Firm Profile > Binder Grösswang > Vienna, Austria

Binder Grösswang

Banking and finance Tier 1

Binder Grösswang's banking and finance group advises national and international financial institutions on lending, acquisition, project and structured finance mandates. Michael Binder, Tibor Fabian and Stephan Heckenthaler have substantial expertise in financial services regulatory matters. The sizeable team also includes Stefan Tiefenthaler, who was involved in various real estate financings, and Emanuel Welten.  Stefan Frank was promoted to counsel in early 2019, while Robert Wippel left to join Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG in late 2019.


Very good portfolio of various skills and experience, high quality of written documentation, readable memos, to the point and reasonable billing as well as not too many lawyers at one case.

Experience, competence, common sense, client focus and fair value for money.’

Stephan Heckenthaler –  outstanding negotiation skills, instant understanding of clients problems and needs, excellent English both written and oral and very hands on.’

Michael Binder – great experience in the banking industry and solution orientated.

Key clients

Verbund AG

BNP Paribas


UniCredit Bank


Constantia Flexibles Holding

Easy Park

Erste Bank der österreichischen Sparkasse AG

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Hypo Niederösterreich AG

Capital markets Tier 1

The team at Binder Grösswang has 'broad and deep expertise', particularly in advising on bond issuance programmes and representing clients in approval procedures before the Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA). The practice also handles the full spectrum of matters connected to capital increases, including structuring, announcing the premise to conduct a capital increase, addressing investors, drafting the prospectus, handling announcements and implementing the increase itself. Clients include many notable Austrian banks, among them Oberbank and Raiffeisen Wohnbaubank. Florian Khol stands out for his 'very high expertise in capital markets transactions'. He jointly heads the practice with  Michael BinderTibor Fabian and Stephan Heckenthaler.


One stop shop, broad and deep expertise, very renowned firm, have the capacity to handle high-volume transactions, partners are highly available.

Florian Khol: very high expertise in capital markets transactions, highly available, provides practical solutions, truly understands the business.

Key clients

Verbund AG

BKS Bank

Oberbank AG

Steiermärkische Bank und Sparkassen AG

3-Banken Wohnbau AG

Raiffeisen Wohnbaubank AG

Hypo Wohnbaubank AG

Salzburger Landes-Hypothekenbank AG

BTV Bank für Tirol und Vorarlberg

Lenzing AG

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 1

Binder Grösswang's 'excellent commercial dispute resolution team' acts for leading players in a plethora of industries including IT, automotive, financial services, utilities, infrastructure, construction, supply chain and the public sector. Many of the disputes handled by the group involve insolvencies, for instance acting for the former creditors of Heta, or allege fraud. The 'excellent' Christian Klausegger leads the department and Stefan Albiez has expertise in defending banks against claims issued by investors. Ingebord Edel and attorney-at-law Elisabeth Tretthahn-Wolski are also noted.

Practice head(s):


The advice is provided promptly, attorneys are always available for discussion, the cooperation is very pleasant, easy and efficient as attorneys have perfect knowledge of the Austrian law and speak fluent English. The balance of the cost and quality of services is perfect.

High quality output, highly motivated and reliable, in depth knowledge, hands on mentality, great handling of difficult situations.’

Excellent dispute resolution team, very high professional standard, with a strong strategic focus.

The team of Binder Groesswang especially Ingeborg Edel are very professional. You will in good hands all the time. They meet every deadline. They remind you if something is outstanding.

Great problem-solving skills, high availability and reliability throughout the case. Pragmatic approach and strong focus on economically reasonable solutions.

Ingeborg Edel – she is just exceptional.

We appreciate that Christian Klausegger and Elisabeth Tretthahn-Wolski are personally involved in all legal matters they handle for us, they pay attention to every detail and always are very flexible in finding solutions of our legal problems.

