Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG > Vienna, Austria > Firm Profile

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG
SCHUBERTRING 6
1010 VIENNA
Austria

Austria > Banking and finance Tier 1

With offices in Vienna, Warsaw, Bratislava and Bucharest, the team at Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG, which includes Nikolaus Paul, utilises its vast network to advise on cross-border transactions. Clients single out Marika Lomashvili, who ‘coordinates and advises very well on the cross-border work’, while Andrea Gritsch is praised as ‘a hardworking young partner‘. Team members have experience in real estate and general finance transactions and financial regulatory work. On the transactional side, the work has included distressed situations, subsequent non-performing loan transactions and financial restructurings. Markus Heidinger is recognised for his regulatory, funds and corporate finance expertise, and Andreas Schmid is the go-to name for project work.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Gritsch

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Wolf Theiss has a broad international network to rely on. They cover all topics relating to the industry and provide very high quality results.’

Marika Lomashvilli coordinates and advises very well on the cross-border work relating to our international project finance transactions. Andreas Schmid is also an important manager/coordinator for our needs.’

‘Client oriented and understand client’s needs and requirements. Very experienced.’

‘Marika Lomashvili is experienced, has a calm manner, and is reachable by the client.’

‘Marika Lomashvili is extremely hardworking, solution oriented, and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Andrea Gritsch is a hardworking young partner.’

‘The team includes members who have good experience in real estate finance transactions.’

Key clients

JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Diamond (BC) B.V.

Erste Group Bank AG

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

LynxCap Group AG

Global Rockstar GmbH

Attestor Limited, Interritus Limited, Kommunalkredit Austria AG

Goldfinch Partners, Baupost Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising a banking consortium, consisting of JP Morgan Chase and 21 other leading banks, on providing secured asset-based financing totalling $7bn in the context of Platinum Equity’s acquisition of the world largest provider of technology solutions Ingram Micro.
  • Advising Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) on an up to €375.9m non-recourse mortgage loan which is an important milestone in the context of URW’s sale of a 45% stake in Shopping City Süd for a headline price of €1.07bn.
  • Advising Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) on the sale of Raiffeisenbank (Bulgaria) EAD for €1bn to KBC Bank NV.

Austria > Capital markets Tier 1

The team at Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG excels in structured finance work, and practice head Claus Schneider demonstrates prowess in this area, regularly advising financial institutions on structured capital markets issues. The group also assists clients with matters concerning the continuing digitalisation of the financial services industry in Austria; recently, the group has worked with multiple clients in relation to blockchain matters. Generally, the firm is also lauded for its ability to ‘provide a comprehensive service in respect of security issues’, and counsel Christine Siegl comes recommended as an ‘outstanding expert on regulatory topics‘. Alexander Haas is experienced in debt capital markets and structured finance work, and Richard Wolf, who is a member of the firm’s management board, is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Claus Schneider

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Wolf Theiss is able to provide a comprehensive service in respect of security issues. The team is able to deliver within tight time frames.’

‘Christine Siegl is an outstanding expert on regulatory topics which are of utmost importance. She is one of the few lawyers in Austria with profound knowledge in this area.’

‘Alexander Haas ensures that deadlines are met.’

‘Claus Schneider covers the full range of securities law and regulatory topics in respect of innovative and digital developments.’

Key clients

Erste Group Bank AG, Banca Comerciala Romana S.A.

Erste Bank Croatia, Ceska Sporitelna, Slovenska sporitelna, Erste Bank Hungary

Bausparkasse Wüstenrot AG

Unicredit S.p.A.

HYPO NOE Landesbank für Niederösterreich und Wien AG

HSBC Holdings plc

Berenberg

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Oberbank AG

BdB – Bundesverband deutscher Banken e.V.

Work highlights

  • Advising Erste Group on its blockchain-based debt issuance platform “Dealfabrix” and the first bond issue thereunder.
  • Advising Erste Group in several countries on its multi-issuer programme for the issuance of notes for MREL.
  • Advising Raiffeisen Bank International AG on several countries as issuer on the establishment of its respective Medium Term Note (MNT) programme.

Austria > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The versatile team at Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG is led by Horst Ebhardt and Florian Kusznier, who have handled some extremely high-profile domestic transactions as well as a range of commercial and corporate matters. The ‘perfectly organised team of professionals from different fields’ also enables the group to advise a range of clients, spanning financial institutions, technology companies, high-growth companies, and start-ups. In a recent highlight, Hartwig Kienast advised Austrian technology start-up Prosus on a substantial funding round.

Practice head(s):

Horst Ebhardt; Florian Kusznier

Other key lawyers:

Doris Buxbaum; Clara Gordon; Sarah Wared; Christian Mikosch; Hartwig Kienast

Testimonials

‘Great technical knowledge, pro-business thinking. A perfectly organised team of professionals from different fields.’

‘Practitioners are very dedicated to the project they work on. Hard-working, professional, diligent and with pro-active approach. Respecting the business needs and overall dynamics of the transaction.’

