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DLA Piper

IP and IT Tier 1

Although still in its infancy, DLA Piper's IP/IT team has hit-the-ground-running since its establishment in 2018, picking up a raft of major data protection-related projects for financial services clients, as well as handling an increased flow of broader IP-related mandates for standalone and institutional clients of the firm. The 'very knowledgeableOlivier Reisch is particularly noted for his data protection and privacy expertise, as well as his work on complex IT outsourcing matters. Counsel David Alexandre  is the other main practitioner within the group and as well as aiding Reisch on data protection matters, is also 'highly knowledgeable on IP litigation and prosecution', including advising French clients on trade mark matters. Clients also benefit from the team's ability to work closely with colleagues from across its international network on large multi-jurisdictional projects.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Reisch

Other key lawyers:

David Alexandre


‘The team at DLA Piper is very passionate about their work! They want to help the customer first and then propose the right solutions according to the problems you face.’

‘The firm displays a very practical and cost-oriented approach within a very good organisation and network.’

‘Olivier Reisch is very knowledgeable and is able to address the queries from a very diversified audience in a simple and efficient manner which helps to solve lots of issues.’

‘David Alexandre’s talents in co-ordinating diverse counsel around the world ensured that we had a homogeneous top-quality experience, even in exotic jurisdictions. We relied on his experience and practicality to suggest winning overall strategies on a complex playing field.’

‘David Alexandre is highly knowledgeable on IP litigation and prosecution. We faced some issues that stressed us a lot and he was calm and encouraging to find an easy and efficient solution.’

‘David Alexandre has solid experience in trade mark law.’

Key clients

Nomura Bank

Paragon Customer Communications

Claire’s Accessories

Middle Game Ventures




ATR (aircraft manufacturer – a subsidiary of AIRBUS)


Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Backed by its vast international network, DLA Piper's two-partner team 'has rapidly developed good cross-border capabilities', since its establishment in 2017, and is appreciated for its 'very hands-on approach to realising cross-border finance transactions'. 'Proactive' team head Xavier Guzman  'is always able to assist on short notice, whenever Luxembourg law matters are relevant for a transaction', particularly as it relates to secured lending and acquisition finance matters. The 'diligent, responsive and pragmaticLaurent Massinon is the other partner within the team and provides a 'strong commercial mindset' across a range of capital markets, project finance and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Xavier Guzman

Other key lawyers:

Laurent Massinon; Constantin Iscru; Christina Nickel; Yann Zellet


‘The firm offers comprehensive advice in the field of asset finance and the team has a good knowledge of the banking regulatory framework.’

‘The banking, finance and capital markets team of DLA Piper Luxembourg has a very hands-on approach to realising cross-border finance transactions. They are very responsive, precise and have great experience and knowledge of the market.’

‘Xavier Guzman is always proactive and provides valuable input.’

‘Xavier Guzman is a very experienced finance lawyer and also a good negotiator. He is always able to assist on short notice whenever Luxembourg law matters are relevant for a transaction.’

‘Laurent Massinon is an outstanding individual across capital markets and regulatory matters.’

‘Laurent Massinon is very diligent, responsive and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Credit Suisse Infrastructure Partners AG

Medtronic Global Holdings S.C.A.

Herbalife Nutrition Ltd.

Allianz Real Estate GmbH

Axalta Coating Systems

Danaher Corporation

Signature Capital

Acea Capital A/S

BMI Group

Kleos Space S.A.

FFF Real Estate S.à r.l.

Ares Management

FinLab AG

SONAE Investment Management – Software and Technology

Generali Real Estate S.p.A

Covidien International Finance S.A.

Société Générale

Aareal Bank AG

Nordic Wind Power DA

Apsys Group

Deka Bank


Harbert Management

Tax Tier 3

The 'young and hungry' six-strong team at DLA Piper provides 'efficient, client-focused and very technical advice' to alternative asset management firms; in particular, on their fund structuring, investments or group reorganisations in Luxembourg and beyond. Team head Jacques Wantz is 'clearly a rising star', and developing a strong reputation in relation to the tax structuring of pan-European regulated and unregulated alternative investment funds, as well as on the tax aspects of cross-border private equity, real estate and debt investments.

Practice head(s):

Jacques Wantz

Other key lawyers:

Julie Hecklen


The young and hungry team is technically strong and delivers high-quality work.’

The team is efficient, client-focused and very technical.’

Jacques Wantz is clearly a rising star and stands out among his peers, both in understanding his clients’ business as well as in excelling technically on a vast number of tax disciplines.’

Key clients

Generali Real Estate

Harbert Management Corporation

Adams Street Partners

Mezzanine Management

Athora Lebensversicherung AG

EIG Global Energy Partners

MiddleGame Ventures

Murosa Development Sarl

Familia Group

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Led by Catherine PogorzelskiDLA Piper's two-partner team is particularly effective in providing the Luxembourg structuring pursuant to cross-border M&A led by other offices throughout the firm's vast international network. The team is also able to effectively advise on outbound mandates for Luxembourg-based companies, including its work alongside the firm's Sydney office, for domestic space engineering company Kleos Space on its equity raising on the Australian Stock Exchange. Other work includes intra-group restructurings, the establishment  of management incentive plans and general corporate governance matters.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Pogorzelski

Other key lawyers:

Xavier Guzman; Jacques Wantz; Ambroise Foerster; Nicolas Marchand; Gersende Masfayon

Key clients

Hyundai/Kia Motor

Kleos Space

Gates Industrial Europe S.à r.l.







Austrian Airlines

Investment funds Tier 5

With two partners focused on funds work from Luxembourg and also benefiting from 'seamless integration across offices', DLA Piper is well-equipped to advise fund initiators, managers and banks on international fund structuring. 'Client- and business-oriented' team head Catherine Pogorzelski excels at the structuring and formation of alternative investment funds, including private equity, real estate and debt funds.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Pogorzelski

Other key lawyers:

Jacques Wantz; Caroline Pimpaud; Marceau Visano


‘The team benefits from a seamless integration across offices.’

The team is able to distill complex regulations so we can understand them, and has strong drafting and negotiating abilities.’

The firm provides technically good and business-savvy advice.’

Catherine Pogorzelski is easy-going, client- and business-oriented and technically good.’

Caroline Pimpaud is very responsive, provides clear guidance, and helps us understand market practices and how they’ll impact our business.’

Key clients

Bridge Investment Group

Expon Capital

DeA Capital

Kollektiva Jämförelser i Sverige AB

Zurich Investment Life Spa

Generali Investments Luxembourg

Generali Real Estate

Harbert Management Corporation

Adams Street Partners

The Athora Group

Heitman International LLC

Michelin Ventures


MiddleGame Ventures

Harrison Street

DTZ Investors

Global Co-Chairs: Roger Meltzer and Andrew Darwin
Co-Chief Executive Officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Number of partners: 1,500
Number of lawyers: 5,000
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

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Photo Name Position Profile
Mr David Alexandre  photo Mr David Alexandre
Mr Xavier Guzman photo Mr Xavier Guzman
 Laurent Massinon  photo Laurent Massinon 
Mr Olivier Reisch  photo Mr Olivier Reisch

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