Commercial, corporate and M&A in Austria

Cerha Hempel

M&A-heavyweight Cerha Hempel advises on all aspects of corporate and commercial law with particular sector expertise in oil and gas, real estate and technology. The practice has a top-notch reputation for large-volume transactions, where it appears as international coordinating counsel more often than not. Albert Birkner is well versed at handling public takeovers, Clemens Hasenauer focuses on corporate transactions and Johannes Aehrenthal is another key name. January 2020 also saw the addition of senior associate Martin Eichinger from Jakobljevich & Grave; he has a particular specialism at the intersection of corporate law and trust law.

Practice head(s):

Albert Birkner; Clemens Hasenauer; Johannes Aehrenthal

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Trettnak; Harald Stingl; Lorenz Pracht; Martin Eichinger

Testimonials

‘In 10 years I have not met a lawyer like Albert Birkner. As far as M&A is concerned and Austrian law is applicable, there is nobody like Albert and Cerha Hempel. Very pro-active, top-notch legal quality, well connected. My first choice for deals in Austria.’

‘Full service law firm, quality and depth of teams, international network.’

‘The team’s strengths are their experience, broad knowledge, quick response times and excellent negotiation skills. They are focused on their clients and the clients’ interests.’

‘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. You can always depend on them and they will never leave you hanging.’

‘Cerha Hempel has a team of excellent corporate and M&A lawyers, providing fantastic level of service. The team has amazing negotiation skills, provide fantastic level of service and they are true experts in their field. The team is quick and always available with a very hands-on approach.’ 

‘Exceptional availability, speed, client focus and legal expertise. Real pros, wealth of experience, speed, always avail on weekends.’

‘The team is very solution-oriented.’

‘The Cerha Hempel team has significant experience with large and mid-size projects. They adjust, act accordingly and blend easily into a wider team comprising members from various advisory firms. If dealing with a smaller matter they apply the same excellence and enthusiasm that they show when working on big-ticket projects. Perfectly organized, very experienced in cross-border M&A.’

‘Albert Birkner is a great guy, dedicated, solution oriented, commercially vigorous, an unbelievable lawyer.’

‘I usually turn to Clemens Hasenauer, very reliable, business minded, knowledgeable about the market. Clearly one of the leaders of the bar in Austria.’

‘Clemens Hasenauer and Johannes Prinz have exceptional legal knowledge and ability, negotiations skills, business driven advice, innovative solutions.’

‘For many years now, Dr. Albert Birkner has been impressing us with his comprehension of our needs, his reliability, short response times, excellent negotiating skills and his ability of contact drafting. He has in-depth knowledge of various legal matters. He is efficient and a real expert in this field.’

‘Without a doubt, Albert Birkner stands out. Because of his excellent negotiation skills, the highest level of intercultural social capabilities, task orientated focus, know-how and dedication (just to name a few), this is the person you want on your side when it comes to transactions.’

‘Albert Birkner is the leading M&A- and transactional lawyer in Austria. This is true with regard to both, public and private M&A. Excellence and work ethic are outstanding.’

‘Clemens Hasenauer is an excellent communicator, always with perfect overview but also knowledge of details.’

‘Harald Stingl shows excellent transaction handling.’

Key clients

OMV AG

RHI Magnesita

XXXLutz

Agri Europe Cyprus Ltd

thyssenkrupp AG

Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co KG

Frequentis AG

Amisola Immobilien AG

AT & S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik AG

gbtec Holding GmbH (Main Capital)

Verbund AG

EnBW AG

FWU AG

Karl Wlaschek Privatstiftung (KWPS)

Voith Group

red-stars.com data AG

San Pacific Investments Pte Ltd

TSR Recycling Holding GmbH and TSR Recycling GmbH & Co KG (part of Remondis Group)

STRABAG AG

Teufelberger Group

Credit Suisse

Georg Fischer AG

Immundiagnostik AG

Elin Motoren GmbH

SES-imagotag

LifeNet Health Group

Vienna House Capital GmbH and Vienna International Hotelmanagement AG

Central European Gas Hub AG

Work highlights

  • Advised OMV AG on the acquisition of an additional 39% stake in Borealis AG from Mubadala group.
  • Advised EnBW Trust e.V. and Energie Baden Württemberg AG on the sale of a 28.35% stake in EVN AG.
  • Advised XXXLutz Group on the purchase of Kika’s Eastern European subsidiaries and furniture stores and on the acquisition of French furniture and electronic retailer network Conforama France together with private investment firm Clayton, Dublilier & Rice

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

Collaborating closely with other practice areas as well as integrated offices throughout the CEE region, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) shows multijurisdictional excellence across a wide range of corporate topics and M&A. The Austrian team puts a core focus on banking and insurance sectors, albeit industry expertise is diverse. Sascha Hödl and Roman Perner jointly head the practice, with the former particularly active in banking M&A as well as restructuring transactions, and the latter concentrating on corporate litigation and reorganisation. Christian Herbst has an excellent reputation for venture capital and corporate finance transactions. Counsel Maximilian Lang plays a significant role in cross-border transactions involving blue-chips and private equity houses.

Practice head(s):

Roman Perner; Sascha Hödl

Other key lawyers:

Christian Herbst; Alexander Popp; Maximilian Lang

Testimonials

‘Experienced team capable of very quickly supporting complex equity transactions and related legal matters.’

‘Highly competent and exceptional ability to quickly adapt to new challenges. Ability to see things through the eyes of the client. Holistic view, thinking outside the box, very innovative.’

‘Roman Perner is our key contact and advises us on all corporate matters. His advice is straight to the point and he is also always available.’

‘Delivery of results in timely manner, legal expertise, practical approach.’

‘Efficiency, practicability, industry knowledge, timely processing.’

‘Team strengths is a lot of experience that let them anticipate any problems in a project and solve them to get quick results at the end.’

‘Roman Perner is an extraordinary expert in commercial and corporate law, that makes you feel comfortable concerning legal procedures in Austria.’

‘Very competent, well organized, one-stop-shop approach, branches in SEE, excellent negotiators, comprehensive understanding of M&A market and insurance business.’

Key clients

UNIQA Group

OMV AG

RFR

Deutsche Post AG

San Gabriel Privatstiftung

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Erste Group

Funke Mediengruppe

Playtika Ltd

Credi2 GmbH

Toyota Motor Europe

CRH

Ericsson

Tyson Foods

Bilfinger Industrial Services Österreich GmbH

Interglobe Enterprises Limited

coeo Inkasso GmbH

Thales Group

Synergis Informationssysteme GmbH

WAZ Ausland Holding GmbH and Kurier Zeitungsverlag und Druckerei GmbH

OMV Petrom

GasGas

Neuraxpharm Austria GmbH

Ohridska Banka AD

Fressnapf SE

Benteler International AG

Brau Union Oesterreich AG

Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA

Work highlights

  • Advising UNIQA on the acquisition of AXA subsidiaries in the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia for a purchase price of around EUR 1bln.
  • Advising ABBAG on the establishment and implementation of COFAG and the structuring and design of the first portfolio of measures designed to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Advising RFR on the structuring, negotiation and subscription of a privately placed profit participation certificate issued by SIGNA, and the sale of its shares in SIGNA Prime Selection AG to SIGNA Holding GmbH.

