Gérard Neiens

Gérard Neiens


Email gerard.neiens@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +352 26 4 26 301

Fax +352 26 4 26 999

LanguagesEnglish, French, German, Luxembourgish

Practice groupCorporate

"Business-minded, creative and approachable"

Legal 500 2018

As the Head of our Tax practice, Gérard Neiens' focus is in international tax planning and restructuring, investment fund taxation, as well as IP and private wealth taxation. He advises large corporations, investment banks, financial institutions and private wealth clients on direct and indirect tax aspects of international real estate investments, private equity transactions, regulated and unregulated investment structures. He also provides tax advice on financing transactions, corporate acquisitions and disposals, reorganisation operations, as well as transfer pricing and VAT issues. Gérard also has significant experience in corporate law, focusing on M&A, corporate finance and restructuring deals, as well as general corporate advice.

Before joining Hogan Lovells as one of the founding partners of the Luxembourg office in 2013, Gérard practised for over ten years within the tax department of one of the magic circle firms based in Luxembourg. Since then, he Heads the Tax practice of Hogan Lovells in Luxembourg which grows and develops under his skillful supervision.

Gérard is committed to helping the clients to surmount any challenge, maximise their tax benefits and other business opportunities. Experienced and reactive with high attention to detail he is always ready to offer an insightful advice.

Awards and recognitions


Notable practitioner


Recommended lawyer for Tax


"Very responsive, knowledgeable and insightful lawyer"
Chambers 2018


"Creative, practical and insightful"


"Provides client focused and creative tax structuring advice"


"Calm and professional"


"Highly experienced"


Legal500 EMEA

Education and admissions


LL.M Corporate and Maritime Law, University of Southampton, 2003

Master Degree in International and European Law, University of Montpellier, 2002

Master degree in Business Law, University of Montpellier, 2001



International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)

International Fiscal Association (IFA)

Real Estate Association of Luxembourg (LuxReal)

Haute autorité de la Place Financière

LuxCMA (Luxembourg Capital Market Association)

Bar admissions and qualifications


Related areas of focus

Auditing, Internal Reviews, Reporting, Self-Disclosure Buy-ins and Buy-outs Carve-outs, Spin-offs, and Split-offs Co-investments Anti-money Laundering Pension Issues Connected With Business Critical Reorganizations Business Restructuring and Tax Company Formation Convertible Debt Offerings Corporate and Commercial Transactions Corporate Group Structures Cross-border Restructuring and Insolvency Customs and Import Compliance Debt Funds Derivatives and Structured Products Disclosure and Reporting Obligations Distressed Asset Management, Refinancing, and Restructuring Due Diligence and Transaction and Securities Disclosure Counsel Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Exits Export Controls Fund Structuring and Establishment Governance Hogan Lovells China Desk Infrastructure Funds Initial Public Offerings International Programs International Tax Planning Islamic Finance Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances Listed Funds Loan Portfolio and Distressed Debt Transactions M&A and Tax Management Incentive Plans Management Teams M&A and Joint Ventures M&A, Business Transfers, and Restructuring in Financial Services Private Equity and Venture Capital Tax Audits Tax Disputes and Controversy Tax Exempt Tax Legislation and Policy Tax Valuation VAT and Indirect Tax Real Estate Funds Real Estate Investment Real Estate Private Equity Real Estate Tax and REITs Risk Management, Governance, and Compliance Securitization and Structured Finance Shari'a Compliant Funds Sovereign Investors Stamp Tax State Aid

Representative experience

Advised a major real estate manager on a joint venture with Korean National Pension Service to acquire Spanish Shopping Center for €210m.

Advised Foncière des Murs and club deal investors on the acquisition of an hotel portfolio in Düsseldorf, Berlin-Drelinden and Cologne, Germany.

Advised YESSS, a specialist of wholesale electrical products and equipment, on the implementation of its European holding, financial and IP structure via Luxembourg.

Advised AXA Real Investment Managers on a €231m acquisition of a Luxembourg structure holding the largest shopping center in West Germany.

Helped FMS Wertmanagement to acquire and sell, via Luxembourg entities, a portfolio of loans related to Spanish real estate for more than €500m.

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