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DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Austria > Real estate Tier 1

DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH stands out for its transactional real estate expertise, which has recently translated into an increasing number of forward purchase instructions, but the team is equally well placed to assist with tenancy matters and real estate disputes. This offering attracts real estate funds, real estate development and investment companies in particular, who routinely instruct the team led by Wilfried Seist on matters in the retail, residential and logistics space but the group also covers other asset classes and plot transactions. Associate Nina Mitterdorfer is a key contact for residential development project-related contract management.

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DSC is the best organised and most competent practice I had the pleasure to work with. Their service is devoted and supremely professional.’

They have the best understanding of their clients and the clients’ requirements – especially of institutional investors.’

Their troubleshooting as well as their conflict management capabilities (balance of cooperation and confrontation) are also exceptional. Besides, they are widely respected among other practices. The different base contracts they developed are very helpful and timesaving.

The standard transaction structure we are using was developed by DSC, reduced costs significantly.

The responsiveness and prompt processing of tasks has been key. Furthermore, the reputation and standing of the firm within the Austrian real estate market must be seen as a significant benefit in dealing with other parties and/ or firms.

In conjunction with the brilliant economical understanding and the knowledge of the market development, I have no doubt that the service level is way above the usual expected within the market.

Key clients

Bank Austria Real Invest Immobilien-Kapitalanlage GmbH

LLB Immo Kapitalanlagengesellschaft m.b.H.

BNP Paribas Real Estate Germany GmbH

UniCredit Leasing (Austria) GmbH

Accor Hotelbetriebs Gesm.b.H.

Wealthcore S.C.S., SICAV-RAIF

ECE Projektmanagement GmbH & Co KG

Raiffeisen Holding Niederösterreich-Wien Reg. Gen.m.b.H.

CA Immobilien Anlagen AG

Akron Real Estate Management GmbH

Universale Internationale Realitäten GmbH

Wiener Städtische Versicherungs AG

Auris Immo Solutions GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised LLB Immo Kapitalanlagesellschaft m.b.H., an open-ended Austrian real estate fund, on the acquisition of the retail park Kittsee2.
  • Advised BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Management Germany GmbH in connection with its acquisition of the residential premises Danube Flats Bauteil II by way of a forward funding deal.
  • Advised Bank Austria Real Invest Immobilien-Kapitalanlage GmbH in connection with the acquisition of new residential premises in Vienna in the form of a forward funding deal.

Austria > Public procurement Tier 2

Advising tenderers and public authorities on tender procedures and PPP-projects is the main focus of DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s construction and public procurement practice group. Architectural competitions and flexible framework agreements are also part of the firm’s portfolio, and its expertise in this space extends to cross-border procurement procedures. Practice head Oliver Sturm is specialised in PPP projects and construction-related matters. Dominik Zimm was promoted to partner in July 2021 and is well versed in start-up friendly procurement methods and e-tendering.

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‘Our DSC collaboration proved to be very competent, flexible in the availability and swift in the response. Their billing is fair and correct.’

‘We have been serviced and supported by Dr. Dominik Zimm: he is a most competent, diligent and committed professional who provided very useful legal advice orally and in writing. It was very easy to work with and he showed high empathy for our issues. The requested products he provided were most helpful.’

‘After the first interviews about the intended procurement a really complete and very advanced proposal for the various required documents was put on the table. This sped up the process of the preparation for the RFP significantly.’

‘Dominik Zimm masters all the legal aspects of public procurement with astonishing ease.’

‘The team is performing on an extremely high level and offers excellent knowledge in the wide range of law.’

‘Dr. Zimm offers always the highest possibility of operational readiness to find solutions for any problem. He has excellent communication skills and a high passion for his job. It is always a great pleasure to collaborate with him! Therefore I will recommend DSC and especially Dr. Zimm in any case!’

‘High level of training for all employees. Fast and reliable.’

‘Dominik Zimm is very obliging. Takes time for his customers and discussing all possibilities. He is particularly friendly and available at any time. His specialist knowledge is particularly high and his commitment is outstanding.’

