DLA Piper > Luxembourg, Luxembourg > Firm Profile

DLA Piper
37A AVENUE JOHN F. KENNEDY
L-1855 LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg

Luxembourg > IP and IT Tier 1

Although it remains a relative newcomer, the experience the constituent members of the team have across the spectrum of IT and IP-related work has ensured that DLA Piper has rapidly gained market visibility. Praised for its ‘global approach’ and ability to leverage vast international resources, the team is particularly effective at representing clients in multi-jurisdictional mandates, including on the exploitation and management of extensive IP portfolios (where clients also appreciate the ease with which they are able to use online IP toolkits). ‘Very knowledgeable and solutions-oriented’ team head Oliver Reisch is particularly effective at handling data protection matters for financial services clients. Counsel David Alexandre provides ‘real legal support in the field of IP law in an efficient way’, and as part of his broad-ranging expertise is particularly skilled at advising on trade mark prosecution and trade mark portfolio management.

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Testimonials

‘The Luxemburg team provides solid support to our IP strategy and portfolio management.’

‘Both Olivier Reisch and David Alexandre are experienced practitioners who specialise in IP, data protection and technology matters. They are both friendly individuals.’

David Alexandre is very professional, always responsive to client needs and displays a mastery in his field of work.’

Olivier Reisch – very practical approach, knows a lot about the industrial environment and challenges which not all lawyers do.’

‘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.’

‘Olivier Reisch is very knowledgeable and always looking to find a solution to the problems encountered.’

‘I would like to highlight David Alexandre who provides real legal support in the field of IP law in a significantly efficient way.’

Key clients

Fareva

Claire’s Accessories

Middle Game Ventures

Teqball

Nintendo

Sodexo

ATR (aircraft manufacturer – a subsidiary of AIRBUS)

CONAIR BABYLISS

Nomura

Max Planck Institute Foundation Luxembourg

Harbert

Axa

Harrison Street

Generali Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising Teqball, a new sport, in securing IP protection globally on specific sport equipment, providing tailor made advice in various jurisdictions around the globe.
  • Advising various investment fund clients on GDPR compliance for existing or newly set up investment fund structures.
  • Advising Fareva, one of the leading global groups manufacturing pharmaceutical and cosmetic goods headquartered in Luxembourg, on the global protection strategy of its IP assets.

Luxembourg > Tax Tier 2

The ‘very dynamic’ team at DLA Piper is on an upward trajectory, with the arrival of the ‘very strong and hardworking’ Luis Muñoz in January 2021 from Allen & Overy Luxembourg adding further ballast to a growing team that now includes seven fee-earners that are focused on tax matters. Although it is fairly broad in the scope of work it handles, the team remains best-suited to handling multi-jurisdictional tax structuring work, particularly in the context of pan-European investment funds. Team head Jacques Wantz has ‘excellent communication skills and technical knowledge’, which he deploys to good effect on the tax aspects of cross-border private equity, real estate and debt investments and the tax structuring of regulated and unregulated investment funds.

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Testimonials

‘Very hands-on, built to suit structures and out-of-the-box thinking.’

‘The team is very dynamic.’

Jacques Wantz is definitely active on the market, with excellent communication skills and technical knowledge.’

‘Jacques Wantz and Emre Akan are very talented.’

‘Jacques Wantz and Luis Munoz are both quite dynamic and eager to grow their business. The two tax partners are fresh, pleasant and knowledgeable.’

‘Luis Munoz is responsive, very hands-on and reliable.’

‘Luis Munoz is a very strong and hardworking lawyer, with great expertise and technical skills.’

Key clients

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

Harbert Management Corporation

Adams Street Partners

Mezzanine Management

MiddleGame Ventures

Murosa Development

Familia Group

Barings

DTZ Investors

Luxembourg > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

The ’young, talented and dynamic’ team at DLA Piper continues to gain market traction for a growing and loyal client roster, which are impressed not only by its ‘good knowledge of the banking regulatory framework’ but also its aptitude at handling cross-border mandates – where it can leverage vast resources across its international network. Combining a ‘a unique set of great technical and soft skills’, team head Xavier Guzman provides a ‘hands-on and pragmatic approach’ to clients, including as it relates to multi-jurisdictional acquisition finance matters. Praised for his ‘strong commercial mindset’, Laurent Massinon is also a key member of the team and has ‘extensive experience in project finance’.

