Commercial, corporate and M&A in Austria

Cerha Hempel

Cerha Hempel's highly regarded corporate practice advises on national and international cross-border mergers, reorganisations and restructurings. In public M&A, the team acts for numerous companies listed on the stock exchange, and the group's private M&A work focuses on providing strategic advice to private equity investors in Austria and CEE. A standout feature of the practice is its Brazilian desk, which is led by Heinrich Foglar-Deinhardstein. Albert Birkner, who is 'one of the leading M&A and corporate lawyers in Austria', Clemens Hasenauer, who is praised for his 'outstanding legal knowledge and ability as well as negotiation skillsand Thomas Trettnak jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Albert Birkner; Clemens Hasenauer; Thomas Trettnak

Testimonials

Full-service law firm with high level quality of legal advice in all areas and broad geographical coverage with own offices and networks (eg. Lex Mundi).

Very strong corporate practice in Austria. One of the go-to firms in Vienna.

In comparison to others they stand out because they always go the extra mile and come up with creative ideas when it comes to transactional issues. They have fantastic knowledge of the field and extensive experience. You can always depend on them and they will never leave you hanging.

Excellent combination of expertise, experience and commercial sense.

Clemens Hasenauer and Johannes Prinz – Outstanding legal knowledge and ability as well as negotiation skills.

Albert Birkner stands out for sure. He has overwhelming knowledge of his field, in our case regarding corporate, M&A, as well as real estate and tax matters. Simply an extremely reliable and efficient expert. Matters get explained in a logical way and complex situations are clearly broken down, so that one can understand what is required or necessary. He is very well known within the industry not only in Austria. And as far as the law firm is concerned, Nadine Leitner and Alistair Gillespie (lawyers in Albert’s team) are worth mentioning, great attitude with a hands-on approach.

Albert Birkner is one of the leading M&A and corporate lawyers in Austria. His responsiveness is outstanding.  He is extremely commercial.

Key clients

OMV AG

Fosun Industrial Holdings Limited

The Watermill Group

General Electric’s Distributed Power Business

thyssenkrupp

GfK SE

Alstom

RHI Magnesita

XXXLutz

red-stars.com date AG

Teufelberger

AT & S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik Aktiengesellschaft

Karl Wlaschek Privatstiftung (KWPS)

TESLA

SIA Group

Lifenet Health Group

Bollwerk Group

The Pampered Chef Group

Georg Fischer

SES-imagotag

TORQX Capital

CeMM –  Research Center for Molecular Medicine

SuperUrlaub GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised OMV on the purchase of a 15% share in Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (ADNOC Refining) and a 15% share in a to-be-established trading joint venture from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
  • Advised RHI Magnesita N.V. (“RHIM”) on the settlement of compensation and review of an exchange ratio.
  • Adsvied XXXLutz on the purchase of Kika furniture stores in CEE.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

Recognised as 'a market leader' in the corporate and M&A arena, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) is involved in a high volume of transactions in Austria and throughout the entire CEE region. The group has expertise in a vast array of sectors including the energy, financial, telecoms, media, technology, digitalisation and pharmaceuticals industries. Under Alexander Popp's leadership, the group draws on the support of other practice areas including leveraging the regulatory, banking and finance, capital markets, competition, IP and tax departments. Sascha Hödl specialises in restructuring transactions for Austrian banks, while Christian Herbst acts for international and Austrian blue-chip corporations on cross-border transactions, and counsel Maximilian Lang focuses on Austrian corporate law. Robert Bachner and technology sector specialist Thomas Kulnigg are also noteworthy.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Popp

Testimonials

Schönherr’s corporate/M&A practice has distinguished itself as a market leader in Austria. The corporate practice is very experienced in the structuring and implementation of reorganizations in the banking sector. Their legal advice is very much to the point and they are very responsive.

Roman Perner advises on a broad range of corporate matters and provides very valuable advice to the legal department as well as to the board and the key executives in their decision making process. His advice is very much to the point and he is very responsive.

Key clients

BUWOG AG

Advent International

Starwood Capital Group

Playtika Ltd.

United Group BV

FUNKE MEDIENGRUPPE GmbH & Co. KGaA

NOVOMATIC AG

RFR Lux Holding

IAC Applications

Toyota Motors Europe

AddLife AB

UniCredit Group

Heineken International B.V.

immigon portfolioabbau ag

Rohrdorfer Group

OMV AG

Liechtensteinische Landesbank AG

HETA Asset Resolution AG

Cubic (London) Limited and its core shareholders

Work highlights

  • Advised Buwog as target company on a voluntary public takeover bid by Vonovia.
  • Advised global private equity investor Advent International on the acquisition of GE’s distributed power business in Austria and Hungary.
  • Provided corporate M&A and capital market advice to Starwood Capital Group on the acquisition of a core shareholding in CA Immobilien Anlagen from Immofinanz.

Binder Grösswang

Predominantly handling cross-border work, Binder Grösswang's large corporate and M&A team provides advice to business groups and their companies on M&A and reorganisations, and assists with corporate restructurings of Austrian and foreign clients. The team is active in a myriad of sectors including the energy, automotive, real estate, biotech and commerce industries, and is recognised for its domestic and cross-border M&A transactions and private equity deals, acting for buyers and sellers. Michael Kutschera, the 'excellent' Thomas Schirmer, Florian Khol, Andreas Hable and Gottfried Gassner are among the key individuals. The 'very knowledgeable' Christian Zwick made partner in early 2019.

Testimonials

Great private equity experience – crazy work ethics and commitment, always responsive and advice right on point. Best Austrian law firm from my view and we use a lot of different firms.

According to my experience, they are business minded and look for solutions not just speak legal.

The team is very responsive and in time! It answered all questions comprehensively and gave good advice which turned out to be effective.

Bernd Schneiderbauer and Thomas Schirmer – both are excellent lawyers, always available, working day and night, perfect and clear advice. For me the by far best PE lawyers in Austria.

Thomas Schirmer and Gottfried Gassner are both experienced and sought after professionals, yet hands-on and reachable when we work together.

