Luxembourg 2024 – GC Powerlist
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Adrian Pawelec

Partner and head of legal | Marguerite Investment Management

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Agathe Laissus

Group general counsel | BCB Group

Financials

Alexandre Druta

Senior legal counsel | Nexa Resources

Materials and mining

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Anne Agnes

Director of legal affairs | BGL BNP Paribas

Financials

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Annette Brewer

Head of legal Luxembourg | SIX Payment Services

Financials

Antonio Benitez-Donoso

General counsel | KPMG Luxembourg

Commercial and professional services

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Arpiné Manuelyan

Group senior legal counsel | IEE Sensing

Information technology

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Asel Zhumadilova

Head of legal and compliance | Ergéa Group

Healthcare

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Ashley Reid

General counsel and regulatory affairs director, EMEA and APAC | Experian

Information technology

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Barbara Scarafia

Legal director Europe, associate general counsel | Amazon

Information technology

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Barbara Wojszycki

Head of legal and compliance, co-head of Tristan Luxembourg officer, managing director | Tristan Capital Partners

Commercial and professional services

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Bartosz Kowalczyk

General counsel | Elemental Holding

Environmental services

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Beatrice Nelson-Beer

Chief legal officer | Lifeplus International

Healthcare

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Benjamin Wacker

Head of legal Luxembourg and Nordics | UBS

Financials

Caroline Felten

General counsel | ATOZ Services

Financials

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Catherine Delsemme

Head of legal, Europe | Panattoni

Industrials and real estate

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Catherine Schmidt

General counsel | Encevo

Energy and utilities

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Chantelle Nunn

Executive director, legal | Lions Gate Entertainment

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Christian Dohmen

General counsel | Luxembourg Stock Exchange

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Christophe Vandenbulcke

Director and senior legal counsel | Deutsche Bank Luxembourg

Financials

Danny Major

General counsel | Aztiq

Healthcare

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David Farmer

General counsel, EU | Unison Infrastructure

Industrials and real estate

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Diego Manzetti

Head of legal EMEA | AIG

Insurance

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Dr. Cyrille de Crozals

Head of legal | Bank Julius Baer Europe

Financials

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Dr. Tim Koslowski

Country head - managing legal counsel | T. Rowe Price

Financials

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Eduard Koster

General counsel | International Chemical Investors Group

Materials and mining

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Emmanuel Gutton

Deputy director general, general counsel | Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI)

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Emmanuelle Bourdeau

Head of legal department, general secretary | Luxair

Transport and infrastructure

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Emmanuelle Charles

Group general counsel | Deloitte Luxembourg

Commercial and professional services

Ezechiel Havrenne

Managing director, general counsel | Squircle Capital

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Fabrizio Minneci

Chief legal officer | Ferrero International

Food

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Francesco Spreafico

Legal director and associate general counsel | Amazon

Information technology

Frédéric Sudret

Secretary general and general counsel | Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (BIL)

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Gerhard Kerckhoff

Director of legal affairs | CERATIZIT

Materials and mining

Gregory Ritts

Chief legal and compliance officer | Altisource

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Grégory Surply

Associate general counsel | Franklin Templeton International Services

Financials

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Gwendoline Licata

Head of legal AIFM | The Carlyle Group

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Gwenn Vanweddingen

Head of legal and governance | CFL Multimodal

Transport and infrastructure

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Jeronimo Chavarria

Chief legal officer | Quantum Dao Alliance

Commercial and professional services

Focus on… my career   With a dynamic career spanning over 15 years in the Luxembourg financial services industry, I am a versatile and seasoned professional renowned for my expertise...

Joanna Pabelick

General counsel, head of legal | AVEGA Capital Management

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José Fernández Martín

General counsel | European Investment Bank (EIB)

Financials

Joseph Delhaye

Senior vice president and head of legal | Spuerkeess

Financials

Juergen Krupp

General counsel and vice president, EMEA | Gates Industrial Europe

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Katarzyna Kuszewska

Group head of legal, chair of the group executive committee | Solutions 30

Information technology

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Laetitia Vauchez

Head of corporate legal | Alpha Trains Luxembourg

Transport and infrastructure

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Leticia Lizardo

Head of legal office | Luxembourg Institute of Health

Healthcare

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Lucile Laevens

Chief legal and compliance officer | Oraxys

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Lynn Wassenich

Head of legal | Losch Luxembourg

Transport and infrastructure

Magda Orlewicz

Senior manager tax, planning and legal | International Paper

Materials and mining

Maria Pawelek

General counsel | SustainCERT

Environmental services

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Marie Amet-Hermes

General counsel Luxembourg | Atlas Arteria

Transport and infrastructure

Marjolijne Droogleever Fortuyn

Head of legal affairs | BNP Paribas

Financials

Spotlight on…  Marjolijne Droogleever Fortuyn graduated in law from the University of Utrecht. She obtained a post graduate degree in law from the University of Cambridge (UK) and more recently...

