Firm Profile > Binder Grösswang > Vienna, Austria

Binder Grösswang
STERNGASSE 13
1010 VIENNA
Austria

Banking and finance Tier 1

Binder Grösswang's sizeable team has a fine reputation for its broad banking and finance offering, which includes assistance with various financing transactions, such as sustainable, acquisition, project and real estate finance, alongside restructurings and sector-specific regulatory matters. This far-reaching expertise attracts an equally broad client base including domestic and international banks as well as large international corporates, who benefit from the team's close cooperation with top global firms. Michael Binder and Stephan Heckenthaler are key contacts for regulatory matters, including fintech, while structured finance expert Stefan Tiefenthaler is a regular fixture on acquisition, project and real estate finance deals. Tibor Fabian frequently handles real estate finance and DCM-related work and Emanuel Welten has recently been particularly active advising on sustainable finance (ESG) but also advises on various other financing transactions. Counsel Stefan Frank provides assistance with compliance, fund registrations and administrative criminal proceedings before the FMA.

Practice head(s):

Michael Binder; Stefan Tiefenthaler; Tibor Fabian; Emanuel Welten; Stephan Heckenthaler

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Frank

Testimonials

‘Very practical approach and excellent understanding of client needs.’

‘Great availability, hands-on mentality, solution seeker in contract negotiations.’

‘Stephan Heckenthaler: excellent listener, offers practical solutions (thinking out of the box) and is very helpful in negotiations.’

‘Stefan Tiefenthaler: professional approach, gives the feeling that the client’s deal always has priority.’

‘Emanuel Welten stands out with regard to corporate finance matters; pleasure to work with him as he has a very realistic view.’

Key clients

Austrian Post AG and bank99 AG

VERBUND AG

BNP Paribas

Cape 10 Einrichtungs & Betriebs GmbH

UniCredit Bank Austria

Commerzbank

Société Générale

Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen AG

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Hypo Niederösterreich AG

Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB)

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 1

Binder Grösswang's cooperation with other practice groups enables the team to handle large-scale litigation including private enforcement proceedings and class actions. The practice, which is led by litigation and arbitration expert Christian Klausegger, acts across various sectors including financial, real estate, construction, IT and manufacturing and has recently represented financial institutions, corporates and high-net-worth individuals in, among others, trade mark, post-M&A and Covid-19-related construction and contractor disputes as well as associated criminal proceedings. Stefan Albiez is a key contact for matters at the intersection with white-collar crime, while Ingeborg Edel is particularly active in cross-border disputes. Elisabeth Tretthahn-Wolski is another key member of the team and is well versed in warranty and liability claims and the enforcement of IP rights.

Practice head(s):

Christian Klausegger

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Albiez; Ingeborg Edel; Elisabeth Tretthahn-Wolski

Testimonials

‘Very good and sensible senior partner – looks at the case very pragmatically; good negotiator.’

‘The team is very engaging and reliable, accommodating to our needs.’

‘Highly competent, available and most importantly, they deliver.’

‘The dispute resolution team is not only very responsive but follows up the case proactively. They are very quick in understanding the problem and getting into the case and provide excellent support in dispute resolution proofing strategic thinking capabilities. They work as a team and work with the in-house counsel and thus provide an absolute efficient and goal-oriented service.’

‘We have been working with this law firm for several years. During that period, we got to know their commercial litigation and dispute resolution practice. Their practice is marked by professionalism, competence and individual approach to each problem. All the time there is a feeling that the client comes first.’

‘We appreciate that the attorneys of Binder Grösswang are personally involved in all legal matters they handle for us, they pay attention to every detail and are always very flexible in finding solutions for our legal problems.’

‘Great problem-solving skills, high availability and reliability throughout the case. Pragmatic approach and strong focus on economically reasonable solutions. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Our main point of contact is Christian Klausegger who is a proven expert in the dispute area. He has a lot of specific IT knowledge which makes it easy to connect him directly to technical people and engineers who are usually relevant for the success of litigations. He is very pragmatic, responsive and well connected in the Austrian market. Still, he has also the relevant experience to manage international disputes. He also manages to grow a team which applies the same standards of work as he does.’

‘Ingeborg Edel, the partner I worked with is an extremely competent person. The level of her professionalism is amazing. Constructive conversations were conducted on a daily basis. She is open to new ideas and vigorously advocates her arguments.’

‘Elisabeth Tretthahn-Wolski: great person, excellent in commercial litigation, preparation of litigation at its best.’

‘Stefan Albiez: great courtroom presence, wonderful briefs, a great litigator.’

‘Stefan Albiez is always available and ready to discuss matters in depth. We particularly value his commercial knowledge, hands-on approach and great problem-solving skills.’

‘Stefan Albiez is always available for discussion, very professional and goes the extra mile. We always felt to be in good hands.’

‘Ingeborg Edel: great person, excellent in commercial litigation, really fast with delivery.’

Key clients

City of Vienna

Province of Carinthia

Province of Upper Austria

Russian Federation

Unicredit Bank Austria

Erste Bank

Renault

KIA

NOKIA

Commerzbank

Lenzing

Liebherr

Employment Tier 1

At Binder Grösswang, the team has recently experienced a high demand for data protection and short-time work assistance in connection with Covid-19. Long-established areas of expertise include employment litigation as well as individual and collective labour law. Mass dismissals and executive contracts and compensation are a core area for Horst Lukanec, who jointly heads the department with Angelika Pallwein-Prettner. The latter further specialises in the set-up, drafting and implementation of working schemes. Manuel Müllner joined from Taylor Wessing enwc Rechtsanwälte GmbH in March 2020, further strengthening the team's knowledge of staff leasing and cross-border employee deployment.