‘Very high level of legal knowledge, commitment and responsiveness. Specific industry expertise.’

‘Efficient and respectful of deadlines.’

‘Due to the fact that Wolf Theiss is a large international law firm with partner law firms in numerous European countries, complex issues relating to different legal areas as well as cases with a foreign connection can be processed quickly and efficiently. The diverse range of services and the international orientation are essential aspects for us.’

‘Clara Gordon has provided us with excellent support on several M&A transactions. She showed great commitment both in the course of the sales process and in various accompanying legal issues. Even in times of particularly high pressure, she was able to keep an overview and answer all inquiries quickly and extremely carefully. Above all, I appreciate her intelligence, her perseverance and her solution-oriented way of working.’

‘Excellent client representation, very professional negotiation skills, great availability and solution orientated.’

Key clients

Agrofert

Prosus

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

CPI Property Group (CPIPG)

Convotis GmbH

Wiener Städtische Versicherung AG (VIG)

Providence Strategic Growth Capital Partners, LLC

RWA Raffeisen Ware Austria AG (RWA)

Waterland Private Equity Investments BV

European Laboratory Services S.à r.l.

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC)

Elvaston

Bain Capital, LLC.

Infracapital Green UK Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel to CPIPG on obtaining merger control clearance across multiple jurisdictions including Austria and advised CPIPG on all Austrian law aspects of a €2.5bn bridge loan facility for financing the transaction.
  • Advised Czech-based group AGROFERT on all legal and regulatory aspects of its acquisition of Borealis’ nitrogen business across Europe.
  • Advised Prosus on the GoStudent €300m funding round, one of the largest investments ever for an Austrian technology start-up company.

Austria > Construction Tier 1

Adding to 'an excellent legal knowledge in the field of construction law but also a very good technical and economic understanding', the group at Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG also collaborates closely with the firm's public procurement, dispute resolution and arbitration teams. Well connected lawyer Wolfgang Müller is 'well known in the construction industry' and leads the team alongside construction law expert Thomas Anderl. More widely, the firm is 'very well positioned for complex and large projects' and regularly handles multijurisdictional as well as national construction and infrastructure matters. Michael Müller is a key figure in this regard, particularly on the contentious side.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang Müller; Thomas Anderl

Other key lawyers:

Michael Müller; Philipp Szelinger; Hannah Schaflinger

Testimonials

‘Due to its size, Wolf Theiss is very well positioned for complex and large projects. This is particularly important in large infrastructure projects. In addition to the very experienced Wolfgang Müller there are experienced but young lawyers in the team. In addition to Wolf Theiss, there are only very few comparably good law firms that are active in this field.’

‘Wolfgang Müller is outstanding. He has a lot of experience in this field. As a new and young lawyer, Michael Müller deserves special mention, who is already doing a very good job despite his short stint as a lawyer.’

‘The team not only has outstanding legal expertise but also has the essential pragmatism to deal with (especially public) infrastructure customers.’

‘We highly appreciate the cooperation and collaboration with the construction team, which is based on years of trust. They not only have excellent legal knowledge in the field of construction law but also a very good technical and economic understanding. In addition, they are very well networked in the industry, which is extremely useful when dealing with our matters.’

‘Wolfgang Müller is well known in the construction industry and knows almost all the players personally. Apart from his outstanding knowledge of construction contract law, he also has an extensive understanding of our business and the technical aspects of it.’

‘Michael Müller has an excellent knowledge of construction law, construction economics and technology. Particularly noteworthy is that he has a very good understanding of numbers, which makes cooperation much easier.’

‘My contacts in the construction team are experienced, sharp-witted and strong negotiators. I particularly appreciate that my contacts are easy to reach and explain several options during the consultation. Wolfgang Müller and Michael Müller are outstanding.’

Key clients

GEN-I

Swimsol

Marti

Boehringer Ingelheim

Haslinger Stahlbau

Unger Stahlbau

Implenia Österreich

PINUS Grundstückvermietung

Mercury Engineering

Hilti Vermögensverwaltung

STRABAG

Hartree Partners (UK)

Scanbio Marine Group

JP Immobiliengruppe

PORR Bau GmbH

BeMo Tunnelling GmbH

Ing. Hans Bodner Baugesellschaft

HABAU Hoch- und Tiefbau

HOCHTIEF Infrastructure (Austria)

ÖSTU-STETTIN Hoch- und Tiefbau GmbH

Swietelsky

Work highlights

Austria > Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG is praised by clients as a ‘stellar arbitration practice with a unique mix of incredibly hardworking people'. With a strong presence in the CEE region and a close cross-departmental relationship, the sizeable team is well placed to handle complex cross-border matters. The group has a separate construction arbitration team, and houses experienced practitioners including Thomas Anderl, Emmanuel Kaufman and Venus Valentina Wong, who was promoted to partner in September 2022. The department is headed by experienced arbitrator Stefan Riegler, who is the President of the Austrian Arbitration Association and a board member of VIAC.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Riegler

Other key lawyers:

Venus Valentina Wong; Thomas Anderl; Emmanuel Kaufman; Sofia Kovacevic; Alexander Zollner

Testimonials

‘Wolf Theiss is definitely a market leading international arbitration firm in Austria. They have a global approach to multinational disputes, with wide knowledge and great experience. It is a pleasure to work with them.’

