Bernard Beerens

Bernard Beerens is an equity partner in AKD Luxembourg. He is a lawyer since 2002 and a partner with AKD since 2016. Bernard is currently heading AKD’s Luxembourg office and AKD Luxembourg’s corporate practice group.

Before joining AKD, he worked for a major UK-based law firm then at the Luxembourg office of another leading Dutch law firm, advising clients on various corporate and finance transactions. During 2008 and 2009, he headed the Luxembourg desk of the corporate and finance department of the same firm in New York, mainly serving US and Canadian clients on Luxembourg legal matters. After having established his own firm Beerens & Avocats in 2010 and managed the growth and success of his firm for 6 years, Bernard and his team joined AKD in 2016.

Bernard advises multinational clients, including major private equity firms, hedge funds and non-regulated real estate funds, and high net wealth individuals on structuring and financing of international transactions, formation of joint venture and securitization vehicles, corporate organizations and reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, exit strategies and corporate governance matters.

Bernard resolves complex commercial questions to structure and restructure clients’ businesses. He also provides expert advice on financing activities with a focus on financial, banking, securitization and (re)structuring transactions. He represents lenders and borrowers in all types of financing transactions and advises on collateral arrangements, financial instruments and related transactional documents.

Bernard considers that legal matters demand representation with impeccable credentials, specialized knowledge, a wealth of experience and responsiveness, focused on client service. Bernard focusses on building long-term relationships with his clients by staying true to his commitments and supporting them in the development of their business. His clients value his responsiveness, business-mind, in-depth knowledge of the financial markets and his result-oriented culture with a constant dedication to achieve their commercial objectives.

Bernard holds a Master’s degree in law from the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). He has also studied at the Universita Degli Studi di Milano (Italy).

He regularly publishes articles on M&A, corporate and banking and finance topics in legal magazines such as Corporate International, Global Legal Insight, Kluwer and the International Comparative Legal Guide.

Bernard is a member of the Luxembourg Bar. He is also a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and American Bar Association (ABA).

Practice:

AKD is one of the largest law firms in the Netherlands. With a team of 250 committed lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax lawyers, AKD delivers high quality legal services and tax matters in nearly all legal fields, based on a full-service approach. Our client base varies from very large multinational companies to stock-listed Dutch entities, from large corporates to family owned businesses, from financial institutions to municipalities and hospitals.

Pragmatic Approach & No-Nonsense Culture:

AKD has a pragmatic approach to business issues and provides tailored solutions for a variety of client needs by taking current legal, economic and political reality into account. Recognized for its ability to solve complex legal and tax challenges creatively and successfully and driven by the ambition to consistently seek proactive ways to add value to our legal and tax services, AKD prides itself on professional excellence and dedication to its clients. AKD has an open, no-nonsense culture and seeks to create a transparent and inclusive environment.

Diversity:

AKD is a place where people of all backgrounds, races and cultures work together and thrive. In order to meet the needs of the variety of clients we serve from different backgrounds, our legal team consists of people who speak the same language as our clients and are sensitive to cultural differences in outlook or work processes. AKD has an Asia desk, a Turkish desk, a German desk and an US desk.

International:

AKD is the independent legal and tax advisor for everyone who does business which involves the Benelux countries. With offices in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, AKD offers integrated, international legal services in stable jurisdictions. Business arrangements, financial structures and digitalization readily transcend international boundaries. But in practicality, there are still numerous legal systems to deal with. This calls for in-depth insight into what is possible, what is permitted and what is obligatory. AKD has top-class specialists who look across borders and beyond the confines of their own disciplines to ensure seamless end-to-end service. Outside the Benelux, AKD partners with an extensive network of highly reputable law firms to form fully integrated teams who comprehensively assist our clients in doing business around the globe.​

Christophe Gammal

Christophe Gammal graduated from the European School in Luxembourg in 1987.

From 1991 to 1996, he pursued business administration studies (Diplom Kaufmann) at the University of Regensburg, Germany, with specialisation in investment, banking and finance as well as operation research. In 1998, he studied commercial law in Luxembourg and has subsequently followed various courses in taxes; management (including MIT); human resources and private equity.

He joined HALSEY in 1997 and has served as a member of the Executive Committee and holder of a CSSF license since 2000 and as a director since 2006, at which point he became a partner. Before he joined HALSEY, he served in various positions with FLG Metallurgie GmbH (VIAG Group) in Düsseldorf, Germany, Murex Rainham Ltd, Rainham (UK) and with Hypobank International S.A. in Luxembourg in the internal audit and deposit department.

