Leaders League, 2024

Leading:

  • Real Estate
  • Tax Litigation

Excellent:

  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • IT, Data Protection & Outsourcing
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Labor & Employment

Highly recommended:

  • Corporate Tax
  • Corporate / M&A
  • Banking & Finance
  • Investigations & White-Collar Crime
  • International Arbitration
  • IP Litigation
  • Wealth Management

What they say about us:

IT, Data Protection & Outsourcing

Track record:

The IP/IT department has expanded its expertise in managing complex cases in the fund industry and has become particularly adept at providing outsourcing support. It addresses major issues such as GDPR regulation, and has proficiency in e-commerce, e-privacy, and free flow of data. The team regularly collaborates with DPOs from leading banks, assisting them during internal audits to ensure compliance.

Team and differentiation:

Headed by Renaud Le Squeren, the team comprises four senior associates and two paralegals. Having secured European GDPR certification, DSM is now the second law firm to become a CARPA accreditor. The firm supports clients with contract updates and CZF internal audits, solidifying its position among the top industry players, including the Big 4.


Leaders League, 2023

Excellent:

  • Tax Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • IT, Data Protection & Outsourcing
  • Commercial Litigation

Highly recommended:

  • Corporate Tax
  • Corporate / M&A
  • Banking & Finance
  • Investigations & White-Collar Crime
  • International Arbitration
  • Labor Law

Recommended:

  • Wealth Management

What they say about us:

Tax Litigation

Track record:

DSM’s tax team advises corporate clients on international transactions and investment structures. It represents Luxembourg companies, shareholders, lenders, borrowers, collateral providers and pledgees. The team provides tax advice to alternative investment funds including SIFs, SICARs and securitization vehicles, PE houses, banking institutions, industrials and commercial groups.

Team and differentiation:

DSM’s tax team are past masters at liaising with the tax authorities to resolve disputes in the pre-litigation phase. Mario Di Stefano and Alex Pham are seasoned tax litigators, which is an asset in the Luxembourg tax environment. When necessary, the team can represent clients before all European and Luxembourg administrative and civil courts.

Real Estate

Track record:

DSM advises Luxembourg and international clients on the full range of real-estate law, including tax regulation and tax planning at European level. The multidis-ciplinary team handles office, commercial and residential real-estate matters, as well as infrastructure projects, including urban zoning and planning, environmental matters and water management.

Team and differentiation:

Led by Mario Di Stefano, with the support of two counsel, DSM’s real-estate team has the technical expertise, experience and business acumen to handle complex transactions. The multilingual team has strong cross-jurisdictional knowledge and is capable of providing advice in English, French, German, Italian, Luxembourgish and Spanish.

IT, Data Protection & Outsourcing

Track record:

The firm has expanded its client-base among members of the fund industry, especially alternative mid-size funds, and e-commerce platforms. It aids IT specialists, startups and corporates undergoing GDPR compliance and transactional IT proceedings. Its life-science clients benefit from the firm’s notable expertise in this domain.

Team and differentiation:

Head partner Renaud le Squeren and his team of four lawyers have been busy advising clients on new EU directives in e-commerce, e-privacy and free movement of data. Well-placed to handle modern real estate projects, which increasingly involve complicated technological aspects. The team is also skilled at e-contracts, data privacy and IT litigation.


Leaders League, 2022

Excellent:

  • Commercial litigation
  • Innovation, technology & telecoms – IT & Outsourcing
  • Restructuring & insolvency
  • Real estate

Highly recommended:

  • Banking & finance
  • Compliance – White collar crime
  • Dispute resolution – International arbitration
  • Labor & Employment
  • Corporate tax
  • Wealth management

Recommended:

  • Mergers & acquisitions

 

What they say about us:

Real Estate

Track record:

The team advises Luxembourg and international clients on the full range of real estate law and with a clear understanding of the entire life cycle of a project such as structuring deals and real estate finance, urban zoning, negotiation of commercial and residency tenancy contracts, public procurement and all related tax, civil and disputes issues linked.