Practice head(s):

Horst Lukanec; Angelika Pallwein-Prettner

Other key lawyers:

Manuel Müllner

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely service-orientated, delivers exceptionally fast and in outstanding quality. Availability is also top.’

‘My contact person is Horst Lukanec who is heading the team. He is very experienced, an excellent lawyer, is able to explain complex issues to the client in an understandable way and is also a skilled negotiator.’

‘Big knowledge in the team, which is well connected in-house. Fast response to urgent or new topics.’

‘Dr. Pallwein-Prettner is outstanding in consultancy and in representation in court, she is the best employment lawyer and always available.’

‘Excellent, harmonious team with good information flow amongst the different lawyers. Timelines are being adhered to, even in the most stressful situations. In depth knowledge on all areas that I have been working with them. Good mix of senior lawyers with lots of experience and more junior people with close contact to university and latest publications.’

‘We have shifted all our employment law issues to Horst Lukanec and his team and have made only the best of experiences with them in all involved issues.’

‘We frequently work with this team in international projects, as they are very responsive and provide excellent, but usable advice. ’

‘Very approachable, friendly folks, that are very responsive and always push the envelope to get things done. ’

Key clients

Husky-KTW GesmbH

Dehner Holding GmbH & Co. KG

YAMAHA Motor Middle Europe B.V.

ORF – Austrian Public Broadcasting Corporation

Media-Markt Saturn Gruppe

IPU – INTERNATIONAL Industrieausrüstung Vertriebs GmbH

Peek & Cloppenburg KG

Österreichische Post AG

Lindner Aktiengesellschaft

BNP Paribas Group Austria

EU and competition Tier 1

The department at Binder Grösswang shines across the whole gamut of EU and competition law and is led by Raoul Hoffer. He has a core focus on matters at the intersection of competition law and digitalisation, for instance in connection with artificial intelligence, data protection and the internet of things. Merger control at both Austrian and European level is a strong suit and the team is able to leverage its international network to handle cross-border work; Christine Dietz is the key name in this space. Isabelle Innerhofer is renowned for her private enforcement practice, where she often appears on the claimant's side in cartel damage litigation.

Practice head(s):

Raoul Hoffer

Other key lawyers:

Christine Dietz; Isabelle Innerhofer

Testimonials

‘Team is very responsive; team works seamlessly; high quality.’

‘Christine Dietz is very responsive; very committed; pragmatic advice to the point.’

‘Raoul Hoffer is very responsive, very knowledgeable about private enforcement of competition law.’

‘Christine Dietz has been my go-to competition lawyer in Austria for a number of years. She is bright, commercially minded and very responsive. Highly recommended.’

‘Binder are my go-to firm for all Austrian antitrust matters. We work with them on multiple matters every year. They are very responsive and give us exactly what we are looking for.’

‘Christine Dietz is highly responsive and gets to grip with the issues very quickly, providing exactly the advice we need.’

‘Responsive, pragmatic and efficient. Good knowledge of Austrian law and relationship with the authority.’

‘I would recommend Isabelle Innerhofer. She is knowledgeable, pragmatic and easy going. She delivers.’

‘Very reliable.’

‘The team is strong and well known in the market. They have an innovative approach, work effectively and quickly, with persistence and with a good portion of tenacity.’

‘The team I know includes Isabelle Innerhofer and Raoul Hoffer. All of them are very responsive and excellent to work with. ’

‘We routinely work with Binder as they are highly responsive, generally commercially minded and pragmatic. They are able to deal quickly and efficiently with urgent client requests with minimum fuss. They are our preferred Austrian counsel to work with on large-scale, complex transactions requiring filings in multiple jurisdiction.’

‘We primarily work with Christine Dietz, who is highly responsive and commercially minded. She provides no fuss, pragmatic advice and keeps even the most demanding of our US-based clients happy.’

‘The team around Raoul Hoffer, Isabelle Innerhofer and Christine Dietz work seamlessly together and provide top-notch quality advice.’

‘Raoul Hoffer and Isabelle Innerhofer are trusted advisors in cartel damage claims and digital issues. They are both very pleasant to work with.’

‘I strongly recommend Isabelle Innerhofer. She has the perfect package of high level knowledge, experience from important cases and enthusiasm to excel.’

‘The antitrust group and in particular Isabelle Innerhofer is highly competent, straight to the point and provides very practical and tailor made advice to the client. She has a problem solution approach which meet client’s expectations also in very demanding cases’

‘Great people to work with, smart, diligent, hands-on practical approach.’

‘The Team works seamlessly together.’

‘Isabelle Innerhofer shows solid competition law expertise. Pleasant to work with.’

‘Very capable competition law practice, very responsive, commercially minded; very pleasant to work with. First point of contact for competition law in Austria.’

‘Dr. Raoul Hoffer is a leading individual in Austria for behavioural matters, very experienced.’

‘Christine Dietz works thoroughly and is a smart lawyer, focusing on merger control. ’

‘In the field of antitrust law in particular, Christine Dietz quickly offers proactively tailor-made, solution-oriented and pragmatic proposals for solutions, always keeping an eye on costs and feasibility, thus creating an atmosphere of trust in the cooperation with clients.’

‘We consider the team to be the best in competition law in Austria. Stand-out characteristics are: the size and capacity to handle any big or complex matter at any time as well as their high degree of specialization.’

‘We believe that Raoul Hoffer as the head of the team stands out for his strategic thinking, knowledge on the workings of the authorities and digital law expertise.’

