier law firms and international corporations where there is a Luxembourg angle to the dispute. MOLITOR’s extensive litigation experience gives the firm the valuable ability to create structures and agreements so as to avoid future disputes. MOLITOR regularly represents its clients in litigation and dispute resolution matters in, for example, the following sectors: banking, corporate, commercial, insolvency, bankruptcy and debt recovery, real estate, employment and IP, IT and media.

Employment, pensions and immigration: MOLITOR has developed its expertise in employment law since the firm was founded and has consistently maintained its position as a leading specialist firm in this practice area in Luxembourg. The team has many large corporate clients, who refer all their legal requirements to the firm including issues such as dismissal, competition, remuneration, confidentiality, privacy and data protection. MOLITOR’s employment services include individual and collective employment law, transfer of undertakings, restructuring and international mobility including immigration, pensions and social security, and labour litigation and dispute resolution.

Insurance: MOLITOR’s insurance practice is highly sought after in Luxembourg, retaining very large national and international clients and working regularly with the main insurance companies operating in Luxembourg and across borders. The team advises clients on insurance and coverage issues, including acquisitions of insurance companies, drafting and reviewing policy wordings, advising on policy interpretation, warranties and the handling of any indemnity issues across all types of policies, supported by its proven strength in litigation and mediation.

Media, data, technologies and IP: MOLITOR launched its Media, Data, Technologies & IP practice group in 2007, following an increasing demand for legal advice in this area of law. The firm’s lawyers advise on the full range of IP matters, including copyright, databases, registered design, trademark (infringement, management and registration), domain names and unfair competition issues. They also cover information technology matters such as software development and licensing, Internet policies, website creation and maintenance, mobile game development, e-commerce, data protection issues and GDPR compliance. MOLITOR’s media lawyers also handle litigation and dispute resolution matters, and marketing and advertising projects for all kind of media. They also advise on labelling requirements, advertising campaigns and promotional games and competitions, and compliance with Luxembourg laws and regulations.

Real estate, zoning and environment: MOLITOR is involved in many major real estate projects in Luxembourg. The team assists real estate investors, construction companies, developers and operators of commercial property on construction law regulations and administrative procedures, real estate projects and related contracts, lease, franchise and facility management agreements, sales and leaseback, as well as tax optimisation issues. The firm also handles complex domestic construction and engineering projects, international acquisitions, common ownership rights, constructor and developer’s liability, transfer of property rights, and securities over real estate. The firm provides the appropriate frameworks to help clients create real estate holding structures so as to avoid future litigation and liability. Should litigation become unavoidable, MOLITOR’s powerful dispute resolution team is at hand.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and Finance Michel Molitor +352 29 72 981
Banking and Finance Armel Waisse +352 29 72 981
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Michel Molitor +352 29 72 981
Corporate and M&A Chan Park +352 29 72 981
Real Estate, Zoning and Environment Stéphanie Juan +352 29 72 981
Restructuring and Insolvency Philippe Thiebaud +352 29 72 981
Media, Data, Technologies and IP Virginie Liebermann +352 29 72 981
Employment, Pensions and Immigration Régis Muller +352 29 72 981
Mediation Jacques Wolter +352 29 72 981
Insurance Jacques Wolter +352 29 72 981
Photo Name Position Profile
François Cautaerts photo Mr François Cautaerts François joined MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour in November 2014 as a…
Claude Feyereisen photo Mr Claude Feyereisen Claude Feyereisen is Avocat à la Cour, Member of the Luxembourg Bar,…
Laurent Henneresse photo Laurent Henneresse Counsel
Stéphanie Juan photo Ms Stéphanie Juan Partner in MOLITOR’s Real Estate, Zoning & Environment practice
Sophie Lamothe photo Sophie Lamothe Sophie joined MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour in 2013 and is now Counsel.
Virginie Liebermann photo Ms Virginie Liebermann Virginie is Avocat à la Cour, Member of the Luxembourg Bar since…
Paulo Lopes Da Silva photo Mr Paulo Lopes Da Silva Paulo is a Partner at MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour. He co-heads…
Michel Molitor photo Mr Michel Molitor Managing Partner of MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour. Head of the Financial…
Régis Muller photo Mr Régis Muller MOLITOR is Avocat à la Cour, admited to the Luxembourg Bar since…
Chan Park photo Mr Chan Park Chan Park is Avocat à la Cour, Member of the Luxembourg Bar,…
Philippe Thiebaud photo Mr Philippe Thiebaud Thiebaud is Partner at MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour.
Armel Waisse photo Armel Waisse Partner
Jacques Wolter photo Mr Jacques Wolter Jacques is a Partner at MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour
Number of lawyers : 35

In order to cater for the needs of our varied client portfolio, we focus strongly on having a diverse human capital pool, both technically and culturally. We recruit and train our lawyers such that they can advise on matters in up to two of our major practice areas. Our staff work together cohesively, applying our key values of placing team goals above individual goals and focusing on building trust and rapport with our clients, who note that approachability is one of our differentiating traits, alongside service excellence, when they describe our firm to others.

Our firm’s diversity and inclusion policies are a core part of the workplace culture, but at MOLITOR we are fortunate that the context of our work is a great help in implementing them. Luxembourg boasts residents from over 170 different countries and therefore when we recruit, invariably we interview and employ individuals with nationalities other than Luxembourgish, from a wide variety of backgrounds and ethnicities. We embrace diversity and are strongly committed to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion and identity. The workplace at MOLITOR wholly welcomes different approaches and points of view, and is a place where everyone from any background can feel empowered. We feel that supporting this environment allows our employees to work to the best of their abilities as they have the freedom to be who they are.

