E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH > Vienna, Austria > Firm Profile

E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH
VIENNA TWIN TOWER, WIENERBERGSTRASSE 11
1100 VIENNA
Austria

Austria > EU and competition Tier 1

E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH excels in the full spectrum of EU and competition related matters, particularly through its focus on the digital industry, where the firm advises a range of global tech companies in matters including antitrust proceedings. Other areas of expertise are cartel proceedings and merger control as well as state aid. Dieter Thalhammer is the leading partner with extensive experience in national and European competition law. The intersection with IP/IT and the digital sphere is covered by Andreas Zellhofer. Judith Feldner who ‘is not only a legal expert in her field but also digs into the business related questions in order to provide practical advise and solutions’ is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Dieter Thalhammer

Testimonials

‘The team is pragmatic and responsive.’

‘Dieter Thalhammer and Judith Feldner stand out.’

‘Judith Feldner is doing a fantastic job. She is not only a legal expert in her field but also digs into the business related question in order to provide practical advise and solutions. She is very reliable and always ready to work.’

‘Judith Feldner – outstanding effort and engagement’

‘Dr. Thalhammer has perfect contacts with competition authorities.’

‘Proactive approach and a really good connection during the pandemic with using technical tools.’

‘Focus on solving complex matter in a professional way. Good international contact and a perfect reputation with other law firms. Perfect knowledge about the business.’

‘The team offers cutting-edge expertise in antitrust related compliance matters. I can always rely on them at any time. Instructing EH means being in good hands.’

Key clients

Wiener Stadtwerke

Austrian Airlines

Volvo Trucks

Toyota

UBM Development AG

OMV AG

Styria

Rail Cargo Austria / ÖBB

Bregal

Work highlights

  • Represented Rail Cargo Austria (ÖBB) in cartel proceedings before the European Commission. ÖBB received full immunity, thereby avoiding an aggregate fine of EUR 37 million.
  • Represented Austrian Airlines in state aid proceedings before the European Commission and the General Court; the Court considered the state aid to be compatible with the internal market.
  • Represent Volvo Trucks in private enforcement proceedings regarding damage claims related to the trucks cartel before the Austrian courts.

Austria > Banking and finance Tier 2

E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH‘s banking and finance group works closely with the firm’s insolvency and restructuring and banking regulatory practices to assist borrowers and, to a lesser extent, lenders with a wide range of financing and refinancing transactions alongside financial restructurings. Recently, this has included corporate, acquisition, project and real estate financing alongside financing transactions with debt capital instruments. Its interdisciplinary approach is also reflected in the leadership of the team with co-head Peter Winkler‘s expertise extending to corporate and M&A and co-head Marcus Benes routinely acting at the intersection with restructuring and insolvency.

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Testimonials

‘A standout practice for transactional work, exceptional in advising us on banking & finance matters.’

‘Very creative, tailors advice to what is needed for the situation, extremely strategic and has great judgement on complex matters.’

‘Very flexible and agile working approach, international expertise and contacts, high IT skills, pragmatic.’

‘Laurenz Liedermann: IT expert, solution-oriented, multi-tasker.’

Marcus Benes has international expertise and network, profound legal knowledge.’

Key clients

Aukera Funds

Bankhaus Schelhammer & Schattera Aktiengesellschaft

Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC)

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

NATIXIS Pfandbriefbank AG

Pecik Group

KA Finanz AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Aukera Funds on a €132m real estate financing transaction for the Imfarr Group.
  • Advising Bankhaus Schelhammer & Schattera Aktiengesellschaft on the refinancing of Kraftwerk Krieau GmbH as operator of a virtual remote heating power plant.
  • Advising the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on a development agency loan in Brazil with the Austrian Lenzing Aktiengesellschaft as sponsor.

Austria > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH‘s ‘know-how in complex cross-border transactions is outstanding‘; it works closely with reputed law firms from various jurisdictions to support clients in international matters. The team is well versed in regulated industries, with special emphasis on the energy and infrastructure sector, and assists corporate as well as private equity clients in their endeavours.  Peter Winkler also deals with capital markets and banking transactions. He leads the practice with Alric Ofenheimer. Both Ofenheimer and Marco Steiner have experience in real estate deals. Philipp Nidal Karaman also offers public procurement know-how.

Practice head(s):

Peter Winkler; Alric Ofenheimer

Other key lawyers:

Clemens Lanschuetzer; Josef Schmidt; Marco Steiner; Philipp Nidal Karaman

Testimonials

‘Very strong individuals (e.g. Josef Schmidt) working seamlessly in a team -broad spectrum of services in-house.’

‘Very responsive -commercial problem-solving ability to assess escalation points.’

‘Very efficient, reliable, great responsiveness and reasonable billing.’

‘Highly professional and thinking about all possible events.’

‘Good understanding of the industry and a clear view for the relevant decisions to be taken.’

‘We are grateful to work with Peter Winkler and Philipp Schrader. They are both experts in M&A transactions in the Austrian banking sector. Peter Winkler is a trusted advisor in M&A transactions as well as in banking regulatory matters. He has an extremely quick grasp and thinks towards long-term success.’

‘In our opinion, Eisenberger Herzog is one of the top law firms in Austria. Especially their know-how in complex cross-border transactions as well as their reputation on the market are outstanding.’