Andreas Hable and Christian Zwick are very knowledgeable in M&A transactions and legal questions and activities connected therewith. In particular their assessment of their due diligence findings was very accurate and helpful.

Key clients

Lenzing AG

Daimler AG

Blackstone Group

Novomatic Group

Magna International AG

Scout24

Allianz

Novartis AG

Johnson & Johnson

Voestalpine AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Daikin Group on the acquisition of AHT Group.
  • Advised Andritz on the acquisition of Xerium Technologies.
  • Advised Greenbriar Equity Group on the sale of Frauscher Sensor Technology.

bpv Hügel

bpv Hügel deals with the full gambit of corporate and M&A work, from public and private M&A, distressed M&A to joint ventures, corporate reorganisations and general corporate advisory work. The team, which is noted for its strong corporate law advice on cross-border transactions, assists Austrian, blue-chip and foreign listed companies, with particular expertise in the energy, finance, retail, professional services and real estate sectors. Elke Napokoj, who is regarded as 'one of the most solution-oriented lawyers'  and Thomas Lettau jointly lead the team, which includes Christoph NauerFlorian Gibitz and Stefan Gaug.

Practice head(s):

Elke Napokoj; Thomas Lettau

Testimonials

Swift and flexible but large enough to supply capacity when needed.

The team of bpv Huegel is characterised above all by an extremely business-oriented approach. Many of the team members are also qualified as lawyers and tax advisers (this combination is unfortunately rather rare in Austria), which simplifies and accelerates the discussion and provides very high added value to the advice. The team members are all highly motivated and highly qualified and quickly and creatively find tailor-made solutions to problems. They have a very broad and good general overview as well as very deep and resilient specialist knowledge in commercial, corporate and tax law. This combination makes the advice provided by this niche law firm something very special and unique in Austria and internationally.

bpv Huegel’s corporate/M&A team always delivers well thought-out work products of the highest quality. Their reaction time is extremely short and they are very pragmatic. For me, this is the best law firm in this field in Austria.

The team offers a very broad spectrum on a very high level: M&A transactions, strategic (board room) advice, corporate restructurings, legal opinions relating to tricky corporate law questions. They are very hands on, always available and have a pragmatic approach.

Florian Gibitz – unbelievable know how in corporate law, top negotiator, Always keeps the companies target and Advantage in mind, good overview during tough times, well structured.

Christoph Nauer – complex issues are solved simply; corporate law at highest levels.

Thomas Lettau: M&A – always concentrated and to the point.

Elke Napokoj is one of the most solution-oriented lawyers I have worked with. Always on top of the topic. Excellent response time!

Key clients

IMMOFINANZ AG

RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG

Valenva SE

Unibail-Rodamco S.A.

BP Europa SE

VERBUND AG

OMV Aktiengesellschaft

KELAG-Kärntner Elektrizitäts- Aktiengesellschaft

BAWAG P.S.K

Cemex S.A.

International Airlines Group

Vueling Airlines SA

Hookipa Biotech AG

REHAU Group

Enso hydro

Sapura Offshore SDN BHD

ISS

Constantia Flexibles

AnaCap Financial Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Immofinanz on the sale of its 26% stake (plus 4 golden shares) in VSE-listed CA Immo for €760m to US private equity group Starwood Capital.
  • Advised Vueling Airlines and Veloz on setting up a new airline company in Austria after its unsuccessful takeover of the assets of NIKI Luftfahrt.
  • Acted for Raiffeisen Informatik (member of the Austrian Raiffeisen Group) on the sale of Comparex Group to KKR-backed Swiss SoftwareONE.

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Praised as 'great to work with', CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH is highly active in the CEE region acting for public and private companies, financial institutions and funds. The team, under Peter Huber's leadership, has a very strong sector focus on energy matters, and also has expertise in the technology, media, communications, hotel, financial services, construction, infrastructure, healthcare and life sciences sectors. Other key individuals include Rainer WachterClemens GrossmayerAlexander Rakosi and Johannes Trenkwalder.

Practice head(s):

Peter Huber

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Rakosi; Johannes Trenkwalder; Johannes Reich-Rohrwig; Rainer Wachter; Gregor Famira; Clemens Grossmayer;

Testimonials

They are fast and professional.

Great to work with and good understanding of underlying commercial rationale of respective transactions.

Very dedicated and available almost around the clock 7 days a week.

Hands on and very passionate with a strong business focus.

Alexander Rakosi – great legal and business understanding. He is also thinking outside of the “legal box” – focused on trying to find solutions and seems to be always available (in particular outside of ordinary office hours).

Key clients

HETA Asset Resolution AG

Alpla

Immofinanz AG

Green Source

UniCredit

LivaNova

Co-Investor/EVP Capital

BIP Immobilien Development AG

Constantia Flexibles

RH Immobilien Management GmbH

OMV

Families Stein and Fliri

Steiermärkische Bank und Sparkassen AG

Catalyst GmbH

Optimapharm d.d.

Work highlights

  • Advising Heta Asset Resolution on the sale of its Croatian servicing platform and a portfolio of receivables and properties with a total exposure of around €800m to an international consortium of B2Holding and DDM Group.
  • Advising the Austrian based international active packaging company Alpa on several transactions and joint ventures.
  • Advising Immofinanz on the acquisition of retail parks in Slovenia and Croatia by way of share and asset deals with a total exposure of approximately €50m.

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Acting for Austrian and international corporate clients, investment banks and private equity houses, DORDA Rechtsanwaelte GmbH is recognised for its high-end cross-border transactions. The 'always balanced' Martin Brodey is responsible for the private M&A practice group and advises clients from the automotive, banking and financial services, energy, IT and life sciences industries. Andreas Mayr handles public M&A work, while Jürgen Kittel  focuses on complex and hostile acquisitions of private and public companies. Christoph Brogyányi and Bernhard Rieder jointly lead the corporate practice, which deals with national and cross-border reorganisations, joint ventures, squeeze-outs, corporate governance work and corporate litigation. Christian Ritschka is also singled out.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Mayr; Martin Brodey

Testimonials

Very dedicated, a strong transaction experience, good sense for business, success driven and aiming to solve issues.

