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The firm: BARNERT EGERMANN ILLIGASCH is a full-service Austrian law firm with specific strengths in corporate/M&A, banking and finance, competition law and employment law. BARNERT EGERMANN ILLIGASCH was founded in 2004. Since then, the lawyers of the firm have grown a substantial and diversified client base and have made their name in the legal and business communities, being consistently ranked in the highest tiers in the fields they are active in.

All of the partners have extensive backgrounds in high-profile international transactions as well as in international work and have obtained training in magic circle and other leading international law firms before joining BARNERT EGERMANN ILLIGASCH. They provide advice with the knowledge and experience of a leading international law firm while maintaining all the benefits in terms of flexibility, transparency and efficiency a smaller firm can offer.

Areas of practice: Banking and Finance: The Banking and Finance team of BARNERT EGERMANN ILLIGASCH has extensive experience advising major Austrian and foreign companies and financial institutions on domestic and international banking and capital market issues, including regulatory matters. Team head Alexander Illigasch has advised on numerous high-profile acquisition finance, asset finance, project finance, structured finance and trade finance transactions.

Corporate/M&A: The Corporate/M&A team of BARNERT EGERMANN ILLIGASCH has extensive experience in advising on M&A transactions in Austria and on a cross-border level. It acts for large Austrian and international corporates, financial institutions and funds. Team head Michael Barnert advises on various kinds of transactions, including MBOs, spin-offs and joint ventures with a broad range of structures such as equity investments, hybrid instruments and mezzanine capital. Moreover, he is active in corporate restructurings and corporate litigation.

Competition: The Competition team of BARNERT EGERMANN ILLIGASCH has long-standing experience in advising national and international companies on all aspects of EU and Austrian competition law, including cartel investigations, merger control and compliance matters. The firm represents clients before the Austrian competition authorities, civil courts as well as the EU Commission. Clients include private sector companies, industry associations, public utilities and other public bodies/authorities. Team head Isabella Hartung regularly holds lectures, has published numerous articles and is co-author of a textbook on Austrian competition law.

Dispute Resolution: BARNERT EGERMANN ILLIGASCH advises national and international clients in litigation matters before Austrian courts as well as administrative authorities and in arbitration proceedings. The firm has special experience with labour law and corporate litigation.

Employment: The Employment team of BARNERT EGERMANN ILLIGASCH represents before civil courts and gives advice to renowned national and international businesses in all areas of employment law. The team also advises in cross-border M&A transactions, including downsizing and remuneration changes. Team head Clemens Egermann has ample experience with, inter alia, structuring of group-wide company benefits, compensation systems and reward programs (executive and non-executive); he also advises on mobility strategies and assists with employee assignments as well as domestic and cross-border transfer of employees.

Energy: The Energy practice of BARNERT EGERMANN ILLIGASCH deals with regulatory matters, including proceedings before the regulatory authority E-Control and administrative courts. The team also has experience with competition-related issues (such as long-term contracts) and M&A deals in the energy sector.

Real Estate: The track-record of BARNERT EGERMANN ILLIGASCH in Real Estate includes, amongst others, advice on commercial real estate development projects, advice on various hotel projects and advice to high-net-worth individuals on asset planning and structuring, in particular with regard to succession planning (such as the establishment of private foundations and re-structuring within group companies) with a focus on real estate issues.

  • Partners: 4
  • Lawers: 15
  • Languages
  • English
  • German
  • Member
  • IBA
  • Lexwork
  • Austrian Bar Association
  • Austrian Arbitration Association
  • Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht

Above material supplied by Barnert Egermann Illigasch Rechtsanwälte GmbH.

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