‘The team is diverse and has counsel from different countries with experience in various legal backgrounds. They are definitely a go-to firm in Austria.’

‘Stefan Riegler is by far the top international arbitration attorney in Austria. He is extremely knowledgeable and great in designing strategies to tackle any legal and practical problem. He is bright, extremely diligent and very professional. He is incredibly creative and very well prepared for hearings and elegant in pleading before the tribunal.’

‘Stefan Riegler is an excellent, experienced and highly professional lawyer. He has a good grip on his team and manages cases proficiently. His strategic thinking, responsiveness and solution-oriented approach is what sets him apart.’

‘Stellar arbitration practice with a unique mix of incredibly hardworking people who can still connect very well on the personal level and keep their cool.’

‘Venus Valentina Wong is highly responsive and committed. She is efficient, effective, reliable, and always delivers solid and wise advice.’

‘In my view, what makes Wolf Theiss unique is their unprecedented attention to details and extensive client dedication. The team does not leave any questions or issues unanswered. They are extremely diligent; the team they pick matches the required skills. They are also gifted presenters and cross-examiners.’

‘Stefan Riegler has a wealth of litigation and international arbitration experience. He is also unique in teaching and educating his colleagues – he uses every opportunity for that. Stefan’s ability to respond to a change in the case is unprecedented; in a very calm way he is swiftly able to come up with the new strategy that is in the best interest of his clients.’

Key clients

Haslinger Stahlbau

Unger Stahlbau

PINUS Grundstückvermietung

STRABAG

Wikov MGI a.s.

Work highlights

  • Representing a joint venture consisting of UNGER Steel and Haslinger Stell in ICC arbitration proceedings against VOESTALPINE in relation to structural issues in a stainless-steel plant in Kapfenberg.

Austria > Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG‘ broad practice spans white-collar crime, asset recovery and global enforcement, corporate and banking cases, and product liability litigation. The dispute resolution team fields a roster of much lauded practitioners, including Valerie Hohenberg, the ‘very talentedAlexander Zollner and ‘top-notch litigatorEva Spiegel. Senior associate Stephan Kugler joined in 2022 from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Riegler

Other key lawyers:

Eva Spiegel; Valerie Hohenberg; Clemens Trauttenberg; Markus Taufner; Alexander Zollner; Wolfgang Mueller

Testimonials

‘The team members are legally well versed and enormously reliable. This makes the co-operation very successful.’

‘They easily understand issues may arise from other jurisdictions and how to use those issues for the benefit of a project.’

‘Excellent expertise; homogenous team; fast response.’

‘The team is detailed, efficient, and creative in addressing our needs. It works seamlessly together and delivers on expectations. Wolf Theiss has great resources and the team is available as soon as needed which is imperative in time sensitive matters.’

‘Eva Spiegel does not only give good legal advice but is involved in strategic discussions for the management of the case. You always have her full attention and the resources of the firm in dealing with the matter at hand. Moreover, she is a top-notch litigator, who is business-minded, practical, tough, and whip smart.’

‘Alexander Zollner is outstanding. He is a very talented lawyer who provides excellent client service, is totally dedicated, and gives good roadmaps.’

‘Valerie Hohenberg – kind, understanding and operational.’

Key clients

Erste Bank

Lifebrain

OEBB

KA Finanz

Work highlights

  • Representing an international consulting company in connection with the insolvency of one of its clients, an Austrian real estate developer.
  • Representing Austrian bank KA Finanz in claims arising from unlawful deals with structured credit products and credit default swaps which contributed to the financial collapse and the nationalisation of the bank.
  • Representing Lifebrain PCR-COVID-19 Labor, in a range of contentious matters including unfair competition, defamation and white-collar cases.

Austria > Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud) Tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG’ white-collar crime department, headed by Clemens Trauttenberg, combines its criminal and civil law expertise to provide strategic advice and litigation to individuals and corporations in highly sensitive matters. Regular mandates spanning across various jurisdictions include asset recovery, allegations of fraud, money laundering, cybercrime, fiscal criminal matters, complex criminal defence and internal investigations. The asset recovery subgroup, headed up by Valerie Hohenberg, has recently seen an increase in mandates. With expertise in advising corporations as victims of criminal conduct, Nikolaus Loudon was named partner in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Trauttenberg

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Strong team for defence in white-collar-crime cases.’

‘Clemens Trauttenberg, Nikolaus Loudon and Valerie Hohenberg are extremely good in stategic legal reasoning and specialiced in complex cases.’

Key clients

Caner, Cevdet

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a real estate investor in criminal proceedings commencing after several years of investigative proceedings.