Very supportive and clever team with a lot of experience and enthusiasm. They focus on finding solutions and getting the deal done and this is exactly what I am looking for.

Broad experience, excellent availability and communications, proactive and forward thinking, deliver results.

Martin Brodey – excellent lawyer who looks far beyond the actual issue or matter. He seems to be always balanced and cannot be disturbed.

Christian Ritschka – he has a very matter of fact appearance; he brings “peace” into the negotiation and is always well prepared.

Bernhard Rieder is very responsive and gives quick feedback. He is very good at handling matters professionally and pragmatically.

Andreas Mayr and Bernhard Rieder have been the perfect tandem for our matter. Mayr is an excellent adviser with broad experience and a well-established network in Vienna. Rieder is highly competent, on top of things and immediately available.

Christoph Brogyanyi has a very precise and pragmatic approach. He is extremely responsive and “hands-on”. Very experienced in corporate and M&A matters, also in complex cross-border transactions.

Key clients

SAZKA Group a.s.

ZKW Group GmbH /LG Group

Kreisel Electric GmbH & Co KG

Advent International

CYOSS GmbH

Gilde Buy Out Partners

HNA Group International

ENERN

HNA Group

United Cinemas International (UCI), Odeon Cinemas Group, AMC Theatres

Supernova Group

Kapsch Group

EMMI AG

VR Equity Partner GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholder of ZKW Group on its €1.1bn sale of the company to the South Korean listed companies LG Corporation and LG Electronics.
  • Advised SAZKA Group on its  acquisition of a stake in CASAG.    
  • Assisted Odeon Cinemas Group with the sale of Austrian cinemas to Constantin Film Holding.

Eisenberger & Herzog

Eisenberger & Herzog is well-versed in handling international transactions across a multitude of industry sectors, particularly regulated industries including the energy and infrastructure, banking and financial services and telecoms sectors. Peter Winkler and Alric Ofenheimer jointly lead the practice group, which also fields Josef Schmidt and Marco Steiner, who is active in the transport, infrastructure and regulated industries.

Practice head(s):

Peter Winkler; Alric Ofenheimer

Testimonials

The teams’ grasp of the law and ability to influence and drive negotiation of key terms in the transaction.

Very responsive and thorough. Incredibly thoughtful and hard-working. Seamless transaction coverage between the team members.’

Compared to other law firms we know, we can be absolutely sure that all specialists of Eisenberger & Herzog, which are needed for our problem, addressed all aspects and can be dealt with in one appointment. There are thus no delays in troubleshooting and in the past has always resulted in an effective and fast solution.

Peter Winkler and Nidal Karaman’s grasp of the law and ability communicate and influence others are second to none.  They were able to achieve favourable results for us on our transaction and influence the other side to accept our position.

The accessibility and availability of the employees is to be emphasised, also the large experience in the area of corporate law.

Clemens Lanschuetzer – excellent and commercially-minded M&A lawyer who focuses on what’s important.

Michael Strenitz – very knowledgeable and provides great strategic advice.

Key clients

Ronny Pecik Group

IMMOFINANZ

Supertreat GmbH

AFFiRiS AG

HYPO NOE Leasing GmbH

STRABAG Real Estate GmbH

Styria Medienhaus Lifestyle GmbH & Co KG

KATHREIN SE

Wolters Kuwer

STC SWISS Town Consult AG

Wienerberger AG

Allianz Capital Partners

Wien Energie GmbH

Biocrates Life Science AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Supertreat on its sale to Israeli gaming company Playtika.
  • Advising the Pecik Group on the sale of the largest share package in S IMMO to Immofinanz.
  • Advised long-standing client AFFiRiS (a pharmaceuticals company developing novel active immunotherapies for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases) on the divestment of an asset, the restructuring of its business and the shareholder structure (exit of the founders and other minority shareholders) and an additional capital round.

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

With a strong presence in the CEE/SEE region, Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG advises on large corporate and M&A transactions, and also handles medium sized and smaller deals. In addition, the group is able to draw on the strength of other practice groups including the tax, real estate, regulatory, GDPR, acquisition finance, IP, IT and employment departments. The team's diverse workload includes high growth and start-up technology matters, distressed company issues, energy deals, cross-border restructurings and corporate disputes. 'Very commercial lawyer' Horst Ebhardt leads the team, which also includes Hartwig KienastChristian MikoschDieter Spranz and senior associate Michael Kienzl, who specialises in cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Horst Ebhardt

Testimonials

The team has a very solid legal background and experience in large deals and industry-related knowledge.’

Absolute top law firm in Vienna/Austria, highest quality, best practice and unique experience in corporate law and M&A.

The local knowledge in CEE is extremely good besides the general M&A knowledge one would expect from a firm like Wolf Theiss.

Just good lawyers. They know what they are doing and are attentive to their clients. They understand international business.

Christian Hoenig – venture capital expert, more than 20 years experience in financing rounds, M&A and IPOs.

Doris Buxbaum – high quality partner in all questions of content in VC and corporate law.

Doris Buxbaum and Christian Hoeing are reliable and reactive – excellent expertise. They are also excellent people, which has made our relationship work so well.

Key clients

T-Mobile

Goldman Sachs

Expedia

Takeda

Clariant

Energizer

Fibra Celulose S.A.

Flextronics

Lloyds

Lukoil International GmbH

Saint-Gobain

Sberbank Europe AG

Tricentis GmbH

REWE International AG

BAIN Capital

Great Wall Motor Company Ltd.

Apollo Asset Management

Advent International

Nomura

Work highlights

  • Advising Blackstone on the acquisition of a €1.6bn European distribution unit from Irish building materials supplier CRH.
  • Advising Hisense Group on a transaction and due diligence in several jurisdictions
  • Advising T-Mobile and T-Mobile Holding on the acquisition of UPC Austria.

