Dr iur Immanuel Gerstner > SAXINGER Rechtsanwalts GmbH > Vienna, Austria > Lawyer Profile

SAXINGER Rechtsanwalts GmbH

Work Department

Main areas: Corporate and M&A, Banking and Finance, Real Estate, China / South East Asia.




Immanuel Gerstner has joined SAXINGER in 2007 and has been a partner at SAXINGER since 2008. In 2005 and 2006, he was deputy director for participation management at the Austrian Ministry of Infrastructure. Before that, he was working as an associate at leading international law firms in Vienna (2003-2005) and as an assistant to Prof Dr Lurger at the University of Salzburg (2002-2003).

Immanuel Gerstner advises domestic and foreign companies on M&A, financial and real estate transactions. In particular, he has comprehensive experience of advising on cross-border matters.

Major legal directories recognize him as leading expert in the fields of Mergers & Acquisitions and Real Estate law.

Immanuel Gerstner is a lecturer at the University of Vienna and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).


German, English, Italian


He received his legal education at the University of Salzburg (Mag.iur. in 2000; Dr.iur. in 2001) and at New York University (LL.M. in 2002). Further Immanuel Gerstner has been an Erasmus scholar (1999) and a research scholar (2001) at University of Naples.

Immanuel Gerstner is admitted to the New York bar since 2004 and to the Austrian bar since 2007.

Lawyer Rankings

Austria > Commercial, corporate and M&A

The SAXINGER Rechtsanwalts GmbH‘s team is jointly led by Franz Mittendorfer and ‘very smart lawyer’ Immanuel Gerstner, with Gerstner advising domestic and foreign companies on M&A with a focus on the real estate sector and Mittendorfer offering experience with high-volume share sales and transactions with complex financing or structuring elements. Sebastian Hütter was promoted to partner in April 2023, while Gregor Haidenthaler joined in May 2023 and strengthens the firm’s corporate offering.

Austria > Banking and finance

SAXINGER Rechtsanwalts GmbH‘s areas of expertise include real estate, construction and project financing as well as advice on crowd investment platforms, with the latter making up a cornerstone of practice head Immanuel Gerstner and Lukas Leitner‘s portfolios. Regulatory expert Clemens Harsch offers ‘exceptional competence in banking and capital market law’, while Franz Mittendorfer handles a large number of the team’s financing and M&A mandates. Thomas Ruhm left the firm in April 2023.

Austria > Real estate

SAXINGER Rechtsanwalts GmbH boasts a ‘broad knowledge of the real estate sector,’ enabling it to provide tailored advice to domestic and foreign real estate developers and investors on a range of projects and transactions. The team also represents clients in disputes tied to real estate projects. Practice head Immanuel Gerstner handles the financing aspects of real estate transactions, with a notable cross-border practice. He and Lukas Leitner, who acts for several major real estate investors in regard to their acquisitions in Austria, are both admitted to the New York bar. Christoph Luegmair specialises in the structuring of real estate transactions and leasing agreements, while Irene Meingast handles real estate transactions and associated issues of corporate law.