‘Swift, reliable, focused on solutions, efficient and reasonable billing.’

Key clients

Mubadala Petroleum and Petrochemicals Holding Company LLC

LGT Group Bank AG

Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund

Canva

Ronny Pecik Group

Allianz SE / öGIG GmbH

WIEN ENERGIE GmbH

Sartorius Group

SAP SE

TeamViewer

KELAG

Shareholder Group Krenhof AG

Bergfexcurecomp Software Services GmbH

Bregal Unternehmerkapital

Gebrüder Weiss Konzern

Benteler

Work highlights

  • Advising Mubadala Petroleum and Petrochemicals Holding Company LLC as a seller of an indirect stake in Borealis AG, to OMV AG with a transaction volume of $4.68bn.
  • Advising LGT Group Bank AG, the banking institute of the Liechtenstein Princely House, on the acquisition of the Austrian private wealth management business from UBS Bank AG.
  • Advising the Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund on an investment in a large volume infrastructure company.

Austria > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Following the retirement of co-head Michael Strenitz in July 2021, Marco Steiner now co-heads E+H Eisenberger + Herzog’s restructuring and insolvency group with Marcus Benes. Steiner’s expertise in corporate and M&A and Benes’ banking and finance capabilities constitute the team’s key strengths and lead to regular corporate and financial restructuring mandates, which have recently included the restructuring of loans and debt, refinancing matters and distressed M&A. Clients include banks and debtors alongside buyers and sellers of distressed assets.

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Testimonials

They are very professional and very solution-oriented.

They take time for the client and work together to find solutions.

E+H assisted us in the restructuring of a Romanian corporate. The transaction involved the coordination of four jurisdictions and three syndicated lenders and was adequately handled by the E+H lawyers.’

‘E+H has a very good reputation and a high-quality practice capable of handling both domestic and cross-border transactions.

Marcus Benes is absolutely well versed in banking & finance.

Key clients

Lufthansa

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

QuadraCir AG (formerly Asamer Holding AG)

Work highlights

  • Advising BENTELER International Aktiengesellschaft’s supervisory board on insolvency issues pertaining to the group-wide restructuring.
  • Representing Equinor ASA as creditor in the insolvency proceedings over the assets of Fertgas Handels GmbH.
  • Advising QuadraCir AG (formerly Asamer Holding AG) as co-lead counsel on the restructuring of the group’s financial debt, the sale of all of the group’s assets and the group’s liquidation.

Austria > Projects and energy Tier 2

The multidisciplinary energy and projects team at E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH has expertise in conventional and renewable power, oil and gas, telecoms, engineering and construction projects as well as public and critical infrastructure. Financing, restructuring projects and assisting with regulatory and commercial aspects form part of the firm’s portfolio, which has also recently expanded into advising on structuring and implementing energy communities based on the the Austrian Renewable Expansion Act passed in 2021. Vienna-based Marco Steiner and Ulrike Sehrschön, and Tatjana Dworak, who heads the firm’s offices in Graz and Klagenfurt, are the key names.

Practice head(s):

Marco Steiner; Ulrike Sehrschön; Tatjana Katalan-Dworak

Key clients

WIEN ENERGIE GmbH

Three Seas Investment Fund

KELAG

Energie Burgenland

Three Seas Investment Funds

Work highlights

  • Advising WIEN ENERGIE GmbH on acquiring several hydropower and photovoltaic power plants as well as on the setup of innovative Energy Communities.
  • Advising KELAG on several share deal acquisitions of wind farms in SEE.
  • Advising Energie Burgenland group on auction processes and the conclusion of agreements regarding the erection and maintenance of large wind power plants.

Austria > Public procurement Tier 2

The public procurement practice at E+H Eisenberger + Herzog is ‘highly professional and experienced’ with ‘deep knowledge in a wide scope of legal areas’ and ‘creative in terms of designing innovative legal models'. The team is particularly specialised in the infrastructure, energy and utilities sectors, as well as in the procurement of complex services. Ulrike Sehrschön leads the team, advising contracting authorities and bidders on matters including tender proceedings before review bodies. Associate Stefanie Vonbank focuses on public procurement matters in the healthcare, energy, and infrastructure space.

Practice head(s):

Ulrike Sehrschön

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Testimonials

‘Ulrike Sehrschön is super fast, competent and practice-/solution-oriented.’

‘Acting fast and absolutely professional.’

‘Deeply diving into the issue.’

‘Ulrike Sehrschön is one of the best attorneys in the Austrian market when it comes to public procurement. She knows every relevant decision and provides not only legal, but also strategic advice. Apart from Ms Sehrschön her associate Stefanie Vonbank is noteworthy.’

‘Ms Vonbank: She is very sharp and grasps the client’s legal needs quickly.

‘Highly professional and experienced, deep knowledge in wide scope of legal areas, creative in terms of designing innovative legal models.’

‘Highly professional and experienced, deep knowledge in a wide scope of legal areas.’

