Our lawyers advise banks, asset managers, private equity houses, insurance and reinsurance companies, blue chip companies, Luxembourg-based companies, governmental authorities and public entities, and we are the chosen legal partner for many organisations with international or European headquarters in Luxembourg.
To sustain our growth, Allen & Overy Luxembourg is constantly looking for trainees for all practice groups. Did you obtain a law degree from a European university? Are you multilingual (fluent French and excellent English, fluent German is necessary in some departments) ? Do you have excellent legal capabilities, entrepreneurial skills and good communication skills? Then you could be the ideal candidate for us.
Banking & Finance
We advise on complex cross-border financings and domestic transactions in all major financial centres worldwide.
We are placed at the heart of the Luxembourg banking and financial markets and our clients include outward looking banks and finance houses. Few practices can match the quality of our people and our pioneering expertise.
In addition to the major restructurings that took place after the 2008/2009 financial crisis, we are seeing significant changes in the Luxembourg private banking sector, following discussions over Luxembourg banking secrecy and an increase in bank mergers and spin offs.
We provide intelligent and commercial advice in:
Financing and lending transactions, such as acquisition finance, asset finance, Islamic finance, leveraged finance, real estate finance and syndicated lending.
Restructuring and insolvency.
Regulatory issues, such as bank licensing, bank secrecy provisions, code of conduct, consumer credit regulations, contractual terms of business and money laundering.
International Capital Markets
We advise underwriters, arrangers and issuers on all aspects of international capital markets transactions. Among our clients are all the major international financial institutions and corporations, based in Europe and worldwide. Acting as counsel to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)in the US, Europe and Southeast Asia, we are ideally placed to advise our clients on derivate trades involving sophisticated set-off and netting mechanisms and complex collateral arrangements.
Henri Wagner and Frank Mausen head our market-leading Luxembourg ICM team of multinational lawyers with a broad experience of a wide range of ICM products, covering areas such as debt capital markets, securitisation, derivatives and structured finance.
Key players in the banking and corporate sectors rely on us for advice on listings of debt and equity securities on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. Our lawyers regularly work on ambitious securitisation and repackaging programmes launched via Luxembourg special purpose vehicles. We also offer high-quality advice on fiduciary bond issues to arrangers and fiduciaries.
Within Luxembourg we are the legal partner of choice for some of the world's most sophisticated financial institutions, sponsors and multinational corporations.
Our clients turn to us for market-leading advice on a full range of corporate matters. These include joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, demergers, restructurings, and equity listings and stock exchange-related work. We also advise on public and private company incorporations, compliance, migrations and general corporate, commercial and contract law matters.
Partners Marc Feider and Fabian Beullekens lead our award-winning team. They have led on some of the most complex and challenging deals seen in the Luxembourg market.
As well as being experts in and drivers of local Luxembourg market practice, we draw upon the expertise of our global network of offices, which enables us to understand global trends and the wider context of clients' instructions. Our lawyers are experienced negotiators, deal managers and draftsmen. We feel that these factors, as well as our responsiveness and high levels of client orientation, are why our clients come to us.
Mergers & Acquistions
Our corporate practice has huge experience in mergers and acquisitions involving Luxembourg law aspects. We advise on all kinds of M&A deals, across all sectors, with a particular focus on the financial and services sectors.
Our lawyers are experienced negotiators, deal managers and draftsmen and this, combined with our responsiveness and client orientation and our wider expertise across all major disciplines results in a level of service that few law firms in Luxembourg can match.
Partners Marc Feider and Fabian Beullekens lead our award-winning team. We also have three Counsel, each of whom has extensive experience.
We handle both contentious and non-contentious labour law matters for employers, mainly in the banking, industrial and retail sectors, advising clients across the full range of Luxembourg employment issues.
Our lawyers provide commercial advice on contract design for individuals, flex time, retention and bonus agreements, secondment and expatriate agreements, retirement pension supplements and early retirement as well as individual dismissals and settlement agreements.
We also have a wealth of experience in collective employment issues including:
negotiating collective agreements/contracts
staff representation, including social elections
health and security in the workplace
code of ethics
collective dismissals, social plans, company agreements and mitigation plans (plan de maintien dans l'emploi)
due diligence on labour law issues
Our client seminars and trainings on labour law issues can help you better understand the key legal issues.
With our strong background in contentious labour law matters, we can support you in employment-related litigation before all Luxembourg courts including the Conseil arbitral des assurances sociales.
