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Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners > The Legal 500 Rankings
Austria > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners is known for its 'excellent track record' in the fields of insolvency law and corporate recovery. Team members often work on restructuring and reorganisation cases, and regularly advise clients on the banking side. Markus Fellner, founding partner, is a key name for the contentious work which the group undertakes. Fellner leads the team together with Florian Kranebitter, who focuses on international transactions in a variety of industries.
Markus Fellner; Florian Kranebitter
‘Very hands on. Good experience, as well as good knowledge of market behavior and market participants.’
‘Markus Fellner has excellent knowledge of the relevant law and markets and great negotiation skills. He is a reliable lawyer.’
‘Highly professional and experienced in the fields of insolvency law and corporate recovery. Excellent track record for many years.’
Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality SE (AGCS)
National and international clients
CoCom of lenders to Schur Flexibles
- Advising lenders to Schur Flexibles on a proposed financial restructuring of Schur Flexibles, following accounting irregularities and compliance breaches.
Austria > Administrative law and public sector Tier 2Environmental matters form the core of Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners' administrative law practice, with work including environmental due diligence processes and applications for environmental licences for real estate projects. In addition, the firm advises clients on the implications of EU directives for their businesses, and it is also able to assist with constitutional and energy law work as well as public-private partnerships. Team leader Michael Hecht represents state and federal bodies in addition to foreign and domestic companies, advising on questions of procurement and public commercial law. Markus Kabaja focuses on real estate and construction law alongside his public commercial law practice.
Other key lawyers:
City of Feldkirch
DONAUTURM Aussichtsturm- und Restaurantbetriebsgesellschaft m.b.H.
Gemeinnützige Bau- und Wohnungsgenossenschaft “Wien-Süd” eGenmbH
Mischek Bauträger Service GmbH
ÖBB Infrastruktur AG
Province of Vorarlberg
Vorarlberger Energienetze GmbH
- Advising ÖBB Infrastruktur AG concerning the upgrade of new the Lower Inn Valley railway (Unterinntalbahn) in Tyrol.
- Advising a consortium of several project developers on the implementation of the environmental impact assessment for an urban development project from the conception to the implementation of the procedure in all aspects of environmental law and nature conservation law.
- Advising the State of Vorarlberg and the City of Feldkirch on approval proceedings for the Feldkirch city tunnel.
Austria > Banking and finance Tier 2The ‘highly professional and well experienced’ banking and finance team at Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners has seen large growth in its provision of compliance advice for the banking and financial services sector, which includes handling regulatory work for banks and payment service providers, including changes to authorisation regimes. The trio leading the team is Markus Fellner, Gregor Schett, and Florian Kranebitter, and the group counts major Austrian banks such as UniCredit Bank Austria and Commerzbank as key clients. Stefan Adametz was made partner in July 2022, and adds to the group’s bench strength for multi-disciplinary mandates.
Markus Fellner; Gregor Schett; Florian Kranebitter
Other key lawyers:
‘The services are always provided on time and are of high quality. The solution approach is usually pragmatic, as the team knows exactly what matters in banking business.’
‘Highly professional and well experienced team especially in banking law. Excellent track record over many years.’
‘Very speedy answers and practical advice. Thinking outside the box. Very useful for in-house-lawyers.’
‘Markus Fellner is an exceptional lawyer who understands business and has outstanding expertise. He also has great negotiating skills.’
‘We consider Markus Fellner and Florian Kranebitter the best lawyers in Austria to represent our banks’ interests.’
GREENoneTEC Solarindustrie GmbH
Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien AG
State of Lower Austria
UniCredit Bank Austria AG
Vorarlberger Landes- und Hypothekenbank
- Advising UniCredit Bank Austria in connection with the enforcement of its minority rights as a shareholder of 3Banks Group.
- Successfully advised BAWAG Group on the acquisition of the leading online broker Hello bank! Austria from the French financial group BNP Paribas.
- Advising SORAVIA Group on the cooperation between SORAVIA and Volksbank IMMO-CONTRACT Group.
Austria > Public procurement Tier 2Practitioners in the planning law, environmental law and public procurement group at Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners have significant cross-practice expertise in areas spanning corporate, financial and public law. Practice head Michael Hecht also heads up the firm’s real estate and construction law group, and his client base includes international companies and public authorities alike. The group’s public procurement practice extends to the structuring of joint ventures between public bodies and private entities, and Hecht plays an important role in this work.
Province of Lower Austria
City of Vienna
- Assisted Viadonau with a Connecting Europe facility tender.
Austria > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners has recently extended its scope of work pertaining to M&A transactions in a range of sectors including the banking, IT, and payment services industries. Another key element of the practice is real estate transactions, and particularly those undertaken by Austrian banks. Founding partner Markus Fellner leads the group alongside Paul Luiki, who has a specific focus on cross-border transactions, Florian Kranebitter and Lukas Flener.
