Gérard Neiens

Gérard Neiens

Partner
Luxembourg

Email gerard.neiens@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +352 26 4 26 301

Fax +352 26 4 26 999

LanguagesEnglish, French, German, Luxembourgish

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

"Very responsive, knowledgeable and insightful"

Chambers & Partners, 2018

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.

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.

Awards and recognitions

2020

Up and coming
Chambers Europe

2019

Recommended lawyer for Tax
Legal500

2020

Notable practitioner
IFLR1000

Education and admissions

Education

LL.M Corporate and Maritime Law, University of Southampton, 2003

Master Degree in International and European Law, University of Montpellier, 2002

Master degree in Business Law, University of Montpellier, 2001

Memberships

International Fiscal Association (IFA)

Luxembourg Private Equity Association (LPEA)

Luxembourg Capital Market Association (LuxCMA) - ATAD working group

Luxembourg Association of Investment Funds (ALFI) - VAT working group

Haute autorité de la Place Financière - Capital markets task force

American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM)

Bar admissions and qualifications

Luxembourg

Related areas of focus

Auditing, Internal Reviews, Reporting, Self-Disclosure Buy-ins and Buy-outs Carve-outs, Spin-offs, and Split-offs Co-investments Anti-money Laundering Business critical restructuring: pension issues Business Restructuring and Tax Company Formation Convertible Debt Offerings Corporate and Commercial Transactions Corporate Group Structures Cross-border Restructuring and Insolvency Customs and Import Compliance Debt Funds Derivatives and Structured Products Disclosure and Reporting Obligations Distressed Asset Management, Refinancing, and Restructuring Transaction and Securities Disclosure Support and Due Diligence Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Exits Export Controls Fund Structuring and Establishment Governance Hogan Lovells China Desk Infrastructure Funds Initial Public Offerings International Programs International Tax Planning Islamic Finance Listed Funds Loan Portfolio and Distressed Debt Transactions M&A and Tax Management Incentive Plans Management Teams Infrastructure/Energy M&A and Joint Ventures M&A, Business Transfers, and Restructuring in Financial Services Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds Tax Audits Tax Disputes and Controversy Tax Exempt Tax Legislation and Policy Tax Valuation VAT and Indirect Tax Real Estate Funds Real Estate Investment Real Estate Private Equity Real Estate Tax and REITs Risk Management, Governance, and Compliance Securitization and Structured Finance Shari'a Compliant Funds Sovereign Investors Stamp Tax State Aid Corporate Trusts

Representative experience

Advised RiverRock on its acquisition of Exterimmo which holds 12 assets structured as Public-Private Partnership or Public Service Delegation in France, by its RBIF1.

Advised ACON Investments on its co-investment in Germaine de Capuccini and the Spanish Contenur Group.

Advised M&G Real Estate on the circa GBP200mio funding, via a Luxembourg acquisition and financing structure, of the construction of Ballymore’s Three Snow Hill in Birmingham.

Advised CPI Property Group on the classification of EUR 550mio resettable undated subordinated notes issued under a €5bn euro medium term note programme.

Advised RiverRock regarding its fund investment, through its RiverRock Brownfield Infrastructure Fund 1, of Concessia’s shareholdings in the Hospital University Complex of Vigo (Spain).

Advised Pantheon on its investment of EUR 253mio in renewable energy (wind farms, solar plants, shadow toll road), located in Germany, France, Belgium and Spain.

Advised Mercedes-Benz bank in relation to Luxembourg law on an ABS transaction amounting to €1bn, involving a Luxembourg securitisation company as issuer.

Advised Volkswagen Leasing regarding all its securitisation transactions, through Luxembourg vehicles, of automotive receivables.

Advised Nord/LB Luxembourg Covered Bond Bank on its €10bn debt issuance programme update and the launch of their renewable energy covered bonds programme.

Advised KGAL Group on the first closing of its core plus European renewable fund ESPF 4.

Advised regularly TIR Europe Global Forestry Fund, a Luxembourg SIF investing in forests, on all Luxembourg tax matters.

UK alternative asset manager on a Luxembourg-governed real estate bridge loan development financing the acquisition of an Italian real estate asset.

Advised Swissport on its offering of €410m 5.25% senior secured notes due 2024, €250m 9% senior notes due 2025 and the early redemption of its outstanding notes.

Advised a major real estate manager on a joint venture with Korean National Pension Service to acquire Spanish Shopping Center for €210m.

Advised YESSS, a specialist of wholesale electrical products and equipment, on the implementation of its European holding, financial and IP structure via Luxembourg.

Advised AXA Real Investment Managers on a €231m acquisition of a Luxembourg structure holding the largest shopping center in West Germany.

Helped FMS Wertmanagement to acquire and sell, via Luxembourg entities, a portfolio of loans related to Spanish real estate for more than €500m.

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