‘Christine Dietz is heading the merger control unit within the team and is a superb negotiator when it comes to complex transactions and to finding ways how to get them through.’

‘Isabelle Innerhofer is a well-known competition lawyer in the firm.’

‘One of the top competition teams in Austria, very present on an international level and always available.’

‘Isabelle Innerhofer, Christine Dietz and Raoul Hoffer stand out as excellent competition lawyers.’

‘I have worked with Isabelle Innerhofer on merger control matters this year – Isabelle is responsive, commercial, and an expert in her field.’

‘Very approachable, and consistently available. Happy to provide additional guidance that is of particular assistance to foreign firms.’

‘Isabelle Innerhofer is very approachable, client friendly and provides commercial advice.’

Key clients

Lenzing AG

Semperit AG

City of Vienna

WIENER LINIEN GmbH & Co KG

Region of Upper Austria

EQT Netherlands Management B.V.

Alexion Pharmaceutical Inc.

Mutares SE & Co. KGaA

BNP Paribas S.A.

Clessidra

Nissan Center Europe GmbH

Renault Austria GmbH

KIA AUSTRIA Gesellschaft mbH

Coca-Cola HBC Austria GmbH

Indorama Ventures PCL

ÖBB Infrastruktur AG

Ardian S.A.

VTG Aktiengesellschaft

Novomatic AG

TIWAG

Lidl Österreich GmbH

Berglandmilch

Private client Tier 1

On top of succession planning, foundations and investment advice, Binder Grösswang is also well able to handle more niche matters regarding philanthropy, acquisition of luxury goods and change of residence. Clients include Austrian nationals and foreign nationals, for instance from the UAE, Germany and the US. Both Andreas Hable and Bernd Schneiderbauer add their corporate and M&A background to private client advice. The duo collaborate closely with other departments at the firm to provide a full-service private client offering.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Hable; Bernd Schneiderbauer

Other key lawyers:

Christian Zwick

Testimonials

‘The members of the team we have been working with are highly specialized in each of their fields providing the clients with an excellent level of service. Compared to other practices we can point out the high quality of service, a broad coverage of legal fields they specialize in and a very quick response to the needs of our clients, which are all crucial when dealing with private clients and privately owned business.’

‘Andreas Hable provided excellent support in a broad field of legal questions of our individual clients, who highly appreciated his client oriented approach and broad coverage of legal issues they are facing.’

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

Tax Tier 1

The full-service tax practice at Binder Grösswang has recently gained traction for its tax litigation and private client services. Andreas Hable is the name to note for the latter area; he advises high-net-worth individuals on in- and outbound tax matters. Hable jointly heads the team with Christian Wimpissinger, an international tax and accounting law expert. At associate level, Clemens Willvonseder is a key name for tax-related investment advice and Barbara Gangl is the name to note for tax litigation and proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Christian Wimpissinger; Andreas Hable

Other key lawyers:

Clemens Willvonseder; Barbara Gangl

Testimonials

‘I have been instructing tax counsel in Austria for many years and Christian Wimpissinger is the best I have worked with. His international experience is invaluable, and he has excellent knowledge and insight on Austrian tax issues. He would always be a go-to adviser for us.’

‘Great team, always responsive and clear.’

‘I have used the firm for Austrian advice for a number of years. They are extremely creative – able to consider the best solution to a client’s problem, rather than merely responding to the questions put in front of them.’

‘I have worked with Christian Wimpissinger for a number of years. He is personable, highly knowledgeable and an effective team leader. ’

‘They understand multinational company business and are very competent in international taxation. Careful, responsive and personalized service.’

‘I usually deal with Christian Wimpissinger, who is very reliable and responsive. He is always very cooperative and cutting edge in international taxation.’

‘Christian Wimpissinger is truly an expert in international tax and has the rare ability to communicate complex provisions in a way even lay people can understand.’

‘The team is both technically very strong and experienced in international commercial transactions. Most Austrian law firms are very domestically focussed and BG are one of the few who have the expertise and sophistication for cross border work.’

‘Clemens Willvonseder appears to be the rising star in the team, focusing on transactional work and also appears to be extremely competent and to the point.’

Key clients

Mutares

The Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG)

Partners Group

AUVA

Europcar

DPE Deutsche Private Equity

Deezer

IBM

Macquarie

Mubadala

Lenzing

Netz Burgenland

BNP Paribas

Renault Austria

Agilent

Johnson & Johnson

Capital markets Tier 2

Binder Grösswang handles a wide range of DCM and ECM work, including debt issuance programmes, bond issues and compliance alongside approval procedures before the Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA). The team has been particularly active advising banks on bond issuance programme updates, which are frequently handled by Tibor Fabian, who is also a key contact for structured finance. Stephan Heckenthaler also has expertise at the intersection between capital markets and structured finance and, together with Michael Binder, also advises on regulatory matters. Florian Khol is an expert for issues at the interface between capital markets and corporate and M&A, including takeover law, while also providing regular compliance advice.

Practice head(s):

Florian Khol; Michael Binder; Tibor Fabian; Stephan Heckenthaler

Testimonials

‘Very efficient and well-organised practice, great to work with; they know the market very well.’

Key clients

BKS Bank AG

Oberbank AG

Steiermärkische Bank und Sparkassen AG

3-Banken Wohnbaubank AG

Raiffeisen Wohnbaubank AG

Hypo-Wohnbaubank AG

Salzburger Landes-Hypothekenbank AG

Bank für Tirol und Vorarlberg AG

Lenzing AG

VERBUND AG

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Binder Grösswang operates an internationally-oriented corporate and M&A practice, often collaborating with global law firms to provide services in cross-border matters involving Germany, the UK, the Gulf region or the Far East. Such transactions are a core area for Michael Kutschera and Thomas Schirmer. Andreas Hable also covers tax aspects and works with private clients as well as entrepreneurs, whereas Florian Khol has significant experience of joint ventures, public take-overs and stock listed companies. Philipp Kapl, a public M&A and private equity specialist, was promoted in February 2020, which brings the team's partner count to eight.