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Testimonials

‘The firm offers comprehensive advice in the field of asset finance and the team has a good knowledge of the banking regulatory framework. The team has built a loyal client base since the launch of the Luxembourg office a few years ago.’

‘Backed by its international network, the Luxembourg office is frequently involved in multi-jurisdictional financing and acquisition matters and has rapidly developed good cross-border capabilities.’

‘It is a young, talented and dynamic team, which offers a responsive service.’

‘Laurent Massinon is the firm’s most visible finance lawyer and has a strong commercial mindset, combined with an extensive expertise in project finance.’

‘Laurent Massinon perfectly understood our needs and prepared on time the requested presentation. He is always in a good mood with strong technical skills. He is a trusted advisor.’

‘Xavier Guzman combines a unique set of great technical and soft skills. His hands-on and pragmatic approach permit clients to get matters completed in a seamless fashion.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank Luxembourg

Medtronic Global Holdings S.C.A.

Signature Capital

Danaher Corporation

Suning Sports International

Ophde Advisors, LLC

AXA Real Estate Investment Managers UK Ltd

PRA Group, Inc.

Allianz GmbH

Elite Partners Capital

Riyad Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented Axalta Coating Systems in a €1.6bn finance restructuring in more than 25 countries.
  • Represented Medtronic Global Holdings S.C.A. in a €6.25bn bond issuance.
  • Represented Suning Sports International the owner of Italian football club Inter Milan, on a €275m high yield note financing by Oaktree Capital Management Company.

Luxembourg > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Under the guidance of Catherine Pogorzelski, DLA Piper continues to gain market visibility since its establishment in 2014. It is particularly effective at advising on multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions, where it is able to leverage its large international network of offices. The team has also generated some work from the burgeoning start-up scene in Luxembourg, including assisting a domestic fintech-focused venture capital firm on its initial fund structuring as well as in the pursuit of investment opportunities.

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Key clients

Suning Sports International

Middle Game Ventures Fund I

Permodolan Nasional Berhad

General Mills

Work highlights

  • Advising MiddleGame Ventures, a Luxembourg fintech venture capital investment fund investing in early stage growth businesses focused on financial innovation (fund set up by the DLA Piper Luxembourg funds team), in relation to its first and second investments in Next Gate Tech Investment.
  • Advising General Mills, Inc., an American multinational manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer foods sold through retail stores, on its intragroup and cross-border restructuring.
  • Advising Permodolan Nasional Berhad, one of the largest fund management companies in Malaysia, on the acquisition of majority stake in a Luxembourg private limited liability company holding real estate assets in Germany.

Luxembourg > Investment funds Tier 4

Increasingly generating its own work flow, as well as able to draw upon strong firmwide client relationships, DLA Piper continues to gain traction in the market, particularly in relation to complex cross-border mandates, where it can leverage the firm’s vast international resources. ‘Very tactical and hands-on’ team head Catherine Pogorzelski has been pivotal to the firm’s success and is particularly adept at advising on private equity, real estate and debt fund structures.

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Testimonials

‘Catherine Pogorzelski is very tactical, totally involved and hands on. She brings a lot of value in bringing tactical angles in decision making process.’

Key clients

Harrison Street

Generali Investments Luxembourg

Generali Investments Partners

Athora

Adams Street Partners

Tioga Capital Partners

Generali Real Estate

Premico Carbon Neutral Residential Fund I

Claret Capital Partners

Middleland FA Capital LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Generali Investments Partners on the structuring, establishment and launching of a multi-compartment platform.
  • Advising Claret Capital Partners, a spin-off of Harbert management Corporation, on the structuring, launch and investors’ negotiations of a Luxembourg investment fund investing by way of debt investments in growth companies located throughout Europe.
  • Advising on the structuring and launch of a complex multi-compartment Luxembourg investment fund covering a wide range of debt strategies.

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.

Please see https://www.dlapiper.com for further information about the firm.


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