Binder Grösswang

Binder Grösswang operates an internationally-oriented corporate and M&A practice, often collaborating with global law firms to provide services in cross-border matters involving Germany, the UK, the Gulf region or the Far East. Such transactions are a core area for Michael Kutschera and Thomas Schirmer. Andreas Hable also covers tax aspects and works with private clients as well as entrepreneurs, whereas Florian Khol has significant experience of joint ventures, public take-overs and stock listed companies. Philipp Kapl, a public M&A and private equity specialist, was promoted in February 2020, which brings the team's partner count to eight.

Other key lawyers:

Philipp Kapl; Michael Kutschera; Thomas Schirmer; Florian Khol

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic, business driven approach, very responsive, wealth of expertise, high-end advice.’

‘Andreas Hable is always available, pragmatic and business driven approach, very experienced.’

‘Great team spirit with a very open communication with diverse personalities, from hands-on to rather academic which allows them to serve all sorts of clients.’

‘Thomas Schirmer has great overview and is hands-on.’

‘Binder has broad expertise in M&A, tax, IP, HR/labour and other areas – truly a full service firm that can take a deal from beginning to end in an expeditious manner. The team is very experienced in cross border transactions and works 24/7 to meet the client’s needs, notwithstanding the time zone differences. ’

‘One-stop shop for all corporate finance law topics (PE, M&A and restructuring) in Austria with excellent service offering across all verticals. ’

‘Generally lawyers at BG are very much in touch with the latest developments in Austrian law but also have a strong international background. They exemplify the added value offering that one so often looks for in a quality advisor which goes above and beyond the call of duty with good commercial understanding. The exemplification of that would be Philipp Kapl, who recently made partner and was a fantastic advisor on the deals we have worked on together. He brings international experience, first class advisory and it was a great pleasure working with him. ’

‘We very much enjoy working with BG – they handle all legal matters in Austria and also advise us on complex matters in other jurisdictions.’

‘Philipp Kapl is our main contact at BG. He is an outstanding thinker, yet very pragmatic and fast. What makes him special is the combination of his legal skills and business acumen, this is why we also frequently involve him in transactions in foreign jurisdictions.’

‘One of the few top full service firms in Austria with significant experience working with the London fund industry.’

Key clients

Lenzing AG

Daimler AG

Blackstone Group

Danaher

Magna International AG

Scout24

Allianz

Novartis AG

BNP Paribas

Voestalpine AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Mubadala on the USD 4.68 billion sale of 39% in Borealis AG to OMV.
  • Advised BNP PARIBAS S.A in collaboration with Clifford Chance on the acquisition of UniCredit Leasing Fuhrparkmanagement GmbH.
  • Advised Lenzing and Palmers on the establishment of a new protective mask joint venture.

bpv Hügel

Often involved in multijurisdictional work in DACH and CEE regions, bpv Hügel is sought after by clients in industry sectors including energy, finance and healthcare. In addition to public and private M&A work, the team has recently handled an increasing number of restructuring and contentious corporate mandates. Elke Maria Napokoj leads the team together with Thomas Lettau, who has significant experience of joint ventures. Napokoj, on the other hand, is renowned for capital market transactions. Finance transactions are handled by Florian Gibitz and Christoph Nauer concentrates on real estate and banking clients.

Practice head(s):

Elke Maria Napokoj; Thomas Lettau

Other key lawyers:

Florian Gibitz; Christoph Nauer; Stefan Gaug

Testimonials

‘Elke Napokoj has extensive and broad experience both in small and large-scale transactions; very knowledgeable also for transactions with third parties located outside Austria. Extremely solution-oriented; able to identify areas of the highest concern quickly, and then acting fast.’

‘The M&A lawyers showed great availability, high partner attention, they were responsive and excellent negotiators. bpv Hügel is one of the law firms for the complex and challenging M&A deals.’

‘My key contact is Thomas Lettau. He is very experienced and has always a practical approach. Thomas is efficient and focuses on solutions like the tax colleagues. I highly recommend Thomas Lettau as an excellent corporate lawyer. ’

‘Stefan Gaug delivers high quality, very good responsiveness, practical and pragmatic advice, fair fee policy.’

Key clients

IMMOFINANZ AG

RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG

Valenva SE

Unibail-Rodamco S.A.

BP Europa SE

VERBUND AG

OMV Aktiengesellschaft

HYPO NOE Landesbank

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 Group

STRABAG SE

Constantia Flexibles

heidelpay Group

Gas Connect

Work highlights

  • Advised HYPO NOE on the sale of its CEE network of real estate service companies in five CEE countries: Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and North Macedonia.
  • Advised Raiffeisen Informatik on its partial exit from SoftwareONE in the course of SoftwareONE’s CHF 2.9bn listing on SIX Swiss Exchange.
  • Advised Central European Gas Hub AG on its joint venture with Romanian listed Transgaz to establish the Romanian Gas Hub to become the operator of the Romanian Virtual Trading Point (VTP).

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Upper-mid and high-end markets are the target group of CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH's corporate offering. A popular choice with clients from consumer products, construction and technology sectors, among others, the department led by Peter Huber and Rainer Wachter is particularly involved in M&A. The former has strong ties to private equity houses and investment banks, whereas the latter places a focus on cross-border transactions and compliance. Beyond M&A, Alexander Rakosi assists with distressed debt and restructuring as well as corporate finance, and energy-related matters are handled by Johannes Trenkwalder.

Practice head(s):

Peter Huber; Rainer Wachter

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Rakosi; Johannes Trenkwalder

Testimonials

‘Pure dedication to the project, competence, ability to solve problems, availability, knowledge’

‘Johannes Trenkwalder is a project master, sets up complex contracts and knows all the details, strong in negotiating, outstanding performance in stressful situations, never loses patience, very good coordination between Austrian and Hungarian Team.’

Key clients

ENCAVIS Asset Management

Freudenberg Group

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Mercedes-Benz Automobil AG (MERBAG)

Constantia Flexibles

Arca Investments

Winner Group

Canon CEE

Steiermärkische Bank und Sparkassen AG

GRAPHA-HOLDING AG

ALPLA

Work highlights

  • Advising Steiermärkische Bank und Sparkassen AG on the acquisition of a 74.53% shareholding in Ohridska Banka Societe Generale (OBSG) from Société Générale and subsequent public tender offer, in Republic of North Macedonia.
  • Advising ALPLA on all corporate, competition and regulatory matters concerning a joint venture with a Thai group.
  • Advised ENCAVIS Asset Management on the acquisition of the Styrian wind farm, comprised of five wind turbines with a total rated output of 17.25MW.

