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Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)
SCHOTTENRING 19
1010 VIENNA
Austria

Austria > Administrative law and public sector Tier 1

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) excels in the whole spectrum of public law matters with a particular focus on environmental law. The firm advises companies in Austria and the CEE region on infringement proceedings, product law, infrastructure permitting, as well as construction law, among others. Clients range from a variety of sectors including oil and gas, mining, automotive, food, entertainment, and pharmaceutical. Bernd Rajal, Christian Schmelz, Günther Leissler and Johannes Stalzer jointly lead the practice which counts Uber, Sony, and the EBRD among its clients.

Practice head(s):

Bernd Rajal; Christian Schmelz; Günther Leissler; Johannes Stalzer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘All of the teams members we met, seem to on top of things. We always get the information and response we requested and didn’t have any problems.’

‘The team is very competent in administrative law and supports project development. They work on difficult topics under tight deadlines with great thoroughness.’

‘Mr. Schmelz sets the pace in meetings and negotiations due to his vast experience and thus supports the client’s concerns. Mr. Schlatter thoroughly works out the basics and always keeps the overview.’

‘When it comes to administrative and constitutional law, Schoenherr’s public law group is known as no 1 in the market. We fully understand why. They have unparalleled expertise not only in planning and environment, but also in many other fields of public law as well as in constitutional law.

‘What’s really stunning is their capabilities and expertise in environmental law and in permit proceedings. Their service is impressive. You get top legal advice within a very short time. They anticipate future questions or problems and solve them even before they arise. They are able to lead through very complex proceedings and lead large teams. They keep calm also in the most demanding situations. And in all circumstances they are friendly and charming. Their overall performance is simply extraordinary.’

‘Christian Schmelz, who is leading the team, is probably the most regarded practitioner in this field and regarded as the “doyen” of public law. He is at the forefront of all new developments in public and environmental law and also in political or ecological developments. He is simply outstanding: his technical and ecological competence is extraordinary high; he is excellent in negotiations and his “social competence” is very high; he is available around the clock, very effective and quick; he is innovative; his approach is solution oriented, his advice “to the point”. All in all: I can’t imagine him doing anything better.’

‘I want to stress that Christian Schmelz has created a team of exceptionally professional lawyers. Every one of them is outstanding. Each of them delivers excellent quality in shortest time frames and has extraordinary high legal, social and technical competences.’

‘The processing of the tasks by Schönherr and here in particular by Christian Schmelz’s team is always at the highest technical level and on schedule.’

Key clients

UBER

Sony

Vienna International Airport

Wiener Stadtwerke Konzern

European Commission

Red Bull

UniCredit

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

VERBUND

ÖBB

ASFINAG

Flixbus

TIER Mobility

Austrian Chamber of Commerce

Association of Austrian Pharmacies

EXAA Energy Exchange

Monier Group

Lime

WIPARK

Wiener Lokalbahnen

Wiener Netze

Infoscreen (GEWISTA)

OMV AG (E&P)

Österreichische Post AG

EVN AG

Federal Minister of Energy of Austria

Netz Niederösterreich

Work highlights

  • Advised the Austrian Government in the context of the establishment of the new Renewable Energy Expansion Act (EAG).
  • Advised the Austrian Government on the development and implementation of the new electricity network reserve mechanism (Netzreserve).
  • Drafted an entirely new energy law for the Republic of Uzbekistan in the context of contemplated electricity sector reform.

Austria > Banking and finance Tier 1

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) continues to carry out Covid-19 response work, such as financial restructurings and refinancings, where the team frequently acts for financial institutions but also for borrowers. In addition to transactional support, these instructions routinely call on the team's regulatory expertise - Peter Feyl is a key contact in this space -, which also comes into play when advising financial institutions on the disposal of non-core assets. Mandates of this nature are typically handled in close conjunction with the firm's M&A practice. The team's interdisciplinary approach is also applied when handling fintech-related work, where start-up financing and capital markets expert Ursula Rath regularly works with the firm's IP and technology group. Its financing work covers the full spectrum and includes green and ESG-linked finance, an area of particular growth. Key contacts in this arena include team head Martin Ebner, who also provides structured finance and securitisation support, and Laurenz Schwitzer; the latter has recently been particularly active in real estate and project finance but also in refinance transactions. The team's finance capabilities at the intersection with M&A and restructuring were further strengthened by the arrival of Michael Magerl from Haslinger/Nagele & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH in September 2020; he joined the Linz office as office managing partner.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘We are using Schoenherr as a preferred provider for regulatory and investment law advice in Austria. We have enjoyed working with Ursula Rath’s team, which offers high-qualify and commercially minded advice.’

‘We appreciate that Schoenherr provides its clients with a very high standard of individual and professional legal advice, having hands-on-mentality and being solution-oriented. One example, which saves internal resources on an ongoing basis, is a traffic light system for key information in legal opinions issued by the law firm in order to reduce analysing, commenting and re-assessing needs and resources by the various stakeholders in-house.’

‘The team stands out for both supervisory law and corporate law, which is very helpful when it comes to more complex transactions involving regulated entities.’

‘Ursula Rath is not only a highly skilled and experienced professional but also highly approachable and responsive. She follows a highly solution-oriented work approach and always puts the interests of her clients at the centre.’

‘Availability and personal resource.’

‘I worked with the banking and finance team on several projects. They are very flexible, reliable, responsive and innovative. Using technology to ease closing processes between lawyers, they work as a real team, including at partner’s level.’

‘I worked with Laurenz Schwizter on several projects, each of them having their own specific challenges. Laurenz is a dedicated, knowledgeable and innovative lawyer. When facing an issue you can always have a fruitful discussion to sort things out.’

‘Ursula Rath’ responsiveness, quality of service and commercial mindset set her apart.’

Key clients

ABBAG Abbaumanagementgesellschaft des Bundes

Advent International

AGRANA Group Services GmbH

Amazon

Art Invest

Aves One

B & C Holding Österreich

Bank of America Merril Lynch

Barclays Bank

Blackrock

BENTELER International AG

Bitpanda

Conda Crowdinvesting Europe

ContourGlobal

COVID-19 Finanzierungsagentur des Bundes GmbH (COFAG)

Credi2

Credit Suisse International

Deutsche Bank

Easybank/Paylife

EPH Holding

Erste Group Bank

Goldman Sachs

Garbe Industrial

Hamburg Trust

Hypo Vorarlberg

Interglobe Enterprises Limited

JP Morgan

KIKA/Leiner

Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding

Morgan Stanley

Raiffeisen Bank International

Raiffeisen-Holding NÖ-Wien and Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien

Sberbank

Societé Generale International

Standard Life

Tishman Spyer

UBS Europe SE

UniCredit group, including UniCredit Bank Austria

UNIQA Insurance Group

Work highlights

  • Advising UniCredit Bank Austria, Erste Group Bank and Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien on the refinancing of Shopping City Süd for UNIBAIL-RODAMCO-WESTFIELD.
  • Advised UNIQA on the acquisition of AXA subsidiaries, related financing and financial services regulatory aspects as well as on streamlining its group structure.
  • Advised Raiffeisen Bank International as arranger on a true sale securitisation of a €538m portfolio of vehicle leasing receivables by Raiffeisen Leasing Group.

Austria > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)‘s M&A-practice has an excellent reputation in the market. It is regularly instructed in large-cap transactions as well as increasingly in the tech and start-up scene. Clients are particularly impressed with its ‘in-depth industry knowledge and great contract drafting and negotiation skills‘, and profit from the integrated approach with other departments as well as the firm’s CEE-offices. The team is led by Sascha Hödl, who is well versed in banking-related matters, and Roman Perner; Perner also handles corporate litigation and reorganisations. Christian Herbst has more than 30 years of experience. Alexander Popp and Markus Piuk are energy specialists. Maximilian Lang made partner in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Roman Perner; Sascha Hödl

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Experienced and knowledgeable partners.’

‘Always available for clients and try to make it happen on short notice if necessary.’

‘The team is definitely top-notch in the Austrian and CEE M&A arena and especially on smaller deals they also cover much of the execution jobs otherwise handled by financial advisors. I found this very helpful. In this context, they also provide all relevant IT support (including interim VDRs; translation tools; VDR set-up support).’

