Hogan Lovells to Launch Luxembourg Office

LUXEMBOURG, 23 July 2013 – Hogan Lovells will be opening an office in Luxembourg on 1 August as part of its strategy to continue to grow its funds and tax practices and develop in markets that are key to the firm's clients.

The office will initially comprise two partners - Pierre Reuter (Investment Funds) and Jean-Michel Schmit (Corporate).  They join Hogan Lovells from NautaDutilh and will be followed by four of their current associates. Prior to NautaDutilh, Pierre and Jean-Michel were at Linklaters.

Commenting on the new office opening David Harris, global co-CEO of Hogan Lovells, said:

"Luxembourg is an increasingly important jurisdiction for investment funds.  Our new office will allow us to offer a much fuller funds capability to our clients and it will also be a key to a number of our other practice areas such as corporate, real estate, private equity and tax."

Christoph Kueppers, Regional Managing Partner for Continental Europe, added:

"We have previously worked with Pierre and Jean-Michel on a number of client matters.  They are both first rate lawyers and have a wide range of experience relevant to our funds practice and we are delighted that they are joining us with their team."

Pierre Reuter said:

"For a certain number of years, Luxembourg has been the jurisdiction of choice for the structuring of regulated investment funds, such as UCITS and alternative investment funds.

"Luxembourg offers a stable yet flexible legal and regulatory environment, a skilled workforce and a strategic location. With the passing of the EU's Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) in Luxembourg it will be even more attractive for alternative investment fund managers to expand or set up their products in Luxembourg and to thrive here."

Jean-Michel Schmit said:

"Pierre and I are very excited about joining Hogan Lovells.  We are confident about bringing a strong Luxembourg team to a well-respected global firm."

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