Key clients

Vienna Public Transport (Wiener Linien GmbH & Co KG)

Austrian National Bank (Österreichische Nationalbank)

Federal State of Salzburg (Land Salzburg)

Federal State of Lower Austria (Land Niederösterreich)

University of Vienna (Universität Wien)

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (Universität für Bodenkultur Wien)

Voestalpine Metal Forming GmbH (voestalpine Krems Finaltechnik GmbH)

Rosenbauer Österreich Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Vienna Association of Hospitals (Wiener Gesundheitsverbund)

Ministry of Finance (Bundesministerium für Finanzen)

Vienna Business Agency (Wirtschaftsagentur Wien)

Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt)

City of Vienna – Housing Company (Stadt Wien – Wiener Wohnen)

CASH MANAGEMENT AUSTRIA logistics for cash management and transport coordination LLC (GELDSERVICE AUSTRIA Logistik für Wertgestionierung und Transportkoordination G.m.b.H.)

Work highlights

  • Advising the Vienna Public Transport Company on the procurement procedures regarding the construction works for the extension of the U2 and U5 subway lines in Vienna.
  • Advising the Federal State of Salzburg on several procurement procedures regarding the construction of a new headquarters of the Federal State of Salzburg in the City of Salzburg (architectural competition, project management support, accompanying control).
  • Advised the Vienna Association of Hospitals on the Europe-wide negotiated procurement procedure regarding framework agreements in three lots with three different tenderers per lot regarding business consulting services and accompanying services.

Austria > Banking and finance Tier 3

DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH almost exclusively acts for lenders, including many major Austrian banks, and stands out for its regulatory capabilities. This leads to regular instructions – typically led by Markus Kellner – on PSD II, new product launches, Austrian market entry and crypto currency and includes defending banks in litigation against consumer protection agencies and individual customers. Kellner co-heads the practice with Christoph Diregger, who has recently been most active advising on various financing instruments. Ulrich Edelmann has left the firm.


‘The team delivers on time and is always available in urgent matters. The quality of work is outstanding. Results and business-oriented service.’

‘The practice provides excellent legal services at an extremely high level and always with pragmatic, practical approaches. The firm supported us very well during the pandemic, during which we had to redesign and revise many processes.’

‘Markus Kellner is mandated in banking law by many banks in Austria. This is due to his comprehensive knowledge and his great commitment. Even with acute issues, he is immediately available with good advice.’

‘Dr. Markus Kellner: Broad and in-depth knowledge in the area of banking and finance, consumer protection law and contract law, always up to date with changes in case law, great problem-solving capacity, great handling of difficult legal questions with very clear and comprehensible legal conclusions, great availability and flexibility, pleasant to work with and always reliable!’

‘High expertise in banking and consumer law and pleadings at the highest level. At the same time, Markus Kellner is also able to explain complex facts and legal consequences in a short and simple manner. Excellent accessibility and prompt completion.’

‘Markus Kellner is really an expert with a deep knowledge in the field of banking and finance.’

‘Outstanding efficiency and focus. Creative in solution finding.’

‘Christoph Diregger: Very quick and sharp thinker, able to give good advice almost always immediately, identifies with client and is absolutely reliable, in particular when help is really needed.’

Key clients

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Raiffeisen Centro Bank AG

ERSTE Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkasse AG

Bank für Tirol und Vorarlberg AG

Wiener Privatbank SE

Österreichische Ärzte- und Apothekerbank AG


Work highlights

  • Representing several Austrian banking groups in litigation over foreign currency loans following the relevant ECJ decision.
  • Representing several Austrian banking groups in litigation over breakage fees following the ECJ decision.

Austria > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 6

DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH demonstrates know-how in advising clients from the real estate, banking sectors and gaming industries. The group advises in particular on takeovers, corporate housekeeping and restructurings, and traditional M&A. The practice is led by ‘sharp thinkerChristoph Diregger and Christoph Leitgeb, who also covers litigation matters.

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‘Especially when comparing the fees to some of the other Viennese firms recently, Doralt Seist Csoklich continues to offer excellent value for money as the projects are staffed efficiently and with the right level of expertise.’

‘Christoph Diregger has a great understanding of what is really needed from a business perspective and how to make it work legally. Especially when it comes to the “high end” of corporate law issues, he knows how it is done. You do not get a “no” but a “maybe not this way, but here is how you should do it”’

‘Very good generalist approach by partners. Very goal-orientated and efficient. Absolutely top in efficiency, clarity and knowledge of the law.’