‘My main contact at Schoenherr is Markus Piuk. He is extremely fast, always available, and very business-minded. He always comes up with solutions and also does not shy away from also giving straight answers on more delicate subjects or when there is pressure mounting on him from other stakeholders in a project. He simply gets things done.’

‘The M&A Team has exceptional knowledge in handling complex cap tables and deal structures. The collaboration is very hands-on and 24/7 if needed. Especially during the pandemic the team was very flexible in terms of ways of communication but always made it possible to have meetings in person if needed.’

‘Dr. Thomas Kulnigg is an outstanding lawyer. He has in-depth knowledge in M&A but also in several hi-tech and fintech industries, outstanding negotiation skills, high flexibility (even though he is handling several high-end deals at the same time), a very hands-on approach, and is also always able to think out of the box if needed. He is also a very good leader, managing his small but great team in a very good manner.’

‘The team around Markus Piuk is exceptional. They not only cover legal topics but really develop unique solutions.’

‘Top regional firm, very hands-on and practical in solutions – strong M&A, PF, and regulatory practices.’

Key clients

Starwood Capital Group

COFAG – COVID-19 Finanzierungsagentur des Bundes GmbH

Kellogg’s

UBS Europe SE

immigon portfolioabbau ag

VERBUND AG

UNIQA Group

OMV AG

AddLife

UNICORN-Biotech Holding GmbH

RFR

voestalpine Stahl GmbH

Deutsche Post AG

San Gabriel Privatstiftung

ECOwind Handels- & Wartungs GmbH

Austrian investors Stefan Kalteis and Christian Bamberger

Gebauer & Griller Kabelwerke GmbH

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Erste Group

Funke Mediengruppe

Playtika Ltd

Austrian CPaaS (“Communication Platform as a service”) atms, sms.at and WebSMS

Credi2 GmbH

Toyota Motor Europe

CRH

Ericsson

Tyson Foods

Bilfinger Industrial Services Österreich GmbH

Interglobe Enterprises Limited

coeo Inkasso GmbH

Thales Group

Synergis Informationssysteme GmbH

WAZ Ausland Holding GmbH and Kurier Zeitungsverlag und Druckerei GmbH

OMV Petrom

GasGas

Neuraxpharm Austria GmbH

Ohridska Banka AD

Fressnapf SE

Benteler International AG

Brau Union Oesterreich AG

Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA

Work highlights

  • Advised Starwood Capital Group on the public takeover offer for VSE-listed CA Immobilien Anlagen AG.
  • Advised French diagnostic centre group Cerba HealthCare on the acquisition of the Lifebrain Group from Investindustrial.
  • Advised Kellogg’s on the divestment of its 51 % stake in Austrian organic breakfast product manufacturer Vita+ Naturprodukte GmbH to Austrian Fi5 Asset GmbH (Fi5).

Austria > EU and competition Tier 1

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) ‘benefits from an excellent reputation, experienced and reliable team and is well experienced in communicating with the Austrian competition authority.'  With an office in Brussels, the firm is able to seamlessly advise clients on national and EU matters, most notably merger control filings and compliance programmes. Christoph Haid leads the team from Vienna, while Volker Weiss focuses on EU and competition law out of the Brussels office. Franz Urlesberger and Stefanie Stegbauer are other key contacts within the team.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Haid

Other key lawyers:

Volker Weiss; Franz Urlesberger; Stefanie Stegbauer

Testimonials

‘Excellent cooperation in various highly complex projects. Very well reputed firm. Excellent lawyers. Broad team. Ability to assist in complex cross-border cases, including with offices in Eastern Europe (i.e. also beyond Austria).’

‘Franz Urlesberger and Stefanie Stegbauer and their team have never failed to deliver high quality results no matter the complexity of a case.’

‘They benefit from an excellent reputation, experienced and reliable team and are well experienced in communicating with the Austrian competition authority.’

‘Schoenherr has a broad international background and therefore particularly excel in cross-border issues.’

‘They offer good value for money and have a reliable budgeting. We have never had any issues with regard to delivery to budget.’

‘They were particularly successful in cooperating during the various lockdowns and there was no issue of time sensitivity or non-responsiveness.’

‘Schönherr are the #1 competition law firm in Austria. They can handle any competition law matter and have a broad experience of all major industries.’

‘Christoph Haid is an outstanding lawyer. He is extremely responsive and easy to work with. Schönherr’s fees are moderate, considering the quality they deliver.’

Key clients

Greiner AG

Voith Group

Daimler AG

FUNKE Österreich Holding GmbH and WAZ Ausland Holding GmbH

VERBUND AG

Central European Gas Hub AG

Cerba HealthCare

Deutsche Post DHL Group

Österreichische Post AG

OMV

KONE

AGRANA

UNIQA

Silgan Holding

ORF

Herba Chemosan

Heineken Group / Brau Union Österreich

Work highlights

  • Retained by Greiner in its take-over process of listed company Recticel.
  • Acting as claimant counsel for companies that may have suffered damages from the construction cartel, and also with regard to related public procurement questions.
  • Advised French diagnostic centre group Cerba HealthCare on the FDI-related aspects of its acquisition of the Lifebrain Group.

Austria > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) has a strong track record in the Austrian restructuring and insolvency space, routinely advising lenders and corporates on corporate and financial restructurings, and investors on distressed M&A and NPL transactions, while also handling insolvency proceedings. The group’s broad offering is not least thanks to the individual specialisms demonstrated by its joint team heads: Wolfgang Höller is a key contact for insolvency law, debt restructuring and financial litigation and has recently been particularly active advising distressed Austrian banks on proceedings under the European Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive; Miriam Simsa, with her background in M&A, has a focus on out-of-court restructurings and distressed M&A; and Martin Ebner, head of the firm’s banking, finance and capital markets practice, is frequently called upon to assist with debt restructurings and refinancings. The group’s expertise at the intersection between banking, M&A and restructuring was further strengthened by the arrival of Michael Magerl in September 2020. He joined the Linz office as office managing partner and was previously at Haslinger/Nagele & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH.

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Testimonials

Wolfgang Höller provides comprehensive legal advice, which also incorporates an in-depth economic understanding of restructuring situations as well. Especially he is able to give quick legal assessments and also articulate a clear legal opinion.

The team is very well known for its insolvency expertise.

Wolfgang Höller is very accessible (also on short notice) and offers constructive and workable solutions.

It is certainly one of the top teams in the Austrian market. Excellent technical skills, very pragmatic, lots of experience, well connected in Austria.

Wolfgang Höller is one of the best restructuring lawyers in Austria.

Very fast decisions.

Key clients

ÖBB-Holding AG

COVID-19 Finanzierungsagentur des Bundes GmbH

ABBAG – Abbaumangementgesellschaft des Bundes

Thales

HETA Asset Resolution

Sberbank

Project Fan/Galapagos

Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich AG

Nortel Networks (Austria) GmbH

Erste Group Bank

BENTELER International AG

STA Travel Holding AG; STA Travel Austria

Walter Moser GmbH and shareholder W. Moser Holding GmbH

ESCADA SE

metrica GmbH & Co KG, Senden, Germany

Oberbank AG

Work highlights

  • Advised the 100% state-owned Covid-19 Finanzierungsagentur des Bundes GmbH (COFAG) on the development and implementation of the €15bn Covid-19 emergency fund and in connection with various re-negotiations and restructurings of the guaranteed financings.
  • Advised the global automotive group BENTELER on its financial restructuring and refinancing of its €1.8bn existing debt.
  • Advised a consortium of Austrian banks on the €300m financing of Austrian Airlines.

Austria > Intellectual property Tier 1

The team at Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) provides a wide array of non-contentious advice and helps clients protect and enforce their trademarks, patents, copyrights and designs up to the Austrian Supreme Court and at a European level. It also maintains a large IP rights administration practice. The process of generational changeover, which has been ongoing for several years, has now come to a close. Eminent IP expert Guido Kucsko, long at the helm of the practice, retired in February 2022, passing the baton to Christian Schumacher and Michael Woller. Key lawyer Dominik Hofmarcher joined the partner ranks in February 2022.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is highly professional. There is always a contact person even if the leading attorney is not available.’

‘Dr. Christian Schumacher is the attorney in trademark and unfair competition matters. He always has perfect ideas to move into a new field of arguments for a specific case, and he obtains the corresponding decisions from the High Court in Austria. Dr. Schumacher can always be reached on the phone for discussing difficult matters.’

