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CMS
3, RUE GOETHE
1637 LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg

Luxembourg > Insurance Tier 2

Benefiting from a ‘detailed technical knowledge of insurance-related legal matters and regulatory requirements’, CMS is a popular choice among clients to advise not only on purely domestic matters, but also on multi-jurisdictional mandates (where it is able to effectively leverage the firm’s vast international network). ‘Experienced and knowledgeable’ banking and finance partner Vivian Walry heads up the overarching multi-disciplinary team that also includes Benjamin Bada, who has ‘great knowledge of local requirements in respect of drafting insurance policy conditions’.

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Testimonials

‘The team has detailed technical knowledge of insurance-related legal matters and regulatory requirements. It always endeavours to provide solutions that are tailor-made to our business and its size brings a welcomed personal touch.’

‘This is a capable and efficient team with great knowledge of the local legal requirements in respect of drafting insurance policy conditions.’

‘Benjamin Bada has great expertise in insurance-related legal matters. He is always available and engaged.’

‘Benjamin Bada is pragmatic and committed to the task and provides clear explanations for their amendments to the policy conditions.’

Vivian Walry is experienced and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Allianz

Aon

Zurich

Chubb

AXA

AIG

Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe SE

Bupa

Luxembourg > Investment funds Tier 2

Now with more than 20 lawyers focused on funds-related work, CMS has the critical mass to handle a tremendous range and volume of work and is one of the fastest growing teams in the country. Focused across the panoply of alternative asset classes – including novel ones such as digital assets – the team excels at advising international clients seeking to establish an investment fund presence in Luxembourg and leveraging its vast international network is able to effectively advise on cross-border fund structuring, as well as regulatory and tax issues. ‘One of the rare lawyers who combines an ability to legally innovate and implement the innovation’, team head Aurélien Hollard has been pivotal to the firm’s success and is chiefly responsible for the firm’s prowess at advising on fund tokenisation and is recognised as ‘a visionary in the emerging fields of blockchain-based instruments’. The ‘approachable and responsive’ Benjamin Bada has a  ‘good overview of complex structures’, including as it relates to social impact funds.

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Testimonials

‘The team has a good knowledge of the funds market practice and regulations. It is responsive and provides excellent, succinct and practical advice.’

‘Part of a multi-jurisdiction practice with the ability to advise on cross-border fund structuring and regulatory and tax issues. Serves well international clients seeking to establish investment fund presence in Luxembourg.’

‘As an authorised AIFM, we value the service and expertise of CMS Luxembourg, especially when it comes to advising on the creation of investment funds, with a focus on alternative investments. We have received consistently positive feedback from our customers.’

‘Innovative and open-minded approach to fund structuring.’

‘Quick and knowledgeable response. Very informed on cutting-edge developments in the industry and well connected to the industry and the CSSF.’

‘The team has an in-depth knowledge of the legal and regulatory environment and a very good understanding of the clients’ needs and constraints. They are well informed of the industry trends and have a commercial and pragmatic approach.’

‘CMS was able to mobilise partners from other countries to support an investment due diligence process that required legal and tax expertise from multiple European domiciles.’

‘CMS Luxembourg is our go-to legal partner. As a firm we particularly appreciate their responsiveness and their client-oriented approach. They can cover all legal aspects of our projects and have excellent knowledge of the legal and regulatory framework as well as market practices.’

Key clients

Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund

Tristan Capital Partners

Aviva Investors

Patrizia

Savills IM

Principal Global Investors

Arcano Capital Partners

Universal Investment

Aquila Capital

Fuchs Asset Management

Schroders

UBS

Luxembourg > Private equity Tier 2

Led by Gérard Maîtrejean, the ‘very responsive’ team at CMS provides ‘high-quality and practical advice’ to regional and global sponsors across the full spectrum of investment strategies including M&A (share and asset deals), exits, strategic partnerships and joint ventures. Maitrejean is praised for his ‘sensible, efficient and reasoned advice’, in the context of cross-border mandates.