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners' corporate and M&A practice benefits from its wider proficiency in the corporate, banking and real estate areas. In addition to increased activity in cybersecurity and data transactions, the team has handled industrial, green technology and payment services matters. Markus Fellner, who recently advised the Steinhoff Group on the sale of Kika-Leiner to the Signa Group, Paul Luiki, who is praised as 'one of the most experienced M&A lawyers in Austria', Florian Kranebitter and Lukas Flener are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Markus Fellner; Paul Luiki; Florian Kranebitter; Lukas Flener

Testimonials

Very profound knowledge and understanding of the business and requirements of the client. Business oriented, creative and practical approach to finding solutions.

Extremely committed team, thinks ahead to anticipate potential issues and very structured approach.

Paul Luiki is one of the most experienced M&A lawyers in Austria. He has a strong attitude to get the job done. He is a native speaker in English too, a rare combination in Austria.

Key clients

Steinhoff Europe AG

Wienerberger AG

BAWAG P.S.K

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien Aktiengesellschaft

Erste Bank der österreichischen Sparkassen AG

HYPO NOE Group

Liechtensteinische Landesbank (Österreich) AG (former “Semper Constantia Privatbank Aktiengesellschaft”)

Oesterreichische Kontrollbank Aktiengesellschaft

GREENoneTEC Solarindustrie GmbH

Immobilien Holding GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Bawag on the acquisition of 49% of Finventum, the founder of Savity Vermögensverwaltung.
  • Advised Steinhoff Möbel Holding throughout the process of selling the Kika-Leiner real estate companies to Signa Group.
  • Advised Semper Constantia Privatbank Aktiengesellschaft on the takeover of 100% of its share capital by Liechtensteinische Landesbank.

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)

Leading Upper Austria firm Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) also has a growing presence in Vienna, significantly expanded with three partner promotions, including Christoph LuegmairIrene Meingast and China expert Alice Meissner . The group is particularly noted for its corporate real estate work and cross-border capabilities, and also completed deals in the retail, technology and energy sectors. Immanuel Gerstner, who is in Vienna and Linz-based Franz Mittendorfer are the practice heads. Thomas RuhmGerald Schmidsberger and Matthias Steyrer are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Immanuel Gerstner; Franz Mittendorfer

Key clients

AVV Investment GmbH

CROSS Industries AG KTM

Energie AG Oberösterreich

Eurocrane (China) Co. Limited,

HABAU Hoch und Tiefbaugesellschaft m.b.H.

IES Immobilien Group

Ochsner Wärmepumpen GmbH

Pollmann International GmbH

S-DREI-GmbH

SPORTSDIRECT.COM AUSTRIA GmbH

Squadro-Immobilien-GmbH

Terminal Tower Beteiligungs-GmbH

Tobaccoland Handels GmbH & Co KG

UBM Development AG

Windpower EP GmbH

ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Work highlights

  • Advising leading Upper Austrian investment company AVV Investment on a series of investments in cutting-edge domestic and international start-ups with a total value of €110m.
  • Advising leading Austrian real estate group IES Immobilien Group on its €220m sale of majority interests in major Viennese developments.
  • Advising UBM Development on its acquisition of shares in Donauhof as part of one of Vienna’s most important ongoing real estate projects.

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Praised as 'the hidden champions' in the Austrian market, Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH's corporate and M&A practice is characterised by its strength in cross-border transactions and work in the regulated sectors including the gaming, entertainment and medical marijuana industries; the group also assists clients in the industrial protection sector, particularly coatings and stationery product companies. The 'outstanding' Thomas Talos, fund structuring expert Roman Rericha and Christopher Schrank lead the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Talos; Roman Rericha; Christopher Schrank

Testimonials

Really believe that the team at Brandl & Talos are the hidden champions in the Austrian market. The have a team consisting of more than 20 professionals only working on corporate/M&A matters and are really active in the market. Given the size of the firm, they are involved in an outstanding number of high-end transactions in the Austrian market. In my opinion they are underestimated in the market as they are delivering exceptional services. They tend to work in small but very committed teams of highly experienced professionals, are accessible 24/7, always straight to the point and focus on (commercially) relevant topics (being pragmatic on other issues). If you engage the team you always have the team’s full attention and the feeling that your transaction is the most important project they are currently dealing with.

Very competent transaction lawyers with perfect understanding of the commercial aspects of investing and translating these requirements into legal terms. Complementary team with different strong viewpoints that go the extra mile to get a deal done.

Roman Rericha and Markus Arzt – willing to walk the extra mile for their clients, very proactive approach, enormous expertise, very business minded.

Roman Rericha – exceptional team leader – high integrity and 24/7 available to complete time-critical transactions.

Markus Arzt – associate and deputy of Roman Rericha – best transaction lawyer below 35 in Austria.

Key clients

SPORTRADAR AG, Carsten Koerl

“Ring” International Holding AG

VMS-REB 3 Beteiligungen GmbH

GVC Holdings PLC

Novalpina Capital

Aphria Inc.

Fläkt Group

APEX Ventures

Startup300

aws Fondsmanagement GmbH – AWS Mittelstandsfonds, AWS Gründerfonds

Ardian Capital

Altor Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Acting for long-standing client Ring on a cross-border acquisition of BOA Group, a world-leading manufacturer of flexible mechanical elements for the automotive, aerospace and other industries.
  • Acted as regulatory counsel for the buy side acquiring Novalpina Capital.
  • Handled the formation of a joint venture between Aphria and Verve Group.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

Acting for domestic and international clients and listed companies in the mid-cap and large transactional space, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach's corporate practice focuses on the financial services industry and is closely interlinked with the firm's capital market practice. The group also receives praise for its expertise in the life sciences and energy sectors and handles private equity and reorganisation work. Practice head Christoph Mager and leads the China desk, which was established in 2019. Maria Doralt also 'stands out for her unrivalled commitment and impressive negotiation skills'.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Mager

Testimonials

We love the very business driven approach and their way of handling negotiations. They are strong at thinking out of the box and have outstanding cross border capabilities. We also love their diverse teams.

