Leading Individuals

Real estate in Austria

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Described by one client as ‘probably the best real estate practice in Austria,’ DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH acts for large real estate investors on acquisitions in Vienna, focusing particularly on the office and logistics markets, but also assisting with transactions in the hospitality and retail arenas. In the latter segment, the team is well versed in advising on lease arrangements, where it acts for several international retailers. The group is led by the ‘dream team’ of Stefan Artner, who advises on real estate-heavy M&A transactions, development projects and tenancy law, and Magdalena Brandstetter, who handles instructions pertaining to forward funding and purchase agreements.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Artner; Magdalena Brandstetter

Other key lawyers:

Julia Haumer-Mörzinger


‘Very responsive, deal- and solution-oriented, very experienced and in particular, really well connected in the Austrian real estate market.’

‘Stefan Artner and Magdalena Brandstetter are a dream team.’

‘Very strong, motivated and dedicated team; probably the best real estate practice in Austria; delivers high quality work, reliable and always on time.’

‘Stefan Artner is one of the most reputable and knowledgeable real estate lawyers in Austria. He is solution-oriented and business-minded, with a strong focus on getting deals done. Magdalena Brandstetter is the perfect companion to him: enthusiastic, hard-working and with an eye for detail.’

‘Top know-how, always available, they handle matters and contracts with care and communicate up-to-date info and changes to the law proactively.’

‘Stefan Artner is a top lawyer with a top team around him. Seamless transmission of information within the team, which operates at a high level, both in terms of subject knowledge and on a personal level.’

‘They are quick, responsive and always keen to drive things forward. The constructive approach is an accelerator as regards collaboration and outcome.’

‘Stefan Artner stands out not only at DORDA, but in Austria as a whole when it comes to real estate. He has a brilliant market overview and is the go-to person.’

Key clients

ERSTE Immobilien Kapitalanlagegesellschaft m.b.H

HIH Real Estate


Propel Industrial Holding


REWE Group


ARE Austrian Real Estate

Merkur Versicherung Aktiengesellschaft

C&P Immobilien

Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H.

LHI Group

GalCap Europe

Exeter Property Group


Deutsche Logistik Holding


Frasers Property Investments

Work highlights

  • Acted for LHI on the acquisition of the refurbished office building at Lassallestraße 5 in Vienna, structured as a forward purchase share deal.
  • Advised ERSTE Immobilien KAG on the purchase of the Silo Plus office complex from STRABAG Real Estate by way of a share deal.
  • Assisted REWE Group on the sale of a development property in Vienna-Floridsdorf to a consortium of bidders.

DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Seen as the ‘leader of the pack,’ DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH acts for globally active real estate investment funds and financial institutions on high value transactions on the Austrian real estate market and wider afield. Furthermore, the practice was able to grow its presence in the forward purchase arena, where it is carving out a greater presence in the country’s residential market. The ‘brilliant’ Wilfried Seist leads the team, combining a thriving transactional practice with litigious real estate matters. Nina Mitterdorfer is often tasked with handling tenancy and developer contract law issues in addition to asset management, while Antonia Rosenauer handles real estate asset and share deals.

Practice head(s):

Wilfried Seist

Other key lawyers:

Nina Mitterdorfer; Antonia Rosenauer


‘Hands-on approach, professional advice, deal focused, friendly, fast responce time, always available.’

‘Wilfried Seist is brilliant – we enjoy working together. His team is highly dedicated. Our law firm of choice!’

‘The strength of DSC lies in the personal care provided by Wilfried Seist and his comprehensive expertise. His statements are always clearly formulated and focus on the essentials. Dr Seist’s work is always goal-oriented.’

‘Willingness to work hard for a successful deal. Goal-oriented and entrepreneurial-minded. Stand-out lawyers were Wilfried Seist and Nina Mitterdorfer.’

‘This team really plays in the Champions League in the field of real estate. They are diligent, clever and incredibly fast. They excel in every area of real estate, i.e. transactions, litigation and general counselling. We can obtain all our legal advice in this field from one high quality source.’

‘Wilfried Seist knows real estate law, ancillary legal areas and the needs of clients in this field inside out. His understanding of the real estate market is outstanding. We can rely on him entirely, both in complicated transactions as well as litigation.’

‘Nina Mitterdorfer and Antonia Rosenauer have advised us on various transactions in a highly efficient and straight forward manner. Both focus on the important issues and do not waste their time with side issues. Their ever stronger presence further strengthens the practice.’

‘DSC’s real estate practice is the leader of the pack on the Austrian market. The very experienced team brings fresh perspectives and stands out for its transactional capabilities. I especially appreciate their in-depth market insights and economic savvy. What really sets them apart is their client orientation and out of the box, result-driven advice.’

Key clients

Accor Invest Austria Ges. m.b.H.

Akron Real Estate Management GmbH

Bank Austria Real Invest Immobilien- Kapitalanlage GmbH

BNP Paribas

CA Immobilienanlagen AG

ECE Projektmanagement GmbH & Co KG

HRG – Group

LLB Immo Kapitalanlagegesellschaft m.b.H.

Raiffeisen Holding Niederösterreich – Wien Reg GmbH

UniCredit Leasing (Austria) GmbH

Wealthcore S.C.S:, SICAV-RAIF

Work highlights

  • Advised European Impact Property Fund on the acquisition of a portfolio of four logistics properties in Vienna, Lower Austria and Styria.
  • Acted for HRG Group in relation to the development of and future lease agreement for the largest hotel project at Vienna International Airport.

