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Cerha Hempel

PARKRING 2, 1010 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
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Work +43 1 51 43 50
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Fax +43 1 514 35 35
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Web:
www.chsh.com

The firm: CHSH is one of Austria’s leading corporate law firms with an integrated Central and Eastern European practice and can trace its history back to the 1920s. With over 200 lawyers, CHSH offers clients experience and expertise in all areas of corporate and commercial law, both in Austria and Central and Eastern Europe. In addition to its main office in Vienna, the firm also has offices in Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Minsk, Prague, Sofia and Timisoara. CHSH knows the legal characteristics of these countries inside out and has in-depth knowledge of local markets.

CHSH has a long and very successful track record. For decades the firm has been advising clients in cases that demand particular expertise, creativity and innovation. This is not only guaranteed by wide-ranging specialist knowledge, motivation and commitment, but also by an excellent understanding of its clients’ businesses. Over the past 25 years, CHSH has been involved in most of the top transactions in Austria. This is what really distinguishes CHSH as one of the leading law firms in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, takeovers, privatisations, financing, and real estate and construction. CHSH also enjoys an enviable reputation for handling large-scale commercial litigation and arbitration.

As CHSH understands its clients’ businesses, it helps the firm achieve an extremely high rate of success. The know-how, coupled with many years’ experience in Central and Eastern Europe, guarantees its clients cross-border advice of the very highest quality.

Areas of practice: Mergers, acquisitions and corporate: the focus at CHSH is not only on classic M&A, but also on private equity and venture capital transactions. CHSH specialises in developing and providing practical solutions to what can be extremely complex issues that often involve cross-border components. Due to the diversity of its clients, CHSH is particularly experienced in advising on public M&A, including takeover law and related disclosure requirements under stock exchange law.

Banking and finance: CHSH supports businesses in their borrowing and investment decisions, as well as in the context of financial and liquidity planning and treasury operations. CHSH advises both borrowers and lenders alike. CHSH is one of Austria’s most renowned law firms in the regulatory sector and advises international banks on regulatory issues and with respect to the selling and trading of securities in Austria.

Capital markets: CHSH is one of the leading law firms specialising in capital markets. Over the past 25 years, the firm has handled the largest capital market transactions in Austria and has set the standards in this field. The firm covers all aspects of IPOs, capital increases and bond issuances, advising potential issuers and consortium banks acting as underwriters for transactions on a wide range of due diligence matters as well as preparing prospectuses in accordance with relevant international standards and drafting corporate documentation for capital transactions.

Real estate and construction: the real estate and construction department at CHSH has considerable success in advising national and international companies in complex Austrian and cross-border real estate transactions and construction projects. The firm advises its clients through every stage of a project, from project development, drafting financing agreements, preparing planning and construction agreements to residential and commercial leases. The core areas of expertise include handling landlord and tenant disputes and construction litigation, as well as assisting with claim management.

Litigation and arbitration: whether it concerns construction disputes, unfair competition, contractual interpretation, insurance law, warranty issues, or damages in contract or tort, CHSH covers the entire spectrum of corporate and commercial law and has a fantastic success rate in contentious matters and proceedings. Arbitration is also part of the firm’s tradition. CHSH knows the ins and outs of international arbitration, as well as the advantages and pitfalls of the various institutional rules and members of the firm frequently act as arbitrators, chairpersons and counsel.

  • Contacts
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  • Albert Birkner (managing partner)
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  • Clemens Hasenauer (managing partner)
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  • Other offices
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  • Bratislava
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  • Bucharest
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  • Budapest
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  • Minsk
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  • Prague
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  • Sofia
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  • Timisoara
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  • Number of lawyers: 200
  • at this office: 100
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Danish
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Croatian
  • Romanian
  • Slovak
  • Bulgarian
  • Member
  • Lex Mundi
  • The World's Leading Association of Independent Law Firms

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