Firms To Watch: Banking and finance

HSP Rechtsanwälte GmbH's group is led by Peter Wagesreiter and provides assistance with passporting and compliance on one hand and with financing transactions on the other, with a focus on project and property finance. 

Banking and finance in Austria

Binder Grösswang

Binder Grösswang's impressive client portfolio consisting of Austrian and international banks, large corporates and Austrian infrastructure providers stands testament to the team's wide-ranging banking and finance capabilities. Michael Binder and Stephan Heckenthaler are key contacts for regulatory matters with Heckenthaler routinely taking the lead in (cross-border) mandates pertaining to payment services and fintech, while banking M&A (handled by both Binder and Heckenthaler) and bank licensing makes up another large share of its regulatory work. In the financing space, Emanuel Welten and Stefan Tiefenthaler assist borrowers and lenders with corporate, real estate, acquisition and project finance, including ESG-linked finance (Welten is a key contact for this), as well as with securitisation transactions and matters at the intersection with capital markets. This offering is complemented by recently promoted partner Stefan Frank's expertise in compliance and administrative criminal proceedings before the FMA.


‘Binder Grösswang has an excellent Banking & Finance team with broad market experience. They deliver high-end legal advice in a very timely and efficient manner and are very responsive.’

‘Dr. Stephan Heckenthaler thinks outside the box and has a very good understanding of the industry and clients’ needs, he is a valuable strategic partner assisting in core projects of our institute.’

‘Emanuel Welten: He is able to present complex presentations in a very comprehensible way and demonstrates exceptional professional competence. Emanuel can negotiate very well and consensually and has a large international network.

Key clients

Société Générale

BNP Paribas



Deutsche Bank

UniCredit Bank Austria

Erste Bank

Austrian Anadi Bank


Allianz Investmentbank

ÖBB Group and ÖBB-Holding

Hirtenberger Holding, Weitblick Holding

Lenzing AG


Wiener Stadtwerke

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW)

Austrian Post


Wüstenrot Group

Bankhaus Carl Spängler & Co.

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale (Helaba)

Opel Bank

Arval Austria

paysafecard group

Work highlights

  • Advising Lenzing as international lead counsel on the financing aspects of a cross-border joint venture with Duratex in Brazil.
  • Advised the European Investment Bank on a €538m securitisation transaction aimed to support new lending to SMEs and Mid-Caps in Austria affected by the Covid-19 crisis.
  • Advised ING Group on the sale of its Austrian retail banking business to bank99, the bank of Österreichische Post.

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) continues to carry out Covid-19 response work, such as financial restructurings and refinancings, where the team frequently acts for financial institutions but also for borrowers. In addition to transactional support, these instructions routinely call on the team's regulatory expertise - Peter Feyl is a key contact in this space -, which also comes into play when advising financial institutions on the disposal of non-core assets. Mandates of this nature are typically handled in close conjunction with the firm's M&A practice. The team's interdisciplinary approach is also applied when handling fintech-related work, where start-up financing and capital markets expert Ursula Rath regularly works with the firm's IP and technology group. Its financing work covers the full spectrum and includes green and ESG-linked finance, an area of particular growth. Key contacts in this arena include team head Martin Ebner, who also provides structured finance and securitisation support, and Laurenz Schwitzer; the latter has recently been particularly active in real estate and project finance but also in refinance transactions. The team's finance capabilities at the intersection with M&A and restructuring were further strengthened by the arrival of Michael Magerl from Haslinger/Nagele & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH in September 2020; he joined the Linz office as office managing partner.

Practice head(s):

Martin Ebner


‘We are using Schoenherr as a preferred provider for regulatory and investment law advice in Austria. We have enjoyed working with Ursula Rath’s team, which offers high-qualify and commercially minded advice.’

‘We appreciate that Schoenherr provides its clients with a very high standard of individual and professional legal advice, having hands-on-mentality and being solution-oriented. One example, which saves internal resources on an ongoing basis, is a traffic light system for key information in legal opinions issued by the law firm in order to reduce analysing, commenting and re-assessing needs and resources by the various stakeholders in-house.’

‘The team stands out for both supervisory law and corporate law, which is very helpful when it comes to more complex transactions involving regulated entities.’

‘Ursula Rath is not only a highly skilled and experienced professional but also highly approachable and responsive. She follows a highly solution-oriented work approach and always puts the interests of her clients at the centre.’

‘Availability and personal resource.’

‘I worked with the banking and finance team on several projects. They are very flexible, reliable, responsive and innovative. Using technology to ease closing processes between lawyers, they work as a real team, including at partner’s level.’

‘I worked with Laurenz Schwizter on several projects, each of them having their own specific challenges. Laurenz is a dedicated, knowledgeable and innovative lawyer. When facing an issue you can always have a fruitful discussion to sort things out.’

‘Ursula Rath’ responsiveness, quality of service and commercial mindset set her apart.’

Key clients

ABBAG Abbaumanagementgesellschaft des Bundes

Advent International

AGRANA Group Services GmbH


Art Invest

Aves One

B & C Holding Österreich

Bank of America Merril Lynch

Barclays Bank


BENTELER International AG


Conda Crowdinvesting Europe


COVID-19 Finanzierungsagentur des Bundes GmbH (COFAG)


Credit Suisse International

Deutsche Bank


EPH Holding

Erste Group Bank

Goldman Sachs

Garbe Industrial

Hamburg Trust

Hypo Vorarlberg

Interglobe Enterprises Limited

JP Morgan


Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding

Morgan Stanley

Raiffeisen Bank International

Raiffeisen-Holding NÖ-Wien and Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien


Societé Generale International

Standard Life

Tishman Spyer

UBS Europe SE

UniCredit group, including UniCredit Bank Austria

UNIQA Insurance Group

Work highlights

  • Advising UniCredit Bank Austria, Erste Group Bank and Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien on the refinancing of Shopping City Süd for UNIBAIL-RODAMCO-WESTFIELD.
  • Advised UNIQA on the acquisition of AXA subsidiaries, related financing and financial services regulatory aspects as well as on streamlining its group structure.
  • Advised Raiffeisen Bank International as arranger on a true sale securitisation of a €538m portfolio of vehicle leasing receivables by Raiffeisen Leasing Group.

