Chairmen: Guy Harles
Managing Partner: Jean-Marc Ueberecken
Number of partners: 49 Number of lawyers: 325
Languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Luxembourgish, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Arendt & Medernach is the leading independent business law firm in Luxembourg. The firm’s international team of 325 legal professionals represents clients in all areas of Luxembourg business law, with representative offices in Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Moscow, New York and Paris.
The firm’s service to clients is differentiated by the end to end specialist advice it offers, covering all legal, regulatory, taxation and advisory aspects of doing business in Luxembourg.
Main Areas of Practice:
The firm advises international and domestic clients in all areas of business law relevant to their business activities, ranging from fund formation, banking, insurance, private equity and real estate to corporate and tax matters.
Administrative Law, Property, Construction & Environment:
The team advises clients on administrative law, urban planning, environmental issues, real estate transactions, domestic development and construction projects.
Bank Lending & Structured Finance:
The team advises on all aspects of domestic and multi-jurisdictional finance and structured finance transactions. Advice includes the structuring of transactions, drafting and negotiation of the relevant contracts and collateral arrangements as well as the issuing of financial instruments.
Banking & Financial Services:
The team advises Luxembourg and international credit institutions and other professionals in the financial services sector on regulatory matters, contractual arrangements and on their dealings with clients.
The team advises corporate, institutional, supranational and sovereign issuers on securities laws and capital markets regulation. The team also advises on regulatory compliance including regulatory filings, disclosure obligations and corporate governance issues. The team has a market leading reputation for advising on all aspects of clearing and settlement.
Commercial & Insolvency:
The team advises clients on general commercial matters. It also advises creditors and other stakeholders in situations of financial stress. The team provides creative solutions to preserve value for creditors and for the owners of the business, while also being the first choice firm in Luxembourg for insolvency work, including litigation, as well as involuntary reorganisation proceedings, including those involving foreign jurisdictions.
Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions:
The team advises clients on all types of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, complex multijurisdictional corporate restructurings and change of control transactions including tender and exchange offers; going private transactions; acquisitions and disposals of subsidiaries; divisions and assets; joint ventures; strategic alliances; recapitalisations and liquidations.
The team has experience in representing domestic and international clients at all levels of the Luxembourg civil, commercial, arbitration and criminal courts, including commercial and corporate litigation; whitecollar; financial and corporate crime; asset tracing and insurance litigation.
Employment Law, Pensions & Benefits:
The team serves domestic and international institutional clients on issues ranging from appointments to terminations; contractual negotiations and work permits; business immigration and expatriation; restructurings and corporate transactions; individual and collective dismissals procedures; collective bargaining negotiations; compensation and benefits schemes; equity schemes; pension schemes; restrictive covenants; discrimination claims; industrial relations; data protection and privacy at work.
EU & Competition Law:
The team advises on EU and national competition law, including state aid and merger control law, European banking and financial law, international and European law of the institutions and EU staff law. The services include both non contentious matters and contentious matters such as proceedings before the EU and Luxembourg competition authorities and courts. The team represents clients before the CJEU (Court of Justice of the European Union) on a regular basis.
Insurance & Reinsurance Law:
The team advises insurance and reinsurance companies as well as insurance intermediaries and banks on all insurance regulatory matters, including license applications; passporting rules; the launching of new insurance products; portfolio transfers; investment rules; distribution agreements and on mergers and acquisitions involving insurance or reinsurance entities.
The team advises clients on the structuring and operation of both UCITS and alternative investment structures as well as service providers for Luxembourg and offshore investment funds. Lawyers work on all issues the funds and the service providers may face, and on the broadest range of funds, structures, strategies and asset classes.
IP, Communication & Technology:
The team advises on commercial and civil law matters and assists clients in the following areas of the law: contracts; technology; media and telecommunications (TMT); intellectual property law (IP); e-commerce; e-archiving; data protection and privacy; advertising; unfair competition and consumer protection; product regulation (pharmaceutical sector, foodstuff, tobacco industry, etc.).
Private Equity & Real Estate:
The team advises on all aspects relating to the structuring and organisation of private equity and real estate funds. Lawyers in the team work with managers or advisers, as well as the investments and transactions made by private equity and real estate funds, including the crafting of investor codecision rights; carried interest schemes; debt financing arrangements; capital market related aspects and the negotiation of purchase agreements.
The team advises wealthy families and entrepreneurs on their wealth and estate planning matters. Advice includes the appropriate use of legal structures for their wealth and investments, whether through the use of corporate vehicles and partnerships or through contractual vehicles such as insurance contracts or fiduciary agreements. The team also provides family office services and supports private clients in their philanthropic activities.
The team provides bespoke tax advice to a wide range of domestic and international clients, covering all fields of taxation. The team has particular experience in the establishment of tax efficient acquisition and finance structures, VAT and transfer pricing as well as corporate reorganisations in a variety of sectors, with a special focus on the real estate, private equity and investment funds area.