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Clifford Chance
10 BOULEVARD G.D. CHARLOTTE, BP
1011 LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Jointly headed by 'elder statesmanSteve Jacoby and Marc MehlenClifford Chance's four-partner team provides 'outstanding legal advice' to a balanced roster of banks, funds and corporates across the gamut of cross-border and domestic financings. Able to leverage the firm's international network, clients benefit from a 'very cohesive service', which provides 'uniformly strong advice', from both a transactional and regulatory perspective. Jacoby has been at the forefront of the office's fintech initiatives, and alongside the 'proactive and solution-orientedMartin Wurth has also been central to the firm's growing reputation for lenders and borrowers within the fund financing space.

Testimonials

No other team in Luxembourg masters the legal aspects of equity bridge facilities as the Clifford Chance team does.

It benefits from unique execution capacity as well as a well-staffed team.

Martin Wurth not only transforms a term sheet into finance documents but he also truly thinks with you and for you to deliver legal documentation which reflects the essence of the deal.

Key clients

Credit Suisse AG

ISLA

Blackstone Group

EQT Fund management

European Investment Fund

BNP Paribas

Standard Chartered

European Investment Bank

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

European Stability Mechanism

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Jointly headed by Christian Kremer and Katia GauzèsClifford Chance's two-partner team leverages strong institutional ties with leading private equity funds (including KKR, CVC and Permira) and is thereby at the forefront of many high-profile cross-border mandates utilising Luxembourg corporate structures. In addition to his transactional expertise, Kremer has advised financial services entities on their Brexit strategies, and has also continued to represent many fintech-related start-ups on their establishment and ongoing work in Luxembourg. Gauzès is particularly accomplished at handling private equity and real estate-related transactional work.

Key clients

Permira

EQT fund management

Actis Partners Group

CVC Capital Partners

AXA

Cinven

KKR

Swiss Re

Carlyle Group

PolyOne

Amundi

Credit Suisse

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Representing clients in domestic and complex cross-border mandates, Clifford Chance is a prominent player in the market, particularly for banks, insurance companies and funds. Headed by the 'experiencedAlbert Moro , and also benefiting from significant expertise at a counsel and associate level - including Olivier Poelmans  - the team not only excels at handling litigation and arbitration but also works with other departments to ensure risk management procedures are put in place on the front end of deals to minimise the risk of litigation at a later stage.

Investment funds Tier 1

With three partners focused on funds work out of the firm's Luxembourg office and also able to leverage the expertise of practitioners across its vast global network, Clifford Chance has 'in-depth all-round knowledge across a multitude of issues' and excels in handling complex cross-border alternative fund matters. Paul Van den Abeele has a flourishing reputation in the market across the gamut of alternative funds, including real estate, private equity, infrastructure and debt, and is also regularly engaged on the buy-side for institutional and sovereign investors on fund reviews. Kristof Meynaerts' recent promotion to partnership is testament to his growing visibility in the regulated and unregulated alternative asset class space, while the arrival in January 2019 of the very experienced Emmanuel-Frédéric Henrion from Linklaters affords the firm greater bandwidth, particularly in light of Henrion's UCITS focus. Senior associate Alexander Wagner is also recommended. The firm has also been very active advising asset managers on strategic issues related to the fall out from Brexit. Joelle Hauser recently retired.

Testimonials

In-depth market knowledge of Luxembourg private equity fund structures and mechanics.

Key clients

EQT

Credit Suisse

3i

Permira

Schroders

Oak Tree

CVC Capital Partners

European Investment Fund

Three Hills Capital Partners

Generali

Natixis

Axa

Fidelity

Deutsche Bank & DWS

Private equity Tier 1

With significant capability on the ground in Luxembourg and also able to work with a huge roster of private equity experts across the firm's international network, Clifford Chance is a popular choice for many leading sponsors, including KKR and CVC, on their cross-border mandates implementing Luxembourg structuring. Christian Kremer and Katia Gauzès are the primary contacts for private equity transactional work.

Key clients

Permira

EQT fund management

Partners Group

CVC Capital Partners

AXA

Cinven

KKR

Credit Suisse

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Led by Albert Moro Clifford Chance's 'reactive and responsive' eight-strong team provides 'business-driven solutions' to clients across the panoply of real estate matters, including on the acquisition and disposal of properties, and the formation of regulated and unregulated real estate funds. 'Outstanding' counsel Sébastien Schmitz 's wide-ranging real estate offering includes expertise in office and commercial lease contracts, property acquisitions, and town planning and environment matters for numerous financial and commercial companies and real estate developers.

Testimonials

We appreciate the intellectual competence of the individuals and their capability to listen.

They manage to provide the right mix of legal framework and workable solution proposals in their well-structured memos.