The highest standard in legal expertise combined with the availability and dedication towards the customer make the practice unique. The teams strength is the quality of each team member in combination with partner who is always perfectly available and fully aware of every step of the way. Strong at providing very diverse teams, able to think out of the box.

Very dedicated, great business judgement and very pragmatic advice!

Elisabeth Stichmann and her team deliver high quality advice always in due time. Information is always brought to the point, no unnecessary fuzz around it.

Maria Doralt stands out for her unrivalled commitment and impressive negotiation skills. She is a great communicator and makes complex issues easy to grasp. She is also great at building relationships with all parties and ensuring smooth negotiations, very tough in substance but very smooth in her manner of negotiating deals. That helps her to build confidence with all parties and to find win win solutions. She is certainly one of the best corporate lawyers I have ever met.

Maria Doralt – outstanding, both academic and practical excellence, very much engaged, good availability!

‘Kerstin Schnabl – one of the leading experts in  Germany AG Law,  very responsive and reliable!’

Key clients

1 & 1 Internet SE

exceet Group SE

Wise Road Capital

General Electric

Pfizer

Ardagh Group

Abry Partners II LLP

Zoetis Inc

Danaher Corporation

HBB-Haas Beratung und Beteiligungen GmbH

UniCredit

H.M.Z. Group

Nabriva

Work highlights

  • Advising General Electric on the sale of its distributed power division to financial investor Advent.
  • Advised long-term client Playtech on a complex cross-border reorganisation of its participation in its Austrian affiliate Best Gaming Technology.
  • Advising the German internet service provider 1 & 1 Internet, a subsidiary of the United Internet Group, on the acquisition of Austrian web hosting company World4You.

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Renowned for its reputation in the start-up community, Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH provides a wide array of expertise spanning domestic and cross-border M&A, public M&A, private equity work, management and leverage buy outs as well as venture capital mandates. The principle sectors the team advises encompass the technology, biotech and pharmaceuticals, banking, insurance, energy and software industries. The highly recommended Phillip Dubsky, Christoph Herbst, Philipp Kinsky, who 'you can rely on at all times'; Wolfgang Schwackhöfer and Christoph Wildmoser are the key practitioners. Philipp Baubin made partner in early 2019.

Practice head(s):

Phillip Dubsky; Christoph Herbst; Philipp Kinsky; Wolfgang Schwackhöfer; Christoph Wildmoser

Testimonials

An amazing team that is available at all times, even when negotiations or signings take way past midnight. Always friendly and focused, it’s a great work ethic that promises quality work and an eye for detail. 

The team has a high reputation within the startup sector and international experience in designing funding rounds as well as negotiating terms with potential investors.

Philipp Kinsky – a partner that you can rely on all the time. Hands on approach with broad knowledge over any topic that mattered to us. Also a refreshing personality compared to other lawyers.

I value Philipp Kinsky’s exceptional skills in combining legal expertise with a startup mindset. Philipp Kinsky is the first lawyer I met who not only provided legal opinions but also helpful advise and also his personal opinion based on the yearlong experience with startups.

Key clients

ams AG

Sun Capital Partners

World4You

Russmedia

Bilfinger Berger

Sipwise GmbH

TourRadar GmbH

Uniqa Versicherung AG

Claro Product GmbH

Marinomed Biotech AG

Work highlights

  • Advised ams on an $120m joint venture with Wise Road Capital.
  • Advised the owner of World4You Internet Services on the sale of the company to 1&1 Internet.
  • Advised Marinomed Biotech on the contribution of participants of ARAG Investment in Marinomed Biotech on the IPO of Marinomed in 2019.

Schindler Attorneys

Schindler Attorneys handles structuring and transactional work with a particular focus on private equity work allowing clients to benefit from the integrated tax practice. The firm's workload also includes domestic and cross-border reorganisations as well as the structuring of shareholder syndicates and joint ventures. As a result of the arrival of Christian Thaler from Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners, the firm noted an uptick in instructions relating to distressed M&A. Clemens Schindler and Florian Cvak jointly lead the practice. Martin Abram is also singled out.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Schindler; Florian Cvak

Key clients

Allianz

ACTS Group

Alba Communications

Alten SA (listed)

Ardian

ARES

Beach Majors

BTG Pactual

Capvis

Checkrobin

Christof Group

Daifuku Co., Ltd. (listed)

Deutsche Private Equity (DPE)

Deutsche Telekom (listed)

Do&Co (listed)

Equistone

Elvaston

Goldman Sachs (listed)

Hexagon (listed)

Huawei (listed)

Increase AG

Innogy (listed)

JD Sports Fashion (listed)

J&F (listed)

Konica Minolta (listed)

Kühne + Nagel (listed)

Melrose Plc (listed)

NTT Data (listed)

OAS Group

OpCapita

Riverside

Sdiptech AB

Siemens (listed)

Steadfast Capital

Toyota Frey Group

United Energy Group (listed)

Vivaldi Bioscience

VR Equity Partner

Work highlights

  • Advising Deutsche Telekom on the acquisition of Austrian-based IT solutions provider Goingsoft.
  • Advising Ardian and the management of ESIM on the replacement of a MEP program in connection with the sale of ESIM by Ardian to Sun Capital.
  • Advising Christof Holding on the sale of its subsidiary Christof Electrics GmbH & Co.

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG is particularly adept at handling M&A and private equity transactions for clients in the TMT, life sciences and the financial sectors. The team, under Gerhard Hermann's leadership, also acts in contentious corporate matters and is regularly asked to advise on cross-border corporate restructurings. Wendelin Ettmayer and Dieter Buchberger left to set up Buchberger Ettmayer Rechtsanwälte GmbH (KPMG Law) in 2019, and Wolfgang Eigner joined from Pelzmann Gall Größ Rechtsanwälte GmbH.

