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Our experience

 

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Practices

Antitrust/Competition

Known as one of the top antitrust practices in the world we are ranked in the top 10 of the legal directory GCR Global Elite. Our team of 80 specialist Antitrust lawyers works in 19 jurisdictions across Europe, the U.S. and Asia.

Having acted in some of the most exciting antitrust cases in recent years we have a sound and practical understanding of how the European Commission works. We also have good relationships with officials at all levels, both in Brussels and in all the jurisdictions where we practise antitrust law. Naturally our experience of working on cutting edge issues at the forefront of antitrust policy gives our clients a real advantage.

Our Luxembourg-based Antitrust lawyers work in close collaboration with our Brussels team to cover all aspects of Luxembourg and European antitrust law.

We handle all aspects of competition law: cartels, leniency applications, abuse of a dominant position, joint ventures, distribution systems, EU merger control, state aids and deregulation. We also advise on general EU law matters.

As well as our range of expertise, our clients benefit from our excellent relationships with the Luxembourg competition authorities, the European courts, and other national competition authorities and regulatory bodies.

Corporate and M&A

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.

Key contact: Marc Feider
Key contact: Fabian Beullekens
Key contact: Pierre Schleimer

Data Protection

Our data protection practice in Luxembourg advises on all aspects of privacy and data protection law.

We have close connections with Luxembourg’s data protection authority and other Government bodies who influence privacy issues, financial sector supervision, electronic communications and eCommerce.

Having worked closely with the authority for many years we understand the sensitivities that colour this area of the law and keep abreast of regulatory developments. For example, in 2010 the authority relaxed its approach to employee monitoring.

Our experience covers drafting and reviewing corporate privacy and HR policies - including whistle blowing - monitoring the use of telephones, internet and email by employees, customer data privacy, cross-border data transfer and general compliance work.

We regularly advise the Luxembourg government on IT, digital trust and certification issues and are often involved in drafting bills and regulation. This gives us first hand knowledge of the complex issues involved.

Key contact: Katia Manhaeve

Employment and benefits

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

  • stock options

  • collective dismissals, social plans, company agreements and mitigation plans (plan de maintien dans l'emploi)

  • internal restructuring

  • due diligence on labour law issues

Over the past years, we have advised on Luxembourg's largest social plans which reflect our innovative and pragmatic approach to sensitive 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.

Key contact: André Marc

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.

Thanks to our well-established relationships with high profile clients, we are their chosen legal partner when it comes to critical deals.

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.

  • Private banking.

Key contact: Henri Wagner
Key contact: Pierre Schleimer 

Debt Capital Markets

We advise major banks and corporates on all aspects of international or national debt securities transactions and many clients rely on us for our grasp of the spectrum of capital markets matters.

Our integrated ‘one firm’ approach ensures that the most complex structures can be successfully completed. We can advise on special purpose vehicles, issue documentation and security arrangements as well as negotiate advance tax agreements and assist in seeking prospectus approvals.

To ensure a legally secure environment, we talk regularly with the Luxembourg authorities.

It’s this mix of expertise and good relations that gives us both a competitive edge and the reputation for reliability that our clients have come to expect.

Key contact: Henri Wagner
Key contact: Frank Mausen

Equity Capital Markets

The mix of our local knowledge and global reach places us in pole position to structure and execute large and complex equity capital markets transactions.

The way we are organised across the world also means that cross-border work is second nature to our lawyers. This is of particular relevance with respect to IPOs of Luxembourg companies and other equity capital markets transactions as it is typical that the listing jurisdiction of the Luxembourg company is a foreign jurisdiction. These offerings can be made as parts of IPOs (primary and secondary offerings) or private placements (to be followed by a listing on a stock exchange or not) and may also be structured as a rights issue.

In Luxembourg, we advise on the full spectrum of equity and equity-linked instruments of Luxembourg companies, such as shares, warrants, convertible and exchangeable bonds.

To ensure a legally secure environment we talk regularly with the Luxembourg financial sector regulator and Stock Exchange, enjoying good relations with both. This gives us a competitive edge and the reputation for reliability that our clients have come to expect.