Other key lawyers:

Philipp Kapl; Michael Kutschera; Thomas Schirmer; Florian Khol

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic, business driven approach, very responsive, wealth of expertise, high-end advice.’

‘Andreas Hable is always available, pragmatic and business driven approach, very experienced.’

‘Great team spirit with a very open communication with diverse personalities, from hands-on to rather academic which allows them to serve all sorts of clients.’

‘Thomas Schirmer has great overview and is hands-on.’

‘Binder has broad expertise in M&A, tax, IP, HR/labour and other areas – truly a full service firm that can take a deal from beginning to end in an expeditious manner. The team is very experienced in cross border transactions and works 24/7 to meet the client’s needs, notwithstanding the time zone differences. ’

‘One-stop shop for all corporate finance law topics (PE, M&A and restructuring) in Austria with excellent service offering across all verticals. ’

‘Generally lawyers at BG are very much in touch with the latest developments in Austrian law but also have a strong international background. They exemplify the added value offering that one so often looks for in a quality advisor which goes above and beyond the call of duty with good commercial understanding. The exemplification of that would be Philipp Kapl, who recently made partner and was a fantastic advisor on the deals we have worked on together. He brings international experience, first class advisory and it was a great pleasure working with him. ’

‘We very much enjoy working with BG – they handle all legal matters in Austria and also advise us on complex matters in other jurisdictions.’

‘Philipp Kapl is our main contact at BG. He is an outstanding thinker, yet very pragmatic and fast. What makes him special is the combination of his legal skills and business acumen, this is why we also frequently involve him in transactions in foreign jurisdictions.’

‘One of the few top full service firms in Austria with significant experience working with the London fund industry.’

Key clients

Lenzing AG

Daimler AG

Blackstone Group

Danaher

Magna International AG

Scout24

Allianz

Novartis AG

BNP Paribas

Voestalpine AG

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Binder Grösswang is frequently called upon to act as Austrian counsel to advise corporates on corporate and financial restructurings and has recently been particularly active in financial services, retail and aviation sector work. In the insolvency space, the team regularly acts for creditors but also counts debtors among its clients. This broad offering also includes assistance with distressed M&A - where the team frequently acts for the bidder - and is based on a close cooperation with the firm's banking and finance, corporate and dispute resolution teams. This interface competence is also reflected in practice head Gottfried Gassner's combined restructuring and corporate expertise, which he shares with associate Georg Wabl, while Emanuel Welten  is the key contacte for finance-related work.

Practice head(s):

Gottfried Gassner

Other key lawyers:

Emanuel Welten; Georg Wabl

Testimonials

‘Complex know-how, responsiveness.’

‘Fast reaction, pragmatic approach, regular partners involvement.’

‘Very fast, even when deadlines are tight.’

‘Gottfried Gassner: very commercial approach, clear focus on finding solutions for the client.’

‘Georg Wabl was very diligent implementing our interests, without giving the other side the impression that they are giving up on their interests.’

‘Gottfried Gassner led us perfectly through a very complex legal framework and presented an excellent bird’s view perspective, while the other side were losing themselves in details.’

Georg Wabl and Gottfried Gassber were responding immediately, providing us with all relevant information needed.

‘We work a lot with Georg Wabl. He became an extremely valuable interface for us and is an outstanding lawyer. He particularly helped us with a very complex insolvency case. He immediately became a trusted advisor and is really fun to work with.’

Key clients

Swissport Group

HEMA Group

Co-ordinating Committee in the restructuring of the Steinhoff-Group

Kettler Austria GmbH

Baker Hughes GE Oil & Gas do Brasil Ltda.

Lafayette Mittelstand Capital

Intellectual property Tier 2

Trade mark work from portfolio management to infringement proceedings is at the central focus of Binder Grösswang. The department also defends clients in other IP litigation and often appears in IP transfer and licensing projects. Ivo Rungg, who heads the department, concentrates on IP transactions that often involve outsourcing, software and hardware contracts that bring together the team's IT prowess. Associate Hellmut Buchroithner brings copyright and industrial design law expertise to the table and counsel Michael Horak regularly handles design prosecution and opposition proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Ivo Rungg

Other key lawyers:

Hellmut Buchroithner; Michael Horak

Testimonials

‘The whole IP Team of Binder Grösswang has extensive experience in all the IP fields, and they are performing trademark, copyright and advertising law work for us. They are very knowledgeable and responsive and I can frankly recommend them to any peer. They have capacities which ensure swift and fast, but at the same time excellent legal support and the interest of the client is the primary focus of the firm.’

‘Ivo Rungg is my main contact there and I appreciate very much working with him. He is a bright attorney who has a very keen perception. He is a bright attorney who has a very keen perception. He’s not only an excellent lawyer but also offers ways to get things done instead of offering roadblocks.’

‘The IP practice is one of the biggest in Austria and therefore is always able to quickly handle requests, also complex and urgent matters. The team is highly experienced and considers IP-specific issues but always sees the big picture, e.g. tax or corporate compliance. The team has associates all over the world and can assist clients globally. They provide good value for money.’

