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HSP Rechtsanwälte GmbH

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HSP Rechtsanwälte GmbH is one of the leading international law firms in Austria with a strong focus on immigration law and more than twenty years of experience in this field. We provide consulting services to companies and their employees and also to private persons when it comes to obtaining an Austrian domicile, immigration, as well …

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Binder Grösswang

Binder Grösswang advises private clients on the whole gamut of related matters including succession planning, investments, acquisition of luxury goods, real estate, and philanthropy. The firm is also well versed in handling the reorganisation of the family's businesses' ownership structures as well as change of residency and citizenship. The team can also draw on to interdisciplinary expertise within other departments for private client needs. Andreas Hable and Bernd Schneiderbauer are the key contacts, with the latter focusing on succession planning processes and corporate governance matters.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Hable; Bernd Schneiderbauer

Testimonials

‘The team provides expertise in all area. The also have international benchmarks in many different areas.’

‘They were available nearly 24/7 and work very efficiently!’

‘It’s about the people in combination with technology. Technology is used as a tool and supports the competence of the individual and not the other way round.’

‘They have always an open ear, even if the requirements are very complex and seem unsolvable.’

Excellent relationship with the customer.

Andreas Hable is extremely organized and never losses the track and focus on different cases.

Key clients

Family Baturina

Family Freudenberg

Family Gudzowaty

Family Gromes

Family Beier

Family Kaufmann

Family Hoffmann

Family List

Family Marberger

Family Kreiner

Family Sarmini

Family Bründlmayr

Family Springer

Family Neubrand

Family Scheuch

Family Heinemann

Family Jerie

bpv Hügel

The practice at bpv Hügel is characterised by the firm’s close interconnection between corporate and private foundation law with tax law, allowing clients to benefit from single-source advice that covers all aspects of private client work. The team is also regularly involved in cross-border matters. Florian Plattner leads the practice and is experienced in advising high-net-worth individuals, with a particular focus on private foundation law. Gerald Schachner’s expertise lies in private clients and wealth management matters relating to tax law. Verena Hügel left the firm in July 2021 for an in-house position with a private foundation.

Practice head(s):

Florian Plattner

Other key lawyers:

Gerald Schachner

Testimonials

‘The team works efficiently, quickly, accurately and solution-oriented. The high technical level of bpv Hügel is impressive. The experience is extensive. I enjoyed working with them. They did an excellent job.’

‘The private client team of bpv Hügel is one of the most appreciated ones in Austria.’

‘One of their key strength is their extensive experience. bpv Hügel combines tax and legal advise which makes them a very strong player in the market when it comes to private clients.’

‘The following characteristics make this practice unique: Permanent availability and outstanding quality and creativity of the partners, appropriate resourcing, high efficiency, focus on what brings things quickly to a perfect end, a clearly focused and easy-to-understand communication that absolutely meets the needs of the client while providing a balanced range of opinions.’

‘The needs of the customer are always clearly in the foreground and are the only goal.’

‘The team is trustworthy. Excellent expertise and high social intelligence characterise the team.’

‘I highly recommend Gerald Schachner. He is not only a star among the tax lawyers in Austria, he is also among the best when it comes to private clients. Gerald is reliable and has brilliant expertise and many, many years of experience.’

‘The team handles exceptional spectacular matters. They do a lot of cross border work. Gerald Schachner has a fantastic network.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a high-net-worth individual in relation to an envisaged relocation to Austria, with assets worth approximately USD 500 million.
  • Advice on the set-up of an Austrian Private Foundation, transfer of its shareholding in an Austrian company to the foundation enabling the it to sell a substantial share in the Austrian company, worth EUR 200 million.
  • Advised the shareholders of a multinational enterprise operating in the healthcare sector on the tax structuring reorganisation of the entire group, with the view to interpose an Austrian Holding company. The transaction was highly complex and involved the coordination with counsels from various jurisdictions such as the UAE, Canada, Iran and Armenia.

Schindler Attorneys

Family-owned businesses and high-net-worth individuals benefit from Schindler Attorneys‘ tightly structured internal network, allowing the private clients practice to call on the firm’s expertise in other areas. The structuring of family syndicates, succession planning as well as inheritance law and private foundations are part of the team’s broad range of experience. Clemens Schindler, who covers family-related corporate law issues, litigation and inheritance expert Philipp Hoyos and Martin Picherer, who is particularly focused on real estate and succession planning, are the practice heads. Katharina Schindler is noted for her knowledge of art law. In September 2021 the team welcomed Daniela Steiner, previously at PwC Legal Austria-oehner & partner.