Matthew Benz

General counsel | HQLAᵡ

Financials

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Michael Koenig

Associate general counsel digital media, Alexa, devices, books and Kindle content EMEA | Amazon

Information technology

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Mike Hatch

Vice president, head of EU legal | Gopuff

Information technology

Nils Kruse

Group general counsel | FREO Group

Industrials and real estate

Spotlight on…  Nils is an experienced general counsel with a profound track record of working in the finance industry and 25+ years of relevant experience; strong professional skills in the...

Philippe Muller

General counsel and chief sustainability officer | Mizuho Trust & Banking (Luxembourg)

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Raffaele Zucca Alessandrelli

Global executive vice president, group general counsel, chief compliance officer and board member | Docler Holding/Docler Group

Information technology

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Raushan Almanova

General counsel Europe | Eurasian Resources Group

Materials and mining

Sara Huda

Managing director, general counsel | EQT Group

Commercial and professional services

Simon Baker

Head of legal | RSA Luxembourg

Insurance

Siska Ghesquiere

General counsel and head of M&A | RTL Group

Hotels

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Thai Rubin

Chief legal officer | SES

Telecommunications

Thomas Whiteley

General counsel EMEA | PHINIA

Industrials and real estate

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Tina Van Poelvoorde

Chief legal and compliance officer / director, legal and compliance | Azenta Life Sciences / B Medical Systems

Healthcare

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Tom Ruhan

General counsel, company secretary and corporate affairs director | Allegro.eu

Information technology

Spotlight on…  Allegro.eu is a Luxembourg entity and one of the largest companies listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Created 25 years ago it is now an e-commerce platform used...

Tom Ford

Vice president privacy and legal | Syniverse Technologies

Information technology

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Tulay Sonmez

Group general counsel, member of the group executive committee and company director | DRAGONE

Sports and media

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Vaanee Patten

Legal director | Brookfield Asset Management

Financials

Valérie Glane

Head of fund legal and corporate services | Degroof Petercam

Financials

Youssef Khayat

Head of legal | BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Management Luxembourg

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It has been a delight to shine a light on the talented, professional and highly innovative in-house lawyers based in Luxembourg, for the inaugural GC Powerlist: Luxembourg 2024. It was a true pleasure and privilege to be able to interview the brightest in-house legal minds in the country, and delve into what makes a great in-house counsel. This publication serves as a tribute to the remarkable contributions made by these incredible professionals to the business landscape in Luxembourg. It stands as a testament to their unrivalled expertise, outstanding leadership, and unwavering commitment to excellence. 

Individuals in this publication were delighted to share their recent work and achievements, and the range of answers and splendour of their work was truly outstanding. Answers ranged from the implementation of artificial intelligence, mergers, and acquisitions, to expansion to different regions. Dr. Cyrille de Crozals, head of legal at Bank Julius Baer Europe stated that his team had successfully handled a ‘series of complex legal cases, demonstrating exceptional expertise and dedication. This included providing strategic legal advice, negotiating settlements, and ensuring optimal outcomes for our clients. The team’s commitment to excellence truly shone through in these recent cases,’ emphasising the importance of effective teamwork. Further, Ashley Reid, general counsel and regulatory affairs director, EMEA and APAC at Experian, claimed that for their team ‘artificial intelligence and credit scoring are pretty much in the spotlight, but there are various other initiatives in various countries across the globe which keep us up at night.’ This further highlights the varying different projects that in-house counsel in this edition face on a daily basis.  

Esteemed counsel in this publication were also delighted to share the current trends that they are seeing become more prevalent in the Luxembourg legal markets. There is a massive focus on innovation surrounding technology within the Luxembourg legal market, with multiple individuals stating how they have implemented and rolled out new technologies in their business and stating the supreme benefit of doing such. Chantelle Null, executive director legal at Lions Gate Entertainment stated that Luxembourg’s corporate legal industry is rapidly digitalising, with a notable shift towards employing artificial intelligence for tasks like legal research and document analysis, thereby elevating the efficiency and precision of certain legal services.’ Further, Tulay Sonmez, group general counsel, member of the group executive committee and company director at DRAGONE claimed that ‘The role of artificial intelligence (AI) is growing as a support tool to retrieve and leverage on information which is relevant to prepare legal documentation and legal advice, and to generate first drafts of legal documents. 

In-house lawyers in this edition were kind enough to share a cause, business related or otherwise, that they care about and why. The responses only emphasise why such individuals are the best of the best in the Luxembourg legal sector. Christian Dohmen, general counsel at Luxembourg Stock Exchange stated that ‘we are deeply involved in environmental, social and sustainable projects which we consider a priority. Through the Luxembourg Green Exchange (LGX), the world’s first sustainable finance platform, we are striving to foster the development of financial instruments that contribute to fight climate change and gender inequality and finance our transition into a more sustainable world.’ Further, Katarzyna Kuszewska, group head of legal and member of the group executive committee at Solutions 30 claimed that ‘I am a big advocate of good corporate governance within a company with a strong emphasis on equality, diversity, variety of competence and a gender-balanced representation among top management positions,’ and went on to highlight the importance of a gender balance in top executive positions.  