Key contact: Marc Feider
Key contact: Henri Wagner

General lending

Our Lending practice is widely recognised as the market leader across a variety of sectors. This level of experience is vital as lenders and their clients continue to feel the effects of the financial crisis. Now, more than ever, financing transactions need to be structured and negotiated to take account of general market conditions and specific client requirements. In turn, clients need increasingly innovative and adaptable legal services from lawyers capable of offering robust advice.

That’s why clients call on us for advice. Our lawyers have the expertise to advise on any form of financing and often, the groundbreaking deals and structures we advise on become the market standard.

Our exceptional market knowledge stems from our broad client base and the experience we’ve gained in times of boom and bust. Whether we’re advising Luxembourg or international lenders or their clients, this knowledge enables us to help clients with all types of financing transactions and anticipate issues throughout the lifecycle of a matter.

Few practices in Luxembourg can match the quality of our people and our pioneering expertise. We deliver good, commercially astute advice on acquisition finance, asset finance, Islamic finance, leveraged finance, real estate finance and syndicated lending.

Key contact: Henri Wagner
Key contact: Pierre Schleimer

Investment Funds and Structures

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.

Key contact: Pierre Schleimer
Key contact: Jean-Christian Six
Key contact: Renaud Graas

Islamic Finance

We regularly advise clients who are interested and actively participate in Islamic finance transactions, whether that’s in the context of banking, capital markets, derivative related transactions or leasing.

We have real knowledge of this increasingly important area of the market, with a detailed understanding of the religious and legal background to Islamic finance, how the main financing techniques are evolving, the range of services offered by Islamic banks and the issues affecting the continued development of Islamic finance.

We understand the many factors that can affect an Islamic finance transaction, not least the jurisdiction in which it is carried out, the sensitive commercial issues involved and the taxation, accounting and regulatory issues that need to be considered.

Our specialist lawyers advise not only on transactional work and major projects, but also help clients produce and review their own standard form documentation. Our aim is to ensure that the transaction is structured correctly from the start, with all the important factors taken into consideration, so that the transaction can be completed successfully.

Key contact: Frank Mausen

Leveraged Finance

We are one of the leading leveraged finance practices in the market, known for groundbreaking deals and structures that eventually become market standards. Thanks to our network, we can combine a multi-jurisdictional leveraged debt team with an extensive European and US capital markets practice. This enables us to provide our clients with a full service for senior, second-lien, mezzanine and PIK debt, bridge-to-bond financings, bank/bond financings, high-yield debt offerings, securitisation take-outs and debt buy-backs and restructurings.

Our sector knowledge and understanding of our clients’ business objectives allows us to provide legal advice that truly meets those aims within the context of the overall rationale for the debt package. Lenders and borrowers alike need to be able to structure deals in ways that suit market conditions. Our lawyers can advise on any form of leveraged financing that our clients choose to undertake.

Key contact: Henri Wagner
Key contact: Pierre Schleimer

Microfinance

We are keen to promote economic and social change in the regions where we live and work and to use our collective skills to make a difference.

One way is through microfinance, which supports the working poor. This rapidly growing sector has the potential to change the lives of millions of small entrepreneurs who depend for their livelihoods on small businesses or farms in the developing world.

Luxembourg is one of the leading jurisdictions to set up microfinance investment vehicles and, over the last 15 years, the Government has been keen to develop and advocate the potential of microfinance as a tool to fight poverty.

Our multi-disciplinary Luxembourg microfinance group can provide corporate, tax, capital markets and investment fund advice on all aspects of microfinance transactions.

Key contact: Patrick Mischo

Real Estate Finance

Recognised as the market’s leading real estate finance practice, clients have described us as “pre-eminent” in Chambers & Partners. We advise the world’s most advanced investment banks, specialist real estate lenders, borrowers, funds and investors on their most critical and pioneering transactions. No other practice can match our depth of experience and unique understanding of every aspect of real estate finance in both domestic and international markets.

As financing techniques have evolved, we’ve evolved with them, cementing our reputation for leading developments in the market and structuring the most complex deals. We act on all aspects of real estate finance, on both senior and mezzanine lending and are equally adept at working on real estate related debt restructurings, CMBS originations and workouts and loan portfolio acquisitions and disposals.

Key contact: André Marc
Key contact: Henri Wagner
Key contact: Pierre Schleimer

Securitisation

It’s the mark of our Securitisation group that - in an increasingly regulated world - we can bring fresh ideas, new standards and novel structures to market.