Key clients

Alpine Brands

Dominic Thiem and his team

Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc

Jones Apparel (US) LLC

Nautica Apparel, Inc.

Action Retail

Albertina

Arineo

Biomay

BKS Bank

Brau Union

Chanel

Danone

Deutsche Telekom

Dm Drogerie Markt

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Erste Bank

Gallup International Association

Institute of Science and Technology

Lallemand Group

Louis Vuitton

Microsoft

Octapharma

OMV

Power Horse Energy Drinks

S.Spitz

Samsung

Schrack Seconet

STAMAG

Uber

UNIQA Insurance Group

Work highlights

  • Defending Uber in unfair competition proceedings against the taxi industry.
  • Representin Serbian TV producer Grand Production in proceedings initiated against streaming service providers for copyright infringement; the Austrian Supreme Court referred questions to the European Court of Justice.
  • Representing an Austrian hygiene products producer in cross-border (pan-EU injunction) proceedings, seeking an injunction regarding the sale of no-name products for insertion in dispensers manufactured and sold by the client.

Austria > Projects and energy Tier 1

Constituting a key player in the realm of projects and energy, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) is described by a client as an ‘extremely professional, capable outfit whose standards never drop below excellent.’ The firm’s strengths lie in EIA proceedings as well as the regulatory aspects of project development particularly in relation to the energy sector. Environmental law, infrastructure permitting, and construction law also feature in its workload. Projects and energy expert Bernd Rajal, planning and environment specialist Christian Schmelz and counsel Johannes Stalzer, who focuses on public procurement, are the key names.

Practice head(s):

Bernd Rajal; Christian Schmelz; Johannes Stalzer

Testimonials

‘They have tremendous experience both in public law generally as well as in planning, permitting and environmental law specifically and they are at the forefront of new legal developments and shaping the law.’

‘You get top notch advice in shortest time frames, sometimes literally immediately.’

‘They break down complex legal questions to simple answers. They have a deep understanding not only of the legal questions, but also of the technical aspects and – most importantly – for the needs of the client.’

‘Christian Schmelz: He perfectly combines his top scientific legal knowledge with his unique hands-on approach. You feel that he wants to have things done and that he understands your business and your needs. A huge advantage is that you get clear cut advice, not complex legal answers.’

‘Outstanding knowledge in the field of Austrian public law and related fields of law perfect communication with their customers always up to date with latest developments in the field of public law and related fields of law, broad network, their consultancy is well understood also by lay-persons.’

‘Mr. Christian Schmelz, outstanding senior expert, second to none in Austria, always thinks the cases through.’

‘They are an extremely professional, capable outfit whose standards never drop below excellent. Their in-depth knowledge of our business sector and how it functions makes matters so much easier.’

‘Bernd Rajal is both an exceptional lawyer and a much-valued client relationship partner. Always a pleasure to instruct him, and his advice is always timely, focused and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Vienna International Airport

European Commission – DG Energy

Alpiq

EXAA Energy Exchange

Internationale Rheinregulierung (Int’l Organisation for the flood regulation on the river Rhine)

ASFINAG

EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)

OMV Petrom

TIWAG – Tiroler Wasserkraft AG

Austrian Chamber of Commerce (Wirtschaftskammer Österreich)

Red Bull

Laakirchen Papier

Zellstoff Pöls

TINETZ-Tiroler Netze GmbH

OMV AG (E&P)

Österreichische Post AG

EVN AG

Federal Minister of Energy of Austria

Netz Niederösterreich (distribution company)

Vienna International Airport

European Commission – DG Energy

Alpiq

EXAA Energy Exchange

Internationale Rheinregulierung (Int’l Organisation for the flood regulation on the river Rhine)

ASFINAG

EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)

OMV Petrom

TIWAG – Tiroler Wasserkraft AG

Austrian Chamber of Commerce (Wirtschaftskammer Österreich)

Red Bull

Laakirchen Papier

Zellstoff Pöls

TINETZ-Tiroler Netze GmbH

OMV AG (E&P)

Österreichische Post AG

EVN AG

Federal Minister of Energy of Austria

Netz Niederösterreich

Work highlights

  • Advised Verbund on the acquisition of the majority stake in Gas Connect Austria, the Austrian gas transmission system operator.
  • Advised the EBRD and the Uzbek Government on the establishment of a new energy law in Uzbekistan.
  • Advised BASF on a major investment project at the Kundl/Schaftenau Campus in Tyrol, Austria.

Austria > Real estate Tier 1

Following an interdisciplinary approach, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)'s combined real estate and construction team jointly led by managing partner Michael Lagler and Peter Madl is well equipped to provide full-service real estate assistance. This routinely includes financing advice (including green and sustainable financing) alongside corporate and transactional real estate. The transactional space is an area of particular expertise for both practice heads and constitutes a key strength of the practice. It spans various asset classes with Arabella Eichinger, who was promoted to equity partner in February 2021, being a key contact for office, residential and hotel sector instructions. This expertise is called upon by real estate developers and investors in particular, and extends to non-transactional work such as lease agreements. Counsel Clemens Rainer is another key contact for corporate real estate.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The collaboration between associates and partners and even between practices seems to be well organised. Availability and timing was never a problem.

Arabella Eichinger is exceptional in feeling responsible for a transaction not only in legal, but also in terms of negotiation, contact to other parties and management. Advice on Austrian law is always precise and always leads to solutions.

Highly skilled coherent team, great team spirit, with a focus on getting deals done. This makes a big difference to other law firms since a lot of those just give notice about risks but no solutions. Schoenherr’s team is doing exceptionally well in bringing both worlds together. Legal knowledge, risk avoidance but also solution and deal-orientation.

Arabella Eichinger is not only an exceptional legal advisor but a “deal engine” which brings together both sides of the table. Her solution orientation is highly valued in the Austrian real estate industry.

The team seems to be very efficient in their working style and answers any requests within a short time. The team doesn’t focus on the problem but on the solution – extremely solution-orientated. In contract negotiations they try to understand both sides (for example buyer and seller) and negotiate in a fair and equal way.

The lawyers of Schönherr are always available and have a deep understanding of the real estate business.

They are excellent lawyers and negotiators and are deal-oriented, which is most important! Quite a strong team and always to the point.

Clemens Rainer: Top network, top knowledge, quick understanding of difficult tasks. Amazing effort even in small cases. Brilliant expertise.

Key clients

UNIQA Real Estate

S IMMO AG

GARBE Industrial Real Estate GmbH

Europa Capital Partners LLP

Commerz Real

GALCAP Europe

BIG Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft

ARE Austrian Real Estate GmbH

Trivalue Beteiligungs GmbH

Tishman Speyer Investment Management GmbH (TSIM)

ERGO Versicherung AG

Red Bull GmbH

Bauconsult Energy GmbH

Bank Austria Real Invest

KTB Investment & Securities

Invester

Eastern Property Holdings

WestInvest Gesellschaft für Investmentfonds mbH

Hallmann Holding International

BVK

Swiss Life

Tscherne

Unger Unternehmensgruppe

Opec Funds for International Development (OFID)

GBI

Savills Investment Management (Germany) GmbH / Institutional Investment-Partners GmbH

Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF)

Union Investment

Art-Invest Real Estate Funds GmbH

Hamburg Trust / Gal Cap

Ennismore Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advised Swiss Investor Eastern Property Holdings Limited on the indirect acquisition of office buildings and an underground parking area at Quartier Belvedere Central in Vienna from UBM Development AG / S-Immo AG.
  • Advised Bauconsult Energy GmbH on the development of a new low-energy residential building that will be 100% self-sustaining, generating power using geothermal and photovoltaic energy.
  • Advised Commerz Real Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft (KVG) on the purchase of a residential complex under construction in Vienna with 378 serviced apartments.

Austria > Capital markets Tier 2

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)'s capabilities advising on equity, equity-linked and debt capital markets transactions were further strengthened by the return of DCM and ECM expert Christoph Moser from Weber & Co. Attorneys-at-Law in January 2021. He jointly heads the team with Ursula Rath, whose expertise extends to financial services regulation. This makes for an attractive offering taken up by banks and issuers requiring assistance with the issuance of bonds, including convertible, green, sustainability-linked and high-yield bonds, alongside debt issuance programmes and regulatory matters. Clients also benefit from the group's close cooperation with the firm's banking and finance experts such as Martin Ebner, who handles derivatives and structured finance.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is made up of experts with a vast variety of transaction experience from very different industries. Christoph Moser, who joined the team at the beginning of 2021, is a major personal asset for Schönherr’s capital markets practise.’

