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Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners' 'highly experienced' team is particularly recommended for providing 'comprehensive advice and services in restructuring and workout cases'. The practice advised the Steinhoff Group on issues arising out of short- and long-term restructuring, including management changes, as well as sale processes in Austria and abroad. Joint practice heads Markus Fellner and Florian Kranebitter 'deliver great service in a timely fashion' and their 'extraordinary negotiation skills provide a valuable benefit for their clients', who include credit institutions and corporates. Attorney Stefan Sallat is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Markus Fellner; Florian Kranebitter


Highly experienced, high-quality expertise, very client-focused, hard-working, solution-oriented.

Markus Fellner and Florian Kranebitter: great knowledge of the market, provide high-quality service, very experienced , problem-solving skills, detail-oriented in their approach to legal advice, deliver great service in a timely fashion, able to work under stressful time circumstances, almost always available.

Long lasting experience, sufficient resources even for large scale transactions, high quality standards, innovative approach.

Excellent know-how and network, comprehensive advice and service in restructuring and workout cases, availability in urgent matters.

We have recently worked together with Markus Fellner and Florian Kranebitter. Their exceptional and comprehensive know-how in all legal matters for restructuring and workout as well as their extraordinary negotiation skills provide a valuable benefit for their clients.

FWP is one of the big corporate law firms in Austria known for its outstanding (international) corporate expertise.

We are currently working on several different cases with Dr. Fellner himself and we’ve known him for a long time. He is known as one of the best corporate lawyers in Austria (even his competitors say that) dominating each and every negotiation. His expertise and psychological strengths are just outstanding (as a client – you feel “safe”). I’ve recommended Dr. Fellner in the past and continue to do so!

Great experience in restructuring – combination of legal framework and economic background allows them to provide solutions.

Strong negotiation power, robust network in the industry and development of strategic initiatives.

Key clients

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich Aktiengesellschaft

Raiffeisen Landesbank NÖ-Wien AG

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Erste Bank der österreichischen Sparkassen AG

BAWAG P.S.K. Bank für Arbeit und Wirtschaft und Österreichische Postsparkasse AG

HYPO NOE Landesbank für Niederösterreich und Wien AG

The Steinhoff Group

Liechtensteinische Landesbank (Österreich) AG (former “Semper Constantia Privatbank Aktiengesellschaft”)

Administrative law and public sector Tier 2

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners deals primarily with environmental law, for example with applications for industrial and business facility licences and the preparation of legal opinions and studies on alternative possibilities. The team also assists public sector clients with the implementation of environmentally relevant EU directives. Michael Hecht is the head of the public, environmental and planning practice. His personal work revolves around environmental due diligence, environmental impact assessments and PPPs. Clemens Gabriel provides key support, especially in real estate and state aid law matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hecht

Key clients

UIV Urban Innovation Vienna GmbH

Donauturm Aussichtsturm- und Restaurantbetriebsgesellschaft m.b.H

Austro Control GmbH

BUWOG – Bauen und Wohnen Gesellschaft mbH


Wide range of property and project developer consortia

Province of Vorarlberg

Province of Lower Austria

Banking and finance Tier 2

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners combines banking regulatory expertise with M&A knowledge. On the regulatory side, the firm has seen an uptick in instructions from banks and financial services providers regarding compliance matters as well as an increase in the provision of cross-border financing advice. The sale of non-performing loan portfolios is another area of expertise. Markus Fellner, Gregor Schett and Florian Kranebitter lead the practice group, which is also known for its bank restructuring and refinancing expertise. Other key practitioners include Elisabeth Fischer-Schwarz and Benedikt Kessler.

Practice head(s):

Markus Fellner; Gregor Schett; Florian Kranebitter


Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners is at the top of our list of firms in combining responsiveness and understanding of our business and the law firm we rely on for cutting-edge matters. We appreciate greatly Markus Fellner’s practical, hands-on approach in identifying quickly the core issues to be resolved. He gets to the point. He has the ability to quickly analyse complex legal issues and has an outstanding business background to understand what is needed to get a project to the finish line. Markus Fellner is also a very strong negotiator.

Key clients

Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich Wien AG


Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG

Liechtensteinische Landesbank (Österreich) AG (former “Semper Constantia Privatbank Aktiengesellschaft”)

HYPO NOE Landesbank für Niederösterreich und Wien AG

easybank AG

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Erste Bank der österreichischen Sparkassen AG

Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.


Public procurement Tier 2

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners advises hospital and healthcare sector clients as well as architects and civil engineering companies on real estate developments and infrastructure projects relating to public procurement. Rudolf Christian Pekar is able to draw on his experience in real estate and planning law to assist with public procurement matters, including assisting with real estate development transactions and public private partnership projects. Michael Hecht has environmental and construction law expertise.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hecht, Rudolf Pekar

Key clients

Province of Lower Austria

Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H.

Wirtschaftsagentur Wien. Ein Fonds der Stadt Wien

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners' corporate and M&A practice benefits from its wider proficiency in the corporate, banking and real estate areas. In addition to increased activity in cybersecurity and data transactions, the team has handled industrial, green technology and payment services matters. Markus Fellner, who recently advised the Steinhoff Group on the sale of Kika-Leiner to the Signa Group, Paul Luiki, who is praised as 'one of the most experienced M&A lawyers in Austria', Florian Kranebitter and Lukas Flener are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Markus Fellner; Paul Luiki; Florian Kranebitter; Lukas Flener


Very profound knowledge and understanding of the business and requirements of the client. Business oriented, creative and practical approach to finding solutions.

Extremely committed team, thinks ahead to anticipate potential issues and very structured approach.

Paul Luiki is one of the most experienced M&A lawyers in Austria. He has a strong attitude to get the job done. He is a native speaker in English too, a rare combination in Austria.