Key clients

Vienna Economic Chamber (Wirtschaftskammer Wien – WKW)

Bildungsplattform der Wirtschaftskammer Österreich GmbH

Austrian Academy of Sciences (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften – ÖAW)

COFAG – Covid-19-Finanzierungsagentur des Bundes GmbH

Elektroaltgeräte Koordinierungsstelle Austria GmbH

via donau – Österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft mbH

Work highlights

  • Advised the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften – ÖAW) on multiple procurement procedures regarding the acquisition of highly specialised research equipment.
  • Advising the Vienna Economic Chamber (Wirtschaftskammer Wien – WKW) on procurement procedures regarding the renovation of the headquarters of its Economic Promotion & Development Institute (WIFI).
  • Advised Bildungsplattform der WKÖ Österreich GmbH on procurement procedures regarding the implementation of a large-scale virtual learning platform for all companies in Austria.

Austria > Administrative law and public sector Tier 3

At E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH, the team has a core focus on environmental law and energy law in addition to other highly regulated industries and it frequently collaborates with some of the firm’s other departments, for instance corporate, finance, and public procurement. Tatjana Katalan-Dworak has specialist knowledge of renewable energy and infrastructure. Ulrike Sehrschön is a key name for tender proceedings and enforcement proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Tatjana Katalan; Ulrike Sehrschön

Testimonials

‘Dr Tatjana Katalan has excellent knowhow of the legal subject (permitting of renewables in Austria) and is always very responsive and keen to find a good and pragmatic solution.’

‘High performance orientation with short reaction times and high quality input into relevant legal subjects.’

‘Super pragmatic, hands-on, fast professional advice with highest quality standards.’

‘Highly competent and experienced, quick solutions, wide scope of legal areas.’

‘Highly competent and experienced.’

‘The team is highly skilled, works extremely professional, they interact perfectly, are well informed. It is a pleasure to work with them. 100% reliable’

‘Tatjana Katalan – Dworak: She is absolutely skilled and experienced in public law, especially for infrastructure and energy matters. She has perfect understanding of the matter, is well connected among Austrian authorities and industry professionals. She is very tough in negotiations and in front of the court.’

Key clients

Regionalwärme Gruppe

Vetter Development Services Austria GmbH

DSM Austria GmbH

MARE Holding GmbH

DWF Poland Jamka sp.k

AWV Graz-Umgebung

Econhydro GmbH

Stadtgemeinde Leibnitz

Windpark Bärofen GmbH

Heydents Graz

Work highlights

  • Representing Windpark Baröfen Gm bH in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedure for the realisation of a wind farm in Carinthia.
  • Acting for AWV GrazßUmgebung, which is planning to establish several waste collection centres, in disputes between member communities and in dealings with the association’s supervisory authority.
  • Advised ERBER Group on the sales process to DSM and regulatory matters.

Austria > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH is praised for its ‘high expertise in IT and data protection issues’ and acts for a diverse and international client list that includes several big names in the automotive industry. The team advises clients on compliance, provides legal opinions and supports them with transactions, in particular asset deals. Andreas Zellhofer is at the helm and Helmut Liebel contributes a background in computer science.

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Testimonials

Dr Helmut Liebel is an expert in data protection law who knows the legal situation very well and acts in a solution-oriented manner.’

‘The Data protection practice of EH stands out for its dedication to precise and thorough analysis without losing sight of the big picture. Whenever we sought advice of their experts, we received not only quick and concise solutions to our initial problems, but also practical guidance to help us in our future developments. With their help we were able to successfully execute a complex IT-project without exposing us to unnecessary risks or liabilities.’

‘Helmut Liebel delivers a unique approach to consulting that we have yet to experience in our many years of market participation. Liebel’s business-orientated solutions together with his keen eyes and sharp mind solve even the most difficult problems. This skill set never failed to scale all challenges with ease and they have proven to be an indispensable business asset for our company.’

‘EH provides excellent legal advice and can support in a wide range of consulting services. Additionally we benefit from a detailed knowledge in the automotive sector.’

‘The team of EH acts in a very professional manner. They always respond in time and address all open topics and raised questions. The legal advice is very useful for management reports and includes management summaries; on the other side the legal advice is structured and includes country specific legislation (e.g. for data protection).’

‘For data protection issues, we regularly work with Andreas Zellhofer and Helmut Liebel. Both are highly professional, dedicated, and service-oriented. I have not yet seen any other firm with such a client focus and passion.’

‘Beyond his rock solid knowledge of the law, Helmut has, due to his technical background, a wide scope of technical insight, which surely explains his rapid career ascent to data protection law expert. He always breaks down complicated aspects in a very straightforward manner.’

Key clients

Microsoft

SAP

Canva

Toyota Austria

Toyota Kreditbank

Toyota Motor Insurance

Honda

Allianz Capital Partners

Bregal

Work highlights

  • Acting as preferred local counsel for the entire Microsoft Group, regularly advising Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Ireland, and Microsoft Austria on their most sensitive matters, as well as on the roll-out of its “Office 365” cloud computing services to numerous Austrian key customers.
  • Advised SAP, the publicly listed software group, on the acquisition of Emarsys, a leading cloud-based provider of omnichannel customer-loyalty platforms, the data protection team analysed the data protection framework governing the cloud economy of Emarsys.
  • Advised Canva on the acquisition of the Austrian start-up Kaleido, which has developed an AI-based software that enables the removal of background from an image or video (and e.g. the insertion of an artificial background).

Austria > Employment Tier 3

E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH climbs the ranking this year having significantly strengthened its employment practice with the promotion of Karolin Andréewitch to partner in July 2021 and the arrival of Natalie Hahn , formerly at DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH. The practice acts for clients on employment contracts, termination and severance, works and collective agreements, as well as in business restructurings and litigation. Jana Eichmeyer leads the team and has expertise in a wide range of employment-related matters including settlement negotiations, social insurance, and works constitution aspects.