‘Main contacts are Ivo Rungg, head of the IP/IT team and Counsel Michael Horak. They are very responsive and provide quick and helpful advice. Due to their experience they quickly understand complex issues and can develop practical solutions. As Michael Horak is regularly publishing on current IP matters he is always up-to-date on the most recent case law.’

Key clients

Hypo Vorarlberg Bank AG

Lenzing Aktiengesellschaft

Renault Österreich GmbH

Modemobil GmbH

Tiroler Glashütte GmbH (“RIEDEL GLASS”)

Embracer Group AG (formerly THQ Nordic AB)

LVMH Group

Xerox Austria GmbH

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

BAWAG P.S.K.

FREY WILLE

Springer Kommunaltechnik GmbH

KIA Austria GmbH

OVE Österreichischer Verband für Elektrotechnik

Zillertal Tourismus GmbH

Capgemini Consulting Österreich AG

Soundreef Ltd

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 3

Binder Grösswang works in close cooperation with various other practice groups and handles both arbitrator and counsel mandates, while Ingeborg Edel is also adept at mediation. The team's work spans various sectors including automotive, construction, engineering and IT and also includes assistance with the enforcement of arbitral awards. Dispute resolution team head Christian Klausegger has a focus on litigation but also acts as counsel and arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Christian Klausegger

Other key lawyers:

Michael Kutschera; Ingeborg Edel

Testimonials

‘Robust professional team of lawyers, possibility to solve broad numbers of legal questions in one place.’

‘Excellent dispute resolution team, very high professional standard, hands-on mentality with a strong strategic and commercial focus.’

‘Personal approach, lawyers in this company are our guides in Austrian law.’

‘The team has a unique “sound” of easy and open communication which implies respect and understanding for the client. It radiates competence and a sense of reliance, safety, hope and relief that finally your problem is duly taken care of. One can feel the big engine even at its slow and quiet cycles.’

‘Highly valuable and professional advice.’

‘We have worked mainly with Michael Kutschera and Ingeborg Edel. They have the talent of forecasting the counter moves of the opponent and taking the proper preemptive measures – like playing chess.’

‘The team at BG is at the very top of their game – particularly when it comes to any financial or banking matters. Christian Klausegger is incredibly knowledgeable; has fantastic judgment, and is a real pleasure to work with.’

‘Christian Klausegger is a pleasure to work with, has a firm handle on the most complex cross-border cases, and can distil complicated matters of law into succinct summaries that clients love.’

‘Partner provided great job (fast reaction, valuable support and very high professional advice)!!’

Key clients

Renault

Liebherr

Springer

KIA

Lenzing AG

Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud) Tier 3

Binder Grösswang's white-collar criminal unit is part of the firm's dispute resolution practice, which leads to regular instructions at the intersection between civil and criminal law, including internal investigations and compliance. Recent work includes matters arising from allegations of tax evasion, fraud, embezzlement and bribery. Team head Stefan Albiez is also experienced in handling industrial espionage matters.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Albiez

Other key lawyers:

Christian Klausegger

Testimonials

‘The team is very straightforward, quick and efficient.’

‘They are commercial and understand our business; they have a TNT (Today-Not-Tomorrow) mentality.’

‘Stefan Albiez: has great courtroom presence, wonderful briefs, a great white-collar defence lawyer.’

Key clients

ShareWood Switzerland AG

SIG-Seeliegenschaftengesellschaft Kärnten Verwaltungs GmbH

William Koch

ERSTE Bank Group

Immoconsult Group

immigon portfolioabbau ag

Microtec Group

Nokia Austria

Projects and energy Tier 3

Projects and energy work at Binder Grösswang is handled by members of the firm's real estate, corporate, and banking and finance teams. The group has a strong skill set in energy M&A, litigation and arbitration. Practice head Johannes Barbist is a key name for environmental law.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Barbist

Key clients

VERBUND AG, Austria’s leading electricity company

ÖBB, Austria’s leading railway group

Contour Global Group

European Investment Bank (EIB)

TIWAG Tiroler Wasserkraft AG

Prinzhorn Group

General Electric

Energie Burgenland

Administrative law and public sector Tier 4

Binder Grösswang handles environmental, constitutional and administrative law as part of its regulatory services offering. Johannes Barbist, who is in charge of the group, represents clients in administrative proceedings and advises on the public law aspects of a wide variety of matters. The team has also guided several clients through Covid-19 related aid measures and regulations.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Barbist

Other key lawyers:

Regina Kröll

Testimonials

‘Down to earth personnel, who consider the needs of each individual client and strategic purpose of the mandate.’

‘Very responsive, very pragmatic.’

‘The Team has great insight and knowledge of the Energy Sector. ’

‘Johannes Barbist is always accessible, incredibly reliable and the results are always of impeccable quality. Simply a great lawyer.’

‘Regina Kröll is very responsive, pragmatic, and commercial.’

‘Binder Grösswang Rechtsanwälte GmbH is a top player in Austria and has very good diversified teams, which include the relevant and necessary legal scope of a company. All partners and associates have very good technical and vocational skills.

Data privacy and data protection Tier 4

Data breaches, GDPR implementation, consent declarations and advice on cookies make up the bulk of work at Binder Grösswang. IP/IT expert Ivo Rungg and employee data privacy specialist Angelika Pallwein-Prettner jointly head the team, with data protection work largely handled by Philipp Spring, who also represents clients in legal proceedings before data protection authorities.

Practice head(s):

Ivo Rungg; Angelika Pallwein-Prettner

Other key lawyers:

Philipp Spring

Testimonials

‘In our case, it was the outstanding professional competence of the support in a new field of law for us as well as for the law firm. In our opinion, another strength lies in the speed of reaction of the partner.’