Markus Fellner; Paul Luiki; Florian Kranebitter; Lukas Flener
- Advising UniCredit Bank Austria on the enforcement of its minority rights as shareholder of 3Banks Group.
- Advised SORAVIA on the acquisition of the shares in Hospiz am Arlberg.
- Successfully advised BAWAG Group on the acquisition of online broker Hello bank! Austria from the French financial group BNP Paribas.
Austria > Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 3Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners is reputed for its strength in finance and banking-related litigation, particularly cases relating to M&A deals, joint ventures, capital markets transactions and insolvencies. Class-actions and cases with a white-collar crime nexus are also areas of expertise. Markus Fellner and Gregor Schett jointly head up the practice. In team news, Stefan Adametz made partner in 2022.
Gregor Schett; Markus Fellner
Other key lawyers:
Kurt Wratzfeld; Markus Kajaba
‘The team is extremely well connected and their standard of legal services is exceptionally high.’
‘Markus Fellner and Gregor Schett are absolute experts in their field and really tough negotiators.’
UniCredit Bank Austria AG
- Advising UniCredit Bank Austria on the enforcement of its minority rights resulting from its position as shareholder of the institutions forming the 3Banken Gruppe.
- Representing Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederoesterreich-Wien in litigation against several hundred investors asserting claims based on faulty investment advice when acquiring a share in closed funds.
Austria > Employment Tier 4
Austria > EU and competition Tier 4
Austria > Real estate Tier 5Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners has advised on some large domestic real estate transactions over the past year, and has also supported Austrian banks which have continued their divestiture process. The group also has a strong track record of litigation within real estate. Practice co-head Michael Hecht is described as ‘a real expert’, and runs the team with his counterpart Markus Kabaja.
Michael Hecht; Markus Kajaba
‘Michael Hecht is a real expert in the real estate industry. He is solution-oriented and focuses on what is possible.’
ARE Austrian Real Estate GmbH
6B47 Real Estate Investors AG / JTP 3 Alpha GmbH & Co KG
City of Klosterneuburg
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
SK Projektentwicklung GmbH & Co KG
UIV Urban Innovation Vienna GmbH
Wiener Immobilien Group
- Advised UIV Urban Innovation Vienna, a Wien Holding company, on finding a location for a new multifunctional arena for staging concerts and sports events.
- Advising IKEA Einrichtungen-Handelsgesellschaft on the process of building a branch at Vienna’s Westbahnhof station.
- Advised Steinhoff Group on the sale of KIKA/Leiner to SIGNA Group.
Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners > Firm Profile
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.
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|Mag Stefan Adametz||Stefan Adametz is partner at fwp. He specializes in Litigation, Trade/Retail, Life…||View Profile|
|MMag Dr Markus Fellner||Partner||View Profile|
|Dr Lukas Flener||Partner||View Profile|
|Dr Michael Hecht||Partner||View Profile|
|Mag Markus Kajaba||Partner||View Profile|
|Dr Florian Kranebitter, LLM||Partner||View Profile|
|Dr Paul Luiki||Partner||View Profile|
|Dr Gregor Schett, LL.M||Partner||View Profile|
|Dr Kurt Wratzfeld||Partner||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 70
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MembershipsTerraLex Association of European Lawyers
fwp extends its expertise by appointing a new junior partner from its own ranks31st October 2018
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.10th September 2018
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.
fwp expands know-how thanks to new junior partner26th March 2019 Vienna, March 2019. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner GmbH (fwp) adds valuable competence and expertise to the team by welcoming Pavel Bachleda in its midst as a new attorney-at-law and junior partner.
fwp helps find a new mega arena location19th February 2019
fwp helps find a new mega arena location
Vienna, February 2019. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner Rechtsanwälte (fwp) advised and supported UIV Urban Innovation Vienna GmbH, a Wien Holding company, in finding a location for a new multifunctional mega arena.
Measures to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the Austrian economyOn 16 March 2020, the Austrian government imposed drastic measures to contain the SARSCoV2 virus, commonly known as Covid-19. The international Covid-19 crisis resulted in a seven-week complete lockdown in Austria, with only ‘critical infrastructure’ such as banks, supermarkets, pharmacies and hospitals remaining open for business. Simultaneously, the Austrian government applied several economic measures, attempting …
Austria: Restructuring & Insolvency
Published: May 2022
Authors: Markus Fellner Elisabeth Fischer-Schwarz Florian Henoeckl
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Restructuring & Insolvency laws and regulations that may occur in Austria.
Austria: Banking & Finance
Published: February 2023
Authors: Markus Fellner Elisabeth Fischer-Schwarz Veronika Seronova Florian Henöckl
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Banking & Finance laws and regulations that may occur in Austria.
Austria: Mergers & Acquisitions
Published: March 2023
Authors: Markus Fellner Paul Luiki Peter Blaschke
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Mergers & Acquisitions laws and regulations that may occur in Austria.