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Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

SCHOTTENRING 19, 1010 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
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Austria

Administrative law and public sector
Administrative law and public sector - ranked: tier 1

Schoenherr

Schoenherr’s strength lies in dealing with matters at the intersection of environmental and energy law. ‘Outstanding and pragmatic’ practice head Christian Schmelz advised Asfinag on environmental and permitting issues pertaining to the construction and operation of two major motorways. Bernd Rajal is ‘an excellent energy lawyer with deep industry knowledge’.

Leading individuals

Christian Schmelz - Schoenherr

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Schoenherr

Commercial lending, non-investment grade financings, structured finance and regulatory matters are central pillars of Schoenherr’s ‘extremely knowledgeable and strong’ practice. Practice head Martin Ebner recently advised Raiffeisen Bank International, as part of a lender consortium, on a €300m general purpose credit facility for Zumtobel. Walter Gapp left the firm to join Rautner Rechtsanwälte GmbH.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Schoenherr

Schoenherr advises on capital markets transactions, high-yield bond issuances and regulatory matters. Martin Ebner’s team assisted ABBAG Abbaumanagementgesellschaft des Bundes with the €11.2bn tender offer by Kärntner Ausgleichszahlungs-Fonds to purchase certain debt instruments issued by HETA Asset Resolution. Walter Gapp moved to Rautner Rechtsanwälte GmbH.

Next generation lawyers

Ursula Rath - Schoenherr

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Schoenherr

Schoenherr’s ‘very good’ team is best known for its strong transactional practice, often interlinked with banking law. Christian Herbst represented Cubic in a public takeover to acquire all shares in C-Quadrat Investment not held by San Gabriel Privatstiftung, T.R. Privatstiftung or the other core shareholders. Alexander Popp heads the practice, which includes the ‘discreet and efficient’ Markus Piuk and newly promoted partner Roman Perner.

Leading individuals

Christian Herbst - Schoenherr

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Schoenherr

Schoenherr’s ‘quick’ team has ‘a good understanding of the Austrian market’ and frequently works in conjunction with the real estate and regulatory practices. Peter Madl assisted Wien Energie with the termination of several construction contracts. Michael Lagler is recommended.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Schoenherr

Schoenherr’s ‘flexible and quick’ team is ‘deeply experienced in dealing with antitrust and merger control matters’. Practice head Franz Urlesberger advised OMV on merger control aspects of its acquisition of all remaining shares from former joint venture partners. Hanno Wollmann is ‘very strategic, analytical and calm’.

Leading individuals

Hanno Wollmann - Schoenherr

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Schoenherr

The ‘service-oriented’ team at Schoenherr advises employers on restructurings, works and collective agreements and represents clients – including the Vienna General Hospital – in labour court matters and industrial tribunals. Recently promoted partner Stefan Kühteubl heads the practice.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Schoenherr

Schoenherr’s ‘outstanding’ team focuses on advising lenders and distressed borrowers on restructurings, pre-insolvency reorganisations and refinancing. ‘Stress-resistant and analytical’ practice head Wolfgang Höller advised ABBAG on the structuring and financing of an offer to buy back HETA Asset Resolution bonds guaranteed by the Austrian state of Carinthia. Martin Ebner is recommended.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Schoenherr

Schoenherr’s broad IP practice covers brand portfolio administration, product launches, copyright and trade mark matters as well as IP infringement proceedings. Christian Schumacher recently acted for Red Bull in pursuing action against an infringer. Other clients include Hewlett-Packard and Deutsche Telekom. Guido Kucsko heads the ‘excellent’ team, which includes newly promoted counsel Michael Woller.

Leading individuals

Guido Kucsko - Schoenherr

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Schoenherr

Very responsive frontrunnerSchoenherr utilises its ‘excellent industry knowledge’ to advise on the construction and operation of large energy and other infrastructure projects. Practice head Christian Schmelz advised TIWAG Tiroler Wasserkraft on the construction of two hydropower storage facilities and three hydropower plants in Tyrol. The firm also expertly handles related corporate and environmental matters. The ‘solution-oriented’ Bernd Rajal is ‘a fantastic energy lawyer’.

Next generation lawyers

Bernd Rajal - Schoenherr

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Public procurement
Public procurement - ranked: tier 4

Schoenherr

Schoenherr advises its clients, including the Albertina museum, in EU-wide tender procedures and also handles the structuring of PPPs. Christian Schmelz co-heads the team with ‘very knowledgeable and friendly’ counsel Johannes Stalzer.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Schoenherr

Schoenherr’s ‘highly competent’ team has ‘great market knowledge’ and handles the full spectrum of real estate law, but is particularly focused on advising investors and development companies. ‘Excellent’ counsel Arabella Eichinger ‘provides first-class service’ and advised Hyatt on the establishment of a joint venture to build and operate the Andaz am Belvedere five-star hotel. The ‘highly motivated and result-focused’ Michael Lagler and the ‘experienced’ Peter Madl are key contacts.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 4

Schoenherr

Schoenherr’s ‘competent and quick’ newTech team advises on IT and telecoms work, such as domain names, gambling licences and software projects. Wolfgang Tichy, who co-heads the practice with counsels Günther Leissler and Michael Woller, assisted Uniqa Insurance with the development, implementation and operation of a group-wide IT system.

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Austria: Dispute resolution

Arbitration and mediation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation - ranked: tier 3

Schoenherr

Schoenherr’s ‘solution-driven’ team has a strong profile for commercial and investment arbitration. Christoph Lindinger represented Dardafon.net in an ICC arbitration pertaining to its services agreement with the state-owned Kosovo Telecom. Anne-Karin Grill is ‘a skilled and attentive negotiator’.

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Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Schoenherr

Noted for its ‘pragmatic approach’, Schoenherr has been defending several financial institutions against a variety of claims, including class actions. Christoph Lindinger heads the practice, which recently represented Kone in cartel proceedings before the Austrian Cartel Court and in subsequent litigation for damages before the Austrian Trade Court.

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White-collar crime (including fraud)
Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud) - ranked: tier 3

Schoenherr

Schoenherr’s ‘pragmatic’ team has a focus on internal investigations and compliance matters, in addition to which it frequently provides risk analyses and handles infringement cases. Clients include Wiener Privatbank and Loomis Österreich. Wolfgang Höller is the main contact. Former team head Heidemarie Paulitsch left the firm in November 2016 to practise independently.

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