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH

With a focus on high-end and cross-border work, DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH regularly represents international corporations as well as investment banks and private equity clients. The strong department, which has a great track record in distressed M&A, joint ventures and corporate litigation, unites Martin Brodey and his private M&A practice with Andreas Mayr's public M&A group for a full-service offering. The former has a strong client base in automotive and IT, whereas the latter has additional capital markets experience. Jürgen Kittel is also a key member of the team, especially for inbound transactions in structured sales, bidding processes and negotiated transactions.

Practice head(s):

Martin Brodey; Andreas Mayr

Other key lawyers:

Jürgen Kittel; Christian Ritschka

Testimonials

‘Responsive, bright, flexible.’

‘What matters most for us is that we are presented with solutions and get the deal done and this is exactly what they are doing. ’

‘Christian Ritschka is my main point of contact. I can only repeat that he is a hard worker and I fully trust his great expertise and support. ’

‘Strong expertise in commercial, corporate and especially M&A topics, holistic advisory approach not limited to mere legal topics but always having the business view in mind, very pragmatic and goal oriented advisory approach, highly accessible and flexible.’

‘Strongly business-oriented, not limited to just the legal topics. Target driven, not overcomplicating things, high expertise in corporate and M&A topics.’

‘Very quick in understanding the essence of the issue, easy to talk to, able to dive deep even on short notice.’

‘Christian Ritschka and Martin Brodey have been very helpful in M&A transactions. Both have a very good sense for business, thus being able to negotiate good results even in difficult transactions and with less well versed lawyers representing the other party.’

Key clients

Florian Schicker

Fontem Ventures

Greiner

METRO Cash & Carry International Holding GmbH

Miba

SAZKA

Supernova Invest

Volkswagen Bank, Volkswagen Financial Services

Weichai Group

Work highlights

  • Advised SAZKA Group a.s. on the acquisition of a 17.2% stake in Casinos Austria AG (“CASAG”) from Novomatic AG.
  • Supported Austrian Greiner AG on the acquisition of all remaining shares in Eurofoam.
  • Advised Miba on a joint venture with the German metal processor Zollern.

E+H Eisenberger + Herzog

E+H Eisenberger + Herzog is an excellent port of call for international transactions with an Austrian element. The strong bench around Peter Winkler and Alric Ofenheimer is highly involved in public as well as private M&A in addition to follow-on corporate work and corporate litigation. Winkler has a great reputation for capital markets and banking transactions, whereas Ofenheimer is well versed in private equity and cross-border matters. Clients from regulated industries such as energy and infrastructure count on Marco Steiner's sector expertise. The firm is dedicated to internal growth, as seen by the July 2020 partner-level promotion of real estate M&A expert Christopher Engel.

Practice head(s):

Peter Winkler; Alric Ofenheimer

Other key lawyers:

Marco Steiner; Christopher Engel; Michael Strenitz; Philipp Nidal Karaman

Testimonials

‘Very good team spirit, people work hand in hand.’

‘They are very easy to work with and make you feel like they are part of your business, it matters to them.’

‘Very professional team with highest standards. Profound legal expertise compared with efficiency, excellent client-communication and engagement.’

‘Alric Ofenheimer and Peter Winkler are definitely leading individuals in M&A and corporate law in Austria. Negotiations and strategy is a major asset of those two leading partners.’

‘The team is highly capable in supporting in any kind of M&A transactions. The team knows the industry standards very well and gives very valuable advice not only on a legal basis but also taking into account the business view of the transaction. ’

‘Alric Ofenheimer is a very experienced lawyer with whom to negotiate is just a pleasure; better have him on your own side.’

‘The team is extremely experienced in different fields like competition & antitrust and M&A. Very focused on the work and can explain complex things in easy words.’

Key clients

Mubadala Petroleum and Petrochemicals Holding Company LLC

Wiener Stadtwerke

UBM Development AG

Allianz Capital Partners

Coveris

Samsung Oak Holdings, Inc

Bushveld Minerals Limited Garnet Commerce Ltd.

Recticel Group

ESSVP IV

Engie

Wien Energie GmbH

Energie Burgenland Windkraft GmbH

Volvo Group Austria GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Mubadala Petroleum and Petrochemicals Holding Company LLC as seller of an indirect stake in Borealis AG, to OMV AG as buyer.
  • Advising Wiener StadtwerkeGmbH, Austria’s largest municipal infrastructure service provider, on its bid to acquire the stake in EVN AG held by EnbW Trust eV.
  • Advising UBM on a joint venture with ARE Austrian Real Estate GmbH, a company of Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft (BIG) specialising in office and residential real estate.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

The core strong suit of the corporate practice at Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG is M&A work, where the group advises clients from a range of industries including private equity. Transactions regularly involve cross-border aspects, where the firm is able to work with colleagues in its CEE offices. The department is led by Horst Ebhardt, who specialises in matters involving the financial institutions, life sciences and private equity sectors. Clara Gordon is renowned for her M&A and restructuring skills and was promoted to partner in July 2020. At senior associate level, the team includes Michael Kienzl, a popular choice with TMT clients and financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Horst Ebhardt

Other key lawyers:

Michael Kienzl; Florian Kusznier; Sarah Wared; Christian Hoenig

Testimonials

‘The Wolf Theiss Corporate / M&A Team with its high level of quality lawyers is an excellent choice and our preferred partner for all matters of corporate law and transaction work.’

‘Excellent legal background, commitment and responsiveness, very precise drafting and capable of finding new solutions to legal issues.’

‘This is truly the premier corporate M&A team in the Vienna market. They have a deep understanding of the law, a very good commercial sense, are able to explain complex issues in a very down-to-earth, understandable manner and always meet their commitments.’

‘Horst Ebhardt is the gold standard for corporate lawyers in the Vienna market, if not the region. He is exceptionally smart, without being arrogant, and always available. He also empowers the team around him.’

‘Great practical thinking, combining business sense with excellent legal knowledge!’

‘Horst Ebhardt sticks out as being a “rock in an ocean” – great crisis management, great availability and quick thinking!’

‘The full-package service combined with high professionalism, timely manner and orientation on the needs of the client.’

‘Very in-depth knowledge of all relevant legal concepts which enables them to provide truly thorough and value added advice in any kind of commercial, corporate and M&A dealings. Also, very focused on transaction and on the client and diligent in whatever they render as their service. Truly remarkable partners. ’

‘Sarah Wared is tough in negotiations, extremely intelligent, commercially oriented, fast thinking, gives you numerous proposals during so that you never feel like there is no exit from any deal breaking issue. Truly great lawyer. ’

‘Compared to other law firms and departments, we particularly noticed the courteous and appreciative interaction with one another.’

‘Clara Gordon has great M&A experience. She pays attention to details without losing sight of the goal. Above all, we appreciate her intelligence, her ambition and her perseverance. Dr. Gordon pays attention to details without losing sight of the goal.’

‘Wolf Theiss is an internationally active law firm with Partner law firms in many European countries. Even complex issues relating to different areas of law can be dealt with quickly and efficiently.’

