The Legal 500 – 2017

In its 2017 edition, the Legal 500 legal directory is again ranking our firm in the top leading firms. Patrick Chantrain and Christian Jungers are both ranked as a “leading individual” and Sophie Arvieux as a “next generation lawyer”.

Within Dispute resolution, KLEYR GRASSO is one of the 6 leading firms.

The ‘responsive and business-oriented’ team at Kleyr Grasso has ‘extensive business litigation knowledge’ and clients appreciate its ‘willingness and ability to explain the intricacies of local law in a timely and comprehensible manner’. ‘Meticulous’ team head Marc Kleyr provides ‘excellent advice’ across a range of corporate and commercial litigation; he is representing HITEC Luxembourg in major shareholder litigation. Key figures include Pascal Sassel, who is an ‘excellent technical lawyer’, the ‘responsive and efficient’ Donata Grasso and the ‘pragmatic and innovative’ François Collot, who has ‘considerable experience in commercial and civil litigation’.

Within Real estate and contruction, KLEYR GRASSO is among the 7 best firms. Patrick Chantrain is a “leading individual” in this area.

At Kleyr Grasso, ‘knowledgeable and pragmatic’ team head Patrick Chantrain has a leading reputation for real estate related corporate and private equity matters. The firm handles a raft of work for Corestate Capital including advising it on the purchase of four German shopping centres. Key figures include the ‘knowledgeable and proactive’ Yasmine Poos, who has an excellent reputation for transactional and contentious real estate and construction matters, and the ‘solution-oriented’ François Collot, who has a particular focus on construction-related contractual issues and litigation.

Within Employment, KLEYR GRASSO is among the top 6 law firms. Christian Jungers is recognised as a “leading individual” in this area.

Headed by the ‘knowledgeable and customer-oriented’ Christian Jungers, Kleyr Grasso’s ‘excellent and responsive’ ten-lawyer team has the critical mass and breadth of expertise to handle a significant volume and variety of employment mandates for clients including JP Morgan and Swiss Re. ‘Responsive and helpful’ counsel Sandra Rapp has advised numerous clients including Mercedes-Benz on the employment law ramifications of restructuring processes. Counsel Philippe Ney is also recommended.”

Within Insurance, KLEYR GRASSO is now in the first tier, which places the firm in the top 4 law firm within this area.

Kleyr Grasso’s ‘excellent team’ handles contentious and non-contentious work for local and international insurers. Team head Rina Breininger advised Hochtief-owned Builders Insurance Holdings on the sale of a majority stake in the company to Cowen Group. The team was further enhanced by the arrival of Karine Vilret from her own firm Vilret-Avocats in October 2016.”

Within Corporate, commercial and M&A, KLEYR GRASSO is again ranked among the best firms in the Luxembourg market.

The ‘knowledgeable, pragmatic and solutions-oriented’ Patrick Chantrain at Kleyr Grasso regularly handles real estate sector related corporate deals and recently advised Corestate Capital on the €90m sale of a real estate portfolio located in Germany. Rina Breininger and Jean-Paul Spang are also recommended.

Within Banking, finance and capital markets, KLEYR GRASSO is one of the leading firms. This year, Sophie Arvieux was also recognised as a “next generation lawyer” by the directory.

At Kleyr Grasso, Rina Breininger assisted TA Associates with the refinancing and restructuring of a French/Luxembourg group of companies and the ‘knowledgeable’ Patrick Chantrain advised Corestate Capital on a €15m loan facility with HSH Nordbank. ‘Excellent’ counsel Sophie Arvieux is also recommended.

Within Private equity, KLEYR GRASSO is among the best firms.

Key figures at Kleyr Grasso include the ‘pragmatic and solution-oriented’ Patrick Chantrain, counsel Sophie Arvieux, Jean-Paul Spang and Rina Breininger. GSO Capital Partners is a client.

For Investment funds, the editorial says:

At Kleyr Grasso, the ‘knowledgeable and pragmatic’ Patrick Chantrain and counsel Sophie Arvieux are regularly instructed by major US-based credit-oriented alternative asset manager GSO Capital Partners on the Luxembourg elements of its investment strategies.

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Chambers Europe 2017

In its 2017 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, Marc Kleyr and Christian Jungers, also individually ranked in Tier 1.

Within Dispute Resolution, we are now ranked among the top 3 law firms (Tier 1) in the Luxembourg legal market.

“What the team is known for First-class practice renowned for dealing with complex litigation and arbitration. Specialises in high-value real estate and construction disputes, alongside a dedicated focus on banking cases, shareholder disputes and insolvency matters. Acts for state entities and private companies on a local and international level.

Strengths
The lawyers’ dedicated and pragmatic approach draws praise from clients: “The whole team always seeks to explore all possibilities before offering guidance on choices and solutions, and makes sure that we understand the options.”
According to impressed clients, “the team is highly technical and determined.”

