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Eisenberger & Herzog

VIENNA TWIN TOWER, WIENERBERGSTRASSE 11, 1100 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Tel:
Work +43 1 606 36 47
Web:
www.ehlaw.at
Graz, Vienna

Austria

Administrative law and public sector
Administrative law and public sector - ranked: tier 2

Eisenberger & Herzog

Much of Eisenberger & Herzog’s work pertains to infrastructure and energy projects alongside large-scale developments, having recently advised the City of Graz on the city development project Reininghausgründe, which included regional planning contracts and zoning law issues. In another highlight, team head Georg Eisenberger assisted Frutura Obst & Gemüse and SPAR with matters pertaining to a large-scale greenhouse including a thermal heat supply. Ulrike Sehrschön provides ‘sustainable down-to-earth solutions’.

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Eisenberger & Herzog

Eisenberger & Herzog’s team is able to call on colleagues from the firm’s corporate and public law departments, thereby generating a steady flow of transactional, regulatory and contentious work. Peter Winkler advised Wiener Netze on the refinancing of pension liabilities, and Marcus Benes acted as local counsel for a lender group on financing issues. Other clients include HIL Real Estate alpha and Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG). Josef Schmidt returned to the firm’s Vienna office in September 2017 after two years at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

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Marcus Benes - Eisenberger & Herzog

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Eisenberger & Herzog

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.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Eisenberger & Herzog

Eisenberger & Herzog’s team is co-headed by Alric Ofenheimer and the ‘very experienced’ Peter 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.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Eisenberger & Herzog

Eisenberger & Herzog has a strong profile for merger control, antitrust and private enforcement work as well as internal investigations. Recommended team head Dieter Thalhammer represented ÖBB-Infrastruktur and Wiener Hafen in phase II merger control proceedings, while the ‘very good and client-oriented’ Judith Feldner assisted Greenbrier Companies and Astra Rail with the establishment of a joint venture and subsequently represented the clients in merger proceedings before the Austrian Competition Authority. Andreas Zellhofer is ‘knowledgeable, very responsive and focused’.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Eisenberger & Herzog

Eisenberger & Herzog’s employment team acts for industry heavyweights such as ProSiebenSat.1 and Austrian Airlines: practice head Jana Eichmeyer assisted the airline with employment terminations and advised refractory products supplier RHI on executive employment contracts. Other areas of expertise include bonus schemes, work time arrangements, collective bargaining agreements, pension law issues and disputes.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Eisenberger & Herzog

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.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Eisenberger & Herzog

Eisenberger & Herzog’s ‘professional and responsive’ practice is highly adept at handling trade mark work and exhibits particular expertise at the intersection of IP and competition law. Team head Andreas Zellhofer regularly advises Honda on a range of IP matters including trade mark infringement proceedings.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 2

Eisenberger & Herzog

Noted for its ‘fast response times’, Eisenberger & Herzog provides ‘efficient and customer-oriented’ advice, routinely calling upon colleagues in the firm’s regulatory, M&A and finance departments. Marco Steiner assisted Energie Burgenland Windkraft with several transactions alongside the restructuring and partial divestment of a biomass power station. Other clients include Wien Energie, Verbund and the Development Bank of Austria. Ulrike Sehrschön, Georg Eisenberger and the ‘knowledgeable’ Michael Strenitz are other names to note.

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Public procurement
Public procurement - ranked: tier 2

Eisenberger & Herzog

Noted for its expertise in advising clients on national and EU-wide tenders, Eisenberger & Herzog recently assisted WDS Wärmedirektservice der Energie Graz with an EU-wide tender invitation for the construction of a large heat storage plant. Additionally to its energy sector expertise, the team also has a strong reputation for infrastructure sector projects. Holding Graz - Kommunale Dienstleistungen is among the group’s key clients. Wilhelm Offenbeck and the recommended Ulrike Sehrschön jointly head the practice.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Eisenberger & Herzog

Noted for its quick ‘response times’, Eisenberger & Herzog is best known for its transactional expertise but also handles project development work. Michael Strenitz, who co-heads the team with ‘great negotiator’ Alric Ofenheimer, advised investor group Pecik on the development and sale of various luxury apartments in Vienna. Clemens Lanschützer is ‘dedicated’.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 4

Eisenberger & Herzog

Eisenberger & Herzog is particularly active in the IT space, most notably in outsourcing projects, but also advises on data protection issues. Team head Andreas Zellhofer assisted Microsoft with its roll-out of cloud computing services to Austrian customers and with software licensing issues.

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