Sébastien Schmitz is very responsive and provides business-oriented advice, which is mindful of potential ramifications in the future.

Tax Tier 1

Led out of Luxembourg by the 'outstanding' Geoffrey Scardoni (following his arrival from DLA Piper in January 2019) and able to leverage an  extensive international network of offices, Clifford Chance provides 'answers to cross-border tax questions and has the ability to explain complex tax matters to the layperson in a clear way'. Praised for his ability to provide 'pragmatic tax and structuring solutions', Scardoni has 'great experience of international tax', particularly as it pertains to investment fund-related matters.

Testimonials

Clifford Chance Luxembourg is a one-stop-shop that is very useful for private equity houses with needs in tax, but also corporate and fund structuring.

The team is highly recommended for fund structuring matters and complex multi-jurisdiction tax advice.

Geoffrey Scardoni has a very good understanding of the larger legal issues that can be met by a fund and has a precise knowledge of market practice.

Employment Tier 2

Led by Albert Moro Clifford Chance's 'flexible and empathetic' team advises corporates and financial services clients across a broad array of discrete contentious and non-contentious employment matters, as well as those arising in the context of transactions handled by the firm. Moro has recently provided the employment input on behalf of numerous asset management clients which have undergone internal reorganisations.

Insurance Tier 2

Clifford Chance provides 'helpful and responsive advice' to a range of entities in the sector, including insurance undertakings, reinsurers, and funds. Leveraging expertise from across the firm's corporate and banking practices, the team excels in setting up Luxembourg insurance subsidiaries, as well as handling M&A and restructurings in the sector. The 'fantastic'  Christian Kremer is the main contact.

Testimonials

They are crystal clear in their explanations and efficient in their execution of mandates.

Key clients

Swiss Re

Generali

Fortune Fountain

Domestic & General

IP and IT Tier 3

At Clifford Chance, 'client-oriented and flexible' counsel Isabelle Comhaire  is 'well-known for her privacy-related work', including GDPR compliance engagements for banks and investment funds.

Testimonials

The very empathetic Isabelle Comhaire is easy to work with, flexible and client-oriented.

The firm: Clifford Chance is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, it prides itself on its approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. The firm always strives to exceed the expectations of its clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. It provides them with the highest quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Types of work undertaken:

Capital markets: the capital markets practice concentrates on securities transactions and other products sold into the capital markets. The practice is founded on a full-service US and UK securities law capability, complemented by local securities law expertise in each of the key financial centres. It provides practical, integrated legal advice covering the full spectrum of global capital raising activities including public and private domestic and international offerings of traditional debt and equity securities as well as convertible and other derivative and structured securities.

Corporate: the corporate practice handles some of the world’s largest and most complex M&A transactions. It combines global transaction capability with a full service of English, US and civil law expertise in the key financial centres across Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. In addition to mainstream M&A, the firm also encompasses leading specialist practices in: commercial contracts, competition and antitrust, communications, energy, healthcare, financial institutions, funds, investment banking, insurance, media and technology, and private equity.

Finance: Clifford Chance’s finance practice is the leading international finance practice of any law firm. The practice provides highly commercial and practical advice across the full spectrum of financial products including syndicated lending and leveraged and acquisition finance, asset finance, derivative products, project finance, financial regulatory, insolvency, restructuring and structured finance.

Litigation, dispute resolution and risk management: the firm has experience in virtually all segments of the business and financial markets across multiple jurisdictions. The lawyers work with clients to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively – whether through arbitration, litigation or other techniques.

Real estate: Clifford Chance’s leading real estate practice offers UK, European, Asian and US real estate capability. The practice advises the real estate industry’s leading players on the entire property ‘life-cycle’ from the initial acquisition, development, leasing, joint venturing and financing through to the final exit, as well as tax structuring, PFI/PPP, corporate outsourcing, planning, environment and litigation.

Tax, pensions, employment and incentives: Clifford Chance has one of the world’s largest international tax groups within a single law firm. The firm is uniquely placed to provide leading edge advice to clients, and the practice is structured on an integrated global basis. Local tax groups within the practice work closely with areas such as securitisation, securities, M&A, corporate restructuring, private equity, real estate and funds.

The pan-European VAT group advises on all areas of VAT and has particular strength advising on novel and complex issues in the structured finance, financial services, corporate finance and real estate sectors.

The team of experienced employment, employee benefits, ERISA, immigration and pensions specialists work with clients from a wide range of sectors to address local and cross-border issues.

International offices:Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Casablanca, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta*, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Perth, Prague, Rome, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington, D.C., Riyadh**

*Linda Widyati & Partners in association with Clifford Chance

**Clifford Chance has a co-operation agreement with Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm in Riyadh


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 Steve Jacoby  photo Steve Jacoby
Number of partners : 550
Number of other fee-earners : 3,300

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