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Contentious and non-contentious cross-border M&A work constitute the core strengths of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s ‘very strong’ and ‘solution-oriented’ team which also stands out for its ‘high commercial awareness’. Willibald Plesser advised ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB) on its acquisition of automation technology company B&R, while Thomas Zottl assisted residential real estate company Vonovia with the conclusion of a business combination agreement with conwert Immobilien Invest. Other recent work includes advising Etihad Airways on the restructuring of its European business including the acquisition of indirect shares in NIKI Luftfahrt from Air Berlin and the conclusion of a long-term joint venture with TUI.

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)’s ‘superb’ team is frequently involved in the market’s most significant transactions, most notably in the financial, energy, pharma and TMT sectors. Highlights included advising the Austrian listed Raiffeisen Bank International on the merger with its unlisted parent Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich, and assisting the pharmaceutical company Roche with the acquisition of all shares of mySugr. In other work, Roman Perner advised UNIQA Insurance on its corporate restructuring, while Christian Herbst acted for Cubic and its core shareholders on the sale of their controlling stake in C-QUADRAT to the Chinese conglomerate HNA Group. Florian Kusznier is a ‘top calibre corporate lawyer’ and Alexander Popp heads the team.

Providing practical solutions’, bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH has ‘deep corporate and commercial know-how’, which the team utilises to handle the full spectrum of corporate and M&A work with a specialism in cross-border transactions and matters at the intersection of tax law. Acting for a strong client roster of national and international energy and finance sector players, Christoph Nauer recently advised Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich (RZB) on its merger with Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI), while Thomas Lettau assisted BAWAG P.S.K. with its acquisition of start:bausparkasse and Immo-Bank from Volksbanken Verbund. Other key individuals include the ‘outstandingFlorian Gibitz and the ‘very flexible and pragmaticElke Napokoj.

Binder Grösswang’s ‘very knowledgeable and professional’ team fields ‘real dealmakers’ and provides a ‘high quality service’, most frequently on corporate reorganisations and cross-border transactions. Markus Uitz and the ‘pragmaticMichael Kutschera assisted Novomatic with the acquisition of Albanian company Lotaria Kombetare from Austrian Lotteries. In another highlight, the ‘highly experiencedAndreas Hable advised ÖBB Rail Cargo Group on the acquisition of a 60% share in Stadler Linz and on the joint venture with Stadler to maintain the Westbahn fleet. On the restructuring side, the ‘very professionalGottfried Gassner assisted the Austrian Volksbanken with the restructuring of the Austrian Volksbank sector. Other key individuals include ‘excellent negotiatorFlorian Khol and Thomas Schirmer.

Clients are in good hands’ when turning to CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati’s ‘very professional, knowledgeable and dedicated’ team for advice on national and international cross-border mergers, reorganisations and transactions. ‘Brilliant lawyer and negotiatorClemens Hasenauer advised OMV on the sale of all of its shares in the Turkish mineral oil distribution company OMV Petrol Ofisi to VIP Turkey Enerji. ‘Very committed and focused tacticianAlbert Birkner, who is ‘very pleasant to work with and goes the extra mile for his clients’, assisted the waste management company Brantner with group structuring and corporate issues. ‘Efficient, flexible and smart’ counsel Sarah Wared has a ‘hands-on approach’.

Considered a ‘very good choice’, Dorda acts for corporate clients, investment banks and private equity firms in cross-border transactions and corporate matters at the intersection of banking and finance and capital markets law. Felix Hörlsberger and the ‘dedicated, focused and solution-orientedChristian Ritschka, who made partner in February 2017, advised Austrian real estate investor and developer Supernova on two real estate transactions in Croatia. The ‘very approachableMartin Brodey, who co-heads the team with Andreas Mayr, assisted Miba with the acquisition of full ownership of Brazilian sinter component manufacturer Mahle Metal Leve Miba Sinterizados. Bernhard Rieder is ‘smart, responsive and dedicated’ and provides ‘practical advice’.

Eisenberger & Herzog’s team is co-headed by Alric Ofenheimer and the ‘very experiencedPeter Winkler and is particularly active in handling M&A transactions and joint ventures for energy, media, financial and real estate sector players. Ofenheimer advised ProSiebenSat.1 on the acquisition of ATV, and assisted Immofinanz with the restructuring of the Stop Shop retail park portfolio. Other clients include conwert Immobilien Invest and CA Immo.

Wolf Theiss’ ‘professional’ team is well versed in advising corporations, financial institutions and private equity clients on M&A matters and frequently works in conjunction with the firm’s finance, tax, dispute resolution and real estate teams, among others. Christian Mikosch and the ‘very organised and responsiveHorst Ebhardt advised Allianz Capital Partners on the acquisition of a 49% stake in Gas Connect Austria from OMV, while Hartwig Kienast assisted REWE International with the sale of its Croatian Billa operations, including 62 supermarkets, to its competitor SPAR. Christian Hoenig is recommended; Michael Lind left the firm for an in-house position.