Practice head(s):

Jana Eichmeyer

Other key lawyers:

Nathalie Hahn; Karolin Andréewitch

Testimonials

‘The team is very capable and always has the business consequences in mind when actions are defined. Very fair pricing. Team members are from different backgrounds and genders.’

‘Dr. Jana Eichmeyer is an outstanding legal expert: always available (also on short notice), she always meets her promises (even if she needs to reply at 2 a.m. at night), her solutions are always very practicable and consider both legal but also business needs.’

‘Highly competent team.’

‘Outstanding expertise and engagement of Dr. Jana Eichmeyer and her team.’

Austria > Real estate Tier 3

E+H Eisenberger + Herzog handles all aspects of the acquisition, sale and development of retail, office, hotel, logistics and residential properties, including plot and portfolio transactions, with a particular focus on residential sector transactions. The team's transactional capabilities are not least based on team head Alric Ofenheimer's expertise in this space and are regularly called upon by real estate investment companies, developers and family offices.

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Testimonials

‘Especially their know-how of complex cross-border transactions as well as their reputation on the market are outstanding.’

‘Alric Ofenheimer is one of the senior partners. We appreciate his availability by phone, his know-how as well as that he presents specific solutions to even complex legal questions in a short period of time. He is also a tough and skilful negotiator.

Key clients

Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund

STC-Swiss Town Consult AG

Hamburg Trust

Immola Liegenschaftsverwertung und Projektentwicklungs GmbH

Volvo Group Austria

Work highlights

  • Lead counsel to Immola Liegenschaftsverwertung und Projektentwicklungs GmbH, advising on the development and sale of a residential property in Graz; this included the structuring of the forward sale and the structuring of the future development.
  • Advised STC-Swiss Town Consult AG as lead counsel on the acquisition, development and sale of a residential project in Vienna.
  • Advising the German real estate investment and asset manager Hamburg Trust on the acquisition of the newly constructed residential project Siemensstraße in Vienna from Eyemaxx Real Estate AG.

Austria > TMT Tier 3

E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH ‘s TMT practice provides ‘precise and thorough analysis without losing sight of the big picture’. The firm represents clients active in areas including social media, AI software development, financial services, and commercial apps. Andreas Zellhofer leads the practice with particular expertise at the intersection of IP/IT and unfair competition law. Helmut Liebel is also noted for his experience in TMT and trademark issues.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Zellhofer

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Testimonials

‘The TMT practice of EH stands out for its dedication to precise and thorough analysis without losing sight of the big picture.’

‘Whenever we sought advice of their experts, we received not only quick and concise solutions to our initial problems, but also practical guidance to help us in our future developments. With their help we were able to successfully execute a complex IT-project without exposing us to unnecessary risks or liabilities.’

‘Helmut Liebel’s business-orientated solutions together with his keen eyes and sharp mind solve even the most difficult problems. This skillset never failed to scale all challenges with ease and they have proven to be an indispensable business asset for our company.’

Key clients

Microsoft

SAP

Toyota

Allianz Capital Partners

Honda

Canva

Bregal

Teamviewer

Umdasch-Group

Bergfex

Work highlights

  • Act as preferred local counsel for the entire Microsoft Group, including advising Microsoft on the roll-out of its “Office 365” cloud computing services to numerous Austrian key customers.
  • Advised Canva on the acquisition of the Austrian start-up Kaleido, which has developed an AI-based software that enables the removal of background from an image or video (and e.g. the insertion of an artificial background).
  • Advised our client SAP, the publicly listed software group, on the acquisition of Emarsys, a leading cloud-based provider of omnichannel customer-loyalty platforms, located in Vienna.

Austria > Capital markets Tier 4

E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH combines its capital markets expertise with know-how in banking and finance as well as in corporate and M&A; interface capabilities, which are shared by practice head Peter Winkler and Philipp Schrader (partner since July 2021), translating into instructions on bonds, including green and convertible bonds, share sales, stock market listings, capital increases and regulatory issues such as MAR compliance. Much of its client base stems from regulated industries such as banking, insurance, transportation and telecoms.

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Testimonials

Peter Winkler: Extremely hard-working and quick, always available, very business-oriented.

We work with Dr. Winkler and Dr. Schmidt. They have great experience, are very straight-forward, render quick help and excellent advice and can be completely relied upon.

Relatively small team but good performance.

Dr. Winkler: Great experience, great knowledge, easily accessible and always available, gives excellent advice; Dr. Schmidt: he has great knowledge, provides excellent advice and is really a great help.

Key clients

Ronny Pecik Group

BAWAG GROUP AG BAWAG P.S.K. BANK für Arbeit und Wirtschaft und Österreichische Postsparkasse Aktiengesellschaft

KA FINANZ AG

XB Systems AG

Deutsche Bank

Barclays Bank

BNP Paribas

NatWest

Jefferies

Work highlights

  • Advised BNP PARIBAS, Deutsche Bank and Jefferies as joint bookrunners on real estate developer SIGNA Development Selection’s issuance of a €300m unsecured green bond. The bond has a maturity of five years and an annual coupon of 5.5%.
  • Advising the initial purchasers Barclays Bank, Deutsche Bank and NatWest on the issuance of €665m senior-secured notes of APCOA Parking Holdings GmbH.
  • Advising BAWAG Group AG on its €175m undated non-cumulative fixed to reset rate additional Tier 1 Notes of 2020 with a first reset date on 1 April 2026.

