Legal500 2022

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Real estate is a core area of focus for DSM Avocats à la Cour and this is demonstrated in its ability to provide an ‘efficient and pragmatic’ service to a range of stakeholders, including developers, investors, brokers and family offices. Team head Mario Di Stefano is pivotal to the success of the practice in light of his broad expertise, which covers work throughout the life cycle of a real estate project, including acquisition of the land, advice on zoning/environmental issues, lease negotiations and divestment of the property. Renaud Le Squeren is also a key contact and excels in advising on projects underpinned by sophisticated financing mechanisms including securitization vehicles.

Leading individuals: Mario Di Stefano – DSM Avocats à la Cour

Testimonials

‘It is an efficient, pragmatic and competent team.’

‘As a leading surety provider in Benelux for real estate and construction companies we appreciate the firm’s in-depth knowledge of the industry.’

‘Mario di Stefano often says “no” to us, which means he really assist us to avoid making mistakes. He assisted us in very complex matter linked to large real estate transactions involving international banks and a listed real estate developer.’

The ‘business savvy’ team at DSM Avocats à la Cour is adept at utilising conventional litigation and ADR techniques to good effect on behalf of private sector clients, particularly in the context of tax and real estate disputes. The practice, headed by Mario Di Stefano and featuring Alban Colson, is also ‘good at helping with strategic planning in cross-border litigation’.

Testimonials

‘They are business savvy and also understand what it is like to work with other law firms (acting as lead counsel).’

‘They understand the commercial issues/realities and can advise me on what really matters.’

‘They are good at helping with strategic planning in cross-border litigation.’

In spite of its relatively small size, DSM Avocats à la Cour has ‘real experience working for international clients’ across a range of corporate and commercial matters, including on M&A and joint venture structuring. Renaud Le Squeren is ‘very responsive and friendly’, and co-heads the team alongside Mario Di Stefano, who ‘has a very deep knowledge of company law and M&A’.

Testimonials

‘It is very reliable in terms of legal skills and cost efficiency.’

‘The team is highly responsive and provides expertise across a wide range of competencies.’

‘The availability of partners is outstanding and the trickle down effect on associates seamless and efficient.’

‘It is a smaller law firm but for Luxembourg they have real experience working for international clients. They are very responsive and give excellent advice. It is one of the firms I work with in Luxembourg.’

‘Renaud Le Squeren: smart mind, shows great experience in leading transactions, always very responsive and friendly.’

‘Renaud Le Squeren is not only a consummate professional and an excellent lawyer, but also a profoundly human character who has an almost uncanny talent for understanding very specific situations instantly and putting them in their broader context at once, which results in perfect and actionable counsel.’

‘Mario Di Stefano is someone I enjoy working with. He has a lot of experience and is a very pragmatic person.’

‘Mario Di Stefano is a very serious and competent lawyer and has a very deep knowledge in the sector of company law and M&A. Moreover, he has a great ethical sense, great flexibility, promptness in offering answers and collaborative spirit.’


Legal500 2021

  • Real estate and construction – Tier 2

With a ‘perfect combination of experience and agility‘, DSM Avocats A La Cour‘s two-partner team provides ‘accurate and timely advice‘ to a wide range of stakeholders engaged in local real estate matters. Mario Di Stefano ‘always delivers exhaustive and well-documented legal work‘ and has developed a particularly strong reputation among developers, by virtue of his ability to provide a « cradle-to-grave » service, including wide-ranging zoning, planning and environmental due diligence at the front-end of the transaction, through to the ultimate divestment process. Renaud Le Squeren co-heads the team alongside Di Stefano.

Leading individuals: Mario Di StefanoDSM Avocats A La Cour

Testimonials

The team is flexible and responsive.

Top-notch firm, highly technical and with a great service, from beginning until the end. Perfect combination of experience and agility.

Mario Di Stefano always delivers exhaustive and well-documented legal work. He displays exceptional communication skills.

DSM Avocats A La Cour‘s dispute resolution team has familiarity with a range of litigation techniques, including ADR, which it effectively implements for private sector clients on real estate and tax disputes, in particular.

