Areas of practise
The firm advises and assists its clients in their business relationships as well as in all the steps of the life of a commercial company, covering all the aspects of corporate, tax, commercial, banking and finance, employment and real estate law. However, the firm is not only advising and/or assisting its customers but is also representing them in litigation and arbitration procedures before the competent Courts and/or jurisdictions Our main areas of competence are:
- Corporate law ;
- Tax law ;
- Mergers and acquisitions ;
- Commercial law ;
- Bankruptcy and insolvency law ;
- Banking and finance law ;
- River and maritime law ;
- Litigation and arbitration ;
- Real estate and construction law ;
- Employment law ;
- Succession and estate planning ;
- Liability law ;
- Criminal law ;
- Intellectual property and information and technologies law ;
- Public and administrative law ;
- Domiciliation and companies ;
- Private Equity.
Our lawyers specialised in corporate law offer a complete range of corporate law services within all the areas relevant to corporate law and corporate litigation. These activities cover domestic and international activities including especially assistance as soon as a project has been set up, the establishment of companies, operations related to financing and company audits, carrying out of joint-ventures and mergers. We are giving advice to our customers up to the international growth including eventually a quotation at the stock exchanges as well as the preparation and negotiation of all assignment and tax strategies and reorganisation plans. Organising the corporate governance is nowadays a very important activity and we are advising important international groups in order to allow them to set up a satisfying mechanism of corporate governance.
The tax lawyers advise and assist companies and individuals in all direct or indirect tax matters including tax litigation. As concerns taxation of individuals, our tax lawyers assist the taxpayers in financial matters of patrimony and represent them in all the litigations that could confront the taxpayers with the Tax Administration. As concerns company taxation, we assist our clients in national taxation as well as in European Union and international tax matters.
We assist companies in view of tax optimisation of their taxable profit on income tax. We also provide assistance in the context of reorganisation operations (mergers, splits) and we assist commercial companies in the context of tax litigation procedures (administrative court).
Europeen union and international taxation
Luxembourg has a wide network of double taxation agreements, and allows numerous international companies to establish a registered office in the country. Our firm provides the necessary assistance in view of tax optimisation within the European Union as well as on an international plan Our tax lawyers offer legal advice in international tax structures upon the initial stage of new incorporations, mergers, acquisitions and reorganisation of companies Questions related to V.A.T. are nowadays more and more sophisticated. However, our group of lawyers, out of their international scope of expertise, are giving advice to our clients so that they are able to respect all different rules that are applicable.
Mergers and acquisitions
Our team provides advice and structuring services in connection with corporate, contractual and tax matters at all phases of purchases, sales and corporate merges, takeovers, financing issues, due diligence and up to closing.
Our expertise covers different aspects with regard to commercial relations : We intervene within the start up of all contract needs, the negotiation and editing of national as well as international commercial contracts. In case one of the contracting partners does not respect the contract agreements, we intervene also in the litigation stage which could result from such infringements. We are active in distribution and competition matters and give advice to our international clients within the start up of a distribution system as well as concerns the relations between supplier and distributor. Our lawyers ensure all the advice and litigation assistance related to the treatment of companies in difficulty, in case of preventive measures, reorganisation measures and assistance in case of bankruptcy of companies as well as advice to creditors.
Bankruptcy and insolvency law
Our lawyers provide a broad range of advice and assistance in the areas of restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings to companies facing financial difficulties. Our assistance includes analysing financial situations, failure to pay current liabilities, pre-bankruptcy processes, assistance and representation in amicable restructuring negotiation conciliation procedures.
Banking and financial law
We furnish a legal assistance as well as a permanent advice to our clients (investors, shareholders and industrial groups) within their requests for credits and financing, covering all types of transactions and all types of financing structures.
River and maritime law
Our lawyers assist customers consisting of banks, investors, shipyards, ship-owners and operators within the set up of different financing methods for ships and vessels as well as with the establishment of all entry documents and registration of credits on mortgage. Specialised in registry procedures for ships in between different jurisdictions, our activity within advice and assistance is extended to all aspects of commercial law, administrative and tax law related to the financing and exploitation of ships and vessels.
