IFLR1000 – 2016

In its 2016 edition, IFLR1000 ranks our firm in the top 14 leading law firms in Financial and corporate, where it is ranked in the 3rd Tier. In Investment Funds, we are also ranked in the 3rd Tier, placing us in the top 10 leading law firms in Luxembourg.

The legal directory recognises Rina Breininger, Jean-Paul Spang and Patrick Chantrain as “leading lawyer” and Sophie Arvieux as a “rising star”.

Financial and Corporate

The one change to the team at Kleyr Grasso this year saw the arrival of investment funds counsel Ulrike Jacquin-Becker, who joined the firm from Ogier in September 2015.

One recent example of the firm’s work saw Patrick Chantrain and Sophie Arvieux representing GSO Capital partners in relation to the acquisition by one of the clients SPVs of €316 million profit participating notes admitted to the official list of the Irish stock exchange and trading on its Global Exchange Market. The same team acted for GSO once again in connection with a $285 million unitranche facility financing.

Elsewhere, the team assisted Corestate Capital with respect to the sale of a German mixed-use commercial and residential portfolio with an impressive market value.

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Chambers Europe 2016

In its 2016 edition, Chambers Europe is again ranking our firm in the leading firms. We are ranked in the 1st Tier in Dispute Resolution and in Employment with two lawyers also individually ranked in Tier 1.

Within Dispute Resolution, we are again ranked among the top 4 law firms (Tier 1) in the Luxembourg legal market.

What the team is known for First-class practice renowned for dealing with high-profile and complex disputes, both domestic and cross-border in nature. Recent experience includes high-value insurance and real estate disputes, alongside activity on banking cases, shareholder disputes, insolvency and employment-related matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“The team is very responsive and practical in its advice. It looks for solutions, and doesn’t just follow process.”

“The lawyers have a great talent for identifying the core legal issues and excluding irrelevant matters.”

Notable practitioners
Managing partner and co-founder Marc Kleyr is praised by clients as a “brilliant lawyer who thinks extremely quickly, makes connections, and has a brilliant mind for developing strategies.” Renowned for his commercial and corporate litigation expertise, he also assists with shareholder disputes, finance litigation and insolvency-related cases.
Donata Grasso has particular expertise in banking and corporate litigation, including bank liability, insolvency proceedings and shareholder and partnership disputes. She also has considerable experience of cross-border litigation matters.
Firm co-founder Rosario Grasso is a distinguished practitioner in the field of white-collar crime and other criminal lawcases.
Sources describe Pascal Sassel as a “very good litigator – he’s a tough lawyer and a good technician.” His increasingly renowned practice largely focuses on corporate, finance and insolvency-related litigation.”

Within Employment, we are ranked in the Tier 1 among the top 4 law firms.

“What the team is known for Highly reputed practice that advises clients on individual and collective, contentious and non-contentious, domestic and cross-border employment law issues. Recent experience includes restructurings, terminations and harassment claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“The adequacy and appropriateness of advice that the lawyers give is well aligned to what the client is looking for.”
“The team is experienced and able to promptly apprehend the issues raised by a transaction or a restructuring and its implications.”

Notable practitioners
Practice head Christian Jungers is a widely admired figure in the Luxembourg employment market. He regularly advises the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Infrastructure on labour law issues, as well as several international banks. Clients recognise him as “actively involved with a pragmatic approach.”

Real Estate – our firm continues to be ranked in the top 8 law firms in the Luxembourg legal market.

“What the team is known for Offers extensive experience of real estate and construction matters, including advising clients on private, commercial and corporate real estate. Boasts expertise in co-ownership matters, lease and rent agreements, as well as contentious real estate and construction issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“Kleyr Grasso is responsive, pragmatic and gets things done.”
“Availability, responsiveness – it’s a one-stop shop.”

Notable practitioners
François Collot co-heads the civil and commercial litigation department, and has expertise in a range of property, leasing and construction disputes. Clients say: “He’s definitely highly recommended. Real estate and construction law are his core business.”

In Corporate/Commercial, our firm is ranked in the top 11 law firms in the Luxembourg legal market.

“What the team is known for Independent firm with a strong reputation for domestic and cross-border transactions, regularly winning referrals from foreign law firms for international mandates. Clients include private equity houses, institutional investors and multinational companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“KLEYR GRASSO is our firm of choice in Luxembourg. It is an impressive full-service firm with a large number of highly talented professionals.”
“The team is very effective, has a good approach to clients and is very responsive.”

Notable practitioners
The “very intelligent” Jean-Paul Spang acts on M&A, restructurings, equity capital markets and private equity. Sources say: “He is excellent, very pragmatic and dedicated to his clients.”
One interviewee describes Patrick Chantrain as “very calm, knowledgeable and respected.” He advised GSO Capital Opportunities Fund II on the financing of the acquisition of Helios Domžale by Ring International Holding.
Managing partner Marc Kleyr is described by sources as a “brilliant lawyer,” who is experienced in corporate restructurings and corporate litigation.

