Commercial, corporate and M&A in Liechtenstein

BATLINER WANGER BATLINER Rechtsanwälte AG

BATLINER WANGER BATLINER Rechtsanwälte AG acts for domestic and international clients alike, handling corporate and M&A transactions as well as giving corporate governance and contractual advice with further advice covering restructurings and insolvencies, employment law, real estate and construction, data protection and tax law. In relation to Liechtenstein trusts and foundations, the team advises in connection with charitable legal entities and business foundations. Founders of the firm Martin Batliner and Christian Batliner head the practice together with Markus Wille and are respectively experienced in corporate governance and compliance, commercial and contract law as well as restructuring and insolvency.

Key clients

Gable Insurance

Work highlights

  • Advising in relation to 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 has a considerable track record of advising on international mergers and acquisitions for both the buy as well as sell side – further  enabled and facilitated  through its offices in Vienna and Zurich. The practice advises international corporations, financial institutions and institutional investors on the full range of its corporate and commercial law issues as well as foundation and trust law matters, reorganisations and restructurings. Team heads Johannes Gasser, Hannes Arnold and Thomas Nigg ‘move with an incredible security‘ ‘in the international terrain‘ giving clients ‘peace of mind‘.

Testimonials

‘Thomas Nigg is very responsive, has good English skills and is internationally oriented for Liechtenstein standards. Certainly stands out compared to what other Liechtenstein firms offer in the sector of corporate and M&A.’

‘GASSER PARTNER team has provided consistent professional advice on various corporate law matters. It is worth mentioning Hannes Arnold who has strongly supported the project on a 24/7 basis and promptly responded to all issues arising in the course of our project.’

‘Hannes Arnold – partner, Sophie Herdina – associate: communication is uncomplicated and efficient. tasks are coordinated in a flexible manner. I can get a straight answer to a difficult question with a short amount of time, usually even on the same call or email.’

‘They know the market and market participants extremely well and are very well networked. Even, when it comes to cross-border issues, we are impressed by their capabilities. The team is a one-stop shop. This keeps complicated mandates lean and does not tie up any personnel capacities in our company. We are impressed by the industry-specific solutions found.’

‘We mostly work with Hannes Arnold. In the course of our cooperation he has more than convinced us of his outstanding legal skills in the field of corporate and commercial law. His absolute strengths are corporate law. Moreover he has a very strong knowledge on foundation and civil law matters. It is impressive how entrepreneurial he thinks, which we like very much. His solutions are always geared to our needs and in line with the requirements of the market.’

‘On a less senior level, Sophie Herdina and Christina Preiner always were on top of things and has shown to be a very skilled team member.’

‘Going the extra mile – their people are actually trying to understand the business.’

‘Dr. Hannes Arnold comes up with new (potential) ideas on the M&A side without asking him to do so, free of charge, just as a gesture.’

Marxer & Partner Attorneys-at-Law

Marxer & Partner Attorneys-at-Law acts on a wide array of matters for corporate and commercial clients, such as formation and administration of companies, foundations and trusts, real estate matters, competition and antitrust law issues as well as restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings.

Testimonials

‘High quality firm with an outstanding reputation and excellent practitioners.’

‘Stefan Wenaweser stands out as extremely intelligent, knowledgeable and hardworking. He leaves no stone unturned and is always available.’

‘Very strong in terms of legal quality, and know-how of the local market.’

‘Stefan Wenaweser and Christian Ritzberger are to be recommended for their expertise and quick turnaround.’

 

Schurti Partners Attorneys at Law Ltd

Schurti Partners Attorneys at Law LtdComparative Guides promotional icon ‘services and manages some of the largest national and international company groups‘ and has particular expertise with transactions involving regulated entities, such as banks, insurances and fintech service providers, regularly advising and executing ‘some of the largest transactions on the market‘. Andreas Schurti, ‘one of the icons‘ of the Liechtenstein legal market, is experienced in transactional and internal corporate governance work. ‘Very approachable, responsive and client-orientedAlexander Appel has a focus on M&A transactions, carve-outs and re-domiciliations while Moritz Blasy advises on restructurings, liquidations and investments ‘with foresight and overview‘.