Testimonials

‘Practical advice, they understand the client’s needs and focus on them.’

‘We worked with Clemens Schindler and Philipp Hoyos, they are very good lawyers. Their recommendations helped us to propose the client a strategy and instruments for using in his situation. I can recommend them in estate planning and tax matters.’

‘Fine corporate/private client boutique.’

‘Dr. Clemens Schindler – extremely well connected in Austria. Very quick. Broad legal experience.’

‘In the private client sector the firm is a well-established advisor in Vienna for international estate planning and family business matters. The firm is also known for tax planning. The private client team is very professional and responsive.’

‘Philipp Hoyos handles cases with the appropriate combination of professional skills and understanding for the clients‘ expectations. He is very active in the estate planning and the private foundation sector.’

‘Excellent private client service. Diligence, insight, original thinking and discretion. Communication with their clients is excellent, built in trust and understanding.’

‘Philipp Hoyos’s understanding and way with clients stands out, he actively listens, understands and accompanies clients through transitional moments.’

Key clients

Elina Garanca

Hypo Alpe Adria Mitarbeiter Privatstiftung

Frey Family

Peter Bosek

Markus Schindler

Work highlights

  • Advisin Family Frey on ongoing legal matters, recently in relation to succession planning as well as corporate structuring of family assets.
  • Advising Hypo Alpe Adria Mitarbeiter Privatstiftung on private foundation law as well as in litigation proceedings.
  • Advising Peter Bosek on certain asset transfers and real estate planning in connection with his migration to Estonia.

Wolf Theiss

The private client practice at Wolf Theiss is sought after by high net-worth individuals and family-owned businesses for the full range of legal and tax services, including advice on cross-border estate planning, prenuptials, asset management, foundations, and charitable organisations. The team serves clients throughout the CEE and SEE region and is co-headed by certified public tax advisor Niklas Schmidt. Fellow practice lead Karl Binder is routinely active in assisting with real estate transactions, estate and succession planning as well as inheritance law. Counsel Eva Stadler is specialised in international taw law and tax planning.

Practice head(s):

Niklas Schmidt; Karl Binder

Other key lawyers:

Eva Stadler

Testimonials

‘The best private client practice in Austria.’

‘Niklas Schmidt is a true star. He is a very knowledgeable and trustworthy senior lawyer.’

‘Eva Stadler is instrumental in handling complicated cases.’

‘Dr. Karl Binder and his team are outstanding experts in Austrian real estate law. We appreciate his insights in the real estate market. Knowing what’s common at the market right now was extremely valuable in uncertain times.’

‘Dr. Binder was tough in negotiations but always focused on finding a common solution which makes his work very efficient. He always gave us a realistic point of view on our legal position.’

Cerha Hempel

Cerha Hempel's private client practice is jointly led by Albert Birkner and Heinrich Foglar-Deinhardstein. Real estate, corporate matters, wealth planning and asset management are among the areas covered by the practice, and matters frequently have a pan-European bent. Foglar-Deinhardstein is regularly instructed in disputes and reorganisations within trusts as well as in corporate law, takeover law, and succession law. Birkner’s expertise covers private clients, trusts and foundation law. Benjamin Twardosz regularly advises individuals on tax law.

Practice head(s):

Albert Birkner; Heinrich Foglar-Deinhardstein

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Twardosz; Johannes Aehrenthal; Thomas Trettnak

Testimonials

‘The individually composed team of CERHA HEMPEL under the leadership of Heinrich Foglar-Deinhardstein and Florian Wünscher offers an absolutely flexible support for all our investments. Especially in the area of billing, we are offered attractive models for each case that – unlike rigid and outdated hourly billing – fit us perfectly.’

‘Heinrich Foglar-Deinhardstein is a profound expert in all aspects of corporate law, a relaxed negotiator in stressful situations and has an eye for all essential details at all times.’

