Rising Stars

Commercial, corporate and M&A in Austria

Cerha Hempel

One of the leading teams in the country’, Cerha Hempel operates across the whole spectrum of high-volume sales, acquisitions, and corporate governance advice. In particular, the team offers notable experience with transactions across the CEE region and regularly works with experts from the firm’s international offices on cross-border transactions. The ‘brilliant’ Clemens Hasenauer heads the corporate transaction department, while the corporate & commercial practice stands under the leadership of Johannes Aehrenthal. Albert Birkner leads the takeover & antitrust practice and praised by clients as ‘the best M&A lawyer in Austria’, with his practice also including corporate reorganizations and joint ventures. Alexander Reich-Rohrwig, Jakob Hartig, and Christoph Reiter were promoted to partner in 2023. Nadine Leitner is further important member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Hasenauer; Albert Birkner; Johannes Aehrenthal

Other key lawyers:

Wolfgang Sindelar; Thomas Trettnak; Nadine Leitner; Christoph Reiter


‘The team is very thorough and extremely responsive.’

‘Thomas Trettnak is very pragmatic and brings calm experience to the table. Christoph Reiter is very dedicated and always on top of things.’

‘The team is one of the leading teams in the country. They are engaged in a number of high=profile transactions. Collaboration is always smooth and seemless.’

‘Thomas Trettnak and Christoph Reiter are well regarded in the market and offer quick and commercially viable solutions to legal problems. They also integrate well in multi-disciplinary teams of accountants, lawyers and other advisors. ’

‘Full-service law firm covering all legal areas relevant for industrials, depth of team and international network ’

‘All lawyers have excellent legal ability and provide business driven advice. Stand-out partners are Clemens Hasenauer and Johannes Prinz. ’

‘The commercial, corporate & M&A practice combines both, outstanding legal skills and the ability to find common ground and viable solutions.’

‘Albert Birkner is the best M&A lawyer in Austria. He is excellent in advising on large transactions as well as SME matters. Clemens Hasenauer is also brilliant. Nadine Leitner is one to watch.’

Key clients

XXXLutz Group

RHI Magnesita Group

IFF International Flavors & Fragrences Inc

AIK Banka a.d.

Gorenjska Banka d.d.

Agri Europe Cyprus Limited


Motion Pictures Licensing Company International Limited

Wien Holding GmbH

OMNES Capital

HeldYn Care GmbH

Stadlmann Tec GmbH

Modul University

Investors in XUND


BUWOG Holding GmbH


NC Management GmbH

NC Growth Fund I GmbH & Co KG

Frequentis Group



Work highlights

  • Advised XXXLutz Group on a share acquisition establishing a 50/50 partnership in Black Red White Group.
  • Advised RHI Magnesita GmbH on the acquisition of shareholdings in several Seven Refractories subsidiaries operating in Europe, India and US.
  • Advised publicly-listed International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. 3 on the Austrian aspects of a sales transaction, which included Savory Solutions Group.

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

Embedded in the firm’s international network, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)‘s multidisciplinary team delivers first-rate expertise on M&A transactions across the whole CEE region and is also recommended for corporate reorganisations, in particular in the banking and insurance sector. Another standout feature is the wide range of sector knowledge the group provides, covering industries such as energy, financial institutions, telecoms, technology and healthcare. Practice head Roman Perner has a track record of cross-border restructurings and mergers, while Sascha Hödl is described by clients as ‘very knowledgable in all corporate and commercial matters’. Christian Herbst‘s practice encompasses venture capital, public takeover, and corporate finance transactions, whereas Sascha Schulz is regularly instructed by clients from the construction, real estate, financial and telecom sectors. M&A expert Maximilian Lang is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Roman Perner

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Popp; Sascha Hödl; Christian Herbst; Maximilian Lang; Markus Piuk; Sascha Schulz


‘I appreciate their footprint in CEE and their ability to deliver first-tier advice in the markets they operate in. I do not only appreciate their pragmatic approach, but also their in-depth understanding of commercial topics and how they interplay with the legal side.’

‘My contact person in M&A is Markus Piuk. He is calm and deliberate and at the same time has reached a level of seniority which allows him to accept all challenges of international M&A. ’

‘What truly sets Thomas Kulnigg’s team apart, especially in the realms of startups, venture capital and technology, is their unwavering commitment to delivering outstanding services. They exhibit a remarkable ability to stay at the forefront of the industry, ensuring that clients benefit from the latest developments and trends. Their pragmatic approach to problem-solving is refreshing, always presenting practical solutions to complex challenges.’

‘The team we have been working with can deal with all our complex questions as they have the large Schoenherr lawyer team (both domestic and abroad) to turn to. Our contacts are easy to talk to and can grasp the submitted problems quickly, their answers are complete, accurate and arrive within given deadlines.’

‘Roman Perner has in-depth experience within his field. He enjoys what he is doing, and his team works very well together. The bundled expertise of the team is very valuable to us and supports our strategic decisions.’

‘Broad team, strong expertise and network.’

‘Sascha Hödl: Vvery knowledgable in all corporate and commercial matters.’

‘Maximilian Lang has been providing strategic and pragmatic advice. He is competent, responsive and fully dedicated.’

Key clients


América Móvil

Andritz AG

AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals

ARZ Allgemeines Rechenzentrum GmbH

Benteler International AG

Bilfinger Industrial Services Österreich GmbH

Blue Minds Group


Brau Union Oesterreich AG

Cargo-Partner Group Holding AG

Carrier Global Corporation


Cerba HealthCare

coeo Inkasso GmbH


Deutsche Post AG

Deutsche Telekom

ECOwind Handels- & Wartungs GmbH

Enery Development GmbH

Erste Group

Eucodis Bioscience



Fressnapf SE

Funke Mediengruppe

Gropyus AG


HARPS Global

Herba Chemosan

HS Timber Group

Immigon Portfolioabbau


Interglobe Enterprises Limited



Liechtenstein Group



OMV Petrom

P&I Personal und Informatik


Playbrush GmbH

Red Bull GmbH



Rhone Capital

Sanofi-Aventis GmbH


SGL Carbon GmbH

Starwood Capital Group



Thales Group

UBS Europe SE

UNICORN-Biotech Holding GmbH

UniCredit Bank Austria AG


Verbund AG

voestalpine Stahl GmbH

Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA

Wiesenthal Autohandels AG


Zech Bau

Work highlights

  • Advised Carrier Global Corporation alongside Linklaters on its acquisition of Viessmann Climate Solutions in a cash and stock transaction is valued at €12bn.
  • Advised Cargo-Partner as global lead counsel on the sale of the entire Cargo-Partner Group to Nippon Express Holdings Inc. for €1.4bn.
  • Advised  Deutsche Telekom AG alongside Gleiss Lutz on the sale of a majority stake in its towers business to a bidding consortium for €17bn.