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss‘s sizeable banking and finance group is well equipped to guide financial institutions, funding and investment platforms, payment services providers and investment companies through a wide range of sector-specific matters. Its offering includes regulatory and transactional support with the latter including distressed situations, subsequent non-performing loan transactions and financial restructurings. Andrea Gritsch is a key contact in this space and also handles fintech-related matters. She is a core member of the team led by Nikolaus Paul, who specialises in financing transactions in Austria and the CEE and SEE region with a focus on infrastructure and real estate projects. This focus is shared by Marika Lomashvili, who made partner in June 2021 and also coordinates the firm’s Russian desk, and projects team head Andreas Schmid. As another key individual, Markus Heidinger‘s broad banking and finance expertise extends to dispute resolution and regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):

Nikolaus Paul


‘The team is truly a very down-to-earth team with lots of experience, very calm, always capable of solving the issue at hand, you just feel always well taken care of.’

‘Andreas Gritsch and Claus Schneider are the main contacts. They solve problems in a very calm and professional way. It is just a delight to work with them.’

‘Excellent market and industry knowledge, depth of expertise in the area of derivatives, banking regulation and capital markets.’ 

‘The advice is very practice-oriented and professionally sound. The individual lawyers have a very good understanding of the needs of the client.’

‘Our legal advisor (Leopold Hoeher) is always available for a call and answers emails extremely fast, usually understands the requirements and needs of the client. He and his team are good at explaining the legal requirements of their country and provide pragmatic rather than dogmatic advice.’

‘We mainly work with Andrea Gritsch and her team. Andrea is highly recommendable in all fields of banking and has a very detailed knowledge of banking regulation. In addition, Andrea is very familiar with the market side, she has deep knowledge of innovative business models and is always very responsive; thus, clients just feel very comfortable in working with her and her team.’

‘Marika Lomashvili is extremely hardworking, goes the extra mile, understands the client’s business. She offers pragmatic solutions. Always a pleasure working with her.’

Andreas Schmid is a very experienced B&F lawyer. Solution-oriented, responsive, understands clients’ needs.

Key clients

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Black Sea Trade and Development Bank

International Finance Corporation

UniCredit S.p.a.

UniCredit Bulbank

UniCredit Bank AG

Societe Generale

Kommunalkredit Austria

DSK Bank

Edmond De Rothschild Asset Management vehicles

Deposit Solutions

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Hauck & Aufhäuser Privatbankiers AG

Sberbank Europe AG

Work highlights

  • Advising European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank, the International Finance Corporation, UniCredit S.p.a., UniCredit Bulbank, UniCredit Bank AG, Societe Generale, KommunalkreditAustria and DSK Bank on the financing granted to the consortium comprising the French investment firm Meridiam, Austria’s Strabag and the operator of Munich Airport to whom the concession of Sofia Airport has been awarded.
  • Advising Edmond De Rothschild Asset Management vehicles in connection with Enery’s acquisition of the ACWA Power CF Karad Park.
  • Advising Deposit Solutions on the first open deposit banking business model operating officially in Austria.

Cerha Hempel

Cerha Hempel's banking and finance group is now solely led by managing partner and corporate expert Clemens Hasenauer. This setup is not least a demonstration of the team's interdisciplinary capabilities leading to regular instructions from lenders and borrowers requiring assistance with corporate, real estate and project finance transactions. Volker Glas and Thomas Zivny are key contacts in this space, while Peter Knobl is best known for his banking and capital markets regulatory expertise, advising on banking supervisory law, payment services and compliance as well as on administrative penalty proceedings. Edith Hlawati left to take up the role as the sole member of Österreichische Beteiligungs AG's management board in February 2022,

Practice head(s):

Clemens Hasenauer


‘In-depth knowledge of the regulatory and finance landscape tailored to specific needs of clients.’

‘Accustomed to work under tight timeframes with creative legal solutions for hardship situations.’

Volker Glas gets directly involved in many sensible matters that require specialised knowledge.’

Key clients

Commerzbank AG (Vienna)


White Oak Global Advisors, LLC

Erste Group Bank AG

Commerz Factoring GmbH

voestalpine AG

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Aberdeen Asset Management Deutschland AG

Work highlights

  • Assisted Commerzbank AG with a cash pooling arrangement with a major European oil provider and distributing group, and conducted a legal due diligence of its cash pooling documentation.
  • Advised XXXLutz Group in connection with the acquisition of Imobilia Kik s.r.o, a real estate company holding several former Kika store sites in the Czech Republic, from Erste Group Immorent International Holding GmbH.
  • Advised White Oak Global Advisors on the distribution, marketing and supervisory legal requirements alongside the tax treatment of a placement of units in a Luxemburg Feeder AIF for a Luxemburg Master Credit AIF.

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH's two-pronged approach is divided into its financing transactions work led by Günther Hanslik and its regulatory work led by Martin Zuffer. The former includes instructions from financial services providers and, to a lesser extent, from borrowers on corporate, acquisition, real estate and project finance as well as refinancings and restructurings. Cross-border elements are a regular feature in this and are handled in close conjunction with other offices across the firm's network, most notably in the CEE and SEE regions, while English law aspects are routinely covered by Vienna-based Marcell Clark. Advising on administrative proceedings, fintech and matters at the intersection with capital markets are typical instructions in the regulatory arena.


‘Günther Hanslik is very experienced. It is always a pleasure to have him on board. He is very business-minded and solution-oriented.’

‘For me, the firm stands out for its uncomplicatedness, the constructive manner they go about in their mandates and that they are very open to offer services beyond specific mandates (trainings, secondments) at very fair terms.’