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

Bringing together ‘outstanding expertise and experience,’ Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) offers real estate funds and asset managers a strong transactional practice, and is able to provide ancillary services, including construction and M&A assistance. ‘Top-notch real estate lawyer’ Michael Lagler, who handles large scale portfolio transactions and the real estate aspects of M&A deals, now leads the team by himself, following Peter Madl‘s departure from the partnership, although the latter continues to assist on real estate development matters in a counsel role. Clemens Rainer was made partner in February 2023, with a practice focused on in- and outbound property investments across the CEE region.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lagler

Other key lawyers:

Peter Madl; Clemens Rainer; Ayla Ilicali; Markus Buchleitner


‘The law firm has excellent specialists who complement each other and therefore perfectly cover the spectrum of construction law. Complex topics are prepared and implemented understandable.’

‘Clemens Rainer is very knowledgable and solution-oriented. A very useful resource on your team of advisors.’

‘Outstanding expertise and experience – probably the best real estate team in Austria.’

‘Clemens Rainer and Markus Buchleitner worked as an extremely efficient team. Always very responsive. They provided pragmatic solutions and didn’t overengineer the process.’

‘Well staffed, experienced and dedicated legal team, which works in a target and solution-orientated manner.’

‘Michael Lagler is a top-notch real estate lawyer. Clemens Rainer is a rising star and recommended real estate lawyer.’

‘Always available and a perfect mix of experienced and dynamic lawyers.’

‘Clemens Rainer has a hands-on mentality. Michael Lagler is experienced and a strategic decision-maker. Markus Buchleitner is a hard worker.’

Work highlights

Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte

Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte‘s real estate team takes on a range of domestic and cross-border transactions, with a notable following amongst Austria’s major real estate investors. The practice also advises property managers and developers on the ongoing the development of new facilities in the office, hospitality and retail sectors, assisting with planning, construction and leasing matters. ‘Problem solver’ Christian Marth heads the group, supporting clients engaged in cross-border real estate deals, including forward funding and purchase transactions. Linz office head Lisa Haslinger was made partner in January 2023, merging her knowledge of transactional and developmental real estate law and public economic law.

Practice head(s):

Christian Marth

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Haslinger; Daniel Gebauer


‘Christian Marth and his team do an outstanding job. He is always available for his clients and consistently delivers solutions. The collaborative and human approach is especially noteworthy.’

‘Christian Marth always seeks and finds the simplest, fastest, and most secure solution for his clients. We have never been disappointed.’

‘One of the leading law firms in real estate. 20 years of experience with global investors. Outstanding knowledge in real estate projects. Very high ability to solve problems during negotiations. Highly recognised.’

‘Great willingness to work hard for a successful deal. Goal-oriented and entrepreneurial-minded. Stand-out partner was Christian Marth.’

‘Christian Marth and Lisa Haslinger are very focused and efficient, and both have in-depth knowledge of real estate law.’

‘One of the rising stars in Austria, putting pressure on the “usual suspects.” Based on excellent legal knowledge and client communication, VHM has become a valid alternative if you want legal advice of investment-grade quality. Always approachable, quick and solution-driven.’

‘Christian Marth is a smart mind, a tough negotiator, and a problem solver. He gets things done.’

‘I would recommend Vavrovsky Heine Marth to anyone looking for an attorney. My experience with them was like no other, very compassionate, they take you through each and every step of your case very patiently, answering all the questions you have.’

Key clients

European Parliament

Raiffeisen Immobilien Kapitalanlage-Gesellschaft m.b.H.

LLB Immo Kapitalanlagegesellschaft m.b.H. (Liechtensteinische Landesbank)

ERSTE Immobilien Kapitalanlagegesellschaft m.b.H.

Bank Austria Real Invest Immobilien Kapitalanlage GmbH

Imfarr Beteiligungs GmbH

HT Group (vormals Hamburg Trust)

Ing. Hans Bodner Bau Ges. m.b.H. & Co. KG

Union Investment Group

3SI Immogroup

Immo-humana / Association for combatting the housing shortages of mothers

Mamma Real Estate GmbH & Co KG

Real One Group

Haring Group

UBM Development Österreich GmbH

GalCap Europe

TRIVALUE Management GmbH

Tecto Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Mamma Real Estate GmbH & Co KG on construction of the largest hotel at Vienna Airport.
  • Acted for the European Parliament on drafting and negotiating a lease agreement for a new location of the “Europa Experience” in Vienna.
  • Assisted Raiffeisen Immobilien Kapitalanlage-Gesellschaft m.b.H. on its acquisition of a property in a development area in Vienna via a share deal and forward purchase from SIGNA/ARE.

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG

Showing a ‘willingness to routinely go above and beyond’ for its clients, Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG provides advice on the gamut of real estate issues, from cross-border transactions, including entire property portfolios, to the development and leasing of commercial, hospitality and entertainment venues. The practice is led by a four-person team consisting of the hotel and leisure-focused Erik Steger, transactions specialist Peter Oberlechner, Birgit Kraml, who leads the practice’s newly founded ESG task force, and Karl Binder, whose real estate clients include investment firms and listed companies.

Practice head(s):

Erik Steger; Peter Oberlechner; Birgit Kraml; Karl Binder

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Horn; Sandra Seldte


‘Birgit Kraml has taken the initiative on the firm’s ESG practice in an outstanding role; she is now chairing ULI Austria and led a lot of conferences and events in her new role. The Team around Birgit is delivering great advisory services in all kind of real estate related questions.’

‘Stefan Horn provided very fast advice and quickly worked on my questions. Explained things clearly and presented practical solutions.’

‘Wolf Theiss’ USP is their willingness to routinely go above and beyond and to exceed clients’ expectations. They become heavily invested in the matters which they work on and really care about achieving a good result for their clients.’

‘Karl Binder is one of the highest quality lawyers I have worked with around Europe. He has developed a keen understanding of our needs and applies this to great effect to progress our matters.’

‘The team was able to identify the perfect matching partner for our urgent legal matter.’

‘Birgit Kraml was the perfect match. She brought everything to the table to solve the problem and to negotiate the best possible contract for the project.’