Austria > Employment Tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG’ employment department is highly regarded for its strong restructuring and litigation capabilities. The team, led by Ralf Peschek, handles a broad spectrum of labour law matters, with particular expertise in employment contracts and policies, pensions and benefits, implementation of organisational changes, and day-to-day employment management. Mandates often include multi-jurisdictional projects across the CEE and SEE region, which are typically handled by Matthias Unterrieder. Senior associate Isabel Firneis receives special attention for handling contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Ralf Peschek

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Ralf Peschek and has team have always been a strong support for us, they have top expertise in the field of labour and social law and a strong understanding of legal issues and situations, which arise in the operative fields. Their advice and recommendation has always guided us through tough times and has been an immense support.’

‘Excellent expertise and thinking outside the box when finding solutions. They look for praticable solutions and take into account the individual situation of the client, are available on short notice if you need support. Exceptional and professional cooperation.’

‘In-depth legal and business knowledge, strategic thinking and advice, always finding creative solutions, prompt top-notch legal advice, good copoperation with other practice groups.’

‘Matthias Unterrieder is an outstanding Austrian labour law expert, knows the business very well, is open minded and always open for brainstorming and creative solutions, has a helpful and supportive approach.’

‘Matthias Unterrieder is brilliant. He has also very good industry knowledge and is very pragmatic.’

‘Wolf Theiss is our go-to firm in Austria and Eastern Europe. They have very consistent high quality teams and provide excellent business-oriented advice, are very responsive, cost sensitive and excellent to collaborate with.’

‘Ralf Peschek and his employment team stand clearly out in the legal market in Austria! Ralf is a very seasoned and brilliant employment partner. We love and are always looking forward to working with them.’

Key clients

Lifebrain

Borealis Agrolinz Melamine GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising a life sciences company on various employment-related matters, including working time, compensation, and relations with the works council.
  • Achieved a significant decision on the calculation of vacation entitlements in part-time and shift models for clients in the chemical industry.
  • Assisting a technology company with ongoing negotiations with the works council.

Austria > Intellectual property Tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG is instructed by a number of global digital and social media brands in Austria and the EU, providing advice on IP matters ranging from trade marks to copyrights and unfair competition. The firm supports clients seeking to register IP rights and assists with the drafting of licence agreements, but is particularly well versed in contentious IP matters, representing clients before the Austrian and European courts in regard to complex IP disputes revolving around copyrights, image rights and patents. The team is led by Georg Kresbach, who specialises in advising digital clients on IP matters. Dual-qualified Maren Jergolla-Wagner's practice encompasses trade marks and is focused on the life sciences sector.

Practice head(s):

Georg Kresbach

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Georg Kresbach stands out for his pragmatic and solution-oriented approach. Impressive list of clients.’

‘Wolf Theiss is great to work with, giving proactive and clear advice. Fast processing and impressive availability. I really appreciate that they make an effort to adapt proposals to our needs and targets, no “template” suggestions.’

‘Georg Kresbach is great to collaborate with, I really appreciate his ability to pick up on our needs and tailor suggestions to fit this. In all, great to work with him and his team!’

Key clients

The Walt Disney Company

Meta Platforms

Apple

WhatsApp

Instagram

Twitter

Spotify

OBI

YouTube

Muse Electronics

Moderna

Advance Magazine Publishers (Vogue, GQ and Vanity Fair)

VakifBank International

YOURS Clothing

Sazerac Brands

Work highlights

  • Represented Facebook in civil proceedings before the CJEU and the Austrian Supreme court regarding the alleged infringement of the rights of the former leader of the Austrian Green Party.
  • Advised YouTube on its liability for the infringement of copyright-protected work caused by users uploading and monetising videos on its platform.
  • Advising OBI on a trade mark protection application before the Austrian Patent Office for the colour orange.

Austria > Private client Tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG specialises in assisting HNWIs operating in the CEE and SEE regions with wealth and business management, offering full service advice which encompasses cross-border tax, asset and estate planning; issues affecting family-owned businesses, and private and charitable foundations; pre- and post-nuptial agreements; and immigration and citizenship matters. Niklas Schmidt acts as one half of the leadership duo, and assists with blockchain matters and cryptocurrency assets, as well as being a qualified as a tax adviser. Schmidt's co-head, Karl Binder, is an experienced real estate and wealth management lawyer who specialises in advising foreign HNWIs and family offices. Eva Stadler provides support on international tax matters and assists clients moving to or from Austria in this regard.

Practice head(s):

Niklas Schmidt; Karl Binder

Other key lawyers:

Eva Stadler; Carolin Ziegler

Testimonials

‘In my experience, Wolf Theiss delivers a high quality service with a very close contact method. I have never encountered weaknesses on their part.’

‘Wolf Theiss is certainly a high level firm with outstanding service.’

‘What distinguishes Wolf Theiss in particular is a more proactive approach. They don’t just tell me yes or no, they actively work towards a suitable solution and provide me with all the information I require to deliver a complete and practical answer to my client.’