In Banking & Finance, our firm is ranked among the top 12 law firms in the Luxembourg legal market.

“What the team is known for Advises on all aspects of banking law, with regular instructions from local and multinational clients in major asset, corporate, project and real estate finance matters. Offers further expertise in secured and unsecured bank lending transactions and investment-related regulatory matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“Very responsive and able to operate at high speed when required. Diligent and good to work with.”

Notable practitioners
Patrick Chantrain is co-head of the corporate and finance practice. Clients describe him as “a great guy who is knowledgeable and impressive, but also very discreet and humble.”

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The Legal 500 – 2016

In its 2016 edition, the Legal 500 legal directory is again ranking our firm in the top leading firms. Two of our lawyers, Patrick Chantrain and Christian Jungers, are now ranked as “leading lawyer” in Real estate and construction and Employment respectively.

Within Dispute resolution, KLEYR GRASSO is a first tier firm,

Kleyr Grasso’s litigation practice is ‘very knowledgeable about local court procedures’ and its expertise includes representing clients in shareholder disputes, insolvency-related ligation, administrative law and employment litigation. Marc Kleyr, who is ‘an excellent drafter and pleader’, is defending the Republic of Venezuela against the enforcement of a $713m French arbitration award issued against it. The ‘exceptional’ Donata Grasso has a strong reputation for corporate and banking litigation and is a key practitioner in the team, which also includes François Collot.

Within Real estate and contruction, KLEYR GRASSO is a first tier firm,

Kleyr Grasso has strong coverage across private, commercial and corporate real estate matters. The ‘proactive and commercial’ Patrick Chantrain is regularly involved in corporate real estate transactions and has recently handled a number of deals for real estate investor Corestate Capital, including the sale of a portfolio of urban residential real estate in Germany. François Collot and Yasmine Poos have a focus on real estate and construction litigation.

Within Employment, KLEYR GRASSO is a first tier firm,

‘Top of the market’, Kleyr Grasso fields ten lawyers specialising in employment law, covering the spectrum of non-contentious and contentious issues facing domestic and international clients. ‘Outstanding’ practice head Christian Jungers, who has ‘excellent technical knowledge’, continues to act for numerous international banks and three of the ‘Big Four’ auditing firms across a range of employment issues. Counsel Philippe Ney and the ‘responsive’ Sandra Rapp are also recommended.

Within Corporate, commercial and M&A, KLEYR GRASSO is a second tier firm,

Kleyr Grasso provides ‘an attentive and knowledgeable service’ to corporates and private equity funds. The ‘responsive’ Rina Breininger and Jérôme Burel advised TA Associates on its acquisition of a majority interest in UK-based Access Group. Jean-Paul Spang and Patrick Chantrain are also recommended.

Within Insurance, KLEYR GRASSO is a second tier firm,

Kleyr Grasso handles non-contentious and contentious work for insurance and reinsurance companies. Rosario Grasso and Rina Breininger are the main contacts.

Within Banking, finance and capital markets, KLEYR GRASSO is a third tier firm,

At Kleyr Grasso, Patrick Chantrain and Pascal Sassel are ‘excellent at explaining difficult concepts’ and are regularly involved in the highest profile transactions and regulatory mandates handled by the team. Sassel advised Deutsche Bank on the local law aspects of its financing to facilitate Apollo’s purchase of a real estate property portfolio from RBS. The ‘responsive’ Rina Breininger is also recommended, as is the ‘very knowledgeable and patient’ counsel Sophie Arvieux, who regularly works alongside Chantrain on deals.”

Within Investment funds, KLEYR GRASSO is a third tier firm,

The ‘helpful and knowledgeable’ team at Kleyr Grasso acts for an impressive roster of private equity and hedge funds on their structuring and concomitant regulatory issues. Patrick Chantrain has been advising GSO Capital Partners on AIFMD compliance. Rina Breininger, Jean-Paul Spang and counsel Sophie Arvieux are ‘very responsive and knowledgeable’.”

Within Private equity, KLEYR GRASSO is a third tier firm,

Kleyr Grasso provides a ‘committed and professional service’ to an impressive range of private equity sponsors on their investments and exits, as well as on regulatory matters. The ‘proactive and commercial’ Patrick Chantrain advised Corestate Capital on the sale of a portfolio of urban residential real estate in Germany. Jean-Paul Spang and the ‘responsive and attentive’ Rina Breininger are recommended.

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Chambers Global 2016

In the Chambers Global 2016 edition, our firm is again ranked among the top leading law firms in the Luxembourg legal market for Corporate/Commercial.

“The “very intelligent” Jean-Paul Spang advises on M&A, restructurings, ECM and private equity. Sources say: “He is excellent, very pragmatic and dedicated to his clients.”

“One interviewee describes Patrick Chantrain as “very calm, knowledgeable and respected.” He advised GSO Capital Opportunities Fund II on the financing of the acquisition of Helios Domžale by Ring International Holding.”

“Managing partner Marc Kleyr is described by sources as a “brilliant lawyer.” He is experienced in corporate restructurings and corporate litigation.”

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