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US$800 million fundraise for MessageBird
We assisted MessageBird, the Amsterdam based tech company, on the raise of US$800 million from investors as an extension on its US$200 million Series C round announced last October to fund the all-cash acquisition of US email marketing firm SparkPost for US$600 million.
Loyens & Loeff advised Telefónica on the migration of Luxembourg insurance business
Telefónica Insurance S.A. successfully received regulatory approvals to relocate its head office from Luxembourg to Spain.
Luxembourg: A fintech-friendly jurisdiction
Luxembourg is a reference jurisdiction for the financial services industry and has always been keen to evolve and implement new innovative technologies in the day-to-day business framework. Luxembourg recently passed an amendment to the law on the circulation of securities to include the concept of distributed ledger technology such as Blockchain.
Highbrook acquires 33 dutch properties for its new urban logistics CityLink platform
Loyens & Loeff advised Highbrook Investors on the acquisition of 33 Dutch industrial and last mile logistics properties. Highbrook has formed a new urban logistics platform named CityLink in partnership with Dutch asset manager and developer Proptimize.
Coronavirus raises various tax questions in Belgium
The rapid spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) leads to far-reaching measures at home and abroad.
A guide to restructuring and insolvency law in Luxembourg
Anne-Marie Nicolas, Véronique Hoffeld and Richard Steichen provide an overview of restructuring and insolvency law in Luxembourg in a Q&A format.
Cartel follow-on litigation under new Dutch class action system WAMCA
In the United States, class actions seem to be a go-to instrument for cartel follow-on litigation. In the United Kingdom, the (certification) criteria for collective proceedings were recently clarified in the judgment of the Supreme Court in the Merricks vs. Mastercard proceedings. What about the use of class actions for cartel follow-on litigation in the Netherlands, now that the recent Collective Damages in Class Actions Act (Dutch acronym WAMCA) has taken effect?
Brexit Blog 12: Will the UK join the Lugano Convention?
A new chapter in post-Brexit discussions: will the UK be able to join the Lugano Convention on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters?
Paid childcare leave for parents of seriously ill or injured children
Working parents of seriously ill or injured children currently have no choice but to take unpaid leave, take sick leave themselves or temporarily give up work altogether. To ease the burden on these families, the Swiss Code of Obligations (CO) and the Income Compensation Act will introduce new provisions on up to 14 weeks’ paid childcare leave to allow employees to care for seriously ill or injured children. The new provision will enter into force on 1 July 2021.
Loyens & Loeff wins IFLR Europe 2021 Award “Debt and Equity-Linked Deal of the Year"
Loyens & Loeff won the IFLR Europe 2021 Award “Debt and Equity Deal of the Year” for advising Novartis with the offering of EUR 1.85 billion 0.000% Sustainability-Linked Notes due 2028. This transaction is the first-ever offering of sustainability-linked notes in the healthcare industry and the first incorporating “social” targets. The winners were announced by IFLR in a virtual ceremony on 29 April 2021.
Private equity and fund formation in Luxembourg
What legal form of vehicle is typically used for private equity funds formed in your jurisdiction? Does such a vehicle have a separate legal personality or existence under the law of your jurisdiction? In either case, what are the legal consequences for investors and the manager?
How should you change your pension scheme with effect from 1 January 2022?
At the end of last year, the draft bill for the Future of Pensions Act (Wet toekomst pensioenen) was published. This Act provides for a thorough reform of the Dutch pension system, and consequently the pension scheme for your employees. It is as yet unclear when this Act will be passed. In the meantime, you as an employer have a pension scheme for your employees that you may want to change in 2022. By doing so, you will be better placed to anticipate the reforms of the Dutch pension system. Read more about these changes in this article.