Jacques Graas


Jacques advises on a wide range of domestic and cross-border public and private M&A, restructurings, IPOs and other strategic corporate transactions across all sectors.

His clients include private equity/real estate funds, financial institutions (including insurance), corporates, and public sector entities. Jacques is also a regular adviser on corporate governance matters and liability management to board of directors and senior executives.

Prior to joining the firm, Jacques worked in different law firms in New York and Paris and qualified as a member of the bar in both cities. He was a lecturer in corporate law at the University of Paris II-Assas and has published various articles on the subject. He is a graduate of Paris II Panthéon-Assas and Harvard Law School. 


Representative matters

The Luxembourg government, through its start-up incubator Technoport, on a joint venture innovation platform with Vodafone, known as “Tomorrow Street”.

A global financial institution on the sale to BGL BNP Paribas of all the outstanding shares in its Luxembourg and insurance divisions.

A global private equity firm on the acquisition of the German Xella group from PAI Partners and Goldman Sachs.

Corestate Capital on its initial public offering and subsequent uplisting of its shares to the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt regulated stock exchange.

Published Work

  • "Mandatory Takeover Bid Rule under Luxembourg Law: Applicable Framework and Exceptions", RPDA n. 18, May 2023 
  • "Le casse-tête des règles relatives à la prise de décisions des associés dans une S.à r.l.", RPDA, n. 1, September 2018
  • "Luxembourg Space Resources Act: Paving the legal road to space", Allen & Overy, 2017 (co-author)
  • “Les pactes d’actionnaires et la loi du 10 août 1915: Réflexions et perspectives” in Un siècle d'application de la loi du 10 août 1915 concernant les sociétés commerciales, Kluwer, 2015, pp. 69 à 101
Ranked Rising Star
IFLR 1000 2019
Ranked Up and Coming
Chambers Global 2019



Admitted as Avocat à la Cour, Luxembourg bar , 2013

Admitted as Avocat, Paris bar, 2010

Admitted as Attorney at Law, New York bar, 2009


LLM, Harvard Law School, 2008

Master 2, Droit des Affaires, Université Paris II - Assas, 2007

Magistère de Juriste d’Affaires – DJCE, Université Paris II - Assas, 2007


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A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.