Austria > Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 4

E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH‘s corporate prominence translates into a steady flow of mandates on corporate and contractual disputes, while litigation at the intersection with banking and finance alongside white-collar criminal law constitute other key elements. The practice led by litigation and employment law specialist Jana Eichmeyer acts for clients across a range of industries such as automotive and aviation, energy, real estate, finance and construction. Mario Spanyi is the key contact for white-collar crime-related disputes.

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Testimonials

‘Mario Spanyi is an excellent attorney- his pragmatism and creative solutions make him stand out from other attorneys.’

‘The team around Jana Eichmeyer is characterised by quick reactions, team spirit and high quality of work.’

Jana Eichmeyer is – in addition to the unreservedly high quality of her work – an ideal sparring partner in strategic matters.’

‘Very customer-oriented firm in commercial law.’

‘Easy to reach in case of questions; takes care of the customer and explains legal details in an understandable way.’

Austria > Intellectual property Tier 4

The practice at E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH has expertise at the intersection of IP with M&A and antitrust law while also handling standalone IP advisory and litigation work. Among its clients are international household names in the IT and automotive sectors. ‘Superior strategist’ Andreas Zellhofer heads the practice and Helmut Liebel stands out with his background in computer science.

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Testimonials

‘Andreas Zellhofer is one of the top lawyers in this field.’

‘Working with Andreas Zellhofer and Helmut Liebel is always a pleasure. They work extremely quickly and thoroughly. They manage to solve complex problems for their clients even under extreme time pressure. In addition to IP law, they also have an extremely broad knowledge of unfair competition law and antitrust law.’

‘Short decision pathways, therefore very efficient but nevertheless successful.’

‘The EH Team is extremely strong and very powerful. They find a solution for every challenge, no matter how complex. The advice is excellent and we feel extremely well looked after. Furthermore, the EH Team is a highly efficient, impressively diligent, and dynamic corporate law firm. They set their own bar for client relations and legal advice.’

‘Our main contact is Andreas Zellhofer. He has been looking after us for more than two years now and, together with his team, takes care of all legal issues, especially in the areas of competition law, contract and distribution law, intellectual property, but also IT and data protection law. We are in de facto daily exchange with him. He not only has excellent expertise, but is also a superior strategist and negotiator. His track record is truly impressive – whether it’s implementing Group-wide projects, tough contract negotiations or difficult court cases. I am impressed by his experience and assertiveness, which has often given us the decisive advantage. We feel very well advised and represented by his entire team.’

‘Helmut Liebel is a very experienced and knowledgeable lawyer who frequently assists us in trademark matters and IT and data protection issues.’

Andreas Zellhofer, very reliable.’

Key clients

Microsoft

Lufthansa /Austrian Airlines

SAP

Canva

Toyota

Honda

Nikon

Immofinanz

BUWOG

Allianz Capital Partners

Bregal

Bergfex

Work highlights

  • Acting as preferred local counsel for the Microsoft Group.
  • Advised client SAP on the acquisition of Emarsys, a leading cloud-based provider of omnichannel customer-loyalty platforms, located in Vienna.
  • Advised Canva on the acquisition of the Austrian start-up Kaleido, which has developed an AI-based software that enables the removal of background from an image or video.

The firm: With exceptional lawyers at its offices in Vienna, Graz, Klagenfurt and Brussels, E+H ranks amongst Austria’s largest law firms. The firm is driven by a team of partners with an international background and practice. Thus, E+H is guided by a spirit of innovation, dedication and creativity. Throughout the lifetime of each project, partners assist their clients personally, ensuring quality, flexibility and efficiency.

With a well-established network of partner law firms all over Europe and strong ties with first-tier business law firms in the US and Asia, E+H has become one of the leading Austrian referral firms and premier addresses for international clients.

Areas of practice
Banking + Finance: E+H has established a unique position in the market by its interdisciplinary approach combining the firm’s top-tier corporate/M&A, restructuring and finance practice groups. The firm advises domestic and international banks, financial institutions, funds and other actors in the finance sector, as well as foreign governments.

Capital Markets: E+H has a strong practice in debt and equity capital markets transactions. The firm advises on complex bond transactions, regulatory securities law matters and stock exchange listings. Work includes structuring, documentation and rendering legal opinions.

Central and Eastern Europe: providing expert advice on complex cross-border transactions, the CEE region is one of the most important strongholds of E+H’s practice. E+H has gained an excellent reputation in the market for its expertise in this area.

Corporate + M&A: E+H has a strong track record of advising on all aspects in relation to corporate and M&A and is widely recognised for the high-profile transactions entrusted to the firm. Apart from private and public mergers and acquisitions, the firm handles strategic partnerships, joint ventures, auction sales and takeovers of listed companies.

Competition: recognised as one of the leading Austrian law firms in this area, E&H represents clients in numerous cartel and abuse of dominance proceedings pending before the European and Austrian authorities. The firm also regularly advises clients in merger control proceedings at the European and national level. In addition, E&H has particular experience in internal investigations and compliance matters.