Practice:

As a provider of solutions and customised professional services for companies, we put all the advantages of the regulatory framework of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and its international financial centre to good use for you.

Established for more than 20 years, approved by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier, we are independent and wholly own by our management. We offer a personalised and objective approach to your specific needs.

We offer our clients an extensive range of high quality services in connection with Luxembourg financial companies both at the time of incorporation and throughout the life of the company.

• Company formation services
• Coordination with the notary, preparation of articles of association and, if required, representation of founding shareholders at incorporation
• Assistance in opening bank accounts (in line with the stringent Luxembourg KYC rules)
• Establishment of shareholders’ register
• Assistance in finding offices and recruiting staff
• Administrative and accounting services
• Provision of a registered office for the company
• Handling the day-to-day operations of the company and follow-up of third party relationships
• Maintenance of books and records and provision of a general ledger and trial balance
• Preparation of periodical reports
• Preparation of the annual accounts including balance sheet, profit & loss account and notes in accordance with Luxembourg rules and regulations
• Corporate secretarial services
• Keeping and up-dating the company’s files
• Organisation and documentation of board meetings and shareholders’ meetings
• Undertaking of legal publications
• Financial services
• Central administration services, including maintenance of books and records, preparation of the financial statements, administrative follow-up and assistance (for Luxembourg SICARs and SIFs)
• Registrar and transfer agency services, including maintenance of the unit or share register, processing of investor subscriptions and KYC due diligence
• Ongoing monitoring and compliance support for regulated structures (for Luxembourg SICARs and SIFs), design and drafting of internal procedures
• Tax Compliance services
• Preparation of corporate tax returns
• Preparation of VAT returns and maintenance of VAT records
• Coordination of external tax advisors
• Management of companies
• Provision of one or more directors, managers and legal signatories
• Other services
• Assistance in recruiting and management of staff
• Supply with state-of-the-art offices ready for immediate occupation

Marco Caldana

Marco Caldana is Chairman of the Board of SELECTRA Management Company S.A., CEO of FIA ASSET MANAGEMENT S.A. and Managing Director and insurance broker of FARAD International S.A. After graduating with a degree in Banking, Finance and Insurance from the Università Cattolica of Milan, Marco Caldana has acquired extensive experience in the financial sector in several international firms.

Practice:

Established in Luxembourg in 2001, FARAD Group positions itself among the leaders in the insurance and financial markets in Europe.

Thanks to its B2B and B4B2C services platform developed during 15 years of activity, the Group provides tailor-made solutions to the different needs of its institutional clients. Being independent, the Group works with an open architecture approach providing highly innovative solutions in both its insurance and financial areas of expertise.

FARAD Group, headquartered in Luxembourg, holds a Branch and two Representative Offices in Milan. Its well-established position on the European market reflects the Group’s activities in many countries: France, Luxembourg, Belgium, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Italy.

FARAD Group’s international, multilingual and multidisciplinary team is composed of more than 50 professionals, working together to ensure valuable services to its clients. In order to better support the daily activities of its core businesses, FARAD Group has set up specialized departments in the following areas: Management, Legal and Compliance, Project Management, Marketing, IT, Administration and Accounting.

FARAD Group encompasses the following companies:

– FARAD International S.A. (www.farad.lu) – Private Insurance broker
– FIA Asset Management S.A. (www.fia.lu) – Professional of the Financial Sector (PSF)
– SELECTRA Management Company S.A. (www.selectra.lu) – Fully licensed Management Company
– EASI European Administration and Support For Insurers S.A. (www.easi.services) – Professionnel du Secteur de l’Assurance (PSA)

Olivier Lombardo

Olivier Lombardo is a French, Luxembourgish and European trademark and design lawyer and heads the trademark department at Dennemeyer & Associates in Luxembourg. He graduated from the renowned Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies in France and holds an LLM in European business law.

Mr Lombardo has worked in trademark management since 2002, when he worked in close cooperation with French Senator Pierre Lafitte, founder of Sophia Antipolis, one of Europe’s biggest technology parks. After completing his postgraduate qualifications in IP law, Mr Lombardo gathered experience in a German private practice and at the European Patent Office. In 2004, he co-founded a movie production company in Munich, gaining insight and experience in the media industry.

