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Christopher Schrank

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Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH

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Partner; Areas of practice: Capital Markets, Corporate, White-Collar Crime, Private Equity / Venture Capital


Christopher specialises in white-collar-crime, corporate law, capital markets and related litigation work. He has represented numerous banks and banking executives in the context of criminal proceedings regarding alleged market manipulation and breach of trust as well as in proceedings regarding alleged insider trading. He represents the former CEOs of Immofinanz group and Alpine group in a number of civil and criminal proceedings related to corporate and capital markets law issues, advised Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank AG in connection with its sale to the Indian Anadi-Group. Further, Christopher is regularly being mandated to advise in complex corporate matters and restructuring proceedings. On the transactional side, he has been advising Kalixa Payment Group on its Europe-wide cooperation with MasterCard in the prepaid card sector. He has further advised AutoBank AG on the issuance of a subordinated bond as well as a leading grocery chain on the analysis and implementation of an international cash pooling system. Christopher regularly publishes articles in legal journals and is a sought-after speaker at seminars in the areas of white-collar-crime, corporate law and capital markets. He contributed to a handbook on "The Supervisory Board" (dbv-Verlag, Vienna 2013) and is the co-author of the handbook "Criminal Law for Public Accountants" (Linde Verlag, Vienna 2014). His latest handbook on the legal principles and duties of Managing directors of a private limited company is expected to be published in March 2016.


Partner/Attorney-at-law at Brandl & Talos (since 2008), Attorney-at-law/Associate at Brandl & Talos (2001-2008), Associate at Hausmaninger Herbst Wietrzyk (1998-2000), Revision Assistant at Deloitte & Touche (1997).


German, English.


Vienna Bar Association.


University of Vienna, Faculty of Law (Mag iur 1998; Dr iur 2001), Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (Mag rer soc oec 1998).


Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH has regulatory and litigation work at its core and is well equipped to advise clients on bond issuances as well as matters pertaining to crypto currencies and blockchain-based technologies. 'Top governance and compliance specialist' Christopher Schrank, who jointly heads the team with Thomas Talos and Roman Rericha, defended a former board member of an ATX-listed company against allegations of infringement of the Austrian Stock Corporation Act.

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Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud)

Within: Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud)

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH routinely defends individuals against various white-collar crime accusations such as embezzlement, bribery and breach of trust but also assists companies with criminal proceedings, compliance matters and criminal investigations. Christopher Schrank and Thomas Talos defended a former board member of bwin against allegations of breach of trust and bribery concerning an off-shore money transfer. Volkert Sackmann left the firm in April 2018 to work independently.

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