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"This long-established domestic outfit counts banking and finance law as one of its major strengths"
A client describes the firm as "responsive, fast and precise when providing legal services."
One source describes the firm as "very professional, responsive, supportive and helpful" in its approach. Another interviewee notes that the IP/TMT Practice Group "responds quickly to requests and questions."
Clients appreciate that the lawyers are "always available and very responsive," adding: "They are sensitive to time pressures, which results in fast turnaround times. They are also able to find practical solutions." Another source adds that the Corporate Pratice Group "always makes the effort to adapt to the specific requirements and difficulties of the client."
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."
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."
"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
"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"
Deep knowledge of local Luxembourg law and good connections and experiences with local regulatory authorities. Satisfied clients praise the Banking and Finance Practice Group: "Very commercial minded, and pragmatic approach." "Very responsive."
The Investment Funds Practice Group is recognised as “Well informed, particularly to new regulatory requirements. Professional and expedient work. No nonsense approach and always willing to discuss different approaches.” According to clients, the team is: “Culturally thorough; all matters receive the same level of exacting diligence. Also innovative when assisting with structuring funds and transactions.” They provide "High standards of work in terms of legal skills, specific knowledge, good responsiveness, professional communication, coordination of the processes with other third parties.” The team pays “Attention to client's needs and potential liabilities.
Satisfied clients recognise the team as being “commercial and responsive” with an “efficient, pragmatic approach.” “The Wildgen team is extremely qualified, very responsive, accurate, timely. Often we work on a couple of projects at the same time with tight deadlines. Their performance and professionalism have always been outstanding.”
The investment funds team is active on setting up and structuring a range of different fund types, particularly on regulatory matters related to alternative funds and UCITS. Satisfied clients praise the Investment Funds Practice Group: "A very good law firm, very good expertise and very responsive." "Effective and efficient advise." "Highly competent. Quick response times. Friendly, and easy to approach." They also appreciate that the team has "Great knowledge and oversight on Luxembourg law, and very good connections to regulatory authorities."
The firm’s banking team is particularly active in the areas of corporate financing, bank lending and structured finance transactions for local enterprises. According to clients, the Banking & Finance Practice Group is: "Professional, committed, and respects time." "They provided timely and commercial advice. Their responses were clear."
The M&A team acts on a mix of domestic and cross-border complex transactions such as acquisitions, joint ventures, mergers and spin-offs for acquirers, sellers and targets. Restructuring has been a key area for the firm in recent deals, with the firm advising international clients on matters ranging from post-acquisition reorganisations to local aspects of Chapter 11 reorganisations.
"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.”
"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.
"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."
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"The lawyers know what really matters and do not hide behind the law."
Wildgen's three-partner team provides 'client-oriented and highly professional' advice to fund managers and promoters, throughout the lifecycle of alternative investment funds and UCITS. Samia Rabia combines pure fund structuring expertise alongside her broader corporate offering, enabling her to provide an integrated service to alternative asset management clients, including private equity sponsors, on the fund structuring front, as well as on any subsequent downstream investment work. Banking partner Mevlüde-Aysun Tokbag co-heads the team along with Rabia, and is noted, in particular, for her ability to provide an 'insider knowledge of processes with institutional investors in the German-speaking region'.
The 'very knowledgeable and hardworking' team at Wildgen provides a 'responsive and flexible' service to multinational corporates, family businesses, start-ups and funds across a range of transactional and ongoing corporate and commercial work. The 'very pragmatic and down-to-earth' François Brouxel is well-versed in local Luxembourg corporate law, and as well as utilising this knowledge to effectively structure international M&A mandates, he has also been at the vanguard of discussions relating to the modernisation of Luxembourg’s company law and the reform of business licences. Isabelle Charlier co-heads the team alongside Brouxel and is noted for her ability to 'clearly answer questions, and present good and interesting proposals'.
Led by Samia Rabia, who has 'extraordinary business acumen and foresight', Wildgen handles work for clients throughout the lifecycle of real estate transactions, from funding through to leasing. Given Rabia's overarching asset management expertise, unsurprisingly, the firm also excels at structuring real estate funds.