‘Christoph Moser excels through his incredible responsiveness and his pragmatic, hands-on approach – even to challenging legal issues. He understands his client’s business and thinks quickly and thus contributes extra value to every deal.’

‘Ursula Rath is one of the leading experts in this field. Her responsiveness, quality of service and commercial mindset set her apart.’

‘A lot of cross-practice potential.’

‘Christoph Moser joined at the beginning of this year. He brought us with him as a client. He knows the market very well. Well-known and connected in Austria.’

‘Schoenherr has a strong capital markets and finance practice and a very strong network all over eastern Europe.’

‘For capital markets issues we are working together with Ursula Rath. She is a good lawyer, always responsive and pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

ASFINAG Autobahnen- und Schnellstraßen-Finanzierungs-Aktiengesellschaft

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays Bank PLC/ Barclays Bank Ireland PLC

BofA Securities Europe SA

Citigroup

Commerzbank AG

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (CA CIB)

Credit Suisse AG

DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale

Deutsche Bank

DZ BANK AG Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank, Frankfurt am Main

Erste Group Bank AG

Goldman Sachs International Bank

HSBC Bank plc

HYPO NOE Landesbank für Niederösterreich und Wien AG

J.P. Morgan Securities plc

Jefferies GmbH

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW)

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale (Helaba)

Morgan Stanley

Nestlé S.A. / Nestlé Finance International Ltd

Nomura International plc

OMV AG

Palfinger AG

Relife S.p.A

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

S&T AG

SW Umwelttechnik Stoiser & Wolschner AG

UniCredit Bank AG

UNIQA Insurance Group AG

Wienerberger AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Jefferies, Erste Group and Hauck & Aufhäuser on the issuance of €100m 1.75% convertible bonds by DO & CO Aktiengesellschaft.
  • Advised BofA Securities and J.P. Morgan, Erste Group, Morgan Stanley and SociétéGénérale on the issuance of €500m 0.90 % green and sustainability-linked notes due 1 April 2041 by VERBUND AG.
  • Advised ASFINAG as issuer on its €12bn medium-term note (EMTN) guaranteed by the Republic of Austria and the issuance of €500m senior-secured notes.

Austria > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

The practice at Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) draws on a strong history of expertise in data protection and data privacy. The team stands out for its high-profile contentious work in landmark proceedings at the heart of GDPR development in Austria. The group also advises clients, acts as outsourced data protection officers, supports clients with the development of enhanced data exploitation products as well as in data breach situations. Günther Leissler is at the head of the practice, supported by counsel Veronika Wolfbauer, who specialises in new technology aspects of data protection, such as near field technology.

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Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Highly ambitious, very much to the point.’

‘Guenter Leissler is a brilliant expert in data protection law with many innovative ideas.’

Key clients

Facebook

Österreichische Post AG

Vienna Insurance Group (VIG)

Austrian Insurance Association

Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich

HDI Insurance Company

Verkehrsverbund Ost Region

ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Association)

Voest Alpine Group

Novomatic Group of Companies

Admiral Sportwetten

Roche Diabetes Care Austria Gmbh

COVID-19 — Finanzierungsagentur des Bundes GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing Facebook in the highly publicised data protection proceedings against claims filed by data protection activist Maximilian Schrems.
  • Represented Österreichische Post AG in criminal administrative proceedings under GDPR, resulting in the reversal of the highest ever imposed fine under administrative criminal law.
  • Advised Novomatic regarding a request aimed at the disclosure of Novomatic employee data by the parliamentarian fact-finding committee established in connection with the “Ibiza Affair”.

Austria > Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 2

Due to its strong presence in the CEE region, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) is routinely called upon in cross-border arbitrations with a specialism in commercial and investor-state disputes under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties. Clients are typically drawn from the financial, energy and real estate sectors but its portfolio also includes players from the pharmaceutical, IT and media industries. Dispute resolution team head Christoph Lindinger also sits as arbitrator; his practice includes Leon Kopecký, who frequently takes the lead on investment arbitration and commercial arbitration alike.

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Testimonials

‘Schönherr is known for its tremendous expertise and excellent lawyers in Vienna and all over CEE, so they were a natural choice. The manner in which Schönherr advised us, and the excellent result which they secured, shows the top quality of their service. We praise Schönherr for precision, speed and ability to think internationally. We consider Schönherr to be one of the best in the market when it comes to international arbitration, and we were proven right when Schoenherr won an ICSID award for us with damages, costs and interest.’ 

‘We highlight Leon Kopecký for his knowledge of international investment law and international arbitration. He is extremely clever, a strong communicator, and was always there for us when we needed him. In a word: a brilliant arbitration lawyer. Mr Kopecký showed skills far superior to those of the opposing counsel.’

‘We want to highlight Victoria Pernt, who is a admitted both in Austria and the USA, and combines this to a level of international advocacy that is simply impressive. Her recent promotion to counsel, at a very young age, is the best proof of this and well deserved.’

‘Excellent team work within the arbitration/ dispute team. Focus on the result – which tends to be positive for their clients.’

‘Leon Kopecký and Christoph Lindinger are excellent advocates.’

‘The Schönherr arbitration practice has a profound knowledge of the subject matter and the procedure, is very experienced and able to think outside the box.’

‘We have worked extensively with Christoph Lindinger. He is highly qualified, almost always available and provides very good legal services.’

‘Leon Kopecký was the lead partner on our arbitrations. I think that he is one of the best and brightest arbitration lawyers of his generation. He has a brilliant mind and outperforms much more senior lawyers at hearings. Leon immediately understands the problem and quickly comes up with the best possible solution. I also wholeheartedly recommend Victoria Pernt. She successfully co-managed the team from the start of the arbitration to the hearing. She is a gifted advocate, a strong leader and a brilliant counsel. Victoria is a true arbitration star. I feel in good hands with her.’’

Key clients

AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals AG Austria

50+ European renewable energy investors

APG SGA SA and Alma Quattro Beograd

JCDecaux S.A.

Funke Group (Funke Medien NRW GmbH, NKZ Austria-Beteiligungs GmbH, Austria Medien GmbH)

Raiffeisen Bank International

Dardafon.net LLC (Z-Mobile)

RBA – Raiffeisenbank Austria

Work highlights

  • Represented the Austrian pharmaceutical company AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals in a €2bn ICC arbitration against PharmaEssentia Corporation (Taiwan) pertaining to a licence agreement.
  • Representing JCDecaux SA (France) in ICSID proceedings against the Czech Republic under the France-Czech Republic bilateral investment treaty.
  • Representing APG|SGA (Switzerland) and its Serbian subsidiary Alma Quattro in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Serbia under the Switzerland-Serbia BIT pertaining to a public concession agreement.

Austria > Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 2

With offices across the CEE region, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) has extensive cross-border capabilities translating into a portfolio of national and international clients across a wide range of industries. Alongside contractual and corporate disputes, the team typically acts in finance and energy-related litigation alongside data protection, competition law and multi-party construction disputes but is also experienced in handling class actions for claimants and defendants. Key contacts include head of dispute resolution and arbitration Christoph Lindinger, who has particular investment litigation expertise, and head of Vienna's litigation group Andreas Natterer, who has a specialism in healthcare and life sciences sector disputes such as product liability and unfair competition claims. Associate Sara Khalil is noted for her expertise in data protection litigation.

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Testimonials

‘The outstanding team handles cross-border and domestic litigation in a variety of areas. They are very well coordinated, very friendly and very competent – with an excellent knowledge.’

As a client, one feels very well looked after and in good hands.’

‘Schoenherr has a huge team with different experts for any legal case you have to deal with.’

‘Fast response time, they give you the feeling that you are very important even if your case is not a huge one.’

‘Professionalism; there are contacts for all areas of law.’

‘Reliability, availability and commitment.’