Whilst MOLITOR is independent firm based in Luxembourg, we have a broad international network continuously developed and maintained since the firm was founded. We have always sought diversity in our geographical markets, client base and areas of expertise. Our office in Luxembourg is well-positioned in the heart of Europe and whilst we cater for our clients located in neighbouring Member States, MOLITOR also deals with clients located further afield, including Japan, Korea, China, USA and Canada. Our lawyers are efficient and adept at coordinating foreign legal counsels in both contentious and non-contentious cross-border and multi-jurisdictional matters centred in Luxembourg. The departments are very cohesive and work well together on complex matters requiring specialisms from our various practice areas.  

The Clients 

Because of the huge number of global businesses who headquarter in Luxembourg, we have a strong international client base, whilst remaining very focused on our practice in Luxembourg. In addition, because of our size, our clients receive personal and targeted service from us, and they know the particular lawyer or lawyers dealing with their respective matters. This sets us apart from many law firms, and allows us to deliver quality and add value. 

Our repertoire of international clients varies from household name insurance companies and banks to social network media companies, mobile game developers, and multinational retail groups.  

MOLITOR also regularly acts on a pro bono basis for international charity groups, non-profits and other public interest organisations.  

The Team 

Our team comprises some ten nationalities, being a mixture of talents nurtured in-house and experts joining us from the most well-known international law firms.  

Our lawyers speak 9 languages (English, French, German, Italian, Luxembourgish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese and Korean). 

We also run two dedicated international advisory desks: a China Desk and a German Desk, run by Chinese- and German-speaking lawyers respectively, who are the contact point for our Chinese and German clients and act as the liaison with other lawyers at MOLITOR, calling upon their expertise if necessary.  

The Network 

The international nature of the work we do means that it is important for us to maintain a global network with legal experts relevant to all our practice areas. MOLITOR’s partners are very active in the International Bar Association, and have a longstanding relationship with the International Association of Korean Lawyers. MOLITOR has memberships with key global associations and networks relevant to all our practice areas. This, in turn, hugely benefits our clients requiring legal or other business advice across numerous jurisdictions and industry sectors.  

Michel Molitor, Managing Partner

Michel Molitor, Managing Partner, gives his perspective on how MOLITOR benefits its clients in these uncertain times, and on areas of growth in the legal sector.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour from your competitors?

MOLITOR is effectively a one-stop shop for legal excellence, combining renowned savoir-faire in contentious matters, with in-depth expertise in varied practice areas – this is a unique combination in Luxembourg. We also have a robust internal social network which promotes a cycle of respect, trust and candour within the firm that is then reflected in our interactions with our clients. The size of the firm means we can continue to operate as a family, in that the departments are very cohesive and work well together on complex matters requiring specialisms from our various practice areas; and further, because of our size, our clients receive a holistic, personal and targeted service from us, and they know the particular lawyer or lawyers dealing with their respective matters. This sets us apart from other law firms and allows us to deliver a seamless service to our clients and add value where necessary.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

There is no doubt about it, there will certainly be further growth in the technology, cyber-security, data and space industries. Although banking and finance in Luxembourg have continued to be at the forefront of the economy, various other sectors continue to develop as well. Growing industries, in which we are also actively involved, include insurance, international real estate, private equity, and IP/IT. We have already seen a noticeable increase in insurance houses setting up here, and I expect that increase to continue over the next 12 months.

Research and development grants also attract a good number of businesses to either set up or branch out in Luxembourg.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

Historically, we have provided our clients with breakfast clubs and evening seminars to provide overviews of legal updates to them in our practice areas, but this has of course not been possible over the past year. We now not only provide regular written newsletters to our clients to keep them apprised of changes in the law applicable to them, but also present webinars, which benefits clients as they are more accessible and can be viewed, and re-viewed, at our clients’ convenience.

Remote working is also a significant change for us. I don’t believe that virtual interaction replaces physical meetings, but I do think that remote working allows for more fluidity in our clients’ interactions with us.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Whilst MOLITOR has always remained up to date with changes in technology so as to efficiently run the firm and provide our clients with the best service, technology has inevitably changed how we interact with our clients over the last year. It would have been fairly common, pre-Covid, for us to have conference calls rather than virtual meetings but I would say that all our lawyers now have increased (virtual) face-to-face interaction with clients as a result, which I consider very positive.

It is important for me to emphasise here that our clients don’t pay us to be technology whizzes – what they seek from us is our legal expertise, and that is what we are known for.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

My view is that one of the main purposes of our service is to add value to all our clients’ businesses. A recent example springs to mind where the Dispute Resolution and Corporate teams worked closely on a multi-jurisdictional multi-million Euro potential dispute. Thanks to their skills, and input from our international desks, our client benefitted not only from our lawyers securing the desired outcome, but also in terms of setting our client up to achieve future market goals. With each client, our lawyers carefully consider the nature of their business, the market sector in which they operate, and provide legal advice – with a commercial edge – tailored to that particular client and their needs.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

I have no doubt that clients seek stability and strategic direction from us. MOLITOR is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, which in itself demonstrates our stability in the legal sector. The firm has grown steadily since its conception, and we will continue to grow at a solid pace in line with rapidly changing market trends and developments. Our lawyers consistently work on strengthening core skills, but we also look to the future – my vision of MOLITOR is that we will of course be a strongly independent firm maintaining, if not improving, our reputation and rankings in the core practice areas, but also potentially seeing an expansion of our media, data, technologies and IP department in order to cater to clients’ needs.