Christian Klausegger and Elisabeth Tretthahn-Wolski are excellent lawyers with a strong client oriented focus. They are able to handle multi jurisdictional cases as well local Austrian ones, always with a strong strategic approach. They are well connected in the Austrian market, very responsive and have the necessary technical understanding and skills to manage also complex IT disputes.

Key clients

City of Vienna

Commerzbank AG

UniCredit Bank Austria

Province Upper Austria

Erste Bank





Russian Federation

Employment Tier 1

Binder Grösswang's employment practice provides 'exceptional service'. Led by Angelika Pallwein-Prettner, who has integrated experience of data protection law into her practice, and Horst Lukanec, the team's 'broad knowledge' allows it to take on a range of work, such as restructurings/social plan negotiations, M&A support and collective bargaining agreements. The firm also advises industries on the issues relating to production shutdowns. Also of note is Sabine Apfl-Trompeter who is 'an invaluable resource'.


‘They have very experienced and motivated teams and are able to cover a lot of different topics. All cases are handled fully professionally. Competent and fast reaction, very professional in every aspect. Dr. Pallwein-Prettner completely understands our business and finds the optimum solution.’

‘The Austria Binder team are great to work with – they are technically excellent, but always very commercial, something that is key in the nature of the advice we frequently need. We are often instructing them on behalf of  demanding clients with very short turnaround times and within strict fee constraints – and they always deliver. They would be my go-to contact in Austria for employment law advice.’

‘A highly professional law firm which is very broadly positioned and yet has detailed knowledge of every field of expertise. The quality of the advice is extremely high and competent and the consultants are always available.’

‘Exceptional service, always available, quick support every time, exceptional advice/consultation, exceptional knowledge in HR Legal.’

‘The employment group has provided timely and efficient advice. Their response time and work product has been excellent. Sabine Apfl-Trompeter has been an invaluable resource. She is extremely responsive and her advice is always on target. Angelika Pallwein-Prettner was also very quick to respond to my initial email, following a referral from our German employment counsel.  She connected me with Sabine, who I have worked with most closely, which I appreciate because it has been more cost-effective.’

‘Always willing to help and give the right advice.’

‘Broad knowledge, very high client orientation, swift replies.’

‘The team are very patient; with their help we were able to not only manage our own internal management but also understand the issues we were facing in our own case. Sabine Apfl-Trompeter was excellent, she accurately translated both the Austrian employment law and language and made the whole experience easy for us. Sabine was very patient and understood and controlled our frustrations with the case and guided us to a satisfactory outcome in the case.’

Key clients

Big Bus Vienna GmbH

Pharm Allergan GmbH

Yamaha Motor EuropeN.V.

CCB ManagementServices GmbH

Starbucks Coffee AustriaGmbH

Asics Austria GmbH

Riedel Group / TirolerGlashütte GmbH

Gebr.Heinemann WienGmbH

Illumina Inc

Crocs Austria GmbH

EU and competition Tier 1

Binder Grösswang handles investigative and conceptual compliance mandates as well as the full range of EU and Austrian competition law including follow-on damage cases and matters with a white-collar criminal law aspect. Department head Raoul Hoffer excels in matters involving merger control, private enforcement and abuse of dominance, as well as those relating to data protection issues. Christine Dietz focuses her practice on state aid law and compliance as well as merger control proceedings and has particular expertise in the petrochemicals, transport and logistics sectors, among others. Counsel Isabelle Innerhofer has expertise in eDiscovery-based audits, private enforcement and distribution law, in particular assisting clients from the automotive and healthcare sectors.

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‘BG’s competition law team is very responsive and works together seamlessly. They have a great knowledge of the Austrian cases and find a good approach to the authority.’

‘The team has an exceptional experience and deals with highly complex antitrust cases, always offering very practical and client oriented solutions.’

‘Christine Dietz is an outstanding individual advising on Austrian matters.’

‘Christine Dietz is highly responsive to client requests and reliably offers sensible (and commercially aware) advice. The associates that support her are generally highly competent.’