The securitisation team works in tandem with our structured finance, derivatives and banking lawyers to meet clients' transaction needs and implement complex structures.

Luxembourg has become an important centre for securitisation transactions in recent years and more and more banks and companies are channelling their assets through Luxembourg securitisation undertakings.

As well as our track record and well-established client relations, we have excellent dialogue with the Luxembourg regulators.

It’s because of this that clients can trust us to bring innovative solutions to their most critical deals, be they distressed debt portfolios, commodities or Sharia-compliant securitisation transactions.

Key contact: Henri Wagner
Key contact: Frank Mausen

Insurance

Our leading global Insurance practice advises a number of the world’s largest insurers on their strategic projects. Our Insurance lawyers work closely with lawyers specialising in other areas such as M&A, banking and capital markets to provide market-leading advice on complex transactions and regulatory issues. At the same time, our day-to-day involvement in financial markets and understanding of regulated businesses enable us to quickly identify issues and solutions for our clients.

Our Luxembourg Insurance specialists have considerable experience in setting up insurance and reinsurance companies. By combining our insurance regulatory expertise with our market-leading corporate/M&A practice, we have developed a niche at the forefront of the fast-growing, innovative insurance and reinsurance market.

We focus on regulatory and insolvency law issues. We also act as close legal adviser to the seller or to the buyer for M&A transactions in the insurance and reinsurance sectors. Our clients include ambitious industrial and financial players.

Key contact: Pierre Schleimer
Key contact: Fabian Beullekens

Intellectual Property

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.

Key contact: Katia Manhaeve

Litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution

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:

  • administrative litigation
  • banking litigation
  • civil and commercial litigation
  • corporate litigation (such as shareholder disputes and post-M&A litigation)
  • funds litigation
  • real estate & construction litigation
  • insolvency 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 and white-collar crime litigation, international arbitration, IP and IT litigation and tax litigation.

Key contact: Marc Feider
Key contact: Vincent Naveaux
Key contact: Dominique Bornert

Public Law

Our well-established Public and Administrative Law practice has a wealth of experience in all areas of public law. Combining market-leading public law litigators with a depth of knowledge sets us apart from our competitors. We advise a large number of regulatory bodies, meaning our clients benefit from our deep understanding of the complexities and challenges in this area.

We have developed a fine expertise in public contract and procurement matters as well as in matters concerning public-private partnerships on a local Luxembourg and European level.

Allen & Overy Luxembourg acts regularly on such contracts and is the chosen legal partner of many public authorities, banks, company associations, big industrial and tertiary sector companies.

Our office team is dedicated to advise public authorities and private and public firms on critical issues of administrative law, contract transfers and government contracts, particularly in the real estate, energy and transport sectors.

Key contact: Dominique Bornert
Key contact: Katia Manhaeve
Key contact: Pierre Schleimer

Real Estate

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:

  • project financing
  • 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

Key contact: André Marc

Regulatory

Our regulatory practice is spread over several departments and areas of expertise, including banking (and outsourcing), insurance, corporate, antitrust and EU law, environment, telecommunications, data protection and public procurement.

Financial services regulation forms an integral part of our regulatory practice. Given current market trends, and the high level of new regulation scheduled for introduction in the next few years, the current rate of growth is expected to continue for some time to come. We possess an understanding of the different procedures involved and appreciate the varying approaches and strategies that are required when regulatory issues arise.

Key contact: André Marc
Key contact: Henri Wagner
Key contact: Pierre Schleimer
Key contact: Katia Manhaeve

Restructuring

Lawyers in our Luxembourg restructuring and insolvency practice are part of our global restructuring and insolvency group which has a truly international presence. We aim to bring pioneering ideas to complex transactions, often involving more than one jurisdiction.

Since the financial crisis first hit, Luxembourg has witnessed ever more corporate and debt restructurings. By working on major innovative deals we’ve demonstrated an expertise in tackling the difficult and subtle challenges that colour the world of restructuring.

