Practice and service areas

Corporate Law, Tax Law, Investment Funds Law and Private Wealth Structuring represent our core practice areas. We also have practitioners in more specialist areas such as Banking and Finance, Commercial Law, Employment, Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Litigation and Dispute Resolution. Our expertise covers a large spectrum of industry sectors to service a diverse range of clients.

CORPORATE LAW

Rutsaert Legal provides a full range of advice in general corporate matters, such as organising and structuring corporations, mergers & acquisitions, drafting shareholders and joint venture agreements.

We provide strategic planning and structuring for corporate transactions, before managing the process through successful execution and closing. We also advise clients on bankruptcy matters and assist them with the liquidation of their Luxembourg companies.

Rutsaert Legal has been ranked by The Legal 500 as Leading Firm 2015 for Corporate and M&A. 

INVESTMENT FUNDS 

An attractive jurisdiction

Luxembourg offers a comprehensive range of legal instruments for structuring investments, from unregulated corporate structures, such as the SPF (private wealth management company) and the SOPARFI (financial holding company), to regulated investment structures, such as the SIF (specialised investment fund), the SICAR (venture capital investment vehicle) and UCITS (undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities).

Global reach

Rutsaert Legal regularly advises large and medium-sized asset managers, investment boutiques and start-ups, financial institutions and high net worth individuals in relation to the set-up, launching, merger, acquisition and change to the domicile of their open- and closed-ended investment vehicles. We provide extensive assistance to clients through the entire lifespan of their investment structure, covering a broad range of legal, transactional, compliance and corporate governance matters.

Our team works closely with institutions and individuals in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, Asia and Southern Africa and participates in numerous steering groups on the ongoing development of the investment funds industry.

Multi-specialists

The investment funds practice focuses on finding the optimal structure, preparing and advising on filing requirements with regulators, listing securities on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, offering of shares, bonds and units, preparing and negotiating contractual documentation with the appropriate service providers.

Extending over their corporate, tax and finance competences, the firm’s professionals combine unprecedented skills in structuring Luxembourg and foreign investment vehicles, whether in a corporate, mutual or trust form.

Quentin Rutsaert is recommended by Global Law Experts for his expertise in the Investment Funds. 

TAX LAW

At Rutsaert Legal, we provide efficient, multidisciplinary and practical tax advice for profit-oriented entities across all major industries, including real estate development, transportation, healthcare and insurance, manufacturing, high-tech industries, utilities, retail, wholesale trade, IT, communications and media. We assist clients with comprehensive international tax planning and structuring, as well as with the negotiation of tax provisions in their business contracts.

We possess thorough knowledge of the tax laws of various foreign jurisdictions that is essential when it comes to setting up complex cross-border holding structures. We always analyse the tax consequences of a transaction and link considerations on tax aspects to strategies that are tailored to meet unique demands, leading to our clients’ achieving their business objectives. In providing advice as to tax structuring, we take a global perspective and provide innovative solutions.

PRIVATE WEALTH STRUCTURING

High net worth individuals and families
Private Wealth Structuring is an important part of our practice, which is focused on representing and advising high net worth individuals, families and their businesses. We realise that the value of wealth lies in its ability to empower our clients to drive down the roads towards getting what they are striving for with respect to wealth protection and wealth transfer.

A multi-disciplinary approach
Our firm is committed to keeping abreast of changes in the tax and regulatory environment in order to address any tax related concerns of our clients with regard to the protection of their wealth and its smooth transfer to the next generation. We understand that the patrimonial situation of individuals and families is changing over the years.

Consequently, our mission is to provide our clients with legal and tax advice that is the most appropriate at a given time, and addresses a given specific patrimonial situation and residence. In providing advice on private wealth structuring, we take a multidisciplinary approach.

Experience
Our Private Wealth Structuring expertise has experience in a wide range of practice areas, such as:

business succession planning;

estate planning and trust accounting;

tax planning and compliance services;

charitable planning strategies;

asset protection;

understanding the operation of family offices and private bankers.

Our advisers have years of experience addressing the above issues and our lawyers are also skilled at fiduciary representation and defence in case of litigation.

FINANCIAL LAW & CAPITAL MARKETS

At Rutsaert Legal, we have a unique knowledge of the financial sector. We provide advice on loan transactions, the issuance of various types of negotiable instruments, project finance and securitisation transactions. We also advise on core capital market deals, such as private placements, public offerings, listing of securities and buy-back transactions. We provide ongoing support on compliance with Stock Exchange regulations.