Firm Profile > Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) > Vienna, Austria

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)
SCHOTTENRING 19
1010 VIENNA
Austria

Administrative law and public sector Tier 1

The team at Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) has a core focus on regulatory matters and advises on the full spectrum of public law ranging from constitutional, administrative and environmental law to energy, data protection and public private partnerships. The team has notable expertise in the life sciences, gaming, export, health services and telecoms sectors. Practice head Christian Schmelz focuses on environmental and construction law, frequently assisting with water, forestry and mining law. Bernd Rajal leads the projects and energy team and regularly advises on the implementation of the EU Third Energy Package. Counsel Günther Leissler has expertise in telecoms, data protection and data security; he leads the tech regulation group.

Testimonials

‘Schoenherr has an exemplary public law group and remains the most prominent name in the Austrian market. Over many years they have developed both strength and breadth in their services.’

‘Schoenherr’s public law group continues to impress us with their high quality of work and leading expertise in the whole range of public law including the fields of environment, infrastructure and industrial projects, energy, technology regulation (including data protection and telecommunications).’

‘Led by Christian Schmelz, they have stayed leaps and bounds ahead of their competition.’ 

‘Christian Schmelz is an outstanding lawyer and the leading expert in his field. He is at the forefront of new developments.’ 

Key clients

Novomatic Group

Austrian Chamber of Commerce (Wirtschaftskammer Österreich)

Heizen mit Öl (“HmÖ”, an association of Austria’s oil industry)

Wiener Linien Gesellschaft m.b.H. & Co. KG

BRAMAC Dachsysteme International GmbH

Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen AG

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Association of Austrian Pharmacies (Apothekerkammer/Apothekerverband)

Autobahnen- und Schnellstraßen-Finanzierungs-AG (ASFINAG)

Red Bull

Banking and finance Tier 1

Commended for its 'excellent know-how of all aspects of banking and finance law including regulatory matters', Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) focuses on novel transaction structures, and also benefits from close cooperation with the M&A, real estate and restructuring and insolvency teams in its Vienna and CEE/SEE offices. Beyond its expertise in the consolidation and deleveraging of banks, the team excels in securitisation and structured finance matters as well as derivatives issues. Martin Ebner and Ursula Rath jointly lead the practice, which includes newly promoted partner Laurenz Schwitzer, who handles many of the firm's Austrian real estate finance transactions acting for lenders, funders and investors. Clients also praise Peter Feyl as 'one of the most prominent banking and finance lawyers in Austria', office managing partner Miriam Simsa and attorney Matthias Pressler.

Testimonials

Schönherr’s banking practice is very experienced in regulatory matters, in particular relating to own funds instruments (including legacy issues). Their legal advice is very much to the point.’

The team’s strength is its in depth of knowledge of legal problems, market practice and a very well functioning network of own offices in the key jurisdictions in Eastern Europe and the ability to safeguard quality control with respect to these offices.

I very much appreciate Schönherr’s approach to mandates, always having client’s interests and way of thinking in mind, they understand and pro-actively work with the business rationale behind the transactions. All this saves time and discussions.

The team has excellent know how in all aspects of banking and finance (including regulatory matters). Moreover, we very much value that they interact in an excellent manner with other departments of their firm (TMT, corporate, competition).

Martin Ebener and Peter Feyel – just easy to work with. No need for lengthy explanations. they quickly know what is required and what work products joint clients are looking for.

Martin Ebner is a top finance lawyer, knows the business inside out and finds pragmatic solutions.’

‘Laurenz Schwitzer has solid knowledge and a lot of transactional experience for his (relatively young) age.

Peter Feyl is deservedly one of the most prominent banking & finance lawyers in Austria. He has outstanding legal and industry know how, is very solution oriented and always pleasant to deal with.