‘Large and capable team.’

‘Sarah Wared has broad expertise in M&A and is exceptionally service-minded.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Expedia

Clariant

Lone Star

Huawei

Baxter AG

Warburg Pincus

Blackstone

DSM

Kohlberg

Allianz Capital Partners

Jacobs Engineering

KKR

Ascensia

Flextronics

Work highlights

  • Advised DSM on the acquisition of ERBER Group for a consideration of EUR 1 billion.
  • Advised MSD on the acquisition of Themis Bioscience.
  • Advised Blackstone, alongside Clifford Chance, on the EUR 1.6 billion acquisition of the European Distribution Unit from CRH.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

With a global outreach and dedicated China and Russia desks in Vienna, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach is regularly retained to assist with international transactional and corporate work. M&A expert Christoph Mager heads the department that further includes private equity and venture capital specialist Maria Doralt and Elisabeth Stichmann, who plays a key role in global corporate reorganisations. Industry expertise ranges from energy and life sciences to the financial services sector.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Mager

Other key lawyers:

Maria Doralt; Elisabeth Stichmann; Christian Temmel

Testimonials

‘The DLA Corporate and M&A practice provides excellent support both in local and international transactions. It consists of a team of excellent experts, who are used to work seamless on transborder transaction. They are very responsive, well connected, straight forward and easy to work with.’

‘The outstanding partner in Vienna in the Corporate practice is Maria Doralt. She is a high-profile expert, well connected in the market, very responsive and available, with a very pragmatic attitude. ’

‘ Excellent understanding of the client’s needs.’

‘The cooperation amongst the partners was excellent, so it was possible to get ad-hoc advice in other legal areas within a short time. Although it is a large law firm, they kept flexibility and speed. The team is very stable providing points of contact over a long time.’

‘Maria Doralt showed great understanding of the client’s specific business – combined with her excellent legal knowledge resulted in great benefit for the transaction. Her hands-on mentality is outstanding.’

‘In M&A my main point of contact is Maria Doralt. She is an outstanding lawyer and simply great at negotiating deals. Great legal skills but even more impressive in terms of communication and negotiation skills. She really understands client needs and how to find solutions that work for all parties involved. Also, she and her team are very business driven and great to work with.’

‘Fully professional and international approach, customer-focused, broad experience in all legal areas.’

‘Outstanding team.’

‘My main point of contact is Maria Doralt. She is certainly the best corporate lawyer I have ever met.’

Key clients

Rolls Royce Power Systems

FFF Real Estaste

Wirtschaftskammer Österreich

Kurant GmbH

Wise Road Capital

UniCredit S.p.A.

Wanfeng Auto Holding Group

Zoetis Inc

Danaher Corporation

VCP Capital Partners

Senvion GmbH

Rettig Group Oy

HBB-Haas Beratung und Beteiligungen GmbH & Co KG

General Electric

Pfizer

Ardagh Group

Work highlights

  • Advising UniCredit S.p.A. on the sale of the ultimate beneficiary rights to the B&C Privatstiftung.
  • Advising France Air on the Austrian part of the acquisition of the air handling business from SIG Plc.
  • Advising the Chinese Private Equity house Wise Road Capital on the establishment of a high-tech joint venture with the leading Austrian advanced sensor manufacturer AMS.

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Over the last couple of years, Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH has managed to build a solid reputation for venture capital and private equity work in the corporate space. The practice also has a strong showing in tech and biotech-related M&A as well as in advice to start-ups. The practice is jointly headed by VC expert Philipp Kinsky, PE connoisseur Phillip Dubsky and all-rounders Christoph Herbst and Wolfgang Schwackhöfer.

Practice head(s):

Phillip Dubsky; Christoph Herbst; Philipp Kinsky; Wolfgang Schwackhöfer

Other key lawyers:

Christoph Wildmoser; Florian Steinhart

Key clients

ams AG

Apeiron Biologics

AUCTUS Capital Partners

Senova Capital & Project A

Westbahn Management

OncoOne

Waterland Private Equity

Bitmovin

FinCredible

DPE – Deutsche Private Equity

Russmedia

PGGM/MEAG

Haplogen

Marinomed Biotech

Themis Biotech

Refurbed

GoStudent

Mocci

Work highlights

  • Advising ams AG on the EUR 4.6 billion acquisition of OSRAM Licht AG.
  • Advised Themis on its exit to Merck Sharp & Dohme.
  • Advised VC company Project A as a new investor, as well as existing investor, Senovo Capital, in the course of the USD 12 million Series A financing round of Anyline GmbH.

BRANDL TALOS Attorneys at law

BRANDL TALOS Attorneys at law stands out for its outstanding expertise in highly regulated sectors such as gaming, entertainment and medical marijuana. Thomas Talos is frequently retained to handle M&A and corporate issues in international gaming law. He shares responsibility for the team lead with Roman Rericha, who is involved in venture capital and private equity transactions.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Talos; Roman Rericha

Testimonials

‘The team is highly accessible and second to none in the Austrian market. Brandl & Talos always delivers straight to the point advice, very focused and is always on top of things. While many other firms tend to work in big teams which leads to distraction, they work in small and very dedicated teams which makes the cooperation very efficient. Believe that Brandl & Talos is the hidden champion in the Austrian M&A market and still underestimated.’

‘The M&A department is headed by Thomas Talos who is one of the most experienced M&A lawyers in Austria. He is known for his advice in large-scale transactions in particular in the gaming, leisure and entertainment sector. He is very focused and clear in communication but always respectful and constructive.’

‘Roman Rericha is a pleasure to deal with, an adroit negotiator with commercial acumen, and has an ability to anticipate opposing counsel.’

‘We have been quite impressed with B&T.’

‘From our perspective, B&T have all qualities that we are looking for in our best friends network of international law firms: outstanding personal commitment, excellent expertise and a sound and reliable network in their home jurisdiction.’

‘ It’s impressive that the firm can act with deep expertise on both the M&A/Corporate and the gaming sectors. Such a strong combination is in my view unique.’

‘The level of service we receive from Brandl & Talos is simply outstanding. They understand our business which allows them to provide fast, clear and to the point advice. Due to their sector experience, they know our needs, anticipate our questions and are always very focused on finding solutions.’

‘Their international regulatory expertise and network is very good.’

‘Thomas Talos is the main partner we work with. Thomas is an excellent lawyer, profoundly experienced, professional, with a wealth of knowledge in the gaming business that is difficult to come by. He has unparalleled experience in combining regulatory advice and M&A, with the ability to weigh all factors are the winning aspects in complex matters.’

Key clients

Tipico

SPORTRADAR AG

“Ring” International Holding AG (including BOA Group)

aws Fondsmanagement GmbH (AWS Mittelstandsfonds and AWS Gründerfonds)

Novalpina Capital

GVC Holdings PLC

APEX Ventures

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners fields an M&A group focused on banking, industrial and IT as well as family offices and private equity clients. The practice is led by four partners: Markus Fellner is in charge of M&A, banking finance and insolvency work, Paul Luiki handles cross-border transactions involving CEE and the US, Florian Kranebitter often acts at the intersection of M&A and financing and Lukas Flener covers the competition law aspects of transactions.

