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"This long-established domestic outfit counts banking and finance law as one of its major strengths"
Clients appreciate that the M&A team's "responsiveness is good and they are close to their clients." Other clients report they have found that "the lawyers have always been responsive and helpful."
Several sources note the firm's good work and strong commitment to new and growth businesses, with one saying: "They are well recognised in the market place as providing legal services to startups, especially regarding IP and TMT," and another reporting that the firm is "proactive, flexible and accommodating for entrepreneurs and startups." Others commend the team for its responsiveness, with one noting the "good service" and stating that "they answer e-mails and questions very quickly and provide excellent follow-ups." Head of IP and TMT Emmanuelle Ragot is described by sources as "an expert in data protection" who is "very qualified in the field." She is an experienced litigator and has represented clients in trade mark and patent enforcement matters. She is best known as a leading lawyer on data protection and GDPR compliance issues, an area in which clients consider her to be "very reliable and knowledgeable" and praise her for "providing an excellent service."
Satisfied clients praise the IP/TMT team's customer-oriented service: "A very good performance. They answer emails and questions very quickly and provide excellent follow-up." Department head Emmanuelle Ragot is highly regarded for her regulatory knowledge and experience in advising start-ups. Her expertise ranges from licensing and unfair trading to the distribution and protection of IP rights. She is also a renowned litigator. Clients report: "She is very qualified in the field and is always available for us."
"The service is immaculate and they come back so promptly." Michel Bulach, has significant experience advising financial institutions on operational activities and regulatory matters. One interviewee states: "He's responsive, friendly, supportive, reliable and he also really knows how to manage expectations which is really comforting for clients."
Sources note their client service, saying it is "prompt, efficient and cost-efficient." Clients note the Corporate team's responsiveness: "They did a good job, which is why we continue to use them. They quickly respond to your e-mails and calls, and they are good at being responsive to our needs." Clients appreciate the firm's cost-efficiency: "You get a very high quality of service and the price is very reasonable."
"This firm is quick to grasp the problems at hand. The Corporate team has a very good knowledge of our company and always meet our goals. The lawyers here are very responsive and pleasant to work with." - Chambers & Partners / 2016
"Emmanuelle Ragot is widely respected for her regulatory expertise, with a focus on e-commerce, unfair trading, licensing and other internet-related issues. She also represents major domestic and international clients in the protection of IP rights. She impresses interviewees with her "ability to break down and present complex legal issues so that non-experts can understand their options and can make appropriate decisions."" - Chambers & Partners / 2016
"Michel Bulach heads firm's banking and finance practice, and "always provides a high level of service, delivering quality, concise advice on the issues which matter most," according to clients. He has particular experience of advising financial institutions and their clients on regulatory matters." - Chambers & Partners / 2016
"David Maria of Wildgen, Partners in Law is highlighted for his "fast and responsive" advice. His tax practice focuses heavily on advising financial services clients, including prominent banks, private equity houses and hedge funds." - Chambers & Partners / 2014
"They suggest ideas and they're very receptive"
"Prompt and accurate outcomes with concrete solutions. Regular learn-at-lunch sessions organised by the law firm on current legal topics. Possibilities of networking. Respect of timing and fee quotes when delivering legal services. Responsive and reliable partners specialised in the Luxembourg fund industry.
Strengths: quality of advice provided; responsiveness; good knowledge of the fund industry; dedicated contact person coordinating with other specialists when necessary.”"
Competent, amiable, available. Strengths: short communication lines; flexible; look for solutions.
The funds team is active on the setting up of a range of new funds. One client says “They are always able to deliver professional advice” and that Samia Rabia is "very professional in her work.” Mevlüde-Aysun Tokbag is "an excellent lawyer who is always reachable.”
"One financial client is very impressed with Rabia and the speed of her work. "The most impressive part is that it's very accurate, the turnaround is very quick and very accurate from the legal perspective." They also said they were impressed by the fact that a partner was always reviewing everything, evidenced by their in-depth knowledge of the details of the work when they appear on conference calls."
