Dispute Resolution - Luxembourg
THE FIRM This leading corporate firm handles a considerable volume of litigation for its high-profile clients, including banks, investment funds, insurance companies and multinationals. The firm often advises on contentious shareholder issues, as well as disputes arising from corporate acquisitions or disposals. The team also offers significant experience in fraud cases and insurance litigation.
Sources say: "The team handles every kind of dispute, from the small to the high calibre." "We use the firm whenever we have a case that is very important, when the first decision could be critical for the future."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources confirm François Kremer's leading position in this area. He is experienced in litigation related to corporate and financial issues, as well as asset tracing and enforcement.
Christian Point is a key figure in the dispute resolution practice, with particular expertise in the insurance and real estate industries.
THE FIRM This firm remains a market leader in dispute resolution, housing a multidisciplinary practice which integrates expertise from practices such as banking, corporate and employment. Financial services and investment funds are noteworthy areas of activity, and the firm represents major banks and private equity players in shareholder litigation, enforcement pledges, bankruptcy proceedings and breaches of secrecy. Further strengths include administrative litigation, arbitration and auditor liability cases.
Sources say: "Outstanding litigators with a broad range of clients and excellent experience."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Marc Elvinger is highly respected for his work in litigation and international arbitration. One source describes him as "a relentless litigator with great knowledge and very good analytical skills."
Pierre Elvinger enjoys an excellent reputation for his contentious practice. He has particular experience in employment law.
THE FIRM This team enters the top band thanks to strong feedback from clients and commentators. The firm represents domestic and international clients in disputes in areas such as finance, real estate, employment and public law, and also offers a flourishing white-collar crime practice. Recent mandates include advising on cross-border disputes involving Luxembourg-based funds, and acting on major damages claims in the construction industry.
Sources say: "Exceptional: the level of sophistication the firm brings is to a very high global standard."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Marc Kleyr receives extensive praise for his work in this area. One source notes: "He has a stellar reputation, which is justified in our experience." Another interviewee describes him as an "innovative, engaged and commercial" practitioner. His considerable international experience is also highlighted.
Rosario Grasso receives strong feedback for his white-collar crime work, particularly in the banking industry. "He is one of the best in Luxembourg in his field, and really knows what goes on in the courtroom," reports a source.
THE FIRM This highly regarded team regularly assists major clients with international disputes, representing a number of financial institutions, corporate groups, industrial players and insurance companies. Areas of activity include litigation relating to company liability, mis-selling and mismanagement cases, and regulatory disputes. The team recently represented RTL in a series of administrative proceedings relating to a disputed broadcasting licence.
Sources say: "A very well-organised, high-quality service. Excellent interconnection between practices."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Guy Loesch has an outstanding reputation in commercial litigation and receives superlative praise from clients: "He makes the impossible possible and will win even lost cases. He has been priceless and has achieved astonishing results for us."
THE FIRM This prestigious boutique represents a range of public bodies and corporate clients. The firm is exceptionally well considered amongst interviewees for its work on domestic disputes, ECJ cases and international arbitrations.
Sources say: "Really the firm to go to for special, sophisticated arguments – we use it for particularly sensitive matters."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The revered Patrick Kinsch is described by sources as "an absolutely brilliant litigator" and "a real specialist in almost everything he does."
THE FIRM The litigation team at this highly reputed firm assists domestic and international banks and investors with complex fund-related litigation, as well as advising on topics such as bank liability, insolvency, shareholder disputes, debt recovery and enforcement. The firm also represents corporate clients in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including arbitration, and has a broad range of civil, criminal and administrative experience.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Counsel Donata Grasso is a knowledgeable corporate and banking litigator, with additional experience in areas such as debt recovery and enforcement.
Well-regarded counsel Vincent Naveaux's specialisations include M&A disputes and international corporate arbitration.
Since publication, Donata Grasso has joined Kleyr Grasso Associes
THE FIRM This active team has a strong reputation for its cross-border and multidisciplinary dispute resolution work. Recent mandates have included representing banks in bankruptcy proceedings, assisting UK liquidators before the Luxembourg commercial court and advising large corporates on fraud investigations. The team also handles international arbitration cases.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Key partner Albert Moro receives high praise from interviewees: "He can handle difficult decisions, and will put the client's interests before his own reputation."
THE FIRM This firm has a growing reputation in dispute resolution and regularly handles challenging cross-border files, as well as domestic administrative and regulatory cases. Recent activity includes complex construction disputes, fraud proceedings and criminal liability proceedings. Sources note the multilingual team's considerable international experience.
Sources say: "We are impressed by the way the team understands and evaluates the facts. The lawyers are technically strong and attentive to clients' needs."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Paulo Lopes da Silva receives excellent feedback from all sides for his commercial litigation practice. One source describes him as "an excellent technician, a smart lawyer who goes straight to the point, identifying and understanding problems quickly."
Firm founder Michel Molitor maintains a diverse caseload and has recently advised on litigation involving funds, restructurings and insurance claims.
THE FIRM This respected firm regularly advises on issues including insolvency, liquidation, debt recovery and merger control, as well as major construction disputes and administrative proceedings. Funds, shareholders and international clients are amongst the team's clients. Recent mandates include representing major financial institutions in disputes with service users.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Guy Arendt is an established practitioner who is cited for his extensive experience in national and international disputes.
THE FIRM This firm has recently handled a number of major disputes on topics including breach of contract and shareholder loan enforcement. Its clients include leading players from sectors including insurance, financial services, hospitality and construction. In addition to its expertise in corporate and finance-related disputes, the team also includes practitioners with significant experience in employment litigation.
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "dynamic" Fabio Trevisan heads the department. His activity encompasses litigation and arbitration in sectors including real estate and financial services.
THE FIRM This Benelux firm has steadily made a name for itself amongst clients, drawing upon its expertise in corporate, tax and contractual law to advise on high-profile disputes. It acts for corporate groups, banks and state bodies, and recent activity includes assisting a fund with a dispute with investors. Financial services, real estate and IT are amongst the sectors in which the lawyers are experienced.
Sources say: "Quick turnaround times, international expertise and a very broad knowledge base."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources praise department head Véronique Hoffeld for her expertise in corporate litigation and civil procedures. One interviewee notes: "She is always well prepared and open, and her litigation work is very good."
THE FIRM This compact litigation boutique is highly regarded amongst commentators, and represents clients in relation to issues including banking, insurance, IP and European law. Its civil law offering is noted by sources.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Interviewees note the activity of Franz Schiltz in civil and commercial matters.
THE FIRM This firm provides a comprehensive dispute resolution service. It has acted on a number of notable recent mandates in the financial services sector, as well as representing clients in cases related to real estate, public procurement, employment and IP. International sources stress the partners' breadth of experience in complex international litigation.
Sources say: "A dynamic and responsive firm with considerable intellectual firepower. The team's memos are always detailed, rigorous and impressive."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Marc Thewes enters the rankings thanks to excellent feedback from clients. His experience, technical understanding and commercial expertise are cited as strengths.
THE FIRM This compact domestic firm is held in high regard by commentators. It is known for its work in insurance litigation, and also advises on a broad range of commercial, civil and criminal law issues.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Respected practitioner François Prum represents clients in areas including banking, construction and insurance.
Alain Rukavina of Rukavina Avocats enjoys a strong reputation for his work in bankruptcy, restructuring and liquidation. He is considered one of the jurisdiction's strongest practitioners in this area and is regularly appointed as a judicial liquidator.