‘The practice unites various fields of law, which is why it is able to assist with a broad spectrum of matters and considers different aspects to contracts, always considering the best interest of its clients.’

‘Peter Oberlechner has constantly accompanied us and our project. During every project stage so far, he has shown exceptional professional expertise. Through his calm manner, he manages to reassure the project team, even during hectic periods.’

Key clients

Wiener Linien

JPI Group

12.18. Asset Management

Anschutz Entertainment Group Real Estate Management

IMG Immo Kauf

Brookfield Business Partners

Cellnex Telecom

Deka Immobilien Investment

Boehringer Ingelheim

Anger Village Apartments and Maisonette

DSV Road


ZBI Fondsmanagement

Westcore Europe

JC Real Estate

Galleon Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Anschutz Entertainment in the tender process and in the negotiation of the contract with the City of Vienna for the construction and operation of a leisure arena for 20,000+ visitors in Vienna.
  • Assisted Boehringer Ingelheim with its BioNEX project, an LSCC production centre in Bruck an der Leitha.
  • Acted for a consortium comprising Cellnex Telecom and Brookfield in an auction process for Deutsche Telekom’s mobile telecoms towers in Austria and Germany.

Cerha Hempel

Under the leadership of real estate and construction specialist Peter Vcelouch, Cerha Hempel‘s real estate practice takes on a broad spectrum of transactional and development mandates in Austria and the wider CEE region. Disputes form an additional pillar of the team’s work, including both construction and lease issues. ‘Smooth negotiator’ Mark Krenn counts a number of public sector clients among his roster, whom he assists on the acquisition and disposal of key assets, and is also noted for his innovative use of legal tech.

Practice head(s):

Peter Vcelouch

Other key lawyers:

Mark Krenn; Marko Vladic


‘The real estate team at Cerha Hempel combines deep industry knowledge with cutting-edge legal tech tools. With a proven track record in complex transactions and a holistic approach that marries legal expertise with commercial insight, the team stands as a beacon of excellence.’

‘Mark Krenn is a distinguished figure in the legal realm. His ability to think rapidly and adapt to shifting dynamics is commendable. In negotiations, he consistently demonstrates resilience, effectively pushing back when necessary and ensuring his client’s interests are paramount.’

‘The team has excellent business acumen and therefore, is ready to provide tailor-made solutions in good time. Mark Krenn himself, as well as his team, are very much into new technologies in the legal sector and therefore, the organisation and handling of transactions via IT solutions works incredibly well.’

‘Mark Krenn is a very smooth negotiator. He distils the essence of the critical points in no time and is able to present efficient solutions which bring even difficult discussions to a happy end. Marko Vladic is an exceptionally diligent lawyer with incredible knowledge. He also delivers a high level of service and his response time is unmatched.’

‘Mark Krenn is an outstanding real estate transaction law expert, with years of experience in large projects allowing him to bring clarity to even complex matters. He is also an excellent contract negotiator.’

‘The firm has a good international network, covers all legal fields and provides good communication and negotiation skills.’

‘Mark Krenn is outstanding.’

‘Guided by the distinguished Mark Krenn, Cerha Hempel’s real estate team is a powerhouse of vast industry knowledge, technological prowess, and unparalleled responsiveness. With a deep understanding of the market’s intricacies and a proactive approach to challenges, they remain an invaluable partner.’

Key clients

ARE Austrian Real Estate

SES Spar European Shopping Centers

SPAR Austria Group

Samsung SDI Battery Systems GmbH

Raiffeisen Property Holding International

CA Immo

numa group GmbH

Raiffeisen Immobilien Kapitalanlage GmbH

UBM Development / UBM Hotels

thyssenkrupp Materials Austria GmbH

Engel & Völkers Liquid Home

Walter Gasthaus Gleis- und Tiefbau GmbH & Co. KG

McDonald‘s Austria


MJ Hotelbetrieb GmbH

LHS Entwicklung 2 GmbH (Johannes B. Kerner)

Borealis Hotel Group

United Benefits Holding

Value One

Lidl Österreich

REB – Real Estate Burgenland


ÖBB Immobilienmanagement GmbH / ÖBB Infrastruktur Aktiengesellschaft

BOKU Wasserbaulabor

Mister Spex

Magenta Infra

Flughafen Wien (Vienna International Airport)

NOVOREAL Immobilieninvest Aktiengesellschaft

ESTRELLA Immobilieninvest AG

AMISOLA Immobilien AG

You Will Like It Group

Work highlights

  • Advised ARE on the acquisition of the Vienna-based office building “Green Worx” from Union Investment.
  • Assisted Raiffeisen Property Holding International on the forward sale of an office building in Vienna, which is set to become the new headquarters for the European Handball Federation.
  • Acted for CA Immo on the sale of its headquarters in Vienna to James Cloppenburg Real Estate Holding KG.

E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH

E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH has built up a strong presence in the hotel and hospitality market, where it acts for real estate investors and developers on transactions for both single properties and hotel portfolios. Practice head Clemens Lanschützer, who handles pure real estate deals in addition to M&As that involve significant real estate assets. Alric Ofenheimer is regularly instructed on hotel and logistics deals, while Johannes Feilmair, who was made partner in July 2023, acts on matters concerning energy and infrastructure. Helena Neuner is a name to note for real estate deals in the hospitality and leisure industry.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Lanschützer

Other key lawyers:

Alric Ofenheimer; Johannes Feilmair; Helena Neuner; Arndt Blaschka


‘The real estate team at E+H is a great example of efficient and effective teamwork. One of their strength lies in their ability to seamlessly collaborate with the other practice groups.’