‘CERHA HEMPEL operates a strong team in the areas we are active in. We use them in Corporate/M&A, real estate, commercial and private clients business. We always talk to the same people at Cerha Hempel, which makes dealing with this firm very easy and unique. You don’t have various partners you need to talk to but can rely on a one stop shop principle.’

‘Albert Birkner needs to be singled out. He has been our main contact partner for nearly 20 years now and has never disappointed our expectations. When others go home, Albert goes the extra mile and we always get our work in time and in the quality that we expect.’

‘Albert Birkner is an excellent lawyer, a reliable person and always on top of things. When Albert is in fighting mode, you cannot stop him. His work product is excellent, his legal skills are awesome and on top of that he simply is a nice person.’

‘The teams works for the clients’ needs with great commitment and endurance. Always responsive, on time with great flexibility when needed.’

‘Flexibility, commitment, know how and determination to achieve clients needs, also sensible when needed in special cases /situations.’

Key clients

Kwizda

Karl Wlaschek Privatstiftung (KWPS)

Pichler Privatstiftung

ITI – International Theological Institute

Batthyany-Strattmann

St Johanns Club

Ronald McDonald Kinderhilfe (Children Charities)

Souveräner Malteser Ritterorden

KR Ing. Franz Hrachowitz

Alexander Silber

Alex Schütz Familienstiftung (C-Quadrat)

Dr. Pscheidl Privatstiftung

Dr. Günter Eichhübl

Mag. Dominik Brunner

Mag. Robert Tencl

Erich Erber Phd

Peter Duschek

Andrea KOLLAR (https://www.andreakollar.at/)

Work highlights

  • Advising the Karl Wlaschek Group on a regular basis on all corporate, M&A and real estate related issues.
  • Advising Welser Profile on various structuring and corporate related issues, in particular regarding a comprehensive review and revision of the current shareholders and intra-group agreements and various joint ventures in Austria and China.
  • Advising Ronald McDonald Kinderhilfe on the legal aspects of the housing facility, as well as new housing facility developments.

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

High-net-worth individuals and families, company owners, senior management, and family businesses benefit from CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH's ability to cover the whole legal spectrum of matters relating to private clients starting from corporate and tax law to property and succession law. With a focus on cross-border work, the team also advises trusts and private foundations. Practice head Johannes Reich-Rohrwig is experienced in a host of private client matters including wills, corporate wealth succession and foundations. In addition, he represents clients in statutory inheritance share litigation and inheritance disputes.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Reich-Rohrwig

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Counting UHNW families and entrepreneurs among its clients, DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH is involved in tax structuring, estate planning, and litigation, all frequently with a cross-border angle. Immigration and residency issues as well as matrimonial law are further strong points of the team. Paul Doralt, who focuses on estate planning and tax structuring, leads the practice together with Elmar Drabek, who is specialised in relocation, immigration, and naturalisation issues. Senior associates Katharina Binder and Elena Manachimova provide additional support.

Practice head(s):

Paul Doralt; Elmar Drabek

Other key lawyers:

Katharina Binder; Elena Manachimova

Testimonials

‘Quick and precise analysis of the problem. Effective and cost sensitive solutions.’

‘The team is headed by Paul Doralt (Tax and Trusts) and Elmar Drabek (immigration). They are both excellent individuals with a tremendous reputation in their fields.’

‘Paul Doralt: One of the top private client advisors in Austria. Fantastic know-how, client handling, and analytical skills. Pragmatic and solution orientated, an exceptional ability to lead the client and to make the client feel safe and taken care of. Best value for money. Extremely well connected in Austria and abroad. A joy to work with.’

‘Elmar Drabek: The best in Austria in relocation and immigration of private clients.’

‘Katharina Binder: Outstanding senior associate, very well connected, one of the rising stars in the field. Works like a partner.’

‘It truly is a one stop shop experience.’

‘Most prominent lawyer is Paul Doralt. He is well known on the market as a leading figure in tax and trust law.’

‘Katharina Binder: a very smart senior associate. We are very pleased with her work.’