‘Isabelle Innerhofer is an intelligent lawyer and always thinks two steps ahead.’

‘Isabelle Innerhofer is an outstanding antitrust lawyer, always available and ready to offer practical solutions to very complex cases.’ 

‘Raoul Hoffer, Isabelle Innerhofer and Christine Dietz are outstanding antitrust lawyers and a great source of advice.’

‘Raoul Hoffer is super sharp and very concise in giving advice. He is a trusted source of advice.’

Key clients

Lenzing AG

Semperit AG

ÖBB Infrastruktur AG

City of Vienna


Region of Upper Austria

Indorama Ventures PCL

Wiener Linien

Novomatic AG

VTG Aktiengesellschaft

Magna International Europe



Coca-Cola HBC Austria

Lidl Österreich GmbH

Smurfit Kappa


Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Binder Grösswang's 'knowledgeable, pragmatic and responsive' team benefits from a close interaction with the firm's banking and finance, dispute resolution and corporate departments. The practice acts for creditors and debtors, as well as advising on large national or international restructurings where Austrian entities are involved. Recent highlights include advising the international Coordinating Committee formed by the main creditors of the Steinhoff Group on its restructuring in a cross-border matter worth €11bn. Key names to note are Gottfried Gassner, who provides 'high quality, very thought-through advice', and Emanuel Welten, who has a strong focus on banking and finance. Georg Wabl is the name to note at associate level.

Practice head(s):


We always receive positive feedback when recommending them to clients. Working with them is very seamless. They are knowledgeable, pragmatic and responsive.

Gottfried Gassner: high quality, very thought-through advice, very reliable. Johannes Barbist: real regulatory expert and really pleasant to work with.

Key clients

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

TUI Group

Société Générale, Zweigniederlassung Wien

Constructora Ormachea Srl

Lenzing Group

Grand Tirolia Kitzbühel Betriebs GmbH

Ad Hoc Group of HETA Senior Creditors

Gordon Brothers (Europe)

Private client Tier 1

Binder Grösswang offers the full array of private client advice ranging from philanthropy and real estate to investments and succession planning. Family businesses and reorganisation of ownership structures are a core focus of the department. Bernd Schneiderbauer is a key name for shareholders and Andreas Hable often covers matters pertaining to a change of residence, for example obtaining work permits, transferring art objects or optimising tax efficiency; the duo are the practice heads. Christian Zwick, who was promoted to partner in February 2019, has a broad practice and is especially well-versed in private foundation law and succession planning. Thanks to an international client base, the team handles numerous multi-jurisdictional matters.


‘The members of the team we have been working with are highly specialised in each of their fields, providing the clients with an excellent level of service.’

‘Andreas Hable provides 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

With 'a very skilled and able team', Binder Grösswang is 'a top player in Austria', which provides comprehensive tax advice to multinational clients and private businesses in relation to transactions, compliance issues, cross-border mergers, accounting work, tax audits and binding rulings matters. The team, under Christian Wimpissinger and Andreas Hable's leadership, also represents clients in tax litigation. Attorney-at-law Clemens Willvonseder has a wealth of experience in structuring international private equity and real estate investments.


Binder Grösswang’s tax practice is not just a single tax expert with some support staff but a real dedicated team with longstanding experience in the field.

Their tax team combines corporate tax law and international tax law in a manner like normally only tax advisory firms (like the big four) do. Also, they are very hands-on and respond quickly and in a very clear way.

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. They understand the corporate structure and put themselves excellently in senior management’s position, which helps a lot during the legal process.

Binder have a very skilled and able team. However, it has two other things which really make it standout: (a) they have a very good work ethic; and (b) they are very responsive and service orientated.

Very high-level tax advice, very deep and responsive team, Christian Wimpissinger is very easy to trust and his instructions are always clear.

Christian Wimpissinger is an excellent tax lawyer.

