Mr Mathieu Laurent

Mathieu Laurent

Lawyer biography

Mathieu Laurent holds a degree in English and French Business Law and a Master’s degree in International Business Law from the University of Rennes, France, as well as an LL.M. in International Business Law from the University of Exeter in the UK. He was admitted to the Luxembourg bar in 2006 and to the roll of solicitors of England & Wales in 2008. Before joining Luther, he practised for several years at a magic circle law firm in Luxembourg.

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Areas of Practice

Advising on private equity transactions, real estate transactions and corporate acquisitions, including structuring advice on unregulated funds, the performance of corporate due diligence, negotiating share purchase agreements, shareholders’ agreements, financing agreements (bank facilities, intra-group loans, issuance of bonds, hybrid instruments), security documents and guarantees.

Advising on shareholders' disputes, corporate insolvency, group refinancing and group restructuring.

Advising on IP structures.




Court of Appeal rules on procedural standing of shareholders to challenge corporate decisions
Luxembourg | June 19 2018

The Court of Appeal recently ruled that shareholders have a right to seek an annulment of decisions made by their company's board of directors. This decision sets a precedent for challenging board decisions on the grounds of the Companies Law, thereby increasing legal certainty by filling the gaps left by the law. However, it also marginally limits the scope of such challenges by excluding former shareholders from initiating new proceedings.

Appeal court questions law on exchange of tax information on request
Luxembourg | June 12 2018

The Luxembourg Administrative Court of Appeal and the European Court of Justice (on referral for a preliminary ruling) recently considered whether the Luxembourg law on the procedure applicable to the exchange of information on request in tax matters complied with EU Directive 2011/16/EU and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. In particular, the courts examined whether the Luxembourg law complied with the right to an effective remedy set out in the EU directive and the charter.

Court of Appeal rules on discharge of managers
Luxembourg | June 05 2018

The principal way in which managers can protect themselves from liability is by obtaining a grant of discharge from shareholders. The Court of Appeal recently stated that although discharge is voted on at a general shareholders' meeting after the adoption of the company's annual accounts, the mere approval of the accounts does not automatically entail discharge. Rather, the court made clear that a decision to discharge a management body must be subject to a separate deliberation.

Luxembourg District Court rules on conditions for enforcing pledges
Luxembourg | May 29 2018

Following a recent Luxembourg District Court decision concerning the conditions for the enforcement of a pledge, collaterals consisting in a pledge on the shares of a company can be enforced even outside of a default payment (ie, even if the secured debt is not due and payable). In the case at hand, the pledge agreement provided that the pledge was enforceable in case of non-compliance with a binding financial ratio.

Luxembourg District Court rules on judicial management reports
Luxembourg | May 08 2018

The Luxembourg District Court has clarified the requirements and procedures regarding judicial management reports provided for in the law on commercial companies, as amended. The ruling provides valuable insight into shareholders' right to request information on management decisions. While the reduced threshold suggests a trend in Luxembourg law towards shareholder empowerment, as well as the accountability and transparency of managing bodies, the ruling appears to be pro-management.