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG

With a particularly strong M&A practice and numerous offices across Central and South Eastern Europe, Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG maintains a client roster that encompasses strategic investors, venture capital clients, financial institutions as well as national and international corporations and has developed a particular specialism for clearing transactions under FDI approval proceedings. The team is jointly steered by Horst Ebhardt, who specialises in cross-border M&A, private equity and restructuring transactions, and Florian Kusznier, who is recommended for advice on joint ventures, public takeovers and corporate governance as part of his wide M&A practice. Kusznier also covers ESG-related topics alongside Sarah Wared, while Hartwig Kienast has acted in numerous transactions in the infrastructure, energy, consumer goods and pharmaceutical sectors.

Practice head(s):

Horst Ebhardt; Florian Kusznier

Other key lawyers:

Doris Buxbaum; Clara Gordon; Sarah Wared; Christian Mikosch; Hartwig Kienast


‘High professional competence with a personal touch. Polite and respectful lawyers.’

‘There is no question about the team’s professional competence and highly appreciated pragmatism. The team was courteous, listened attentively, and was at the same time transparent about potential weaknesses in the client’s legal position.’

‘The team is led by an excellent professional, Horst Ebhardt, who takes over responsibility for the whole team, assigns individual contacts and is ready to contribute with his excellent technical knowledge, professional expertise and great business skills.’

‘Horst Ebhardt really leads the team with a hands-on approach. The team has very good technical skills and is perfectly organized.’

‘We consider Wolf Theiss to be the corporate law firm in Central and Eastern Europe. ’

‘Horst Ebhardt is the gold standard – a great lawyer and a wonderful human being.’

Key clients


Farner International

Müller Transporte


Österreichische Beteiligungs


H2 Energy Europe

Katharo Ventures

Hartree Partners


Bain Capital

Telix Pharmaceuticals


CPI Property Group



Work highlights

  • Advised CPI Property Group on a mandatory €1.2bn takeover offer by devising a unique structure to abolish a voting cap in S IMMO AG’s articles.
  • Advised Czech-based group AGROFERT on all legal and regulatory aspects of its acquisition of Borealis’ nitrogen business across Europe, which includes plant nutrients, melamine and technical nitrogen.
  • Advised high-speed broadband operator Magenta on all legal aspects regarding the set-up of its joint venture with renowned European investor Meridiam.

Binder Grösswang

Binder Grösswang shows particular strength in private equity matters with an international focus and works together seamlessly with other teams of the firms such as tax, banking and finance and dispute resolution to comfortably handle the full spectrum of M&A transactions. Both Thomas Schirmer and the ‘excellent M&A and general corporate lawyerPhilipp Kapl are among the firm’s key contacts for cross-border transactions, as are Florian Khol, who is also well-versed in auction proceedings and public takeovers, and Andreas Hable, whose focus areas include reorganisations, international tax structuring, and corporate governance.

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Schirmer; Andreas Hable; Florian Khol; Gottfried Gassner; Christian Zwick; Philipp Kapl; Michael Kutschera


‘Highly competent and approachable team. Understand the client’s needs and act appropriately. Trusted advisor.’

‘Andreas Hable: highly competent and pragmatic approach.’

‘They are able to address all areas of Austrian law and provide practical examples from their past experiences. They relate well to American clients, quickly and directly getting to the point. ’

‘Philip Kapl is an excellent M&A and general corporate lawyer. He is incredibly effective in communicating with busy American GCs and legal teams, functioning more as an extension of them than as traditional outside counsel. He also communicates very effectively with business clients, with practical and direct advice, earning the role of trusted advisor.’

‘Very strong team of experts with deep industry knowledge. Easy to work with and very responsive.’

‘Outstanding legal advice, individuals are hands on and very compatible to large corporations as well as mid sized companies’

‘The Binder Grösswang teams has a comprehensive understanding of our business and the challenges we are facing. Needless to say, that their legal knowledge is top notch and always up to date.’

‘The partners we work with are highly experienced in supporting the transactions we are running and are not shy from adding their experience in order to ensure processes run smoothly and all goals are achieved to our full satisfaction. In addition, they are proactively taking responsibility and think critically, when needed. ’

Key clients

Apleona GmbH


Attestor Capital LLP, Interritus Limited

Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft mbH

Beycelik Holding

Biome Diagnostics GmbH

BNP Paribas

Cerberus Frontier

ChargePoint Holdings

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

CPB Software

Cryoshelter GmbH

DOM Security

Dussmann Group

EIC Fund

Eurogast Österreich GmbH

Gemspring Management LLC

Grissemann Gesellschaft m.b.H

Lenzing Fibers GmbH

Limestone Investment GmbH

Linde Verlag

Macquarie Asset Management


Mutares SE & Co. KGaA

Nissan Center Europe GmbH Niederlassung Österreich


PAI Partners

Semperit AG Holding

Swiss Life Asset Management

Trill Impact

Trimetis AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Polish energy company ORLEN S.A. on the acquisition of the petrol stations network Turmöl.
  • Advised Semperit Aktiengesellschaft Holding on the acquisition of Rico Group.
  • Advised indirect shareholders of Kommunalkredit Austria AG on the sale of their shares to Altor.

bpv Hügel

Praised by clients for ‘delivering beyond expectation’, bpv Hügel's diverse caseload primarily encompasses corporate and M&A matters, with a particular specialism in multi-jurisdictional transactions. Co-head Thomas Lettau is described as a 'first choice for complex transactions across all industries’, whereas co-head Elke Napokoj‘s broad practice includes advice on acquisitions and spin-offs. With an ‘excellent understanding of the financial industry’, Christoph Nauer handles numerous of the firm’s most complex and high-volume mandates.

Practice head(s):

Elke Napokoj; Thomas Lettau

Other key lawyers:

Florian Gibitz; Christoph Nauer; Stefan Gaug


‘We were always extremely fund of their way to negotiate and structure the deals.’

‘Exceptional collaboration with Thomas Lettau. He and his team are delivering beyond expectation. ’

‘Great communication, vast experience, down-to-earth approach. ’

‘We highly recommend the firm. Fantastic service. They have an incredible track record across the board. Really first-class advice and go-to firm for corporate, M&A, finance and capital markets in particular. Really excellent corporate/M&A department, first choice for complex, high-value transactions. bpv has a strong presence in CEE, giving it an edge in cross-border matters.’

‘A key-person is Christoph Nauer. You want him on your side: smart, calm and strategic. He has an impressive track record in public M&A, great corporate know-how and an excellent understanding of the financial industry. We further recommend Thomas Lettau as excellent corporate and M&A lawyer who is clearly first choice for complex transactions across all industries. He impressed with strong PE capabilities.’

