Firm Profile > Eisenberger & Herzog > Vienna, Austria
Eisenberger & Herzog Offices
VIENNA TWIN TOWER, WIENERBERGSTRASSE 11
Eisenberger & Herzog > The Legal 500 Rankings
Banking and finance Tier 2
Eisenberger & Herzog is well-regarded for its financial restructuring knowledge, real estate transactional expertise and public takeover financing work, and frequently acts as lead counsel and also local counsel in cooperation with high-profile international law firms. The department, under the joint leadership of Peter Winkler and Marcus Benes, benefits from its seamless cooperation with the firm's insolvency and restructuring team as well as its banking regulatory practice group. Ulrike Sehrschön also specialises in public procurement and regulatory work, Josef Schmidt focuses on capital markets transactions, and Philipp Schrader is an independent lawyer associated with the firm's Vienna office.
‘The team are very good working with both Austrian and cross-border transactions. They understand the expectations of international clients and their requirements. The firm offers a nice blend of very experienced lawyers, a commercial approach and flexible pricing.‘
‘Marcus Benes and his team are the go-to team for banking and finance in Austria. Hands-on, pragmatic, smart, and responsive at all times. All levels of seniority are well integrated in the team and work for one goal – the client.‘
‘Marcus Benes is outstanding and unique in the Austrian finance and banking law environment. Technically a perfectionist and very well connected in a small world enabling the client to realise its transaction seamlessly.‘
‘Marcus Benes has a wealth of experience in cross-border and other, complicated transactions and is very responsive in his work. He communicates issues well and provides solutions to problems as they arise.‘
Deutsche Private Equity GmbH
Capital Bank – GRAWE Gruppe AG
Erste Group Bank AG
Brüll Kallmus Bank AG
HANNOVER Finanz AG
Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich Aktiengesellschaft
BAWAG P.S.K. Bank für Arbeit und Wirtschaft und Österreichische Postsparkasse Aktiengesellschaft
Eisenberger & Herzog is well-versed in handling international transactions across a multitude of industry sectors, particularly regulated industries including the energy and infrastructure, banking and financial services and telecoms sectors. Peter Winkler and Alric Ofenheimer jointly lead the practice group, which also fields Josef Schmidt and Marco Steiner, who is active in the transport, infrastructure and regulated industries.
‘The teams’ grasp of the law and ability to influence and drive negotiation of key terms in the transaction.‘
‘Very responsive and thorough. Incredibly thoughtful and hard-working. Seamless transaction coverage between the team members.’
‘Compared to other law firms we know, we can be absolutely sure that all specialists of Eisenberger & Herzog, which are needed for our problem, addressed all aspects and can be dealt with in one appointment. There are thus no delays in troubleshooting and in the past has always resulted in an effective and fast solution.‘
‘Peter Winkler and Nidal Karaman’s grasp of the law and ability communicate and influence others are second to none. They were able to achieve favourable results for us on our transaction and influence the other side to accept our position.‘
‘The accessibility and availability of the employees is to be emphasised, also the large experience in the area of corporate law.‘
‘Clemens Lanschuetzer – excellent and commercially-minded M&A lawyer who focuses on what’s important.‘
‘Michael Strenitz – very knowledgeable and provides great strategic advice.‘
Ronny Pecik Group
HYPO NOE Leasing GmbH
STRABAG Real Estate GmbH
Styria Medienhaus Lifestyle GmbH & Co KG
STC SWISS Town Consult AG
Allianz Capital Partners
Wien Energie GmbH
Biocrates Life Science AG
EU and competition Tier 2
Eisenberger & Herzog has an extensive internal investigations and cartel investigations practice, as part of which the firm also represents clients in national and European courts. Sector strengths include retail, pharmaceutical, media and gambling. Merger control and cartel damages proceedings as well as abuse of dominance and cartel cases form team leader Dieter Thalhammer's area of expertise. Judith Feldner is particularly knowledgeable in cartel cases and the coordination of leniency applications, also advising on compliance programmes and internal investigations.
Eisenberger & Herzog provides an interdisciplinary service and its 'dedicated and hardworking' practice frequently combines with the firm's corporate, M&A, capital markets, restructuring, and finance teams. The team's 'practical, solution-oriented lawyers' frequently represent creditors in Austrian insolvency proceedings. Other areas of expertise for the practice include restructuring of listed bonds and loan enforcement. The group acted for QuadraCir on the restructuring of its financial debt, the sale of its assets, and its liquidation, in a matter worth €1bn. Marcus Benes stands out for his 'great knowledge of the market' and 'exceptional service'. The other key names to note are Michael Strenitz and Peter Winkler.