‘I have worked with Eva Stadler and Niklas Schmidt, both of whom are very high level and work in a pragmatic and efficient manner. Every question is answered with a useable and serviceable solution.’

‘In my opinion, the best private client team in Austria.’

‘Niklas Schmidt and Eva Stadler are true stars. Exceptional knowledge and communication skills.’

‘I personally worked with Carolin Ziegler, who advised us on the topic of foundation law. I was delighted to identify Carolin as someone who could guide us very competently through a complex amendment procedure – her knowledge on this topic was invaluable for us.’

‘The level of technical ability was much higher than anything else we’ve encountered in the region, especially the ability to overlay the complex considerations of other jurisdictions upon the domestic Austrian analysis. In addition, the level of proficiency with English was very high, including when discussing legal technicalities.’

Austria > Public procurement Tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG‘ ‘fast, very well co-ordinated and inter-disciplinary work‘ on the public and private side spans sectors such as IT, life sciences, and healthcare. Under the guidance of leadership trio Manfred Essletzbichler, Sebastian Oberzaucher and Silvia Fessl, the group tends to work on large, high-profile and complex tenders. Wolfgang Lauchner also works on complex public procurement matters and tender procedures in various industries and ‘has an excellent market understanding‘.

Practice head(s):

Manfred Essletzbichler; Sebastian Oberzaucher; Silvia Fessl

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘When it comes to public procurement, Wolf Theiss’s team is the most reliable group of professionals in Austria we have worked with. We have always felt fully covered by their expertise and we would recommend such a professional partner to anybody who requires advice on public procurement matters.’

‘Manfred Essletzbichler has excellent communication skills and always demonstrates professional capabilities when working on a matter.’

‘Sebastian Oberzaucher is an excellent, sharp-minded professional. We appreciate his attention to detail but also his creativity when it comes to immensely sophisticated cases.’

‘We appreciate Silvia Fessl’s ability to provide us with high-quality advice in a short time frame. She constantly displays a great deal of creativity in her problem solving. Before starting work on a matter Silvia demonstrates an insatiable desire to gather as much information as possible to make sure that she performs best when working on it.’

‘Wolfgang Lauchner has an excellent market understanding. We worked with him on a large number of matters of different complexities and have always been fully satisfied with the achieved results. We recommend him as a very dedicated and passionate procurement expert.’

‘The team is characterised by fast, very well co-ordinated and inter-disciplinary work and has special intelligence in overcoming situational challenges.’

‘Wolf Theiss and their public procurement team are our long-lasting, reliable partner. We are privileged to work with a team of true professionals that we can always rely on. Through the years our every single request has always been carefully fulfilled. It is important to emphasise that we appreciate the stability of the team.’

Key clients

Hinteregger & Söhne Baugesellschaft mbH

Sportzentrum Niederösterreich GmbH

plan-ed GmbH

K-Businesscom AG

Kabelwerk Eupen AG

Allgemeine Unfallversicherungsanstalt (AUVA)

Hans Zöchling Gesellschaft m.b.H.

BeMo Tunneling GmbH

Vossloh Locomotives GmbH

Pensionsversicherungsanstalt

HABAU Hoch- und Tiefbau GmbH

TK Aufzüge GmbH

Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region (VOR) GmbH

KELAG Group

Vienna Airport (Flughafen Wien AG)

Lifebrain S.r.l. and its Austrian affiliates

Government of Lower Austria (Amt der Niederösterreichischen Landesregierung)

Meridiam SAS

FM-Plus Facility Management GmbH

Abfallwirtschaftsverband Liezen

City of Waidhofen

University of Vienna

FH Wiener Neustadt Betriebs GmbH

Österreichische Gesundheitskasse

Austrian Federal Railways (Österreichische Bundesbahnen)

Schutzgebietsverwaltung Wildnisgebiet Dürrenstein

NÖ Landesgesundheitsagentur

Wiener Gesundheitsverbund (Vienna Hospital Association)

Wiener Gesundheitsverbund Projektentwicklungs- und Baumanagement GmbH

Ing. Hans Bodner Baugesellschaft mbH & Co KG

Nestlé Österreich GmbH

Bonaventura Infrastruktur GmbH

Vereinigte Bühnen Wien GmbH

SVD Büromanagement GmbH

Bracco Österreich GmbH

KERASAN Mauerwerksanierungs GmbH

Cardinal Health Austria 504 GmbH

Global Blue Austria GmbH

Avia Partner SAS

Demner, Merlicek & Bergmann Werbegesellschaft mbH

Albertina

KHM-Museumsverband

Museum für angewandte Kunst

Schloß Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b.H.

Belvedere

Wiener Wohnen Kundenservice GmbH

Bauunternehmung GRANIT Gesellschaft m.b.H.

