About us

Linklaters, as a leading global law firm, supports clients in achieving their strategies wherever they do business. Our aim is to build relationships that endure through business cycles to ensure that top companies and financial institutions turn to us for support on their most important and challenging assignments. This requires a constant focus on our clients, a deep understanding of the markets and globally minded and committed people, as well as responsibility and integrity in the way we interact with our communities and manage our impact on the environment.

With 29 offices in 20 countries, our strong, integrated network enables our 2,600 lawyers to work closely together, advising clients across practices, sectors and jurisdictions.

In our Luxembourg office alone, 15 nationalities are represented and 16 languages are spoken. Our 12 partners, 3 of counsels, 3 counsels and 70 associates combine their expertise and time to meet the business objectives and to satisfy the needs of a diverse client base. Linklaters is at the forefront of legal innovation and our active role in numerous consultative and advisory committees and industry representative bodies ideally positions us to stay entirely focused and solution driven.

A full service law firm

Being the world’s second largest and Europe's largest investment fund centre, Luxembourg is home to an impressive array of international financial, as well as corporate and industrial companies, including numerous key players in the internet and high-technology fields. Linklaters Luxembourg is therefore a key part of the group’s global offering.

Our offer in Luxembourg, backed by a strong global network, relies on several pillars of expertise, enabling us to help our clients achieve their objectives by solving their most important legal issues:

Investment Management

Our Investment Management group, a pioneer and leader in asset management with the breadth and depth to deal with a wide range of fund structures investing in all types of asset classes, using complex investment strategies.

Our experts’ range of work comprises:

  • structuring, creating, organising and marketing investment funds of all types (UCITS, REIF, SIFs, private equity vehicles, funds of funds, ETFs, etc.), for retail or institutional investors worldwide
  • the creation and maintenance of investment fund structures with a particular emphasis on highly innovative and complex structures (structured finance features, equalisation, capital protection, multiple classes, pooling, tax optimisation, waterfall provisions, etc.)
  • UCITS IV structuring of management companies of master/feeder vehicles
  • advice on the impact of increasing regulation such as AIFMD on the structuring and operation of investment funds and fund managers
  • restructuring of investment fund products (reorganisation, mergers, migration of investment funds)
  • service provision (domestic or cross-border) by, and organisation (including compliance aspects) of, service providers such as fund administrators and custodians, share registration and transfer agents, UCITS management companies, specialised data processing centres, securities settlement houses, investment advisers and asset manager
Contacts

Emmanuel-Frédéric Henrion, Partner

Silke Bernard, Partner

Hermann Beythan, Partner

Freddy Brausch, Partner

Capital Markets and Banking

  • Our Capital Markets and Banking group, a key player in sophisticated banking transactions, structured finance, securitisation, innovative capital markets transactions and listings including RMB issuances, Islamic finance, loan participation notes, etc.

The team offers a comprehensive range of legal services, including:

Banking
  • acquisition and takeover financing
  • leveraged finance
  • property finance
  • bilateral and syndicated credit facilities
  • derivatives and netting
  • trade finance
  • internet and private banking
  • fiduciary structures
Capital Markets

  • issues of debt (including MTNs)
  • index-linked bonds
  • securitisations
  • repackaging-loan participation notes
Financial regulation

  • advice on market rules and regulations (AML, conduct of business rules,market abuse)
    licensing
Contacts

Patrick Geortay, Managing Partner

Nicki Kayser, Partner

Melinda Perera, Partner

Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions

Our Corporate/M&A group specialises in the full range of corporate and M&A work, particularly active in private equity and involved in the market’s most significant IPO transactions.