‘Clemens Lanschützer is an excellent negotiator with exceptional attention to detail. When the going gets tough, Clemens remains the calm in the storm. Helena Neuner’s tireless work ethic, dedication to our success, and commitment to excellence made her a standout choice for us.’

‘I can attest to their professionalism, expertise, and dedication. E+H’s real estate group is top-notch, which you hardly find on the Austrian market. They are extremely hard-working, available around the clock and they excel in providing innovative ideas to complex problems.

‘Clemens Lanschützer is our go-to partner when it comes to real estate transactions. He is a tough but fair negotiator, keeping our objectives in mind and not getting lost in details. Clemens possesses a keen understanding of the intricate nuances and complexities inherent in real estate transactions.’

‘Helena Neuner is the best example of a next generation lawyer in the real estate sector – always prepared, extremely smart, quick at repartee, dedicated, creative and always looking for the best possible outcome for her clients.’

‘The E+H team is flexible and efficient in processing inquiries.’

‘Helena Neuner is highly skilled, extremely dedicated and hard-working. Strongly outcome-oriented and very proactive. Definitely someone to put on your watch list.’

‘E+H has supported us on several transactions and has done an excellent job. They are very quick, knowledgable and supportive with an excellent value for money.’

Key clients

UBM Development AG


KanAM Grund Group



Brisen Group

STC Development GmbH

Wiener Stadtwerke Group

Mogotel Group

Volvo Group Austria

ECOWIND Handels- & Wartungs-GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Leonardo Hotels on the acquisition of a portfolio of ten hotel properties with over 1,400 rooms in Austria.
  • Acted for Ecowind on the sale of two wind farms in Carinthia, Austria, to energy provider KELAG via an international auction process.
  • Supported STC on the development and sale of a part of the “Am Kempelenpark” real estate portfolio.

SAXINGER Rechtsanwalts GmbH

SAXINGER Rechtsanwalts GmbH boasts a ‘broad knowledge of the real estate sector,’ enabling it to provide tailored advice to domestic and foreign real estate developers and investors on a range of projects and transactions. The team also represents clients in disputes tied to real estate projects. Practice head Immanuel Gerstner handles the financing aspects of real estate transactions, with a notable cross-border practice. He and Lukas Leitner, who acts for several major real estate investors in regard to their acquisitions in Austria, are both admitted to the New York bar. Christoph Luegmair specialises in the structuring of real estate transactions and leasing agreements, while Irene Meingast handles real estate transactions and associated issues of corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Immanuel Gerstner

Other key lawyers:

Lukas Leitner; Christoph Luegmair; Irene Meingast


‘The team is good for complex tasks. Their service levels and responsiveness are very strong. I pick up the phone and I have them on the line. Their commitment to diversity and inclusion initiatives is strong.’

‘Lukas Leitner is reliable, efficient, diligent and responsive.’

‘One of the team’s most notable strengths is their broad knowledge of the real estate sector. Not least because of the size of the team but also because of decades of experience. You definitely get value for money.’

‘Easy to reach, quick response time, reliable, understands the needs of the customer, speaks the same language, understands what we want and shows a way to get there. Very experienced.’

‘Irene Meingast is exceptionally reliable, efficient and pragmatic and has a mentality to get the deals done – but always in a friendly and polite way. Not only does she understand our legal needs, but also sees the commercial picture and is very good at understanding technical details.’

‘The SCWP team was a great support in our real estate transaction. Very focused, high knowledge of the industry, creative and strong in negotiating.’

‘Immanuel Gerstner is very focused, an excellent negotiator and a really smart lawyer. Lukas Leitner gave us excellent advice and gets to the heart of even very complex issues.’

‘For me, they are the best real estate lawyers in Austria. We have also done cross-border deals with them, which have been handled perfectly by them.’

Key clients

Josef Rainer Privatstiftung

Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H.

ARE Austrian Real Estate Development GmbH

Soravia Group

Rainer Group

W-One Capital GmbH

Lambert Immobilien GmbH

Meir Immobilien Gruppe

Raiffeisen OÖ RealInvest GmbH

IES Immobilien Gruppe

UBM Development Österreich GmbH

Raiffeisen Group

Morgan Stanley Real Estate

Flughafen Linz GmbH

Real-Treuhand Projekt- und Bauträger GmbH (RTP)

AVORIS Immobilien GmbH

Robert Wimmer Privatstiftung

Weyland GmbH

SCHMIDT’S Handelsgesellschaft mbH

Weyland Steiner Handwerks- und Industriebedarf GmbH & Co KG

Raiffeisen Landesbank Steiermark AG

Strenia engineering & invest GmbH

Meyer Logistik GmbH & Co. KG

PFEIFFER Beteiligungs GmbH

Ernst Nöhmer

RealRendite Immobilien GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised the Josef Rainer Private Foundation on its acquisition of Kärntner Strasse 11 in Vienna’s 1st district in what was, at closing, the largest Austrian real estate transaction of the year.
  • Advised ARE Austrian Real Estate on the acquisition of the Inno Plaza office building in Vienna’s 12th district.
  • Advised the Rainer Group on various transactions and disputes with an aggregate value of €373m.

Binder Grösswang

Real estate transactions, regulatory issues, and disputes and tenancy matters form the three core areas of Binder Grösswang‘s real estate practice, which advises a mixture of investors and industries. The team frequently draws on the expertise of the firm’s financing, competition and dispute resolution practice’s to provide clients a full service. Leading the team is Markus Uitz, whose practice encompasses cross-border transactions, regulatory construction matters and advice on tenancy law.

Practice head(s):

Markus Uitz


‘They have a very good knowledge and are always responsive and pragmatic. The constructive approach is solution-oriented and therefore in the interest of clients.’

‘Markus Uitz stands out with his calm approach, always seeking the best for his clients.’