‘Very dedicated and hardworking team, highly experienced, high-quality expertise. Very client-focused, high commitment to client service. Practical, solution-oriented lawyers.‘
‘Marcus Benes and Laurenz Liedermann: great knowledge of the market, provide exceptional service, good grasp of where the market is, 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.‘
Asamer Holding (renamed QuadraCir)
Scholz Holding GmbH
Megatech Industries AG
BAWAG P.S.K. Bank für Arbeit und Wirtschaft und Österreichische Postsparkasse Aktiengesellschaft
Projects and energy Tier 2
The projects and energy team at Eisenberger & Herzog consists of energy and infrastructure specialists from the firm's M&A, finance and regulatory practices. Combining the expertise of several practice groups, the team is able to provide specific industry and market knowledge across a number of areas including conventional power generation, transmission and distribution work, renewable energy issues, oil and gas matters, and large-scale plant engineering and construction mandates. The team, which is jointly led by Marco Steiner and Ulrike Sehrschön, also covers the entire life cycle of energy and infrastructure assets. Tatjana Katalan-Dworak is a key name for public law matters and infrastructure projects.
Wien Energie GmbH
Energie Burgenland Windkraft
KELAG (Kärntner Elektrizitswirschafts Aktiengesellschaft)
ILF Consulting Engineers AG
Public procurement Tier 2
The public procurement group at Eisenberger & Herzog acts for public contracting entities and bidders, particularly on industrial infrastructure, complex services, energy and utilities. The team's service offering is enhanced by its collaboration with the firm's real estate practice, for instance in matters concerning PPP projects. Department co-head Ulrike Sehrschön is involved in tender proceedings, acting for contracting authorities and bidders in regulated sectors including infrastructure, energy and healthcare. Fellow co-head Wilhelm Offenbeck is based in Graz and regularly assists publicly owned awarding authorities with large-scale procurements.
‘Ulrike Sehrschön shows a strong focus on the clients individual demands and specific industry knowledge.’
‘Ulrike Sehrschön offers a very broad and hands on experience in public procurement matters as well as pragmatic, individual solutions in complex and very specific causes.’
‘Stefanie Vonbank is always very committed and extraordinarily competent in implementation.’
Holding Graz – Kommunale Dienstleistungen GmbH
Energie Graz GmbH & Co KG
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Eisenberger & Herzog has a core focus on regulated industries, including infrastructure, energy and banking and finance, advising clients on all aspects of public and administrative law. Practice head Georg Eisenberger handles a variety of projects relating to zoning, water protection and world heritage sites, among others. Klagenfurt-based Tatjana Katalan-Dworak advises on road and rail infrastructure, spatial planning and industrial plant operation.
Gemeinde Sölden/Wasserkraft Sölden
Vorarlberger Landes- und Hypothekenbank AG
Almdorf Bauträger GmbH
planquadr.at PRP GmbH
Capital markets Tier 3
Led by Peter Winkler, the team at Eisenberger & Herzog advises on the whole spectrum of capital markets matters, including bond issuance, regulations compliance, derivatives, and squeeze-outs of minority shareholders. Testament to its particular focus on advising clients from regulated industries, the firm has added new names including ImmoFonds, Black Pine Capital, and Arvato Payment Solutions to its client roster. Recent highlights include advising the Pecik Group on the €400m sale of the largest share package in Sparkassen Immobilien to Immofinanz. Another key contact is Josef Schmidt.
FIBA (main shareholder of Best Water Technology Group)
Capital Bank – GRAWE GRUPPE AG
BAWAG P.S.K: Bank für Arbeit und Wirtschaft und Österreichische Postsparkasse Aktiengesellschaft
Kommunalkredit Austria AG
KA Finanz AG
REWE International Finance B.V.
Arvato Payment Solutions GmbH
Black Pine Capital GmbH
The sizeable team at Eisenberger & Herzog has 'a profound knowledge of IT-related legal questions, in particular data protection law'. Practice head Andreas Zellhofer, who 'comes up with practical solutions without losing sight of the essentials', and the 'professional and knowledgeable' Helmut Liebel act as local counsel for the entire Microsoft Group in Austria. Other matters include assisting clients with GDPR compliance projects, data subject access requests, handling data breaches and data processing agreements.