Key clients

ABBAG Abbaumanagementgesellschaft des Bundes

Advent International

AGRANA Beteiligungsverwaltungs Aktiengesellschaft

Austrian Economic Chamber

Barclays Bank Plc

BofA Securities Europe SA

British Bank Bankers’ Association

Citigroup Global Markets Ltd

Commerzbank AG

Conda Crowdinvesting Europe

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Erste Group Bank AG

FIA Europe

Goldman Sachs

HSBC France

Immigon portfolioabbau ag

ISDA

J.P. Morgan Securities plc

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc

NatWest Markets

Nomura International PLC

Palfinger AG

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Société Générale

UBS Limited

UniCredit Bank AG

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Recognised as 'a market leader' in the corporate and M&A arena, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) is involved in a high volume of transactions in Austria and throughout the entire CEE region. The group has expertise in a vast array of sectors including the energy, financial, telecoms, media, technology, digitalisation and pharmaceuticals industries. Under Alexander Popp's leadership, the group draws on the support of other practice areas including leveraging the regulatory, banking and finance, capital markets, competition, IP and tax departments. Sascha Hödl specialises in restructuring transactions for Austrian banks, while Christian Herbst acts for international and Austrian blue-chip corporations on cross-border transactions, and counsel Maximilian Lang focuses on Austrian corporate law. Robert Bachner and technology sector specialist Thomas Kulnigg are also noteworthy.

Testimonials

Schönherr’s corporate/M&A practice has distinguished itself as a market leader in Austria. The corporate practice is very experienced in the structuring and implementation of reorganizations in the banking sector. Their legal advice is very much to the point and they are very responsive.

Roman Perner advises on a broad range of corporate matters and provides very valuable advice to the legal department as well as to the board and the key executives in their decision making process. His advice is very much to the point and he is very responsive.

Key clients

BUWOG AG

Advent International

Starwood Capital Group

Playtika Ltd.

United Group BV

FUNKE MEDIENGRUPPE GmbH & Co. KGaA

NOVOMATIC AG

RFR Lux Holding

IAC Applications

Toyota Motors Europe

AddLife AB

UniCredit Group

Heineken International B.V.

immigon portfolioabbau ag

Rohrdorfer Group

OMV AG

Liechtensteinische Landesbank AG

HETA Asset Resolution AG

Cubic (London) Limited and its core shareholders

EU and competition Tier 1

Fielding an especially strong competition department including a team based in Brussels, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) covers the full range of competition law in Austria and throughout the Central and Eastern European region. The well-renowned practice is headed by Franz Urlesberger, who displays wide-ranging knowledge of multi-national competition law matters in CEE as well as merger control and anti-trust compliance programmes. Highly involved in competition-related public and private litigation, Hanno Wollmann also handles horizontal and vertical cooperation agreements for clients from a variety of sectors such as insurance, media, pharmaceuticals and energy. Counsel Stefanie Stegbauer mainly handles antitrust proceedings before the Austrian competitions authorities as well as the European commissions and is also active in merger control.

Testimonials

‘Great team, competent in all aspects of competition law.’

‘Franz Urlesberger is the top guy, he stands out due to his vast experience.’

‘Franz Urlesberger is a very smart lawyer.’

‘Franz Urlesberger is a very experienced and client-orientated cartel lawyer.’

‘Christoph Haid is great at making sure that cases in Middle and Eastern Europe run smoothly.’

‘Christoph Haid and Anna Turi are almost always available, have an excellent knowledge and give useful, practical advice.’

Key clients

Altstoff Recycling Austria (ARA)

Bosch

Daimler

Energie Steiermark

EXXON Mobil

Funke Media Group (formerly WAZ)

Greiner Group

Heineken / Brau Union

Japan Tobacco International

JCDecaux / Gewista

KONE

Mondi Group

OMV Group

Raiffeisen

Red Bull

REWE

Schaeffler

UNIQA

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

The 'high quality' team at Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) has considerable expertise in restructuring. In recent work, it advised both the management of Heta Asset Resolution and the Republic of Austria on the structural and strategic legal questions concerning the company's wind-down. Other clients include major Austrian and international banks, including Austrian Anadi Bank, Sberbank of Russia and Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich. In other highlights, Wolfgang Höller and Miriam Simsa facilitated the successful sale of the long-established Kika/Leiner Group to the Signa Group in order to stave off looming insolvency proceedings. Martin Ebner is also recommended.

Testimonials

The two main partners, Miriam Simsa and Wolfgang Höller, were competent and available to align to our needs as a client. Also the rest of the team was high quality.

Key clients

KIKA/Leiner Group

HETA Asset Resolution AG

OVS S.p.A.

Sberbank of Russia

Austrian Anadi Bank AG

Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich AG

Intellectual property Tier 1

The team at Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) has experience in the full range of IP-related matters, including trade marks, designs, patents, copyright, trade secrets protection and unfair competition. It operates a one-stop shop in IP and incorporates input from experienced lawyers in other departments of the firm, and has a specialised trade mark and design administration department. The team is led by Guido Kucsko, Christian Schumacher and Michael Woller. Recently promoted counsel Dominik Hofmarcher is another name to note.