Key clients


Raiffeisen Property International


Travel Partner Group

VB Real Estate Services

The Blackstone Group


Five Guys

P3 Logistic Parks

Frey Invest

Ennismore International


Central Group

Bosch Group


Work highlights

  • Advised Central Group on the development of a Viennese high street luxury department store.
  • Assisted voestalpine on the acquisition of industrial property.
  • Acted for the Bosch Group on various real estate-related matters.

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH‘s real estate practice advises a client base consisting of logistics, retail and hotel owners and operators on purchase and leasing deals, and is also sought out for its ability to oversee major real estate developments. Leading the team is Nikolaus Weselik, a seasoned real estate practitioner who combines transactional skill with a wealth of expertise in construction-related disputes. Johannes Hysek specialises in assisting the logistics and hotel sectors, while Mariella Kapoun is focused on ESG developments in the real estate sector, in addition to handling forward funding and purchase deals.

Practice head(s):

Nikolaus Weselik

Other key lawyers:

Johannes Hysek; Mariella Kapoun

Key clients

B&C Industrieholding

Quantum Immobilien

REWE Group

BNP Paribas Real Estate


Panattoni Austria

Work highlights

  • Advised Quantum Immobilien on the acquisition and management of a residential complex with 71 privately financed flats in Vienna’s 18th district.
  • Assisted a real estate company which specializes in student housing in connection with a construction project in Vienna.
  • Acted for a major real estate company in connection with the sale of Inno Plaza.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach Rechtsanwälte GmbH

In addition to typical real estate transactions, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach Rechtsanwälte GmbH is often sought out by clients carrying out land purchases and seeking both financing and refinancing for real estate assets. The team also assists both property owners and prospective tenants on drafting and negotiating rental contracts. Practice head Oskar Winkler acts for clients conducting deals across the CEE region, and is noted for his knowledge of mining law and related real estate issues. Real estate and construction financing matters are the domain of Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik.

Practice head(s):

Oskar Winkler

Other key lawyers:

Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik; Thomas Stiglbauer; Ivan Maleš

Key clients

DC 3 PropCo GmbH & Co KG

Emeren Group Ltd

Erste Group Bank AG

Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen AG

First Investment Bank

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

Standard International

EY Law - Pelzmann Gall Größ Rechtsanwälte GmbH

EY Law - Pelzmann Gall Größ Rechtsanwälte GmbH works alongside colleagues from the EY network to advise on the structuring of real estate transactions, particularly those centred on residential and retail assets, while also acting for landlords and tenants on leasing contracts. Stephan Größ is the team head, with a practice that ties real estate transactions to project development. Philipp Moritz is noted for his transactional work in the real estate market.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Größ

Other key lawyers:

Philipp Moritz


‘We really enjoy working with Stephan Größ and his real estate team. They advise us on transactions as well as on project development issues. Stephan Größ has excellent expertise, he is very pragmatic and he can get deals done.’

‘Strong team within the EY family.’

‘Stephan Größ is an experienced and well-connected deal lawyer.’

‘Stephan Größ is very efficient and focused. Good availability, fast response time.’

‘High level of advisory service, especially the cooperation with their tax and public law teams.’

‘Stephan Größ is calm, smart, and has an eye for detail.’

Key clients

Nuveen/European Cities Fund

ERSTE Immobilien KAG


Stadtgemeinde Korneuburg Stadtentwicklungsfonds Korneuburg

B&B Hotels

LIMESTONE Developers

Odyssey Hotels


ARE Development

HIH Invest Real Estate GmbH


Wien3420 Aspern Development AG

DWK Die Wohnkompanie

ZBI Zentral Boden Immobilien Gruppe

Moser Wohnbau

FMZ Family Point Beteiligungs Zwei GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Wien 3420 Aspern Development AG on “Seestadt Aspern,” currently the largest urban development project in central Europe at approx. 240ha.
  • Assisted FMZ Family Point Beteiligungs Zwei GmbH with the acquisition of the “SC17” shopping mall for approx. €37.5 million.
  • Acted for the municiplality of Korneuburg and its development fund on the urban development project of the former Korneuburg shipyard on the Danube.

Grama Schwaighofer Vondrak Rechtsanwälte

Grama Schwaighofer Vondrak Rechtsanwälte‘s real estate team is noted for its ‘pragmatic approach with excellent academic knowledge,’ has a strong transactional workload, and works closely with the firm’s corporate practice to tackle both pure real estate deals and M&A deals requiring real estate expertise. Andreas Schwaighofer handles transactions, leasing matters and real estate disputes in his role as practice head, with Georg Zacherl providing both real estate and construction as well as corporate law expertise.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Schwaighofer

Other key lawyers:

Georg Zacherl


‘The firm has a broad spectrum of specialities, very responsive partners and good understanding of the needs a client has.’

‘I value the quick and hands-on responses of Georg Zacherl. His pragmatic approach is very much appreciated.’

‘GSV combines a pragmatic approach with excellent academic knowledge. Therefore, GSV is one of our preferred law firms. Personally, I feel that I was given the best advice and always received swift and competent responses.’

Key clients


Accelerate Property Fund


Hypo NOE Group

BUWOG Group GmbH

Pearle AT

Asset One Immobilienentwicklungs GmbH

Immowert Group


Collins Property Projects (Pty) Ltd

Real I.S. AG

Bauwerk Immobilien Group

Moser Immobilien Group

Soulier Group

STC Development

Work highlights

  • Advised Moser Wohnbau on the acquisition of the “Pier 05” project and subsequently also STC Development on a joint development agreement for the site in Seestadt Aspern.
  • Assisted the Soulier Group on the acquisition of the flagship “Pier 01” project in Seestadt Aspern.
  • Acted for the BUWOG Group on the purchase of one of the “Alvorada sites” in Vösendorf for approximately €80m.