‘Günther Hanslik is a very constructive (and patient) negotiator, who is very much appreciated by all sides. He always finds good solutions. His very calm demeanour is great in taking out aggressions or ironing out other challenging situations in negotiations.’

‘Extremely pleasant cooperation, with lawyers who understand our needs. Very reliable in terms of billing. Very pro-active approach, excellent legal advise.’

‘Based on his vast experience in the field of finance (particularly in connection with real estate), Marcell Clark is able to deliver tailor-made solutions to his clients. He quickly identifies issues and provides solutions for them. I have been working with him for years already and he is one of my first contacts whenever it comes to English law transactions.’

‘Stefan Paulmayer is a fantastic lawyer. As a client we felt very well taken care of and advised.’

‘Günther Hanslik is one of the most pleasant and solution-oriented lawyers in this area. Very appreciated.

‘Marcell Clark: Specialist in English law, seated in Vienna; very helpful in complex project finance, also coordinates legal teams in other jurisdictions perfectly, ‘one face to the customer’ at its best, very responsible, high availability. Manages to stay highly professional and tough, but also pragmatic in negotiations with the other side. Goal-orientated and very diligent. Highly involved in the project himself (delegation to the team, if any, is not visible for the client). That makes Marcell always a good partner to talk to also on very detailed aspects of a deal.’

Key clients


PK Windpark Management GmbH (PÜSPÖK Group)

UniCredit Bank Austria AG


Ford Credit (FCE Bank)

Deutsche Bank (London Branch)

VTB Bank (Europe) SE

Erste Group Bank AG

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

HYPO NOE Landesbank für Niederösterreich und Wien AG

Deutsche Hypothekenbank

Wiener Städtische Versicherung AG Vienna Insurance Group

Work highlights

  • Advising an international banking group on the acquisition financing of a multi-jurisdictional portfolio comprising nine logistic and commercial real estate assets located in Poland, Hungary and Croatia.
  • Advising an Austrian investment bank on all aspects of the due diligence and financing of a greenfield sewage treatment plant in Serbia.
  • Advised various Austrian and international banks in connection with a series of financing transactions with one of the biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies.

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH's client base includes corporates, funds and banks, who appreciate the team's wide-ranging banking and finance expertise spanning finance transactions and restructurings alongside regulatory matters. This expertise is also called upon by international law firms leading to regular local counsel mandates. In the regulatory space, Andreas Zahradnik typically advises on bank licensing and blockchain issues as well as on the sustainable finance disclosure regulation and administrative proceedings. He co-heads the team with Tibor Varga, whose focus lies on finance transactions and restructurings, including those that crossover from capital markets law.

Practice head(s):

Tibor Varga; Andreas Zahradnik

Key clients


Alternative Investment Fonds (AIF)

Work highlights

  • Advised Odebrecht Oil & Gas on the restructuring of a project bond. The bond had been issued for financing four drilling vessels with a total value of about $2.5bn.
  • Advised an international social media platform provider on its launch of a blockchain-based social media platform.
  • Ongoing advice to major international credit institutions on cross-border matters, including advice to credit institutions without an Austrian or an EU banking licence on regulatory matters.

E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH

E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH‘s banking and finance group works closely with the firm’s insolvency and restructuring and banking regulatory practices to assist borrowers and, to a lesser extent, lenders with a wide range of financing and refinancing transactions alongside financial restructurings. Recently, this has included corporate, acquisition, project and real estate financing alongside financing transactions with debt capital instruments. Its interdisciplinary approach is also reflected in the leadership of the team with co-head Peter Winkler‘s expertise extending to corporate and M&A and co-head Marcus Benes routinely acting at the intersection with restructuring and insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Peter Winkler; Marcus Benes


‘A standout practice for transactional work, exceptional in advising us on banking & finance matters.’

‘Very creative, tailors advice to what is needed for the situation, extremely strategic and has great judgement on complex matters.’

‘Very flexible and agile working approach, international expertise and contacts, high IT skills, pragmatic.’

‘Laurenz Liedermann: IT expert, solution-oriented, multi-tasker.’

Marcus Benes has international expertise and network, profound legal knowledge.’

Key clients

Aukera Funds

Bankhaus Schelhammer & Schattera Aktiengesellschaft

Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC)

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

NATIXIS Pfandbriefbank AG

Pecik Group

KA Finanz AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Aukera Funds on a €132m real estate financing transaction for the Imfarr Group.
  • Advising Bankhaus Schelhammer & Schattera Aktiengesellschaft on the refinancing of Kraftwerk Krieau GmbH as operator of a virtual remote heating power plant.
  • Advising the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on a development agency loan in Brazil with the Austrian Lenzing Aktiengesellschaft as sponsor.

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners' client roster includes many financial services providers, who regularly instruct the team on a wide range of transactional, regulatory, financing and contentious matters. Its transactional work frequently lies at the intersection with restructuring, an area of key expertise for the team, and includes the sale of non-performing loans, banking M&A and financing restructurings, which is typically led by Markus Fellner. Together with Gregor Schett, he is also a key contact for regulatory and contentious matters, including those with white-collar crime aspects, with Schett routinely taking the lead in collective proceedings. Florian Kranebitter is another key member of the team and typically handles corporate, acquisition, project and real estate financing.


‘We highly appreciate the high quality of advice in all relevant topics as well as the reliable and quick response.’

‘Dr. Markus Fellner is a very tough negotiator with a hands-on approach, well connected and a real deal maker, who is always focussed to find a solution.’

‘The dedication of Florian Kranebitter and his team was tremendous. He answered every call and every email within a short time, even during his holiday. Based on his profound expertise in this field, he advised us well on every topic before we addressed our counterparties, thus providing us with a strong position, good arguments and knowledge of possible pitfalls.’

‘The team is very responsive and prepared to work to strict deadlines. The practice is well established and has a leading position among Austrian law practices.’

‘Personalised advice of the highest legal quality.’

‘The team is very quick and has a pro-active approach. Up until now, they have even been able to meet the toughest deadlines.’

