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Christian Herbst has more than 30 years of professional experience. His expertise covers M&A, venture capital, public takeover and corporate finance transactions. Christian has been lecturing ‘International Mergers & Acquisitions’ at the Vienna University of Economics and Business for more than 15 years. He served co-chair of the IBA Corporate/M&A law committee (2015-2016).


Over the years, Christian has built strong relationships with international blue-chip clients including America Movil, Starwood Capital, Telenor and Apollo Capital and EQT. Christian has recently advised CRH on the EUR 1.64 billion sale of its European distribution business to Blackstone (2019), Ericsson on the acquisition of German Kathrein SE’s antenna and filters division (2019) and Toyota Motor Europe on the acquisition of Toyota Frey Austria (2019).

On public M&A, Christian advised listed BUWOG on the EUR 3.4 billion public takeover by German Vonovia (2018) and Starwood capital on two partial public offers of Immofinanz and CA Immo and the acquisition of a controlling stake in listed CA Immo for 0.76 billion (2018). Christian advised Carso Telecom, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the América Móvil group (AMX), in its successful public takeover offer, exceeding EUR 1.4 billion for shares in Telekom Austria (2013), Rasperia Trading Ltd on its exercise of a call option to purchase shares and increase its shareholding in Vienna Stock Exchange-listed STRABAG SE to a blocking minority of 25 percent and one share (2014) and Kansai Paint Co Ltd. (Osaka, Japan), on the EUR 572 million acquisition of the Helios Coatings Group (2016).


German, English


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts/USA (LL.M. 1984)
Johns Hopkins University, Bologna/Italy (Diploma 1983)
University of Salzburg, Salzburg/Austria (Dr. iur. 1982)

Lawyer Rankings

Austria > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Hall of Fame)

Christian HerbstSchoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

Collaborating closely with other practice areas as well as integrated offices throughout the CEE region, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) shows multijurisdictional excellence across a wide range of corporate topics and M&A. The Austrian team puts a core focus on banking and insurance sectors, albeit industry expertise is diverse. Sascha Hödl and Roman Perner jointly head the practice, with the former particularly active in banking M&A as well as restructuring transactions, and the latter concentrating on corporate litigation and reorganisation. Christian Herbst has an excellent reputation for venture capital and corporate finance transactions. Counsel Maximilian Lang plays a significant role in cross-border transactions involving blue-chips and private equity houses.