‘Christoph Nauer – excellent in M&A und commercial law. Thomas Lettau – outstanding in negotiations.’

Key clients


RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG

Valenva SE

Unibail-Rodamco Westwood S.A.

BP Europa SE


OMV Aktiengesellschaft

HYPO NOE Landesbank


Cemex S.A.

International Airlines Group

Vueling Airlines SA

Hookipa Biotech AG


Enso hydro

Sapura Offshore SDN BHD

ISS Group


Zeus Packaging Group

AVS Marketingberatung Gesellschaft m.b.H.

DDS Digital Documentation Systems GmbH

dogado GmbH

eHydro 500

Haufe Group

KELLER AG für Druckmesstechnik

Würth Group

Global Hydro Energy GmbH

Aurelius Group

Mayr Melnhof Group


Work highlights

  • Advised STRABAG SE on the €580m takeover offer of core shareholders combined with the €400m back-to-back acquisition of tendered shares as treasury shares.
  • Advised Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 4 on the sale of Energie Steiermark stake to the Province of Styria for a purchase price of €525m.
  • Advised European Directories Group, a portfolio company of PE house Triton Partners, on the sale of dogado group to the international private equity firm Cinven and investor Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board.

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

CMS offers a wealth of experience in the financial services, packaging and telecoms industries and offers a specialism in advising foreign investors targeting domestic and regional companies, and is highlighted by clients as a ‘one-stop shop for multinational projects’. Peter Huber leads the team, combining corporate and M&A expertise to advise on corporate transactions, shareholder agreements, restructurings, and governance matters, while Alexander Rakosi bolsters the group’s offering with his ‘very good commercial understanding’ and M&A expertise. The firm promoted several members to partner in 2023, including Florian Mayer and David Kohl. Former co-head Rainer Wachter left the firm in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Peter Huber

Other key lawyers:

Florian Mayer; Alexander Rakosi; Johannes Reich-Rohrwig; Clemens Grossmayer; David Kohl


‘Multi-perspective approach from legal and commercial standpoints. Very structured with excellent negotiation tactics and skills.’

‘Florian Mayer – 100% professionalism and competence. Full dedication to client‘s success.’

‘The CMS team, we have been working with, is a very reliable partner. They are truly professionals, not only when it comes to legal expertise but in particular when it comes to availability of the team and understanding of the issues of a transaction.’

‘Alexander Rakosi has a transparent and clear communication style and is always result-oriented. He also has a very good commercial understanding which is very helpful when negotiating the legal details of a transaction.’

‘CMS Austria are reliant, responsive and employ only the best in the field. They have a very well-structured practice and can always provide expert advise, even in complex industries. CMS is very convenient for multi-national projects that can be centrally coordinated by this one-stop shop.’

‘David Kohl is a very attentive, detail-orientated and efficient attorney. He was always ready to support us with all of our different requests during the M&A process and also provided excellent advice. He provides clear and precise information and is always on top of the developments. ’

‘Very good knowledge, to the point advice, clear and helpful answers.’

Key clients

B2 Holding ASA

Deutsche Telekom

Mayr-Melnhof Karton

Deutsche Private Equity

Shareholders of Panthronics

Best in Parking AG

ABB Asea Brown Boveri

Phillips 66 Limited


Hasslacher Gruppe



Milchwerk Jäger

Work highlights

  • Advised B2 Holding ASA in eleven countries on an international M&A/restructuring project, including a multitude of share and assets deals in various jurisdictions as well as the establishment of a new European servicing set-up.
  • Advised Deutsche Telekom on the Austrian law aspects of the sale of its Tower portfolio in Germany and Austria (aggregate value €17.5bn) to a consortium including Digital Bridge and Brookfield, with a focus on the long-term lease agreement and various buyback options.
  • Advised the Mayr-Melnhof Group on the sale of two packaging branches in Russia to the local investor Granelle.

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH's client base encompasses national and international companies, investment banks, and private equity firms, and the team particularly excels at handling cross-border M&A. Offering ‘exceptional legal advice’, Martin Brodey leads the private M&A as well as the CEE practice, while Andreas Mayr heads the public M&A practice group and specialises in complex multijurisdictional transactions as well as corporate governance and compliance matters. Christoph Brogyányi co-heads the firm’s corporate practice and is noted for his capabilities in reorganisations, joint ventures, squeeze-outs and corporate litigation. Patricia Backhausen co-heads the firm’s digital industries group and covers tech-related M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Martin Brodey; Andreas Mayr; Christoph Brogyányi

Other key lawyers:

Jürgen Kittel; Bernhard Rieder; Christian Ritschka; Patricia Backhausen


‘Very professional strong team with fast availability. Always solution-oriented approach. ’

‘Jürgen Kittel is highly responsive and has outstanding professional knowledge.’

‘Responsive and attentive advisors.’

‘This team, comprised of exceptional legal professionals, has consistently demonstrated their dedication, expertise, and commitment to delivering outstanding legal services. They have seamlessly coordinated efforts on numerous complex cases, displaying a remarkable ability to pool their talents and resources to achieve favorable outcomes for our clients.’

‘Martin Brodey has consistently exhibited exceptional legal expertise and a dedication to achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients. He has consistently displayed a strong work ethic and dedication to his responsibilities, as well as demonstrated strong leadership within the team. His ability to effectively coordinate efforts and motivate team members has been instrumental in our successful case outcomes’

‘The team is excellent – they are very client oriented, with a clear focus on ensuring they are available throughout the deal, no matter time or day. In difficult transactions, this becomes particularly important.’

‘Martin Brodey – an excellent senior lawyer, managing his team very well. Patricia Backhausen – ambitious, focused and solutions-oriented, you can really count on Patricia getting things done.’

‘I worked with Patricia Backhausen and she showed not only her expertise but also her enthusiasm to help the client solve problems. What’s more, Patricia was very thoughtful about the potential issues the client may encounter and could always attend to the client’s questions timely.’

Key clients


Raiffeisen Beteiligungsholding

DigitalBridge Group, Inc



AVRIL Industrie


Merkur Versicherung Aktiengesellschaft

BaseTech Ventures AG

Nosto Solutions Oy

ZF Friedrichshafen Group



PDFTron Systems

PDFTron Belgium Acquisition Co NV

Work highlights

  • Advised Croma-Pharma on the first De-SPAC transaction in Austria.
  • Advised DigitalBridge as Austrian counsel on the acquisition of GD Towers.
  • Advised CANCOM SE on the €165m acquisition of K-Businesscom.

