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Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners
SCHOTTENRING 12
1010 VIENNA
Austria

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners is a well-respected player in the reorganisation and restructuring space and has traditionally focused on advising credit institutions but has steadily expanded its client share in the corporate arena. The team led by founding partner Markus Fellner is a key fixture on some of Austria's most high-profile restructurings such as the restructuring of the Steinhoff Group and is well equipped to assist clients with associated distressed M&A transactions and insolvency proceedings, including enforcement claims. Florian Kranebitter is the main contact for refinancing and debt restructuring. Associate Stefan Sallat is noted for his expertise in contentious and non-contentious restructuring scenarios.

Practice head(s):

Markus Fellner; Florian Kranebitter

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Sallat

Testimonials

Very comprehensive knowledge, incredibly fast response times.’

‘The team is strong in insolvency and litigation, not to forget the profound expertise on regulatory issues.’

‘Very professional team focusing on tangible results.’

‘Immediate responses, perfect know-how, many years of experience.’

‘Highly appreciated interconnection between banking advisory and insolvency, litigation and recovery expertise.’

‘The team is ready to work more or less 24 hours a day, always available when you need them. They are experts in restructuring/insolvency law, know any jurisdiction and have very good partners outside of Austria. They are very good in representing their clients; high negotiation skills, very constructive, they never give up.’

‘I have worked with Markus Fellner very often – for me he is the best lawyer I have ever worked with. He always goes the extra mile, shows alternatives, is proactive and always does his best to show me the full picture, explaining the different ways we could go, so that I have a very good feeling, when I have to make decisions and/or have to present the case to other decision bodies.’

‘Markus Fellner is a leading practitioner with a broad knowledge in the fields of restructuring, insolvency as well as banking and corporate law.’

‘Markus Fellner – very experienced.’

Key clients

Steinhoff Europe AG

Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien Aktiengesellschaft,

Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich Aktiengesellschaft,

Raiffeisenlandesbank International Aktiengesellschaft

Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen AG

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

OMV Refining & Marketing GmbH

Raiffeisenlandesbank Burgenland Aktiengesellschaft

Revisionsverband eGe

Administrative law and public sector Tier 2

In administrative and public law, Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners stands out for its know-how of environmental law matters including environmental due diligence, licence applications for industrial facilities and environmental impact assessments. The aforementioned topics are also key areas of department head Michael Hecht's practice. Environmental specialists Josef Peer and Severin Plattner were both promoted to contract partner in November and December 2019, respectively. The group's expertise also includes constitutional and administrative matters including planning and zoning.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hecht

Other key lawyers:

Josef Peer; Severin Plattner

Key clients

UIV Urban Innovation Vienna GmbH

Donauturm Aussichtsturm- und Restaurantbetriebsgesellschaft m.b.H

ÖBB Infrastruktur AG

Wirtschaftskammer Oberösterreich

BUWOG – Bauen und Wohnen Gesellschaft mbH

viadonau

Province of Vorarlberg

Province of Lower Austria

Banking and finance Tier 2

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners' regulatory and transactional banking and finance expertise is typically drawn upon by banks and payment services providers in restructuring, compliance, licensing and contentious scenarios. Another key strength of the team is handling matters at the intersection with M&A, including the sale of non-performing loan portfolios. Gregor Schett is a key contact for banking-related arbitration and litigation, while founding partner Markus Fellner is best known for his restructuring and insolvency expertise, which has recently also led to a number of COFAG financing instructions, but he also provides assistance with sector-specific regulatory matters and dispute resolution. Florian Kranebitter routinely leads on national and cross-border finance transactions, most notably acquisition and real estate finance.

Practice head(s):

Markus Fellner; Gregor Schett; Florian Kranebitter

Testimonials

‘Very experienced team focussing on practicable solutions.’

‘Fast responses, highly experienced team, perfect availability.’

‘Markus Fellner – we have a very trustful relationship for more than 20 years with him.’

‘Markus Fellner is a brilliant lawyer and extremely good negotiator. We appreciate very much the long-term cooperation we have.’

Key clients

BAWAG P.S.K

Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

easybank AG

Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen AG

Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG

Powerlines Group

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien AG

Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich AG

Steinhoff Group

UniCredit Bank Austria

VTB Bank (Europe) SE

Public procurement Tier 2

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners acts for bidders and contracting authorities alike and has a core focus on PPP procurement advice. A key specialism is the structuring of joint ventures between public bodies and private entities. Healthcare, architecture, real estate, civil engineering and infrastructure sectors are at the centre of the practice, which is jointly headed by Michael Hecht and Rudolf Christian Pekar. The former is a key name for PPPs, whereas the latter structures and conducts procurement projects including innovative and green procurement procedures.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hecht; Rudolf Christian Pekar

Key clients

Province of Lower Austria

Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H.