Team and differentiation:

Headed by 2 partners and supported by 6 associates, managing partner Mario Di Stefano is also providing webinars on real estate topics and participates to specialized publications on real estate law and legislation. The multilingual team has also a strong cross jurisdictions knowledge providing their advice and drafting in different languages.

Banking & Finance

Track record:

DSM represents lenders and borrowers in all aspects of standards corporate finance or on more complex and hybrid financial instruments. On the borrower side, they advise financial institutions and entities on all aspects of setting up and contracts as well as on regulatory and compliance aspects. They are also positioned on ESG implementation and digitization of financial services.

Team and differentiation:

Headed by Marie-Paule Gillen, the 2 Partners and 5 associates’ team has recently gain new members and is expanding its Capital Market capacities. The practice is a clear driver of development for the entire firm and is renowned for its regulatory expertise and pragmatic approach in a time of reinforced European regulation and application in Luxembourg.

 


Leaders League, 2021

Excellent:

  • Real Estate
  • IT & Outsourcing
  • Restructuring & insolvency

Highly recommended:

  • Corporate Tax
  • Wealth Management
  • Labor & Employment
  • Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation & International Arbitration
  • Compliance & Fraud

Recommended:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Banking & Finance

What they say about us:

Real Estate

Track record: The department advises major real estate companies on all aspects of real estate law as well as the administration of property and technical urban planning issues. They are experts in zoning and planning, co-ownership matters, acquisitions and sales agreements, construction contracts and corporate structuring for high-end real estate acquisitions.

Team & differentiation: The team consist of five associates headed by Mario di Stefano, one of Luxembourg’s leading real estate experts and Renaud le Squeren, who is highly appreciated by clients and peers for his efficient and proactive work. Valued for its international network and high-quality work, the practice area covers the entire range of real estate issues, from project inception to completion and beyond

Banking & Finance

Track record: The department represented a fiduciary, in its on-site inspection by the AML/Regulatory authority. They assist asset management and accredited professional services firm primarily with regulatory issues, including contract drafting, rules of professional conduct and cross-border activities, but also with corporate matters.

Team & differentiation: The team, headed by Marie-Paule Gillen, includes 4 associates. They provide advice on a range of financial transactions covering corporate finance and more complex financing. They advise Luxembourg clients and foreign entities wishing to set up operations in Luxembourg, with Franco-Luxembourg and other international projects.

 


Leaders League, 2020

Excellent :

  • Technologies, internet & telecommunications – Data protection, IT & outsourcing

Highly recommended:

  • Corporate Tax
  • Dispute resolution – International arbitration
  • Dispute resolution – Commercial Litigation

Recommended:

  • Banking & Finance

 

What they say about us:

Technologies, internet & telecommunications – Data protection, IT & outsourcing

Track record: The firm is known for its advice regarding personal data protection, e-commerce, TMT transactions such as hardware and software supply contracts and contracts for the development, sale, and operation of data centers, innovation with dematerialization and the use of blockchains and financing with cryptocurrencies. Its advises public sector, transport, real estate, investment funds and childcare entities.
Differentiation: With five lawyers (including one partner) the team assists clients in the telecoms, biotechnology, and healthcare sectors confronted with mandatory rules associated with new technologies. Renaud LE SQUEREN has led the digital desk at DSM Avocats since 2014 and assists companies in their digital transition (GDPR compliance, APIs and Apps etc).

Banking & Finance

Track record: The team has extensive experience advising financial institutions and other professionals in the financial sector of various nationalities. The firm assisted an online bank with respect to its Luxembourg law issues, including assistance with contract drafting, loan documentation and life insurance regulation.

Team & differentiation: In addition to advising clients, the team works hand in hand with the dispute resolution team when needed, both in Luxembourg and international locations. Also, DSM is, by Luxembourg standards, a mid-sized independent law firm, enabling it to offer high quality work at competitive rates. The firm maintains privileged relationships with several networks of partner law firms around the world.


Leaders League, 2019

Highly recommended:

  • Corporate Tax
  • Tax Law – Private wealth Tax

Recommended:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Banking & Finance
  • Litigation & Arbitration