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Legal heavyweight enters the Luxembourg market Global law firm Simmons & Simmons is expanding by entering into a new jurisdiction. Joining forces with seasoned lawyer Stéphane Ober, the firm will (subject to regulatory approvals) open a brand new office in Luxembourg. As the country head, Ober will lead a team of 15 partners and associates – one of Simmons & Simmons’s biggest new offices in the last few years. TEXT: MYRIAM GWYNNED DIJCK | PHOTOS: SIMMONS & SIMMONS
As the founder and managing partner of Ober & Partners, based in Luxembourg, Ober is well versed in the area of investment management. With experience leading his own firm, as well as working for major law firms in Luxembourg and abroad, Ober knows Europe’s corporate climate like few others.
tory law practices in Europe. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, being a highperformance firm they still hold solid traditional values of providing excellent quality services. It was the perfect match for me.” Ober, who is fluent in French and English, is a member of both the Luxembourg and Paris bar.
An ambitious move Stéphane Ober says, “Simmons & Simmons is one of the largest financial regula-
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The ambitious move allows Simmons & Simmons to directly enter the Luxem-
bourg market, which is Europe’s second largest in terms of investment funds. Due to recent changes in European legislation, Luxembourg as a jurisdiction has become more of an attraction in this sector, with a particular interest from companies in Asia. Ober says, “There is an increasing appetite from Asia to work through Luxembourg. Already three major banks in China are registered here and in turn we expect to see more
Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.