Practice head(s):

Markus Fellner; Paul Luiki; Florian Kranebitter; Lukas Flener

Testimonials

‘FWP Partners are top qualified in their specific areas and always immediately responsive. Their speed in finding solutions and answers is extraordinary.’

‘Markus Fellner is outstanding, creative, responsive, top expertise in M&A and banking law. Always available.’

‘Florian Kranebitter has a solution-oriented consulting approach.’

‘Paul Luiki is the one to negotiate with.’

‘Paul Luiki is one of the most experienced M&A lawyers in Austria. He has a strong approach of getting the job done. He is a native speaker of English, too, that is a unique setup in Austria.’

Key clients

BAWAG P.S.K

Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

Erste Bank der österreichischen Sparkassen AG

Grand Casino Baden AG

Österreichische Hotel- und Tourismusbank GmbH

Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien Aktiengesellschaft

Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich Aktiengesellschaft

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Steinhoff Europe AG

S.E.M. Servicegesellschaft für Elektrik und Mechanik mbH (Germany)

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Work highlights

  • Advised UniCredit Bank Austria in connection with the sale of its vehicle fleet management business and a future cooperation agreement with ARVAL Austria GmbH.
  • Advising the core banks of Huber in connection with the reorganisation proceedings initiated in late May 2020 with regard to individual companies of Huber Group.
  • Advising UniCredit Bank Austria in connection with 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).

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) has a particularly strong corporate offering in Vienna and Upper Austria, where the department represents industrial companies as well as retail and technology clients. Immanuel Gerstner is experienced in cross-border work and Franz Mittendorfer is often involved in financing and structuring elements of transactions. Over the course of 2020, the team saw several new arrivals and promotions such as M&A specialist Lukas Leitner, who is now a contract partner.

Practice head(s):

Immanuel Gerstner; Franz Mittendorfer

Other key lawyers:

Lukas Leitner; Wolfgang Lauss

Testimonials

‘Immanuel Gerstner and Lukas Leitner showed great dedication and availability for every request we had. The flexibility shown was tremendous and really invites me to engage in future engagements with SCWP, especially with Immanuel and Lukas.’

‘Very helpful, fast response, friendly team.’

‘Reach out almost every day, more like a professional friendship.’

‘SCWP Schindhelm (SCWP) is particularly characterized by its strong business-law competence. This competence results from an all-round education by the lawyers, the many years of experience of the partners and attorneys in commercial law issues, as well as the constant handling of projects of significant size.’

‘SCWP not only fulfils the basic requirements of comprehensive and correct legal consulting, but also always include the business aspect in the evaluation, so that legally correct and economically efficient solutions are always developed together.’

‘Throughout the entire duration of the project, the focus on essentials was never lost. The transparency of the individual’s work is exceptional and reveals the added value that SCWP offers at every stage of the business relationship. The personal commitment with the project and the comprehensive effort of the individual complete the outstanding service.’

Key clients

AVV Invest GmbH

Invest Unternehmensbeteiligungs Aktiengesellschaft

Soravia Group

Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich GmbH

IES Immobilien Group

Leasinvest Real Estate SCA

Energie AG Oberösterreich

NORDFELS GmbH

Susanne Kaufmann

Vamed AG

UBM Development AG

RealBestand Immobilien GmbH & Co KG

City-Parkhaus Linz GmbH

Real-Treuhand Bau- und Facilitymanagement GmbH

Eurocrane (China) Co. Limited

FIMA Sportstudio Management Gmbh

REMA Tip Top Industrie GmbH

Voith – Werke Ing. A. Fritz Voith GmbH & Co. KG

Windpower EP GmbH

Birgit Pfeiffer Plus-City Beteiligungsgesellschaft m.b.H.

Maria Pfeiffer Plus-City Beteiligungsgesellschaft m.b.H.

W-One Capital GmbH

KTM Industries AG

Work highlights

  • Advised AVV Invest on a series of investments in the IT, biotech and technology sectors with a total volume of €200m
  • Advising a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raiffeisen-Landesbank Steiermark AG on a major corporate restructuring exercise involving the transfer, via asset deal, of independent bank branches to local Raiffeisen banks.
  • Advised the owners of VDS Getriebe GmbH and affiliated companies on the sale of a majority stake to the Chinese Weichai Group and on the subsequent joint venture agreement.

Schindler Attorneys

Schindler Attorneys earns particular praise for its M&A and private equity offering, where the department provides 'perfect support'. The team around Clemens Philipp Schindler and Florian Cvak often harvests its cross-selling capabilities with overlapping practice areas. The former is a Latin America expert and the latter shines in the group's core area, private equity.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Philipp Schindler; Florian Cvak

Other key lawyers:

Martin Abram

Testimonials

‘Combination of company law, transactions and tax. Complementary team, covering all areas.’

‘Clemens Schindler has an entrepreneurial mindset.’

‘Clemens Schindler covers both the tax and legal aspects, which allows a quick and comprehensive analysis of complex issues. This is a great support, particularly in the negotiations with international sports federations and the relevant licensing agreements.’

‘Martin Abram: Even complicated issues such as global distribution and sponsorship contracts are dealt with comprehensively and quickly, which is indispensable in the sport-event business.’

‘Dynamic, young team. Hard-working and entrepreneurial. Strong PE and M&A knowledge.’

‘Excellent M&A and PE know-how in the Austrian market and connected to the highest levels in government. ’

‘Not only top lawyers, but also excellent commercial sense with an impressive network.’

‘Schindler Attorneys are exceptional in the Austrian market, on one hand with their focus and outstanding expertise on M&A transactions, and on the other with the rare plus of corporate, finance and tax law. For us it was a perfect fit.’

‘During the whole process the individuals at Schindler Attorneys took over the lead and they gave us optimal advice and guidance about the execution. Their high-level professional attitude combined with sympathy and ease is outstanding.’

‘No hierarchy thinking, very customer focused and orientated.’

‘Dr. Schindler is unique, very hands-on, problem-solving rather the creating, very entrepreneurial approach and thinking.’

‘Schindler has shown an outstanding degree of professionalism, competence and commitment in the two transactions where we have worked closely with them. We engaged them for legal due diligence services for two M&A transactions in Austria as well as to help with drafting the Austria specific parts of the SPA. What impressed me most was their ability to think outside the box and to develop a tailored approach to our problems as well as their ability to keep to very short deadlines without reducing the quality of their output.’

‘In negotiations Clemens Schindler impressed me with his fast ability to grasp a complex situation and think through all implications while simultaneously drafting a wording that was just on the right side of acceptability for the other side. In comparison to competitors he showed not only great legal competence but enough pragmatism to move M&A negotiations to a successful conclusion whist still getting our major points included. ’

‘Clemens Schindler shows excellent knowledge (tax and legal) and problem-solving capacity for the major European countries. Perfectly linked with experts all over the world. Fast response behaviour.’