"They are very good," says a client of the team at Wildgen. "The whole cabinet is very good and I hear very good echoes from other stakeholders in the market who have been dealing with them. I introduced them to a couple of my clients and they were very happy with the work Wildgen has done." The firm is seen as being strong in M&A, according to clients.
The Legal 500
"The lawyers know what really matters and do not hide behind the law."
Led by David Maria, Wildgen has 'extensive knowledge of the Luxembourg tax and legal environment', and regularly acts for private equity sponsors on the tax structuring of investments, and for high-net-worth-individuals on international tax planning.
Led by Michel Bulach , Wildgen picks up a significant volume of financing work for corporates, SMEs and high-net-worth individuals. Managing partner François Brouxel has handled numerous debt capital markets mandates for core client Puma Energy, including on its recent $750m high-yield issuance. The 'business-minded' Mevlüde-Aysun Tokbag specialises in providing financing advice to the firm's German clients.
With partners locally based, and recently enhanced by the establishment of a representative office in London, Wildgen is well-positioned to advise on the structuring and distribution of regulated and unregulated funds. 'Business-oriented' team head Samia Rabia is particularly well-regarded for her real estate fund-related work.
The 'approachable, responsive and partner-driven' team at Wildgen provides a 'practical service' to clients including Murex Group, Platinum Equity and Pacific Drilling, across a range of cross-border transactional work. Led by François Brouxel and with considerable assistance from the 'outstanding' Yann Payen, the firm recently advised Schneider Electric in the reorganisation of the Luxembourg entities of the group. Isabelle Charlier is also recommended.
Led by the 'commercially savvy' Emmanuelle Ragot , Wildgen provides 'an excellent service which addresses all IP/IT issues relating to Luxembourg'. As well as her market-leading reputation for data protection matters, the 'very responsive' Ragot also handles a raft of commercial, finance and IP-related work on behalf of start-ups.
Bolstered by the arrival of market-leading insurance regulatory practitioner Karine Vilret in October 2018 from KLEYR GRASSO, Wildgen provides the full range of insurance (including life insurance) and reinsurance-related advice, including on standalone regulatory matters, as well as the regulatory issues associated with corporate activity in the sector. Michel Bulach is also recommended.
The ‘proactive and highly analytical’ Karine Vilret applies her vast insurance law regulatory knowledge to advise on non-contentious and contentious matters. Vilret has particular expertise in life insurance matters and recently advised ABN Amro (Luxembourg) on the creation of models of delegation for life-insurance contracts.
Headed by Samia Rabia [...] Wildgen’s three-partner team provides ‘accurate and in-depth advice’ on the structuring and establishment of fund structures, as well as on associated regulatory matters related to AIFMD and UCITS V.
Headed by the ‘knowledgeable’ Michel Bulach, Wildgen provides ‘a responsive service’ to commercial and private banks, high-net-worth individuals and SMEs engaged in secured lending, debt capital markets and structured finance mandates. Bulach is also noted for his regulatory advice and is aided on this by Charles Krier, who has significant banking regulatory expertise developed through his recent stint on secondment at UniCredit Bank and prior to joining the firm during his time at the Luxembourg Supervisory Authority of the Financial Sector.
Headed by the ‘business-oriented’ Emmanuelle Ragot, Wildgen provides ‘a practical service’ to clients across the gamut of IP and data protection matters. Also active in the venture capital space, Ragot spearheads the firm’s multi-disciplinary legal hub for start-ups which assists with IP, commercial and fundraising activities.
Headed by David Maria, Wildgen provides ‘an impressive service’ to private equity sponsors on the tax structuring associated with their fund formation and M&A activity. The team is also adept at handling tax planning for high-net-worth individuals.
At Wildgen, David Maria advised TDV Industries on its acquisition of Klopman International. The ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ François Brouxel heads the team. Isabelle Charlier and the ‘responsive and solutions-oriented’ Yann Payen are also noted.
Headed by Michel Bulach, Wildgen has expertise advising on the distribution of insurance products, as well as on insurance M&A, including recently advising on the acquisition of reinsurance captives.
Wildgen provides ‘high-quality and cost-effective’ advice to a growing roster of companies on day-to-day employment issues.