After five years of working as an IP lawyer and legal director, Mr Lombardo joined international law firm Dennemeyer & Associates in 2010 and was offered the position of head of trademarks Luxembourg in 2013.

Specialising in trademark and design law, Mr Lombardo has a wide range of experience in the enforcement of IP rights and the management of major multinational clients’ portfolios in the automobile, cosmetics and food-processing industries, among others. Mr Lombardo’s experience in dealing with various aspects of IP law and his strong understanding of the use of trademarks enable him to provide clients with business-oriented solutions and practice-oriented contracts.

Mr Lombardo also represents Dennemeyer & Associates at conferences and seminars and heads the Dennemeyer IP Breakfasts in Luxembourg. Mr Lombardo is fluent in French, English and German. He is among others a member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES), International Trademark Association (INTA), Association Benelux pour le Droit des Marques et Modèles (BMM), Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (AIPPI Luxembourg), Association des Praticiens du Droit des Marques et des Modèles (APRAM)

Dennemeyer & Associates:

Dennemeyer Group has over five decades of experience in delivering quality IP legal services in a wide spectrum of jurisdictions. With offices on four continents and ten time zones, we are fully equipped to take on large-scale assignments while delivering unmatched local expertise.

Service areas include patent, trademark and design maintenance, filing and prosecution including EP validations, PCT nationalizations, recordals and much more. DIAMS iQ, our IP management software, is a secure and integrated gateway to your IP portfolio, and it also offers a high level of integration to our patent annuity and trademark renewal services. Thanks to a modular approach, DIAMS iQ is fully adaptable to your organization’s particular needs.

Whether you represent a corporation or a law firm, Dennemeyer’s services will help you reduce portfolio risk and maximize the value of your IP assets.

Alhard von Ketelhodt

We are specialized accountants “Commissaire aux Comptes” and auditors in Luxembourg.

Accounting:

Every Luxembourg company based on shares has to provide a Commissaire aux Comptes who has to supervise and control the company’s business activities. The commissaire is entitled to receive full information and has access to each and every document in the company. At the end of the commercial year he prepares an annual report about the company’s activities for the shareholders.

Due to our long experince we can support your company with a wide range of accounting services.

Services:

– Booking submitted documents. If requested we can pick up your documents.

– Collecting your data in our accounting program in the language you request. 

– Preparing and printing your data on a monthly, quarterly and / or yearly basis (general ledger, journal etc.). 

– Listing your information about debts, receivables, customers, suppliers of your company on a monthly, quarterly and / or yearly basis. 

– Preparing cost accounting in the currency you request.

– If requested preparing preliminary balances.

– Preparing your annual accounts (balance, profit and loss, notes).

– Preparing consolidated financial statements.

– Advice and assistance.

– Analysis and evaluation of your data.

Specifics:

– Provide staff for the implantation of the accounts at your premises. 

– Helping in choosing the most suitable accounting program for your office. 

– Being of assistance with minor works, e.g. creation of the annual accounts without accounting tasks or bookings at the end of the year.

We are pleased to develop an individual offer to match the needs of your company.

Michel Molitor

Michel MOLITOR started his law career in banking after obtaining a law degree from the University of Strasbourg (France) and a PhD in political sciences from the University of Vienna (Austria). For the past 30 years he has been the contact partner for many of the firm’s national and international clients in numerous industry sectors. Michel is known for his technical competences in Luxembourg financial law and is particularly active in Banking and Finance.

Michel has been listed by Chambers Europe where he “is commended for his expertise, efficiency, reliability and client-focused service” and compared “favourably to the market’s larger players, especially noting his technical competence in Luxembourg financial law”. In The Legal 500 2016 he is ranked as a leading individual and praised for his excellent response times, ‘especially at critical moments’. Best Lawyers Luxembourg has also ranked Michel for his expertise in Litigation and Corporate.

Furthermore, IFLR1000 listed Michel as a leading insurance lawyer and for over 10 years he has been continuously ranked among the top insurance lawyers in Who’s Who Legal: Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers.

Firm Overview:

We are a top independent business law firm in Luxembourg with 28 lawyers serving local and international corporate clients doing business in the Grand Duchy. Our clients include banks and financial institutions, multinational corporations, commercial companies, industrial groups, government and public administration. Top tier law firms particularly from the USA, UK, Continental Europe, Asia and Canada rely on us for legal matters and disputes involving Luxembourg law. We work closely with a growing number of international law firms and we have built enduring relationships with regulators, government and the local Luxembourg administration.