‘Martin Abram provides very good support for solving a tricky contract situation. Very fast response and deep knowledge in the corporate law area.’

‘Schindler Attorneys is the only law firm I know in Austria providing full scope transactional legal services, in particular, including transactional tax advice. This approach together with a good senior staff makes this practice unique.’

‘Efficient work at a very high legal level.’

‘The firm advised us both from a corporate and tax perspective, which I understand is rather rare on the Austrian market. One could see that intra-group reorganizations are one of their core areas and that they are experienced with cross-border matters. ’

‘We mainly worked with lead partner Clemens Schindler and his follow-partner Martin Abram. Both show a high degree of experience in such projects. Clemens stands out for his combined advise in corporate and tax matters, as well as his business minded approach. Martin did a great job in handling the local counsel firms across CEE. ’

‘Broad expertise in tax law company law and transactions not only in Austria but internationally, which is really exceptional for a law firm of that size.’

‘Clemens Schindler is an outstanding lawyer who is far beyond his age in experience as well as in personality.’

‘Florian Cvak has a great network which allows him to inform clients early on about new deals coming to market.’

Key clients

Allianz

ACTS Group

Alba Communications

Alten SA

Ardian

ARES

Beach Majors

Bird Rides Inc.

BTG Pactual

Capvis

Checkrobin

Christof Group

Daifuku Co., Ltd.

Deutsche Private Equity (DPE)

Deutsche Telekom

Do&Co

Equistone

Elvaston

Fritsch & Co.

Genui Partners

Getaround Inc.

Golden Tree

Goldman Sachs

Hexagon

Huawei

Increase AG

Innogy

JD Sports Fashion

J&F

Konica Minolta

Kühne + Nagel

Liberta Partners

Melrose Plc

NTT Data

OAS Group

OpCapita

Riverside

Sdiptech AB

Siemens

Steadfast Capital

Toyota Frey Group

United Energy Group

Vivaldi Bioscience

VR Equity Partner

Work highlights

  • Advice as lead counsel to Golden Tree as the largest shareholder in stock exchange listed Austrian bank BAWAG Group AG in a capital markets transaction with a total value of EUR 390m.
  • Assisted Kühne + Nagel with a multi-step intra-group reorganization and intra-group sale of its CEE-operations including subsidiaries in 16 jurisdictions
  • Acted as local counsel to Paragon on its acquisition of the specialist publishing company WEKA.

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG acts for buyers and sellers on cross-border transactions, often in collaboration with offices in other jurisdictions. Together with the dispute resolution group, Gerhard Hermann and his team also take on corporate litigation. The practice lead specialises in M&A.

Practice head(s):

Gerhard Hermann

Other key lawyers:

Wolfgang Eigner

Testimonials

‘In my opinion Dr. Gerhard Hermann is at least one of the best practitioners in M&A, corporate law and business law in general. He has also distinguished people in his department.’

‘Advice comes quickly and is practicable, people are very friendly and it is nice to work with them.’

‘Gerhard Hermann: excellent knowledge, very friendly person, quick and always very helpful.’

Key clients

Metro AG

FCC

Delachaux

Compagnie des Alpes

Österreichische Post

SimCorp

Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD)

Bertelsmann

GlaxoSmithKline

Evonik

Takeda

Bourns

UWEG

Amplifier Invest

Work highlights

  • Advising Chr. Hansen Holding A/S on the acquisition of all shares in HSO Health Care GmbH and Dairyfem R&D GmbH.
  • Advising French Delachaux group on the acquisition of Austria-based Frauscher Group, a world market leader in rail infrastructure technologies, from US-based private equity fund Greenbriar
  • Advised Amplifier Invest in connection with its acquisition of Austrian game development studio Rare Earth GmbH.

Barnert Egermann Illigasch Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Barnert Egermann Illigasch Rechtsanwälte GmbH is an Austrian full-service firm with a corporate and M&A department aimed at domestic and international clients alike. Michael Barnert is the key contact.

Jank Weiler Operenyi

Corporate restructuring is the flagship of the corporate practice at Jank Weiler Operenyi. 'Experienced advisor' and M&A specialist Alexander Operenyi jointly leads the group with Maximilian Weiler, who focusses on corporate work. In January 2020, Marc Lager moved from Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG to grow the international trade law team.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Operenyi; Maximilian Weiler

Other key lawyers:

Marc Lager

Testimonials

‘Highly skilled, quick, proactive and also looking for a solid but practical solution. ’

‘Alexander Operenyi is highly skilled, quick, proactive and also looking for a solid but practical solution. ’

‘Experienced lawyers.’

‘Alexander Operenyi is an experienced advisor. ’

Key clients

Credit Agricole Assurance S.A., AXA Infrastructure Equity 1 SAS

Deutsche Telekom / T-Mobile Austria

Generali

Audicon

Krüger Gruppe

SPARFELL AVIATION GROUP SA

Tessner Beteiligungs GmbH

Metso Group

Ganahl AG

Kuppitsch GmbH

Profibaustoffe-Group

M. Müller Privatstiftung

SW Umwelttechnik Stoiser & Wolschner AG

Immowert-Group

Austrian Mobile Power, Verein für Elektro-Mobilität

Clarins S.A.

Christof Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Generali on its carve out of the Austrian asset management and the respective joint venture with the German Apleona
  • Advising Deutsche Telekom / T-Mobile Group (Magenta Telekom) on a joint venture with the City of Vienna as a result of the integration of the UPC Group
  • Advising a consortium of AXA Investment Managers and Crédit Agricole Assurance with respect to acquisition of European Locomotive Leasing (ELL) from KKR

KPMG Law in Austria

Like other Big 4 Firms, KPMG Law in Austria has now launched a legal practice in Austria. The corporate and M&A practice was set up under the aegis of Wendelin Ettmayer, who moved over from Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG in August 2019. Henceforth, the newly founded team tended primarily to small and mid-cap transactions and financial sector clients, but also to contentious corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Wendelin Ettmayer

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Arnold

Testimonials

‘They communicate fast, precisely and are capable of taking a transaction over the finish line when the going gets tough. In my opinion, it’s all about delivering high quality services in a fast and efficient way – that’s exactly what the team led by Wendelin Ettmayer and Stefan Arnold does. The cherry on the cake is their ability to provide innovative, out-of-the-box solutions.’

‘Wendelin Ettmayer is a superstar individual on the Austrian market. He is smart, fast, business-minded, but at the same time focused and precise – a combination for a lawyer you wish for. And he still gets better.’

‘Wendelin Ettmayer is heading the team. Stefan Arnold is just as experienced. They are both available whenever need may be, respond precisely, give clear advice, understand your business needs and do whatever is takes to get the deal done.’

