Commercial, corporate and M&A in Liechtenstein

BATLINER WANGER BATLINER Rechtsanwälte AG

The team at BATLINER WANGER BATLINER Rechtsanwälte AG handles big-ticket M&A, capital markets and other corporate transactions. Other areas of expertise include assisting with general commercial matters, corporate governance and a variety of non-contentious issues, including advising on contractual issues, initial coin offerings and foundations and trusts. Christian Batliner currently serves on the board of the Liechtenstein Financial Market Authority and Martin Batliner is a former board member. Markus Wille combines his position at the firm with his role as a judge at the Liechtenstein Constitutional Court and specialises in banking and insurance, asset management, investment funds, and restructuring and insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Martin Batliner; Christian Batliner; Markus Wille

Key clients

Gable Insurance

Work highlights

  • Assisted with numerous Initial Coin Offering projects and blockchain projects, including advising on the possibility of tokens being listed on Crypto Exchanges.

Gasser Partner Attorneys at Law

Gasser Partner Attorneys at Law advises on all matters relating to corporate, foundation and trust law and assists with the setting up of and managing companies and structures. The group also handle contract drafting, due diligence reports, domestic and international M&A transactions, and liquidations and bankruptcies. Johannes Gasser, Hannes Arnold and Thomas Nigg jointly head the practice. Its client base includes petrochemical, automotive and fintech companies as well as family offices and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Michael Nueber and Johannes Sander were recently promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Gasser; Hannes Arnold; Thomas Nigg

Other key lawyers:

Michael Nueber; Johannes Sander

Testimonials

‘Independent, well connected and excellent quality.’

‘Hannes Arnold, Johannes Gasser both excellent lawyers, very tuned in.’

‘Thomas Nigg covers a very broad field of activities; impressive knowledge and very responsive; high level of professionalism and deep understanding of business needs; develops cost-efficient solutions. Johannes Gasser is one of the leading experts in Liechtenstein; technically extraordinarily strong; broad experience and in-depth knowledge in various areas; hands-on approach and creative solutions; thinking out of the box and focusing on specific requirements of each situation; very responsive despite his tight schedule.’

‘Gasser Partner is one of the biggest law firms in Liechtenstein with international presence. The firm in our view by far has the most responsive and experienced corporate and finance team in Liechtenstein. The team is professional in the handling of negotiations and very accessible. Liechtenstein is a small market and most lawyers are specialized in the private client business. Gasser Partner really stands out and shows a wide experience in general commercial, corporate law and M&A. The team has incredible attention to detail, while maintaining a fast turnaround.’

‘Dr. Arnold has a good sense of business and broad experience in various cross sectional matters, such as financial markets and insolvency law, which is an asset in complex transactions. Dr. Arnold, as lead partner, was always available for us. He led the negotiations in a very experienced, determined and solution-oriented manner, but also with the necessary consistency and assertiveness as far as necessary for our purposes. His advice was very competent and reliable. Dr. Arnold is an excellent lawyer. All in all, the cooperation was extremely competent, professional and the availability was very good. Promises, also in terms of time, were kept throughout.’

‘Responsive, customer-oriented, in-depth knowledge of financial markets in Liechtenstein.’

‘Hannes Arnold is client-oriented and responsive, willing to adapt to needs of clients, has deep knowledge of financial markets and is very professional.’

‘Hannes Arnold is our main contact for corporate and M&A work. He provides, together with his team, a very good service – broad knowledge, solution-oriented advice, great availability.’

‘Hannes Arnold is a man you like to work with.’

‘Very responsive, easy to deal with, very experienced and knowledgeable’

‘Hannes Arnold- terrific in responses and providing tailor-made solutions.’

‘Very committed and professional team. Always trying to bring in the best person to a specific problem. Very pleasant to work with, polite and friendly even when under pressure. Outstanding responsiveness and cost-efficient delivery.’

‘Responsive and efficient.’

Marxer & Partner Attorneys-at-Law

The sizeable team at Marxer & Partner Attorneys-at-Law has an enviable track record advising on national and international M&A transactions. It frequently acts for multinational corporations, banks, insurance and industrial companies and investment funds. Commercial, corporate, foundation and trust law are other pillars of the practice. Johannes Burger has particular knowledge of compliance and white-collar criminal law and Michael Oberhuber specialises in M&A transactions. The team is regularly called upon by the government of Liechtenstein for advice on drafting legislative bills and acts.

Other key lawyers:

Johannes Burger; Michael Oberhuber

Schurti Partners Attorneys at Law Ltd

With lawyers that are qualified in multiple jurisdictions, the corporate and commercial team at Schurti Partners Attorneys at Law Ltd regularly acts on cross-border transactions and is praised for its ‘very international, good contact network’. The practice heads Andreas Schurti, ‘brilliant, smart mind’, and Alexander Appel, ‘a highly skilled lawyer’, advise on the full range of corporate matters, restructurings, M&A transactions, carve-outs and re-domiciliations both nationally and internationally and have in-depth experience in the banking, fintech, insurance, trust services and fund industries. Moritz Blasy is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Schurti; Alexander Appel

Other key lawyers:

Moritz Blasy

Testimonials

‘I have worked with a number of overseas law firms and international firms. What really stands out is the length Schurti Partners takes to work with overseas practitioners to bridge the gap between two different legal jurisdictions to ensure the client’s needs are achieved. Whilst working with them, I find the corporate team to be extremely supportive.’