Practice head(s):

Gerhard Hermann

Key clients

TA Associates

Compagnie des Alpes

Delachaux

FCC Construcción

HIL Limited

Intact GmbH and their shareholders

KLAITON Advisory GmbH and their shareholders

Linauer & Wagner group-shareholders

RE/MAX

SimCorp

SPIE Deutschland & Zentraleuropa

Work highlights

  • Advising on the sale of Amann Girrbach Group, one of the leading innovators and full-service providers in digital dental prosthetics, to Capvis Equity.
  • Advising Delachaux on the acquisition of the Frauscher Group, the world market leader in rail infrastructure technologies, from private equity fund Greenbriar.
  • Acting for FCC Construcción in litigation initiated by the mass receiver of Alpine Holding for the payment of €186m plus interest and costs relating to corporate and insolvency law.

Barnert Egermann Illigasch Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Barnert Egermann Illigasch Rechtsanwälte GmbH provides advice to media, pharmaceuticals and technology sector clients on various corporate and transactional matters. Michael Barnert is the main contact.

Practice head(s):

Michael Barnert

3 Verulam Buildings

Jank Weiler Operenyi's main areas of work include private and public M&A transactions, general corporate matters, corporate restructuring mandates and corporate litigation. The practice group, led by name partners Alexander Operenyi and Maximilian Weiler, is instructed by clients operating in the banking and finance, software, retail and aviation sectors.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Operenyi; Maximilian Weiler

Testimonials

Reliable, helpful, available, understanding, good ideas and quick.

Young, strong pro-active and quick reaction team; high legal skills but also with required hands-on mentality to get things done and executed quickly.

The practice’s respective specialists in these areas cooperated extremely well. Relevant information was gathered in a very effective way by the litigation team and and shared proactively with other teams of the practice. As a consequence, their services proved to be both high quality and cost efficient.’

Really on our side, motivating but also warning in legal decisions.

Alexander Operenyi – pragmatic approach, focused to the important points, quick reactions.’

Bernhard Köck is very down to earth and result oriented. Bernhard is also easily accessible.

Key clients

Air Berlin PLC & Co Luftverkehrs KG

SPARFELL AVIATION GROUP SA

T-Mobile Austria / Magenta Telekom

M. Müller Privatstiftung

Akron Real Estate Management GmbH

Amabrush GmbH

Enio GmbH

KEEGO Technologies GmbH

Aviso Zeta AG

SW Umwelttechnik Stoiser & Wolschner AG

Bauer Media Group

Carbones Holding GmbH

KRÜGER GmbH&Co.KG

Pioneer DJ Europe Ltd

SAS Financiere Meriquet (Ateliers de France)

Baolong Holdings Europe, Kft

Rondo Ganahl AG

Plastoseal Produktions GmbH

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

Arena 2000 Grundstücksverwertungsgesellschaft m.b.H. & Co KG

Work highlights

  • Advising SAS Financiere Meriquet (Ateliers de France) on the acquisition of the Sinnex Group.
  • Advising Sparfell Aviation Group on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in the Austrian aviation company Laudamotion Executive.
  • Advising M. Müller Privatstiftung and Mr. Mario Müller on the sale of Austria’s largest amusement park to Compagnie des Alpes.

Pelzmann Gall Größ Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Pelzmann Gall Größ Rechtsanwälte GmbH, which is part of the network of EY Law, specialises in group wide cross-border reorganisations and restructurings, public and private M&A transactions, and joint ventures in Austria and the wider CEE/CIS regions. Apart from real estate transaction law, the firm also has expertise in banking M&A and banking supervisory law assignments. Mario Gall, Helen Pelzmann and Georg Perkowitsch jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Mario Gall; Helen Pelzmann; Georg Perkowitsch

Testimonials

Fast and accurate.

‘Solution and case oriented.

Key clients

Gnutti Carlo S.p.A.

BWT AG

PALFINGER AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Gnutti Carlo on the acquisition of the TCG Unitech group of companies including a 50% joint venture in Hong Kong and China, on all aspects of the acquisition, including merger control issues and financing work.
  • Advised BWT on all aspects of its acquisition of the Ecosoft Group in the Ukraine and subsequent establishment of an Austrian-Ukrainian joint venture, including merger control issues.
  • Assisted COIM – Chimica Organica Industriale Milanese with the acquisition of a 50% stake and the establishment of a 50/50 joint venture with Atmosa Petrochemie.

PHH Rechtsanwälte

The 'well connected' team at PHH Rechtsanwälte assists clients with complex cross-border private M&A transactions, and is also well-versed in restructuring and reorganisations mandates, handling the corporate, regulatory and employment elements. Rainer Kaspar, who 'is quick and sees the important points', leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Rainer Kaspar

Testimonials

Tasks are tackled in a solution-oriented manner and assigned accordingly – no “empty kilometres”. All-round carefree package ensures ‘very good customer feeling’.

‘PHH has a size and expertise to cover all private and business needs – with a very personal approach. PHH is well connected and has an international network. Depending on the case, international law firms are consulted – they have always worked competently and speedily. Perfect, eloquent negotiation even in English, whether face-to-face or conference calls.

Straight forward practical approach.

Rainer Kaspar and his team – high competence, tightly organised, comes straight to the point, perfect negotiation skills, high operational readiness and 24/7 availability.

Key clients

All for One Group AG

Sol Meliá group

BAUER SPEZIALTIEFBAU Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Centron Technische Handelsgesellschaft m. b. H., PUKA Privatstiftung and HADRIAN Privatstiftung

Preformed Line Products Company

Insta Communications GmbH

Konrad Zimmermann and Brigitte Zimmermann-Urbanke

Webster BV Bildung GmbH

APS Austria Personal Service Group GmbH

MATIMEX Holding GmbH

SZABO-SCANDIC HandelsgmbH & Co KG

STMicroelectronics group

Solenis group

CPI Immobilien GmbH

Bondi Immobilien-Consulting GmbH

cafe+co International Holding GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised All for One Group on its acquisition of CDE – Communications Data Engineering.
  • Advised Konrad Zimmermann and Brigitte Zimmermann-Urbanke on their sale of all shares in Lernquadrat-Group to Studienkreis-Group.
  • Advised Centron Technische Handelsgesellschaft, Puka Privatstiftung and Hadrian Privatstiftung on the €39m sale of Austrian medical devices trading company Biomedica Medizinprodukte, including operations and subsidiaries in 12 other European countries, to AddLife, a Swedish based life sciences group.