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG receives a steady flow of transactional mandates such as advising Ennoconn on the acquisition of a core shareholding in the Austrian software company S&T, and assisting Belgian manufacturer of agricultural sprayers Beyne with the acquisition of Vogel & Noot’s premium part segment after its bankruptcy. ‘Very responsive and strategic negotiatorGerhard Hermann heads the team, which also includes ‘rising starWendelin Ettmayer.

CMS is noted for its ‘quick response times’ and ‘top-notch advice’, which the team provides to financial institutions and multinational corporations on transactions and general corporate work. Managing partner Peter Huber, who co-heads the team with Rainer Wachter, advised Hewlett-Packard on corporate and transactional matters arising from the acquisition of Samsung’s printer business, while Alexander Rakosi assisted the Austrian plastic manufacturer ALPLA with the acquisition of Romanian bottler Star East Pet. Similarly, the ‘solution-oriented’ Johannes Trenkwalder advised Medacta International on the acquisition of Austrian distributor Vivamed.

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners has transactional work at its core but also handles a wide range of corporate law instructions including restructurings, distressed M&A and contentious matters. Recent work includes Markus Fellner’s advice to WED Donau-City Gesellschaft on the sale of the DC Tower 1 to a banking group and, with Lukas Flener and Paul Luiki in the lead, assisting Jaggaer on its merger with Pool4Tool. Fellner also advised the owners of Austrian start-up company sendhybrid on the structuring of a joint venture with Österreichische Post.

Barnert Egermann Illigasch Rechtsanwälte GmbH advises on a broad range of corporate matters, including restructurings and transactions, and has specialist expertise in energy and media sector work. Michael Barnert is the key contact.

The ‘knowledgeable, responsive and solution-oriented’ practice at Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH has specialist expertise in transactions and a focus on advising technology, banking, insurance and energy sector players. Recent examples include advising semiconductor company ams on the acquisition of Heptagon Advanced Micro-Optics with Phillip Dubsky in the lead, and Christoph Wildmoser’s assistance to CVC Capital Partners with the acquisition of AR Packaging. Other key individuals include the ‘pragmatic’ Wolfgang Schwackhöfer, Philipp Kinsky and Christoph Herbst.

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)’s ‘very committed’ team is noted for its ‘in-depth negotiation expertise’ and its ‘efficiency’ when dealing with transactional, restructuring and general corporate matters. The ‘competent, experienced and reliable’ Franz Mittendorfer advised the shareholders of Bernecker + Rainer Industrie-Elektronik (B&R) on the sale of their shares to Swiss technology group ABB. In a separate matter, Immanuel Gerstner advised Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing (MSREI) and its investors on the corporate restructuring of an Austrian entity. Gerald Schmidsberger and Ernst Chalupsky co-head the team, which includes Fritz Ecker, Lukas Leitner and the ‘highly experienced’ Christian Pindeus, who all made salary partner in 2017.

Taylor Wessing Austria advises national and international clients on the full corporate life cycle, including joint ventures, restructurings and buy-outs, and often works in conjunction with the firm’s banking and finance team; the group is also particularly adept at cross-border transactions. Philip Hoflehner advised real estate company Warimpex on the partial sale of its hotel portfolio to Thai investor U City Public Company, and assisted Urban Massage with a range of corporate matters pertaining to the client’s Austrian market entry. Raimund Cancola heads the team.

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s ‘commercially minded and pragmatic’ team provides ‘fast responses’ on M&A-related matters and frequently acts for banks and insurance companies alongside gaming and betting service providers while also having notable experience in acting for players in the coatings and stationary, biotechnology and real estate sectors. Roman Rericha and team head Thomas Talos acted as transaction counsel to Ring International regarding the sale of its coating business to Kansai Paint.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach receives a steady flow of M&A and corporate work, thereby regularly utilising its ‘strong cross-border practice’. Team head Christoph Mager assisted Adler Real Estate with the sale of its share in conwert Immobilien Invest to Vonovia, and Maria Doralt acted for information technology company Wipro in the acquisition of IT consulting and software services company cellent, including post-acquisition advice on corporate structuring matters pertaining to its Austrian entities. Elisabeth Stichmann is ‘extremely knowledgeable’.

Graf & Pitkowitz stands out for its ‘strategic approach and great business understanding’, while also being praised for its ‘fast and reliable advice’ and ‘experience in international transactions’. Additionally to its M&A expertise, the team also advises on restructurings and general corporate matters with a sweet spot for energy and life sciences sector clients. The ‘very experienced and knowledgeableFerdinand Graf, who is ‘pleasant to work with’ and ‘explains complex matters comprehensively’, and Andreas Edlinger advised Lukoil Lubricants on the cross-border merger of the group’s Finland-based operational company with Lukoil Lubricants Europe in Vienna. Stephan Schmalzl ‘responds quickly’.

Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte’s ‘very responsive, knowledgeable and efficient’ team frequently handles M&A and restructuring mandates, where it is noted for its ‘straight answers’ and its particular strength in dealing with matters at the intersection of banking and finance law. Wolfgang Graf advised Global TCAD Solutions and its Austrian shareholders on the partial sale of their shares to Silvaco and assisted a group of international investors with the acquisition of an Austrian skiing resort, while Bernd Taucher advised the sports and clothing company Head on international corporate restructuring matters.

The ‘very knowledgeable, dedicated and service-oriented’ team at PHH Rechtsanwälte stands out for its ‘very good negotiation skills’ and has a strong profile for restructuring and transactional work, particularly in the private equity and venture capital space. ‘Outstanding deal lawyerRainer Kaspar, who provides ‘straight-forward and reliable advice’ and co-heads the team with Hannes Havranek, advised RHI, a supplier of refractory products and services, on the sale of all shares in one Italian and one Russian production company to LIVIA Corporate Development and, in a separate matter, acted for Battisti in the sale of its tinsmith wholesale business to Dach und Wand. Senior associate Daniela Olbrich is a ‘strong negotiator’ and ‘successfully guides clients through legal pitfalls’.

The majority of Pelzmann Gall Rechtsanwälte’s work pertains to cross-border reorganisations and restructurings as well as transactions and joint ventures. On the transactional side, co-head Mario Gall advised IT service management company S&T and its core shareholder grosso holding on the sale of a strategic shareholding in the company to Ennoconn Investment, and, on the corporate side, co-head Helen Pelzmann acted for Vale International on various matters pertaining to the reorganisation of its Austrian group structure.

Fiebinger Polak Leon & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s team is led by Peter Polak and advises on cross-border transactions, restructurings and joint ventures with particular expertise in the paper and energy sectors. Jakob Molzbichler left to join Emberger Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co. KG.

Grama Schwaighofer Vondrak Rechtsanwälte’s strength lies in dealing with matters at the intersection of corporate, transactional and real estate law. In 2016, the team advised a South African property fund on the acquisition of several real estate properties in Austria. In a separate matter, team head Bernd Grama assisted an Austrian private equity fund with the acquisition of a Hungarian media company. Mirza Benca is another key individual of the team.

Jank Weiler Operenyi has a ‘remarkable presence in the market’ and handles transactional, general corporate and contentious work. The team, which became a member of the international legal network Deloitte Legal in July 2017, advised Air Berlin on the sale of all its indirectly held shares in NIKI Luftfahrt to Etihad Investment, an affiliate of Etihad Airways, and assisted the Austrian Football Federation (ÖFB) with corporate restructuring matters including regulatory and tax aspects. The ‘very smart, fair and cooperative’ Alexander Operenyi co-heads the team with Maximilian Weiler.

The ‘strong and reliable’ team at Schindler Attorneyscombines corporate and tax expertise with commercial insight and judgement’ and focuses on structuring and transactional work with a specialism in private equity. The ‘very committed, pragmatic and vastly experienced’ Clemens Philipp Schindler, who co-heads the team with the recommended Florian Philipp Cvak, advised Alba Communications on the acquisition of Austrian PR agency PR International. Cvak also acted for Sdiptech in the acquisition of two Austria-based elevator businesses, namely Aufzüge Friedl and ST Liftsystems.

Siemer-Siegl-Füreder & Partner, Rechtsanwälte’s ‘highly pragmatic and solution-oriented’ team advises national and international clients on a range of corporate and commercial matters including M&A, restructurings and compliance. Key individuals include the ‘reliable’ Monika Buxbaumer and ‘accurate’ team head Hannes Füreder.

Various national and international companies and investors instruct Benn-Ibler Rechtsanwälte GmbH to advise on transactions and general corporate matters, which regularly include real estate and finance elements. Stefan Eder is the main contact.

Eckert Fries Prokopp Rechtsanwälte GmbH has a solid transactional and corporate practice with recent highlights including Vitus Eckert’s advice to injection moulding machinery company Engel on the acquisition of manufacturing execution systems provider T.I.G.

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH acts for a number of mid-sized companies on contentious and non-contentious transactional and general corporate and commercial matters. In recent highlights, practice co-head Gerold Wietrzyk advised Egston Holding on restructuring matters as well as the acquisition of the Kurt Springer company and assisted Nokia Austria with the cross-border merger with its Finnish parent company. Co-head Jörg Zehetner provided general commercial advice to Wohnbau-Investitionsbank.

Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP) handles M&A and general corporate work with a particular focus on the media, gaming and real estate sectors. Ronald Frankl and media expert Gerald Ganzger advised schau media Wien on the sale of its regional broadcaster SchauTV to Kurier.

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