Testimonials

‘Lawyers are very available and have sound knowledge on regulatory matters, in particular on insurance law matters and related case law.’

‘Mr Alexander Appel: Very approachable, responsive and very client-oriented.’

‘The Firm since decades services and manages some of the largest national and international company groups and has outstanding knowledge in this sector. They regularly execute and advise some of the largest transactions on the market.’

‘Moritz Blasy in the last years has become a leading individual in the firm as managing partner who guides the team with foresight and overview. Andreas Schurti is to be considered as one of the icons and smartest minds in the legal market. Nicolai Binkert is extremely knowledgeable in the corporate and finance matters.’

 

Work highlights

  • Assisted and advised a leading Liechtenstein life insurer in relation to a merger with another life insurer. The transaction was part of a complex restructuring transaction and involved complex cross-border aspects which did not only relate to corporate and contract law issues but also involved regulators in various European jurisdictions.
  • Advised a Liechtenstein bank and its foreign shareholder on the liquidation of the banking business in Liechtenstein. The case involved holistic legal advice on corporate and regulatory issues in a very dynamic environment and various proceedings pending before the Liechtenstein Financial Market Authority.
  • Advised a Liechtenstein regulated financial services provider in a cross-border side-step merger with another regulated financial services provider in Scandinavia. The transaction was fairly complex and involved a number of pre-merger intra-group reorganisation steps which also had cross-border elements and had a number of leading and innovative features which filled in certain loopholes of Liechtenstein merger law.

advocatio Rechtsanwälte Grabher Dür

The dispute resolution focused boutique advocatio Rechtsanwälte Grabher Dür has an additional strategic focus on counselling in corporate and commercial matters, including on Liechtenstein trust and foundation matters. Recently, the team led by the highly regarded Johannes Dür has been active in advising on insurance matters regarding contractual set-up and regulatory compliance. All partners of the team are also qualified in Austrian law and frequently handle cross-border matters. Clients are ‘impressed by the commercial understanding‘ of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Dür

Testimonials

‘The law firm is unique as they don’t offer Trustee services or similar. That makes them completely independent of most other lawyers who generally do practice trusteeships and offer management services of companies. You can be sure there are no behind the scene talks.’

‘Dr. Johannes Dür: I had some very difficult problems with a foundation in Liechtenstein and the office running this foundation. I got the answers and advice necessary to solve this problem out of court. Beside the legal knowledge I was impressed by the commercial understanding.’

‘Highly skilled and independent practitioners. Focus on traditional attorney-business (unlike other law firms in Liechtenstein.’

‘Johannes Dür is a very professional, precise and efficient lawyer who never gives up and always finds a solution. Moreover, the communication is always very clear – deadlines are always met.’

Work highlights

  • Advised in a dispute with the Liechtenstein fiduciary administrating the client’s foundation and its subsidiaries, including the amendment of foundation documents to strengthen client’s rights.
  • Represented (extra-judicial) the interests of a foreign high-net-worth individual against a Liechtenstein Foundation, which also included negotiations with the board and its attorneys.
  • Represented (extra-judicial) the interests of a foreign high-net-worth individual against a Liechtenstein Foundation, which also included negotiations with the board and its attorneys.

Müller & Partner Rechtsanwälte

Müller & Partner Rechtsanwälte is jointly headed by Wolfgang Müller, Roland Müller, Robert Neudorfer, Egon Hug and Martin Zech. The team is well known for its litigation expertise and further advises clients on commercial, corporate and trust law, as well as liability and compensation law, including such matters as the sale and purchase of Liechtenstein corporate and financial entities or establishing a subsidiary in Liechtenstein. Members of the practice are regularly appointed as liquidators for insolvent companies and administrators in bankruptcy proceedings, also for large Liechtenstein entities.