Taylor Wessing enwc Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Taylor Wessing enwc Rechtsanwälte GmbH has substantial experience in advising on cross-border transactions and mergers, particularly in the CEE/SEE region. Acting for venture capital investors, start-ups, technology-oriented private equity houses and strategic investors, the team, which is led by Raimund Cancola, typically advises on all stages of the corporate life cycle, from establishing companies and joint ventures to company wind-ups, restructurings and buy-outs. Other key names include Philip Hoflehner and Claudia Steegmüller.

Practice head(s):

Raimund Cancola

Key clients

Angelini

Covivio (formerly: Immeo Wohnen / Foncière des Régions)

Eternit Österreich GmbH / Swisspearl Group

Festo

Haberkorn

Hays

KGAL

Lafarge

Nestlé SA / Nestlé Österreich GmbH

Norske Skog AS / Norske Skog Bruck GmbH

OHB SE

Pirelli GmbH

Sixt

Swarovski shareholders

TNT Express (Austria) Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Tyrolit

Urban Massage

Vorwerk Austria

Walstead

Warimpex

ZGONC

Work highlights

  • Advised Rewe Group on its acquisition of Lekkerland.  
  • Advising X4 Pharmaceuticals on its reverse merger with Arsanis.
  • Assisting Haberkorn Holding with its acquisition of the German Mühlberger group.

DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH

DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH's client roster includes small and medium companies as well as publicly listed corporates. The team handles transactional work including the structuring of transactions and drafting of contracts for national and cross-border matters. Christoph Diregger, who is 'one of the top corporate lawyers of this generation' and Christoph Leitgeb jointly lead the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Diregger; Christoph Leitgeb

Testimonials

Very strong technical legal skills.’

Christoph Diregger stands out as one of the top corporate lawyers of this generation. Also very pleasant to work with as a colleague.

Key clients

CA Immobilien Anlagen AG

S IMMO AG

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Kerbler Holding GmbH

ViennaEstate Immobilien AG

BAWAG Group AG

Wiener Privatbank SE

Best Gaming Technology GmbH

Jollydays GmbH

Impring Analytics GmbH

Ferdinand Berger Gesellschaft m.b.H.

x.news information technology gmbH

TalentChamp Consulting GmbH

BRM Burgenländische Risikokapital Management AG

Work highlights

  • Advised on the preparation, implementation and the follow-up work of CA IMMO’s annual general meeting.
  • Advised UniCredit Bank Austria on the restructuring process of the bank’s client in order to ensure that its claim, having arisen from the loan agreement, and the collateral for a loan will not be harmed by the process.
  • Advised Bawag on its annual general meeting.

Eversheds Sutherland | Stolitzka & Partner RAe OG

The work handled by Eversheds Sutherland | Stolitzka & Partner RAe OG spans M&A deals, large-scale reorganisations and general corporate work as well as private equity matters. The team, where Silva Palzer and name partner Alexander Stolitzka are the main contacts, frequently acts as Austrian local counsel and assists clients with their entry into the Austrian market.

Practice head(s):

Silva Palzer; Alexander Stolitzka

Testimonials

The advice received is straight forward, practical and very quick – we are never left to chase up.

‘Highly flexible and practical solutions, collaborative approach on eye-level with in-house consultant, high transparency on billing matters and excellent case communication.

Alexander Stolitzka stands out with great communication skills, making him an ideal partner not only for the preparation and drafting phase but also in the negotiation process. His dedication, availability and collaborative approach are outstanding.

Silva Palzer and Mario Tiefenbacher both provide a first rate service in terms of both quality and efficiency.  In particular, nothing is too much trouble for Silva, even small queries are dealt with in the same efficient way.

I have always been happy with level of responsiveness, the efficiency from Silva Palzer and how common sense & a commercial approach prevail. I would definitely recommend Silva Palzer.

Key clients

G4S Group

Eaton Group

Sixt GmbH

Turkish Airlines

Aspen Group

Parker Hannifin Group

Inmark Asset Management

Tyco as well as Johnson Controls Group

Patagonia Group

NBC Universal

WashTEC GmbH

Experian GmbH

Forever 21 GmbH

Urban Outfitters

Incadea Group

AR Packaging

Total Safety GmbH

Legero GmbH

Stonehill Holdings S.a.r.l.

MOL

Aspen Group

Mitsubishi Group

Work highlights

  • Advised JR Qualified Investors Private Placement Real Estate Fund Investment Trust No.1 on the acquisition and the financing of the holding company of the Porr Tower office building.
  • Assisted Client Inmark Vienna Wholesale Property Fund No.17 with its €68.8m acquisition of the holding company of the office provider building.
  • Acted for Omicron electronics on its acquisition of b2 electronic.

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz's 'very professional' team operates at the interface of corporate, M&A and restructuring work. Regularly handling cross-border corporate and M&A mandates, Ferdinand Graf leads the practice group with Andreas Edlinger and Alexander Isola.

Practice head(s):

Ferdinand Graf; Andreas Edlinger; Alexander Isola

Testimonials

The team is very professional, flexible to fulfil the requests and they are very quick at working.

The firm offers a lot of experts for each different legal field. All of them are really experts in their special segment.

Key clients

LUKOIL Group

VKR Group

Esterházy Privatstiftung

Zinkpower International GmbH

Peter Lisec Privatstiftung

Bartenstein Holding GmbH

CB Handels GmbH

“kraftWerk” Agentur für neue Kommunikation GmbH

Arcon-Sunmark

Work highlights

  • Advising Lukoil International on a capital decrease of several of billion Euros.
  • Assisted Velux with the Austrian part of the acquisition of a pan-European building material producer.

Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte

Led by 'first-rate corporate lawyer' Wolfgang Graf and 'outstanding lawyer' Bernd Taucher, 'highly specialised boutique law firm' Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte is active in private equity transactions, M&A, general corporate and commercial work, corporate finance matters and corporate restructuring projects.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang Graf; Bernd Taucher

Testimonials

Overall level of service is just great. Quick and straight advice. The Team of Wolfgang Graf (corporate, M&A) is reliable, well respected and flexible. The billing practice is transparent and fair to me.

The firm is a highly specialised boutique firm which provides consistently high quality advice while being efficient at the same time.

Graf Patsch Taucher provide high quality commercial cost effective advice.

‘Our lawyers at Graf Patsch Taucher provided extremely good value for money. They perfectly know their local environment, they do not engage in unnecessary theoretical discussions but focus on a practicable and quick implementation which is great for everyone who is running (also multidisciplinary) transactions.

I love the direct access to the competent partner. My lawyer of trust is Wolfgang Graf and I can actually reach him without being put off. This is one of the main assets of this firm. Despite the outstanding quality and reliability.

Wolfgang Graf is a first rate corporate lawyer.

We quickly realised that Bernd Taucher is very experienced and provides sound and very reasonable advice. Bernd is an outstanding lawyer with an exceptional international experience and knows exactly where to put pressure on in order to get negotiations into the right direction. We can recommend Bernd for M&A and Finance transactions without any restrictions really.

Key clients

Head Group

Borealis Group

Cannopy Growth Corporation

TTTech Computertechnik AG

APS Group

Fittrack GmbH

MYBUCKS S.A.

WH Smith

T-Centrum. CZ, a.s.

KGAL Group

FL Technics

DSIRF GmbH

Soler & Palau Ventilation Group

Semizen

Eurobond International

Renafan Group

Rabcat

TU Vienna / i2c

Danube River Freight

Livin Farms Agrifood GmbH

SWISS HEALTH & NUTRITION AG

Axpo Group

Raiffeisen Group

Denkstatt GmbH

Aramark Germany

Braintribe IT Technology GmbH

Elevation Investments GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Canopy Growth Corporation on its €226m acquisition of the German cannabinoid flagship Bionicsa.
  • Assisted Czech APS with its acquisition of the Volksbanken leasing group, active in southern and central Europe.
  • Advised the Head group on its international corporate restructuring process.

Grama Schwaighofer Vondrak Rechtsanwälte

Grama Schwaighofer Vondrak Rechtsanwälte's work primarily focuses on M&A and private equity transactions; the team also has expertise in the corporate space handling restructurings, joint ventures and matters at the interface of corporate and tax law. Praised for his 'extensive knowledge of complex corporate structures for multinationals', Bernd Grama leads the practice. Mirza BencaGeorg Zacherl and Michael Pramberger are also key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Bernd Grama

Testimonials

GSV is our go-to firm for complex corporate matters in Austria. GSV partners are very well versed to work with multinationals and in international complex transactions. GSV stands out for being a local firm, but with expertise and connections similar to larger firms. We are very pleased with the work provided by GSV.

Bernd Grama and Philip Vondrak are the partners who regularly work with us. Bernd is a very client oriented corporate lawyer, with extensive knowledge of complex corporate structures for multinationals. Philip Vondrak is qualified as a corporate and tax lawyer, which is fantastic for our needs. Both Philip and Bernd are technically excellent and, differently from the average in Austria, very responsive.

Key clients

VERBUND AG

BRF GmbH

Accelerate Property Fund

F. LIST GMBH

INTERCEMENT PARTICIPACOES S.A.

Camargo Correa S.A.

Hypo NOE Group

Posojilnica Bank eGen (part of Raiffeisen Group)

Mediaworks Hungary Zrt.

BUWOG group

Asset One Immobilienentwicklungs GmbH

TÜV SÜD AG

Omega Handelsgesellschaft m.b.H.

FCC Austria Abfall Service AG

Immowert Group

Work highlights

  • Advising on corporate law issues relating to restructuring of the InterCement group and Camargo Correa group in Austria.
  • Advising TÜV SÜD as major shareholder of an Austrian IT company on the sale of 100% of the share capital of the company by means of a structured sales process to VR Equitypartner (subsidiary of DZ Bank Germany).
  • Handled the take over of German media portfolio StartingUp, and German online platform Gründerberater.de.

PwC Legal Austria-oehner & partner

PwC Legal Austria-oehner & partner has a strong track record advising Austrian and international companies on the acquisition and sale of companies, restructurings, corporate reorganisations, joint ventures and venture capital transactions. Christian Oehner jointly leads the practice, with Verena Heffermann, who focuses on corporate matters, and Matthias Trummer. Miriam Nehajova  heads up the newly opened Graz office.

Practice head(s):

Christian Oehner; Matthias Trummer; Verena Heffermann; Miriam Nehajova

Key clients

aws Fondsmanagement GmbH

Bayer

Cavalry Ventures Management GmbH

Elanco

Eli Lilly and Company

Gienanth GmbH

Peter Greiner Beteiligungs GmbH & Viva Aqua Service Spain S.A.

Prochema Handelsgesellschaft m.b.H.

Stabilus Group

Ward Manufacturing LLC (Hitachi Ltd.)

Wipro Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising aws Fondsmanagement on a venture capital financing round in an Austrian start-up company.
  • Advised Cavalry Ventures Management on several financing rounds.

Torggler Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Acting for Austrian companies, a central pillar of Torggler Rechtsanwälte GmbH 's practice is commercial counselling and restructuring mandates; the group also provides advice on corporate and M&A mandates, including acting in M&A-related litigation. Reinhard Kautz and Kathrin Weber jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Reinhard Kautz; Kathrin Weber

Key clients

Swarovski

Schlumberger AG

Sastre Holding SA

MTH Group

TÜV Austria

Tatry mountain resorts

Arcadia Live GmbH

apetito Österreich

Gurktaler AG

Theater im Hafen

Kärntner Landesversicherung

Work highlights

  • Advised Tatry Mountain Resorts on the potential acquisition of an amusement park in Austria.
  • Advised on the restructuring of the MTH Group.
  • Advised Gurktaler on the acquisition of its own shares.