E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH

E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH fields a team of M&A experts and is particularly well versed in distressed transactions and post-M&A disputes. Peter Winkler leads the practice alongside real estate expert Alric Ofenheimer, whose offering encompasses advice on corporate law, private equity deals, and cross-border strategic transactions. Austria and New York-qualified lawyer Dominik Juster joined the team in November 2022 from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Johannes Feilmair, who has specialist knowledge of the pharma and biotech industries, was promoted to partner in July 2023 alongside ‘outstanding lawyer’ Stefan Jeitler .

Practice head(s):

Peter Winkler; Alric Ofenheimer

Other key lawyers:

Clemens Lanschuetzer; Marco Steiner; Philipp Nidal Karaman; Josef Schmidt; Stefan Jeitler, Johannes Feilmair


‘The team at this law firm is unique in that it brings together specialists from all areas. You are not only advised from a legal point of view, but especially in the field of M&A, you are also advised on accounting and tax issues. Another strength of the firm is the responsiveness of the entire team.’

‘Highly professional M&A practice, seasoned staff with a personal attitude. Good mixture of corporate and personal firm culture. ’

‘Philipp Schrader is both highly competent and pleasant to work with.’

‘The highly skilled M&A team is renowned for its exceptional capabilities and expertise in the field. Comprising a group of seasoned professionals, this team is well-equipped to handle complex M&A transactions with precision and proficiency.’

‘Clemens Lanschuetzer is a highly regarded M&A practitioner renowned for his expertise in navigating complex cross-border transactional environments.’

‘They are very distinguished lawyers and excellent experts, always available and can handle very complicated isues extremely well.’

‘Peter Winkler, Philipp Schrader and Steven Jeitler are outstanding lawyers. They are skilled, very experienced and responsive and pleasant to work with.’

‘Josef Schmidt has advised us on many transactions and has never let us down. He is very flexible, supportive, creative in finding compromises and has an immense knowledge. We always feel very comfortable to have him on our side.

Key clients

KBC Bank Group

Various Hypo Banks

Affiris Group

Materna Group


IFM Investors

IFM Global Infrastructure Fund

GRAWE Banking Group

B&C Privatstiftung

Kommunalkredit Austria AG

Wien Energie

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Wallenko Family



Shareholder of TAC GmbH

KanAm Grund Group

Wienerger AG

BWT Group

Bregal Unternehmerkapital

Work highlights

  • Advised the B&C group on a range of matters, including compliance and financial restructuring as well as post-M&A disputes.
  • Advised Wienerberger AG on the acquisition of major business units of the Terreal Group.
  • Advised the IFM Global Infrastructure Fund on its increased stake in Flughafen Wien Aktiengesellschaft, operating Austria’s main airport.

BRANDL TALOS Attorneys at law

‘Delivering an outstanding service’, BRANDL TALOS Attorneys at law combines proficiency in corporate and capital markets law with particularly strong regulatory expertise. The practice is well known for high-quality advice in the gaming & entertainment sector, which is a specialism of Thomas Talos, who leads the team alongside Roman Rericha. Stephan Strass was promoted to partner in January 2023 and is described by clients as ‘one of the upcoming stars in the M&A market’.


Practice head(s):

Roman Rericha; Thomas Talos

Other key lawyers:

Stephan Strass; Markus Arzt


‘Very dedicated team that combines profound legal knowledge with very good people skills and pragmatic solutions. They are very hands-on and pragmatic.’

‘Thomas Talos: Extremely knowledgeable, never uses too many words, and is able to really understand the client’s needs.’

‘Stephan Strass: young partner, extremely solid lawyer, but very business-minded and pragmatic. Has a great attitude and is always available. ’

‘The M&A team of is outstanding. They are delivering an outstanding service while focusing on commercially relevant issues. They always come up with good solutions when being confronted with obstacles.’

‘Thomas Talos is a star individual in the Austrian M&A market.’

‘Roman Rericha is a pleasure to work with, always constructive and respectful to the other side. ‘

‘Stephan Strass is definitely one of the upcoming stars in the M&A market. He is outstanding, very talented and focused on getting things done.’

‘Markus Arzt is one of the most talented professionals within the corporate/M&A market.’

Key clients


Ring International Holding AG

Tipico Group Limited

APEX Ventures


Exscientia GmbH

Quadrille Capital

MOSTLY AI Solutions MP GmbH

Hadean Ventures

AC Immune SA

LEA Partners

Cavalry Ventures

Invest Unternehmensbeteiligungs AG

Swarovski International Holding AG

Ready2order GmbH

KOMPAS Ventures

AGCF – Austrian Growth Capital Fund

Creandum VC

N26 GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Sportradar on the acquisition of Vaix Group and the formation of a joint venture with Ringier Group in 2022.
  • Advised Invest Unternehmensbeteiligung AG on several transactions, including an investment in an international company headquartered in Austria with subsidiaries and branches in Hungary, China, Mexico and the US.
  • Advised LEA Partners on its first transaction in Austria.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Described by clients as an ‘excellent international M&A practice with global outreach and strong local expertise‘, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach Rechtsanwälte GmbH is known for acting in cross-border transactions in addition to handling matters related to governance and corporate reorganisations. The latter is a key specialism of practice head Elisabeth Stichmann, who is a key contact for the group’s US clients. Leading the firm’s private equity practice, Maria Doralt acts on many of the firm’s M&A matters, as does Christoph Mager, who is highlighted for being ‘very strong in negotiations’.

Practice head(s):

Elisabeth Stichmann

Other key lawyers:

Sabine Fehringer; Maria Doralt; Christoph Mager


‘Excellent international M&A practice with global outreach and strong local expertise. ’

‘Christoph Mager – very hands on and commercial, exceptionally client-oriented and hard working.’

‘Elisabeth Stichmann – a very disciplined and well-organized lawyer being able to handle and coordinate the most complex cross border transactions.’

‘Maria Doralt – a strong lawyer speaking multiple languages with excellent contacts with large corporates on the Austrian market.’

‘Very agile team, responsiveness is excellent. Very good combination of excellent research but also hands-on approach.’

‘Christoph Mager is always available when there is urgent need of advice on various topics. Very strong in negotiations.’

‘Elisabeth Stichmann is very committed, determined and very pleasant to deal with. Fully recommended.’

‘Maria Doralt is outstanding in personality as well as in know-how. She is the one to adress when you want your M&A deal to succeed.’

Key clients

Advanced Medical Solutions Group Plc

Airport Vienna AG

Avinos Investment GmbH



Cube Infrastructure Partners

DN8 Networks Ltd

Fiege Austria GmbH

General Electric Company

Intercept pharmaceuticals

J&F Mineracao Ltda

KML Linear Motion Technology GmbH

Los Angeles Football Club

Leidos Inc

Merkur Sportwetten

Moestino Investments Limited



POLLMANN International GmbH


Pragmatech Limited

Renesas Electronics Corporation

Rudolf Heintel Gesellschaft m.b.H.

