Francis Hoogewerf

President at Hoogewerf & Cie; General Director, OCRA Luxembourg.

Areas of expertise:

Tax consulting (financial structures), offshore companies.

Fluent in English, French, Spanish.

FIRM DESCRIPTION:

Hoogewerf & Co was set up by Francis Hoogewerf, a UK chartered accountant, in 1970. Hoogewerf & Co practices as a “Réviseur d’Entreprises”, “Expert comptable”, domiciliation agent, international tax advisor and projects.

Hoogewerf & Co have always been cross border tax specialists, working with colleagues, tax lawyers and accountants all around the world.

Not only do Hoogewerf & Co advise on tax structures they will also coordinate the constitution and administration of appropriate tax advantageous entities and companies, virtually anywhere in the world.

Holding Companies

Hoogewerf & Co form, administer and domicile holding companies.

Tax Consultancy

Hoogewerf & Co’s specialty is to advise on tax treaty networks for dividends, interest, royalties and capital gains, especially in relation to holding companies.

Other Services:

  • Company structures worldwide (mainly holding companies).
  • Stock exchange listings
  • Shipping register
  • Aircraft register
  • Semi regulated Funds such as SICAR, SIFS, SPV
  • Offshore companies
  • Accounting
  • Audit
  • Tax Information
  • Special Projects

Representatives Abroad:

  • Switzerland – Geneva
  • China – Shanghai
  • Monaco – Monte Carlo
  • Iceland – Reykjavik
  • Malta – Valletta

Shanghai – China:

Hoogewerf & Co are represented in Shanghai by Rupert Hoogewerf, a UK qualified Chartered Accountant.

Rupert Hoogewerf speaks Mandarin, Japanese, English, German, French and Luxembourgish. Rupert Hoogewerf is well known in China for having initiated and published the China Rich List for the Hurun Report.

Sissi Zhao, a Chinese lawyer, can help clients wishing to break into the Chinese market by:

1) Representing the client in China,
2) Organizing market research, legal services, accounting etc,
3) Business intelligence, such as high level potential joint venture partners and research into market access through private entrepreneurs known to Rupert Hoogewerf,
4) Introductions to the media world Rupert Hoogewerf feels he can be of particular assistance to clients from Germany, France, Luxembourg, England and Japan.

 

Jonathan Burger

Jonathan Burger is one of the Founding Partners of the firm and a member of the Luxembourg Bar since 2006.

Jonathan specialises in the structuring, setting up and operation of the full spectrum of regulated and unregulated investment funds, including UCITS and Alternative Investment Funds (SIFs and SICARs), financial holding undertakings, securitisation vehicles and private asset management companies. Within the framework of his practice, he advises national and international fund promoters, Alternative Investment Fund managers, distributors, investment banks, asset managers, custodian banks, government authorities  and other agents providing fund-related services.

Before joining LEXTRUST, he spent some ten years with a Big 4 audit firm, a magic circle UK firm and a leading Luxembourg business law firm.

Jonathan is “maître en droit” from the Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II, holds a “D.E.A.” (“Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies”) in Tax Law from the Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II, and a “Doctorat en droit privé” from the Université Nancy 2.

WHY LEXTRUST:

  • Because our law firm’s goal is to achieve yours.
  • Because we know that your legal affairs require innovative and practical advice.
  • Because we know that our absolute commitment is essential to achieving your goals.
  • Because we do not only respond, but also anticipate to your legal issues.
  • Because we know that your solution is likelynot to be found on the beaten tracks.
  • Because our multilingual and multicultural specialists know how to deal with complex and demanding national and international affairs.

 

Bernard Beerens

Bernard Beerens is a founding partner with Ober & Beerens, specializing in corporate law, corporate finance, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, transactional business law and banking and finance matters. He 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).

Prior to establishing Ober & Beerens, he worked for a major UK-based law firm then at the Luxembourg office of a 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.

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

He further provides expert advice on complex financing activities with a focus on financial, banking, securitization and restructuring transactions. He extensively represents lenders and borrowers in all types of financing transactions and advises on collateral arrangements, financial instruments and related transactional documents.

He is fluent in English, French, German and Luxembourgish

 

Wim Ritz

With a master’s degree in Law (LL.M), Wim began his career in a private equity house, where, over the course of five years, he gained extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions.

He lectured in corporate and real estate law at a Belgian business school for seven years, and was also a member of the Belgian Bar Association as an attorney-at-law for ten years.

Wim joined Vistra in 2010 as partner and he currently heads up the Luxembourg office as the Country Managing Director.

His everyday responsibilities include a supervisory and business development role for the maintenance of Luxembourg KPI’s. Moreover, Wim also takes up management positions in client structures as he guides them through the life-cycle of their cross-border investments.

Furthermore he is a lecturer at the University of Luxembourg on “International Structuring and Estate Planning” within the “Wealth Management Master Program”.

 

Valérie Mellet

Patent 42 is a law firm acting in Industrial Property. Our job is to help and assist companies and entrepreneurs in protecting and defending their investments in innovation and creation.
If innovation is first of all a state of mind, it is also a necessity and a source of development and growth for your company. Investments carried out to develop new products or new activities deserve to be protected.
Is your innovation technological? Have you invented or improved a product or a process? Its protection is done by the deposit of patent.
Is your innovation a business? Have you invested in new products or new activities? Your work in marketing and development of the market can be protected by registering a trademark.
Is your innovation aesthetic? Have you invested in designing your products? Their protection go through the registration of the design.
Patent 42 provides concrete and careful solutions in the area of patents, trademarks and designs. We support you in all stages of elaboration and implementation of an industrial property strategy adapted to your needs at both national and international level.
Patent 42 can represent you before the Intellectual Property Offices of Luxembourg, Belgium and France but also before international offices such as the European Patent Office (EPO), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the Benelux Office for the Intellectual Property (BOIP) and the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO).
Moreover, Patent 42 benefits from a European and international network of foreign correspondents, selected for their professionalism and expertise.