‘Florian Kranebitter has a long experience in the field of financing transactions. I particularly appreciate his pro-active approach, providing solutions for issues that have just been identified (e.g. in the due diligence report). Florian is keen to stick to the agreed fees and only in extraordinary circumstances asks for an increase – but only if such an increase is justified by matters out of his control.’

‘Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH is a large law firm that can cover all fields of the finance industry on a high level.’

Key clients


Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

easybank AG

Grandcasino Baden AG

GREENoneTEC Solarindustrie GmbH

Province of Lower Austria

Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien AG

UniCredit Bank Aust

VTB Bank (Europe) SE

Work highlights

  • Advising UniCredit Bank Austria on the enforcement of its minority rights resulting from UniCredit Bank Austria’s position as shareholder of the institutions forming the 3Banken Gruppe (3-banks group).
  • Advised BAWAG Group on the acquisition of the online broker Hello bank! Österreich from French financing group BNP Paribas.
  • Advised the Soravia Group on the establishment of a cooperation and the transfer of the IMMO-CONTRACT companies from Volksbanken Group to SORAVIA.

DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH

DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH almost exclusively acts for lenders, including many major Austrian banks, and stands out for its regulatory capabilities. This leads to regular instructions – typically led by Markus Kellner – on PSD II, new product launches, Austrian market entry and crypto currency and includes defending banks in litigation against consumer protection agencies and individual customers. Kellner co-heads the practice with Christoph Diregger, who has recently been most active advising on various financing instruments. Ulrich Edelmann has left the firm.


‘The team delivers on time and is always available in urgent matters. The quality of work is outstanding. Results and business-oriented service.’

‘The practice provides excellent legal services at an extremely high level and always with pragmatic, practical approaches. The firm supported us very well during the pandemic, during which we had to redesign and revise many processes.’

‘Markus Kellner is mandated in banking law by many banks in Austria. This is due to his comprehensive knowledge and his great commitment. Even with acute issues, he is immediately available with good advice.’

‘Dr. Markus Kellner: Broad and in-depth knowledge in the area of banking and finance, consumer protection law and contract law, always up to date with changes in case law, great problem-solving capacity, great handling of difficult legal questions with very clear and comprehensible legal conclusions, great availability and flexibility, pleasant to work with and always reliable!’

‘High expertise in banking and consumer law and pleadings at the highest level. At the same time, Markus Kellner is also able to explain complex facts and legal consequences in a short and simple manner. Excellent accessibility and prompt completion.’

‘Markus Kellner is really an expert with a deep knowledge in the field of banking and finance.’

‘Outstanding efficiency and focus. Creative in solution finding.’

‘Christoph Diregger: Very quick and sharp thinker, able to give good advice almost always immediately, identifies with client and is absolutely reliable, in particular when help is really needed.’

Key clients

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Raiffeisen Centro Bank AG

ERSTE Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkasse AG

Bank für Tirol und Vorarlberg AG

Wiener Privatbank SE

Österreichische Ärzte- und Apothekerbank AG


Work highlights

  • Representing several Austrian banking groups in litigation over foreign currency loans following the relevant ECJ decision.
  • Representing several Austrian banking groups in litigation over breakage fees following the ECJ decision.

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH stands out for its niche in aviation and rail finance, which is based on Christoph Wildmoser's expertise in this space, but the team also handles other financing transactions, including refinancing and structured financing, alongside regulatory matters. Christoph Herbst, who co-heads the practice with Wildmoser, is a key contact for this. The team's work frequently includes cross-border elements, most notably with Germany. In January 2021, Philipp Baubin left the firm.


‘Christoph Wildmoser is a very goal-oriented and focused lawyer. Very clear and structured advice that is easy to understand for colleagues without a legal background.’

‘What is special about Herbst Kinsky is their hands-on mentality. When things get hectic, they keep a calm head and deliver – on time, in top quality and reliably.

‘We work with Christoph Wildmoser and Wolfgang Schwackhöfer. Both deliver top work and also function great as a team. Wolfgang in particular always comes up with good banking regulatory solutions for Austria.

Key clients

ESIM Chemicals


Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and UniCredit Bank

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)

Province of Lower Austria

Maturus Finance



ams AG


Work highlights

  • Advising ESIM Chemicals on the restructuring of its existing financing in connection with the spin-off of a business unit.
  • Advised Findos Investor in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Mait GmbH.
  • Acted as local counsel when advising Goldman Sachs, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), Deutsche Bank and UniCredit Bank on the Austrian aspects of the refinancing of Schur Flexibles Group.

PHH Rechtsanwälte GmbH

PHH Rechtsanwälte GmbH is well placed to advise corporates and financial institutions on regulatory, banking M&A and financing matters. The last-mentioned segment includes real estate, acquisition, project and aviation finance and is frequently led by Wolfram Huber and Annika Wolf. Lukas Röper is a key contact for regulatory matters, which have recently included advice on market entry and business expansion projects, and a member of the firm's CIS Desk advising CIS banks.


‘Wolfram Huber offers clients tailored solutions, is very client-oriented, professional and a competent contact person.’

‘The team provides excellent all around 360° regulatory assistance from legal, financial and advisory perspectives to their clients.’

‘Lukas Röper is a true deal maker – very solution-oriented; he wants to get the deal through and is very commercially minded. He is what I consider the new role model of a lawyer. He combines lawyer’s skills with in-house experience and management and financial knowledge from his past positions in international banks.’

‘Dominik Kurzmann truly thinks out of the box – he understands the needs of his clients and responds to them in a personalised way.

‘PHH is characterised by the outstanding expertise of its individual lawyers, who are very team-oriented and open to work together with experts from other jurisdictions as well as different areas of law. This open-mindedness makes it possible to achieve work results of exceptionally high quality even in complex and interdisciplinary matters.