Key clients

Raiffeisen Bank International

Funke Medien Group

UBER BV

Facebook Ireland Ltd

KONE

Mondelez

Danone

Verband der Versicherungsunternehmen Österreichs – VVO

Work highlights

  • Representing Facebook Ireland Ltd in proceedings against Max Schrems on alleged unlawful data processing, access and damages.
  • Representing UBER (Austria) in several unfair commercial practice proceedings, three of which were initiated by a taxi company.
  • Representing Austrian insurance providers in several mass claims against consumers requesting payment after the cancellation of their life insurance policies.

Austria > TMT Tier 2

The intellectual property and technology group at Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) excels in the whole spectrum of TMT-related work with a particular strength in advising technology start-ups, often in relation to new business models or technology agreements. Most recently, the firm has also been involved in large projects pertaining to NFTs. Practice head Thomas Kulnigg has a focus on technology matters. Michael Woller’s area of expertise includes intellectual property and counsel Veronika Wolfbauer is well versed in the areas of technology regulation, audiovisual media law as well as e-commerce.andréewitch & partner rechtsanwalte GmbH advises clients on TMT matters including media projects and telecoms projects, data protection, e-commerce and litigation. The IT boutique counts international companies including Sony and Media-Saturn among its clients in addition to entities from the financial services, and media and entertainment sectors, and start-ups in technology and e-commerce. Markus Andréewitch leads the team together with Wolfgang Tichy, who joined the firm in February 2021 from Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte).

Practice head(s):

Thomas Kulnigg

Testimonials

‘Fast, super engaged, really good know-how and good advice. Responding even on weekend or late night!’

‘Very market oriented, up to date, smart.’

Key clients

Bitpanda

Uber

Deutsche Telekom

Institute of Science and Technology

Microsoft

Samsung Electronics

Schrack Seconet

ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Association)

Facebook

FIRST WAP International DMCC

Sony Interactive Entertainment

yuutel GmbH

EVN Group

Novomatic

COVID-19 Finanzierungsagentur des Bundes GmbH (COFAG)

Sanus X GmbH

Credi2

Arineo

Grand Production / United Group

GROPYUS AG

Work highlights

  • Advised UNICORN-Biotech Holding GmbH, the former majority shareholder of purification specialist BIA Separations, on the 100 % sale of its shareholding in BIA Separations to German life science company Sartorius Stedim Biotech.
  • Representing Uber in matters which are part of a series of legal disputes that taxi operators and associations have brought from across Europe against Uber.
  • Represented Bitpanda in two major venture capital transactions (i.e. on the largest European Series A financing round in 2020 and on becoming the first “Unicorn” of Austria) and with regard to a number of complex regulatory questions concerning crypto currencies and digital assets.

Practice head(s):

Markus Andréewitch; Wolfgang Tichy

Key clients

Ulbrich of Austria GmbH

Media-Saturn Beteiligungsges. mbH

yuutel GmbH

Arbeitsmarktservice Österreich

ARZ

GMS Gourmet GmbH

Schrack Technik GmbH

Phoenix Media Austria GmbH

AMWAY

St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research Institute

Labors.at

DerAutomat

Mein Business GmbH

NEVEON – Eurofoam GmbH

myAcker GmbH

ORS

Ramsauer & Stürmer Software OG

Gerhard D. Wempe Gesellschaft m.b.h

Austrian Federation of Trade Unions

Work highlights

  • Advising Sony in civil proceedings which are directly attacking the concept of ‘lootboxes’ in video games on the Austrian market.
  • Advised the shareholders of Ramsauer & Stürmer in the sale of their shares and the entire business to Aptean Inc.
  • Advised Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS) on outsourcing its IT services from IBM to the Austrian Federal Computing Center (BRZ) which is the leading IT partner of the public sector in Austria.

Austria > Construction Tier 3

Benefitting from the firm's strong real estate and regulatory practices, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)'s construction law group regularly gets called upon by construction companies, developers, investors and operators to assist with various project developments, most notably in the residential and infrastructure space, and refurbishment projects. Alongside construction contracts and construction disputes, instructions typically include planning, zoning, permitting and transactional matters. Real estate and construction law expert Peter Madl, Constantin Benes, who has a focus on industrial facilities alongside the development of housing and office projects, and planning and environment law specialist Christian Schmelz are the key contacts.

Testimonials

The team led by Constantin Benes excels in both in-depth knowledge and fast response to every topic related to construction law.’

From construction contracts for large-scale developments to small-scale warranty management issues, each case is dealt with the same amount of proficiency and commitment.

Constantin Benes has a vast knowledge and a practice-oriented approach and thus is of great help during the development phase of a real estate project.

Flexibility in terms of billing, always immediate response on legal requests, very supportive and very accurate problem-focused legal advice. They are great when it comes to finding solutions for problems.

Constantin Benes is always very supportive. We really appreciate his profound legal knowledge, especially in the field of company law and construction, and his capability to think out of the box and provide very good and practical solutions for any kind of legal issue that may arise in the course of our business.

Key clients

Autobahnen- u Schnellstraßen-Finanzierungs-AG (ASFINAG)

Zellstoff Pöls AG

Unger Unternehmensgruppe

Vienna International Airport

Bank Austria Real Invest Immobilien-Kapitalanlage GmbH

TIWAG Tiroler Wasserkraft AG

Wiener Linien

6B47

Bauconsult Group

Deutsche Vermögensberatung Aktiengesellschaft DVAG / Pannonia Grundstücksverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

Hallmann Group

WINEGG Group

DWS Grundbesitz GmbH

Invester United Benefits

Internationale Rheinregulierung

GBI AG

OFID

Pannonia Grundstücksverwaltungs GmbH

Laakirchen Papier

Wohninvest Group

Bitpanda GmbH

Scherübel’s Söhne GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Unger Unternehmensgruppe on the acquisition of a prime location in Graz for the development of a residential complex with approximately 400 apartments.
  • Advised institutional investor Bank Austria Real Invest Immobilien-Kapitalanlage GmbH on the construction of a development for 300 apartments and a commercial and outside area, a nursery school and 310 parking lots.
  • Advised Bauconsult Energy on the development of a new low-energy residential building that will be 100% self-sustaining, generating power using geothermal and photovoltaic energy.

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

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)'s combined criminal and civil law expertise leads to regular mandates from companies, public institutions and damaged parties requiring assistance with the implementation of compliance programmes and internal investigations. Christoph Haid is the main contact in this space but also handles matters at the intersection with competition law. He co-heads the practice with insolvency and restructuring expert Wolfgang Höller, who advises on preventative measures such as anti-corruption compliance programmes. Counsel Klara Kiehl is the key contact for criminal proceedings and criminal compliance and also acts for individuals. In September 2021 criminal compliance and anti-corruption law expert Michael Lindtner left the firm.

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Testimonials

Very responsive, always good quality work, collaborative approach.

Christoph Haid is very responsive and coordinates great legal support within the Schönherr offices.

Klara Kiehl and Wolfgang Höller are experts in the field of white-collar crime with excellent local expertise and very collaborative in client work.’

Very diligent, quick and extremely high-quality advice in sensitive matters.

Dr. Klara Kiehl always delivers and at the same time is very empathic and able to very quickly understand not only the legal issues at hand but also the overall implications for the business operation.

Klara Kiehl is smart, quick and always to the point. She provides practical advice.

Austria > Employment Tier 3

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)'s workload includes both contentious and non-contentious matters, for example advice on restructurings, employment contracts, the cross-border posting of employees, and advising on employment matters within the public sector. Practice head Stefan Kühteubl covers a wide range of related issues, with extensive experience particularly in employment aspects of M&A transactions. Teresa Waidmann, who was promoted to counsel in February 2021, is praised by one client for ‘delivering smart and practical solutions no matter how complex the issue is’.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Kühteubl

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Testimonials

‘The cooperation is characterised above all by the willingness of the individual lawyers to understand the client’s circumstances. In addition to competent advice and expertise, Schönherr also provides us with competent and reliable support in labour law disputes.’

‘The team has profound expertise and a lot of experience in labour law disputes.’

‘High level of legal knowledge and experience of the team members.’

‘The legal expertise and legal statement is always on the point and clearly describing the various option for the client but with a clear recommendation for further action.’

‘Schoenherr’s team is young and motivated. They have great expertise and are super responsive, even on short notice.’

‘Teresa Waidmann is our to-go-to employment law expert, delivering smart and practical solutions no matter how complex the issue is. She brings it straight to the point, and that’s the kind of advisor we need in our daily business. Definitely recommended.’

