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CMS
3, RUE GOETHE
1637 LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg

Luxembourg > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Drawing upon 'superlative knowledge of the local scene', as well as being able to tap into the expertise of lawyers spread throughout the firm's extensive European network, CMS's two-partner Luxembourg office is particularly well-versed at providing the local law structuring advice in connection with cross-border private equity M&A activity. In this context, clients also benefit from 'a very integrated' offering with the office's strong tax practice, ensuring that clients can 'avoid pitfalls and risks'. 'Very accessible and reactive' team head Gérard Maîtrejean is at the forefront of this M&A work, including in relation real estate transactions, and is also well-versed in advising across a plethora of other corporate structuring work, including on the establishment of management incentive plans.

Practice head(s):

Gérard Maitrejean

Other key lawyers:

Pawel Hermelinski; Andree Antonescu

Testimonials

The firm provides brilliant advice that combines knowledge of laws and corporate and tax procedures with what i can only describe as superlative knowledge of the local scene, helping the client avoid pitfalls and risks.’

A very integrated team highly focused on achieving the results on time.’

Gérard Maitrejean is very accessible and reactive.’

Key clients

Equitix

Allianz Real Estate

PetroRio

Mayfair Equity Partnerts

Volkswagen AG

VGP European Logistics

Principal Real Estate Europe

Work highlights

Luxembourg > Fintech Tier 2

Led by regulatory expert Aurélia Viémont , CMS 'has real technical expertise' across a range of fintech-related matters, including as it relates to the blockchain and digital assets.

Practice head(s):

Aurelia Viemont

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Hantscher; Mélanie Poirrier

Testimonials

The team has real technical expertise.’

Key clients

ekonoo

Blocktrade

Work highlights

Luxembourg > Insurance Tier 2

Co-headed by Vivian Walry and Benjamin Bada, CMS provides a range of standalone regulatory advice to clients in the sector, as well as advising on the rolling out of new products, establishment of business operations in Luxembourg, as well as on insurance-related M&A. As well as acting for established entities including Allianz and Aon, the team also regularly advises insurtech startups as they seek to scale up their businesses.

Practice head(s):

Vivian Walry; Benjamin Bada

Key clients

Allianz

Aon

Zurich

Chubb

AXA

AIG

Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe SE

Bupa

Work highlights

Luxembourg > Investment funds Tier 2

The ‘friendly and hardworking’ team at CMS has ‘strong experience in fund documentation’ in the alternatives space, in particular. In this regard, the team, which is headed by Aurélien Hollard, is also well-placed to advise on cross-border matters, as a result of its ability to leverage resources across the international network, and also works closely with the firm’s strong tax team. Benjamin Bada is a key member of the team and is particularly adept at advising on social impact and venture capital funds.

Practice head(s):

Aurélien Hollard

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Bada; Julia Bruzzese; Gilles Bropsom

Testimonials

‘The friendly and hardworking team has strong experience in fund documentation with a focus on AIF´s and VC´s.’

Key clients

UBS

Patrizia

Tristan Capital Partners

Savills Investment Management

Aviva Investors

Sequoia

PFR TFI

Atlante Gestion

Barings

Eurazeo

Principal

Work highlights

Luxembourg > Private equity Tier 2

Often working closely with its tax practice and also able to leverage expertise across the firm's international network, CMS' 'very integrated' offering provides a cohesive service to private equity sponsors across the panoply of investment strategies including M&A (share and asset deals), exits, strategic partnerships and joint ventures. Team head Gérard Maîtrejean is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Gérard Maitrejean

Testimonials

It is a very experienced and integrated team that is highly focused on achieving the results in time.’

Work highlights

Luxembourg > Tax Tier 2

The ‘extremely knowledgeable‘ team at CMS provides ‘a very high level of service’ to clients across all aspects of Luxembourg tax law in an international environment. As well as providing tax compliance and general advisory work, the team has also played an integral role on the tax structuring front for the office’s growing corporate/M&A transactional offering. Team head Frederic Feyten leads from the front and takes the lead on the highest-profile mandates handled by the team.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Feyten

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable and provides a very high level of service.’

They are pleasant to work with and understand the importance that tax advice should be operational for the client’. 

Key clients

Kindred Capital

CA Indosuez

Cryptix

Syntaxis Capital

Ekistics Property Advisors

Verdion

Davidson Kempner Partners

SAS Valensole

Work highlights

Luxembourg > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

The 'business-oriented' team at CMS has a 'deep knowledge of the market' and displays a 'commercially driven approach' for banks, insurers, funds and corporates across a range of transactional and regulatory mandates. Led by the 'very solutions-oriented' Vivian Walry , the team works 'seamlessly with their European network' and is consequently a very popular choice for clients requiring an integrated, one-stop-shop service on mandates. Funds head Aurélien Hollard handles some capital markets work, including as it relates to the issuance of digital assets.

Practice head(s):

Vivian Walry

Other key lawyers:

Aurélia Viémont; Aurélien Hollard

Testimonials

The CMS Luxembourg team work seamlessly with their European network to provide consistent, clear and concise advice.’

‘The excellent team is well-resourced and capable of delivering to a high standard in a pressurised timeframe.’

The business-oriented team has a deep knowledge of the market.’

‘The team has a very commercially driven approach and delivers advice in extremely short response times.’

‘As well as having very high technical knowledge, the very solutions-oriented Vivian Walry is excellent with clients and has the unique talent of explaining very technical legal situations to clients in a clear and concise way.’

Key clients

Bank of Ireland

UniCredit Bank

ING

Royal Bank of Scotland

EBRD

National Australia Bank

Erste Bank

Raiffeinsenbank International

Aareal Bank

Novo Banco

Work highlights

CMS EXPANDS SINGAPORE CORPORATE PRACTICE WITH PARTNER APPOINTMENT

International law firm CMS has expanded its Corporate practice in Singapore with the appointment of Gerald Licnachan as Partner. Gerald joins from Reed Smith.

CMS ADVISES ROOJAI ON ITS US$42 MILLION SERIES B FUNDRAISING

CMS has advised Ignite Thailand Holdings Limited (trading as “Roojai”), a managing general agent developing its own retail insurance products and distributing them digitally on a B2C model in Thailand and Indonesia,

CMS ADVISES BITDEFENDER ON ITS ACQUISITION OF HORANGI CYBER SECURITY

CMS has advised Bitdefender, a global cybersecurity leader, on its cross-border acquisition of Singapore-based Horangi Cyber Security to address the growing demand for advanced, streamlined management of cybersecurity, compliance, and governance of multi-cloud environments.