Key clients

Bank Julius Baer

Credit Suisse

Bank Gutmann

Zuercher Kantonalbank

Kathrein Bank

Donau Finanz

Bank Julius Baer

Credit Suisse

Bank Gutmann

Zuercher Kantonalbank

Kathrein Bank

Donau Finanz

GRAF ISOLA

Private foundation law, succession law, inheritance law, real estate, and tax law are the main focal points of GRAF ISOLA’s private client practice. High-net-worth individuals and family businesses turn to the team for seamless advice, in particular in relation to wealth management and restructuring and inheritance matters. Team leader Armenak Utudjian has extensive experience in this field including handling testaments, real estate issues and company asset management. Associate Stefanie Swatek provides additional support advising on the corporate and commercial investments of private clients, trusts, and real estate planning and management.

Practice head(s):

Armenak Utudjian

Other key lawyers:

Stefanie Swatek

Testimonials

‘Very high quality.’

‘Armenak Utudjian – one of Austria’s leading private client lawyers who brings complex issues to the point.’

‘Deep knowledge, wise counseling, very high emotional intelligence, speed.’

Key clients

Andra Privatstiftung

Bene Privatstiftung

Motycka Privatstiftung

Talent Privatstiftung

Medem Privatstiftung (former name 4 M Privatstiftung)

Peter Lisec Privatstiftung

Work highlights

  • Advising Peter Lisec Privatstiftung with the administration of the foundation’s assets.
  • Advising a group of Austrian foundations and its subsidiaries in a wide range of legal topics and defending them from legal claims in Austrian court worth several hundred millions of euros.
  • Acted for a family foundation in defending against claims worth millions of euros in an Austrian court and arbitration proceedings.

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH (SCWP Schindhelm)

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH (SCWP Schindhelm)’s private client expertise includes issues surrounding post-marital claims, child custody issues, inheritance claims, company succession, and business assets of entrepreneurs. The firm advises clients on day-to-day matters as well as contentious matters before courts. Practice heads Gerald Schmidsberger and Birgit Leb have extensive experience in advising on the whole range of private client matters. Wolfgang Lauss is ‘solution-oriented, proactive and delivers an all-round service as well as outstanding expertise’.

Practice head(s):

Gerald Schmidsberger; Birgit Leb

Other key lawyers:

Wolfgang Lauss

Testimonials

‘The team is quite big, and they complement each other very well. There is nothing that I can think of that they could improve. We have a relationship based on mutual trust.’

‘Our key contact person is Wolfgang Lauss who always is solution-oriented, proactive and delivers an all-round service as well as outstanding expertise which we appreciate very much. We are very satisfied in working with him.’

‘We have worked with them for many years, and the firm therefore knows our company history very well, which helps in identifying problems quickly. They are very straightforward and bring things right to the point without switching to “legal German.” I can’t think of any improvements. It’s an excellent cooperation.’

‘Our main contact is Wolfgang Lauss who always is competent, trustworthy and comprehensive in his advice. He’s very well-connected and knows how things work. I think our long experience together and his technical expertise are standing out.’

Key clients

Greiner Holding AG

Work highlights

  • Assisting Greiner Holding AG, a €1.5bn German family-owned company, with a range of highly complex cross-border private client issues including inheritance, marriage, power of attorney and charity issues.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Based in Vienna, the private client team at DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach  specialises in advising entrepreneurial families on matters regarding the structuring and protecting of assets, including questions of inheritance. Last wills, succession planning, and the operation of private foundations are also part of the firm’s portfolio. Christoph Mager heads the practice and is described by a client as a ‘an expert in Austrian private foundations’. Next generation solutions and reorganisations of ownership structures are core areas of Elisabeth Stichmann's practice.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Mager

Other key lawyers:

Elisabeth Stichman

Testimonials

‘Christoph Mager: he has an outstanding feeling for the client’s needs.’

‘Highly professional and with personal service!’

‘The Vienna DLA Piper team is very experienced in advising local and international high net worth individuals and entrepreneurial families. They are always easy to reach and deliver work quickly and to the point. Being part of a global full-service law firm, they also offer advice including tax and white collar aspects.’

‘Christoph Mager is a highly professional and very trustworthy lawyer and an expert in Austrian private foundations. His business driven approach and his in-depth knowledge are outstanding and particularly valuable in difficult communications situations. He provides very reliable advice and convinces with practicable solutions.’

