TRADITIONAL EXCELLENCE – NEW VENTURES
The practice of Schiltz & Schiltz as a boutique law firm today combines traditional excellence in classical areas of business law with solid know how in new ventures, in particular tech law.
Business litigation – focus on banking and insurance
The firm’s traditional focus is on business litigation and dispute resolution, in particular in banking, finance and insurance. Its pairs recognize the longstanding expertise and excellence of the firm in this area. Partner Franz Schiltz, who coordinates the firm’s work, is regularly named as one of Luxembourg’s top litigators. The client base of the firm includes major banks, financial institutions and insurance companies.
M&A and Corporate
The firm has developed over the last twenty years a strong practice in M&A and Finance as well as corporate law. It advises both national and international companies and organizations in those areas. Its focus as a boutique law firm is on pragmatism. Its interventions are always solution oriented. Laurence Frising is the partner in charge.
The team is a regular advisor on large development projects in Luxembourg representing major institutions and developers. It also acts as an advisor on real estate financing. The firm was involved over the last decades in a very substantial number of landmark projects in Luxembourg; it continues to be. Franz Schiltz is the contact partner.
Fraud and insolvency
Schiltz & Schiltz have been and continue to be leading advisors in the most prominent international fraud and insolvency matters in Luxembourg. Current and former assignments include Banco Ambrosiano, BCCI (the world’s largest banking failure pre-2008), Madoff and Rioforte/Espirito Santo. Franz Schiltz is the contact partner.
Labour law and administrative law
The firm is a recognized actor in labour law and administrative law. The department is headed by Anne Ferry who has developed a strong practice in these areas over the years. The team is in particular advising clients on major real estate projects. It also serves as the lead advisor in a number of high profile restructurings (social plans). It regularly appears in high profile cases in front of Luxembourg’s administrative Courts.
The team for new ventures is headed by Jean-Louis Schiltz. He is also a Guest Professor at the University of Luxembourg where he teaches internet- and telecommunications law. Depending on the nature of the work, the M&A and corporate teams as well as the labour law team also stand ready to provide advice in their respective area of competence.
TMT – internet – e-commerce
The team has a strong TMT (technology, media and telecommunications) and internet law practice. It advises in particular on the setup of new businesses with an international focus in Luxembourg, covering both large international groups and start-ups.
While having a well-established banking practice, the firm is today recognized as the leading FinTech law firm in Luxembourg. Jean-Louis Schiltz has been recognized as one of Luxembourg’s most influential business leaders in Luxembourg in particular for his work on FinTech which he and his team are carrying out under the heading “innovation through law”. The team advises both traditional actors on digital challenges as well as rising FinTech stars which it guides for example through the regulatory challenges they are facing. Examples of the business areas in which the firm is active include digital payments, virtual currencies, blockchain, digital identity, new compliance models, digitalization of wealth management and many more.
Schiltz & Schiltz advises local and international companies on all aspects of data protection and privacy law. The team offers the firm’s clients, which include amongst others financial institutions, insurance companies as well as start-ups, expert knowledge on all aspects of the European data protection regulations as well as their Luxembourg applications and their international implications. Two members of the team have in former capacities been heavily involved in the crafting of the relevant pieces of legislation, which puts Schiltz & Schiltz in a position to offer a rather unique perspective to its clients here.
Space law is for the firm the natural continuation of telecommunications law. Jean-Louis Schiltz has been asked to advise the Luxembourg government on the elaboration of Luxembourg’s new draft law on the exploration and use of space resources.