Christian Wimpissinger is extremely competent and user friendly at once: always available and responsive, and very concrete (responses go to the point and convey clear messages).

Christian Wimpissinger stands out as a true expert in the field, while being able to communicate extremely difficult tax questions in a way which is also understandable to non-lawyers, which is rarely found among tax experts.

Key clients


DPE Deutsche Private Equity

AUVA (Government held insurance branch)






Netz Burgenland

BNP Paribas

Renault Austria

ACAL Private Equity

Tomasz Gudzowaty


Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Predominantly handling cross-border work, Binder Grösswang's large corporate and M&A team provides advice to business groups and their companies on M&A and reorganisations, and assists with corporate restructurings of Austrian and foreign clients. The team is active in a myriad of sectors including the energy, automotive, real estate, biotech and commerce industries, and is recognised for its domestic and cross-border M&A transactions and private equity deals, acting for buyers and sellers. Michael Kutschera, the 'excellent' Thomas Schirmer, Florian Khol, Andreas Hable and Gottfried Gassner are among the key individuals. The 'very knowledgeable' Christian Zwick made partner in early 2019.


Great private equity experience – crazy work ethics and commitment, always responsive and advice right on point. Best Austrian law firm from my view and we use a lot of different firms.

According to my experience, they are business minded and look for solutions not just speak legal.

The team is very responsive and in time! It answered all questions comprehensively and gave good advice which turned out to be effective.

Bernd Schneiderbauer and Thomas Schirmer – both are excellent lawyers, always available, working day and night, perfect and clear advice. For me the by far best PE lawyers in Austria.

Thomas Schirmer and Gottfried Gassner are both experienced and sought after professionals, yet hands-on and reachable when we work together.

Andreas Hable and Christian Zwick are very knowledgeable in M&A transactions and legal questions and activities connected therewith. In particular their assessment of their due diligence findings was very accurate and helpful.

Key clients

Lenzing AG

Daimler AG

Blackstone Group

Novomatic Group

Magna International AG



Novartis AG

Johnson & Johnson

Voestalpine AG

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 2

Binder Grösswang's arbitration and mediation practice group specialises in international commercial disputes relating to contracts and supply chain issues for engineering and utilities companies, under various set of arbitration rules including VIAC, ICC, DIS and SCC rules. Christian Klausegger, who is 'well-known for his arbitration work', is the practice head and regularly sits as arbitrator, as does Michael Kutschera, while Ingeborg Edel, who is 'a new name to watch', represented car importers in a large number of mediation and conciliation proceedings.

Practice head(s):


The dispute resolution team of Binder Grösswang distinguishes itself by its strategic thinking and its proactivity. They are not just providing analysis and handling the case. Part of their approach is to think of ways how to best support the client and the concrete topic, for example by creating decision trees to be used by the client in the dispute before litigation.

Professional organisation and team ready to support at any time, with excellent and valuable advice at short notice.

The Binder Grösswang arbitration team has an extremely strong background in litigation, probably being the most successful litigation team in Austria. In the last years they have focused more strongly on arbitration, with great success. This comes a no surprise as Binder Grösswang has an extremely strong client base, especially in the banking, finance and insurance sector.

We have been impressed and attracted by their style of communication where patience, respect and understanding of the foreign client play a major role. These features are like pilot lights which make the client “land at their airport” and help overcome the usual cultural gap. After that one cannot help feel their confidence and expertise in Austrian/ICC arbitration. Binder Grösswang have just produced a stunning victory in an ICC arbitration case which exceeded the best client’s expectations. We also note that almost all Binder Grässwang’s predictions for the various steps of that arbitration procedure have come true – which is most reassuring for the client and helps him emancipate from the natural litigation stress.

Christian Klausegger and Elisabeth Tretthahn-Wolski act as a team complementing each other perfectly. Their cooperation enables them to be very responsive, create a deep insight into the case and understand the crucial points quickly. Their knowledge of the IT industry is outstanding. What makes them outstanding is their way of working together with the client and the in-house counsel: They rather have a “being part of the client” than a “lawyer/adviser client” attitude, meaning they really manage the case with proactivity, follow-up, keeping “the pot boiling” which creates real added value for the in-house counsel.’

