Nicolas Thieltgen is an avocat à la cour and a member of the Luxembourg Bar Association since 2001. He founded Brucher, Thieltgen & Partners with two other partners in 2006 and became the managing partner in 2015. While being the president of the Luxembourg Association of Banking Law Lawyers (ALJB), he is honorary secretary general and former vice president of the banking, finance and capital markets commission of the International Association for Young Lawyers (AIJA).
What inspired you to pursue a legal career?
The legal profession presents an uncommon intellectual challenge, which mainly consists of matching theoretical legal concepts with real-life facts, especially in litigation cases. It is this intellectual challenge which inspired me to pursue a legal career. I therefore specialise in complex domestic and international litigation. I primarily advise and represent clients in sophisticated commercial proceedings, particularly in banking and finance litigation and shareholders’ disputes. I also have wide experience in multi-jurisdictional proceedings, including asset recovery and enforcement of foreign judgments. Finally, I advise clients on white-collar crime proceedings in the financial sector.
What has been your most memorable case to date and why?
As a lawyer, we always remember not just one case, but many, throughout our career. So, I have several memorable cases, large and complex, dealing with many different areas of the law. But the ones I remember the most are those involving teamwork between lawyers from the same firm or other firms and other countries and clients. This cooperation is a rewarding human adventure, especially in litigation cases, involving human aspects and emotions.
What is the greatest challenge currently facing litigation specialists?
The greatest challenge of our time is the advent of the NICTs, which allows wider access to a large and sometimes overwhelming number of case-related documents and information. This implies that we have to deal with a considerable number of documents and information and know it. The challenge then is to succeed in showing what counts in this heap of documents, what matters for our clients and in court.
How does Brucher, Thieltgen & Partners stand out from its competitors in the market?
Brucher, Thieltgen & Partners does stand out from its competitors in the market for two main reasons.
We deal with a broad range of litigation-related cases thanks to each specific litigation expertise of our lawyers (such as shareholders’ disputes, banking and finance litigation, IP and IT litigation, white-collar crime cases, etc). This multidisciplinary litigation practice within the same team is its strength.
The firm also has a thorough knowledge of both the Luxembourg judicial system and the neighbouring legal systems. It therefore has a strong local anchorage for its international clients, but also benefits its local clients as an international law firm, with a good knowledge of cross-border jurisdictions.
What are the significant challenges that covid-19 has brought to your practice?
The most significant challenge provoked by covid-19 is to coordinate our teams while being out of the office as well as maintaining their motivation.
Where, in your opinion, does the future of the practice area lie?
Faced with NICTs, the question of automating work processes arises, even within law firms. However, only the lawyer, ie, a human being, can bring added value, such as a reasoned, strategic and complex view, sensibility, empathy and an adequate understanding of the client’s matter, especially in the field of dispute resolution. I therefore believe that litigation is a practice of the future.
What has been your greatest achievement to date?
My greatest achievement was founding Brucher, Thieltgen & Partners, with two other partners, on 1 January 2006. This challenge continues with the ongoing development of this firm, through its local and international implementation, while remaining faithful to our core values of legal excellence and teamwork.
What advice would you give to younger lawyers hoping to be in your position one day?
A lawyer must have a perfect command of the law – this is a matter of course and a prerequisite. Only excellence is acceptable in this respect. But what makes a good lawyer different is something else. It is his human qualities, his commitment, his alertness and his originality, which enable him to understand the true meaning of the question put to him and to propose to his client, whoever he may be, the appropriate solutions.
Nicolas Thieltgen is an outstanding lawyer who continues to impress peers with his "accessibility and reactivity" as well as his technical skill in commercial disputes.
Nicolas Thieltgen specialises in complex domestic and international litigation. He primarily advises and represents clients in sophisticated commercial proceedings, particularly in banking and finance litigation and shareholders’ disputes. He also has wide experience in multi-jurisdictional proceedings, including asset recovery and enforcement of foreign judgments. He advises clients on white-collar crime proceedings in the financial sector.
He is managing partner, and a founding partner, of Brucher Thieltgen & Partnersm and head of the banking and finance team. He is also the leader of the shareholders’ disputes, and banking and finance litigation task forces of the firm.
Nicolas Thieltgen is an avocat à la Cour, and has been a member of the Luxembourg Bar Association since 2001.
He is vice president of the Luxembourg Association of Banking Law Lawyers (ALJB) and was an elected member of the Luxembourg Bar Council until September 2020. He is honorary secretary general and former vice president of the banking, finance and capital markets commission of the International Association for Young Lawyers (AIJA).
Nicolas Thieltgen regularly speaks at conferences and seminars and contributes to various publications. He is in charge of the annual case law review on banking and financial law of the Bulletin Droit et Banque, the reputed twice-yearly journal of the Luxembourg Association of Banking Law Lawyers.
He holds a master’s degree in law from the law faculty at the Université Catholique de Louvain.
Nicolas Thieltgen works in French and English.