Led by the ‘proactive and knowledgeable’ Michel Bulach, Wildgen, acts for domestic and international insurance and reinsurance entities across the gamut of issues including providing advice on the development of products, licence applications and M&A mandates. - Legal 500 / 2017
"At Wildgen, team has been particularly active advising clients on TUPE concerns and on issues relating to unfair competition from former employees." - Legal 500 / 2017
"Wildgen's two-partner team has experience advising clients across the spectrum of fund structures including UCITS, SIFs and SICARs. The ‘very experienced’ Samia Rabia has ‘deep knowledge of the laws governing finance’ and is particularly conversant with shari’ah-compliant funds." - Legal 500 / 2017
"Wildgen ‘customer-oriented’ team is headed by the ‘analytical and knowledgeable’ Michel Bulach, who has considerable expertise in regulatory issues associated with the payments industry. The firm handles a range of secured lending, debt capital markets and structured finance mandates." - Legal 500 / 2017
"Led by the outstanding’ Emmanuelle Ragot, Wildgen, provides ‘accurate and practical advice’ across a myriad IP and TMT matters including on data protection, e-commerce issues and trade mark infringement. Ragot continues to represent an international shoe company in litigation brought against counterfeited products." - Legal 500 / 2017
"At Wildgen, team head David Maria regularly acts for international clients on tax structuring issues." - Legal 500 / 2017
"At Wildgen, team head François Brouxel continues to represent Cemex group on aspects of its global restructuring." - Legal 500 / 2017
"Wildgen, Partners in Law provides ‘a thoughtful and thorough analysis’ of the key aspects of strategic corporate and private equity-led M&A. Practice head François Brouxel has ‘a common-sense approach’; he is advising Cemex on its global restructuring. Samia Rabia is also recommended." - Legal 500 / 2016
"David Maria heads the team at Wildgen, Partners in Law, which provides ‘practical and common-sense advice’ to private equity firms and high-net-worth individuals on tax structuring and planning." - Legal 500 / 2016
"One of the best IT/IP practices in Luxembourg’, Wildgen, Partners in Law provides an ‘excellent, timely and accurate service’ to clients across a broad array of mandates including trade mark litigation and enforcement, as well as data protection and e-commerce. The ‘very knowledgeable and practical’ Emmanuelle Ragot has ‘excellent industry and regulatory knowledge’, and, as well as her core IP and IT practice, is also a key member of a five-strong team which has a focus on advising start-ups on their growth strategies." - Legal 500 / 2016
"Wildgen, Partners in Law has ‘in-depth knowledge of the funds area’, covering alternative investment funds and retail funds. Mevlüde-Aysun Tokbag gives ‘practical’ advice to German clients doing business in Luxembourg, and team head Samia Rabia is ‘very competent and experienced across the entire funds area’." - Legal 500 / 2016
"David Maria leads the six-lawyer team at Wildgen, Partners in Law, which recently advised Puma International Financing on the tax aspects of a senior note offering and issuance. Director Laurent Mahaux is also recommended." - Legal 500 / 2015
"Wildgen, Partners in Law ‘constantly adds value to transactions’, whether acting for banks, corporations or high-net-worth individuals. It recently advised Plentum on the restructuring of its securitisation structure. The ‘astute, commercial and efficient’ Michel Bulach heads the team." - Legal 500 / 2015
"The ‘always comitted’ Wildgen, Partners in Law ‘finds tailor-made solutions’ for investors and financial institutions. Team head Samia Rabia recently advised TIAA Henderson Real estate on AIFMD issues." - Legal 500 / 2015
"François Brouxel leads Wildgen, Partners in Law’s large corporate team, which also includes the ‘dedicated’ Samia Rabia. Clients include Avaya, BlackBridge Group, Bonnier and Randstad." - Legal 500 / 2015
"Wildgen, Partners in Law advises clients on regulatory matters and is particularly expert in reinsurance and life insurance work. Michel Bulach heads the team." - Legal 500 / 2015
"Long-established firm Wildgen, Partners in Law delivers ‘high-quality legal advice combined with a commercial approach’, and acts for numerous foreign banks. Michel Bulach heads the team." - Legal 500 / 2014