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Bonn & Schmitt

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Partners and Senior Counsels: Alex Schmitt, Guy Arendt, Alain Grosjean, Frédéric Lemoine, Armel Waisse, Chantal Keereman
Numbers of lawyers: 30
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Luxembourgish, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Bonn & Schmitt is a leading independent Luxembourg law firm with an extensive international practice. The firm’s attorneys are experienced practitioners in the Luxembourg legal environment and represent a broad spectrum of expertise that allows them to deliver unrivalled legal solutions in one of Europe’s leading financial centres.
Bonn & Schmitt is a trusted legal partner of leading international financial institutions, industrial corporations, national governments as well as media companies, pharmaceutical groups and food and beverage groups listed on the Forbes Global 2000 list. Having fostered strong working relationships with leading international law firms, the firm’s global client base stretches throughout Europe to the United States, Asia, South America, South Africa and Russia. The firm aims to build strong client relationships and to address the particular business needs of each client in the most efficient manner. The firm also regularly advises Luxembourg state, local and regulatory authorities on a wide range of legal matters.
Bonn & Schmitt’s lawyers are registered with the Luxembourg Bar and many are members of several legal associations, including the International Bar Association, the Union Internationale des Avocats, INSOL (International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals), the International Fiscal Association, the Luxembourg Banking Lawyer Association (ALJB) and the Luxembourg Arbitration Association. 

Main Areas of Practice:
-Corporate Law
-Banking, Finance & Regulatory
-Investment Management
-Litigation & Dispute Resolution
-Insurance & Reinsurance

Corporate Law:

Highly rated by international publications and legal directories in the field of corporate law, Bonn & Schmitt provides expert advice on the incorporation of legal entities, day-to-day corporate formalities, corporate governance, shareholders’ agreements and corporate reorganisation and restructuring for listed and private companies in all their forms. The firm regularly advises domestic and international clients on cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions both individually or as part of a joint venture. The firm’s corporate team regularly provides comprehensive advice on all corporate law aspects of liquidation, insolvency and restructuring issues to a diverse group of domestic and foreign clients.

Bonn & Schmitt’s tax practice covers all aspects of tax law including tax planning, structuring financial transactions for optimised tax results and monitoring the creation of local corporate or fund vehicles and financial instruments to achieve the expected outcome under local tax legislation, bilateral tax treaties and EU rules. The firm uses this knowledge for the benefit of multinational corporate groups, institutional and private equity investors and high net worth individuals alike. The firm has significant experience in the elimination or reduction of multiple or double taxation of intercompany financial flows and in helping businesses to manage their tax burdens and risks by providing truly independent advice. The firm also has a proven track record in indirect taxes and VAT along with tax litigation.

Banking, Finance & Regulatory:
Bonn & Schmitt utilises a wealth of experience in advising domestic and international clients on a wide range of banking issues including banking secrecy, enforceability of standard contract terms under Luxembourg law, enforceability of standard financial market documentation such as ISDA agreements and ancillary documents or netting agreements. The firm has experience in the structuring of cross-border and domestic financing arrangements and has advised banks, borrowers, underwriters and issuers in this field. The team handles a wide range of securitisation operations including cross-border securitisations, structured products and other sophisticated financing transactions.
The firm also provides tailored and innovative advice to clients on the structuring of equity, equity-linked and debt offerings in Luxembourg and regularly advises issuers, underwriters and arrangers on all aspects of international capital markets transactions. The firm regularly instructs clients on issues surrounding the establishment in Luxembourg along with all dealings with Luxembourg’s regulatory authorities, including the financial supervisory authority (‘Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier’) and the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (‘LSE’). The firm’s insurance team regularly advises major insurance and re-insurance companies operating in the European market on regulatory matters and represents them in their dealings with the insurance regulatory agency in Luxembourg (‘Commissariat aux Assurances’) as well as ensuring compliance with applicable rules during corporate restructuring.

Investment Management:
Bonn & Schmitt provides a full range of legal services to clients in the asset management and investment services industry, aiding clients with all legal, regulatory and tax issues involved in establishing and operating Luxembourg-based investment firms as well as EU based clients who wish to provide investment services under home member state regulation. The firm provides expert and customised advice on the structuring, authorisation and servicing of all types of Luxembourg investment funds from traditional retail products such as UCITS to the full spectrum of alternative investment vehicles such as venture capital, real estate, pension, hedge funds, private equity funds and family office vehicles. The team is especially known for its work with innovative private equity vehicles, incorporated, unincorporated, regulated and non-regulated.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
Bonn & Schmitt’s litigation practice focuses on commercial and corporate cases including contract litigation and professional liability. It also assists lenders, shareholders, creditors and debtors at every stage of bankruptcy and insolvency litigation procedures. In addition, the team represents clients in all administrative matters and before the Luxembourg administrative courts. The firm’s litigation team is widely experienced in arbitration and dispute resolution and regularly represents clients in arbitration proceedings under both ICC rules and Luxembourg law. The firm also provides expert advice in finance and securities litigation, employment and benefits and intellectual property and telecommunications law.