Testimonials

‘Competent, reliable, proactive.

Dr. Kucsko and his team supported us during the last years on several IP issues in Austria and EU and we have won several law suits in Austria, Germany etc with their support.’

Guido Kucsko, Dominik Hofmarcher are a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

HP (Hewlett-Packard)

Deutsche Telekom

Burberry

Procter & Gamble

AIWA Corp

Lallemand

Microsoft

OMV Group

adidas

HEIDI Chocolat Suisse

Brau Union

Erste Group

Uber

Uniqa Insurance Group

Tobaccoland (Austria Tabak)

Albertina Museum

Trelleborg

Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria)

S.Spitz GmbH

STAMAG

Projects and energy Tier 1

The team at Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) handles high-profile projects; it recently advised Vienna International Airport on its third runway and assisted TIWAG with the construction and operation of five hydropower plants. The 'renowned' practice has wide sector expertise, acting for clients in the infrastructure, waste, mining, utilities and pharmaceuticals sectors; the team also counts Red Bull on its client roster, which it recently advised on an environmental impact assessment. Christian Schmelz, who has 'an outstanding reputation', heads up the cross-departmental group, and the 'excellent' Bernd Rajal, who is 'solution-oriented', leads the projects and energy team.

Testimonials

‘For decades the Schoenherr public law team has stood for excellence, they provide excellent advice in complex administrative law matters and are particularly strong in energy industry related matters. Outstanding when it comes to constitutional law related questions and other complex regulatory matters. When needed, they have an academic approach and this is of high value when opining on complex regulatory issues. Strong standing in the Austrian and CEE markets overall and therefore their legal opinions are highly regarded by authorities, peers and courts. Very experienced in permitting procedures related to power plants and infrastructure projects. No other big corporate law firm has such a strong regulatory team and I believe it is also the largest team in Austria. They work across practice groups and that makes them particularly strong when it comes to complex transactions.’

‘Bernd Rajal is an excellent public law lawyer, solution-oriented and responsive with outstanding industry know-how. He also shows a hands-on mentality. Very efficient because he is supported by an excellent team of highly specialised regulatory lawyers, e.g. Marta Krzystek is extraordinary committed and always available for us. They are very capable at managing administrative proceedings and public law related litigation. Compared to other regulatory lawyers, simply the best in Austria, both in terms of quality and personality.

‘Schoeherr has one of the most renowned practices as regards environmental law projects and also extends its practice to energy. Christian Schmelz, the practice leader, has an outstanding reputation in public law. Moreover, Bernd Rajal is up and coming in the energy sector, mainly specialising in projects in Eastern countries.’

Key clients

Red Bull

Vienna International Airport (“VIE”)

Laakirchen Papier

Autobahnen- und Schnellstraßen-Finanzierungs-AG (ASFINAG)

TIWAG Tiroler Wasserkraft AG

Therme Linsberg GmbH

TINETZ

EXAA Energy Exchange

Gazprom Export LLC

Wiener Linien

Wien Energie

Marubeni

Gazprom Marketing & Trading

Real estate Tier 1

Headed by Michael Lagler and Peter Madl, the 'dedicated and highly experienced team' at Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) stands out for its 'comprehensive market knowledge, good commitment and all-embracing advice' on real estate matters including the acquisition and sale of retail, office and residential buildings. It recently acted for South Korean investment fund KTB Investment & Securities on the indirect acquisition of the T-Center, which is one of the largest office buildings in Vienna. Arabella Eichinger has a 'very high level of experience in real estate transactions as well as retail tenancy law'. Michael Lagler is an 'expert for corporate real estate and portfolio transactions'. Constantin Benes made partner in 2020.

Testimonials

‘Arabelle Eichinger, Marko Frantar and team are excellent and dedicated lawyers and in addition to that very deal oriented.’

‘A very dedicated and highly experienced team.’

‘Dr. Madl is a highly qualified expert in the field and is very dedicated to the work carried out.’

‘A very dedicated and highly experienced team.’

‘A well-rehearsed team, good coordination of resources, uncomplicated communication and very good outcomes.’

‘Very high professional expertise, comprehensive market knowledge, good commitment and all-embracing advice.’