City council of Vienna

PORR Group

ÖSTU-Stettin Hoch- und Tiefbau GmbH

Delta Baumanagement GmbH

Schneidereit GmbH

HOCHTIEF Infrastructure GmbH

Fairtiq

CargoMon Systems GmbH

Meona GmbH

Diehl Metering GesmbH

Johann Mödlagl GmbH

ADA Austrian Development Agency

Land Vorarlberg

T-Systems (Akt war KIE-T-Systems/ppp)

Work highlights

  • Advising the Schönbrunn souvenir store on its procurement strategy and assisting with several tender procedures for the procurement of different product groups, including magnets, textiles and jewellery.
  • Advised the Viennese hospital operator Wiener Gesundheitsverbund on all aspects of the investment and restructuring programme of all Vienna Hospitals.
  • Advising SVD Büromanagement on a two-stage negotiated tender procedure for the procurement of a log management tool and a SIEM tool.

Austria > Real estate Tier 1

Recent instructions for the deep bench at Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG include work related to climate crisis and energy issues; the group is able to call upon its strong multi-jurisdictional network of offices to advise on these global issues. Key team members include Erik Steger, Peter Oberlechner, Karl Binder, Birgit Kraml, and senior associate Stefan Horn. Transactional expertise is a key strength of the team, with both Horn and Oberlechner being particularly noted in this area.

Practice head(s):

Erik Steger; Peter Oberlechner; Karl Binder; Birgit Kraml

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Horn

Testimonials

‘Highly professional, proactive and considerate team.’

‘Karl Binder is the best real estate lawyer that we have worked with in years. Aware of all relevant details, very committed and always striving for the best possible outcome.’

‘The team provided us with very professional support in a major real estate transaction. We were able to rely on their quick and very precise work on every issue at all times. The team brings great experience to the table.’

‘Wolf Theiss’s real estate practice delivers outstanding service to its clients. They combine technically outstanding work with a passion for the client’s needs.’

‘When it comes to going the extra mile, the team around Birgit Kraml and Peter Oberlechner are remarkably responsive and caring for the client and the case.’

‘We are very happy with Wolf Theiss’ practice. I would like to highlight their market know-how, especially when it comes to real estate transactions. Besides that, you always feel valued and in safe hands. Their communication is clear and to the point, without any unnecessarily long memos or unclear information.’

‘I can highly recommend Stefan Horn, especially when it comes to complex real estate transactions. He is extremely quick in grasping the essential points of any given matter and never loses sight of details. He works even in stressful situations very thoroughly. Furthermore, he is exceptionally responsive and always available for his clients. He was really involved in the project and brought an excellent, solution-oriented manner to negotiations.’

Key clients

12.18. Investment Management

Adient Automotive

Dr. Jelitzka + Partner Gesellschaft für Immobilienberatung und -verwertung GmbH (JPI)

DEKA Immobilien Investment

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Boehringer Ingelheim

Xelor Immobilien

Beds and Bars

The Embassies of Good Living

OBI Group

ÖBB

Westcore Properties

ZBI (Union Invest)

Work highlights

  • Advising a multi-national pharmaceutical company on the development of a new research hub in Vienna’s largest urban development area.
  • Advising Boehringer Ingelheim on the BioNEX project, an LSCC production centre in A-Bruck/Leitha.
  • Advising Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield on the sale of a 45% stake of Shopping City Süd to Crédit Agricole Assurances.

Austria > Tax Tier 1

The large group at Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG is noted for its vast network and its co-operation with the firm’s many international offices. Practitioners are lauded for their ability to advice ‘with a clear understanding of the client’s business and risk profile‘. The practice has recently built upon its work in the financial technology space, and team leader Niklas Schmidt has significant cryptocurrency prowess. Another important practitioner in the team is Eva Stadler, whose diverse workload includes advising clients on the tax elements of restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Niklas Schmidt

Other key lawyers:

Eva Stadler; Melanie Dimitrov

Testimonials

‘The team is very client focused and provides high quality advice.’

‘Very responsive, practical advice.’

‘The team is able to respond fast and to the point with a clear understanding of the client’s business and risk profile.’

‘Melanie Dimitrov is particularly client-minded and commercial in her advice with an excellent understanding of the law. She is able to communicate clearly and concisely to respond to the exact question at hand.’

‘Excellently connected and very responsive.’

‘Very experienced and constructive team. Very quick to return answers and reliable.’

‘Very pleasant way of working. Friendly, quick, efficient and responsive to client needs.’

Key clients

Raiffeisen Bank International and other Austrian banks

Agrofert

Work highlights

  • Advised Raiffeisen Bank International on the sale of its Bulgarian business to KBC Bank.
  • Advised Agrofert on real estate transfer tax issues in relation to its binding offer for Borealis’ nitrogen business.
  • Assisted the claimant with a HKIAC arbitration as an independent tax expert.

