Partner - avocat à la Cour
A global perspective
Ingrid Dubourdieu brings to her law practice in Luxembourg a background spanning from New Caledonia, Guadeloupe, France to Brazil, a long-term commitment to sporting competition and a readiness to challenge her comfort zone.
A real-world view
Luxembourg is famous for its multicultural mix, but D.Law partner Ingrid Dubourdieu embodies it more than most. She was born in the French overseas territory of New Caledonia to parents of French and German origin, with a judge as a father. She grew up overseas and pursued her higher education in metropolitan France – a master’s in business law from Université Robert Schuman in Strasbourg, France, a postgraduate degree in international business law from Université Jean Moulin in Lyon, and another in management and international business law from ESSEC in Paris. Dubourdieu first came to Luxembourg in 1997 - although she’s also spent a couple of years with her Italian husband in Brazil, and her broad international background (plus five languages) is an obvious asset in that most global of Luxembourg business sectors, namely investment funds.
Spirit of self-improvement
As a lawyer, Dubourdieu strongly believes in the importance of adopting a dynamic approach: continuing to learn, both about developments in the law and in the business environment to which it applies. After having spent more than a decade in Luxembourg’s largest law firm, she embraced the entrepreneurial challenge of taking part in building D.Law in the Grand Duchy in 2013. D.Law was created in 2012 and benefits from a multijurisdictional support from more than 1500 experienced legal professionals in 70 countries. Central to her professional approach is building together, both with clients and the members of her team, a trustful relationship with a focus on the practical and human questions underlying legal issues rather than taking part in the esoteric debates of the ivory tower. As she lives by a clear go-to-market philosophy, Dubourdieu doesn’t consider herself just an outside legal counsel, but more a business-centered strategic advisor with a clear understanding of the client’s needs. Equally important in Dubourdieu’s life balance is her longstanding enthusiasm for sports including fitness, cycling and running, which underpins her determination to succeed in a highly competitive field. As a dedicated team-builder, she understands well the role of values in developing team spirit and collaboration skills.
Embracing the future
Dubourdieu is conscious of the fact that the legal profession has been slower to embrace the technological revolution than most, and part of her vision for the future at D.Law involves taking full advantage of the potential offered by digital transformation of work processes and client service. “As a boutique law firm, we don’t take things for granted, and we do believe that innovation is a driver of more flexible and effective performance,” she says. What lies ahead? “New challenges,” Dubourdieu insists. She describes herself as resourceful and says willpower is her dominant personality trait. It’s a big task to take on Luxembourg’s large and well established legal service providers, but she’s already hard at work building up a team of expert lawyers who share common attributes and goals: commitment to excellence in the service of the client, with integrity and single-mindedness, but also a strong sense of humanity.
Facts & Figures
Place of birth: Nourméa, New Caledonia
Languages: English, French, German, Italian and Portuguese (Brazilian)
Hobbies: Sports and meditation
Cities: Bologna (Italy), Sao Paulo, Sydney and Miami for its architecture and cultural environment
Places: What counts is to be in good company...
Book: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Restaurants: Da Rodrigo (Bologna)
Music: Motivating music for workout and chill-out music for relaxing
Artist: Oscar Niemeyer (all) and heirs, Ricardo Boffil (La Fabrica), Tjibaou Center (New Caledonia)
Several Alfi Groups