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With a specialism in creditor-side work, Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners is well versed in advising financial institutions on a broad range of reorganisation and restructuring matters. Team head Markus Fellner advised a consortium of banks led by UniCredit Bank Austria on restructuring issues pertaining to the financing of an Austrian media group. Other clients include corporates such as Schlumberger Technologies and Chiho-Tiande.

As part of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s banking and finance practice, the ‘professional and friendly’ restructuring team acts for corporations, creditors, regulators, borrowers, lenders and insolvency practitioners. Friedrich Jergitsch heads the team, which includes the recommended Florian Klimscha.

Graf & Pitkowitz’s ‘client-oriented, reliable and professional’ team is well equipped to guide clients through bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring proceedings. The recommended Stefan Weileder and ‘very knowledgeable strategist’ and team head Alexander Isola acted as trustees to the insolvent company Borckenstein and represented the client in insolvency proceedings of its subsidiary HiTex. Other clients include Schirnhofer, Vogel & Noot Landmaschinen, private trusts and investors.

With a focus on advising lenders and distressed borrowers, Schoenherr (Schönherr RechtsanwĂ€lte) is particularly rated for its strength in pre-insolvency reorganisation, refinancing and restructuring work. Martin Ebner and ‘smart’ practice head Wolfgang Höller, who ‘thinks outside the box’, advised Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich on the restructuring and refinancing of several loans granted to two Croatian subsidiaries of the Austrian real estate group Kaufmann. Other clients include ABBAG and HETA Asset Resolution. The ‘excellent’ Miriam Simsa was promoted to salary partner in February 2017.

Abel RechtsanwĂ€lte GmbH & Co KG’s lawyers act as insolvency administrators as well as on behalf of debtors and are experienced in handling corporate restructurings. Norbert Abel is the main contact.

Routinely working in conjunction with the firm’s banking and finance and corporate practices, Binder Grösswang regularly advises banks and debtors on corporate and financial restructurings, pre-insolvency reorganisations and distressed M&A, while also acting in insolvency-related disputes. The ‘trustworthy and reliable’ Gottfried Gassner, who co-heads the team with Emanuel Welten, advised the creditor Heitkamp Construction on insolvency proceedings pertaining to a construction company.

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati’s ‘practical, reliable and efficient’ team ‘provides hands-on advice’ and predominantly acts for creditors and shareholders of distressed and insolvent companies in liquidation proceedings, corporate reorganisations, restructurings and pre-insolvency debt collections. ‘Very responsive’ team head Thomas Trettnak is ‘very pleasant to work with’ and advised Neenah Paper on issues arising from the insolvency of its supplier KRESTA Anlagenbau, while also assisting Whirlpool and its subsidiary KitchenAid with debt collection measures.

Noted for its ‘very good negotiation skills’, Dorda provides ‘business-oriented’ advice to lenders and distressed borrowers on pre-insolvency reorganisations and refinancings, while also representing creditors in insolvency proceedings and insolvency-related litigation. The ‘strategic’ Felix Hörlsberger continues to advise bauMax on its restructuring. Christian Ritschka is ‘hard-working’ and ‘a pleasure to work with’.

Eisenberger & Herzog calls upon its corporate, M&A and capital markets expertise to advise corporate clients and financial institutions on corporate and financial restructurings alongside debt, bonds and loan reorganisations. Michael Strenitz acted as co-lead counsel to QuadraCir in the restructuring of the group’s financial debt. Peter Winkler and Marcus Benes co-head the team, which increased its bench strength in September 2017 by welcoming Josef Schmidt from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

Highly-regarded insolvency administration firm Engelhart & Partner RechtsanwÀlte OEG is a regular fixture on key domestic and cross-border insolvency projects, while also assisting distressed companies and creditors with reorganisations and restructurings. Karl Engelhart is the main contact.