‘Arabella Eichinger – very high level of experience in real estate transactions as well as retail tenancy law, uncomplicated and high-level service oriented.’

‘Outstanding transactional real estate team, forward-looking and solution oriented approach. Involved in high-value acquisitions and sales of real estate portfolios.’

‘Michael Lagler – expert for corporate real estate and portfolio transactions, pragmatic, highly solution oriented.’

Key clients

Amundi Immobilier S.A.

DWK and 6B47

6B47

Aberdeen

Media Quartier Marx Errichtungs- und Verwertungsgesellschaft mbH

ORF

Union Investment

GBI AG

Tishman

Art-Invest

List Group

Hamburg Trust / GalCap Europe

Hyatt

Irma Investments

PFI Port Folio

PKF hotel consultants

PRIMARK

Savilles Invement Management

Unger Unternehmensgruppe

Bank Austria Real invest

Real IS

Capital markets Tier 2

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)'s team is valued for its 'great knowledge and availability' and is 'a reliable partner for capital markets transactions in Austria'. Testament to the team's expertise in assisting with 'complex cross-border capital markets matters' was its advice to the joint lead managers on the Republic of Austria's syndicated €4.5bn dual tranche government bond issuance. Ursula Rath has 'a very pragmatic but at the same time very concise approach'; Martin Ebner is 'very reliable and good to work with'; and Peter Feyl 'stands out for his impressive economic understanding' and 'regulatory know-how'.

Testimonials

Schoenherr provides top-quality service for a reasonable price. Schoenherr is one of our favourite law firms to work with on complex cross-border capital markets matters, and we have built a long-standing relationship and trust with them.

The primary attorney I work with at Schoenherr is Ursula Rath. Ursula is responsive and has a deep understanding of capital markets matters.

Schoenherr is a reliable partner for capital markets transactions in Austria. I would recommend them for any complex matter, also with cross-border elements.

Peter Feyl stands out for his impressive economic understanding. He works hands-on on various issues based on extensive legal and regulatory know-how in international capital markets. Ursula Rath is highly motivated with high efficiency and great communication skills. Both are absolutely dedicated to their clients.

Schoenherr provides a very good mixture between a local and national firm – one which is truly embedded into local business with a very international approach, i.e. being able to advise international clients in Austria.

Ursula Rath has a very pragmatic but at the same time very concise approach. She was able to clarify many ongoing issues independently.

Martin Ebner – very reliable and good to work with.

Great knowledge and availability.

Ursula Rath – great personality and knowledge – pragmatic in her advice.

Key clients

ABBAG

Abbaumanagementgesellschaft des Bundes

Advent International

AGRANA Beteiligungsverwaltungs Aktiengesellschaft

Austrian Economic Chamber

Barclays Bank Plc

BofA Securities Europe SA

British Bank Bankers’ Association

Citigroup Global Markets Ltd

Commerzbank AG

Conda Crowdinvesting Europe

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Erste Group Bank AG

FIA Europe

Goldman Sachs

HSBC France

Immigon portfolioabbau ag

ISDA

J.P. Morgan Securities plc

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc

NatWest Markets

Nomura International PLC

Palfinger AG

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Société Générale

UBS Limited

UniCredit Bank AG

Construction Tier 2

The construction practice at Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) is led by Michael Lagler, Peter Madl and Christian Schmelz and is also able to draw on the expertise of lawyers from a variety of practices, in particular from the firm's real estate and regulatory groups. Recent work highlights include advising Unger Unternehmensgruppe on the acquisition and redevelopment of three plots at the former northern railway station of Vienna; acting for Vienna International Airport and the state of Lower Austria in the Environmental Impact Assessment approval proceedings for a third runway at the airport; and assisting a joint venture consisting of Invester and Elin Quadrat with the acquisition of real estate for residential development in Vienna. Arabella Eichinger is also noted.

Testimonials

‘Very high professional expertise, comprehensive market knowledge, good commitment and all-embracing advice’.