‘Andreas Schurti is a senior and extremely experienced lawyer who probably has almost seen and managed every possible situation for clients. He is a brilliant smart mind and his experience is most valuable for the entire team. Moritz Blasy has vast experience and serves clients’ needs with a smart and solution oriented approach.’

‘I had the pleasure of working with Andreas Schurti and Alexander Appel, both being partners at Schurti Partners. Andreas and Alexander are both very experienced and knowledgeable in corporate law. They were very thorough and took great lengths to explain the applicable laws of Liechtenstein to me.’

‘Very international, good contact network, great language skills.’

‘The team of Schurti Partners is a market leader in the area of Commercial, Corporate and M&A. The Team has conducted multiple cross border M&A transactions also with supervised and regulated entities involved and are well known to have vast experience in structuring asset protection structures and administrating large international company structures and family offices which have the ultimate holding companies in Liechtenstein. Given the structures they have vast experience in cross-border matters of multinational company structures.

‘Alexander Appel is a highly skilled lawyer and great communicator.’

‘They are exceptional lawyers, responsive and committed.’

‘They have the ability to understand commercial needs and apply it to the unique circumstances of the client.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a stock-listed EU-based corporation on an intra-group restructuring project including a Liechtenstein subsidiary (one of the largest local employers) in the industrial sector for the purpose of a group-wide spin-off with a subsequent IPO in the EEA. The deal value was over EUR500 million, and the transaction involved more than 25 jurisdictions.
  • Assisted a Liechtenstein life insurer with its merger with another life insurer, which was part of a restructuring and involved regulators in four European jurisdictions.
  • Advised a Liechtenstein bank and its foreign mother company on the reorganisation and potential sale of the bank.

advocatio Rechtsanwälte Grabher Dür

The team at advocatio Rechtsanwälte Grabher Dür has particular expertise advising on Liechtenstein trusts and foundations and off-shore companies. Practice head Johannes Dür has extensive knowledge in the area of trust, foundation and general corporate matters; he worked for one of Liechtenstein's largest fiduciary companies for a number of years in a senior role, and, in particular, has longstanding experience acting for eastern European clients.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Dür

Work highlights

  • Advised two Austrian entrepreneurs on a partnership agreement for a joint venture in the agricultural sector.
  • Advised a Liechtenstein family, as the shareholder, on Liechtenstein foundation law and AML in the course of an M&A transaction.
  • Represented extrajudicially a foreign high-net-worth individual entrepreneur in disputes involving corporate issues against the Liechtenstein fiduciary and the client’s business partner. Also assisted with the re-organisation of the group of companies held by Liechtenstein foundations.

Müller & Partner Rechtsanwälte

At Müller & Partner RechtsanwälteRoland Müller and Martin Zech regularly act for international companies advising on a variety of corporate matters including bankruptcy, M&A and company and trust law.

Lampert & Partner Attorneys at Law Ltd

Lampert & Partner Attorneys at Law Ltd broadly focuses on business and company law. Siegbert Lampert specialises in foundation, trust and company law and advises domestic and foreign companies with a focus on TMT and financial service clients.

Niedermüller | Attorneys at Law

Niedermüller | Attorneys at Law advises on relocations, spin-offs, M&A and divestment of companies as well as restructurings and corporate clean-up. Practice head Matthias Niedermüller is experienced in advising fintech start-ups, especially those involved in blockchain and crypto currencies, on their set-up and funding. The team also advises on the formation of charitable foundations, structures for asset protection and performs risks assessments for the organs.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Niedermüller

Key clients

Skale Labs Inc.

Nomisma Holdings Pte Ltd, Singpore

Seven Commodities AG, Vaduz

Curio AG, Vaduz

Fabeg Foundation

Eurokuranz

Seeger, Frick & Partner

Seeger, Frick & Partner advises on an array of corporate and commercial issues. Wolfgang Seeger specialises in contract, corporate and commercial law and M&A transactions while Hilmar Hoch focusses on company, foundation and contract law.

Sele Frommelt & Partner Attorneys at Law Ltd

Sele Frommelt & Partner Attorneys at Law Ltd provides a full range of legal services regarding Liechtenstein companies, trusts and foundations. Hugo Sele, Veit Frommelt and Rainer Lampert advise on corporate governance, regulatory issues and M&A transactions, among other matters.

Walser Attorneys at Law Ltd.

With a strong focus on corporate and commercial law, Walser Attorneys at Law Ltd. advises on issues including asset management and protection, representation of companies' interests in their foreign branches or shareholders’ rights in subsidiaries. Practice head Manuel Walser regularly advises Liechtenstein holding foundations on asset structuring and the establishment of family offices in Liechtenstein.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Walser

Wolff Gstoehl Bruckschweiger

Wolff Gstoehl Bruckschweiger has experience handling international corporate finance transactions, in particular cross-border M&A transactions, frequently acting for investors, law firms or foreign banks. Martin Gstoehl and Christoph Bruckschweiger are key figures.