Dispute Resolution: a well-trained team of experts handles litigations, arbitrations and settlements, ensuring that claims are adequately enforced in and out of court. Further, E+H serves as arbitrator in arbitration cases.

Employment: E+H has particular expertise in advising clients in all areas of employment law, including HR matters, compliance and competition law. E+H is also strong in employment-related litigation.

IP/IT: E+H supports clients active in a broad range of industries in effectively protecting their intellectual property, including trade marks, copyright works, software and know-how. The firm also has a specific focus on IT law and new media, and advises clients on complex projects at the interface of competition and IP/IT law.

Procurement Law: due to its sector specific knowledge and grasp of clients’ businesses, E+H is a specialist in complex procurement law matters that require creative and innovative integrated solutions. The firm regularly advises clients on tender proceedings, including representation before review bodies, and covers all legal aspects of procurement transactions.

Public Law and Environment: E+H has a long-standing and well-known public law team with extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of public law, including environmental and planning law, pharmaceutical, energy and data protection law.

Real Estate: E+H has a strong track record advising on all legal aspects in relation to real estate transactions and projects. E+H regularly advises on large portfolio transactions, real estate development projects and all types of real estate contracts.

Restructuring + Insolvency: unlike any other law firm in Austria, E+H has a track record of successfully advising on restructurings, both as company’s counsel as well as lenders’ counsel. This is the immediate consequence of the firm’s strong position in the areas of corporate/M&A and finance.

White-Collar Defence: E+H represents clients in criminal investigations and proceedings, any connected civil claims, and (in cooperation with external media consultants) provides media relations support. Furthermore, E+H offers support during raids and prevention measures, such as staff trainings, codes of conduct and crisis communications strategies.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking and Finance Peter EJ Winkler
Banking and Finance Marcus Benes
Banking and Finance Ulrike Sehrschön
Banking and Finance Laurenz Liedermann
Banking and Finance Josef Schmidt
Banking and Finance Philipp Schrader
Capital Markets Peter EJ Winkler
Capital Markets Josef Schmidt
Capital Markets Philipp Schrader
Central and Eastern Europe Peter EJ Winkler
Central and Eastern Europe Marco Steiner
Corporate/M&A Alric A Ofenheimer
Corporate/M&A Marco Steiner
Corporate/M&A Peter EJ Winkler
Corporate/M&A Nidal Karaman
Corporate/M&A Clemens Lanschützer
Corporate/M&A Josef Schmidt
Corporate/M&A Christopher Engel
Corporate/M&A Philipp Schrader
Competition and Antitrust Dieter Thalhammer
Competition and Antitrust Andreas Zellhofer
Competition and Antitrust Judith Feldner
Competition and Antitrust Jochen Anweiler
Dispute Resolution Jana Eichmeyer
Employment Jana Eichmeyer
Employment Karolin Andréewitch-Wallner
Employment Natalie Hahn
IT, IP and Media Andreas Zellhofer
IT, IP and Media Helmut Liebel
Public Law and Environment Ulrike Sehrschön
Public Law and Environment Tatjana Katalan (née Dworak)
Real Estate Alric A Ofenheimer
Real Estate Marco Steiner
Real Estate Clemens Lanschützer
Real Estate Christopher Engel
Restructuring and Insolvency Peter EJ Winkler
Restructuring and Insolvency Marcus Benes
Restructuring and Insolvency Marco Steiner
White-Collar Defense Mario Spanyi
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Karolin Andréewitch-Wallner photoDr Karolin Andréewitch-WallnerKarolin Andréewitch-Wallner is a partner in our Vienna office. She is a member…
Jochen Anweiler photoDr Jochen AnweilerDr. Jochen Anweiler is a partner and member of our competition law practice…
Marcus Benes photoDr Marcus BenesMarcus Benes is a Partner at E+H’s Vienna office and heads the…
Jana Eichmeyer photoDr Jana EichmeyerJana Eichmeyer is a Partner at E+H’s Vienna office and heads the…
Christopher Engel photoMMag Dr Christopher EngelChristopher Engel is a partner at E+H’s Graz office and a member of…
Judith Feldner photoMag Judith FeldnerJudith Feldner is a partner at our Vienna office and a member of…
Natalie Hahn photoDr Natalie HahnDr. Natalie Hahn is a partner in our Vienna office and a member…
Philipp Nidal Karaman photoMag Dr Philipp Nidal KaramanNidal Karaman is a partner in our Vienna office. He specializes in…
Tatjana Katalan photoMag Dr Tatjana KatalanTatjana Katalan (née Dworak) is a partner in our Graz office. She additionally…
Clemens Lanschützer photoMag Dr Clemens LanschützerClemens Lanschützer is a partner in our Vienna office. He is a…
Helmut Liebel photoDr Helmut LiebelHelmut Liebel is a partner in our Vienna office and member of…
Laurenz Liedermann photoDr Laurenz LiedermannPartner
Alric Ofenheimer photoDr Alric OfenheimerAlric A. Ofenheimer is a partner and co-head of E+H’s Corporate +…
Josef Schmidt photoMMag Josef SchmidtJosef Schmidt is a partner in our Vienna office and a member…
Philipp Schrader photoDr Philipp SchraderPhilipp Schrader is a partner at E+H, where he is a member…
Ulrike Sehrschön photoMag Ulrike SehrschönUlrike Sehrschön is a partner in our Vienna office where she heads…
Mario Spanyi photoMag Mario SpanyiMario Spanyi is a partner in our Vienna office. He is head…
Marco Steiner photoMag Marco SteinerMarco Steiner is a partner in our Vienna office and a member…
Dieter Thalhammer photoDr Dieter ThalhammerDieter Thalhammer is a partner in our Vienna office and head of…
Peter Winkler photoDr Peter WinklerPeter E.J. Winkler is a partner and head of our Corporate +…
Andreas Zellhofer photoDr Andreas ZellhoferAndreas Zellhofer is a partner in our Vienna office and head of…
Number of lawyers : 70
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E+H is a commercial law firm operating worldwide. With exceptional lawyers in our offices in Vienna, Graz, Klagenfurt and Brussels, we combine outstanding legal expertise with in-depth entrepreneurial understanding. E+H is driven by a team of partners with an international background and practice. Our firm is regularly at the table when high-stakes and high-profile transactions related to Austrian markets are involved.