With a strong employment practice, FreimĂŒller/Obereder/Pilz RechtsanwĂ€lt_innen GmbH often acts at the intersection of insolvency and employment law and is well versed in advising debtors. Main contact Georg FreimĂŒller also acts as liquidator.

Jaksch, Schoeller & Riel, Rechtsanwaltskanzlei is best known for its insolvency administration work but also handles restructuring mandates for creditors and corporate clients. Stephan Riel is the key contact.

Preslmayr Attorneys at Law has a fine reputation for reorganisation and refinancing work, which includes assisting corporate entities with the acquisition and sale of distressed assets. Handling administrator mandates and representing creditors in insolvency proceedings constitute other key elements. Team head Matthias Schmidt was appointed administrator in First Vienna FC’s bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings. He also represented the creditor Mars Austria in proceedings pertaining to the Zielpunkt bankruptcy.

The highly regarded Ulla Reisch at urbanek lind schmied reisch RechtsanwÀlte OG is a heavyweight in the insolvency arena with a fine reputation for administration work. Other areas of expertise include advising corporate entities and investors on restructuring and distressed M&A.

‘Able to handle an enormous degree of complexity’, Wolf Theiss draws on the firm’s banking and finance, corporate, real estate and litigation practices to assist with large-scale corporate and financial restructurings. With a specialism in acting for banks and banking consortiums, the recommended Andreas Schmid advised an international lenders’ consortium, led by Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich, on the financial restructuring of the indebted construction material group Asamer. Gabriele Etzl joined Jank Weiler Operenyi in November 2017.

CMS’ ‘business-oriented’ team focuses on restructuring and transactional work in Austria and the CEE region including related litigation. GĂŒnther Hanslik heads the team, which includes the recommended Alexander Rakosi.

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) advises debtors on corporate and financial restructuring matters and provides general insolvency law advice. Christian Pindeus and Fritz Ecker both made partner in 2017 and form part of Ernst Chalupsky’s team.

Acting for debtors, shareholders and creditors, Taylor Wessing Austria covers a wide range of insolvency and restructuring work, including insolvency administration, distressed M&A and litigation. Team head Susanne Fruhstorfer advised Moldegama Industries on insolvency matters pertaining to a subsidiary, and assisted ALB Anlagen- und Leitungsbau with restructuring proceedings. In other work, she advised Zuunda Development on its liquidation and on related criminal proceedings against a former managing director.

Vavrovsky Heine Marth RechtsanwĂ€lte provides ‘strong business acumen’ and ‘high quality’ advice on restructuring and insolvency law matters including administration work. Nikolaus Vavrovsky assisted real estate company Wienwert with restructuring measures. The ‘experienced and analytical’ Karl Ludwig Vavrovsky, whose ‘excellentcommunication and negotiation skills’ are highlighted by clients, was appointed administrator in GOLDprofessionell Austria’s insolvency proceedings.

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  • fwp extends its expertise by appointing a new junior partner from its own ranks

    Vienna, September 2018. Motivated and energetic - this is how the new junior partner of Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner (fwp) presents himself. One of Austria’s leading law firms acclaims Clemens Gabriel’s new status as attorney-at-law registered since 19 September 2018.
  • fwp strengthens areas of competence by appointing a new junior partner from its own ranks.

    Vienna, September 2018. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner (fwp) adds valuable competence and expertise to the team by promoting Michael Froner to junior partner.
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    JUVE, the premier German-language legal business publication, ranks Schoenherr as the  leading law firm in Austria  and recognises the firm's Corporate/M&A practice for being at the very  apex of the country's transactional practitioners . In the newly-released 2015 edition of its annual 150-page handbook on corporate law firms in Austria, JUVE identifies Schoenherr as having generated the highest revenues among the country’s 15 largest law firms, thanks not least to Schoenherr's advisory role in a large selection of the headline transactions and restructurings during 2014/15.  read more...
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  • CEE: Schoenherr named Leading Law Firm in South East Europe by Chambers

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