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH

The ‘solution-driven’ KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH real estate practice oversees projects from start to finish, advising on initial construction contracts through to the disposal of property to investment funds via share and asset deals. The practice has expanded its presence in the hotel markets in recent years, frequently assisting with transactions in this space. The team is led by a four-man leadership group consisting of Clemens Berlakovits, Georg Karasek, Jan Philipp Schifko and Paul Schmidinger.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Berlakovits; Georg Karasek; Jan Philipp Schifko; Paul Schmidinger

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Herrmann; Vinzenz Waldhof; Caroline Lessky


‘Solution-driven, reacts in an instant, super smart and delivers tailor-made legal solutions.’

‘Fast, efficient, productive and 100% reliable.’

‘Enthusiasm, excellent knowledge, legal and economic understanding, very pleasant.’ 

‘Jan Philipp Schifko’s team, in particular Ms. Lessky, use their subject knowledge and interpersonal skills to work on complex matters. We had multiple large projects that needed to be coordinated with multiple partners, and this worked perfectly.’

‘Jan Philipp Schifko is very knowledgeable about his area. Assertive but friendly representation in negotiations. Always available and always throws himself fully into a real estate project, going above and beyond.’

‘Caroline Lessky is knowledgeable in her area. She stayed on top of a very large number of contracts and documents. Very competent and friendly in negotiations and is always available, providing solutions very quickly.’

Key clients

Wirtschaftsraum Amstetten GmbH

Life at the Shore GmbH

Bastion Beta GmbH

PH Immobilien GmbH

3 SI Immogroup

Stadtgemeinde Amstetten

SIGS Immobilien

Christian Tschida

ORCADO/Haring Group

Wüstenrot Insurance Group

Kollitsch & Reichstamm

Caritas der Erzdiözese Wien


Immovate Group

Handler Immobilien



Wirtschaftsagentur Wien

International Campus Group

WT 80 Group

Neumayer Projektentwicklung

Work highlights

  • Advised Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft on real estate use agreements in the initial phase of the construction of a new building for the Medical University of Vienna.
  • Acted for Handler Immobilien and Kollitsch & Reichstamm on the sale of a new residential project in Hirschstetten via a forward purchase share deal to Erste Immobilien KAG.
  • Assisted International Campus Group on the acquisition of a real estate portfolio of five student residences in Germany and Austria.

Nemetschke Huber Koloseus Attorneys at Law

Nemetschke Huber Koloseus Attorneys at Law bolstered its real estate practice in May 2023, with landlord and tenant specialist Birgit Harasser joining the firm from BRAND Rechtsanwälte GmbH. The team is well versed in handling real estate transactions for a range of sectors, with the food service industry being a particular area of focus. Project development and financing specialist Alfred Nemetschke leads the team alongside Alexandra Huber, who handles transactions in the residential and commercial sectors.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Huber; Alfred Nemetschke

Other key lawyers:

Birgit Harasser

Key clients

aik Immobilien-Investmentgesellschaft mbH

C&P Immobilien AG

Commerz Real Investmentges.m.b.H.

Telvi Immobilien Management und Entwicklung GmbH

Forstinger Österreich GmbH

Querfeld’s Wiener Kaffeehaus GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised the Querfeld Group on real estate contracts tied to its cafés and restaurants in Vienna.
  • Assisted C & P Immobilien AG on construction contracts, audits, loan agreements, land matters and issues tied to commercial registries.
  • Acted for EUREST on real estate contract issues.

Pitkowitz & Partners

One client describes Pitkowitz & Partners‘ real estate practice as ‘one of the leading groups in this field,’ and the team is sought out by both private and public sector clients in relation to both commercial, residential and mixed use real estate developments and transactions. Practice head Martin Foerster ‘excels in his field,’ having built up both a buyer- and seller-side transactional practice, while also advising on civil and construction law matters tied to real estate developments.

Practice head(s):

Martin Foerster


‘Extremely knowledgable about real estate, including purchase, rental and construction matters.’

‘Very committed, top professionals, responsive.’

‘Very friendly and always helpful, as well as solution-oriented. Special shout out to Martin Foerster.’

‘The real estate practice group led by Martin Foerster is one of the leading groups in this field. They look back on many years of expertise and are an extremely well-coordinated team. Communication with this team is game-changing, and so is their efficiency.’

‘Martin Foerster is an experienced lawyer. I know him as one of the most outstanding experts in his field. His way of thinking and his solutions are outside the box. Martin is the man that you want to have on your side when it comes to real estate in Austria!’

‘Outstanding knowledge of the industry, widely spread practice and in-depth expertise.’

‘Martin Foerster excels in his field, has good know-how and experience, and places strong emphasis on clients’ needs.’

‘Martin Foerster is well versed in all areas of real estate law and has in-depth practical experience in the handling of real estate transactions.’

Key clients



Fleissner Group



Trammel Crow Company

Wiener Standort Entwicklung GmbH

Vereinigte Bühnen Wien

Work highlights

  • Advised McArthurGlen Group on all lease-related matters concerning two Austrian designer outlet centres.
  • Assisted Wiener Standort Entwicklung GmbH with a city development project comprising some 800 apartments, a senior citizen’s home, a nursing home with 200 residential units, a home for persons with special needs, a sports high school, kindergartens and local supply facilities.

Barnert Egermann Illigasch Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Barnert Egermann Illigasch Rechtsanwälte GmbH has put together a burgeoning real estate practice in 2023, with the arrivals in February and March 2023 of Roman Jatzko and Elisabeth Peck, both from EY Law - Pelzmann Gall Größ Rechtsanwälte GmbH, and the July 2023 arrival of new practice head Arabella Eichinger from Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte), headlining a year of growth for the firm. The practice has considerable experience in handling both developments and transactions in the hotel and leisure sector, and is also sought after for leasing matters and dispute resolution advice.