Key clients

Steinhoff Europe AG

Wienerberger AG


UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien Aktiengesellschaft

Erste Bank der österreichischen Sparkassen AG


Liechtensteinische Landesbank (Österreich) AG (former “Semper Constantia Privatbank Aktiengesellschaft”)

Oesterreichische Kontrollbank Aktiengesellschaft

GREENoneTEC Solarindustrie GmbH

Immobilien Holding GmbH

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 3

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners takes an integrated approach when it comes to commercial litigation, combining expertise from areas including banking and investor litigation, corporate and regulatory disputes. The team surrounding practice head Gregor Schett is best known for representing banks and companies before courts in Austria and abroad with the work encompassing disputes on post-M&A, joint ventures, financing, capital market transactions and insolvencies. Markus Fellner is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Gregor Schett

Other key lawyers:

Markus Fellner; Stefan Adametz; Veronika Seronova; Patrick Andrieu; Elisabetz Fischer-Schwarz; Wolfgang Gabler; Stefan Sallat; Thomas Ortmaier; Pavel Bachleda;

Key clients


Raiffeisen Landesbank NÖ-Wien AG

EU and competition Tier 3

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners has a core focus on insolvency-related matters, for instance advising on short-term clearances. Lukas Flener, who leads the team, has particular experience in merger control filings and failing firm defence cases. Additionally, the team advises on a wide range of competition law including antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions in collaboration with M&A lead Markus Fellner.

Practice head(s):

Lukas Flener


‘The team is quick with their responses and very competent in competition topics.’

‘Markus Fellner and Lukas Flener are both highly experienced in their main topics and are always quickly available when we have a big problem to solve.’ 

Key clients

KIKA / Leiner

Amalgamated Sugar Company LLC

Covis Holdings, L.P.

Ankerbrot AG

La Marzocco International, LLC

Employment Tier 4

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners assists former public companies, involving the complexity of advising on integration and contracts for former civil servants. It also handles regulatory remuneration policies in the banking sector, representing UniCredit in a dispute involving employees' salary classification. Led by Kurt Wratzfeld, the practice handles contentious work before courts, conciliation boards and commissions, in addition to advising on works agreements, employee data protection and terminations.

Practice head(s):

Kurt Wratzfeld

Key clients

UniCredit Business Integrated Solutions Austria GmbH

Imperial Tobacco Austria Marketing Service GmbH

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Austria GmbH

University of Applied Arts Vienna

Greek National Tourism Organization

Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft

Real estate Tier 5

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners has a particular focus on urban project developments and infrastructure projects. The team assisted Ikea with the process of building a branch, which is the first inner city Ikea of this scale worldwide, at Vienna's Westbahnhof station, and with building a 50,000m2 multi-storey logistics centre plus collection point. Markus Kajaba, who jointly heads the practice with Michael Hecht, advised UIV Urban Innovation Vienna on finding a location for a new multi-functional arena for staging concerts and sports events.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hecht; Markus Kajaba

Key clients

Steinhoff Europe

UIV Urban Innovation Vienna GmbH

Soravia Group

ARE Austrian Real Estate GmbH

IKEA Einrichtungen- Handelsgesellschaft m.b.H.

WED Donau-City Gesellschaft mbH

Danube Flats GmbH

SK Projektentwicklung GmbH & Co KG

FoDo Holding GmbH & Co KG

Donauturm Aussichtsturm- und Restaurantbetriebsgesellschaft m.b.H.

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

City of Klosterneuburg

Österreichische Post AG

Fischapark Shopping Center GmbH

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 +43 1 537 70 311
Banking and finance Gregor Schett +43 1 537 70 314
Capital markets Paul Luiki +43 1 537 70 315
Corporate/M&A Markus Fellner +43 1 537 70 311
Corporate/M&A Paul Luiki +43 1 537 70 315
Insolvency and restructuring Markus Fellner +43 1 537 70 311
Insolvency and restructuring Florian Kranebitter +43 1 537 70 325
Labour Kurt Wratzfeld +43 1 537 70 316
Intellectual property Markus Kajaba +43 1 537 70 322
Real estate and construction Michael Hecht +43 1 537 70 317
Real estate and construction Lukas Flener +43 1 537 70 330
Real estate and construction Markus Kajaba +43 1 537 70 322
Public law and public procurement Michael Hecht +43 1 537 70 317
Antitrust and competition Lukas Flener +43 1 537 70 330
Antitrust and competition Florian Kranebitter +43 1 537 70 325
Dispute resolution Markus Fellner +43 1 537 70 311
Dispute resolution Gregor Schett +43 1 537 70 314
Environmental and planning Markus Kajaba +43 1 537 70 322
Environmental and planning Michael Hecht +43 1 537 70 317
Private equity Markus Fellner +43 1 537 70 311
Private equity Lukas Flener +43 1 537 70 330
Central and Eastern Europe Paul Luiki +43 1 537 70 315
Central and Eastern Europe Markus Fellner +43 1 537 70 311
Photo Name Position Profile
MMag Dr Markus Fellner  photo MMag Dr Markus Fellner
Dr Lukas Flener  photo Dr Lukas Flener
Dr Michael Hecht  photo Dr Michael Hecht
Mag Markus Kajaba  photo Mag Markus Kajaba
Dr Florian Kranebitter, LLM  photo Dr Florian Kranebitter, LLM
Dr Paul Luiki  photo Dr Paul Luiki
Mag Rudolf Christian Pekar  photo Mag Rudolf Christian Pekar
Dr Gregor Schett, LL.M  photo Dr Gregor Schett, LL.M
Dr Kurt Wratzfeld  photo Dr Kurt Wratzfeld
Number of lawyers : 70
Association of European Lawyers

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.