Professional services firm, Mourant, has announced its intention to acquire a Luxembourg law firm, LexField, and its affiliated governance services business, FideField.
The acquisition will enable Mourant to provide clients with legal, corporate and entity management services from Luxembourg, one of the world's leading international finance centres and the second largest global funds centre.
LexField is a boutique corporate and tax practice, specialising in private equity, investment funds, M&A and private wealth, led by partners Pierre-Yves Magerotte and Aldric Grosjean, both of whom are recognised as leading lawyers in the market.
FideField provides entity management services to corporate and financial services clients. The leadership team comprises Melina Howard (Head of Operations), Nicolas Poncelet (Head of Accounting) and Yeliz Bozkir (Head of Legal & Compliance).
The acquisition, which is driven by client demand for legal and governance services, is aligned with Mourant's multi-disciplinary growth strategy. It follows the acquisition of a specialist accounting business in January this year and the launch of Mourant Consulting Services in 2021.
Mourant Global Managing Partner, Jonathan Rigby, commented: "We've spent several years getting to know the leadership team at LexField and FideField. There's a close strategic and cultural alignment between our businesses and we're delighted to be joining forces in Luxembourg. The LexField and FideField teams have a reputation for delivering the highest levels of service in law, corporate services and entity management. We look forward to welcoming our new colleagues and clients."
LexField Partner, Pierre-Yves Magerotte, commented: "Joining forces with Mourant marks the start of an exciting new chapter in the growth and development of LexField and FideField, creating new opportunities for our people to develop and grow." LexField Partner, Aldric Grosjean added: "Luxembourg is a strategic European entry point for structuring worldwide investments. By combining our insight and knowledge of the Luxembourg market with Mourant's experience and coverage across various key international finance centres, we see a great opportunity to enhance our combined offering."
FideField partner, Melina Howard, commented: "We're delighted to be joining forces with Mourant as we share the same values. It will enable us to provide an even wider range of solutions and jurisdictions to our clients and intermediaries."
The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, is scheduled to complete in Q1 next year.
Mourant is a law firm-led, professional services business with over 60 years' experience in the financial services sector.
We advise on the laws of the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey and provide specialist entity management, governance, regulatory and consulting services. We bridge the gap between legal advice and its implementation, taking an integrated approach to deliver the best results for our clients.
We are an international and globally-integrated firm with offices in a number of the world's leading international finance centres, including London and Hong Kong. Our business is intrinsically linked to the global economy and the capital flows that support it. We serve the needs of our clients in all major time zones, facilitating responsible cross-border finance and investment, the pooling and protection of capital and the resolution of disputes.
Our clients include many of the world's leading financial institutions, international corporations, asset managers and institutional investors. We are routinely instructed to work alongside the world's pre-eminent legal, accounting and financial services firms.
We have an outstanding reputation for integrity and professional ethics, underpinned by a strong risk management culture.
LexField is a Luxembourg independent business law firm focusing on private equity, private wealth, investment funds, M&A, corporate, insurance and tax. Over the years, LexField has built a team of professionals who are committed to client satisfaction and share the same passion for excellence. Inspired by Luxembourg’s architectural landscape, LexField has shaped its own identity and reflects a balance between tradition and modernity with one single aim - to go the extra mile for its clients.
Pierre-Yves Magerotte is a Partner of LexField, which he founded in 2009, and heads its tax practice. Pierre-Yves specialises in international tax and estate planning and structuring. He has considerable experience in representing corporate clients, private equity firms, family offices, high net worth individuals and families on cross-border transactions. In particular, he has expertise in advising high net worth individuals on their investments in the European market. Pierre-Yves is highly recommended for private wealth and tax in Luxembourg by leading directories.
Aldric Grosjean has been a Partner at LexField since 2014 and heads its private equity practice. Aldric specialises in private equity, mergers and acquisitions, investment funds, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Drawing on the experience gained over years practicing in New York and London, he advises private equity firms, corporate clients and asset managers on landmark private equity M&A transactions with a cross-border context. Aldric is recognized by legal directories as a leading practitioner for private equity in Luxembourg.
FideField is a Luxembourg independent corporate service provider supervised by the Order of Chartered Accountants providing a range of services from accounting, tax returns, domiciliation, directorship services, company secretarial services as well as compliance services.
Melina Howard heads the operational side of the business and is the key point of call in terms of corporate management, coordination and business development. Melina has over 20 years’ experience in the Trust & Company sector and her role is to ensure the clients' requirements and operational needs are fulfilled.
Nicolas Poncelet heads the Accounting and Tax department and holds the Luxembourg Chartered Accountant licence. He is also responsible for client relationships. Nicolas has over 20 years’ experience in the management of regulated and non-regulated entities mainly active in the private equity and real estate sectors.
Yeliz Bozkir heads the Compliance and Legal department and is responsible for compliance and client relationships. She has 13 years' experience in the management of regulated and non-regulated entities mainly active in the private equity and real estate sectors.
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