‘In our cooperation with PHH, we usually work with Annika Wolf, who has proven herself to us as a true expert in her field. Due to her very broad and deep knowledge of banking and financial law as well as the national and international market situation, Annika’s involvement is of high value for every transaction. We appreciate Annika’s professional approach, which focuses precisely on the client’s needs. Whenever we work with Annika, we know we can count on her constant dedication to achieve the best for her client.

‘Evgeny Rodionov enriches PHH’s banking & finance team with his international experience and extensive network in the Russian region and beyond. He stands out for his tireless commitment to his clients and his extremely versatile legal knowledge.

‘The team at PHH is pragmatic, efficient, knowledgeable and reachable. There is trust with them and they manage to offer a great services experience.’

Key clients

SOVA Capital Limited

Bank of Communications (BoComm)

Pegasus Capital

FAME Investments AG

S-Quad Handels- und Beteiligungs GmbH

DZ-Bank AG

Paybox Bank AG

Vivid Money GmbH

Trodat Group

MUFG Bank (Europe) N.V. Vienna Branch

Porsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft

Quantic Risk

Freie Internationale Sparkasse S.A.

Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG

European Investment Bank

BNP Paribas Austria

Sberbank of Russia

HYPO NOE Landesbank für Niederösterreich und Wien AG

Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien

VTB Bank Europe SE

Work highlights

  • Advising Sova Capital Limited on the acquisition of Posojilnica Bank and the entry in the Austrian banking market.
  • Advised Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG in connection with the placement of a promissory note loan and registered notes in the aggregate amount of €1bn.
  • Advising Pegasus Capital Partners GmbH on the restructuring of the financing for the Hotel Outlet Center Parndorf.

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG's banking and finance group is led by Georg Diwok, who is experienced in advising international and national banks, other financial institutions and corporates of various sizes on regulatory and financing issues. The group's regulatory work has recently included licensing issues and assistance with the implementation of financial Covid-19 relief measures. Handling matters in an insolvency environment is also part of the team's offering.

Practice head(s):

Georg Diwok

Other key lawyers:

Robert Wippel

Key clients


Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group S.p.A. / Segafredo Zanetti Austria Ges.m.b.H.

Siemens Bank GmbH

Österreichische Bautechnik Vereinigung (ÖBV)

bpv Hügel

With Christoph Nauer in the lead, bpv Hügel is well equipped to assist financial services providers with a wide range of regulatory requirements, including those in the fintech sector, alongside compliance issues, which is an area of expertise that received a boost with the arrival of Ingo Braun from Benn-Ibler Rechtsanwälte GmbH in April 2021. He now co-heads the practice with Nauer and complements the group’s offering with expertise in financing transactions, which is typically called upon by companies. In the transactional space, clients also benefit from the team’s close cooperation with the firm’s corporate and M&A practice.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Nauer; Ingo Braun

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Gaug


We are in a long business relationship with bpv Huegel. The flexibility and the commitment are exceptional.’

They show high commitment and keep track on deals and contracts even after closing.

Great knowledge of the European leveraged finance market.

Ingo Braun is very responsive; finds pragmatic solutions which work great.

Dr. Christoph Nauer has a very fast and efficient perception of facts, correlation and legal issues due to his very outstanding knowledge in banking law and corporate law; at the same time he is a very kind and eloquent sparring partner.

Ingo Braun delivers very business-oriented legal solutions on short notice. His advice is always straight to the point. Clients are always very happy to have him on board when Austrian law advice is required. Just exceptional.

Team with broad experience in many fields.

bpv is very well positioned in the Austrian legal market and a to-go-firm.

Key clients



Heidelpay Group (now Unzer)

dogado GmbH

Standard Chartered Bank, New York branch

Enso hydro


Raiffeisenlandesbank NOE-Wien

Work highlights

  • Advised IMMOFINANZ AG on a €500m bridge facility from Citibank as part of its public takeover bid for S IMMO AG (ATX).
  • Advising Valneva Austria GmbH on its debt financing transaction with funds managed by leading US-based healthcare investment firms.
  • Advising heidelpay Group, a German technology company for international payments, with KKR as investor, on the acquisition of the Paysafe Group’s Pay Later business (payolution GmbH).

BRANDL TALOS Rechtsanwälte GmbH

BRANDL TALOS Attorneys at law demonstrates particular strength advising Austrian banks and other financial sector players on a wide range of regulatory matters, including FMA proceedings and those involving white-collar crime elements. Associated partner Raphael Toman typically handles this type of work, which includes defending financial institutions before the courts and providing advice on securities law, cooperation agreements, payment services and capital markets-related issues. He jointly heads the practice with of counsel Ernst Brandl, who is rated for his expertise in arbitration, judicial and administrative proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Ernst Brandl; Raphael Toman


‘Very experienced.’

‘Raphael Toman is very experienced in banking laws and regulations.’

‘A lot of experience and knowledge, especially in AML-law and banking regulatory law.’

‘Excellent communication skills, profound knowledge, a must have law firm as a bank.’

Key clients

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

card complete Service Bank AG

UNIQA Capital Markets GmbH

Schoellerbank Aktiengesellschaft

Liechtensteinische Landesbank (Österreich) AG

Kärntner Sparkasse AG


BNP Paribas SA

OVB Allfinanzvermittlungs GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing a number of victims of the criminal actions committed by the bank’s representatives, following the collapse of Commerzialbank Mattersburg in July 2020,
  • Advised the blockchain interface company RIDDLE&CODE on registration proceedings before the FMA.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach Rechtsanwälte GmbH

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach has recently been particularly active advising financial services providers on regulatory matters, including on EU and US sanctions, but the team also assists borrowers with financing transactions. Based on the firm's strong international network, much of its work is cross-border in nature with a particular focus on the CEE and SEE regions. It has been increasingly active advising on ESG-linked financings such as project finance. Its banking litigation capabilities complement this offering. Team head Oskar Winkler is particularly experienced in private banking, investment funds and corporate finance. Banking and finance expert David Christian Bauer and Christoph Urbanek left the firm in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Oskar Winkler


‘Strong availability and reasonable fees for the quality of work.’