Key clients

Greiner Group

Manpower Group

Bilfinger Maschinenbau GmbH & Co KG (Bilfinger)

ORS

Hypo Immobilien & Leasing GmbH

BUWOG

BASF SE

Schoellerbank AG

Central European University (CEU)

Magna Group

Funke Mediengruppe

TUW – Technische Universität Wien

ACTION

AKH – Allgemeines Krankenhaus Wien (Vienna General Hospital)

ORF

Thales

UNICREDIT Bank Austria AG

JTI

Arbeiter Samariterbund

Work highlights

  • Advising Central European University on all employment-related aspects subsequent to its cross-border transition of CEU’s campus from Budapest to Vienna.
  • Advising UNICREDIT Bank Austria AG on employment law matters, including compensation.
  • Advising ORF and its group companies on employment law matters, including advice on the reframing of its pension sharing system and complex legal questions regarding the various Collective Bargaining Agreements.

Austria > Public procurement Tier 3

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) accompanies clients from the preparation through to execution of tenders, and is sought after by public bodes and companies from sectors including life sciences, gaming, and the export industry, among others. The firm excels in providing seamless advice in cooperation with other practice groups including M&A, real estate, and IP. The representation of clients before public review and appeal authorities in regards to procurement matters is also part of the team’s service portfolio. Counsel Johannes Stalzer heads the practice and is regularly sought after for his experience in cross-border infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Stalzer

Testimonials

‘Schoenherr has been a leading law firm in Austrian for decades and can advise on almost any legal aspects in Austria and abroad to a very high quality.’

‘Working with Johannes Stalzer and his team is refreshingly uncomplicated and efficient.’

‘They cover the full spectrum of areas of law and work interactively.’

‘Johannes Stalzer understands the problem immediately and works out a solution very efficiently.’

‘Good know-how and feeling of public procurement sector.’

‘Flexible, know-how, pragmatic approach.’

Key clients

WienIT

Albertina

Technisches Museum Wien

Thales Austria GmbH

TIWAG Tiroler Wasserkraft AG

Neue Heimat Tirol

Wiener Netze GmbH

Bundesrechenzentrum GmbH

Wiener Krankenanstaltenverbund (Vienna Hospital Association)

EBRD

Work highlights

  • Advising EBRD on electricity market reform projects in Georgia and Uzbekistan.
  • Advising the Vienna Technical Museum on all aspects of an EU-wide tender for the re-design and construction of new exhibition areas.

Austria > Tax Tier 4

The tax team at Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) is ‘always available and always delivers tailor-made solutions in a practical way where everybody is able to understand it’. Tax litigation, criminal tax law, and tax structuring are among the services offered to domestic and international corporations and financial institutions, in addition to transactional and M&A matters. The department works closely together with the firm’s other teams, including real estate, banking and finance, and capital markets, in order to offer holistic advice. Roman Perner and Marco Thorbauer are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Roman Perner; Marco Thorbauer

Other key lawyers:

Tobias Hayden

Testimonials

‘Marco Thorbauer and Tobias Hayden: The always offer great solutions which are easily to follow and understand. We really trust this team and are very happy.’

‘Marco Thorbauer really brings it to the point. He describes difficult matters in an easy way where we (who are not law and tax experts) can easily follow. He is always available and also has a great team.’

‘Team is very young, but very good.’

‘The whole team is always available and always delivers their tailor-made solutions in a practical way where everybody is able to understand it.’

‘Under the lead of Marco Thorbauer the team has developed very well. We really like working with Marco and also with Tobias. If we need an Austrian counsel we always recommend to work with them. Taking into account the age of Marco, he absolutely outstanding on the market and has a lot of experience and brings it to the point. Tobias is an excellent expert in all fields of tax law.’

‘I would describe the Schoenherr Tax team as a young forward thinking and solution oriented team. Their knowledge on Austrian tax law was impressing and helped us on several calls with our opponents.’

Key clients

Holding Graz – Kommunale Dienstleistungs GmbH

CEU GmbH

UBS Europe SE

BENTELER International AG

Left Lane (Private Equity Fund)

Bilfinger Industrial Services Österreich GmbH

Österreichische Beteiligungs AG

INVESTER United Benefits GmbH

Bramac Dachsysteme International GmbH

INNIO Jenbacher GmbH & Co OG

Speedinvest

Partners Group AG

COVID-19 Finanzierungsagentur Des Bundes GmbH (COFAG)

Starwood Capital Group

Bitpanda

Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI)

Erste Group Bank

Bain Capital and Wittur

Work highlights

  • Advising the Republic of Austria on processes on the majority of its COVID-19 relief fund through a specifically established state-run financing agency, Covid-19 Finanzierungsagentur des Bundes GmbH (COFAG).
  • Advising UBS Europe SE on the sale of its onshore wealth management business in Austria to LGT Bank AG.
  • Advised Credendo on the cross-border merger of its Austrian stock company into a Belgian group company.

The firm: Schoenherr is a leading full-service law firm in Central Europe. Operating in a rapidly evolving environment, we are a dynamic and innovative firm with an effective blend of experienced lawyers and young talent. As one of the first international law firms to move into CEE/SEE, we have grown to be one of the largest firms in the region. With 15 offices and several country desks, our comprehensive coverage of the region means we can offer solutions that perfectly fit the given industry, jurisdiction and company.

Schoenherr has offices, country desks and permanent cooperation partner, and is in compliance with the respective local legal standards and conduct rules in all countries where it is active; therefore, the local firm name may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

Areas of practice
Banking and finance: The firm advises on general banking, including investment fund matters, and project, asset and structured finance including cross-border (equipment and facility) leases.

Capital markets: The firm has an IPO Practice and advises on crossborder equity and debt offerings, advising issuers, underwriters and transaction counsel.

Business to consumer protection: Schoenherr’s business to consumer protection group helps clients to ensure compliance with applicable consumer protection laws and regulations, litigates on their behalf, and provides instant assistance in urgent situations.

Compliance and criminal defence: Criminal compliance risks are present in all areas of business. In response to this, Schoenherr has established a dedicated compliance and criminal defence team. The team has substantive legal and practical expertise in this area and is well equipped to handle all aspects of criminal compliance and criminal defence matters.

Corporate investigations and crisis management: As response times to  emergency situations rapidly shorten in a connected world, Schoenherr has established a dedicated multi-faceted team of legal experts. It investigates the facts, advises on immediate next steps and assists with their implementation.

Corporate/M&A:The core practice of the corporate/M&A team is advising and representing clients on transactions and complex corporate and commercial matters. The team has an outstanding track record on key transactions in Austria and throughout CEE/SEE.

Dispute resolution: Schoenherr stands for excellence in litigation, arbitration,
and investorstate disputes. The team has scored some of the most publicised wins at ICSID and in the national courts. Clients value the first-rate legal skills and hands-on approach.

EU and competition: The EU and competition practice group advises clients
in merger control, anti-trust and state aid matters at European and national levels throughout the firm’s comprehensive network in the CEE region, and its office in Brussels.

Healthcare and life sciences: Schoenherr’s healthcare and life sciences group combines lawyers with particular industry expertise with specialists from various teams across the firm’s practice groups and offices. The group advises all stakeholders active in this industry.

Insolvency and restructuring: Schoenherr’s insolvency and restructuring team handles complex, multi-creditor financial restructurings and distressed refinancings of corporates and financial institutions. Further the team advises in insolvency proceedings and insolvency related litigation.

Insurance: Schoenherr’s insurance practice group advises many of Austria’s and Europe’s leading insurers on transactions in the insurance sector, as well as on distribution structures, product design, and all related regulatory and tax matters for life, non-life, and reinsurance business.

IP and unfair commercial practices: The Schoenherr IP practice group has long-standing experience in inter alia trademark, design, patent, copyright and unfair competition matters. Its members frequently represent parties in groundbreaking court cases in national and European courts.

Labour and employment: The labour and employment team advises on all
aspects of employment law, for both contentious and non-contentious matters. It focuses on inter alia issues arising from mergers and acquisitions, workforce restructuring and cross border transfer of employees.

Real estate and construction: The real estate and construction practice group enjoys high visibility in the region’s largest and most important transactions and development projects. The team advises on all aspects of acquisition of real estate, development/construction, restructurings, and real estate and construction- related litigation and arbitration.