 

I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to every single general counsel who participated in this edition of The GC Powerlist: Luxembourg, 2024. Included within these pages are the most impressive in-house lawyers within the country, those who have utilised their legal knowledge strategically to provide business insights and contribute to their company’s success.  

 

Elena Lewis | Senior Research Analyst: GC Powerlist Luxembourg 2024 

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Loyens & Loeff Luxembourg is honoured to be a sponsor of the GC Powerlist in collaboration with The Legal 500. As a leading law firm in Luxembourg, we are committed to supporting and recognising excellence in the legal profession.

At Loyens & Loeff, we understand the importance of providing exceptional legal services tailored to the unique needs of our clients. Our team of dedicated professionals is renowned for their expertise, innovation, and commitment to client satisfaction.

By sponsoring the GC Powerlist, we reaffirm our dedication to fostering a culture of excellence and innovation within the legal industry. We believe in celebrating the achievements of outstanding legal professionals who drive positive change and make significant contributions to their organisations and the broader legal community.

We extend our congratulations to all the exceptional individuals recognised on the GC Powerlist. Your dedication, expertise, and leadership are truly inspiring, and we are proud to support your continued success.

It was an honour to host the GC Powerlist event in our premises this year and we look forward to continuing our partnership with The Legal 500 as well as supporting initiatives that promote excellence, innovation, and collaboration within the legal industry.

Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the GC Powerlist, and we congratulate all the honorees on their well-deserved recognition.

GC Summit Portugal 2024

On April 9th, The Legal 500 was delighted to be back in Lisbon, hosting the GC Summit Portugal 2024 at the EPIC SANA Lisboa Hotel. The event convened the nation’s in-house legal community alongside five leading law firms and 20 esteemed speakers, providing a platform for the highest calibre of legal expertise to examine pressing issues faced by corporate counsel.

The conference kicked off with opening remarks from Francisco Castro, The Legal 500’s editorial lead, underscoring the significance of uniting the in-house community and collaborating with law firms to deliver top-notch content tailored to their interests.

The first panel, in collaboration with Abreu Advogados, brought the topic of Intellectual Property to the forefront. César Bessa Monteiro Jr., partner at Abreu Advogados moderated a discussion with Sara Barbot, legal director at BA Glass, Pedro Gonçalves, director of legal and compliance at Unbabel and Rita Branquinho Lobo, head of legal affairs at Novabase. The session explored challenges companies encounter in safeguarding their rights and sharing intangible assets in collaborative endeavours.

The subsequent session, brought by CMS Portugal, with esteemed speakers Bernardo Cunha Ferreira, partner at CMS Portugal, Pedro Amaral Frazão, adviser to the chairman at Grupo Sousa, Tiago de Magalhães, senior associate at CMS Portugal and Sandro dos Santos Zeineddin, director of information systems at Portway, delved into the transformative power of Artificial Intelligence (AI), exploring innovative strategies and cutting-edge technologies reshaping the corporate landscape.

After a short coffee break to exchange ideas on the topics discussed, the third panel of the afternoon, in collaboration with Morais Leitão, introduced the firm’s ML Assessment.ai, the firm’s innovative approach to navigate the complexities of the legal landscape, through AI-driven solutions. The session was moderated by Magda Viçoso, partner at Morais Leitão and Carlos Coelho, director of innovation and knowledge at Morais Leitão, alongside guest speakers Bruno Pina, chief legal officer at Repsol and Ana Moniz Macedo, director of corporate affairs at Millennium BCP.

The session that followed, brought by VdA, focused on the Voluntary Carbon Markets newest legislation, both at the Portuguese and the EU levels, which brings new opportunities to, among others, create financial products on the grounds of bold carbon credits. The discussion was led by Assunção Cristas, partner, ESG integrated services platform and the environment at VdA, Hugo Moredo Santos, partner, banking & finance at VdA, Patrícia Mendes, head of legal and compliance at Volkswagen Financial Services and Angela Lucas, co-founder, partner & board member at LAND Fund.

Concluding the day, leading firm PLMJ, brought a dynamic discussion on the evolving fintech scene in Portugal, taking an in-depth look at the latest trends, from the acquisition of regulated entities and the creation of new ones to the opening of branches and the establishment of joint ventures. Speakers were Bruno Ferreira, managing partner at PLMJ, and André Abrantes and Tomás Almeida Ribeiro, managing associates at PLMJ.

In summary, the GC Summit Portugal 2024 served as a catalyst for fostering legal excellence, promoting business innovation, and forging meaningful connections within the legal and corporate community. Following the event’s impressive conclusion, the dialogue continued into a drinks and canapes reception. Here, lingering questions were addressed, and attendees seized the opportunity to reconnect with their peers.

On June 27th, The Legal 500 will return to Lisbon for the release of its annual GC Powerlist: Portugal, highlighting the top in-house lawyers in the country, in collaboration with PLMJ.