Our clients

We have become one of the leading law firms in Austria using our entrepreneurial approach. Both Austrian and international corporations rely on our experience. We represent:

Trailblazers of Technology

American Big Tech corporations, including preeminent global software and IT groups

Notable Financiers

International banks, investment companies, asset management groups, and high-profile investors

Titans of Energy

Upstream oil and gas companies, multinational energy suppliers and infrastructure providers

Leaders in Transportation

Aviation, rail, and automotive household names

Media Moguls

Media and communication providers, online platforms, as well as TV and broadcasting groups

A global panoply of business icons

Top-tier pharma companies, Europe’s foremost water technology group, a prominent global coffeehouse chain, commercial real estate magnates, insurance companies, industrial corporations, infrastructure providers, etc.

Our team

Our team consists of the best-qualified and experienced lawyers whose dedication and commitment always follow one goal: to find the best innovative solution for all legal challenges of our clients. We speak a range of languages including English, French, German, Italian, Croatian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Czech.

Our network

Over many years, we have established a sophisticated network of elite international law firms, with whom we collaborate regularly. This allows us to coordinate transactions with a worldwide scope, while providing top-tier advice on our domestic markets.


We are committed to diversity and inclusion at every level within the firm. Our doors are open to applicants on a global level, of all genders, backgrounds, and cultures. Welcoming new perspectives enriches our service offering to clients and broadens our worldview. The firm provides support for employees and encourages open dialogue about all issues. The teams foster leadership abilities and promote growth for both individuals and the firm. Above all, we respect each other and work together towards our common goals. More than 25% of our partners are female.

E+H has been certified with the quality seal “equalitA” for the promotion of women within the company by the Federal Ministry for Digitalization and Economic Location.

The equalitA seal of approval recognizes companies that (i) promote women internally, (ii) ensure gender equality within the company, and (iii) promote and make visible women’s careers and thus support the professional equality of both genders, both within their own company and beyond.

E+H accepts equalitA seal of approval for the advancement of women

On 13 May 2022, E+H received the equalitA seal of approval from the Federal Ministry for Digitalization and Economic Location. The equalitA seal is awarded to companies for the promotion of women within the company, gender equality within the company, the promotion and visibility of women's careers, and the support of equality of all genders. The seal of approval is awarded for three years at a time.

E+H advises HV Capital on Series B financing round of an Austrian CMS provider

E+H advised one of the lead investors, HV Capital, on the Series B financing round of a Linz company for content management systems (CMS). Together with the second lead investor Mubadala Capital, a total of $47 million was invested in the Series B financing round.

E+H strengthens antitrust team with additional lawyer from its own ranks

With the addition of William Redl as a lawyer, E+H is continuing on its path of success and growth in 2022! This promotion gives the Vienna office and the antitrust practice group a real boost.

E+H advises Riverside on the acquisition of GFP

E+H advised The Riverside Company (Riverside) on the acquisition of Austrian GFP HandelsgmbH (GFP) by its portfolio company TOOLPORT GmbH (Toolport). The parties agreed not to disclose the purchase price.Toolport's successful acquisition of GFP, the leading online retailer of greenhouses, raised beds, and similar products in the DACH region, will enable GFP to further leverage the potential of the individual product categories in the European market.In 2019, Riverside invested in Toolport, one of Europe's leading online retailers of professional tents and spare parts for consumers and corporate customers. Since then, they have together been driving a dedicated internationalization strategy. The resulting pan-European platform now offers further growth opportunities for GFP.The Allen & Overy team (led by Astrid Krüger) advised Riverside in particular on complex financing aspects and on the sell-side re-investment in Toolport.The E+H team led by Philipp Nidal Karaman advised on the Austrian aspects of the transaction.