Key clients

Unger Unternehmensgruppe

Vienna International Airport (“VIE”)

Autobahnen- und Schnellstraßen-Finanzierungs-AG (ASFINAG)

TIWAG Tiroler Wasserkraft AG

DWS Investment GmbH

Invester

Elin Quadrat

GBI AG

Real I.S. AG

Clariant AG

GETEC Heat & Power AG

Wohninvest GmbH

Bank Austria Real Invest Immobilien-Kapitalanlage GmbH

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 2

Christoph Lindinger and Andreas Natterer jointly lead Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)'s commercial litigation practice with Natterer specialising in product liability claims, compensation for damages, distribution agreements and life sciences litigation. Insolvency, commercial, white-collar criminal law and compliance expert Wolfgang Höller acts for Austrian and international corporates as well as commercial banks in Austria. Counsel Klara Kiehl is also noted. The team also handles pro bono work.

Testimonials

Schoenherr Rechtsanwälte has very talented and extrem highly motivated experts in each field, which I have ever worked with. They have a pragmatic approach, are fast and cost efficient.

Excellent knowledge, good client relationship, fast responses and perfect negotiation skills.

An outstanding individual for us is Bojana Vareskic. This woman is one of the brightest, most talented, and smartest lawyers we have ever seen and worked with. She possesses not only excellent knowledge, she has an incredible in depth knowledge. Bojana is truly an excellent negotiator. She makes the impossible possible. For us she is the diamond among the other gemstones.

Key clients

Facebook Ireland Ltd

KONE

Association of Turkish Freight Forwarders, Istanbul Lojistik

immigon portfolioabbau AG

Red Bull

Uber B.V.

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

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) primarily focuses on criminal defence work, representing companies and individuals accused of fraud, money laundering and breach of trust. Internal investigations and compliance are also areas where the team excels. Wolfgang Höller leads the department, which fields counsel Klara Kiehl, who assists companies with preventing and detecting criminal behaviour.

Testimonials

Schoenherr is the go to firm for advice on white collar matters. Everyone I have worked with at the firm is highly responsive and professional. The working relationship is very good. 

Outstanding commitment, really smart people, fun to work with.

Wolfgang Höller and Klara Kiehl combine sophisticated legal expertise with practical advice. They keep the full picture in mind and have the relations to local authorities. Very good and professional working relationship.

Hard working partners who are really involved, especially negotiation specialist Wolfgang Höller.

Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)'s team, which is led by newly promoted partner Günther Leissler, is particularly focused on contentious data protection matters. The team represented Facebook Ireland as defendants in the Austrian court proceedings initiated by Austrian citizen Maximilian Schrems in a matter which involved not only several fundamental questions on GDPR interpretation, but it also touched on the interplay between Union law (GDPR) and member state constitutions. The team also defended Österreichische Post in over 100 GDPR-related proceedings. The team also provides comprehensive data protection advice to clients including Novartis Pharma.

Testimonials

Dominik Hofmarcher – excellent in data protection.

Key clients

Facebook

Österreichische Post AG

Vienna Insurance Group

Austrian Insurance Association

Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich

HDI Insurance Company

Verkehrsverbund Ost Region

OMV AG Erste Bank AG

Novomatic Group of Companies

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 3

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)'s arbitration practice is well-versed at handling national and international commercial disputes across numerous industry sectors including the pharmaceuticals, automotive, telecoms, oil and gas, construction and engineering industries under various arbitral rules including ICC, VIAC and DIS rules. Another area of expertise includes investment arbitration cases. Christoph Lindinger leads the team, which fields newly promoted partner Leon Kopecký.

Testimonials

This team is unencumbered by history so are innovative in their thinking and approach to cases.

The team is very young and dynamic, whereby this does not come at the cost of quality or experience.

Great attitude to the market and great professionals.

Leon Kopecky has a refreshing view on cases.’

Especially Leon Kopecky stands out as a very fast brain, easily connecting the economic and legal threads without needing ample discussion around a topic. Good and efficient, just as today business is trying to set itself up.

The main stand out professional is Leon Kopecky from the Vienna team. He gets to grips with the issues and is able to present on behalf of his client effectively.

Key clients

Zelena N.V. and Energo-Zelena d.o.o. (owned by GreenWorx Holding)

Kunsttrans Holding GmbH

Mera Investment Fund Limited

Croatian National Bank and the Republic of Croatia

State of Montenegro

Republic of Moldova

Employment Tier 3

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) offers 'pragmatic solutions' to clients such as AKH (the Vienna General Hospital), UniCredit Bank Austria and Syneos Health. Practice head Stefan Kühteubl led on advising Terex Corporation on an intra-group carve-out of parts of its business, one of the team's regular collaborations with the corporate and M&A department. A network of 14 offices in Central and Eastern Europe enables the firm to take on cross-border work. Such work includes termination of manager contracts and supporting employers in negotiations with works councils and unions.