We advise on the full range of issues. They include:

  • corporate restructurings and reorganisations
  • cross-border insolvency issues
  • debt restructurings and distressed debt trading
  • directors' duties under local insolvency legislation
  • protocols between courts in different jurisdictions
  • structuring, assessment and enforcement of security

Key contact: Henri Wagner
Key contact: Pierre Schleimer

Tax

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
  • VAT
  • tax-driven investment schemes
  • real estate taxation
  • Islamic finance
  • employee incentives and benefits
  • estate planning
  • tax optimised exit schemes

Key contact: Jean Schaffner
Key contact: Patrick Mischo

Financial Institutions

Our work for financial institutions is at the heart of our practice.

Bringing together lawyers experienced in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, banking regulation, investment funds and antitrust matters our Global Financial Institutions group has acted on a number of prestigious deals in the market.

We have a long track record in advising financial services companies internationally and locally, serving clients that span leading retail and investment banks, asset managers, hedge funds and insurance companies. Day-to-day our lawyers are involved in all types of investment funds matters as well as handling queries from insurance companies and professionals in the financial sector.

Luxembourg is the second centre for investment funds globally, the first captive insurance market in the European Union and the leading wealth management centre in the Eurozone. Applying our wealth of experience and knowledge we support both universal banks and mortgage bond issuing banks, providing the intelligent advice our clients have come to expect.

Key contact: Marc Feider
Key contact: André Marc
Key contact: Henri Wagner
Key contact: Pierre Schleimer

Life Sciences

Our Life Sciences group is an international, multi-disciplinary team of more than 90 experienced lawyers drawn from across our global network. We have a strong reputation for providing informed advice to major life science companies.

Partner Katia Manhaeve is a member of the Luxembourg Biohealth Cluster’s recently formed Infrastructure Group, a network of pharmaceutical companies, private laboratories, public research centres, members of the Government, investors and consultants working in the field of life sciences and technologies.

We have a proven track record of advising clients on strategic licensing, joint ventures, collaboration agreements and life cycle management projects and regularly advise pharmaceutical, biotech, medtech, diagnostics and healthcare companies, as well as financial institutions that operate in the sector.

Set up to advise on the full spectrum of relevant matters, we cover:

  • antitrust
  • collaborations
  • data protection
  • employment and benefits
  • intellectual property (both non-contentious and contentious)
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • regulatory
  • taxation and structuring

Key contact: Katia Manhaeve
Key contact: Marc Feider
Key contact: Patrick Mischo

Private Equity

Our international private equity and funds experts handle all types of transactions, from investment in start-ups and new funds to large cross-border leveraged buy-outs.

With our specialist partners in the key markets of Europe, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and North America we’re able to bring together smart, up-to-date and effective cross-border teams at any time.

Known for our expertise in M&A and for applying the latest financing techniques, our work is supported by a thorough knowledge of tax and structuring.

Luxembourg has become a leading private equity centre in the last few years with tax efficiency being a major draw for investors who set up private equity vehicles here. The jurisdiction is popular among intermediary companies involved in transactions and - with the introduction of Luxembourg’s Investment Company in Risk Capital (SICAR) in 2004 and the Specialised Investment Fund (SIF) in 2007 – the Duchy has successfully attracted some pioneering private equity funds.

Our Luxembourg Private Equity Group consists of corporate, tax, funds and finance lawyers and has a track record for providing fresh and workable ideas to private equity houses.

We also field a sophisticated practice to advise institutional investors on their investments in private equity funds.

Key contact: Fabian Beullekens
Key contact: Patrick Mischo
Key contact: Jean-Christian Six

Telecommunications, media and technology

Our Luxembourg corporate and IT law specialists offer expertise and advice on the full range of telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) issues.

Many major TMT companies in Luxembourg rely on us for their everyday legal issues and we are a legal partner of choice for clients buying and selling TMT companies via Luxembourg structures.

Across the world we work with some of the most recognised communications, media and technology companies, government bodies, regulators, industry participants and financial institutions. They include the TMT industry’s major corporate customers and suppliers as well as blue chip companies such as developers, distributors and suppliers of IT systems and services.

One reason why they choose Allen & Overy is for our full range of services and top tier reputation in corporate and finance law.

Consequently we can advise TMT clients on mergers and acquisitions, finance, legislative, regulatory, intellectual property, antitrust, tax, employment, litigation, commercial and outsourcing matters.

Key contact: Katia Manhaeve

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