‘Very efficient and effective collaboration within the DLA team showing a customer first culture.’

‘Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik helped us design a multi-party financing contract perfectly tailored to our needs. Apart from her outstanding knowledge in this area, her commitment and dedication to succeed with the optimum contract for us was exceptional.’

‘Strengths: Knowledge and know-how, approach, accessibility, extremely professional.’

Key clients

UniCredit Group

Caixa Bank

Eiffel Investment Group

Erste Group Bank AG


Banco do Brasil


AAB Anglo Austrian Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising UniCredit Group on matters pertaining to the settlement of an internal voluntary US sanctions investigation.
  • Advising a group of lenders on the project financing of the Scarborough tunnel project.

Jank Weiler Operenyi

Jank Weiler Operenyi's setup is a reflection of the team's wide-ranging services: Andreas Jank specialises in project finance and financial restructuring and also handles sector-specific disputes; Gabriele Etzl is the key contact for real estate finance and refinance; counsel Bernhard Köck is experienced in banking disputes and restructuring-related matters, such as non-performing loan transactions; and counsel Maurizia Anderle-Hauke typically handles banking regulatory mandates, which include ESG-matters and issues at the intersection with capital markets. This offering is routinely called upon by real estate investment firms, financial services providers and corporates.


‘Lawyers are highly responsive, have a good understanding of practical implications and offer alternative solutions.’

‘The team is very experienced, knows the industry and is result-oriented. They provide excellent advice within tight deadlines focused on practical implications.’

‘Andreas Jank is a great professional, always a pleasure to work with him and his team. He is highly experienced but yet innovative and open-minded.’

‘They are very flexible, business-minded, very good and have an insight into doing business and have confident expertise and extensive knowledge of the law.’

‘The team has very experienced professionals, who are result-oriented with particular attention to the details. They are very effective and pleasant to work with.’

‘Very professional and solution-focused.’

Key clients

Allianz Investmentbank Aktiengesellschaft

Waldviertler Sparkasse Bank AG

Land Niederösterreich

Raiffeisenbank International, UniCredit Bank Austria, BAWAG, Bank für Tirol und Vorarlberg

Austrian Airlines AG

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

Universal Investment / Bayrische Versorgungskammer

Work highlights

  • Advising Allianz Investmentbank Aktiengesellschaft on its restructuring and liquidation and on the subsequent merger into Allianz Invest Kapitalanlagegesellschaft mbH.
  • Advising Waldviertler Sparkasse Bank AG in connection with an auction process for the sale of its Czech banking.
  • Advising several lenders (banks and factoring companies) on the financial restructuring of Aqipa Group.

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)'s banking and finance group is now solely led by financing specialist Immanuel Gerstner. Its financing work is a reflection of the firm's solid real estate law expertise with regular mandates pertaining to real estate and project finance, while handling matters at the intersection with capital markets law constitutes another key element of the practice. The team acts for borrowers and lenders. Former co-head and compliance and banking supervisory law expert Matthias Steyrer departed the firm in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Immanuel Gerstner


‘Fast reaction, competent advice, solution-oriented.’

‘Each partner/ associate is a single know-how centre.’

‘Clemens Harsch has excellent knowledge of banking law.’

Key clients

Landes-Hypothekenbank Steiermark Aktiengesellschaft

LIGMA Lead Invest Management GmbH

IFA Invest GmbH

Reintrieb GmbH

IFA Institut für Anlageberatung AG

The Blue Effekkt GmbH

Raiffeisen Landesbank Steiermark AG

ecoduna AG


Bank of Shanghai und DeHeng Shanghai Law Office

SoReal GmbH

Energie AG Oberösterreich

Work highlights

  • Advised Landes-Hypothekenbank Steiermark Aktiengesellschaft, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raiffeisen-Landesbank Steiermark AG, on the transfer of independent bank branches to local Raiffeisen banks by way of an asset deal.
  • Advising LIGMA Lead Invest Management GmbH on the finance structuring of large-scale real estate projects .
  • Advising IFA Invest GmbH, a subsidiary of Soravia Group, on the operation of an online portal for corporate bonds and real estate-related investments for retail investors.


GRAF ISOLA utilises its solid insolvency and restructuring expertise - co-head Stefan Weileder is a key contact for this - to advise on (re)financing issues arising from restructuring and insolvency scenarios. Weileder jointly heads the practice with Otto Wächter, whose wide-ranging banking and finance expertise includes acquisition, project, real estate and infrastructure finance, regulatory matters and banking litigation. Among the clients are public sector bodies, financial institutions and medium-sized corporates.

Practice head(s):

Otto Wächter; Stefan Weileder

Key clients


Province of Salzburg


Steiermärkische Bank und Sparkassen AG

Work highlights

  • Advising several creditors in the course of the insolvency proceedings of Anglo Austrian AAB AG (formerly: MEINL Bank).
  • Advising an international French bank on various infrastructure financings, particularly in Poland.

Greenlake Legal

Greenlake Legal's strong relationship with international law firms, and their financing practices in Frankfurt in particular, leads to regular cross-border mandates on financial transactions, including ESG-linked instructions, and various regulatory matters such as licensing agreements. Other recent work includes project and infrastructure finance, start-up financing and financing matters at the intersection with corporate law. Founding partners Michael Raninger and Erik Hödl are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Michael Raninger; Erik Hödl


Extremely lean in team and thinking.

Michael Raninger is the go-to person for corporate finance. He has the ability to summarise complex matters in a very clear and structured way. When negotiating, he is very focused and persistent – and convincing.

Michael Raninger is highly solution and win-win-oriented; very constructive and creative.

Small but powerful team – and always available. Extensive knowledge in all things corporate finance.

Strong communication skills, excellent coordination with other law firms on projects with multiple law firms. Clear methodology for signing arrangements.

Erik Hödl always gives swift, pragmatic, and accurate advice. He is a very skilled and well versed legal professional. We especially appreciate that he is very responsive and forthright which also makes working with him uncomplicated.