‘Our contact was Dr. Philipp Spring. We felt extremely well taken care of from the very first moment of contact. The professional competence of the partner and the objective approach convinced us immediately. His very good preparation of the subject matter in our proceedings with the authorities ultimately led to the result we had hoped for.’

‘I would like to underline the quick reaction and availability of the team members of the data privacy and data protection practice group.’

‘We were provided with support in demanding legal matters in a practicable and feasible way. We have never waited long for the first approach to solve our questions.’

‘Dr. Philipp Spring showed a very accomplished knowledge and a lot of practicable experience in his field. That allows him to give a hands-on support to his clients that helps them to solve issues on very short notice.’

Key clients

Österreichische Post AG

Capgemini Consulting Österreich AG

BNP Paribas

OBI Bau-und Heimwerkermärkte Systemzentrale GmbH

Volksbanken Wien

Renault Österreich GmbH

City of Vienna

Société Générale Austria

Association Novid20

Starbucks Coffee Austria GmbH

GlaxoSmithKline

Public procurement Tier 4

Part of the firm's wider regulatory group, Binder Grösswang's public procurement team assists public and private companies, for instance in relation to M&A transactions and projects. Department head Johannes Barbist has a solid track record acting for energy and transport clients. Senior associate Regina Kröll is also active.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Barbist

Other key lawyers:

Regina Kröll

Real estate Tier 4

Binder Grösswang provides regular assistance to funds and real estate investors, retailers, leisure and hospitality sector players as well as private clients with real estate-related joint ventures, acquisitions and disposals while also handling construction-related matters and lease work. Real estate M&A expert Markus Uitz jointly heads the practice with Tibor Fabian, whose expertise lies at the intersection between real estate transactions and financing.

Practice head(s):

Markus Uitz; Tibor Fabian

Key clients

voestalpine AG

Raiffeisen Property International GmbH

GIC

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited

Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf

Travel Partner Group GmbH

VB Real Estate Services GmbH

CORESTATE

The Blackstone Group Inc.

Leasinvest

TMT Tier 4

The IT and telecoms offering at Binder Grösswang is part of the firm's IP department and is particularly prominent in matters that overlap between the two areas. Team lead Ivo Rungg focuses on licensing, IT contracts and new technologies. Together with associate and IT transactions expert Philipp Spring, he regularly advises on app and e-commerce roll-outs.

Practice head(s):

Ivo Rungg

Other key lawyers:

Philipp Spring

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge about the TMT industry; quick and responsive when fast based decision makings are required; legal recommendations are strongly underpinned with business mindset’

‘BG has great in-depth knowledge of the TMT sector and provides swift and helpful advice in related questions.’

‘Ivo Rungg does a great job, he is a great lawyer with incredible knowledge.’

‘They assisted our company in a complex litigation case, and we were extremely satisfied with their support.’

‘I worked with Philipp Spring. He always communicated promptly in a very clear way, and we have been very happy to work with him. ’

Key clients

Springer Maschinenfabrik GmbH

Bexity GmbH

DIY Company

Capgemini Consulting Österreich AG

Music Licensing Company

Association NOVID20

The firm: Binder Grösswang’s successful strategy is based on outstanding professional expertise combined with a teamwork approach. More than 100 highly specialised legal experts work together in teams to give the firm’s clients outstanding support. The firm has gained an excellent reputation for its sophisticated and business-oriented approach and individually tailored solutions. Its legal experts are widely connected and rank amongst the best in their various practice areas.

The firm has ranked among Austria’s leading law firms for almost 60 years. Today it is one of the largest law firms in Austria and advises major Austrian and international corporations and financial institutions.

The firm strives to meet market expectations by identifying tomorrow’s legal challenges, working with optimum efficiency and offering competitive prices, without compromising highest quality and full loyalty.

International experience: Binder Grösswang focuses particularly on complex cross-border transactions whenever Austrian law issues are relevant and maintains close contacts with top international law firms on a global level.

The majority of the firm’s assignments are transnational. By working in cooperation with a global network of top-flight partner firms and selecting those local experts best qualified for the matter at hand in each particular case, Binder Grösswang is able to provide flexible, customised solutions in all major jurisdictions. In turn, Binder Grösswang is a reliable partner for international law firms seeking legal expertise in Austria.

Areas of practice: Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, EU & Competition, Corporate/M&A, Data Protection, Digital Law, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Restructuring & Insolvency, Private Clients, Real Estate, Regulatory, Tax, Intellectual Property & Information Technology