Practice head(s):

Arabella Eichinger

Other key lawyers:

Roman Jatzko; Elisabeth Peck

Key clients

Alpin Family Group

ARE Austrian Real Estate GmbH

Art-Invest Real Estate Funds GmbH

Birko Group

Catella Group

The Chocolate on the Pillow Group

HT Group

Hyatt Group

IRMA Investments/Immovate

List Group

PFI Port Folio Group

Tscherne GmbH

BPPA Brandstetter Baurecht Rechtsanwälte GmbH

In addition to supporting clients’ real estate transactions, BPPA Brandstetter Baurecht Rechtsanwälte GmbH offers assistance with regard to construction, corporate and tax law, helping clients to find the optimum structure for their deals. Team leader Dominik Baurecht advises on issues within the scope of Austria’s BTVG (the Property Developer Contract Act) and financing matters in addition to real estate issues more broadly.

Practice head(s):

Dominik Baurecht


‘They are experts in cases involving complicated building rights, complex leases, and condominiums. Their answers are always legal masterworks that are properly tailored to each situation. One always gets the impression that the firm gets to the bottom of every issue.’

‘Dominik Baurecht is an extremely experienced attorney whose reputation in the legal community in Austria is unblemished. His work is beyond question. His methodical approach, which he constantly applies at the highest level, never fails to astonish us.’

‘For the last 15 years I have worked with different law firms in Austria on real estate issues but BPPA is something unique and the best. Responsive and reachable at any time. They don’t simply wait for directions but actively propose solutions.’

Key clients


SÜBA Bau und Projektmanagement GmbH

SÜBA Holding Hungary GmbH

NATA Immobilien GmbH

Gutmann Real Estate Group

Real Estate Development GmbH

MZG Immo Management und Beteiligungs GmbH

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners advises both developers and banks on the sale of assets following the completion of projects, and is also sought after for its cross-border transactional practice. Additionally, the team represents clients in disputes concerning construction defects. Leading the team are Michael Hecht, who regularly advises public bodies on real estate matters, transactions specialist Markus Kajaba and Lukas Flener, who handles the sales of residential properties and real estate portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hecht; Markus Kajaba; Lukas Flener

Other key lawyers:

Josef Peer


‘The professional and personal expertise is excellent in ongoing UVP procedures. The personal commitment of the partners must also be emphasized here.’

Key clients

ARE Austrian Real Estate GmbH

ARGE Oberes Hausfeld

Soravia Group

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium consisting of 19 different property developers on the development of a new 23ha district in Vienna.
  • Assisted Soravia Group and ARE Austrian Real Estate GmbH with the TrIIIple Project, including the development of four high-rise buildings and individual sale of around 500 apartments in Vienna.

FSM Rechtsanwälte

FSM Rechtsanwälte supports real estate developers with the construction and refurbishment of a range of property types and their subsequent sales or leases to clients across a range of sectors. Leading the team are Benedikt Stockert, who assists developers and property owners across the life cycle of real estate projects, and Reinhard Pesek, who specialises in landlord and tenant matters in addition to issues of civil and consumer law.

Practice head(s):

Benedikt Stockert; Reinhard Pesek

Key clients

Bambus Teilverkauf GmbH

Coesthia Invest GmbH

ESI Immobilienentwicklungs GmbH

HYPERIA holding gmbh

KBB Immobilien GmbH

KGW Projektentwicklung GmbH

Michael Schmutzer

Neuraum R/H GmbH

OPTIN Immobilien GmbH

vivoreal GmbH

Work highlights

  • Assisted KGW Projektentwicklung with structural development through loft conversions and subsequent sales of individual apartments of a portfolio of properties in Vienna.
  • Acted for vivoreal on an asset deal for an office building and underground parking complex in Vienna.

Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte

Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte acts for clients at the intersection of real estate and construction law, and has carved out a niche in the hotel sector, which makes up a substantial proportion of the firm’s work. Under the guidance of practice head Alexander Patsch, the team assists clients engaged in transactions for residential and commercial real estate deals, and also handles construction-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Patsch

Key clients

ZDU Holding GmbH

T-Centrum. CZ, a.s.

Bierwirth & Kluth Group

OeAD Wohnraumverwaltungs GmbH

Caelum Development GmbH

Nesta Holding GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised C.21.A. Projektentwicklungs- und Errichtungsgesellschaft m.b.H on the development of the commercial and residential area around the new central railway station in Vienna.
  • Acted for the ZDU-Group in regard to the development and sale of a number of residential property projects.
  • Supported Caelum Development GmbH in a public tender for the purchase of a major land plot in the so called “Seestadt” development area in Vienna.

HSP Rechtsanwälte GmbH

With an ‘outstanding reputation in the realm of real estate,’ HSP Rechtsanwälte GmbH accompanies development projects from start to finish and provides support on matters of public and civil law in addition to transactional advice. The team, led by private and commercial real estate specialist Peter Fassl and planning and development expert Markus Busta, is also noted for its contentious construction-related work. Made partner in July 2023, Matea Plavotic focuses on real estate transactions and project financing.

Practice head(s):

Peter Fassl; Markus Busta

Other key lawyers:

Matea Plavotic


‘HSP enjoys an outstanding reputation in the realm of real estate, including their expertise in real estate financing. Their team is the perfect choice for addressing all aspects of real estate law. HSP efficiently resolves numerous cross-border issues independently.’

‘We deeply appreciate Peter Fassl’s wealth of expertise, particularly in the areas of construction and real estate law. His responsiveness to our queries is remarkably swift, and the depth of detail in his responses often leaves us impressed.’

‘Matea Plavotic has captured our attention due to her rapid response times, clear and concise explanations, and a proactive approach to finding solutions. She possesses a keen sense for distilling the core aspects of a mandate.’

