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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH

The ‘high-quality’ team at Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH stands out for its regulatory, compliance and litigation expertise, acting for a number of Austrian banks and international financial services providers, insurance companies and investment funds. Team head Ernst Brandl, who is ‘extremely pleasant to work with’, advised Erste Group Bank on various marketing and licensing matters pertaining to its online banking platform.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH stands out for its regulatory and litigation capabilities, routinely acting for banks, investment funds and gaming sector companies. ‘Outstanding practitionerErnst Brandl, who is ‘extremely pleasant to work with’, and Thomas Talos jointly head the practice.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 5

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s ‘commercially minded and pragmatic’ team provides ‘fast responses’ on M&A-related matters and frequently acts for banks and insurance companies alongside gaming and betting service providers while also having notable experience in acting for players in the coatings and stationary, biotechnology and real estate sectors. Roman Rericha and team head Thomas Talos acted as transaction counsel to Ring International regarding the sale of its coating business to Kansai Paint.

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Austria: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH combines its corporate, banking, capital markets and white-collar crime expertise to represent clients, including a large number of financial services providers, before the FMA and civil courts. Team head Christian Lenz is noted for his ‘thorough preparation and ability to efficiently handle large and complex matters, which allows clients to confidently rely on him in long and complicated disputes’. Other key individuals include Ernst Brandl and Christopher Schrank.

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

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH

It’s a pleasure to work withBrandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s team, which increased its bench strength in 2017 by welcoming the ‘very experienced’ Volkert Sackmann from his previous position at the Public prosecutor’s offices. The practice is noted for its defence capabilities in the banking, capital markets and gaming sectors, where it acts for individuals and companies, but also handles internal investigations. ‘Very accurate’ team head Christopher Schrank defended Novomatic’s former chief executive against bribery allegations.

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