SIA Joom

Stephan Zöchling

Tyrolit AG

VCP Partners

Wilk Technologies Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised PetroRio, a Brazilian headquartered oil and gas company, on the acquisition of Dommo Energia SA.
  • Advised Cube Infrastructure Partners on the acquisition of 70% of shares in Müller Logistics-Group.

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

Led by Markus Fellner, Paul Luiki, Florian Kranebitter, and Lukas Flener, Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners demonstrates particular prowess in corporate disputes, which it handles for a broad roster of clients in the banking, real estate, green tech and energy sectors. Luiki also covers the full range of M&A transactions, with a particular focus on cross-border matters, while Kranebitter contributes financing expertise. With special knowledge of syndicate agreements, Fellner’s portfolio encompasses advice on share acquisitions and the enforcement of minority rights.

Practice head(s):

Markus Fellner; Paul Luiki; Florian Kranebitter; Lukas Flener


‘Team is internationally thinking, straight to the point, and solution oriented.’


Key clients

Bawag Group

Bertsch Energy

Grand Casino Baden AG

GREENoneTEC Solar Industry GmbH


Kommunalkredit Austria AG

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

S.E.M. Group


Spielglück GmbH

Stadtcasino Baden AG

Steinhoff Group

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Zucchetti s.p.a.

Work highlights

  • Advised SORAVIA on the acquisition of shares in the Austrian hotel group Loisium Holding GmbH.
  • Advised Target Kommunalkredit Austria AG on the acquisition of an 80% majority stake in Kommunalkredit by Swedish private equity investor Altor.
  • Advising UniCredit Bank Austria on the enforcement of its substantial minority rights as a shareholder of the 3Banks Group.

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Offering a ‘perfect balance of expertise, speed and pragmatism’, Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH Kinsky remains a household name in the venture capital and start-up field. The team is jointly steered by Phillip Dubsky, the ‘highly skilled’ Philipp Kinsky, Florian Steinhart, and Christoph Wildmoser. Dubsky has a focus on advising tech companies on M&A and private equity transactions, whereas Wildmoser mainly advises private equity investors and corporates and contributes to the firm’s cross-border offering, which was further strengthened with the arrival of Johanna Höltl from DLA Piper in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Phillip Dubsky;Philipp Kinsky; Florian Steinhart; Christoph Wildmoser

Other key lawyers:

Johanna Höltl


‘Extremly experienced, dedicated, commited. Deliver always on time.’

‘What makes the team unique is the perfect balance of expertise, speed and pragmatism.’

‘The team has a very strong combination of skills, dedication and a personal touch to make clients feel comfortable when choosing them. ’

Philipp Kinsky is a highly skilled, dedicated and pleasant individual and stands out in terms of the quality of interactions and outputs. ’

‘They always make time to explain things in detail. They are super informed about every aspect of the matter.’

‘The firm offers quick access to the relevant matter expert. Each expert is excellent in their area,  highly customer-oriented, focussed on understanding the customer’s problem and offering feasible solutions in short time.’

‘Good industry knowledge and pragmatic approach.’

‘Alexander Lotz did a great job in pushing a difficult deal over the line.’

Key clients

UNIQA Insurance group

EMZ Partners

Intel Capital Corp

Province of Lower Austria

Nestlé SA



Neoh Invest AG

basic AG

Work highlights

  • Advised UNIQA Insurance Group as shareholder of listed STRABAG SE on a new syndicate with Haselsteiner Group and a mandatory tender offer.
  • Advised Nestlé SA on the acquisition of pro medico Handels GmbH, a distribution company active in the trade of food supplements manufactured by Nestlé, by an Austrian group company of Nestlé SA.
  • Herbst Kinsky advised NÖ Landes-Beteiligungs GmbH on the increase of its shareholding in Flughafen Wien AG, the operator of Vienna airport.

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG is geared to act on M&A for both buyers and sellers across a range of industries, including the pharma, energy, financial and IT sectors. Leveraging the firm’s global network, the ‘highly skilled and experienced’ team demonstrates prowess in cross-border transactions, reorganizations and carve-outs. ESG-related topics are a specialism of Eva-Maria Ségur-Cabanac, who leads the team alongside Gerhard Hermann. Both are well-supported by Sophie Schubert.

Practice head(s):

Gerhard Hermann; Eva-Maria Ségur-Cabanac

Other key lawyers:

Phillip Stanek; Sophie Schubert


‘Excellent team of corporate, M&A and tax experts, highly skilled and experienced, well positioned in the Austrian market, very responsive and pleasant to work with. The Austrian team is well connected within the global Baker network which facilitates the management of global transactions. ’

‘Eva-Maria Ségur-Cabanac, Philipp Stanek, and Sophie Schubert form a great team covering the full range of corporate and tax advice necessary to implement global transactions, working in an efficient manner seamlessly with other counsels and inhouse teams. The team provides a good mix of senior and more junior resources that keep up the quality.’

‘The team has a great expertise in corporate and M&A. It´s a young and motivated team, managing the cases closely. Cooperation within the team and with experts across the fields of expertise within their organization works perfectly fine.’

Key clients

Accenture GmbH


Thales SA


VINCI Energies S.A.

Colt Technologies Services


Johnson & Johnson


Sartorius BIA Separations separacijske technologije d.o.o.

New Mountain Capital

MOL Slovenia Downstream Investment B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised Accenture on the acquisition of the entire business of ARZ Allgemeines Rechenzentrum GmbH.
  • Advising ATOS on a carve-out in preparation for a potential separation into two publicly listed companies.
  • Advised Sika on an Austrian reorganization project implementing the carve-out of the concrete admixtures business.

Jank Weiler Operenyi

Fielding ‘outstanding, highly-reputed legal experts’, Jank Weiler Operenyi also benefits from connections to Deloitte Legal and deals with cross-border transactions, corporate reorganizations, as well general corporate and litigation matters. The ‘highly qualified’ Alexander Operenyi acts in various of the firm’s sales and acquisitions mandates, as does Maximilian Weiler, who leads the team alongside Operenyi. Andreas Jank is another important team member.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Operenyi; Maximilian Weiler

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Jank


‘Outstanding, highly-reputed legal experts embedded in a seamless one-stop-shop together with tax experts and financial advisory experts.’

Proactive solutions beyond mere analysis.’

‘Deep M&A expertise and pragmatic approach.’

‘Alexander Operenyi is both highly qualified and up-to-date in terms of his legal M&A expertise, as well as showing outstanding social and communication skills towards client and involved parties. ’

‘Young, professional and openly co-working team. Available specialists for niche-topics, well coordinated by the core advisor.’

‘Non-hierarchical approach in meetings. Open communication across levels, especially in client-facing meetings.’