Regulatory: By providing a wide-ranging and consistently reliable service, the regulatory practice group has successfully advised leading players across a wide spectrum of sectors, and in all matters of constitutional and administrative law.

Start-up and venture capital services: The Schoenherr team covers the full range of commercial legal services, and is well equipped to handle all aspects that become relevant during the life cycle of a start-up. We advise investors and founders in Austria and CEE.

Tax: Schoenherr’s tax practice advises domestic and international clients on their most sophisticated and challenging tax matters. It supports clients not only in detecting tax risks but in providing simple, clear and practical tax solutions.

Technology and digitalisation: The technology and digitalisation team provides 360° legal advice in the ever evolving world of new technology and digitalisation. Our experts from across our legal sectors ensure a comprehensive understanding of our clients’ needs.

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EU and competition
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Insurance
IP and unfair commercial practices
Labour and employment
Real estate and construction
Regulatory
Start-up and venture capital services
Tax
Technology and digitalisation
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Robert Bachner  photo Robert Bachner Robert Bachner has more than 20 years of professional experience. Robert specialises…
Constantin Benes photo Constantin BenesConstantin Benes is a partner with Schoenherr in Vienna.
Martin Ebner  photo Martin Ebner Martin Ebner is a partner of Schoenherr in Vienna and member of…
Arabella Eichinger photo Arabella EichingerArabella Eichinger joined the real estate team of Schoenherr in September 2013.…
Peter Feyl  photo Peter Feyl Peter Feyl is a partner in Schoenherr’s Vienna office, where he specialises…
Sascha Hödl  photo Sascha Hödl Sascha Hödl co-heads the Corporate/M&A practice. He has 25 years of professional…
Wolfgang Höller photo Wolfgang HöllerWolfgang Höller is a partner at Schoenherr, Vienna, where he specialises in…
Christian Herbst photo Christian HerbstChristian Herbst has more than 30 years of professional experience. His expertise…
Dominik Hofmarcher photo Dominik HofmarcherDominik Hofmarcher is a partner specializing in ip, unfair competition/advertising and protection…
Stefan Kühteubl photo Stefan KühteublStefan Kühteubl is a partner at Schoenherr, and the head of the…
Klara Kiehl photo Klara KiehlKlara Kiehl is counsel at Schoenherr, where she specialises in civil and…
Leon Kopecký photo Leon KopeckýLeon Kopecký is a partner at Schoenherr, where he specializes in dispute resolution.
Guido Kucsko photo Guido KucskoGuido Kucsko has been a partner at Schoenherr since 1986 and heads…
Thomas Kulnigg photo Thomas KulniggThomas Kulnigg is a partner with Schoenherr, where he specializes in M&A…
Michael Lagler photo Michael LaglerMichael Lagler is Schoenherr’s firm managing partner and part of the real…
Maximilian Lang  photo Maximilian Lang Partner
Günther Leissler photo Günther LeisslerGünther Leissler is a partner at Schoenherr, specializing in regulatory law, as…
Christoph Lindinger photo Christoph LindingerChristoph Lindinger is a partner at Schoenherr. He has been heading the…
Peter Madl photo Peter MadlPeter Madl has been a partner at Schoenherr since 1992. He plays…
Christoph Moser photo Christoph MoserChristoph Moser is a partner of Schoenherr and co-heads the firm’s capital…
Andreas Natterer photo Andreas NattererAndreas Natterer has been a partner at Schoenherr since 2008, where he…
Roman Perner  photo Roman Perner Roman Perner co-heads the corporate/m&a practice. He has more than 15 years…
Victoria Pernt photo Victoria PerntVictoria Pernt is a counsel with Schoenherr, where she specializes in dispute…
Alexander Popp photo Alexander PoppAlexander Popp is a partner at Schoenherr specialising in corporate/m&a law.
Matthias Pressler  photo Matthias Pressler Matthias Pressler is an attorney at law with Schoenherr in Vienna. He…
Clemens Rainer photo Clemens RainerClemens Rainer is a counsel with Schoenherr, where he specializes in real…
Bernd Rajal photo Bernd RajalBernd Rajal is a partner at Schoenherr in Vienna where he heads…
Ursula Rath photo Ursula RathUrsula Rath is a partner at Schoenherr in its Vienna office where…
Benjamin Schlatter photo Benjamin SchlatterBenjamin Schlatter is an attorney at law at Schoenherr in Vienna where…
Christian Schmelz photo Christian SchmelzChristian Schmelz is a top ranked lawyer / leading individual for planning…
Christian Schumacher photo Christian SchumacherChristian Schumacher is a partner at Schoenherr, where he focuses on intellectual…
Laurenz Schwitzer  photo Laurenz Schwitzer Laurenz Schwitzer is a partner in Schoenherr’s Vienna office and part of…
Miriam Simsa photo Miriam SimsaMiriam Simsa is partner at Schoenherr where she focuses on Insolvency &…
Johannes Stalzer photo Johannes StalzerJohannes Stalzer has been counsel with Schoenherr since 2013 and is an…
Stefanie Stegbauer  photo Stefanie Stegbauer Stefanie Stegbauer is Counsel with Schoenherr in Vienna, where she focuses on…
Franz Urlesberger photo Franz UrlesbergerFranz Urlesberger is a partner at Schoenherr’ eu & competition practice.
Teresa Waidmann photo Teresa WaidmannTeresa Waidmann is a counsel with Schoenherr, where she specializes in employment…
Veronika Wolfbauer photo Veronika WolfbauerVeronika Wolfbauer is a counsel with Schoenherr and specializes in regulatory law.
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Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) is a recommended firm in the Green Guide EMEA 2022. Learn more about this recognition.

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Schoenherr advised the Austrian scale-up Storyblok on its Series B financing worth USD 47m, one of several major transactions in the Austrian start-up scene on which Schoenherr has advised in the recent past.

Schoenherr advises HS Timber on the acquisition of Luvian Saha (Finland)

Schoenherr advised Austrian HS Timber Group on the acquisition of Luvian Saha Oy, one of the largest private sawmills in Finland, from private owners. The transaction closed on 29 April 2022.


Schoenherr named “CEE Wide Law Firm of the Year” by Chambers and Partners

Schoenherr won the "CEE Wide Law Firm of the Year" award at this year's Chambers Europe Awards Gala hosted by the renowned legal publisher Chambers and Partners.

Schoenherr advises HS Timber Group and Blue Minds on the sale of Interfloat to Borosil Renewables, Limited, India

Schoenherr advised Austrian HS Timber Group and Blue Minds on the sale of Interfloat Corporation and GMB Glasmanufaktur Brandenburg GmbH to Borosil Renewables Ltd, listed on the Indian Stock Exchange. The transaction agreement was executed on 25 April 2022. Closing is expected in the first half of 2022 and is still subject to the fulfilment of customary regulatory approvals.

Schoenherr advises S&T AG on voluntary partial public takeover offer

Schoenherr advised S&T AG, an Austrian company listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, in connection with the voluntary partial public takeover offer by grosso tec AG (Germany) on issues of Austrian law. Hogan Lovells advised S&T AG on German law issues.

Schoenherr named Austria M&A Legal Adviser of the Year by Mergermarket

Schoenherr was awarded the "Austria M&A Legal Adviser of the Year" by Mergermarket at the European M&A Awards Gala on 31 March 2022.

Schoenherr advises IMMOFINANZ supervisory board in bidding contest between CPI Property Group and S IMMO

Schoenherr advised the supervisory board of Austrian IMMOFINANZ AG in connection with the two competing takeover bids by CPI Property Group SA and S IMMO AG.

Schoenherr advises Herba Chemosan board on management buy-out

Schoenherr has advised the board of the Austrian pharmaceutical wholesaler Herba Chemosan Apotheker-AG (Herba Chemosan) on the recent management buy-out (MBO).

Schoenherr advises RGREEN INVEST on unique EUR 15m green bond to finance photovoltaic plant in Bulgaria

Schoenherr advised RGreen Invest, a French management company representing a fund for green energy projects, on a EUR 15m bond to finance the construction of a photovoltaic plant near the town of Razlog in southwestern Bulgaria, as well as on a standard security package for it. The bond's issuer is a member of the Renalfa group, a leading Bulgarian clean energy and e-mobility provider with a focus on renewable energy generation assets.