Christian Klausegger is one of the three top-rated litigators in Austria, who has made a successful move into arbitration. His good standing in the arbitration market is best shown by the fact that he was elected as president of the Austrian Arbitration Association. He is very intelligent, a very good and knowledgeable jurist, diligent also with details and very hardworking. Michael Kutschera is well known for his arbitration work. My experience with him is that he is a pragmatic arbitrator and a safe-hand in this position. Ingeborg Edel is a new name to watch. She is a hard-working lawyer with a good future in the arbitration market in Austria.

Michael Kutschera, Ingeborg Edel and Anna Foerstel are simply brilliant. At very complex and not so complex issues they operate with the ease of virtuosos but with maximum concentration, skill and harmony. Their generous patience and kindness make the client feel most welcome in the process of seeking justice. This is complimented by their most reasonable billing practices. The long term benefit of the success of these three lawyers is that foreign parties are reassured and encouraged to make international business with Austria since one can always rely on the justice champions from Binder Grösswang.

Key clients





Lenzing AG

Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud) Tier 2

Praised for its 'great expertise and experience', Binder Grösswang's white-collar crime group sits within the firm's dispute resolution department and is well-equipped to handle embezzlement and fraud cases relating to banking, finance and capital markets issues for Austrian and foreign banks and international companies. The team, led by Stefan Albiez, also represents victims in criminal cases, and assists clients with compliance matters. Christian Klausegger is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):


We highly appreciate the very high quality of legal advice on capital market issues as well as the proceedings in front of court and the public prosecutor. They are very reliable, always on time and we are satisfied they are proper value for money.

For dispute resolution Binder Grösswang has exceptional know-how in difficult situations.

Stefan Albiez has a broad and in-depth knowledge on one side and on the other side a practical approach. Without doubt he is smart and an excellent strategic planner.

Stefan Albiez is a very smart negotiator, a very good lawyer and always keeps the best for his client in mind. With Mag. Thomas Hartl he has a perfect team, working on the same high level and always smart with judges, authorities and other lawyers.

Stefan Albiez has the talent to analyse the most complex matters in-depth and convince people with a calm and professional manner.

Key clients

ERSTE Bank Group


Immigon portfolio abbau ag

Microtec Group

Intellectual property Tier 2

Binder Grösswang's strong trade mark practice covers both contentious and non-contentious work; its recent workload includes worldwide portfolio management for Lenzing, registering an unusual trade mark for HYPO Vorarlberg Bank and representing Trodat in an injunction against infringement. The firm also handles licensing, copyright and unfair competition matters. Practice head Ivo Rungg can 'develop unconventional solutions' and is 'very knowledgeable'. Counsel Michael Horak joined from Salomonowitz Rechtsanwälte, bringing 'outstanding intelligence with a pragmatic approach'.

Practice head(s):


Michael Horak responds to questions quickly and solves issues in a very practical way which is highly appreciated.

Dr. Michael Horak has been our preferred attorney in Austria for the last ten years. We highly appreciate the combination of excellent legal skills and knowledge and his outstanding intelligence with a pragmatic approach which leads to highly satisfying legal results at moderate fees. He is evidently one of the best IP/IT attorneys of Austria.

Major full-service firm in Austria with offices in all relevant cities. Responsive and nice to work with. My two key contacts are Dr. Ivo Rungg and Dr. Hellmut Buchroithner. Both are very seasoned and experienced trade mark and unfair competition lawyers. I work regularly with both on such matters. The quality of work is always great and it is fun to work with them.

We primarily work with Michael Horak. He is very experienced in enforcing intellectual property rights in Austria and abroad. Michael Horak has an excellent understanding of Austrian and international IP law. He has a big network of international associates and has assisted us all over the globe with strategic advice on the protection of our intellectual property.