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Michael Binder
Banking and finance Tibor Fabian
Banking and finance Stephan Heckenthaler
Banking and finance Stefan Tiefenthaler
Banking and finance Emanuel Welten
Capital markets Tibor Fabian
Capital markets Florian Khol
EU & Competition Johannes Barbist
EU & Competition Christine Dietz
EU & Competition Raoul Hoffer
Corporate/M&A Gottfried Gassner
Corporate/M&A Andreas Hable
Corporate/M&A Florian Khol
Corporate/M&A Michael Kutschera
Corporate/M&A Thomas Schirmer
Corporate/M&A Bernd Schneiderbauer
Corporate/M&A, Private Clients Christian Zwick
Corporate/M&A Philipp Kapl
Dispute resolution Stefan Albiez
Dispute resolution Johannes Barbist
Dispute resolution Ingeborg Edel
Dispute resolution Christian Klausegger
Dispute resolution Michael Kutschera
Employment Horst Lukanec
Employment Angelika Pallwein-Prettner
Restructuring & Insolvency Gottfried Gassner
Restructuring & Insolvency Emanuel Welten
Private clients Andreas Hable
Private clients Bernd Schneiderbauer
Real estate Tibor Fabian
Real estate Markus Uitz
Regulatory Johannes Barbist
Regulatory Raoul Hoffer
Tax Andreas Hable
Tax Christian Wimpissinger
Tax Clemens Willvonseder
Unfair Competition and IP Ivo Rungg
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr iur Stefan Albiez  photo Dr iur Stefan Albiez Partner, specialised in dispute resolution, white collar crime, corporate and commercial litigation.
Dr iur Johannes Barbist  photo Dr iur Johannes Barbist Partner, specialised in regulatory, energy law, competition, and compliance.
Dr iur Michael Binder  photo Dr iur Michael Binder Partner, specialised in financial services regulation, regulatory,  banking & finance, capital markets, corporate/M&A.
Dr iur Hellmut Buchroithner  photo Dr iur Hellmut Buchroithner Counsel, specialised in unfair competition and IP, copyright and industrial design law,…
Mag iur Christine Dietz  photo Mag iur Christine Dietz Partner, specialised in competition, european law, state aid law, commercial law.
Mag iur Ingeborg Edel  photo Mag iur Ingeborg Edel Partner, specialised in dispute resolution, international corporate and commercial litigation, arbitration, automotive,…
Dr iur Tibor Fabian  photo Dr iur Tibor Fabian Partner, specialised in banking & finance, capital markets, real estate and structured…
Mag iur Gottfried Gassner  photo Mag iur Gottfried Gassner Partner, specialised in corporate /M&A, insolvency and restructuring and private trust law.
Dr iur Andreas Hable  photo Dr iur Andreas Hable Partner, specialised in corporate/M&A, tax and private client & entrepreneur.
Dr iur Stephan Heckenthaler  photo Dr iur Stephan Heckenthaler Partner, specialised in banking & finance, financial services, capital markets, structured finance,…
Dr iur Raoul Hoffer  photo Dr iur Raoul Hoffer Partner, specialised in competition, regulatory, public procurement law, state aid law, energy…
Dr iur Isabelle Innerhofer  photo Dr iur Isabelle Innerhofer Counsel, specialised in competition, state aid law, public procurement law, european law,…
Dr iur Philipp Kapl  photo Dr iur Philipp Kapl Philipp Kapl is a partner in the Corporate / M&A team of…
Dr iur Florian Khol  photo Dr iur Florian Khol Partner, specialised in capital markets, corporate/M&A, takeovers.
Dr iur Christian Klausegger  photo Dr iur Christian Klausegger Partner, specialised in dispute resolution, commercial litigation and arbitration, white collar crime,…
Dr iur Alexander Kramer  photo Dr iur Alexander Kramer Counsel, specialised in real estate, contract and commercial law, financing.
Mag iur Horst Lukanec  photo Mag iur Horst Lukanec Partner, specialised in employment, data protection law, corporate law.
Dr iur Angelika Pallwein-Prettner  photo Dr iur Angelika Pallwein-Prettner Partner, specialised in employment and data protection law.
Dr iur Thomas Schirmer  photo Dr iur Thomas Schirmer Partner, specialised in corporate/M&A, private equity/venture capital, international cross-border transactions, joint ventures,…
Dr iur Bernd Schneiderbauer  photo Dr iur Bernd Schneiderbauer Partner, specialised in corporate/M&A, private clients & entrepreneurs, corporate finance, real estate.
Dr iur Stefan Tiefenthaler  photo Dr iur Stefan Tiefenthaler Partner, specialised in banking & finance, structured finance, project finance, acquisition financing,…
Dr iur Markus Uitz  photo Dr iur Markus Uitz Partner, specialised in real estate and corporate M&A.
Mag iur Emanuel Welten  photo Mag iur Emanuel Welten Partner, specialised in banking & finance, insolvency and restructuring, structured finance, acquisition…
MMag Clemens Willvonseder  photo MMag Clemens Willvonseder Partner, specialised in Austrian and international tax law
Dr iur Christian Wimpissinger  photo Dr iur Christian Wimpissinger Partner, specialised in international tax planning, taxation of restructurings, EU tax law.
Dr iur Christian Zwick  photo Dr iur Christian Zwick Christian Zwick is a partner in the firm’s Corporate / M&A team.…
Number of lawyers : 100
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Contacts : Andreas Hable (managing partner)
Other offices : Innsbruck

Binder Grösswang is fully committed to promoting and ensuring diversity and equal opportunities at all levels of the company. As an internationally operating law firm, we have set ourselves the goal of creating a diverse and inclusive work culture in which the appreciation of each individual and his/her work is of central importance. We do not tolerate any discrimination against individuals, be it on the basis of gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, origin, race, religious or political affiliation, ethnic background, nationality or any other grounds. We are determined to create a working environment for our employees in which every employee feels like a valued part of the company, and in which the boundaries between personal space and working life are respected at all times. 

Within the company, there is a well-defined diversity policy, the implementation of which is regularly reviewed from the very top by the Management Board. We are committed to observing the principles of diversity and equal opportunity as defined in our policy when recruiting and selecting our employees. 

  • GREAT PLACE TO WORK 

Binder Grösswang is known in the market as the top employer among international law firms. 

Not least because of this, Binder Grösswang was the first law firm to receive the Great Place to Work® Award for best employers in Austria. Three years in succession, Binder Grösswang has won the Great Place to Work® Award and is still the only law firm in Austria to hold this Award.  

Great Place to Work® awards prizes for best employers in Austria, which are conferred for trust-based workplace relations and corporate culture. The assessment leading to the award is based on a world-wide benchmark study rating values such as credibility, respect, fairness, pride and team spirit in the corporate setting. 