Our experts’ range of work comprises:

  • M&A: from deal structuring, legal risk management, due diligence and warranties to transaction organisation, management and documentation, including regulatory consents and clearances
  • Corporate advice: development and implementation of efficient company structures for group holdings or joint ventures; advice on all aspects of corporate structures, including: choice of corporate form, capital creation process, distributions, share right structuring, mergers and de-mergers, liquidation, etc.
  • Corporation restructurings: advising large corporates on the restructuring of their international business via Luxembourg structures, assisting them with all steps from development to implementation
  • Private equity: advising on all stages of a private equity transaction from structuring the acquisition to implementing the exit; assisting with the fund raising process, advising on the structuring and setting up of private equity funds
  • Equity capital markets: advising on the full range of equity and equity-related transactions, such as IPOs, secondary offerings, block trades, capital increases, rights issues, and convertible and exchangeable bonds
Contacts

Nicolas Gauzès, Partner

Peter Goes, Partner

Manfred Müller, Partner

Tax

Our Tax group, advising on cross-border and transactional tax matters: M&A, joint ventures, private equity and investment funds, capital raisings, structured finance, real estate.

The team further deals with all aspects of international tax planning using Luxembourg holding and financing vehicles, with an emphasis on:

  • tax aspects of financial instruments used in structured finance
  • tax planning for investment funds (including real estate funds and private equity funds)
  • real estate taxation
  • tax-efficient compensation (notably stock options)
  • negotiation with the Luxembourg tax authorities
Contacts

Olivier Van Ermengem, Partner

Guido De Wit, Partner

Litigation

Our Litigation team of experts offers a first-class dispute resolution service, in particular in relation to:

  • banking and financial regulation, having assisted retail and investment banks as well as asset managers in some of the largest and most complex recent financial disputes
  • advice on high-stakes shareholder disputes and corporate litigation
  • bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring
  • international arbitration
  • injunctive reliefs and international enforcement issues
  • fraud and white collar crime
Contact

Guy Loesch, Partner

Employment

Our employment specialists help our clients anticipate and implement changes before they impact on their business. The team provides leading advice across all aspects of employment law:

  • pensions
  • employee incentives
  • transfer of undertakings
  • collective and individual dismissal and social security
  • anti-discrimination
  • surveillance at the workplace
  • negotiations with labour unions
  • outsourcing project 
  • whistleblowing

Our practitioners further handle negotiations with labour unions, establishments of European works councils, as well as all employment-related aspects of outsourcings, restructurings and transfers of businesses.

Contacts

Guy Loesch, Partner

Yuri Auffinger, Consultant, Head of Employment

IP and Technology Media and Telecommunications

Luxembourg is at the front-line of developments as the new wave of technology emerges, particularly within mobile, e-commerce and cloud computing. The fast-moving nature of the TMT sector requires a cutting edge approach to key issues such as regulation, data protection and consultancy.

Our IP/TMT experts regularly deal with these issues, advising on:

  • outsourcing, offshoring and insourcing projects (in particular in the financial sector, also leveraging the knowhow of our financial regulatory and corporate/M&A specialists)
  • innovative e-commerce and e-payment solutions
  • intellectual property (IP) law, providing pragmatic solutions on copyright, trademark and patent issues
  • data protection compliance (notably for large banks, investment vehicles, technology and telecommunications companies, including advice on trans-border data transfers)
  • due diligence on technology and telecommunications companies (in particular in the context of international M&A transactions and joint ventures)
    regulatory compliance in the TMT sector
  • complex TMT related litigation
Contacts

Guy Loesch, Partner

Olivier Reisch, Counsel

Real Estate

Our clients can rely on a cross-practice Real Estate team of lawyers specialised in financing, corporate, Real Estate law, construction, letting, permissions, licensing and litigation, as well as Real Estate funds specialists, who work in a fully integrated approach on our downstream and upstream Real Estate matters, including on a cross-border basis.

Across the different practices the team comprises a total of 22 fee earners (partners and associates), and is continuously growing in line with increasing demand.

Our track record in Luxembourg Real Estate matters clearly reflects the success of our cross-practice and cross-border strategy. The team regularly advises institutional investors on acquisitions and developments in Luxembourg through asset and share deals, institutional building owners and users on lettings, property disposal, and sale and leaseback transactions, as well as international Real Estate funds on the structuring and day-to-day matters.

Contacts

Patrick Geortay, Managing Partner

Manfred Müller, Partner

Melinda Perera, Partner

Olivier Reisch, Counsel

Anton Cox, Counsel

Luxembourg
Linklaters LLP
Avenue John F. Kennedy 35
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