Advisers to The Riverside Company:

E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbHPhilipp Nidal Karaman (Partner, Corporate/M&A), Karolin Andréewitch-Wallner (Partner, Labor Law), Andreas Zellhofer (Partner, IP/IT), Helmut Liebel (Partner, IP/IT), Christopher Engel (Partner, Real Estate), Ulrike Sehrschön (Partner, Public Law), Judith Feldner (Partner, Antitrust), Marcus Benes (Partner, Banking & Finance), Florian Sagmeister (Attorney at Law, IP/IT), Karoline Hofmann (Attorney at Law, Banking & Finance), Martin Zankl (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Laura Glibusic (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Vincenz Stockert (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Daniela Birnbauer (Associate, IP/IT), Maximilian Kröpfl (Associate, IP/IT), Agnieszka Blonska (Associate, Antitrust Law), Christian Cacic (Associate, Banking & Finance).Allen & Overy:Astrid Krüger (Partner, Corporate/M&A), Thomas Neubaum (Partner, Banking & Finance), Börries Ahrens (Partner, Antitrust), Jan-Hendrik Bode (Counsel, Banking & Finance), Sebastian Schulz (Counsel, Labor Law), Tobias Hugo (Sr. Associate, Corporate/M&A), Johannes Graßl (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Hans-Joachim Jähnichen (Associate, Banking & Finance), Sören Burdinski (Associate, Antitrust).

About E+H:

E+H is a commercial law firm operating internationally, with offices in Vienna, Graz, Klagenfurt, and Brussels. The firm regularly receives awards and top spots in international rankings and directories, such as Chambers & Partners Global & Europe, Legal 500, JUVE, and Mergermarket.https://www.eh.at/en/

About The Riverside Company:

Riverside, a global private equity firm, focuses on investments in growing companies valued up to $400 million. Since its founding in 1988, Riverside has made more than 800 investments. Riverside's international private equity and structured capital funds include more than 140 companies.

E+H advises STARK Group on the Acquisition of Dach & Wand Handels GmbH

STARK Group has acquired Austrian Dach & Wand Handels GmbH from Swisspearl Group.

öGIG continues to invest in fiber optic expansion in Lower Austria, advised by E+H

E+H comprehensively advised Österreichische Glasfaser-Infrastrukturgesellschaft (öGIG GmbH), a 100% subsidiary of Allianz Group, regarding the cooperation with Breitband Holding GmbH of the Province of Lower Austria for the further expansion of the fiber optic network in Lower Austria. The closing of the transaction took place in December 2021.

E+H advises Kommunalkredit Austria AG on trailblazing investment in green hydrogen

Kommunalkredit Austria AG (Kommunalkredit) will build and operate the largest electrolysis plant for green hydrogen in Austria together with a partner in the future. The plant is expected to be commissioned in the second half of 2023. E+H provided legal advice to Kommunalkredit on this pioneering project.

E+H advises Wien Energie on expanding wind power in Styria

E+H advised Wien Energie on the acquisition of the remaining 51% of the shares in the Austrian wind farms Pongratzer Kogel, Herrenstein, and Zagersdorf from the wind and solar farm operator Encavis AG. Wien Energie had acquired a 49% stake in the project companies in December 2020 and was also represented by E+H at that time.

IMMOLA, advised by E+H, sells residential project in Graz to WEALTHCORE

E+H advised the IMMOLA Group on the sale of a new residential project in Graz to WEALTHCORE (for its real estate fund "Wealthcore Austria Living I"). IMMOLA is a leading expert in urban development in Graz, Klagenfurt, and Linz. WELTHCORE Investment Management offers individual investment products for investors. The transaction was carried out as part of a forward deal. The parties agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

E+H advises Wien Energie on joint venture with blockchain company RIDDLE&CODE

E+H advised Wien Energie on the establishment of the joint venture RIDDLE&CODE Energy Solutions. RIDDLE&CODE Energy Solutions is a joint subsidiary of Wien Energie with the leading European blockchain interface company RIDDLE&CODE. The signing of the joint venture agreements took place on 9 December 2021.

AFFiRiS, advised by E+H, announces license agreement with Frontier Biotechnologies for AFFITOPE® AT04 for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia

E+H advised AFFiRiS AG on the negotiation of an exclusive license agreement with Frontiers Biotechnologies Inc. AFFiRiS is an Austrian clinical stage biotechnology company. Frontier Biotechnologies Inc. is a publicly traded Chinese commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company. The agreement is to develop and commercialize AFFITOPE® AT04 to treat patients with hypercholesterolemia in Greater China, which consists of Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. AFFiRiS will retain all rights to AT04 in the remaining regions of the world. The license agreement is subject to customary regulatory approvals in Austria.

Antitrust law at E+H bolstered by new lawyer

The E+H antitrust team welcomes Felix Frommelt as an attorney who will fortify the practice!

KBC Group, advised by E+H, acquires Raiffeisenbank Bulgaria

E+H advised KBC Bank NV on an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Raiffeisenbank (Bulgaria) EAD, comprising the Bulgarian banking operations of Raiffeisen Bank International, for EUR 1,015 million. The transaction also includes Raiffeisen Leasing Bulgaria, Raiffeisen Asset Management, Raiffeisen Insurance Broker and Raiffeisen Service. Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected by mid-2022.

E+H goes Brussels – E+H welcomes Jochen Anweiler as partner in antitrust law and opens office in Brussels

As of 01 October 2021, Jochen Anweiler (54) has joined E+H as a partner in the antitrust practice group. Jochen Anweiler is an internationally recognized antitrust lawyer with proven expertise in Austrian and EU merger control.

GRAWE Banking Group, advised by E+H, undertakes reorganization

The GRAWE Banking Group, which is wholly owned by Grazer Wechselseitige Versicherung (GRAWE), has simplified its structure through two intra-group mergers in order to further increase efficiency in the Group.