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Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Co-headed by the 'knowledgeable and business-oriented' Steve Jacoby and Marc Mehlen, Clifford Chance's three-partner team provides an 'excellent service' across the full spectrum of banking and capital markets transactions, from both a transactional and regulatory perspective. 'One of the best lawyers in Luxembourg', Jacoby recently advised the European Investment Bank (EIB) on a €75m loan provided to Evotec for drug discovery research and development. Christian Kremer has significant experience handling finance and regulatory matters for banks and private equity sponsors. 'Solid' counsel Martin Wurth is noted for his funds finance expertise.

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Steve Jacoby - Clifford Chance

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s two-partner team has been particularly active recently handling high-profile financial services M&A. Managing partner Christian Kremer advised Precision Capital on the €1.5bn sale of its majority stake in Banque Internationale à Luxembourg to Beyond Leap, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed investment group Legend Holdings. Katia Gauzùs regularly handles private equity and real estate-related M&A transactions and is also recommended.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Leveraging the firm’s strong base of institutional financial services clients and also well positioned to handle multi-jurisdictional disputes thanks to its extensive international network of offices, Clifford Chance is regularly involved in the highest-profile disputes in the market. Albert Moro has broad-ranging litigation expertise across corporate, real estate and employment matters, and heads a team that also includes 'extremely knowledgeable' counsel Olivier Poelmans, who is praised for his ability to 'present the main issues in a way that a non-Luxembourg lawyer/client is able to understand'.

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Employment - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Led by the 'empathetic and technically aware' Albert Moro , Clifford Chance has an 'excellent knowledge of the local environment' and puts this to good use across a wide cross-section of work, including matters relating to collective bargaining and employee benefits. Particularly active in the financial services sector, the team is praised for its 'ability to simplify complex ideas'. Isabelle Comhaire is also recommended.

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IP and IT
IP and IT - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Led by 'proactive' counsel Isabelle Comhaire , Clifford Chance provides 'professional, pertinent and detailed advice' to financial services clients, in particular, on data protection and outsourcing matters.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

'Very well-connected' to other international offices throughout the firm's network, Clifford Chance's 'hardworking and efficient' two-partner team excels at handling complex cross-border alternative funds matters, where it is praised for its 'superb understanding of international standards and best practice'. Team head Joëlle Hauser has 'outstanding knowledge of the fund industry' and has vast expertise across many types of alternative investment structures, including as they relate to real estate, debt and private equity. The 'extremely commercial' Paul Van den Abeele excels at structuring international funds, including real estate, private equity and debt funds investing in Asia. Described as a 'pleasure to work with', counsel Kristof Meynaerts has 'sound technical knowledge' across real estate, private equity and debt funds, in particular. Senior associate Alexander Wagner is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Joëlle Hauser  - Clifford Chance

Next Generation Partners

Alexander Wagner - Clifford Chance

Kristof Meynaerts - Clifford Chance

Paul Van den Abeele  - Clifford Chance

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Able to tap into the expertise of four partners with a significant fund formation and transactional focus, and also able to leverage the firm's international network, Clifford Chance is well-positioned to handle a tremendous volume and variety of matters within the private equity space. In a high-profile matter involving a large multi-jurisdictional team across many international offices, Katia GauzÚs led out of Luxembourg on behalf of a consortium of private equity sponsors, including Cinven, Permira and Mid Europa, in their acquisition of the Allegro Group and Ceneo from the South African global Internet and entertainment group, Naspers. Christian Kremer is also recommended for private equity M&A, while Joëlle Hauser and Paul Van den Abeele lead on the fund formation front.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Headed by the 'excellent' Albert Moro , Clifford Chance provides a 'client-friendly and pragmatic service' across the full spectrum of real estate matters, including on the acquisition and disposal of properties, and on the formation of regulated and unregulated real estate funds. Counsel Sébastien Schmitz  is recommended.

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Tax - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Led by the 'highly-skilled, pragmatic and solution-oriented' Geoffrey Scardoni, Clifford Chance provides 'tailor-made solutions' to complex tax issues, either on its own or, in relation to cross-border matters, with practitioners from across its vast network of offices. Counsel Maxime Budzin 's wide-ranging tax practice regularly sees him involved in the tax structuring of international transactions via Luxembourg regulated and non-regulated funds.

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