WE CARE 

For many years, Binder Grösswang has been committed to helping people in need within the framework of the firms WE CARE program, which was established specifically for this purpose. Through hands-on activities, monetary donations and donations in kind, Binder Grösswang regularly supports various projects suggested by staff members. 

  • Binder Grösswang Supports Development of Crisis Management App Novid20 Pro Bono 

In the battle against the extremely rapid spread of the Corona virus, a team of experts has been workingintensively on the development of an automated Corona warning system in the form of a smartphone app. The technology platform Novid20 is conceived to slow down the infection rate of the Covid-19 virus by notifying app users of risk zones.  

This is one of the leading private initiatives in this field. The non-profit association “NOVID20 – Technologieplattform zum Krisenmanagement” (NOVID20 – Technology Platform for Crisis Management) is supported by the physician Franz Wiesbauer, numerous app developers, scientists and legal experts, as well as data-protection and technology companies. 

  • “AIAS Innsbruck – Verein zur Registrierung von Stammzellenspenden”: Stem Cell Donor Registration in Austria
    Every day, three people in Austria are diagnosed with leukaemia. Two out of ten leukaemia patients lose their lives because no suitable stem cell donor can be found. For this reason, the non-profit student initiative “AIAS – Studierende gegen Blutkrebs” (AIAS – Students Against Leukaemia), begun in Germany, organizes registration campaigns to gain potential stem cell donors. 

In cooperation with the Austrian Red Cross and the Austrian National Union of Students, psychology students brought this non-profit initiative to Austria, with the objective of having more stem cell donors typed in this country as well. Binder Grösswang advised the students pro bono on the establishment of the the first branch of the initiative in Austria, based in Innsbruck 

  • CAPE 10- House of the Future and Social Innovation 

Binder Grösswang supported the project “CAPE 10 – Haus der Zukunft und sozialen Innovation”, a future medical treatment centre and day centre for homeless and socially disadvantaged people, initiated by the well-known Viennese doctor Siegfried Meryn. The team of lead partner Emanuel Welten and Florian Khol advised on the financing of the project, particularly in connection with the creation of a social impact hybrid bond intended to get the non-profit foundation up and running. This financial instrument, a new, innovative financing model, was used in Austria in connection with a double-digit million euro project for the first time. The construction of the care centre was completed in February 2021  and the first tenants have moved in. 

  • Binder Grösswang supports MOMO, Viennas mobile hospice and palliative team for children 

Being diagnosed with a life-limiting disease is traumatizing for a child and impacts the entire family. For many years, the MOMO team has provided extensive care to more than 200 critically ill children and their families at their homes. Help is tailored to the needs of each family, depending on the care required. If needed, MOMO supports affected families from the moment of diagnosis, for weeks, months or even for many years, until the children pass away, and afterwards. 

  • Binder Grösswang supports Canisibus Food Buses run by Caritas 

Binder Grösswang has actively supported the team of the Canisibus food buses several times. Canisibus is an institution run by Caritas. Every evening, 365 days a year, the Canisibus buses provide homeless persons with hot soup and bread. Up to 450 persons are served daily along the buses regular routes.  

  • Binder Grösswang cooks for the Gruft 

Binder Grösswang cooks for the Gruft, a charitable institution run by Caritas, which provides homeless people in Vienna with food, clothing, etc. free of charge. The basic principle behind “cooking for the Gruft” is simple. The ingredients are purchased beforehand and brought along to the Gruft, where the meal is prepared. Every year, around 150 cooking groups actively support Caritas in this way; Binder Grösswang has participated in this project several times. 


Binder Grösswang is a consistently top-ranked, leading full-service Austrian law firm with a substantial international practice. The firm has significant experience and expertise in all areas of commercial law, especially in M&A/corporate, banking & finance, dispute resolution, banking supervisory, tax, real estate, regulatory and competition law.  

The firm has gained an excellent reputation for its sophisticated and business-oriented approach and individually tailored solutions. Its more than 100 highly specialised legal experts are widely connected internationally and rank amongst the best in their various practice areas. 

Binder Grösswang thinks and acts in a global context. 

Even though Binder Grösswang is based only in Austria, most of the firm’s assignments are of an international nature. Be it in Central and Eastern Europe or in the world’s important financial centres, the firm works together with local experts, always selecting those who are best qualified for the matter at hand.  

Global Network 

The firm’s global network of partner firms is not exclusive in any jurisdictions and therefore enables the firm to provide clients with flexible, customised solutions while meeting the highest standards of quality. Binder Grösswang identifies significant changes in the market, reacts to them effectively and seeks to anticipate market developments.  

Expertise and International Activities 

The partners at Binder Grösswang regularly lecture at international universities, publish on the latest legal issues and are themselves active as entrepreneurs and members of supervisory boards and foundations. They also hold important positions in international networks such as the IBA, the ABA, etc. 

Languages 

German, Croatian, Czech, English, French, Italian, Russian, Slovak and Spanish 

Binder Grösswang advises Vertellus and Pritzker Private Capital on the acquisition of IM Chemicals

(Vienna, 10 June 2021) Binder Grösswang advised Vertellus, a global supplier and manufacturer of speciality chemicals, and Pritzker Private Capital, a leader in family direct investing, in connection with the acquisition of the Intermediates and Specialty Chemicals business of ESIM Chemicals (IM Chemicals).

Binder Grösswang advises Deutsche Beteiligungs AG and its portfolio company FAST LEAN SMART Group G

FAST LEAN SMART Group GmbH invests in impactit GmbH and becomes Solvares Group.