Testimonials

‘What we really appreciate about the team is that they are not only specialists in their field but have a very hands-on approach. They always offer pragmatic solutions, also in complex cases or if our requests not only involve employment law. We further value their dedication and that they deliver advice very quickly. As a client we really feel very valued.’

‘Working with Teresa Waidmann is always a pleasure. She is deep in each case and goes the “extra mile” for us. She is very responsive, her answers are of excellent quality and always to-the-point. We also trust her with cases involving other legal fields besides employment, eg she is currently leading the Schoenherr team supporting us with all legal aspects of the establishment of our Social Impact Banking initiative in Austria. With her, we know that we are in good hands.’

‘Straightforward, pragmatic; high legal expertise, availability and engagement.’

Key clients

AKH (Allgemeines Krankenhaus Wien)

INNIO Jenbacher

Magna Group

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Swarco Holding

ACTION

Mondi

Syneos Health

Art-Invest Real Estate Group

Technische Universität Wien

ContourGlobal Group

Public procurement Tier 3

The public procurement department at Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) acts alongside the firm's real estate, IP and corporate practitioners to advise a broad range of clients from sectors including life sciences, gaming and export-oriented industries. The team, which is led by Johannes Stalzer, assists with tender documentation and public procurement proceedings, related legal opinions as well as representation before public inquiries and appeal authorities.

Key clients

Albertina

St.Jude Medical Medizintechnik GmbH

Wien IT GmbH

Thales Austria GmbH

Bard Medical

Wiener Netze GmbH

TIWAG

Neue Heimat Tirol

TMT Tier 3

The TMT practice at Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)'s Vienna office advises clients on e-commerce, outsourcing and cloud services matters, while also handling data protection and fintech work, with additional expertise in cross-border matters. The team recently advised OMV on its global outsourcing of IT operations and telecoms services to international providers. Thomas Kulnigg, who has experience of cross-border and cross- practice projects, leads the team. Wolfgang Tichy, Günther Leissler and Michael Woller are other key names.

Testimonials

Schoenherr delivers excellent work.

Even though Schoenherr is one of the largest firms on the market, the service always feels personal and when our legal needs shifts to a different specialisation you don’t feel like you are simply handed over to someone else.

Excellent knowledge of current market developments and market standards; very strong technical and negotiation skills.

Günther Leissler has an excellent understanding of data privacy issues, Wolfgang Tichy is perfect in e-commerce matters.

Wolfgang Tichy and Serap Aydin really understand the business needs.

Wolfgang Tichy is extremely capable.

Wolfgang Tichy is very hands on, always solution oriented and has a wealth of experience.

Key clients

OMV AG

UNIQA

Facebook

Uber

Raiffeisenlandesbank Wien Niederösterreich

Microsoft

SAP

UniCredit Group

FWU Life Insurance Lux

Novomatic Group of Companies

EVN

PCS Professional Clinical Software

Ulbrich of Austria

Vienna Insurance Group

Eurofoam

Österreichische Post AG

Erste Bank

Playtika Ltd

CONDA AG

Salesianer Miettex GmbH

Greiner Bio One

MediaMarkt Saturn

Tax Tier 4

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)'s growing tax practice is characterised by its close cooperation with the corporate and M&A, employment, real estate, banking, finance and capital markets departments, enabling it to provide new tax structures for wider transactions. The group, which is active in Austria and throughout the CEE region and led by Roman Perner, also represents clients before the Austrian courts and authorities in tax proceedings as well as criminal tax cases.

Testimonials

Strength – advice on national and international tax law, especially restructurings including real estate and transfer pricing work.

The team works in a very efficient and pragmatic way. No matter how complicated the tax issues are we can expect an accurate and understandable answer and solution. The department is always available and gives outstanding advice in international and national tax law.’

Maja Petrovic supported us especially in real estate transfer and property taxes. We were extremely happy with her advice and work done. Her availability was very good and we could always contact her.’

‘Although the whole tax team is outstanding I have great respect for Maja Petrovic who joined the tax team only this year. She supported us especially  regarding transactional pricing and transfer pricing. Ms. Petrovic is able to understand the needs of her clients perfectly well and provide them with an exact answer and of course a solution. Her advice has never raised any doubts and in case we had some more questions we could always contact her and got an understandable answer within our deadline. We could not be happier to work with such an outstanding and promising new lawyer.