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 3

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners has an interdisciplinary approach, enabling the team to handle a wide range of contentious matters with a specialism in corporate and financial disputes, including those involving investments as well as regulatory and criminal elements. This set of expertise is particularly attractive for banks, which make up a large portion of the team's client portfolio, but the group also receives regular instructions from corporates from a number of industries, most notably retail, manufacturing and real estate. Gregor Schett and Markus Fellner jointly head the practice and are both known for their banking sector expertise.

Practice head(s):

Gregor Schett; Markus Fellner

Testimonials

‘I work with Gregor Schett and his team on a regular basis with regard to complaints brought by authorities and legal disputes arising out of business relationships with suppliers, clients and service providers. I always find the proposals of a very high quality, thought through – not only legally but also strategically and economically. Usually we do what has been proposed as this is usually the best solution. If not, we might have forgotten to add some decisive facts.’

‘I can recommend the work of Gregor Schett very much.’

Key clients

Steinhoff Group

Steinhoff Europe AG

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien

BAWAG P.S.K.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners fields an M&A group focused on banking, industrial and IT as well as family offices and private equity clients. The practice is led by four partners: Markus Fellner is in charge of M&A, banking finance and insolvency work, Paul Luiki handles cross-border transactions involving CEE and the US, Florian Kranebitter often acts at the intersection of M&A and financing and Lukas Flener covers the competition law aspects of transactions.

Practice head(s):

Markus Fellner; Paul Luiki; Florian Kranebitter; Lukas Flener

Testimonials

‘FWP Partners are top qualified in their specific areas and always immediately responsive. Their speed in finding solutions and answers is extraordinary.’

‘Markus Fellner is outstanding, creative, responsive, top expertise in M&A and banking law. Always available.’

‘Florian Kranebitter has a solution-oriented consulting approach.’

‘Paul Luiki is the one to negotiate with.’

‘Paul Luiki is one of the most experienced M&A lawyers in Austria. He has a strong approach of getting the job done. He is a native speaker of English, too, that is a unique setup in Austria.’

Key clients

BAWAG P.S.K

Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

Erste Bank der österreichischen Sparkassen AG

Grand Casino Baden AG

Österreichische Hotel- und Tourismusbank GmbH

Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien Aktiengesellschaft

Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich Aktiengesellschaft

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Steinhoff Europe AG

S.E.M. Servicegesellschaft für Elektrik und Mechanik mbH (Germany)

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Employment Tier 4

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners tailors its employment services specifically to the banking sector, where the team often advises on remuneration policies and also acts in disputes. Company pension and civil law expert Kurt Wratzfeld heads the group. Florian Dauser was promoted to contract partner in June 2020.

Practice head(s):

Kurt Wratzfeld

Other key lawyers:

Florian Dauser

Key clients

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Imperial Tobacco Austria Marketing Service GmbH

EU and competition Tier 4

The competition team at Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners regularly handles mergers in collaboration with the firm's M&A department or in the role of local counsel with international firms. Lukas Flener is in charge of the practice and has expertise of merger control filings, whereas Florian Kranebitter handles cooperation and distribution agreements. Elisa Maria Kaplenig was promoted to contract partner in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Lukas Flener

Other key lawyers:

Elisa Maria Kaplenig; Florian Kranebitter

Key clients

Amalgamated Sugar Company LLC

Ankerbrot AG

Covis Holdings, L.P.

KIKA / Leiner

La Marzocco International, LLC

RadarServices Smart IT-Security GmbH

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Real estate Tier 5

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners' full-service approach enables the team to handle various matters arising from urban project developments with particular strength in public law-related issues, such as planning and zoning law, which is due to practice head Michael Hecht's expertise in this area. Other work includes real estate transactions, including those pertaining to restructuring scenarios.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hecht

Other key lawyers:

Markus Kajaba; Lukas Flener

Key clients

ARE Austrian Real Estate GmbH

6B47 Real Estate Investors AG / JTP 3 Alpha GmbH & Co KG

City of Klosterneuburg

Danube Flats GmbH

Donauturm Aussichtsturm- und Restaurantbetriebsgesellschaft m.b.H.

Fischapark Shopping Center GmbH

FoDo Holding GmbH & Co KG

IKEA Einrichtungen-Handelsgesellschaft m.b.H.

Österreichische Post AG

RK Privatstiftung

SK Projektentwicklung GmbH & Co KG

Soravia Group

Steinhoff Europe

UIV Urban Innovation Vienna GmbH

Viadonau

Wiener Immobilien Group

The firm: Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) was founded in 1999 by Markus Fellner and Kurt Wratzfeld as a law firm advising companies in all legal matters. Since then fwp has grown significantly. With a team totalling more than 130 employees, including more than 70 lawyers, fwp is one of Austria’s top business law firms.