Key clients

Armacell International S.A.

Liechtenstein Group

Telefonica Tech

VALUKA Privatstiftung

UNITED Marketing Technologies GmbH & Co. KG

ELK Group S.à.r.l

Roxcel Group

SW Umwelttechnik Stoiser & Wolschner AG

CCE Group

Berndorf Aktiengesellschaft

Work highlights

  • Advised Armacell International S.A. on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Austroflex Rohr Isoliersysteme GmbH.
  • Advised Telefonica Tech in connection with the acquisition of various entities of BE-TernaGroup.

KPMG Law - Buchberger Ettmayer Rechtsanwälte GmbH

KPMG Law - Buchberger Ettmayer Rechtsanwälte GmbH shows proficiency in structuring and implementing reorganisation projects and cross-border mergers and is noted for established client relationships with venture capital funds, financial clients, and corporates in the energy and TMT sectors, the latter of which is also a focus area of team lead Wendelin Ettmayer. Described as an ‘extremely strong negotiator’, Stefan Arnold covers public M&A and related capital market aspects. Stephanie Sauer was promoted to partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Wendelin Ettmayer

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Arnold; Stephanie Sauer; Pablo Essenther


‘The team at provides high-quality legal advise in all areas of business law and has a notably strong M&A team. They have a strong presence in the Austrian start-up and VC scene. Their experienced team of experts enabled us to finalize our main legal issue in an extremely efficient way.’

‘Our key contact persons are Stefan Arnold and Pablo Essenther, who also advised us in connection with our financing round. Pablo is an exceptional young lawyer, who is a true expert in the start-up scene with a remarkable track record. Stefan is an enduring and extremely strong negotiator, who always strives for the best and yet efficient results for us. His ability to anticipate legal risks throughout the transaction was very impressive. It is a true pleasure to work with such an experienced and motivated team.’

‘Very good specialist knowledge, very pragmatic and understandable solutions, and extremely quick response times, access to tax experts simplifies collaboration on interdisciplinary issues.’

Key clients

adesso orange AG

Austriacard Holdings AG

Deutz AG

Dürr AG

Österreichische Post AG

RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG

Serviceplan group

Shareholders of Swarovski group

SWARCO group

UNIQA group


ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Work highlights

  • KPMG Law advised Salzburg AG on the entry of the German investment group STAR Capital with a start-up investment of up to EUR €75m.
  • Advised Wüstenrot Versicherungs AG on the sale of its Croatian subsidiary Wüstenrot životno osiguranje d.d. to Merkur.

SAXINGER Rechtsanwalts GmbH

The SAXINGER Rechtsanwalts GmbH‘s team is jointly led by Franz Mittendorfer and ‘very smart lawyer’ Immanuel Gerstner, with Gerstner advising domestic and foreign companies on M&A with a focus on the real estate sector and Mittendorfer offering experience with high-volume share sales and transactions with complex financing or structuring elements. Sebastian Hütter was promoted to partner in April 2023, while Gregor Haidenthaler joined in May 2023 and strengthens the firm’s corporate offering.

Practice head(s):

Franz Mittendorfer; Immanuel Gerstner

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Hütter; Wolfgang Lauss; Lukas Leitner; Gregor Haidenthaler


‘Broad knowledge of both national and international law, wide industry knowledge, good global network, fast response, practical approach.’

‘Fast response, practical approach, solution oriented, structured process.’

‘The firm has an excellent M&A practice and general level of service.’

‘The team always  offers a solution and is able to translate complex legal topics in an easy language.’

‘Convincing performance and competence. The professional processing, fast and short response times, and the extremely convincing approach are very important and decisive for us.’

‘Due to our years of collaboration, a relationship of trust has developed that is based on reciprocity.’

‘A very well-coordinated professional team around Immanuel Gerstner, who advised us efficiently and purposefully on our restructuring. ’

‘Immanul Gerstner is very focused, gets things done and is a very smart lawyer. Lukas Leitner gave us excellent advice and gets to the heart of even very complex issues’

Key clients

Raiffeisen Landesbank Steiermark AG

Invest Unternhemensbeteiligungs Aktiengesellschaft

AVV Investment GmbH

DI Günther Haffner, MBA

Hexagon Composites ASA

Hexagon Purus ASA

State of Upper Austria

Energie AG Oberösterreich

Raiffeisen Beteiligungsholding GmbH


Rupert Trawöger Privatstiftung


S.E. Holding GmbH

Medlog Austria GmbH


QbD Growth BV

Shareholders of RICO Group

MAGELLAN Privatstiftung

Pierer Group

ARE Austrian Real Estate GmbH

Voltlabor bzw. MIBA Battery Systems

MIBA Group

Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H.

Hoppichler Gesellschaft m.b.H.

JR Investment GmbH

Soravia Group

PFEIFFER Beteiligungs GmbH

Pfeiffer HandelsgmbH

Soravia Investment Holding GmbH

Pollmann International GmbH

Morgan Stanley Real Estate

IFA Institut für Anlageberatung AG

Radius-Kelit Infrastructure GesmbH

Strenia Engineering & invest GmbH

Lambert Immobilien GmbH

Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich Aktiengesellschaft

Greiner AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Raiffeisen-Landesbank Steiermark on corporate issues relating to a restructuring aimed at creating the leading banking IT infrastructure company Austria.
  • Advised Invest Unternhemensbeteiligungs Aktiengesellschaft on the transfer of its interest in K-Businesscom to German IT giant Cancom.
  • Advised AVV Investment on the sale of its shares in Panthronics to Japanese Renesas Group.

DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH

DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH has established experience with public takeovers as well as post-M&A and shareholder disputes. The ‘extremely refined and clever’ Christoph Diregger advises on a range corporate transactions and is noted for his work in the real estate sector. He heads the team with Christoph Leitgeb, who has a specialism in entertainment, engineering and healthcare matters.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Diregger; Christoph Leitgeb


‘Great combination of academic expertise and practical experience.’

‘The sound and seasoned advice paired with a unique access to other relevant stakeholders.’

‘Christoph Diregger and his team combine premier expertise in both banking & finance, and corporate/M&A. Drawing from years of experience, the team is at home in corporate law and transactions. Their advice is legally impeccable and very business savvy, they’re up-to-date on legal developments.’

‘Christoph Diregger focuses on solutions not problems. Most of all, he is not only legally but also economically extremely refined and clever, always providing deep understanding of the client’s business needs. On a personal level, it is also very pleasant to work with him and his team.’

Key clients

Austria Cards Holding AG

Land Steiermark

FONDS Eiffel Gaz Vert S.L.P.

