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Luxembourg - TDH500

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    • Eric Fort - Arendt & Medernach
    • André Pesch - Baker McKenzie
    • Jean Schaffner - Allen & Overy Luxembourg
    • Alain Steichen - Bonn Steichen & Partners

Next generation lawyers

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    • Julie Carbiener - Allen & Overy Luxembourg

Allen & Overy Luxembourg’s two-partner team handles a range of transactional tax matters and fund structurings, as well as on standalone tax consultancy matters, including tax disputes. Team head Jean Schaffner often advises on the tax structuring aspects of M&A deals and recently assisted Commerzbank International with its sale to Julius Baer. Other key figures include Patrick Mischo, who is recommended for international corporate tax law, and senior associate Julie Carbiener, who attracts praise for her ‘ability to think outside the box’ and heads the office’s VAT department.

Arendt & Medernach provides a range of tax services to corporates, asset managers and other financial institutions including advice on corporate tax, VAT, custom duties and transfer pricing issues. Eric Fort and Jan Neugebauer have assisted longstanding client Bain Capital on the tax and transfer pricing of its European transactions, including the client’s $1.5bn sale of EWOS. Also recommended are the ‘clever, efficient and experienced’ Thierry Lesage, transfer pricing expert Alain Goebel and VAT specialist Bruno Gasparotto.

Clients praise Baker McKenzie’s ‘world-class’ service, which covers international tax planning and tax structuring issues associated with fund formation and M&A transactions. Team head André Pesch is a ‘seasoned tax lawyer with an extensive knowledge of Luxembourg’s tax legislation’ and excels at ‘handling complex multinational tax issues’. Antonio Weffer specialises in transfer pricing matters and is also recommended.

Led by the ‘excellent’ Alain Steichen, Bonn Steichen & Partners is particularly strong at advising foreign clients on the tax implications and structuring issues surrounding the transactions they make. Steichen also handles tax disputes and is representing Apax Partners on the withholding tax issues associated with its high-profile dispute with the liquidators of Hellas Telecommunications.

Headed by François-Xavier Dujardin, Clifford Chance regularly provides tax structuring advice to the firm’s corporate, banking and fund clients. Dujardin recently provided tax advice to Armundi Real Estate on its new venture with Korean investors to invest in Dutch property through a Luxembourg holding company.

Elvinger Hoss Prussen’s tax group provides contentious and non-contentious advice that is ‘second to none’ to domestic and international financial institutions, corporates, funds and high-net-worth individuals. The ‘brilliant’ Jean-Luc Fisch ‘has an excellent grasp of Luxembourg tax laws’.

Co-headed by Pieter Stalman and Jochem van der Wal, Loyens & Loeff’s seven-partner team has strength-in-depth across the full range of tax issues, although its primary expertise lies in providing corporate tax advice to international and domestic clients. Other key figures include the ‘co-operative and knowledgeable’ Cécile Henlé, who has a focus on international tax law, and indirect tax specialist Thierry Charon.

Stibbe focuses on international tax matters for private equity and real estate funds, corporates and private clients. The team is now headed by the ‘solution-oriented’ Diogo Duarte de Oliveira following the departure of Ayzo van Eysinga in June 2016 to AKD.

Now headed by counsel Gaëlle Felly following Lionel Noguera’s departure at the beginning of 2016 to establish a practice in Switzerland, Bonn & Schmitt handles tax structuring issues associated with cross-border transactions. On the contentious front, the firm is involved in several cases regarding VAT deduction rights open to holding companies actively involved in the management of their subsidiaries.

Led by Vincent Marquis, CMS provides ‘responsive and detail-oriented’ corporate tax and VAT advice, primarily to financial institutions.

At Clément & Avocats, Christophe Clément attracts praise for his ‘wide-ranging experience in international taxation and structuring of cross-border investments’. Clement is acting for Warwick Capital Partners on the structuring of its acquisition of several energy projects in Spain through Luxembourg companies.

Led by the ‘excellent’ Frédéric Feyten, Dentons provides a ‘client-friendly and responsive’ service on tax structuring and international planning matters for multinational corporates and private equity firms.

At Hogan Lovells (Luxembourg) LLP, ‘calm and professional’ team head Gérard Neiens provides ‘client-focused and creative’ tax structuring advice related to corporate and finance transactions.

Led by Olivier Van Ermengem, Linklaters’ two-partner team regularly works alongside the firm’s international offices to assist with the structuring of funds and associated transactional work. Van Ermengen recently advised Cornerstone Real Estate on the tax structuring of an open-ended fund investing in European properties. VAT expert Guido De Wit splits his time between the Luxembourg and Brussels offices.

Mirroring the firm’s growth across the corporate and private equity areas, MNKS’ tax team has become increasingly active advising on tax-efficient structurings necessary for such transactions. The arrival in February 2016 of Charles Roemers, one of the co-founders of the now defunct RTP, adds considerable expertise across a range of corporate, real estate and international tax matters. Team head Raquel Guevara is also recommended.

Co-headed by Jean-Marc Groelly and Christophe Joosen, NautaDutilh’s seven-strong team advises on the tax structuring issues associated with the establishment of new funds (including private equity and real estate) and the pursuant transactions. Joosen regularly handles work for Oaktree including recently advising a number of its portfolio companies investing in, among others, Ainsough Crane Hire, Sølvtrans and Deutsche Office.

Led by the ‘solutions-oriented, creative and thorough’ Frederic Dupont, Jeantet is ‘comfortable with complex cross-border investment structures’, and has a particular focus on alternative investment within the real estate sector.

Led by name partner Denis Van den Bulke, Vandenbulke provides an ‘excellent service’ to clients seeking advice on tax-efficient structurings related to financings, investment structures and corporate transactions.

At Wildgen, Partners in Law, team head David Maria regularly acts for international clients on tax structuring issues.

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