Key clients

Viktor Baturin

H.M.Z. Privatstiftung

Ursula Mossburger

Boris Alexis Jordan

JN Privatstiftung

HSP Rechtsanwälte GmbH

The private client practice at HSP Rechtsanwälte GmbH stands out for its expertise in supporting high-net-worth individuals from the CIS region in a variety of matters, among them the protection of private assets, corporate succession, and real estate investments. Led by Jörg Winkler and Nikolaus Becker, the practice also advises Austrian and German individuals as well as representing them in complex cross-border issues. Winkler is particularly experienced in real estate matters and citizenship, while Becker is often involved in residency and corporate structuring of business interests.

Practice head(s):

Jörg Winkler; Nikolaus Becker

Testimonials

‘Jörg Winkler has an exceptional approach to private clients. Understanding their needs and getting all inquiries dealt with through his team while sitting down with the client. Just great.’

‘The team is very diligent in its work and as a client you feel well advised in any circumstances.’

‘Their service quality is one of the best I have ever seen.’

‘Always reachable and quick.’

‘I think, HSP has quite an USP in this sector in Vienna. It is what they do most. In addition to the legal work they have lots of staff arranging all sorts of additional client requests for private clients.’

Jank Weiler Operenyi

Jank Weiler Operenyi covers a wide range of matters within wealth and private asset management for high net-worth individuals, family offices, and foundations at both a domestic and international level. The structuring and execution of strategic investment constitutes a main focal point for the practice, which is led by Maximilian Weiler. Being part of the wider Deloitte network, the firm can also call on practitioners globally when needed. Gabriele Etzl has particular expertise in private client work at the intersection with real estate, including transactions.

Practice head(s):

Maximillian Weiler

Other key lawyers:

Gabriele Etzl

Key clients

Stiftung Fürst Liechtenstein

M. Müller Privatstiftung

Wolschner Privatstiftung

Veit Sorger

Markus Plech

Frauscher Group

Paulaner Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Stiftung Fürst Liechtenstein on its international asset management entity and its subsidiaries with a focus on the investment and the management of real estate, agriculture, forestry and renewable energy projects.
  • Advising Wolschner Privatstiftung and its subsidiaries on asset management and general corporate matters.
  • Advising Mario Müller on the establishment of M. Müller Privatstiftung, the sale of Austria’s largest amusement park and the respective shareholding structure with regard to various business ventures.

Müller Partner Rechtsanwälte

The restructuring of private foundations and establishment of sub-foundations are among the core competencies of the private client practice at Müller Partner Rechtsanwälte. Testamentary dispositions and succession issues are further strong points of the team, which is headed by Katharina Müller and Martin Melzer. The latter also heads the firm’s non-profit law group, which advises domestic and international non-profit organisations.

Practice head(s):

Katharina Müller; Martin Melzer

Testimonials

‘High competence, profound knowledge of practice fields, quick, excellent overview of market, developments, cases, investments in client relationship, business breakfasts and webinars covering new developments or providing in depth knowledge, good network with other professionals (e.g. tax advisors) enabling full picture and overall solutions.’

‘Quick, competent, at eye level, take each question seriously, think outside the box with a very broad approach, easy to get in touch with, combination of both legal and financial/economic approach (double degree of managing partner), good networking with other professionals.’

Outstanding reputation for private client service on the Austrian market.

Katharina Müller is one of the most well known experts for private client legal advice in Austria.

PwC Legal Austria-oehner & partner

The private wealth and family business services practice group at PwC Legal Austria-oehner & partner advises UHNWIs, foundations, trusts and family businesses on a range of matters pertaining to succession, restructuring, and asset management. Setting up supervisory and governance structures and investment consulting are also part of the group’s activities in this area. Managing partner Christian Öhner leads the group. Michael Lind regularly advises foundations and family businesses on acquisitions, joint ventures and reorganisations.

Practice head(s):

Christian Öhner

Other key lawyers:

Michael Lind

Key clients

JCL AG

Work highlights

  • Advising family-owned JCL AG on a multinational M&A transaction.

RIZZI Rechtsanwalts GmbH

RIZZI Rechtsanwalts GmbH has a particular focus on private foundations, inheritance planning and related litigation. Structural planning and restructurings as well as last wills also feature in the firm's workload. Founding partner Paul Rizzi leads the practice and associate Maximilian Ringhofer is experienced in foundation and inheritance law.

Practice head(s):

Paul Rizzi

Other key lawyers:

Maximilian Ringhofer