Marco Thorbauer – young, professional and social skills.

Key clients

Advent International

AddLife AB

IAC Applications

Deka Immobilien

Tele2 AB

Speedinvest

Raiffeisen Bank International

Salesianer Miettex

Bosch Group

Bramac Dachsysteme International GmbH

UNIQA AG

Volksbank Wien

VoooP GmbH

Vienna International Business School

The firm: Schoenherr is a leading full-service law firm providing local and international companies stellar advice that is straight to the point. With 14 offices and four country desks Schoenherr has a firm footprint in Central and Eastern Europe.* The firm’s lawyers are recognised leaders in their specialised areas and have a track record of getting deals done with a can-do, solution-oriented approach. Quality, flexibility, innovation and practical problem-solving in complex commercial mandates are at the core of Schoenherr’s philosophy.

*Schoenherr has offices, country desks and permanent cooperation partners in Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine. Schoenherr 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 cross-border equity and debt offerings, advising issuers, underwriters and transaction counsel.

Compliance and criminal defence: the firm handles all aspects, including preventive measures, corporate criminal proceedings and investigations. This includes tailor-made compliance programmes.

Corporate investigations and crisis management: the firm advises on matters related to investigations of corporate crimes, violations of anti-trust rules, confidential information leaks, tax evasion and breach of legal duties.

Corporate/M&A: the firmis involved in mandates regarding setting
up companies, corporations and partnerships, group restructurings (mergers, de-mergers, spin-offs), private and public mergers, and acquisitions.

Dispute resolution: the firm has a broad practice and advises on large-scale corporate and business litigation and arbitration under ICC, UNCITRAL and the Vienna rules.

EU and competition: the firm is involved in competition and regulatory law at both EC and national levels including compliance, merger control, assisting corporations in cartel, state aid investigations and proceedings.

Healthcare and life sciences: the firm acts for and advises all stakeholders active in the health care, life sciences, biotech and pharma industries.

Insolvency and restructuring: the firm focuses on advising lenders and distressed borrowers on pre-insolvency reorganisation and refinancings. The team works closely with the firm’s transactional teams on distressed M&A.

Insurance: the firm advises 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 firm handles trade marks, patents and copyrights, including litigation and in particular unfair competition matters.

Labour and employment: the firm handles employment issues arising in the course of M&A, transfer of undertakings, workforce and management restructuring, as well as company representation in employment litigation.

Real estate and construction: the firm advises on the acquisition of real estate via asset and share deals, including tax structuring and financing; real estate development; sale and lease back; claim management; litigation; joint ventures;  PPP projects; and structuring real estate funds.

Regulatory: the firm advises on inter alia plant licensing, environmental matters, data protection, telecoms and energy law.

Start-up and venture capital services: the firm covers all aspects that become relevant during the life cycle of a start-up, advising investors and founders in Austria and CEE.

Tax: the firm provides advice on tax-related matters on a broad range of issues, including: transactional tax advice; corporate restructurings; international tax planning; financing transactions, capital markets and structured products; investment funds; succession and estate planning for HNWI’s; and tax litigation.

Technology and digitalisation: the firm’s team meets the demands of tomorrow’s technologies by combining the strength of leading experts in IP, IT, privacy and telecommunications law.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance
Capital markets
Compliance and criminal defence
Corporate investigations and crisis management
Corporate/M&A
Dispute resolution
EU and competition
Healthcare and life sciences
Insolvency and restructuring
Insurance
IP and unfair commercial practices
Labour and employment
Real estate and construction
Regulatory
Start-up and venture capital services
Tax
Technology and digitalisation
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr iur Robert Bachner  photo Dr iur Robert Bachner
Mag iur Martin Ebner  photo Mag iur Martin Ebner
Dr iur Peter Feyl  photo Dr iur Peter Feyl
Dr iur Sascha Hödl  photo Dr iur Sascha Hödl
 Christian Herbst photo Christian Herbst
Mag iur Maximilian Lang  photo Mag iur Maximilian Lang
Dr iur Roman Perner  photo Dr iur Roman Perner
 Christian Schmelz photo Christian Schmelz
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Other offices : Belgrade
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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.

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.