Fast response, very knowledgeable, give input on side effects, clear and understandable answers, clear recommendations what to do.

Dr. Buchroithner: very knowledgeable, great expression and writing style, fast, efficient.

Dr. Rungg: very knowledgeable, informs about side-effects, clear recommendations on how to react and what to do.

A strong team of very experienced attorneys (five attorneys, two associates, two paralegals) which is capable of tackling complex matters as well as routine work in a highly efficient way. Very responsive and solution-oriented. Whenever you deal with them, it is always top-quality and top-level.

Ivo Rungg: having 20 years of experience in IP/IT law he knows how to cross-link issues and develop unconventional solutions.

Michael Horak: very knowledgeable due to his academic work, knows how to put his knowledge into practical advice, very sharp and smart and very experienced in IP/unfair competition litigation.

Hellmut Buchroithner: excellent in strategic advice and worldwide trade mark prosecution work.

Key clients

Hypo Vorarlberg Bank AG

Lenzing Aktiengesellschaft

Renault Österreich GmbH

Modemobil GmbH

Tiroler Glashütte GmbH (“RIEDEL GLASS”)

THQ Nordic AB

LVMH Group

Xerox Austria GmbH

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences



Springer Kommunaltechnik GmbH

KIA Austria GmbH

OVE Österreichischer Verband für Elektrotechnik

Zillertal Tourismus GmbH

Capgemini Consulting Österreich AG

Projects and energy Tier 3

Projects and energy work at Binder Grösswang is handled by multiple departments, including the banking and finance and dispute resolution practices, and is headed up by regulatory specialist Johannes Barbist. The firm's recent workload includes the financing of wind farm construction projects and broadband extensions, M&A transactions in the energy sector and the establishment of a network of charging stations for electric cars.

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Key clients



Contour Global Group

European Investment Bank (EIB)

TIWAG Tiroler Wasserkraft AG

Prinzhorn Group

General Electric

Energie Burgenland

Real estate Tier 3

The 'hands-on, friendly' team at Binder Grösswang advises real estate institutions, financial institutions, corporates and private clients on a range of real estate matters, particularly acquisitions and project financing. Markus Uitz, who jointly  heads the practice with Tibor Fabian, advised Corestate on the acquisition of a TrIIIple skyscraper in a deal worth over €100m, and Travel Partner Group on the lease and operation of various luxury hotels and office premises in numerous Austrian locations in different provinces.

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‘Hands-on, friendly, always an open ear, we never get the feeling they are in a rush.’

‘Super friendly, always available, reliable.’

Key clients


Raiffeisen Property Holding International

ESIM Chemicals

Indorama Ventures

Smurfit Kappa Nettingsdorf

Travel Partner Group

VB Real Estate

Corestate Capital AG

Grupo Antolin Irausa S.A.

Leasinvest Real Estate

Administrative law and public sector Tier 4

Binder Grösswang applies a multi-disciplinary approach to its administrative and public law practice, frequently collaborating with partners from corporate, banking and finance, real estate and litigation teams. The team is led by Johannes Barbist, an expert in energy and state aid law. The firm's service portfolio includes environmental law, trade licences and other authorisations to secure market access for companies and their products.

Practice head(s):


‘Very competent and experienced team. Always responsive which makes it easy to integrate their expertise in international transactions.’ 

‘Johannes Barbist and his team are extremely supportive and competent.’

Key clients

Sandoz / Novartis

Société Générale

Mayr-Melnhof Group

Österreichs E-Wirtschaft Service GmbH

Bristol Meyers Squibb




Netz Burgenland

Data privacy and data protection Tier 4

The 'extremely engaged' team at Binder Grösswang is able to 'explain complicated topics in a very easy way, making knowledge accessible to everyone'. The focus is mainly on advisory matters including implementation of GDPR, drafting consent declarations and data processing agreements. The team is commended for its 'astonishing technical know-how' in a wide range of sectors including electronics, finance, pharmaceutical and manufacturing. Angelika Pallwein-Prettner, who heads the practice jointly with Ivo Rungg, stands out for her ability to 'explain complicated legal topics in a very easy way'.