Key clients

Amber Beverage Group

ArchiMed SAS

Barracuda Holding

C-Quadrat

EnBW New Ventures

FINABRO

Serviceplan group

SMATRICS GmbH & Co KG

Work highlights

  • Represented the current shareholders of Austria’s leading concert promoter Barracuda Holding in connection with the sale of parts of their shares in Barracuda Holding GmbH to CTS Eventim Group
  • Advising SMATRICS GmbH & Co KG in connection with the establishment of a joint venture with EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG
  • Advising EVLI as lead investor in connection with a EUR 15.6m Series A financing round at Austrian start-up Refurbed

Pelzmann Gall Größ Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Part of the EY Law network, Pelzmann Gall Größ Rechtsanwälte GmbH is particularly active in cross-border restructurings, transactions and joint ventures in CEE and CIS regions. The department lead is split between Helen Pelzmann, who is in charge of corporate work, and Mario Gall, who is focused on M&A matters.

Practice head(s):

Helen Pelzmann; Mario Gall

Testimonials

‘100% dedication to the client’s problem and its solution.’

Key clients

BWT

Palfinger

Gnutti Carlo

Erber AG

General Dynamics

Palmers

Plasser & Theurer

Donhauser Group (DoN)

XXXLutz

Work highlights

  • Advising ERBER AG in the context of the sale of ERBER AG to DSM on the carve-out of two out of four business divisions.
  • Advice to Donhauser Gruppe on corporate law, including aspects relating to the acquisition of Vapiano restaurants in Austria.
  • Advising Palmers Textil AG on the acquisition (legal and tax structuring) of the Palmers Skyscraper.

PHH Rechtsanwälte

Specialising in private M&A and restructurings, PHH Rechtsanwälte also takes on venture capital work. Team lead Rainer Kaspar, who garners praise for his 'hands-on approach', also has distressed M&A and private equity know-how. In September 2020, the department welcomed Lukas Röper from PwC Legal Austria-oehner & partner with two counsel from his previous team to bolster the practice's banking M&A offering.

Practice head(s):

Rainer Kaspar

Other key lawyers:

Lukas Röper; Nicolaus Mels-Colloredo

Testimonials

‘Legal advice of the highest quality, super fast responsiveness, always creative and pragmatic solutions’

‘Rainer Kaspar, partner: hands-on-approach; highest quality, super responsiveness.’

Key clients

Elkay Interior Systems Inc

Insta Communications GmbH

Bondi Immobilien-Consulting GmbH

DIF Infra Luxembourg Sarl

HOCHTIEF AG (including certain subsidiaries)

Preformed Line Products Company

Solenis Austria GmbH (including its shareholder)

STMicroelectronics Austria GmbH (including its shareholder)

Szabo-Scandic HandelsgmbH & Co KG

SALESIANER MIETTEX GmbH

Cetracore Energy GmbH

All for One Group SE (including its Austrian subsidiaries)

CIDAN Machinery Sweden AB

Work highlights

  • Advised Elkay Interior Systems on the acquisition of Schloffer GmbH.
  • Advising Sova Capital Limited on certain aspects of the acquisition of Posojilnica Bank eGen from RBI Group.

Taylor Wessing enwc Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Taylor Wessing enwc Rechtsanwälte GmbH assists clients with all stages of the corporate lifecycle. Thanks to the firm's regional outreach, the department, which is headed by Raimund Cancola, often advises on European transactions, especially in the CEE region. Philip Hoflehner takes the lead on several matters, particularly those concerning venture capital and private equity transactions.

Practice head(s):

Raimund Cancola

Other key lawyers:

Philip Hoflehner

Key clients

Wefox Group Plus AG / FinanceApp AG

DKV Mobility Services Group

amedes group

The Rohatyn Group

Österreichische Apotheker-Verlagsgesellschaft m.b.H.

Norske Skog AS / Norske Skog Bruck GmbH

KGAL

REWE Group

Eternit Österreich GmbH / Swisspearl Group

LafargeHolcim

OHB SE

Hays

Swarovski shareholders

AviaRent Invest AG

Warimpex

UBM Development AG

Walstead Group

DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Corporate day-to-day questions, takeovers and transactions are the pillars of the corporate practice at DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH. Christoph Diregger represents several banking clients, Christoph Leitgeb adds litigation, corporate finance and restructuring experience to the team and Peter Csoklich is noted for his shareholder disputes capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Diregger; Christoph Leitgeb; Peter Csoklich

Key clients

BAWAG Group AG

Wiener Privatbank SE

CA Immobilien Anlagen AG

Best Gaming Technology GmbH

S IMMO AG

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

BRM Burgenländische Risikokapital Management AG

Ottakringer Getränke AG

x.news information technology gmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised BAWAG Group AG on the public repurchase of listed treasury shares.
  • Advised S IMMO AG on its capital increase.
  • Advised UniCredit Bank Austria AG in the course of the restructuring process of the bank’s client.

Eversheds Sutherland | Stolitzka & Partner RAe OG

Thanks to its global reach, Eversheds Sutherland | Stolitzka & Partner RAe OG often assists clients with their entry into the Austrian market, ranging from advice on trade licences to corporate establishment. Other core areas are merger control and franchise law. Silva Palzer is focused on restructuring and heads the group together with Alexander Stolitzka, who has additional real estate expertise.

Practice head(s):

Silva Palzer; Alexander Stolitzka

Testimonials

‘Eversheds Sutherland have been in very close contact with us on ongoing matters and also coordinated communications with our local joint-venture investors in a very amiable manner.’

‘Alexander Stolitzka has been the lead on our team and he has been available any time and have always responded to our needs in swift manner. When it comes to negotiations, Alexander delivers our message softly but surely which has allowed us to reach our goals at all times.’

Key clients

G4S Group

Eaton Group

Sixt GmbH

Turkish Airlines

NBC Universal

Parker Hannifin Group

Badger Meter

DAI Group

Tyco/Johnson Controls

Kering Group

Blackrock Group

Hytera Group

ORF Enterprise

LinkedIn

MOL GmbH

Cisco

Nokia Group

WashTec GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Eaton Group on the disposal of two sister product lines of the Electrical Power Distribution Division (PDD) to NBG by an asset deal.
  • Advised DAI on all steps of the acquisition of all shares in Hulla & Co Human Dynamics KG.
  • Advised Parker Hannifin Group on a restructuring including a cross-border merger of an Austrian entity into a German entity with a registered branch in Austria.

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz has a core focus on work at the intersection of corporate, M&A and restructuring. High-end disputes and cross-border matters are often led by Ferdinand Graf, with Andreas Edlinger particularly active in transactions as well as spin-offs and corporate governance. Alexander Isola covers matters that overlap with insolvency such as distressed M&A.

Practice head(s):

Ferdinand Graf; Andreas Edlinger; Alexander Isola

Testimonials

‘The full-package service combined with high professionalism, timely manner and orientation on the needs of the client.’

‘Dr. Ferdinand Graf is a great professional, always getting to the client’s point.’