Notable practitioners
The market-leading Marc Kleyr focuses on commercial litigation, specialising in finance, shareholder and insolvency disputes. Clients describe him as “one of the best litigators in Luxembourg.” He defended Hellas Telecommunications in a EUR976 million damages claim filed by the liquidators of Hellas II.
Donata Grasso is experienced in corporate and banking cases, with areas of expertise including shareholder disputes and contentious insolvency issues. She represented investment company Eastbridge in proceedings brought by Prima Banka Slovensko. Clients commend her “great analytical ability as well as her approachable and client-friendly manner.”
Rosario Grasso specialises in white-collar crime cases and has particular expertise in anti-corruption and anti-money laundering matters. He draws praise from clients for his “technical knowledge, commercial awareness, effectiveness and client-service.”
Pascal Sassel is described by clients as “efficient, extremely available and very good in banking matters.” His practice focuses on commercial, financial and insolvency litigation; his recent work has involved shareholder disputes.

Within Employment, we continue to be ranked in Tier 1 among the top 4 law firms.

“What the team is known for Highly reputed practice with a dedicated employment team. Assists with the full range of employment advice and represents employers in employment agreements and terminations. Experienced in cross-border cases and regularly advises significant local and international clients, particularly within the transportation, financial and technology sectors.

Strengths
The department has been commended for its approach: “They are always transparent with me. I know exactly what they think and they give me the full picture in their advice. The quality of their delivery is very high.”
Another client remarks on the team’s specialised service: “They have great experience and knowledge of the Luxembourg market. They are straight to the point and able to explain labour law regulations in an understandable way.”

Notable practitioners
Christian Jungers heads the department and specialises in individual and collective dismissals, as well as negotiating collective bargaining agreements and social plans on behalf of employers. His flexibility and availability stands out to clients: “He is very helpful, cooperative and at our disposal.” He recently assisted CFL Multimodal with the negotiations for a new company collective agreement.
Up-and-comer Sandra Rapp receives excellent feedback for her client-orientated approach: “She is very credible, works with a quick turnaround and does not just follow the letter of law but thinks in terms of what makes sense for our business.” She assisted Mercedes-Benz with a restructuring project and provides the company with ongoing employment advice.

Real Estate – our firm is now ranked in the top 7 law firms in the Luxembourg legal market.

“What the team is known for Extensive experience of real estate and construction matters. Recognised for its strong work in real estate dispute resolution, as well as transactions and lease agreements within the retail, transport and residential sectors.

Strengths
Clients commend the team’s “technical knowledge and short response time.”
Clients praise the lawyers for their “reactivity and ability to understand the technicalities of the business.”

Notable practitioners
Department co-head François Collot is noted for his work in the residential sector. He specialises in real estate and construction, leasing and commercial litigation and recently advised Rizzani de Eccher and CIT Blaton on the construction of a new shopping centre.“

In Corporate/Commercial, our firm is ranked among the leading law firms.

“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. Areas of expertise include restructuring and insolvency.

Strengths
Clients cite the team’s reactivity and efficiency as its major strengths: “They are responsive, able to react to tight deadlines and turn things around quickly.”
Commentators praise its expertise on the local market: “They have very good knowledge of Luxembourg, as well as having good international contacts.”

Notable practitioners
Jean-Paul Spang regularly handles M&A and corporate restructurings. Sources say: “He’s available, pragmatic and has an impressively broad knowledge of every topic linked to corporate matters, Luxembourg, legislation and the people.”
Patrick Chantrain is hailed by sources as “very hard-working and very knowledgeable.” His practice is wide-ranging and includes regular work on public M&A, private equity-related matters and investment funds. He recently advised Corestate Capital on the EUR290 million sale of a German mixed-use commercial and residential property portfolio.”

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

“What the team is known for Advises local and multinational clients on all aspects of banking law, including asset, corporate, project and real estate finance matters. Offers further expertise in investment-related regulatory matters and is known in the market for its overlapping expertise in the insolvency and litigation areas of the financial sector.

Strengths
One source reports: “They are so plugged in. They really push things and chase up. They offer an interesting alternative approach which clients really like.”

Notable practitioners
Patrick Chantrain receives glowing praise from interviewees who say: “He understands the intricacies of the law but also knows when its necessary to be pragmatic.” Sources also report that he is “very approachable as a person and also very responsive.” He advises on a range of M&A transactions, investment deals and banking arrangements, with a particular focus on real estate finance.

In Private Equity, our firm is now also ranked among the top 10 law firms.

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Chambers Global 2017

In the Chambers Global 2017 edition, our firm is again ranked among the top leading law firms in the Luxembourg legal market for Corporate/Commercial.

Jean-Paul Spang regularly handles M&A and corporate restructurings. Sources say: “He’s available, pragmatic and has an impressively broad knowledge of every topic linked to corporate matters, Luxembourg, legislation and the people.”

Patrick Chantrain is hailed by sources as “very hard-working and very knowledgeable.” His practice is wide-ranging and includes regular work on public M&A, private equity-related matters and investment funds. He recently advised Corestate Capital on the EUR290 million sale of a German mixed-use commercial and residential property portfolio.”

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