Chambers Europe 2018

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In its 2018 edition, Chambers Europe is again ranking our firm in the leading Luxembourg firms. Our lawyers are also individually ranked in several practice areas.

Within Dispute Resolution, we are ranked among the top 4 law firms (Tier 1) in the Luxembourg legal market. Marc Kleyr is individually ranked in Band 1, Donata Grasso in Band 2 and Rosario Grasso, as well as Pascal Sassel, in Band 3.

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. Also active on white-collar crime mandates.

Strengths
Sources praise the team’s “quality of work and availability” adding that the “excellent team is forward thinking and gives strategic advice.”

One client describes the firm as “strategic, understanding and business-focused,” adding that the lawyers “know where the risks are.”

Notable practitioners
Experienced litigator and co-founder Marc Kleyr advises on commercial, financial and insolvency-related issues. Clients are impressed with his legal foresight: “He completely understands what the choices are and how the other person in the dispute will react,” adding: “He anticipates the other side’s moves.”
Donata Grasso is a technically impressive litigator, noted for her experience in handling financial and corporate litigation, including cases involving cross-border elements. Sources say: “She always finds the information that is very important,” adding that she is notably skillful in large and complex matters.
Sources note that Rosario Grasso has an extensive background leading criminal disputes, with particular specialisation in anti-corruption and anti-money laundering. Sources confirming Grasso’s legal standing assert: “He’s recognised as an expert in white-collar crime.”
Pascal Sassel is “very responsive” and “straight to the point,” according to one source. Another interviewee notes that Sassel is “technically good and sharp.” He represents clients in both commercial and financial litigation.

Within Employment, our firm is also ranked in the top 4 law firms (Tier 1). Christian Jungers is individually ranked in Band 1 and Sandra Rapp is ranked as “Up and coming”.

What the team is known for
Growing employment practice providing top-tier advisory and litigation services to clients in a wide range of industries, including public sector agencies, financial services companies and IT firms. Advises on a variety of employment law matters including terminations, social plans, immigration and restructuring with a particular emphasis on collective bargaining agreements. Offers the capability to handle cross-border matters as a member of the L&E Global network.

Strengths
Clients praise the “great service” the firm provides, describing the team as “very efficient and responsive.” The same source also appreciates that the team includes people “who can navigate matters in a multitude of different languages.”

Others endorse the firm’s technical knowledge with one noting, “they are very knowledgeable and dedicated, strategy minded and careful with the deadlines and the interests of their clients.”

Notable practitioners
Interviewees outline their positive experiences working with Christian Jungers and describe him as the “the best in Luxembourg,” as well as recognising his seniority in this area. He frequently handles negotiations over collective bargaining agreements and terminations. He acts for a diverse range of clients including public sector organisations and banks.
Sandra Rapp is an up-and-coming individual who has been extremely active assisting clients with establishing new entities and branches in Luxembourg and on corporate restructuring matters. Clients say her strengths are her “responsiveness, attention to detail” and the fact that “she is very patient” in dealing with the different questions clients pose.

In Real Estate, we are again ranked in the top 7 law firms in Luxembourg. François Collot is ranked in Band 3.

What the team is known for
Well regarded for its extensive experience in real estate dispute resolution, as well as transactions and lease agreements. Also known for its work on development and construction projects. Clients include real estate investment managers, construction companies and public authorities.

Strengths
Impressed with the team’s ability to resolve contentious issues, one client states: “They’re reactive and really efficient in this area. I’m very satisfied.”

Another client also praises the lawyers’ “good reactivity.”

Notable practitioners
François Collot specialises in construction and development projects, assisting both national and international clients. He additionally advises on public procurement matters. One client notes that “he had a good command of the topic and gave targeted advice,” adding that he has “excellent availability.”

Within Corporate/M&A, our firm is again ranked among the leading Luxembourg law firms. Jean-Paul Spang is ranked in Band 2 and Patrick Chantrain in Band 3.

What the team is known for
Advises private equity houses, institutional investors and multinational companies on corporate transactions, including M&A, takeovers and buyouts. Has a strong reputation for representing clients in corporate litigation and shareholder disputes. Also acts on restructuring and insolvency matters. Assists with corporate governance and shareholder agreements.

Strengths
Clients praise the performance of the firm and report that the team “provided clear and focused advice and showed deep understanding of the commercial impact of the matters.”

Interviewees appreciate that the lawyers are “very responsive and deliver on time” as well as being pleased with the team’s good organisation on local aspects of matters.

Notable practitioners
Jean-Paul Spang advises clients on M&A transactions and corporate restructuring. He also assists with company law issues, securities law queries and legislative reforms. Market sources stress that Spang “knows the law very well and is a very good technician.”
Patrick Chantrain is particularly active in the areas of private equity and real estate related matters. According to commentators, Chantrain is “a knowledgeable, responsive and pragmatic corporate lawyer.” He acted for American Axle & Manufacturing on the refinancing and restructuring of its Luxembourg branches.

In Banking & Finance, our firm is also 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. Work of late includes restructuring and refinancing projects.

Strengths
Regarding the team’s skill on complex and overlapping matters, one client enthuses: “I rely on them, one of the best law firms; they set the standard in terms of service.”

Notable practitioners
Patrick Chantrain is a considerably experienced lawyer, advising on investment funds, M&A transactions and real estate acquisition finance. Chantrain led restructuring and refinancing mandates for automotive supplier American Axle & Manufacturing and its Luxembourg-based companies.

In Private Equity, our firm is also ranked among the top Luxembourg law firms. Patrick Chantrain is mentioned as one of the leading lawyers in Private Equity.