Austria > TMT Tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG assists global social media, entertainment and telecoms companies with the full spectrum of TMT matters, offering advice on IT sourcing, digitalisation projects, e-commerce, social media platforms, data protection and telecoms law. The firm is frequently instructed on complex international disputes, appearing before both the Austrian Supreme Court and the ECJ in a number of precedent-setting cases revolving around issues including IP rights and liabilities, and data protection. The practice is also sought after for its regulatory advice and compliance advice in regard to Austrian and EU laws. IP and IT law expert Georg Kresbach leads the team, representing internet and multimedia clients before the courts. Roland Marko is an IT and IT compliance law specialist, while Kurt Retter leads the firm’s regulatory practice, advising on compliance, data protection and gambling.

Practice head(s):

Georg Kresbach; Roland Marko; Kurt Retter

Other key lawyers:

Paulina Pomorski

Key clients

Austrian Post

Instagram

Meta (Facebook)

Oculus

Photeon Technologies

The Walt Disney Company

Twitter

WhatsApp

YouTube

Work highlights

  • Advised Meta, Instagram and WhatsApp on handling user requests related to alleged unlawful content and hate speech posts by third parties.
  • Advised Twitter on the new Austrian Communication Platform Act, which entered into force in 2021, based on the assessment that this new Austrian law does not comply with the EU’s country of origin principle laid down in the EC Directive 2000/31.
  • Advised a consortium of Austrian construction companies on developing and implementing a digital solution to optimise supply chain processes.

Austria > Administrative law and public sector Tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG specialises in advising regulated sector clients on questions of environmental and planning law, and trade and constitutional matters. The firm is increasingly taking on work pertaining to FDI controls, tightened by the Investment Control Act 2020, and sanctions, while continuing its work with regard to measures taken by the state during the Covid pandemic. Practice head Kurt Retter advises on regulatory matters for energy, telecoms and rail companies. Senior counsel Harald Strahberger assists with a broad range of public law issues including environment, energy, trade, state aid and data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Kurt Retter

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Agrofert

Cellnex Telecom

Facebook

Federal State of Lower Austria (Land Niederösterreich)

Instagram

Lifebrain S.r.l.

WhatsApp

Work highlights

  • Advised Lifebrain and its Austrian affiliates on a number of matters related to its market entry into Austria and Covid-testing.
  • Advised clients including Meta (Facebook), WhatsApp, Instagram and Twitter on an ongoing basis with respect to the application of the CPA as well as the “Hate-on-the-Internet” act.

Austria > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Possessing a ‘unique knowledge of data protection in Austria in combination with procedural law and related laws’, Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG has a high volume of data privacy and protection cases pending before the courts. Practice head and certified EuroPriSe expert Roland Marko is a specialist in information technology law and IT-compliance, and is well supported by counsel Paulina Pomorski. Recently the pair defended Austrian Post against the first-ever series of claims in Austria, which are pending in the CJEU.

Practice head(s):

Roland Marko

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Unique knowledge of data protection in Austria in combination with procedural law and related laws.’

‘Ongoing support, and extremely good explanations. You feel very well looked after.’

Key clients

Austrian Post

UniCredit

REWE International

Lifebrain

Addiko Bank

Scanpoint

Feibra

Bank 99

Peek & Cloppenburg

Work highlights

  • Defending Austrian Post against the first-ever series of claims in the country, where a large number of people (allegedly) affected by data protection violations are suing for damages, which is pending before CJEU.
  • Assisting Addiko Bank, operating across the Balkans, on data protection issues related to the approval process of its Binding Corporate Rules.
  • Defending a number of clients against complaints by Max Schrems’ NOYB, which are part of a large-scale action launched by the NGO against allegedly unlawful cookie banners.

Austria > EU and competition Tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG‘ EU and competition law practice is active across a breadth of industries, with a focus on retail, consumer products, financial services, pharmaceuticals, construction, transport, chemicals and TMT. The team’s workload includes mandates relating to cartel litigation and high-profile merger control proceedings at EU level, as well as abuse of dominant position, distribution, and private enforcement cases. Guenter Bauer heads up the practice, supported by Robert Wagner, who is a key contact for EU competition and state aid law.

Practice head(s):

Guenter Bauer

Other key lawyers:

Robert Wagner; Anca Jurcovan; Stefan Wartinger

Testimonials

‘Guenter Bauer is very knowledgeable and provides practical advice and is always reachable when I need him.’

‘They are always our go-to law firm for antitrust advice in Austria.’

‘Guenter Bauer is an exceptional lawyer, his team works quickly and efficiently under his instruction, and he gives clear directional advice. Whenever issues arise Guenter makes clear recommendations on how to proceed and he presents well to clients. His experience of Austrian merger control and success rate with filings is unrivalled.’

‘High level competition law team, super experienced and able to handle very complex cases.’

‘Guenter Bauer – extremely well experienced and senior in the market, very diplomatic style and perfectly linked to all relevant players in the competition law market, very good negotiation skills.’

‘Excellent knowledge of competition law, very friendly and natural attitude, very good overview and capability to orient within complex legal problems and structures. Truly exceed the client’s expectations.’

‘Bespoke services. Perfect impression.’

‘Highly responsive and able to handle complex matters at the forefront of Austrian and Eastern European law. Provides business-oriented and practical advice.’