Intellectual Property - Information Technology
Few large, full service firms can match our multinational presence in the intellectual property (IP) field. We have over 90 specialist IP partners and associates working in key European jurisdictions. Their experience in multi-jurisdictional dispute resolution and IP transactions means we are able to offer an integrated service for both our international clients and those who need specialist advice and representation in individual countries.
In Luxembourg, we advise on both litigious and non-litigious issues in relation to intellectual property (trademarks, patents, copyrights, know-how, trade secrets, database rights), telecom, media, internet and data protection law. Our expertise also includes advertising and unfair competition matters.
On IT issues, we offer technical support as well as legal expertise, drawing on our deep knowledge of IT security, IT outsourcing, domain names, e-commerce and software issues.
We are particularly strong in sectors such as consumer goods, R&D and life sciences, IT/outsourcing, digital trust and data protection. Our familiarity with the key legal and industry issues in these, and other, sectors gives us an informed, practical understanding of your markets and needs.
Our lawyers regularly advise the Luxembourg government on IP- and IT-related bills and our involvement in the drafting of legislation gives us first-hand knowledge of the underlying issues.
Our investment funds practice in Luxembourg is well known for advising on all aspects of structuring, managing, servicing and distributing regulated funds.
The team is part of our specialist Investment Funds Group serving the asset management sector across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States.
Led by partners Pierre Schleimer and Jean-Christian Six in Luxembourg we have grown continuously over the past five years and have a particularly strong track record in alternative investment strategies funds including hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, infrastructure funds and funds of funds.
Known for handling complex and innovative structures, we have advised on several breakthrough transactions - including the first note issuance programme by a Luxembourg investment fund and the first Risk Capital Investment Company (SICAR) listed on the Luxembourg stock exchange.
Our core expertise covers:
Structuring and setting up Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS), Part II funds, Specialised Investment Funds (SIFs) and SICARs.
Advising fund counterparties and service providers - for example custodians and prime brokers - on their agreements with Luxembourg funds.
Advising institutional investors on their Luxembourg investment funds.
Listing of investment funds on stock markets.
Our international network is ideally placed to handle the growing number of cross-border and multi-jurisdictional disputes requiring highly integrated advice, brought about by the globalisation of business. It’s this ability to manage disputes around the world and coordinate cross border proceedings that persuades many of our clients to instruct us.
Our main areas of expertise in Luxembourg are:
civil and commercial litigation
corporate litigation (such as shareholder disputes and post-M&A litigation)
real estate & construction litigation
enforcement proceedings including exequatur and attachment proceedings.
We are the close legal advisor for many clients in the financial services industry as well as Luxembourg public authorities.
Our lawyers actively pursue all avenues of dispute resolution available, helping you to select the most appropriate method for the matter we’re handling. We are experts in solving disputes before they get out of hand or, better still, before they arise in the first place.
We also have significant expertise in alternative dispute resolution, capital markets litigation (derivatives & structured products), competition litigation, employment & social security law litigation, energy, natural resources and infrastructure litigation, fraud & white-collar crime litigation, international arbitration, IP & IT litigation and tax litigation.
We offer strategic legal solutions on the full range of property related transactions to some of the most ambitious organisations in the world.
In Luxembourg we deal with all legal and tax aspects of the construction, lease, purchase, and sale of commercial properties and associated financing transactions.
Five major areas of expertise define our core business:
Advising banks on their own real estate needs and projects.
Advising real estate funds on the sale or purchase of property in Luxembourg.
Advising on procedures for granting trade licences to department stores, supermarkets and retailers in relation to real estate.
Drafting and negotiating contracts, including sales, purchases, leases, long leases, financial leases, management and joint ventures.
Advising on the tax structuring of real estate transactions and the set-up of acquisition vehicles and real estate funds in Luxembourg.
We also offer you commercial advice on:
international real estate sale and acquisition matters (asset and share deals)
town and country planning
title and land review
environmental law issues such as liability proceedings and pollution.
We are a preferred tax adviser to the world’s leading corporations and financial institutions, known for our innovative approach to providing practical and commercially viable advice globally and in Luxembourg. With over 100 tax lawyers across our global network working closely together we have the expertise to handle domestic and cross-border transactions and reorganisations.
In Luxembourg, our enterprising and knowledgeable tax team advises clients on tax aspects for Luxembourg investments and the structuring of international transactions via Luxembourg regulated and non-regulated vehicles. We also have significant expertise in cross-border investments for institutional investors, private equity and real estate funds, acting for clients throughout Europe, the United States and Asia.
We have day-to-day experience in:
international tax planning
structured finance and securitisations
M&A and restructurings
debt and equity capital markets
collective investment schemes
tax-driven investment schemes
real estate taxation
employee incentives and benefits
tax optimised exit schemes.