Management BIOQUADRAT Energie- und Wassertechnik Holding GmbH

A1 Telekom Austria AG


Best Gaming Technology GmbH

BRM Burgenländische Risikokapital Management AG

CA Immobilien Anlagen AG

Kerbler Family Office


ViennaEstate Immobilien AG

Wiener Privatbank SE

Work highlights

  • Advised the federal state of Styria on its €525m acquisition of a 24.9% stake in Energie Steiermark AG from Australian financial investor Macquarie Investments.
  • Advised S IMMO AG as target company on its majority shareholder’s €1bn takeover offer and achieved a significant increase of the offer price.
  • Advised Kerbler Holding AG on its sale of a 9.99% share in Wiener Privatbank SE, a listed Austrian bank and financial services provider.

EY Law - Pelzmann Gall Größ Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Offering an ‘excellent legal practice’, EY Law - Pelzmann Gall Größ Rechtsanwälte GmbH‘s focus areas are split between the two practice heads, Helen Pelzmann and Mario Gall. Gall is a key contact for public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures and public takeovers, while Pelzmann specialises in cross-border reorganisations, carve-outs and restructurings. Georg Perkowitsch offers experience in various sectors, including TMT, packaging, and food.

Practice head(s):

Helen Pelzmann; Mario Gall

Other key lawyers:

Georg Perkowitsch


‘The firm offers a broad range of services, working with them is always a pleasure. ’

‘The partners and associates are fully committed, proactive and have excellent technical and social skills. They are responsive and clients can benefit from their experience.’

‘Very practice oriented and hands on. Great availability and excellent legal practice.’

Key clients

Zehetmayr Foundation




The MoonVision

Weber Hydraulik GmbH

Venture Capital & Private Equity Investor

Work highlights

  • Advised an international hotel group with >10,000 hotel rooms on the acquisition of an international hotel group engaged in Austria, Germany, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  • Advised the founders on the sale of their cloud-based e-signature solution provider Eversign GmbH to PDFTron.
  • Advised Anticimex GmbH on the acquisition of various Austrian targets through share and asset deals.

PHH Rechtsanwält:innen GmbH

PHH Rechtsanwält:innen GmbH‘s recent workload includes joint ventures and advice on a variety of M&A transactions, such as cross-border acquisitions and group restructurings. Being well-versed in private M&A and private equity transaction and corporate governance matters, head Rainer Kaspar exemplifies the team’s broad offering. Philip Rosenauer has been promoted in February 2023, while Lukas Röper left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Rainer Kaspar

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Fucik; Philip Rosenauer; Wolfgang Guggenberger


‘We had a professional contact person and advisor at our side at all times, who supported the process professionally.’

‘Philip Rosenauer has outstanding negotiation skills.’

‘Very client oriented, competent, solution driven and good to work with.’

Key clients

adapa Holding GesmbH

Austria Cancer Association

Drees & Sommer

Elkay Interior Systems International

GR Real

Hat Trick S.r.l.

Hofmeister & Meincke

Invest Unternehmensbeteiligungs AG

Lotus Cars Europe B.V.



Nestlé Österreich GmbH

Preformed Line Products Company

Planmeca OY




Work highlights

  • Advised the French infrastructure fund Meridiam on the establishment of a joint venture with Magenta Telekom.
  • Advised GEIS CARGO International Luxembourg G.m.b.H on the acquisition of AUGUSTIN QUEHENBERGER GROUP GmbH.
  • Advised Hat Trick, a Belgian investment managing firm specializing in sustainable forestry, on establishing a joint venture with HS Timber Group for the construction of a saw mill and the distribution of saw mill products in Argentina.

Taylor Wessing enwc Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Highlighted for its ‘experience with international clients’, the team at Taylor Wessing enwc Rechtsanwälte GmbH demonstrates particular strength in the TMT sector and is also recommended for matters related to energy and life sciences. The team’s areas of expertise include acquisitions, asset sales, divestments, restructurings and group structure reorganisations. Lead Raimund Cancola is proficient in cross-border M&A and private equity transactions.

Practice head(s):

Raimund Cancola

Other key lawyers:

Claudia Steegmüller; Philip Hoflehner


‘Professional, fast turnarounds, experience with international clients’

‘Philipp Hoflehner is outstanding.’

‘Very proactive and innovative support.’

‘Prompt reaction on every request.’

‘Taylor Wessing boasts an outstanding track record in handling our corporate matters. Their stands out for their remarkable efficiency, unwavering dedication and an incredibly pragmatic approach. Their in-depth understanding of our business shines through in their consistently on-point advice.’

‘Claudia Steegmüller combines brilliance and unwavering commitment that drives success. She always provides invaluable counsel.’

‘Highly professional, fast responding, wide range of expertise, CEE competence.’

Key clients



Austrian Apotheker-Verlagsgesellschaft

Campfire Solutions

Emerald Technology Ventures

Eternit Österreich GmbH

Swisspearl Group




Ross Video Limited



Comeon Group

Cardo Systems Ltd


Work highlights

  • Advised Ross Video Limited on the acquisition of Austria-based spidercam, a global supplier of broadcast cable camera solutions.
  • Advised SkySpecs on the acquisition of i4SEE.
  • Advised Emerald Technology Ventures on a Series B million-dollar investment round into eologix.

Eversheds Sutherland Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Eversheds Sutherland Rechtsanwälte GmbH‘s team works seamlessly with the firm’s global expert groups and is jointly headed by Silva Palzer and Alexander Stolitzka. Palzer is an expert for cross-border mergers and restructurings, while Stolitzka has a strong track record of acting on real estate transactions and also acts across various sectors such as banking and finance, life sciences, fashion and engineering. Lukas Plösch left the firm in October 2023.

Practice head(s):

Silva Palzer; Alexander Stolitzka

Other key lawyers:

Clemens Stieger


‘Besides having very good knowledge, they are extremely well connected all over the world, easily reachable, nice to talk to and work with.’

‘Their treatment in the background is handled by various specialists, but I have one contact person for everything. This makes life a lot easier for me as a client.’

‘I can approach Silva Palzer with anything, and trust and rely on that it will be dealt with promptly.’

‘Great practice. Very motivated, friendly and extraordinarily competent team.’

‘Always reachable, highly motivated at all times, very competent with various matters, and super friendly.’

Key clients

Kering Group



Horizon Therapeutics Group


Global People Group

Inmunotek Group

NBC Universal

Blackrock Group

Hytera Group

Work highlights

  • Advised an independent insurance broker on a due diligence regarding the purchase of an Austrian group including nine entities in Austria.
  • Advised a textile service company on their entry into the Austrian market.
  • Assisted Experian Austria GmbH with the restructuring of its Austrian group entities, including an upstream merger.


Clients ‘strongly recommend’ GRAF ISOLA’s practice under the leadership of Ferdinand Graf and Andreas Edlinger, which is especially recommended for work in the energy, tech and automotive industries. Recent activities of the team include advising on distressed M&A, due diligence, and share purchase agreements, as well as handling numerous strategic acquisitions. Katharina Weiss is another important contact in the team.