‘Dr. Diregger: very quick and sharp thinker, able to give good advice almost always immediately, identifies with the client and is absolutely reliable, in particular when help is really needed. Very good at judging and describing situations, mindful of all aspects.

Key clients

CA Immobilien Anlagen AG



ViennaEstate Immobilien AG

Wiener Privatbank SE

Best Gaming Technology GmbH

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

BRM Burgenländische Risikokapital Management AGx.news information technology gmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised S IMMO AG in the successful defence against a hostile takeover by IMMOFINANZ AG.
  • Advised CA Immobilien Anlagen AG in the course of an anticipatory takeover offer by Starwood Capital Group.
  • Advised S IMMO AG in an Accelerated Book Building capital increase in the amount of €150m.

Legal services to the point. For more than 30 years.
Based in Vienna, Austria, DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich provides 360° services in all legal matters. With more than 30 years of experience, the firm combines highest professional capabilities with unmatched efficiency, legal creativity and absolute solution orientation. No matter how complex an issue: DSC ensures that clients reach their goals.

Full-service law firm
As a full-service law firm, DSC addresses its clients’ concerns and needs from all angles – legally and economically. Teams tailor-made for the individual matter leave no stone unturned to identify solutions beyond traditional approaches. They think outside the box, pave new ways and access new terrain. Clients from all sectors and industries rely on their comprehensive analyses and clear recommendations. Recommendations that are sustainable, practical and to the point.

Unmatched expertise
DSC’s team of internationally recognized experts knows the law and its clients’ business environment inside out. The firm’s specialists are not only leading professionals but also highly regarded in academia. They teach the next generation of lawyers, keep practitioners up to date and lead the academic discussion. Whatever the issue, they start with the know-how that others have yet to acquire.

Extensive network
DSC entertains an extensive international network and provides clients access to fast and non-bureaucratic support from leading local law firms worldwide.

Banking Markus Kellner, Christoph Direggerkellner@dsc.at +43 1 319 45 20
Capital Markets & Finance Christoph Diregger, Christoph Leitgebdiregger@dsc.at +43 1 319 45 20
Construction Oliver Sturmsturm@dsc.at +43 1 319 45 20
Corporate & M&A (Transactions) Christoph Diregger, Christoph Leitgeb, Peter Csoklichdiregger@dsc.at +43 1 319 45 20
Dispute Resolution Peter Csoklich, Markus Kellnercsoklich@dsc.at +43 1 319 45 20
Gaming Christoph Leitgebleitgeb@dsc.at +43 1 319 45 20
Public Law (Administrative & Constitutional Law) Alexander Grau, Eva Erlachergrau@dsc.at +43 1 319 45 20
Private Clients Peter Csoklichcsoklich@dsc.at +43 1 319 45 20
Public Procurement & State Aid Oliver Sturm, Dominik Zimmsturm@dsc.at +43 1 319 45 20
Real Estate Wilfried Seistseist@dsc.at +43 1 319 45 20
Transport, Insurance & Customs Peter Csoklichcsoklich@dsc.at +43 1 319 45 20

Extensive network. DSC entertains an extensive network, through which we offer our clients fast and non-bureaucratic support from leading local law firms worldwide.

SCG Legal. Since 2008, we are a member of the worldwide network “SCG Legal” which unites 122 law firms and more than 12,000 professionals in 62 countries.

Greenlane. We are a member of “Greenlane”, a network of independent European law firms specialized in customs and international trade law, excise duties and export control.

High quality advice needs different angles.

Diversity breeds creativity. Creativity is necessary to effectively solve our clients’ issues. And our clients’ success is all that counts.

As expertise and excellence come in all shapes and sizes, we are committed to embrace diversity in our corporate culture. We want our team to thrive. As committed employer we therefore provide an open, respectful environment in which diversity and creativity are welcome. We encourage our team members to live up to their greatest possible potential, access new terrain and pave new paths for our clients. As an inclusive team, we are proud to be different, strive to think outside the box and expand boundaries every day.