‘In my experience, the team has a profound knowledge of IT-related legal questions, in particular data protection law, and a solution-oriented approach at all times. The cooperation has always been very positive and professional.‘
‘Andreas Zellhofer is a well-known specialist in IT/IP law who very quickly comes up with practical solutions without losing sight of the essentials.‘
‘Helmut Liebel is a proven data protection expert with whom one can exchange opinions about GDPR and cross-border data traffic. Especially in the drafting of data protection contracts, his accurate way of working is evident.‘
‘The people at Eisenberger & Herzog were very professional and comfortable to work with. Any questions or inquiries where answered immediately. Even if I had issues or questions late in the evening they took the time to help me.‘
‘My main contacts were Helmut Liebel and Alissa Forstner, who were both very professional and knowledgeable.‘
Employment Tier 3
Eisenberger & Herzog takes on a broad range of work, including defending employers against claims by unions and works councils; the firm handles collective agreements and disputes after mass redundancies. The small team also deals with M&A work and management and employment contracts. Practice head Dr Jana Eichmeyer advised on employment law issues of a company restructuring after a merger.
ProSieben Sat.1 PULS 4 GmbH
Austrian Airlines Group
Intellectual property Tier 3
Eisenberger & Herzog's three-partner team, which covers both IP and IT, acts as counsel for high-profile clients including Microsoft, Samsung and Toyota. It takes on both contentious and non-contentious matters, spanning unfair competition proceedings, licensing agreements and IP matters in M&A, among other areas. The practice has handled cross-border trade mark management for Immonfinanz Group, supervising the company's portfolio in the EU and CEE jurisdictions. Andreas Zellhofer heads the team.
‘Very quick answers with comprehensive legal background and understandable. You can trust and rely on Eisenberger & Herzog!‘
‘Highly professional, excellent expertise, very easy-going. Furthermore E&H has experts in every division and is responding quickly to every question and issue we have. Never had any problems.‘
Haus der Musik
Real estate Tier 3
Eisenberger & Herzog's 'incredibly thoughtful and hardworking' team stands out for its 'seamless transaction coverage between team members' and it is particularly skilled in dealing with real estate matters which intersect with M&A. 'Commercially-minded M&A lawyer' Clemens Lanschuetzer and 'very knowledgeable' practice head Michael Strenitz advised the major creditors (banks and hedge funds) of the Hemisphere Group on the sale of the entire real estate portfolio of the Kika/Leiner Group in Austria and various CEE countries by Hemisphere to the Signa Group. Alric Ofenheimer is another key contact.
‘Very responsive and thorough. Incredibly thoughtful and hard-working. Seamless transaction coverage between the team members.‘
‘Clemens Lanschuetzer: excellent, commercially-minded M&A lawyer who focuses on what’s important.‘
‘Michael Strenitz: very knowledgeable and provides great strategic advice.‘
Group of creditors of the Hemisphere Group
HYPO NOE Leasing GmbH
STC Swiss Town Consult AG
Wien Energie GmbH
Energie Burgenland Windkraft GmbH
STRABAG Real Estate GmbH
Vienna International Hotelmanagement AG
Apollo European Principal Finance Fund III
Allianz Capital Partners
TMT Tier 3
Eisenberger & Herzog is the longstanding local counsel to a number of leading multinational corporations in the TMT sector, including Microsoft and Samsung. Led by Andreas Zellhofer, the team has particular expertise in IT matters but also has a focus on media mandates and licensing agreements. A recent highlight saw the team acting as lead counsel for Samsung on a strategic investment in Austrian high-tech company TTTech for autonomous driving.
‘Eisenberfer & Herzog is one of the few law firms in Austria that really do technology and telecoms work.‘
Eisenberger & Herzog > Firm Profile
The firm: With more than 70 lawyers at its offices in Vienna, Graz and Klagenfurt, Eisenberger & Herzog (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 and 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.
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 and 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.
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.
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.
|Banking and finance||Peter EJ Winkler|
|Banking and finance||Marcus Benes|
|Banking and finance||Josef Schmidt|
|Capital markets||Peter EJ Winkler|
|Capital markets||Nidal Karaman|
|Central and Eastern Europe||Michael Strenitz|
|Corporate/M&A||Alric A Ofenheimer|
|Corporate/M&A||Peter EJ Winkler|
|Competition and antitrust||Dieter Thalhammer|
|Competition and antitrust||Andreas Zellhofer|
|Competition and antitrust||Judith Feldner|
|Dispute resolution||Jana Eichmeyer|
|IT, IP and media||Andreas Zellhofer|
|IT, IP and media||Wilhelm Offenbeck|
|IT, IP and media||Helmut Liebel|
|Public law and environment||Georg Eisenberger|
|Public law and environment||Ulrike Sehrschön|
|Public law and environment||Tatjana Dworak|
|Real estate||Alric A Ofenheimer|
|Real estate||Michael Strenitz|
|Real estate||Clemens Lanschützer|
|Restructuring and insolvency||Alric A Ofenheimer|
|Restructuring and insolvency||Marcus Benes|
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