Schoenherr advises Chaos on Bulgarian law aspects in merger with Enscape

Schoenherr advised Chaos, a global leader in photorealistic rendering technology, on the Bulgarian law aspects of its merger with Enscape, a leading developer of real-time rendering and design workflow technology for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industries. 

Schoenherr advises Mayr-Melnhof Holz on acquisition financing for Bergkvist Siljan

Schoenherr supported the Austrian Mayr-Melnhof Holz group in the financing of its acquisition of Swedish sawmill group Bergkvist Siljan. 

Schoenherr strengthens Austrian team with four additional counsel promotions

Schoenherr recently announced the promotion of three equity partners and two contract partners effective 1 February 2022. This round of promotions has now been extended to include four new counsels: Sara Khalil, Iliyana Sirakova, Marco Thorbauer and Bojana Vareskic.

Schoenherr recognised as leading Austrian M&A Legal Advisor for 2021 by Mergermarket

Schoenherr has, yet again, been named top M&A legal advisor in the Austrian market by Mergermarket. For over a decade, Schoenherr has been leading the Austrian Mergermarket M&A league tables.

Schoenherr advises e-mobility start-up Easelink on EUR 8.3m financing round (Series A)

Schoenherr advised the Austrian high-tech company Easelink, a provider of automated electric vehicle charging solutions, on its EUR 8.3m Series A financing round.

Schoenherr advises Austrian unicorn Bitpanda on expansion of its product portfolio to include exchange traded cryptocurrencies

Schoenherr advised the Austrian fintech Bitpanda on the expansion of its product portfolio to include exchange traded cryptocurrencies. This product provides investors with easy access to crypto assets via a liquid financial instrument traded on a regulated exchange. 

Schoenherr advises Mirova and RP Global on sale and refinancing of onshore wind farms in Croatia

Schoenherr advised Mirova and RP Global on the sale of two onshore wind farms in Dalmatia, Danilo (44MW) and Rudine (34MW), to Professio Energia d.d. (DLPR, Zagreb Stock Exchange). Before the closing of this transaction, Privredna Banka Zagreb d.d., a member of Intesa Sanpaolo Group, refinanced loans provided by the IFC and UniCredit. Schoenherr acted as lead counsel to Mirova and RP Global on both the sale and refinancing transactions.

Schoenherr advises Managers on issue of EUR 1.5bln Mortgage Pfandbriefe by Erste Group

Schoenherr advised the Managers on the successful issue of EUR 750m 0.01 %. Mortgage Pfandbriefe due 2028 (AT0000A2UXM1) and EUR 750m 0.50 %. Mortgage Pfandbriefe due 2037 (AT0000A2UXN9) by Erste Group Bank AG.

Schoenherr advises PALFINGER AG on reversal of cross-shareholding with Sany

Schoenherr advised Palfinger AG, a leading provider of innovative crane and lifting solutions, on the reversal of the cross-shareholding with the SANY Group, a Chinese equipment manufacturing group.

Schoenherr advises UNIQA on successful issue of new EUR 375m green tier 2 notes and notes repurchase

Schoenherr advised UNIQA Insurance Group AG, one of the leading insurance groups in Austria and CEE, on its successful issue of new EUR 375m green tier 2 notes and concurrent repurchase of existing subordinated notes in the same principal amount.

Schoenherr advises on 360kompany AG’s sale, one of Austria’s biggest start-up exits

Schoenherr advised the RegTech start-up 360kompany AG and its shareholders on the sale to Moody’s Corporation, on what is purported to be one of the biggest exits in Austria's start-up scene to date.

Schoenherr advises Sanofi on acquisition of Origimm Biotechnology GmbH

Schoenherr advised Sanofi, a global leader in healthcare, on the acquisition of 100 % of the shares in Origimm Biotechnology GmbH, a private Austrian biotechnology company.

Schoenherr advises Slate Asset Management on acquisition of EUR 90m real estate portfolio

Schoenherr advised Slate Asset Management, a global alternative investment platform focused on real estate, on the acquisition of a portfolio of essential real estate assets in Austria and Slovakia for approximately EUR 90m.

Schoenherr advises Liechtenstein Group on EUR 40m investment in Tesvolt

Schoenherr advised the Liechtenstein Group on its investment in Tesvolt GmbH, a technology leader for energy storage in the commercial and industrial sector.

Schoenherr advises Aquila Part Prod Com on successful IPO worth EUR 74m

Schoenherr Romania advised Aquila Part Prod Com on the successful completion of an initial public offering ("IPO") for the sale of some 66.6m new shares, for a total price of approx. EUR 74m.

Schoenherr to strengthen leadership across Austria and CEE by appointing new equity and contract partners

Schoenherr will substantially strengthen its leadership by appointing new equity and contract partners across Austria and CEE effective 1 February 2022.

Schoenherr advises Sendinblue on acquisition of Metrilo

Schoenherr advised the leading French-based all-in-one digital marketing platform Sendinblue SAS on the acquisition of Metrilo OOD ("Metrilo"), a Bulgarian e-commerce metrics company, from its founders and several investors such as Speedinvest II International GmbH, LAUNCHub Fund Coöperatief U.A. and Eleven Capital AD. The advising team in Schoenherr's Bulgarian office advised on all major legal aspects of the transaction, including due diligence and negotiation of transaction documents.

Schoenherr advises Nice & Green S.A. on innovative convertible notes funding programme with Marinomed Biotech AG

Schoenherr advised Swiss investment firm Nice & Green S.A. on an innovative convertible notes funding programme (CNFP) with Vienna Stock Exchange listed Marinomed Biotech AG.

Schoenherr advises Joint Lead Managers on issue of EUR 250m covered bank bonds by Kommunalkredit Austria AG

Schoenherr advised the Joint Lead Managers on the successful issue of EUR 250m 0.01 % covered bank bonds due 2028 by Kommunalkredit Austria AG.

Schoenherr advises ZECH Bau Austria on acquisition of Implenia’s building construction business

Schoenherr advised ZECH Bau Austria GmbH, a German owner-managed construction company, on the acquisition of Implenia Baugesellschaft mbH's building construction business in Austria by virtue of an asset deal. The closing of the transaction is currently subject to merger control clearance.

Schoenherr advises P&I on the acquisition of 100 % of shares in VRZ

Schoenherr advised P&I Personal & Informatik GmbH on the acquisition of 100 % of the shares in VRZ Informatik Gesellschaft mbH (Dornbirn) and its sister company ThinkCreateAct AG (Switzerland). The transaction is currently subject to the condition precedent of regulatory clearance. With the acquisition of the VRZ Group, P&I AG is expanding its presence in Austria and Switzerland.

Schoenherr advises on top Bulgarian dental distributor transaction involving Abris Capital Partners

Schoenherr advised the owner and CEO of Dentatechnica EOOD, the largest distributor of dental equipment and consumables in Bulgaria, on a transaction with Dentotal (Romania), a subsidiary of Abris Capital Partners. Subject to competition authorities' approval, Dentatechnica will become part of Dentotal Group with the aim of creating a regional leader through organic growth and further consolidation of local markets in Romania and Bulgaria.

Schoenherr advises Wienerberger AG on the successful placement of 2.5 million treasury shares through accelerated bookbuilding

Schoenherr advised Vienna Stock Exchange listed Wienerberger AG, a leading international supplier of building materials and infrastructure solutions, on the EUR 81.25m placement of treasury shares with institutional investors.

Austria/CEE: Schoenherr advises UNIQA on the acquisition of AXA subsidiaries in CEE for EUR 1bln

Once again, Schoenherr has advised on a billion-euro transaction in the CEE region: An international Schoenherr team assisted UNIQA on the acquisition of AXA subsidiaries in the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia for a purchase price of around EUR 1bln.

Austria/CEE: Schoenherr further strengthens leadership with promotions

Schoenherr is strengthening the ranks of equity partner, contract partner and counsel with new promotions effective as of 1 February 2020. With Pawel Halwa and Thomas Kulnigg, Schoenherr promotes two longstanding Schoenherr experts to equity partners. Constantin Benes, Leon Kopecký, Günther Leissler, Laurenz Schwitzer, Manuela Zimmermann, Georgiana Bădescu, Mădălina Neagu and Miloš Laković are promoted to contract partners, and at counsel level, Dominik Hofmarcher and Clemens Rainer have moved up in the ranks.