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Binder Grösswang’s ‘outstanding’ team benefits from its ‘strong CEE-network’ and acts for an extensive roster of domestic and international clients including issuers and banks, listed companies and investment funds, which retain the team to advise on cross-border capital markets transactions, capital increase projects, debt issuance programmes and prospectus approvals. Team head Florian Khol continues to advise Oberbank on a capital increase, and alongside the ‘very experienced and pragmatic’ Tibor Fabian, he assisted Allgemeine Sparkasse Oberösterreich with a bond offering programme, including the preparation of a base prospectus and assistance with approval proceedings.

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati stands out for its expertise in high-value capital markets transactions, bond structurings and placements as well as its contentious and non-contentious regulatory capabilities. Volker Glas9 advised CA Immobilien Anlagen on a €170m five-year corporate bond, and together with Thomas Zivny, he advised Immofinanz on convertible bonds. In a separate matter, Zivny and Peter Knobl advised Raiffeisen-Holding Niederösterreich on the issuance of €125m subordinated debt in the form of a private placement, the termination of €85m participation capital and the repurchase of €40m of subordinated debt. Edith Hlawati heads the team.

Dorda covers a broad range of capital markets work with significant expertise in IPOs, listings and de-listings, capital increases and private placements alongside debt restructuring and defence work in shareholder disputes. Andreas Mayr and Christoph Brogyányi assisted Petrus Advisers with the sale of its stake comprising approximately five million shares in conwert Immobilien Invest. In a separate matter, Tibor Varga and Brogyányi advised a number of Porr shareholders on private placement issues. Andreas Zahradnik is another key figure of the team.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has impressive international reach and stands out for its broad expertise, handling capital markets transactions, bond issuances, MTN programmes, capital increases and IPOs, among other issues. Stephan Pachinger advised Telekom Austria as guarantor and Telekom Finanzmanagement as issuer on bond issuance matters, and assisted BAWAG P.S.K. and the Austrian Postal Savings Bank with the update of its €10bn debt issuance programme. In another highlight, he advised Kommunalkredit Austria on the establishment of its €800m debt issuance programme. Friedrich Jergitsch is another key figure of the team.

Wolf Theiss’ ‘very professional and friendly’ team is led by Markus Heidinger and covers the gamut of capital markets work, from bond transactions and public takeovers to regulatory matters and IPOs, which leads to a steady stream of instructions from national and international investment banks. Alexander Haas advised Raiffeisen Bank International on the issuance of €650m 6.125% AT1 notes, and together with Claus Schneider, he assisted the joint lead managers Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, J.P. Morgan Securities and UniCredit Bank Austria with the placement of a €500m bond for Telekom Finanzmanagement. In other work, Haas advised the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on the issuance of floating rate bonds. Richard Wolf and Andrea Gritsch are recommended.

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG is ‘competent and efficient’ and has substantial expertise in public takeover law, capital markets litigation and compliance while also being noted for its ‘on-the-ground U.S. securities law capabilities’. ‘Proactive and solution-oriented’ senior associate Stefan Arnold advised Commerzbank and Bankhaus Neelmeyer, as exchange trustees, on Vonovia’s public takeover bid for conwert Immobilien Invest, while ‘very experienced’ team head Eva-Maria Ségur-Cabanac, who is praised for her ‘risk minimising approach’, continues to assist J.P. Morgan with takeover structurings, the restructuring of listed companies and capital markets transactions.

The strength of the ‘highly skilled and qualified team’ at Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) lies in dealing with transactional capital markets matters at the intersection of corporate, banking and restructuring law but it also handles regulatory, securitisation and derivatives work. Ursula Rath, who co-heads the team with the ‘excellent’ Martin Ebner, advised the equity investment company Cantor Fitzgerald as underwriter and sole book-running manager on several regulatory matters pertaining to the rights offering of Vienna-based biotech company Nabriva Therapeutics. Counsel Stefan Paulmayer assisted an international banking syndicate with the issuance of bonds by Erste Group Bank. Miriam Simsa made salary partner in February 2017.

Weber & Co. Attorneys-At-Law’s ‘reliable’ team ‘goes the extra mile for clients’, is ‘strong on the DCM and ECM side’ and ‘very well connected in the market’, which leads to a steady stream of instructions from large national and international banks, issuers, listed companies and financial intermediaries. In 2017, ‘very business-oriented’ co-heads Christoph Moser and Stefan Weber acted as local counsel for the joint global coordinators Berenberg, BNP Paribas, Erste Group Bank and Raiffeisen Bank International in the re-IPO of Agrana, which included a pre-placement of new shares, the sale of existing shares and a rights offering.

Handling domestic and cross-border capital markets transactions is the cornerstone of bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s practice, which works in close co-operation with the firm’s corporate and tax departments, advising issuers and underwriters on public share offerings and private placements. The recommended Christoph Nauer advised Frauenthal Holding on a mandatory public takeover offer, while team head Elke Maria Napokoj assisted Valneva with regulatory matters pertaining to a capital increase.

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH stands out for its regulatory and litigation capabilities, routinely acting for banks, investment funds and gaming sector companies. ‘Outstanding practitionerErnst Brandl, who is ‘extremely pleasant to work with’, and Thomas Talos jointly head the practice.

CMS is recognised for its broad offering, advising on bond structurings and issuances, capital increases, regulatory matters and the structuring of takeover bids: in a recent highlight, team head Martin Zuffer assisted BioEnergy International with the takeover bid of its main shareholder, Austria-based BDI, while, in a separate matter, he advised Best in Parking on two corporate bond increases and the issuance of debt bonds. MyFactor retained the team to advise on the implementation of an MTN programme.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach has a strong capital markets transactions practice, which is part of the firm’s corporate department and frequently acts on bond-related matters. Main contact Christian Temmel advised the joint lead managers Erste Group Bank, Raiffeisen Bank International and UniCredit Bank Austria on the issuance of a €500m corporate bond by Novomatic as part of the gambling company’s debt issuance programme, and assisted Porr with the placement of a €125m hybrid bond. In a separate matter, the team acted for Nabriva Therapeutics in a share swap programme with a total volume of €285m.

Regularly working in conjunction with the firm’s regulatory team, Eisenberger & Herzog provides regulated industry players with transactional, bond restructuring and regulatory advice. As highlights the team assisted Scholz Group with the restructuring of a bond, and Peter Winkler advised conwert Immobilien Invest on Vonovia’s voluntary public takeover offer to acquire all of the client’s shares.

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners has ‘excellent knowledge of Austrian and EU capital markets law’ and advises issuers alongside underwriting banks on a broad range of matters including public offerings, capital increases, the issuance of corporate bonds and investment structurings. ‘Fast and reliable’ team head Christian Thaler advised WEB Windenergie on debt security issues pertaining to an issuance programme, while Markus Fellner assisted Semper Constantia Privatbank with convertible bond matters.

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH has a ‘good’ team advising on private placements and convertible bonds alongside compliance and regulatory issues. The ‘very experienced’ Philipp Kinsky and recommended associate Johannes Frank continue to advise C&P Immobilien on the capital market financing of several group companies by way of issuing shares. In a separate matter, the team assisted TourRadar with the conversion of a convertible bond.

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