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Testimonials

‘The team is made of experts in local legal fields. Very available and responsive. Deadlines never missed. Reliable external counsels.’

‘The team is very responsive and always provides high-quality and practical advice.’

‘They respond fast to requests. As a startup business accelerator we have witnessed their willingness to think outside of the box and be flexible with billing to accommodate innovative companies.’

Gérard Maitrejean provides sensible, efficient and reasoned advice at a reasonable price point.

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

Led by Frederic Feyten, who 'has a unique expertise of international tax', CMS provides 'efficient' and 'pragmatic' advice on the Luxembourg structures to facilitate cross-border transactions derived from the firm's M&A and finance practices. The team also generates a substantial volume of work from the firm's growing investment funds practice, and regularly assists alternative asset managers on the tax structuring on their downstream investment work.

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Testimonials

‘Very strong on international/cross-border tax issues.’

‘Good knowledge regarding transfer pricing.’

‘Bilingual team; pleasant to work with; very friendly in their communication; keeping deadlines most of the times, pragmatic approach.’

‘The whole team managed to provide efficient advice in line with our needs.’

‘We work with Frederic Feyten who I value very much as a professional and a person. His calibre in local and international tax is outstanding, his careful and step by stem approach as well as his innovative and out-of-the box thinking has provided solutions to issues which were impossible in the beginning.’

‘Frédéric Feyten has a unique expertise of international tax and cross-border transactions, particularly for US-based clients.’

‘Alejandro Dominguez provided exceptional easy-to-grasp guidance on complex tax matters.’

Key clients

VW Bugatti

Terra Firma Capital Partners (Capitola Capital III Sàrl)

Amundi Real Estate

Mirova

Principal Real Estate Europe

Barings

Biogroup

VW Bugatti

Terra Firma Capital Partners (Capitola Capital III Sàrl)

Amundi Real Estate

Mirova

Principal Real Estate Europe

Barings

Biogroup

Work highlights

  • Assisted Volkswagen’s luxury division Porsche AG in the framework of the acquisition of an additional stake of 8.8% in Rimac Automobili.
  • Advised Amundi on the acquisition of Neopark an office complex located in Poland.
  • Advised Principal European Core Fund with the acquisition of (i) a high-end logistics building in Alsmeer, the Netherlands, and (ii) of the 10,000 sqm Helix office building in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Luxembourg > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Benefiting from increased local bench strength, as a result of a targeted hiring strategy, CMS has ‘the right technical expertise to assist in any kind of matter, irrespective of its complexity’ and now has the critical domestic resources to match that of many of its other key European international offices. Cross-border work is therefore naturally a key strength and in this regard the firm is able to provide a one-stop-shop service and an ability to ‘look after the interests of parties in a uniform manner’. Key to the team’s growing success is the expertise of team head Vivian Walry, who is noted for his ‘very clear business-oriented approach’.

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Testimonials

‘The team is proactive with good knowledge of relevant banking and finance principles.’

‘Technically they have the right expertise to assist in any kind of matter, irrespective of its complexity. Their “future facing” brand is more than simple words, and they are always anticipating the client’s needs with superb service.’

They provide a prompt efficient service, understanding clients’ cross-border requirements.’

An excellent level of commitment to quality, significant knowledge and understanding in many areas related to banking law, high analytical skilled lawyer, best responsiveness, listening skills, high availability.’

‘The excellent Vivan Walry not only has a superb grasp of the legal angles, but is very well-versed in the broader business aspects. Attention to detail is second-to-none.’

‘Vivian Walry is excellent with clients. Always prepared to go the extra mile and is very good at explaining complex concepts in an easy to understand manner which clients appreciate very much.’

‘The very clever Vivian Walry has a very clear business-oriented approach to matters. In addition, he is always available and involved in the matters, which helps to create the necessary confidence. His technical skills and experience are out of discussion.’

‘Zornitsa Dimitrova is very fast and precise; has a super understanding/knowledge of her legal practice area and is very good in finding solutions which work for all.’