Key strengths are clearly: high-quality advice; very efficient, accurate and professional; excellent coordination between parties; straightforward and responsive.’

‘Cross-border expertise is also one of the key strengths of this firm. While they do not have international offices, they have a vast network of law firms in all jurisdictions we are active in and work together with these firms seamlessly. Also, we can choose who to work with in other jurisdictions and are not bound by “one firm”. For us as quick movers, this is a plus as well.

Key clients


Constantia Flexibles

Credit Suisse International


Raiffeisen Bank International




Work highlights

  • Advising a club of Austrian banks on a €250m ESG-linked revolving credit facility for a listed company.
  • Advising a state-owned infrastructure company on all aspects of the financing of a fibre optic roll-out.
  • Advising a New York-based special opportunities fund as largest minority shareholder in connection with a squeeze-out of a listed Austrian company.

Rautner Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Rautner Rechtsanwälte GmbH has a strong profile for cross-border transactional work, which frequently includes capital markets elements. This offering is a reflection of Uwe Rautner's expertise at this intersection and extends to regulatory matters, such as passporting rights. Clients include corporates and banks.

Practice head(s):

Uwe Rautner

Other key lawyers:

Melany Buchberger-Golabi


‘Very supportive and reactive.’

‘Great knowledge and pragmatic approach, helpful explanations.’

‘The whole team consists of highly qualified professionals. They deliver spot-on advice and recommendations in a timely manner. Key strengths are that they are always very responsive to requests and deliver tailor-made results.’

When we were working together on the financing of a wind farm, they guided us through the entire financing process from preparation to early negotiations, the due diligence process as well as the final drafting and negotiation of the loan documentation. We always felt that we were in very competent hands.’

‘During the Covid-19 related difficulties, we were positively surprised how well our virtual collaboration with Rautner worked out. Virtual meetings felt like they were even more productive than life meetings and we felt that regardless of where we and our lawyers were physically, they always delivered the same high quality advice we have been used to since before the pandemic.’

‘All individuals I have been working with at Rautner in the past are experts in their respective fields.’

Managing partner Uwe Rautner has proven time and again over the many projects we have been working together over the last couple of years that he is not only an expert in the field of banking law but also a uniquely talented project manager.’

Uwe Rautner’s abilities to coordinate the different parties and guide the whole process towards a successful closing are unmatched in my experience.’

Key clients

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Erste Group Bank AG

Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen AG

Banco Santander

HSBC bank plc

Windkraft Simonsfeld AG

BNP Paribas S.A. Austrian Branch

oekostrom AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Windkraft Simonsfeld AG on the project financing consisting of fourteen new high-tech wind turbines financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Erste Bank, permitting a total investment of approximately €84m in new energy infrastructure.
  • Advised Oekostrom AG and Erste Bank on a large investment project consisting of seven new high-tech wind turbines.
  • Advising Danske Bank A/S, DZ BANK AG Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank Frankfurt am Main, Erste Group Bank AG, ING Bank N.V., NATIXIS and UniCredit Bank AG on the first issue under Erste’s new multi-issuer programme, which allows standardised documentation of the bonds recorded across several group companies and flexible participation by different issuers.

Schindler Attorneys

Schindler Attorneys' banking and finance group is co-led by Martin Abram and Christoph Urbanek, who joined the firm in July 2021 from DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach. The team has a key strength handling banking work at the intersection with transactional and tax matters, while mandates involving debt capital instruments are also part of its day-to-day business. Funds and investment firms make up a large share of its client portfolio but it also includes companies. Christian Thaler left the firm at the end of 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Florian Cvak


‘High level of responsiveness and high attention at partner level.’

‘Highly solution-oriented; manages complexities efficiently.’

‘Excellent knowledge in real estate financing, always solution-driven approach.’

‘Christoph Urbanek is always available, has decades of experience and is always focused to reach the “goal” in time.’

Key clients

Ares Management Limited

AYKA Solutions GmbH

Balkan Property Partners



Erste Group


Frey Group

Fritsch & Co.

Helios Logistik

Innogy SE


J&F Investimentos

J&T Bank

Konica Minolta

Mezzanine Management

NKD Österreich Holding

Principal Real Estate Europe



European Investment Fund

Vivaldi Bioscience

Work highlights

  • Advising the European Angels Fund, which is funded by the European Investment Fund/ the European Investment Bank, on multiple co-investments with different business angels.
  • Advising Konica on its investment in Wikitude, a mobile augmented reality (AR) technology provider for smartphones, tablets and digital eyewear.
  • Advising Ares Management Limited on multi-jurisdictional real estate financing.

Taylor Wessing enwc Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Traditionally focusing on advising borrowers, Taylor Wessing enwc Rechtsanwälte GmbH has recently been increasingly active for lenders. Being part of an international network, most of its work spans various jurisdictions and covers an equally broad spectrum of banking and financing matters. Recently, this included banking supervisory law issues pertaining to entering the Austrian market, Covid-19-related loan facility amendments and refinancings as well as acquisition and real estate financing. Team head Claudia Steegmüller has a specialism in corporate and acquisition finance.

Practice head(s):

Claudia Steegmüller

Other key lawyers:

Philip Hoflehner; Ivo Deskovic


‘Strong international focus; broad coverage of business law; flexible cooperation; high professional competencies; best price performance ratio; very structured and solution-oriented.’

‘Philip Hoflehner: High quality and delivers in time; high professional competency as well as business management knowledge; engagement far beyond normal; structured and solution-oriented; good alternative ideas.

‘Very client-focused, good understanding of the problem and out-of-the-box- thinking. We highly appreciate the personal and prompt response. We use Taylor Wessing for legal advice regarding various matters. They always provide services to our utmost satisfaction.’

‘Claudia Steegmüller is exceptionally responsive and very committed with a profound knowledge. She is very experienced and understands the issue at hand and the client’s needs quickly. It is a pleasure working with her.’