Litigation and arbitration law
Our group assists our clients in the course of negotiations and first of all within litigation to try to find a solution in a friendly manner. Our group represents and assists our clients as well before all national courts (court of conciliation, commercial court, court of appeal, court of cassation, specialised courts), international and European courts. We intervene at all judicial proceedings within different areas, particularly: civil and commercial litigation, administrative litigation, labour law, shareholders’ litigation, shareholders’ agreements, banking law, taxes, liability law. We intervene as well within internal and international arbitration matters and assist our clients in arbitration proceedings.
Real estate and construction law
The firm provides its assistance in all legal issues related to the real estate sector and renders its services to its clients as a main service as well as a complementary matter to interdisciplinary performances. Our lawyers assist our clients within all transactions related to real estate, including building negotiations, financing, acquisition and development. Our assistance covers the drawing up of acquisition contracts, building contracts, lease contracts for properties with private exploitation as well as offices or commercial centres. Our firm also assists its clients within litigation in real estate matters.
We advise our clients within the establishment of employment contracts as well as in all litigation matters that could derive there from. In addition to dealing with the standard aspects of labour law (hiring and firing, agreements with the employees’ organizations, etc.), we assist international groups within the preparation, the choice of a sharing plan and the participation of wage earners as well as the top management to the results and/or within the capital of the company. We advise as well companies that are in difficulties about the choice of programs they might adopt concerning staff reorganisation.
Succession and estate planning
We assist our clients seeking to plan their personal affairs and make the necessary legal arrangements in the context of corporate succession and estate planning.
The firm assists its clients within all issues related to liability law and assures their defence in the proceedings deriving there from. In particular we intervene within the legal defence of our clients whose professional responsibility is held, especially within the medical field and the responsibility of the companies’ managers.
Our lawyers work for private individuals and corporations who require advice and representation, particularly in cases of white collar crime also in other areas of criminal law.
Intellectual property and information technologies law
The firm assists its customers within all the fields regarding intellectual property rights, the protection of patents, trademarks, drawings and specimen rights, the editing of license agreements and the assignment of rights on intellectual property. With respect to computer technologies, our activity includes the drafting and negotiation of contracts for the account of computer professionals receiving benefits as well as for the user’s account. We intervene as well within more classical operations such as user licenses, software development contracts, maintenance, assistance and financing of software products.
Public and administrative law
Public and administrative law represents a key aspect of corporate law in general and real estate law in particular. Our administrative law team particularly focuses on public procurement law, public/private partnerships, zoning, town-planning and the environment. Nos équipes se concentrent en particulier sur le droit des marchés publics, les partenariats public – privé, la planification, l’urbanisme et l’environnement. In relation to public procurement and public/private partnerships, the Administrative Law team advise both public authorities and private local and foreign-based firms. Our lawyers advise on the choice of the most suitable structure. They provide assistance in drawing up offers and/or scope statements, notably concerning the award criteria, following up drafting and signature procedures and handling any appeals.
Domiciliation of companies
In the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the domiciliation of companies is authorised by the legislator in favour of certain professions including lawyers. Our specialised lawyers offer these services since the opening of the firm and gained a constantly growing expertise in order to advise and assist their customers within the choice of which type of company they should establish, e.g. family asset companies (SPF) or a company with financial participation (soparfi). Our lawyers advise the customers within the choice of the by laws of the company as well as at the time of the company’s incorporation and ensure their services for the domiciliation of the company. The firm has its offices in separate buildings in order to centralise all the domiciliation services and the management of all the domiciled companies, thanks to the assistance of a group including associates and lawyers specialised in the daily follow up of all these activities.
We advise our clients in structuring and negotiating private equity transactions.
After carefully evaluating their objectives, we propose pragmatic investment solutions optimizing debt and /or equity funding for alternative investments (regulated and unregulated vehicles). Our experience in the Luxembourg market, combined with our active participation in the development of local practice, provides deep insight into approaches for structuring tailor-made, strategic, corporate, tax efficient private equity and alternative investments.
Our clients are sophisticated and well informed investors, professional and institutional investors mainly from Europe and North America.
We provide cost-effective, result-oriented structuring and tax advice from the early stages of financing, and throughout the life of an investment, including formation, development capital, listing buy out and rescue capital stages.