The firm’s work is as international as its cases and clients, and fwp’s close and long-standing co-operation with international law firms is a major key to its success.

Areas of practice: The firm has a team of more than 70 highly qualified legal personnel supplying comprehensive support and advice for their clients. This is ensured through the perfect mix of long-standing, experienced specialists with added sector expertise, working in banking and finance, corporate/M&A, real estate, infrastructure and procurement law, reorganisation and restructuring, and dispute resolution.

Since 2010 fwp has been the exclusive Austrian member of the leading global referral network TerraLex (which has currently been awarded as “network of the year” by The Lawyer) and has actively participated in TerraLex’s business initiatives and meetings. This has resulted in a plethora of referrals both from our firm to TerraLex and from TerraLex member firms to fwp. The emphasis fwp places on cross-border work also is highlighted by our long-standing membership in the Association of European Lawyers (AEL), which provides a strong platform for pan-European cross-border transactions and legal advice.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Markus Fellner markus.fellner@fwp.at +43 1 537 70 311
Banking and finance Gregor Schett gregor.schett@fwp.at +43 1 537 70 314
Capital markets Paul Luiki paul.luiki@fwp.at +43 1 537 70 315
Corporate/M&A Markus Fellner markus.fellner@fwp.at +43 1 537 70 311
Corporate/M&A Paul Luiki paul.luiki@fwp.at +43 1 537 70 315
Insolvency and restructuring Markus Fellner markus.fellner@fwp.at +43 1 537 70 311
Insolvency and restructuring Florian Kranebitter florian.kranebitter@fwp.at +43 1 537 70 325
Labour Kurt Wratzfeld kurt.wratzfeld@fwp.at +43 1 537 70 316
Intellectual property Markus Kajaba markus.kajaba@fwp.at +43 1 537 70 322
Real estate and construction Michael Hecht michael.hecht@fwp.at +43 1 537 70 317
Real estate and construction Lukas Flener lukas.flener@fwp.at +43 1 537 70 330
Real estate and construction Markus Kajaba markus.kajaba@fwp.at +43 1 537 70 322
Public law and public procurement Michael Hecht michael.hecht@fwp.at +43 1 537 70 317
Antitrust and competition Lukas Flener lukas.flener@fwp.at +43 1 537 70 330
Antitrust and competition Florian Kranebitter florian.kranebitter@fwp.at +43 1 537 70 325
Dispute resolution Markus Fellner markus.fellner@fwp.at +43 1 537 70 311
Dispute resolution Gregor Schett gregor.schett@fwp.at +43 1 537 70 314
Environmental and planning Markus Kajaba markus.kajaba@fwp.at +43 1 537 70 322
Environmental and planning Michael Hecht michael.hecht@fwp.at +43 1 537 70 317
Private equity Markus Fellner markus.fellner@fwp.at +43 1 537 70 311
Private equity Lukas Flener lukas.flener@fwp.at +43 1 537 70 330
Central and Eastern Europe Paul Luiki paul.luiki@fwp.at +43 1 537 70 315
Central and Eastern Europe Markus Fellner markus.fellner@fwp.at +43 1 537 70 311
Photo Name Position Profile
MMag Dr Markus Fellner  photo MMag Dr Markus Fellner Partner
Dr Lukas Flener  photo Dr Lukas Flener Partner
Dr Michael Hecht  photo Dr Michael Hecht Partner
Mag Markus Kajaba  photo Mag Markus Kajaba Partner
Dr Florian Kranebitter, LLM  photo Dr Florian Kranebitter, LLM Partner
Dr Paul Luiki  photo Dr Paul Luiki Partner
Mag Rudolf Christian Pekar  photo Mag Rudolf Christian Pekar Partner
Dr Gregor Schett, LL.M  photo Dr Gregor Schett, LL.M Partner
Dr Kurt Wratzfeld  photo Dr Kurt Wratzfeld Partner
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fwp extends its expertise by appointing a new junior partner from its own ranks

Vienna, September 2018. Motivated and energetic - this is how the new junior partner of Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner (fwp) presents himself. One of Austria’s leading law firms acclaims Clemens Gabriel’s new status as attorney-at-law registered since 19 September 2018.

“The quality of our performance is based on the successful development of our teams – this includes taking on board long-serving associates who wish to work with us as attorneys after having successfully passed their exam and being admitted to the Austrian bar association”, emphasises founding partner Markus Fellner.


fwp strengthens areas of competence by appointing a new junior partner from its own ranks.

Vienna, September 2018. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner (fwp) adds valuable competence and expertise to the team by promoting Michael Froner to junior partner.

The quality of our performance is based on the successful development of our teams – this includes taking on board long-serving associates who wish to work with us as attorneys after having successfully passed their exam and being admitted to the Austrian bar association”, explains founding partner Markus Fellner.