Gerard Neiens

As the Head of our Tax practice, Gérard Neiens’ focus is in international tax planning and restructuring, investment fund taxation, as well as IP and private wealth taxation. He advises large corporations, investment banks, financial institutions and private wealth clients on direct and indirect tax aspects of international real estate investments, private equity transactions, regulated and unregulated investment structures. He also provides tax advice on financing transactions, corporate acquisitions and disposals, reorganisation operations, as well as transfer pricing and VAT issues. Gérard also has significant experience in corporate law, focusing on M&A, corporate finance and restructuring deals, as well as general corporate advice. Legal 500 calls Gérard as ‘highly experienced’.

Before joining Hogan Lovells as one of the founding partners of the Luxembourg office in 2013, Gérard practised for over ten years within the tax department of one of the magic circle firms based in Luxembourg. Since then, he Heads the Tax practice of Hogan Lovells in Luxembourg which grows and develops under his skillful supervision.

Gérard is committed to helping the clients to surmount any challenge, maximise their tax benefits and other business opportunities. Experienced and reactive with high attention to detail he is always ready to offer an insightful advice.

Hogan Lovells:

Change is happening faster than ever, and legal challenges come from all directions. To stay ahead, organizations need to anticipate what’s next. Hogan Lovells understands this and works together with its clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. With 2,500 lawyers on six continents, Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions, and governments. The firm provides practical legal solutions that help clients identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities. Whether a client is expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help. The firm’s lawyers are straight talking. They understand and solve the problem before it becomes one. And they deliver clear and practical advice that gets the job done.

A fast-changing and interconnected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what Hogan Lovells provides. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, the firm’s legal solutions are aligned with each client’s business strategy. The firm’s experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives it the market perspective to be the global partner of choice for its clients. The team at Hogan Lovells brings a diverse variety of backgrounds and experience which delivers a broader perspective. This ultimately makes for more rounded thinking and better answers for clients. Giving back to communities and society is fundamental to good business. And, it’s part of the firm’s core. Everyone at Hogan Lovells is asked to volunteer at least 25 hours a year as part of their normal work duties.

 

Katia Manhaeve

Katia heads the IP & TMT department in the Luxembourg office. She focuses on both contentious and non-contentious IP matters. She has considerable experience in trademark, copyright and patent issues, including litigation before the General Court of the European Union. Katia also specialises in distribution law, advertising, trade practices, e-commerce and TMT law, including data protection. Katia is active in several working groups advising and lobbying on IP-related issues and is a regular speaker at conferences.

Katia is the former president of the 600 member strong Benelux Association for Trademark and Design Law (BMM), as well as a former member of the Association’s board and legislative committee. She is a member of the Harmonisation Committee of the European Community Trademark Association (ECTA), of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). She is an appointed member of the Benelux Council for Intellectual Property, an advisory body to the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property.

“Allen & Overy Luxembourg’s IP specialist Katia Manhaeve is praised for her ‘response times, interest in the wider implications of the assignment and ability to mobilise the appropriate team members’.

TMT Law Practice:

Supporting the TMT sector is a key priority for Allen & Overy and we have a dedicated TMT sector group which allows us to foster and share industry knowledge and expertise across our offices and legal disciplines. As many of our TMT clients operate across borders, we support them by being able to combine our talents and resources to provide solutions in almost any country, at any time.

Few firms can deliver the combination of experience and resource that is needed to handle the most important matters. Our team benefits from experience acquired not only in private practice but also in-house at leading TMT companies and on secondments to corporates and regulatory bodies.

This means we provide relevant industry-focused advice, delivered quickly to ensure that we add value from day one. So, irrespective of the location, the size, or the complexity of the matter, you can be confident that we have the right team in the right place.

Allen & Overy:

We’ll do that by staying one step ahead and by constantly challenging ourselves to bring new and original ways of thinking to the most complex legal challenges our clients face.

Over the past year we have worked with some of the world’s most sophisticated businesses on market-leading transactions that have changed their industries. This includes, advising on the largest oil refinery project in Vietnam (Nghi Son) and the joint venture between H.C. Starck and Vietnam’s largest private sector company, Masan Group; the ground-breaking creation of Abu Dhabi’s first Financial Free Zone, the Abu Dhabi Global Market; and representing Novartis in its successful patent battle with MedImmune over Novartis’s blockbuster drug Lucentis – to name just a few achievements.

We are able to build on the foundations of our long heritage to attract the most talented people and develop the high-performance culture necessary to innovate and change the face of business.

Our commitment to help our clients deliver their global strategies has seen us build a truly global network now spanning 46 offices in 32 countries. We have also developed strong ties with relationship law firms in more than 100 countries where we do not have a presence.

This network has allowed us to become one of the largest and most connected law firms in our peer group with a global reach and local depth that is simply unrivalled.

So when we talk about global coverage, we’re not just talking about having offices in some important cities around the world. We mean being able to combine our international resources and sector expertise to work on cross-border transactions directly in the markets and regions important to our clients.