There are a few principles the team of Binder Groesswang has put in place, which yield results.

Up to now, we received services in the fields of employment and data protection law from the team of Angelika Pallwein-Prettner. This team not only supported us to comply to the applicable laws and standards, due to their astonishing technical know-how, they also helped to restructure our system, resulting in more efficiency and security.

Whole team extremely engaged and experts in their fields.

Always reachable and willing to answer questions at short hand and to give background to the legal framework – every effort made to deliver in time and above the expected quality.

Big team with experts for different topics. Quick answers which can be easily understood and put in practice.

The knowledge of the team in the field of data protection is enormous. They are aware of each new law, decision or trend in the field of data protection as applied to the human resources sector and bank sectors. It looks like the team is very well coordinated. What I really appreciate most is their communication skills. They are able to explain complicated topics in a very easy way, making knowledge accessible to everyone.

Angelika Pallwein-Prettner is very competent and she always tries to find legal solutions that suit our company and our business model. I really appreciate the way she communicates with clients and the ways she explains complicated legal topics in a very easy way.

Key clients

Unilever Deutschland GmbH

Lenzing AG

Klarna AB

Big Bus Vienna GmbH

Yamaha Motor Europe N.V.

Husky Injection Molding Systems

Congress und Messe Innsbruck

Hermes Pharma GmbH

Emergy GmbH

Société Générale Austria

Public procurement Tier 4

In collaboration with the firm's M&A and corporate practice, Binder Grösswang handles public procurement issues including the scope of exemptions from the law, the design of legally compliant bidding consortia and subcontracting relationships with competitors. Johannes Barbist and his team also advise bidders on tender documentation, bid preparation and the administration of awarded contracts. Industry expertise spans from machinery and financial services to healthcare technology and commercial service.

Practice head(s):


‘Johannes Barbist is not only highly experienced, he is also down to earth and very easy to work with.’ 

‘Johannes Barbist gives real recommendations and does not hide behind the law.’

TMT Tier 4

Binder Grösswang has 'an excellent understanding of the law and technology' and a long tradition in telecoms, advising major Austrian telecoms providers across a variety of legal aspects. The team is very active in e-commerce and domain name law, as well as regularly conducting IP and IT due diligence and assisting with regulatory issues and IT projects. Led by the 'experienced' and 'responsive' Ivo Rungg, the team also has expertise in internet-related IP and IT issues, including big data, machine-to-machine communication and internet service provider services.

Practice head(s):


Excellent understanding of the law and technology.

Fast responses, very knowledgeable, inform about side effects so that client gets the full picture, taking care with common sense and business attitude.

Ivo Rungg and Dr. Hellmut Buchroithner are experienced, responsive and provide hands on legal advice.

Ivo Rungg is very experienced in IT and software contracts and outsourcing projects.

Philipp Spring is very experienced in data protection law, assists numerous clients in GDPR-compliance matters.

Dr. Barbist is extremely knowledgeable, and as a client you feel very safe and well taken care of.

I regularly work with Dr. Ivo Rungg and Dr. Hellmut Buchroithner. Their legal advice is of high quality and practical.

Key clients

Springer Maschinenfabrik GmbH

Tiroler Glashütte GmbH (Riedel)

Easelink GmbH

Renault Österreich

ESIM Chemicals


Evonik Industries AG

The firm: Binder Grösswang’s successful strategy is based on outstanding professional expertise combined with a teamwork approach. More than 100 highly specialised professionals work together in teams to give the firm’s clients outstanding support in international and domestic mergers and acquisitions, financing and capital market transactions, and to preserve their interests in court proceedings and arbitrations. Binder Grösswang’s top priority is to act as a partner to its clients. The firm has gained an excellent reputation for its sophisticated and business-oriented approach and individually tailored solutions.