Key clients

The Rohatyn Group

Norske Skog

CREDIT SUISSE LUXEMBURG S.A. Zweigniederlassung Österreich

Walstead Leykam Druck


Raiffeisenbank Fehring

Bayerische Landesbank

VR Bank Niederbayern-Oberpfalz


Erste Group Bank AG

Bank of America Merill Lynch

Work highlights

  • Advising four clients from the IT and production sector in asserting claims against the estate, the Republic of Austria, for misconduct by the Financial Market Authority and the Austrian National Bank (OeNB), as well as against the bank’s auditors in proceedings following the insolvency of Commerzialbank Mattersburg im Burgenland AG.
  • Advising Walstead Leykam Druck in connection with an intended sale-and-lease-back transaction in Austria and Slovenia as well as on an acquisition financing for the intra-group acquisition of the Polish enterprise.
  • Ongoing advice to Raiffeisenbank Region Fehring on real estate financings in Austria and cross-border in Germany as well as on regulatory aspects.

Völkl Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG

Völkl Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG has carved out a strong practice advising banks on various regulatory matters such as liquidity coverage, MREL, organisational set-ups, product structuring and FMA investigations but also provides financing assistance. Other clients include public sector bodies and corporates, who have recently received advice on Covid-19 relief measures, insolvency-related matters and payment service schemes. Team head Clemens Völkl complements this offering with banking litigation expertise.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Völkl

Other key lawyers:

Philipp Frenzl; Philipp Schagerl


‘Clemens Völkl is very knowledgeable in a wide range of legal areas, which enables him to get a grip on legal topics form different angles and find solutions.’

‘Clemens Völkl is great to work with. Broad knowledge, knows what he is talking about.’

Key clients

Hutchison Drei Austria GmbH


Dornbirner Sparkasse Bank AG


Kommunalkredit Austria AG

Austrian Chamber of Commerce

Work highlights

  • Assisting Huber Holding AG as borrower with all banking and finance-related matters arising from restructuring proceedings.
  • Advising a public transport company on the financing of its line extension project.
  • Advised a public lender on the establishment of a multimillion-euro Covid-19-related lending fund.

Weber & Co. Attorneys-at-Law

Weber & Co. Attorneys-at-Law's practice received a boost with Philipp Baubin's arrival, who joined the firm in January 2021 from Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH, strengthening its capabilities at the intersection between finance and capital markets, which is an area of particular expertise for Stefan Weber. He now co-heads the team with Baubin and routinely assists banks and borrowers on various (re)finance transactions and regulatory matters. Katharina Kitzberger is the key contact for sector-specific disputes.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Weber; Philipp Baubin

Other key lawyers:

Katharina Kitzberger


‘Weber & Co has a strong practice with experience of and capabilities in respect of various transaction types. They have a solid cross-border experience – in particular with Germany. They always delivered right on time; pleasant colleagues; good cooperation.’

‘Philipp Baubin: Great colleague; very competent and supportive; extremely competent in cross-border financing transactions of different types.’

‘Hands-on, responsive and competent.’

Stefan Weber and Philip Baubin are effective and persuasive. They clearly know their stuff and are results-orientated.

‘Very skilful lawyers with the right set of commercial awareness in banking.’

Good knowledge of the local market and fully competent to advise on Austrian law in large international transactions.’

‘Philipp Baubin is a very experienced lawyer, responsive and pragmatic – excellent sparing partner particularly on leveraged transactions.’

Key clients


Vienna Insurance Group AG

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

KA Finanz AG


Erste Group Bank AG

Commerzbank AG

Wolford AG

Suzano S.A. / Suzano Austria GmbH

Hellenic Republic

Work highlights

  • Assisted COFAG with a €300m guaranteed loan refinancing of Austrian Airlines AG (Lufthansa Group) made available by an Austrian banking consortium consisting of Erste Group, Raiffeisen Bank International, UniCredit, Bawag and Oberbank.
  • Advised the Vienna Insurance Group AG as borrower on a €500m revolving stand-by loan facility club deal with BNP, Commerzbank, Erste Group, HSBC and UniCredit.
  • Acted as borrower counsel for Suzano S.A., Suzano Austria GmbH, assisting with a $850m syndicated loan granted by BNP Paribas, among others.

BLS Rechtsanwälte GmbH

BLS Rechtsanwälte GmbH has a focus on financing transactions, which routinely involve cross-border elements, most notably with Germany. Team head Thomas Boller specialises in facility agreements, security packages and refinancing transactions and counts banks as well as large company groups among his clients.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Boller

Work highlights

  • Advised a banking consortium on the provision of €75m funding for the acquisition of a group of companies in the logistics and transportation industry.
  • Advised a group of companies in the industrial steel manufacturing industry on the €171m funding for the refinancing of its existing debt, the financing of its working capital and the acquisition of a trading company.
  • Advised a group of companies in the medicinal product manufacturing industry on its €30m funding for the acquisition of several companies in the same industry.

Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte

As a transactional boutique, Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte is well equipped to guide mostly corporate clients through financing matters arising from corporate, restructuring and private equity transactions but the team led by Bernd Taucher, whose expertise reflects the team's offering, also handles start-up finance.

Practice head(s):

Bernd Taucher

Key clients

Permasteelisa S.p.A., Italy

Easy2TaxFree GmbH, Austria

HEAD Group, Austria/UK

Borealis Group, Austria

MyBucks S.A., Luxembourg

RENAFAN Group, Germany

Raiffeisen Group, Austria

FL3XX GmbH, Austria

Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft, Austria

APS Investment S.a.r.l., Luxembourg

Work highlights

  • Advised Permasteelisa S.p.A. on the drafting and negotiating of a €53m guarantee facility agreement with an Austrian bank serving as security for an underlying construction contract with a value of approximately €183m.
  • Advised the aviation management start-up FL3XX on a funding round.
  • Advised the German RENAFAN group on the financing of a real estate development project for special care homes in Austria.