Key clients

6B47 Real Estate Investors AG

UBM Development AG

SÜBA Bau und Projekterrichtungs GmbH

Rhomberg Bau GmbH

BIP Immobilien Development GmbH

BC Seering GmbH & Co KG


Sedlak Immobilien GmbH

Life at the Shore GmbH

Ulreich Bauträger GmbH

DWK – Die Wohnkompanie GmbH

B Real Immobilien GmbH

400 Four Hundred Real Estate GmbH

WINEGG Realitäten Gesellschaft m.b.H.

IEV Investment Entwicklung & Vermietung AG

Brehmstraße Projekt GmbH

Crownd Real Estate

immo 360 grad GmbH

Work highlights

  • Acted for 6B47 Real Estate Investors AG on all real estate and construction matters throughout all stages of the development of the Althan Quartier project.
  • Advised UBM Development AG on complex project development issues from both a public and private law perspective on the “Leopold Quarter” project.

Jank Weiler Operenyi

Jank Weiler Operenyi is frequently instructed on multi-jurisdictional real estate transactions, with clients coming from the hospitality and leisure, retail and residential sectors among others. Practice head Gabriele Etzl handles both real estate deals and associated financing matters, in addition to advising on private and commercial tenancy law. Miriam Nehajova was made partner in March 2023, and continues to advise on cross-border real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Gabriele Etzl

Other key lawyers:

Miriam Nehajova


‘The team has broad real estate industry knowledge, and a very good economic understanding, is very professional and provides top-notch quality.’

‘Gabriele Etzl has outstanding legal knowledge in various fields of law, such as real estate transactions and financing, public real estate law, property development projects, and residential real estate law. Very experienced, diligent and provides excellent quality.’

‘Gabriele Etzl: expertise, efficiency, able to adapt to different customer needs.’

‘The team has a broad real estate industry knowledge, and a very good economic understanding, is very professional and provides top-notch quality.’

‘Gabriele Etzl is our key partner. She has an outstanding legal knowledge in various fields of law, such as real estate transactions.’

Key clients


DWK Die Wohnkompanie

RLB Niederösterreich Wien/Erste Group

Shopping Center Nord

IG Immobilien GmbH

Generali Real Estate

Betha Zwerenz & Krause

Raiffeisen-Landesbank Niederösterreich Wien

Akron Real Estate Management GmbH

Riegler & Partner Investment Group

Abercrombie & Fitch

Work highlights

  • Advised DWK Die Wohnkompanie on the acquisition and development of residential properties in Vienna.
  • Acted for Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien on the financing of an office building in Vienna.
  • Advised Immofinanz AG on the sale of an office building in Vienna.

PwC Legal Austria-oehner & partner

PwC Legal Austria-oehner & partner handles a wide range of real estate matters, including transactions, financing and disputes, and has placed additional focus on sustainability aspects of real estate law over the past year, notably in the area of green leases. Practice head Karl Koller handles both real estate transactions, including forward funding and sales, and construction issues, with a strong presence in the hotel and leisure sector.

Practice head(s):

Karl Koller

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Hofer; Tatiana Hyben


‘Karl Koller is great, a proactive advisor.’

Key clients

Adina Apartment Hotels

Catella Residential Investment Management GmbH

Kara Group of Companies

MERYN + Partners

STRABAG Real Estate


The Student Hotel

Vienna Airport


Work highlights

  • Advised Vienna Airport on the conclusion of a long-term ground lease for the construction of a new 510-room hotel.
  • Advised STRABAG Real Estate on the acquisition of the City Center Salzburg.
  • Acted for Adina on the conclusion of a business transfer and hotel lease agreement for the operation of the first Adina Serviced Apartments in Europe.

Schima Mayer Starlinger Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Demonstrating a ‘strong commitment to putting clients first’ Schima Mayer Starlinger Rechtsanwälte GmbH covers a broad spectrum of real estate issues, assisting clients seeking new premises with leasing contracts, while also supporting real estate developers and investors with the construction and sale of commercial real estate. Markus Dax leads the team, with experience handling projects from initial structuring to sale, while Philipp Gamauf focuses on leases and transactions.

Practice head(s):

Markus Dax

Other key lawyers:

Philipp Gamauf; Anna Woschitz


‘The real estate team responds perfectly to the customer’s situation and thinks out of the box.’

‘Markus Dax and Anna Woschitz are understanding and competent sparring partners.’

‘I had the pleasure of working with this legal team, and what makes them really special is their strong commitment to putting clients first. Their team not only has solid legal skills but also a friendly and proactive attitude that consistently gets great results.’

‘Philipp Gamauf always goes the extra mile and has excellent expertise in many areas. The most important thing for me as a business partner is accessibility and the time it takes to respond. Philipp Gamauf is outstanding here.’

‘Provide quick and comprehensive advice on various matters, monitor issues and co-operate with external experts, do in-depth analyses.’

‘Can translate complex matters for non-lawyers, highly service-oriented.’

‘They work as a team, so the client can benefit from the different fields of knowledge.’

‘Fast response rate.’

Key clients

AP55 Immobilien GmbH

Association of Austrian Hoteliers



Gaugl Gruppe

Logistik Werfring GmbH/Silotransporte Werfring GmbH

Mandlbauer Bau GmbH

MEIN CHALET am Schneeberg GmbH

meinwert GmbH/mehrwert Immobilien GmbH

Moët Hennessy Österreich GmbH


REMAX/T16 Immomarketing GmbH

Ritter Ox Immobilien GmbH

V & G Immobilien GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Consentia on the acquisition of a property for development.
  • Acted for the Association of Austrian Hoteliers on various real estate related matters.
  • Assisted MEIN CHALET am Schneeberg, a real estate and tourism project in Puchberg am Schneeberg, on construction and transactional matters.