Practice head(s):

Ferdinand Graf; Andreas Edlinger

Other key lawyers:

Katharina Weiss


‘I can strongly recommend Ferdinand Graf and his corporate and commercial team.’

‘Excellent and competent lawyers; quick and promt in answer.’

‘Well informed when helping us to deal with a Austrian M&A matter.’

Key clients

LUKOIL International GmbH

Leggett & Platt group

Pfaff Werkzeug- und Formenbau


cortical.io AG

Peter Lisec Privatstiftung

VKR Holding

Erdöl-Lagergesellschaft mbH


Dexia Credit Local

Work highlights

  • Advised LUKOIL International GmbH on a share acquisition of an Austrian real estate company.
  • Advised PFAFF Werkzeug- und Formenbau on the acquisition of a business branch of Z-Werkzeugbau.
  • Advised the Mathias Corvinus Collegium Alapítvány on the acquisition of the majority of the shares in the Austrian private university Modul.

Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte

Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte is noted for its experience with M&A, private equity, corporate finance and restructuring matters. Praised by clients for his ‘great analytical and negotiation skills’, Bernd Taucher has led a variety of international transactions in recent years, as has ‘sharp minded attorneyWolfgang Graf, who leads the team alongside Taucher.

Practice head(s):

Bernd Taucher; Wolfgang Graf


‘Very responsive to client needs. ’

‘Bernd Taucher keeps the overview and is always in control.’

‘The team is unique in the sense that they are working very smoothly, even on large transactions. I was always very happy about their performance, responsiveness and their ability to draft and negotiate international M&A and finance agreements in large volume. Bernd Taucher is quick, has great analytical and negotiation skills and is a perfect communicator.’

Key clients

Canopy Growth Corporation


Bierwirth & Kluth Hotel Management

EFS Consulting Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Semizen Austria GmbH



Easy2TaxFree GmbH

APS Group

EFESO Consulting Group



UniCredit Bank Austria AG

VISA Europe Limited

Soler & Palau GmbH

Fortegra Insurance Group

T-Centrum. CZ, a.s.

Denkstatt GmbH

Monbat Group

Storyblok GmbH

Emeren New Energy Austria GmbH

Butchershop Global

International Road Dynamics Inc.

Quarterhill – Inc.

Genesis Motor Europe GmbH

Borealis AG

IDEAL Live Marketing GmbH

MEB Austria GmbH

Innovation incubation center i2c TU Vienna

VBR Innovations GmbH

EFESO Consulting

Work highlights

  • Advised Canopy Growth on selling the German/Austrian C³ Group to Dermapharm for around €120m.
  • Advised EFESO Consulting on the acquisition of 60% of the shares in Tsetinis.

Grama Schwaighofer Vondrak Rechtsanwälte

Grama Schwaighofer Vondrak Rechtsanwälte‘s ‘very professional’ team combines expertise in corporate and tax matters and is instructed by a range of clients, from family-owned businesses to listed companies. Practice head Bernd Grama's portfolio covers the full range of M&A and international contract law as well as corporate litigation and compliance.

Practice head(s):

Bernd Grama

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Mathe; Philip Vondrak


‘The team was very professional and yet hands-on, which is important especially when serving foreign clients.’

The experience of Mr. Bernd Grama combined with the young and eager attitude of Mr. Daniel Mathe served us well, self-evidently with an appropriate level of substantive knowledge of M&A. ’

‘They have a young and very ambitious team with experts in every lagal sector. Great to work with all of them.’

Key clients



Accelerate Property Fund


BUWOG Group GmbH

Hypo NOE Group

Brutkasten Media GmbH

Real I.S. AG

hpc DUAL Holding GmbH

ADOMO Beteiligungs GmbH


Omega Handelsgesellschaft m.b.H.

CSH Group Oy

FCC Austria Abfall Service AG

VI-Engineers Gruppe

Niederösterreichische Versicherung AG

HYPO NOE Landesbank für Niederösterreich und Wien AG

Work highlights

  • Advised HYPO Noe Landesbank für Niederösterreich and Wien AG on the sale of their insurance brokerage unit.
  • Advised CSH Group Oy on the sale and transfer of 100 % of the shares in the Austrian ski manufacturer Augment Ski GmbH to VAN DEER-Red Bull Sports Equipment GmbH.
  • Advised SoReal GmbH on the restructuring in connection with the financing of a share deal.

PwC Legal Austria-oehner & partner

PwC Legal Austria-oehner & partner offers a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses commercial and tax advice in addition to corporate matters, and the team has recently been involved in matters related to market entries, exit deals and various acquisitions. Lead Christian Öhner is recommended for advising on M&A, joint ventures, corporate law and restructurings, while Michael Lind‘s specialisms include distressed M&A. Mario Steinkellner  has since left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Christian Oehner

Other key lawyers:

Michael Lind

Key clients

W.A.C.M. Privatstiftung

Founder of Dedicaid GmbH

JS North Asia Investments Limited

PwC Holdings Germany GmbH


Owner Miraculix Business Beteiligungs GmbH

IVC Evidensia

Planmeca Oy

Plandent GmbH

Light & Wonder Inc.


Shareholder of Komet Austria GmbH

ClimateTrade Corp.

Work highlights

  • Advised W.A.C.M. Privatstiftung on the sale of Walter Mauser GmbH in an auction procedure to the Finnish Fortaco Group.
  • Advised Dedicaid GmbH on the exit to Telix Pharmaceuticals.
  • Advised JS on the acquisition of a substantial equity interest in Blockbase Group.

Torggler Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Torggler Rechtsanwälte GmbH is a boutique firm that straddles corporate advice, M&A, and litigation. Reinhard Kautz and Kathrin Weber lead the group, with Kautz having a track record of arbitration proceedings as part of his broad M&A practice and Weber serving as a key contact for clients seeking entry into the Austrian market by means of strategic acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Reinhard Kautz; Kathrin Weber

Other key lawyers:

Gregor Gutleder

Key clients

Swarovski Auslandsholding GmbH

D. Swarovski KG

TÜV Austria Holding AG

IGO Technologies GmbH

Cura Domo Holding GmbH

geomix AG

Silikon Austria Labs GmbH

Volue ASA

Trinicum Lab GmbH

ICON Luxembourg SARL

C.E. Noerpel GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised ICON Luxembourg SARL on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in the ICON Clinical Research Austria GmbH.
  • Advised Cura Domo Holding GmbH on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in SeneCura Hauskrankenhilfe GmbH.
  • Advised Trinicum Lab GmbH on acquisition of 100% of the shares in Genymed Labor GmbH.