Binder Grösswang 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.

The firm has ranked among Austria’s leading law firms for over 50 years. Today it is one of the largest law firms in Austria and advises major Austrian and international corporations and financial institutions.

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 and finance, capital markets, competition, corporate/M&A, dispute resolution, employment law, insolvency and restructuring, private client and entrepreneur, real estate, regulatory, tax, unfair competition and IP.

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
Competition Johannes Barbist
Competition Christine Dietz
Competition Raoul Hoffer
Corporate/M&A Michael Binder
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 Markus Uitz
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
Insolvency and restructuring Gottfried Gassner
Insolvency and restructuring Emanuel Welten
Private clients and entrepeneurs Andreas Hable
Private clients and entrepeneurs Bernd Schneiderbauer
Real estate Tibor Fabian
Real estate Markus Uitz
Regulatory Johannes Barbist
Regulatory Raoul Hoffer
Tax Andreas Hable
Tax Christian Wimpissinger
Unfair competition and IP Ivo Rungg
Corporate/M&A Philipp Kapl
Corporate/M&A Christian Zwick
Private clients and entrepeneurs Christian Zwick
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…
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
Contacts : Andreas Hable (managing partner)
Other offices : Innsbruck


BINDER GRÖSSWANG is known in the market as the “top employer” among international law firms.

Not least because of that BINDER GRÖSSWANG has been the first law firm holding the „Great Place to Work” Award for best employers in Austria. In 2018 BINDER GRÖSSWANG wins the “Great Place to Work“Award for the third time and is still the only law firm in Austria holding this Award. 

Great Place to Work® awards prizes for best employers in Austria, which are conferred for trusting 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.


In 2015 BINDER GRÖSSWANG (BG) launched the programme WE CARE in order to help people in need. Through hands-on activities, monetary donations and donations in kind, BG regularly supports various projects suggested by staff members.

  • BINDER GRÖSSWANG supports MOMO, Vienna’s mobile hospice and palliative team for children

Being diagnosed with a life-limiting disease is traumatising for a child and it impacts the entire family. Since its inception in March 2013 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 required, MOMO supports affected families from the moment of diagnosis, for weeks, months or even for many years, until the children pass away, and beyond.

  • BINDER GRÖSSWANG supports Canisibus Food Buses run by Caritas

Binder Grösswang has actively supports actively the team of the Canisibus food busses 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 supports Stiftung Kindertraum

In 2016 and 2017 Binder Grösswang supported the “Stiftung Kindertraum” foundation through the WE CARE program. The object of the foundation is to fulfil special wishes of children and young people with disabilities or serious illnesses and thereby sustainably improve their quality of life. Stiftung Kindertraum receives new requests almost daily. These range from abstract dreams to costly therapies or special equipment.

  • BINDER GRÖSSWANG supports “Doctors without Borders”

Binder Grösswang supported the Austrian office of the international organization “Doctors without Borders” in 2017. The contribution helped to provide medical aid in countries where the survival of human beings is jeopardized by conflicts, epidemics or natural disasters. Depending on what is needed, Doctors without Borders provide basic medical care, perform emergency surgery, carry out vaccination campaigns, run nutrition centres, offer psychological support or train local staff. 

  • Frontline Humanitarian Emergency Relief

Since it began in 2011, the conflict in Syria has resulted in the biggest refugee and displacement crisis since World War Two. As of 2016, after more than five years of war, an estimated 4.8 million Syrian refugees had fled the country and some 6.5 million were displaced inside Syria. The everyday life of the Syrian population was still characterized by extreme violence, targeted attacks on civil and medical institutions as well as on aid convoys, and military sieges.  Binder Grösswang was pleased to be able to support Doctors without Borders in providing emergency aid in Syria.