Key clients

LUKOIL Group

VKR Group/Arcon Sunmark A/S

Peter Lisec Privatstiftung

Bartenstein Holding GmbH/G.L. Pharma GmbH

Erdöl-Lagergesellschaft m.b.H.

torresbarylli Werbeagentur GmbH

Arcon-Sunmark

Esterházy Privatstiftung

Svoboda Entwicklungs GmbH & Co KG

CTP Invest, spol. s r.o.

HB Vermarktung GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised LUKOIL on setting up the legal Austrian framework and company structure for its acquisition of 5% in the Ghasha concession in the UAE.
  • Advised Peter Lisec Privatstiftung the majority shareholder of Lisec Group in connection with the relocation of the registered seat and transfer of the business activities from Switzerland to Austria.
  • Assisted Arcon Sunmark A/S in connection with the sale of its operations to Greenonetec.

Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte

Transactional boutique Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte counts both private equity transactions and M&A among its core areas of expertise. The practice undertakes general corporate and commercial work, corporate finance transactions and restructurings. Wolfgang Graf has knowledge of the IT sector and Bernd Taucher has additional banking and finance capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang Graf; Bernd Taucher

Testimonials

‘The firm delivers what we need and when we need it.’

‘Wolfgang Graf stands out. He leads the corporate team and deals a lot with our sector (IT). Quick, efficient and reliable. Unique way of explaining legalese; once can tell that he is also a University lecturer.’

‘GPT is highly specialized corporate and finance boutique providing consistently high quality advice at efficient rates.’

‘I was impressed after my first instruction with Graf Patsch Taucher. We had to negotiate contracts with a major international and stock exchange listed corporation; I needed an attorney with international experience and really good negotiation skills. I was both surprised and pleased with the results we achieved and liked the approach of Wolfgang Graf in particular. In the consecutive years, we successfully worked with the firm on two cross-border projects (corporate, M&A). Given my experience with different law firms on an international and national level, Graf Patsch Taucher is definitely one of my favourites. What is unique? In my opinion the uncomplicated approach Wolfgang takes, the fact that I can always actually reach the competent partner and the fair fees.’

‘Wolfgang Graf has great language and drafting skills. I like his overall approach which is polite, focused and calm, but persistent. He really is very pleasant to work with.’

‘The firm provides excellent client service.’

‘Wolfgang Graf is an extremely capable first-rate commercial lawyer.’

Key clients

Canopy Growth Corporation, Canada

DSIRF GmbH

APS Investments, Luxembourg

Renesola International GmbH, Austria

HEAD Group, Austria/UK

Soler & Palau Ventilation Group SL, Spain

Borealis AG, Austria

TTTech Computertechnik AG, Austria

Aramark Deutschland GmbH, Germany

innovation incubation center i2c TU Vienna, Austria

RENAFAN, Germany

Semizen, Austria

RABCAT, Austria

T-Centrum. CZ, a.s., Czech Republic

Livin Farms AgriFood GmbH, Austria

Eurobond International Ltd., Hungary

MLS Machine Learning Solutions

Global TCAD, Austria

FL Technics, Lithuania

Axpo AG, Switzerland

Klenico AG, Switzerland

SWISS HEALTH & NUTRITION AG, Switzerland

Eric Bompard Group, France

KGAL Group, Germany

FL3XX GmbH, Austria/USA

Deutscher Landwirtschaftsverlag GmbH, Germany

New Mobility Enterprise GmbH, Austria

Work highlights

  • Supported Canopy Growth Corporation, Canada in the acquisition of Germany’s Cannabinoid flagship C3 Cannabinoid Compound Group.
  • Advised APS on the acquisition of VB-Leasing International Holding GmbH, an Austrian leasing company of the Volksbanken Group with subsidiaries in four southern European countries.
  • Supported Borealis in a US private placement transaction of USD/EUR notes with a value of EUR 200m.

Grama Schwaighofer Vondrak Rechtsanwälte

Although particularly strong in M&A, Grama Schwaighofer Vondrak Rechtsanwälte is equipped to handle restructurings and other corporate work as well. Bernd Grama heads the practice and leads on most cases; he is a key name for M&A, international contract law and corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Bernd Grama

Testimonials

‘GSV is a boutique law firm, but with a team ready to take high complexity cases with excellent quality. They stand out in comparison to more traditional corporate law firms of Austria in terms of quality, partner availability and, especially, responsiveness.’

‘Bernd Grama is an excellent corporate lawyer with huge experience and business acumen. Always available.’

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.

TEKAEF GmbH

FCC Austria Abfall Service AG

Immowert Group

Soravia Group

Work highlights

  • Advised TÜV Süd AG on a structured sales process of an Austrian subsidiary.
  • Advised Omega on its sale of 51% of its shares to a strategic investor.

PwC Legal Austria-oehner & partner

PwC Legal Austria-oehner & partner grew with the addition an office in Linz under the leadership of Mario Steinkellner, who joined from Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH in 2019. The overall department, which is headed by Christian Oehner, has a notable skill set in mid-cap sector transactions, restructurings and investments.

Practice head(s):

Christian Oehner

Other key lawyers:

Mario Steinkellner

Key clients

Schloffer family as shareholders of Schloffer GmbH, Designed2Work (Austria) and Designed2Work International (Cyprus)

Cavalry Ventures, Berliner Volksbank Ventures

Vienna House Capital GmbH

Softwerk Automation GmbH

TMS Turnkey Manufacturing Solutions GmbH

fun.music IT GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Schloffer family as shareholders of Schloffer GmbH, Designed2Work (Austria) and Designed2Work International (Cyprus) on the sale of furniture manufacturer and interior design businesses to Elkay Interior Systems.
  • Advised Cavalry Ventures, Berliner Volksbank Ventures on a Series A round financing in PlanRadar.
  • Advised Vienna House Capital GmbH on a global group restructuring.

Torggler Rechtsanwälte GmbH

At boutique firm Torggler Rechtsanwälte GmbH, the firm has family run businesses at its core. The practice is headed by Kathrin Weber and Reinhard Kautz, who both specialise in M&A. Senior partner Hellwig Torggler provides additional strength handling matters relating to private foundations.

Practice head(s):

Kathrin Weber; Reinhard Kautz

Other key lawyers:

Hellwig Torggler

Testimonials

‘The team has a lot of experience in corporate and M&A and excellent market knowledge. The team is very well networked and the new generation is very promising.’

‘Kathrin Weber is a professional in M&A transactions, the cooperation is extremely smooth and fast. But she is also excellent in advising in day-to-day business because she reacts very quickly and offers practical advice. I can highly recommend Kathrin.’

Key clients

Swarovski

TÜV Austria

Schlumberger

Price Hubble AG

MTH

Gurktaler AG

Arcadia Live

MaxLinear, Inc.

FabCut GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised TÜV Austria on three acquisitions.
  • Advised Price Hubble AG on the acquisition of the platform checkmyplace.com and Price Hubble’s entry into the Austrian market.
  • Advised MaxLinear, Inc. on the acquisition of a division of the Austrian subsidiary of Intel.