Niedermüller | Attorneys at Law

Niedermüller | Attorneys at Law represents and advises national and international clients in both contentious and non-contentious corporate and commercial matters with particular expertise in financing transactions, structuring, restructurings and M&A transactions 'and in particular foundation matters'. Practice head Matthias Niedermüller 'is regarded as one of the leading individuals in the entire fintech and blockchain sector' regularly advising on 'worldwide top tier projects'.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Niedermüller

Testimonials

‘Niedermüller Attorneys also is increasingly strong in the sector of Corporate and Commercial. They regularly advise large international company structures and in particular advise on Foundation matters which form the topholdings of several company groups. Their expertise in the sector of foundations and holding structures is excellent. Further they are by a margin the leading firm in Liechtenstein in fintech matters and are advising several of the most successful fintech and blockchain projects worldwide with multi billion valuations. They also are able to provide highly sophisticated international tax advice and corporate services inhouse in a one stop shop which currently is unparalleled in the Liechtenstein market.’

‘Matthias Niedermüller is regarded as one of the leading individuals in the entire fintech and blockchain sector of Liechtenstein and advises several worldwide top tier projects since years.’

‘Matthias (the company owner) is a smart and creative lawyer.’

Key clients

Skale Labs Inc.

Elrond Network

holoride AG

Nomisma Holdings Pte Ltd, Singpore

Curio AG, Vaduz

Ospelt & Partner Attorneys at Law Ltd.

Ospelt & Partner Attorneys at Law Ltd. advises domestic and international clients on a broad array of corporate and commercial matters and thus can ‘provide overall advice and solutions‘. The team, led by founding partner Alexander Ospelt , is adept at advising on due diligence processes, corporate restructurings, bankruptcy proceedings including the settlement and termination of operational businesses, sales of assets and the handling of claims, as well as M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Ospelt

Testimonials

‘High understanding of local specifics.’

‘Responsive, customer-oriented, well connected in Liechtenstein. Ospelt & Partner employs lawyers from all areas of law and can thus provide overall advice and solutions. The lawyers from Ospelt & Partner have the ability to understand commercial needs and meet client’s needs.’

‘Ospelt combines deep knowledge on advertising matters with a practical approach.’

‘Tijana Braubach assisted us in advertising clearance work for a big client of our firm. She has great communication skills, and is very well equipped to handle international work.’

‘The team has excellent connections and knows the area, in which I sought assistance very well. The key abilities are in the field of legal consultation, preparation and issuing legal briefs as well as submissions to the authorities. The firm appears to be very well connected in the country.’

‘My prime counterpart was Dr. Ospelt himself, as well as Mag. Jur. Jürgen Thiefenthaler. Mr. Tiefenthaler was instrumental in preparing and submitting critical documentation in my case. Both gentlemen were diligent and open to discussions, when ever I had requests, comments, or remarks. The case came to a solution to my utmost satisfaction.’

 

Key clients

FMA Mechatronic Solutions AG

Seed X Liechtenstein AG

Medicnova Privatklinik AG in Konkurs

Ospelt Holding AG

Billington Holdings Plc

Gassnerbau AG

wefox Insurance

Work highlights

  • Supported and advised Seed X in the establishment of a VC company structure. Legal support on VC Investments in Start-Ups.
  • Advised wefox Insurance AG on due diligence, corporate and M&A matters regarding the financing round.
  • Settlement of bankruptcy proceedings.

Walser Attorneys at Law Ltd.

With ‘most reliable‘ and ‘excellent lawyerManuel Walser at the helm of Walser Attorneys at Law Ltd., the firm has a focus on advising national and international private and institutional clients on corporate law, specifically the setting up and managing of foundations, partnerships, trusts, trust enterprises and other legal entities. Services include managing and administration of the entities as well as restructurings and dissolution of the structures.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Walser

Testimonials

‘Dr. Manuel Walser works very accurately, responds promptly to questions and is most reliable. Above all, he is an excellent lawyer with outstanding manners, meets my high ethical standards and – last but not least – has a sense of humour.’

Key clients

Allgemeines Treuunternehmen

CorPa Treuhand AG

CorPa Services AG

Mutual Consulting Establishment