Key clients

Bank of Ireland

UniCredit Bank

ING

Royal Bank of Scotland

EBRD

National Australia Bank

Erste Bank

Raiffeinsenbank International

Aareal Bank AG

Novo Banco

Luxembourg > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Leveraging the firm’s rapidly growing local investment funds offering, as well as its broader global institutional ties in the asset management space, CMS has been particularly effective on behalf of a growing roster of private equity firms on their cross-border M&A mandates. ‘Very resourceful‘ team head Gérard Maîtrejean has an ‘ability to think outside the box’, and to provide ‘innovative solutions‘ to clients which often implement an integrated solution drawing upon practitioners from across the firm’s broad international network.

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Testimonials

‘The team creates tailored solutions which are delivered on a daily basis to the highest quality standards. They are proactive and always try to comply to the client’s requests, which are not always the most straightforward.’

‘What makes CMS Luxembourg unique is that they have an excellent knowledge of the corporate legal and regulatory framework both in Luxembourg and in all three other European countries we operate.’

‘Gerard Maîtrejean is really competent, has enormous technical skills and is always available.’

‘I worked with Gerard Maîtrejean for many years. He is a very resourceful lawyer always able to catch the ball before things go wrong. I have seen him on multiple occasions helping a client in dire need of very technical and urgent legal advice and he always delivered. He is my number one go-to lawyer!’

‘Gerard Maitrejean has an ability to think outside the box, to provide innovative solutions and ideas and to simplify complex propositions and schemes.’

‘Andreea Antonescu is a great lawyer who is able to think outside the box.’

‘Mélody Brunot is really an outstanding lawyer with not just a profound knowledge of corporate law but an understanding of business and clients needs. Communications and support is fast, to the point and no-nonsense.’

Pawel Hermelinski is a highly skilled and pragmatic lawyer.’

Key clients

INVESTCORP HOLDING BSC

RECKITT BENCKISER GROUP

INVACARE CORPORATION

PETRORIO

REAL ASSETS ADVISERS LTD

APG ASSET MANAGEMENT N.V. (APG)

ASSURANCES DU CREDIT MUTUEL

MAYFAIR EQUITY PARTNERS

iSQUARED CAPITAL

COFINIMMO

Croatia > Real estate and construction

Led by Ana-Marija Skoko, the ‘professional and business-oriented’ two-partner team at CMS provides ‘flawless legal advice‘ to funds, investors and end-users across the life-cycle of real estate and construction projects within the logistics, retail, hotels and leisure space. As well as regularly handling domestic matters, the team is also regularly engaged in regional CEE-based mandates, which it seamlessly handles by dint of its strong network in the region. ‘Extremely intelligent and well-informed’ recently promoted partner Mia Kalajdžić plays a key part in the transactional real estate work, as well as on day-to-day property management.

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Testimonials

The team is readily accessible to the client, and represents its interests in court hearings, making the team ideally suited for international non-resident clients. The team is fully bilingual, providing maximum efficiency for international clients.’

The team is extremely professional and flexible and is always eager to provide the client with the best legal advice possible or to strengthen the position of the client in the business meeting.’

They are professional, business-oriented and provide flawless legal advice.’

The ability of Mia Kalajdžić and Ana-Marija Skoko communicating in English on matters for commercial and legal is unique for the region, setting them apart from other practices and competitions, including in much larger CEE offices.’

Mia Kalajdžić is extremely intelligent and well-informed on legal precedents in Croatia, while also able to appreciate international client’s perspectives, from an Anglo Saxon common law background.’

Key clients

PATRIZIA

ORPEA

BAUHAUS

LOG EXPERT

ATRIUM

EMAC

NAOS

Work highlights

  • Advising PATRIZIA on real estate matters emanating out of the Agrokor collapse.
  • Assisted ORPEA/SENECURA on due diligence reviews over several targets, and successfully concluded the acquisition of DRUGI DOM, including post-closing support.
  • Advised LOG EXPERT on the  acquisition, development, construction and lease of a logistic centre in Croatia, including due diligence, acquisition support, drafting and negotiating of lease agreements, construction and construction related agreements, and support with permit issuance.