Firm Profile > CMS > Luxembourg, Luxembourg

CMS
3, RUE GOETHE
1637 LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg

Luxembourg > Insurance Tier 2

Headed by overarching banking and finance partner Vivian WalryCMS' multi-disciplinary offering is engaged in a growing range and volume of contentious and non-contentious insurance matters, including an increasing amount of work advising insurtech start-ups. Recognised by one client as 'one of the EU's sharpest minds on insurance-related legal matters,' Benjamin Bada has a growing reputation in the market and his arrival in September 2019 from Allen & Overy Luxembourg adds further core regulatory expertise to the team.

Practice head(s):

Vivian Walry; Benjamin Bada

Other key lawyers:

Aurélia Viémont

Testimonials

The team has detailed technical knowledge of regulatory requirements which they apply in a highly commercial way.’

Benjamin Bada is one of the EU’s sharpest minds on insurance-related legal matters.’

Aurélia Viémont has a deep understanding of insurance-related requirements and provides highly commercial and timely advice.’

Key clients

Allianz

Aon

Zurich

Chubb

AXA

AIG

Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe SE

Bupa

Luxembourg > Private equity Tier 2

The arrival of a fully-formed two-partner corporate/M&A team from Dentons in January 2020 ensured that CMS has immediately gained substantial exposure to the private equity ecosystem, given their ties with some significant players in the market. Gérard Maîtrejean was one of these new hires and he now heads up the practice that, despite its infancy, is well-positioned to handle the full spectrum of investment strategies including M&A (share and asset deals), exits, strategic partnerships and joint ventures, and is also able to draw upon resources from across the firm's broader international network.

Practice head(s):

Gérard Maîtrejean

Other key lawyers:

Pawel Hermelinski; Sylvain Elias; Andreea Antonescu; Mélody Brunot

Key clients

Terra Firma Capital Partners

Apax Capital

Goldman Sachs

Quadriga Capital

I Squared Capital

ABAC Capital

Real Estate Advisers

Aerium

3i

ArcLight Capital Partners

Luxembourg > Tax Tier 2

Strengthened by the arrival in January 2020 of two partners from Dentons, including Frédéric FeytenCMS' seven-strong team has enhanced resources and bandwidth to effectively represent standalone and firm-wide clients across both direct and indirect tax matters, including VAT and transfer pricing. Feyten now heads up the team and adds particular ballast to the firm's capability on cross-border deals, in light of his notable international tax planning expertise.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Feyten

Other key lawyers:

Alois Charpenet; Habiba Kobci

Key clients

Terra Firma

Goldman Sachs

Abac Capital

Apax Partners

Amundi

SYG Capital AG

Barings

PetroRio

Luxembourg > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Now benefiting from three partners who have a focus on corporate and M&A work, following the arrival of two fee-earners from Dentons at the beginning of 2020 (including its former head Gérard Maîtrejean) and the internal promotion of Sylvain EliasCMS is increasingly well-placed to be able to effectively resource the full spectrum of investment strategies, including M&A, strategic partnerships and joint ventures, for a myriad of domestic and international corporates and funds. Headed by Maîtrejean, as well as working on a standalone basis, the 'efficient and pragmatic' team regularly works alongside colleagues from across the firm's wider international network on big-ticket cross-border transactions implementing Luxembourg investment vehicles.

Practice head(s):

Gérard Maîtrejean

Other key lawyers:

Pawel Hermelinski; Sylvain Elias; Andreea Antonescu; Mélody Brunot

Testimonials

‘The team is efficient and pragmatic.’

‘Mélody Brunot displays great commitment and responsiveness.’

Key clients

Reckitt Benckiser Group

PetroRio

Delhaize

Invacare Corporation

Boulanger

Luxembourg > Investment funds Tier 3

The two-partner team at CMS provides a 'very entrepreneurial mindset and commercial outlook' for clients looking to establish a wide range of investment vehicles (including UCITS, SIF, SICAR and RAIF) across the gamut of asset classes. The 'very proactive and hands-onAurélien Hollard has a 'wealth of knowledge across investment funds', particularly as it relates to alternative investment strategies – including a growing number of ESG mandates. Benjamin Bada co-heads the team alongside Hollard and has a 'good overview of complex structures and relationships, and also quickly grasps supervisory law issues in the cross-border area'.

Practice head(s):

Aurélien Hollard; Benjamin Bada

Testimonials

It is one of the few teams that is able to think strategically with fund managers. With this team we have never been provided with an off-the-shelf solution pushed to tick most of the boxes. Quite the contrary; they offer a tailored approached, incorporating market forces, costs, governance principle, investment strategies, in order to best advise their clients.’

They have deep knowledge about the different types of funds, investment vehicles and structures which are best-suited for their clients.’

We have been very impressed with the strength-in-depth of the CMS Luxembourg team. They are able to cover both regulatory, tax and finance matters which has proven invaluable to servicing the requirements of our clients.’

CMS is able to advise on a wide range of investment products (regulated and unregulated structures) focusing on almost all asset classes.’

A very proactive team which provides an entrepreneurial mindset and a commercial outlook. Partners are always on top of things, and also supported by an outstanding team of associates.’

Aurelien Hollard combines expertise, innovation and interpersonal skills.’

Aurelien Hollard is one of the most client-centric partners I have worked with.’

Aurelien Hollard was always available and approachable. He provided specific support and guidance on important topics. He is also able to explain complex topics at the right level and guide on the risk profile of decisions.’

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

Key clients

Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund

Tristan Capital Partners

Aviva Investors

Patrizia

Savills

Orevon Venture Partners

Principal

Arcano Capital Partners

Universal Investment

Aquila

Nuveen

Fuchs Asset Management

Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income Fund

Luxembourg > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 4

Led by the 'knowledgeable and committedVivian WalryCMS's 'very capable and efficient' one-partner team acts on its own, as well as alongside practitioners from throughout the firm's international network, on behalf of a bank-focused client base across a range of real estate and acquisition finance transactions. The team is also well-versed at financial services regulatory issues, including in the context of fintech work.

Practice head(s):

Vivian Walry

Other key lawyers:

Aurélia Viémont

Testimonials

‘It is a very capable and efficient team which provides a great level of service.’

‘Vivian Walry is knowledgeable, committed to the task and focused on the advice to be delivered.’

Key clients

Bank of Ireland

UniCredit Bank

Aquila

Royal Bank of Scotland

EBRD

Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen

Erste Bank

Raiffeinsenbank International

Aareal

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