The team at Wildgen is 'composed of lawyers with complementary and highly diversified skills in the insurance sector' and is thereby well-placed to advise clients in the life insurance, non-life insurance and reinsurance sectors across the gamut of aspects impacting their businesses. Karine Vilret has been pivotal to the firm's recent success in the area and (...) has galvanised its offering, particularly in light of her contentious life insurance expertise. 'Strategic thinker' Michel Bulach co-heads the team alongside Vilret and provides non-contentious expertise to reinsurers, including on M&A in the sector, as well as on establishment and ongoing operational requirements. Silvia Bracaloni's arrival in October 2019 (...) further enhances the team's offering, in light of her 'detailed product and regulatory knowledge'.
Wildgen does still have some capacity, particularly on the data protection front, where it is praised for its 'responsive and knowledgeable service'. Tax partner David Maria is the de-facto head of the team.
Benefiting from 'extensive knowledge on corporate tax matters',Wildgen provides 'timely replies and solutions' to clients engaged in cross-border restructurings, M&A transactions and business migrations. 'Extremely user-friendly' team head David Maria is a 'subject matter expert and capable of describing sometimes complex issues clearly for a lay person'.
The 'very responsive and approachable' two-partner team at Wildgen provides 'solutions-oriented' advice to banks and private equity sponsors on acquisition financing mandates, utilising debt from across the capital structure. The 'committed and motivated' Mevlüde-Aysun Tokbag co-heads the team alongside Michel Bulach, and excels in providing regulatory and transactional advice to German clients.
The arrival in October 2018 of the 'responsive and knowledgeable' Karine Vilret has marked a huge step change in Wildgen's ability to provide overarching insurance expertise in both the contentious and non-contentious side. 'A highly skilled expert for life insurance and international life insurance', Vilret's broad-ranging expertise runs the gamut from complex product structuring and wealth management solutions to international freedom of services issues. Michel Bulach is active in the reinsurance field for SMEs, international groups, financial firms, and high-net-worth individuals.
Led by David Maria, Wildgen's five-strong team provides 'practical and commercial advice' to international clients on the tax aspects associated with cross-border corporate finance mandates. Clients include corporates, funds and high-net-worth individuals.
Jointly headed by François Brouxel and Isabelle Charlier, Wildgen's team has a 'very strong M&A practice' on behalf of domestic and international corporates and private equity clients. Praised for its 'ability to navigate a complicated Luxembourg legal and compliance landscape', the team also has significant experience advising on corporate reorganisations and migrations, and assists clients with compliance and corporate governance matters.
Jointly headed by the 'proactive and skillful' Mevlüde-Aysun Tokbag and the 'excellent' Samia Rabia , Wildgen's ten-strong team has 'profound market knowledge' and excels in providing 'tailor-made advice' across the gamut of matters relating to UCITS and alternative investment funds. Clients also appreciate the firm's 'excellent synergies and collaboration between the firm's different practice areas', in addition to its German desk which enables it to provide a 'one-stop-shop' for German-related funds matters.
The 'agile and proactive' team at Wildgen advises domestic and international clients from a range of industry sectors - including pharmaceutical, technology and financial services - across the spectrum of IP and IT matters. David Maria heads the IP team.
Leveraging the firm's banking and funds offering, Wildgen has a particular strength handling funds-related real estate mandates and real estate finance matters. Romain Viard provides 'high-quality and efficient advice on real estate matters'.
Jointly headed by Michel Bulach and the 'skillful and knowledgeable' Mevlüde-Aysun Tokbag, Wildgen provides 'practical and solution-oriented advice' to international corporates, SMEs, and high-net-worth individuals across a range of transactional work, including as it relates to acquisition finance and securitisations. Bulach is also noted for his regulatory expertise.
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 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.
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.
Wildgen provides ‘high-quality and cost-effective’ advice to a growing roster of companies on day-to-day employment issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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
"At Wildgen, team head François Brouxel continues to represent Cemex group on aspects of its global restructuring." - Legal 500 / 2017
"At Wildgen, team head David Maria regularly acts for international clients on tax structuring issues." - Legal 500 / 2017
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
"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
"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
"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." - 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 advises clients on regulatory matters and is particularly expert in reinsurance and life insurance work. Michel Bulach heads the team." - 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
"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