Benefiting from a ‘perfect combination of experience and agility‘, DSM Avocats A La Cour provides ‘responsive and business-minded advice‘ to national and international clients across a range of corporate and commercial mandates, including advice on M&A and international joint ventures. Mario Di Stefano possesses ‘exceptional communication skills‘ and, along with the ‘responsive and proactive‘ Renaud Le Squeren, is a key member of the team that is particularly active in the real estate sector.

Testimonials

They are responsive and understand the client’s business rationale.

They not only exhibit outstanding legal skills, but are also very friendly lawyers and staff, with whom it is a pleasure working.

Top-notch firm, highly technical and with great service, from beginning til end. It displays a perfect combination of experience and agility.

Mario Di Stefano provides timely and business-minded advice.

Mario Di Stefano always delivers exhaustive and well-documented legal work. He has exceptional communication skills.

The very responsive Renaud Le Squeren has excellent legal skills in corporate and commercial law and data protection.

 


LEGAL500 2020

DSM Avocats A La Cour conseille un large éventail d’organisations, notamment des fonds, des banques, des promoteurs et des entrepreneurs, sur l’immobilier d’entreprise, le zonage et la planification, et les projets d’acquisition de biens immobiliers.

Dirigée conjointement par Mario DI STEFANO et Renaud LE SQUEREN, DSM Avocats A La Cour traite un large éventail de dossiers corporate et de droit commercial pour des entités locales et des clients internationaux basés au Luxembourg. L’équipe traite également régulièrement des opérations de fusions-acquisitions transfrontalières dans divers secteurs d’activité, notamment l’immobilier.

Well-versed dans les techniques alternatives de résolution des conflits en plus des litiges formels, DSM Avocats A La Cour représente ses clients dans un large éventail de litiges commerciaux nationaux et transfrontaliers. Le chef d’équipe Alban COLSON est également connu pour son expertise en criminalité en col blanc.


Legal500 2019

  • Real Estate and Construction – tier 2

DSM Avocats A La Cour advises a wide range of stakeholders, including funds, banks, developers and contractors, on corporate real estate, zoning and planning, and real estate acquisition projects. Mario Di Stefano  is well-versed in local real estate development matters and heads the two-partner team that also includes the ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ Renaud Le Squeren , who regularly employs sophisticated financing structures to facilitate transactions in the sector.

  • Commercial, Corporate and M&A – tier 4

Led by Luxembourg and German-qualified partner Mario Di Stefano, DSM Avocats A La Cour has experience on M&A matters for both private equity and corporate clients. Renaud Le Squeren  has a particular focus on real-estate-related corporate matters.

  • Dispute Resolution – tier 3

At DSM Avocats A La Cour, dual-qualified Luxembourg and German partner Mario Di Stefano has broad-ranging litigation and arbitration expertise across a range of areas including as it relates to construction, administrative law and tax.


Legal500 2018

  • Real Estate and Construction – tier 2

The ‘responsive’ two-partner team at DSM Avocats A La Cour provides ‘an excellent service’ to funds, banks, developers, brokers and contractors on matters including corporate real estate, zoning and planning, and real estate acquisition projects. Practice head Mario di Stefano has particular expertise advising on real estate development matters and Renaud Le Squeren is ‘excellent’.

  • Commercial, Corporate and M&A – tier 5

As well as regularly handling real estate-related M&A, DSM Avocats A La Cour also handles an increasing amount of day-to-day corporate and transactional work across other sectors including the financial services industry. Mario di Stefano and Renaud le Squeren are recommended.

  • Dispute Resolution – tier 4

DSM Avocats A La Cour represents domestic and international clients in a broad range of civil, real estate and commercial disputes.


Legal500 2017

  • Real Estate and Construction – tier 2

At DSM Avocats A La Cour, team head Mario di Stefano handles a wide range of real estate matters, from financing and due diligence issues through to exit strategies. Di Stefano is particularly recommended for real estate development work and recently advised an international construction group on the acquisition and development of two Luxembourg-based real estate projects.

  • Commercial, Corporate and M&A – tier 4

DSM Avocats A La Cour provides a ‘responsive and cost-effective’ service across a range of corporate matters with a particular focus on the real estate sector.

  • Dispute Resolution – tier 3

DSM Avocats A La Cour‘s team represents domestic and international clients across a broad range of civil, real estate and commercial disputes.