Key clients

Vienna Insurance Group

Metro AG

Ista Österreich GmbH

CPI Property Group

Pfizer

Brookfield Business Partners

Teva Pharmaceutical

AGROFERT

Deutsche Telekom / T-Mobile Austria GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing the Vienna Insurance Group in merger control proceedings with the European Commission in relation to its acquisition of AEGON’s insurance pension fund and asset management businesses in Hungary, Poland and Romania.
  • Representing the buyer, Metro Group, in Austrian merger control proceedings regarding the client’s acquisition of REWE Group’s Austrian food wholesale business.
  • Acting as lead merger control counsel to CPI Property Group in connection with its €3.2bn anticipatory mandatory takeover offer for all outstanding shares in Immofinanz , seeking to obtain merger control clearance in eight jurisdictions (Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia).

Austria > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Although the group acts as a multi-jurisdictional one-stop shop with ‘experience in out-of-court restructurings as well as in-court insolvency proceedings’, the main strength of the offering at Wolf Theiss lies in financial restructuring. Practitioners regularly assist corporate debtors, and their directors, facing financial difficulty, and the group is a go-to contact for key Austrian and international banks. Practice head Eva Spiegel specialises in insolvency law and commercial litigation. Elsewhere, versatile lawyer Matthias Schimka is singled out for his ‘broad knowledge'.

Practice head(s):

Eva Spiegel

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Gritsch; Matthias Schimka

Testimonials

‘Strong and reliable team. Experience in out-of-court restructurings as well as in-court insolvency proceedings.’

‘Matthias Schimka has broad knowledge in corporate/banking/insolvency law. He offers clear and pragmatic advice, and is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Adler Modemärkte

Crédit Agricole Italia SPA

Migdalor Alternative Products Ltd.

Deutsche Bank AG

IBG Bank N.V.

ING DiBa AG

LynxCap Group AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Adler Modemärkte on restructuring and corporate law issues due to the significant drop in sales as a result of Covid-19 lockdowns.
  • Advising Hemisphere on comprehensive restructuring and re-financing, on the solvent burial of the client, its subsidiaries and the entire group.
  • Assisting a group of different clients with the resolution of their relationship with Sberbank Europe and/or any of its subsidiaries in Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Austria > Projects and energy Tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG has a strong energy and infrastructure practice, with five senior lawyers heading up the team: Andreas SchmidSilvia FesslSebastian Oberzaucher, and Kurt Retter, and Manfred Essletzbichler. Essletzbichler is described by one client as ‘a five-star lawyer and an excellent decision maker’, while  Fessl is singled out as ‘creative, always well informed and able to think outside the box‘. More widely, the group is also often involved with ESG matters and advises on Covid-19-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Schmid; Manfred Essletzbichler; Silvia Fessl; Sebastian Oberzaucher; Kurt Retter

Testimonials

‘A great team for success! We always feel that the members of the Wolf Theiss team share our values, clearly understand our needs, allocate the roles according to their expertise and support us fully through our projects.’

‘Wolf Theiss consists of professionals from different practices. This shortens our communication channels and therefore saves us precious time.’

‘I would describe Manfred Essletzbichler as a five-star lawyer and an excellent decision maker.’

‘Sebastian Oberzaucher is a true procurement professional, who does not distinguish between his goals and the goals of his client. He is very precise, fast responding and communicates in a transparent manner. We appreciate his ability to focus on a matter and work hard until the goal is reached.’

‘Silvia Fessl is not afraid to take responsibility for projects of any complexity. She is creative, always well informed and able to think outside the box.’

Key clients

Engie (formerly GDF Suez)

Gazprom

RWE / KELAG Group

PORR Group

Lukoil Group

BP Power Trading Limited

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Vinci Group

Axpo Group

ERG Renew Group

Trans Austria Gasleitung GmbH

European Investment Bank (EIB)

SNAM SpA

Meridiam

Vienna Airport (Flughafen Wien AG)

Work highlights

  • Advising Österreichische Gesundheitskasse on the tender procedure for a contractor for the construction of the new pavilion 6 on the premises of the Hanusch Hospital in Vienna.
  • Advising Brightfield Trading and Coöperatieve Rabobank on a commodity repo financing transaction with Gunvor International relating to gas located at a facility in Austria.
  • Advised the global research-based pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim on its plan for a new production plant in Bruck an der Leitha in Lower Austria.

The firm: Wolf Theiss opened its first office in Vienna in 1957 and soon established a reputation as one of the region’s leading law firms. The firm has since grown into a multinational team of approximately 390 lawyers, making it one of the largest integrated law firms in the region. It has offices* in Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Ukraine.

This presence on the ground is one of the firm’s key strengths. It works in a fast-moving part of the world that requires deep local knowledge and experience. By combining expertise with a strong international network, the firm is well-placed to handle complex cross-border transactions with a high degree of speed and flexibility.

Apart from its local offices in 13 CEE/SEE countries, Wolf Theiss also offers extensive regional experience in other countries in the region, such as Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia.

*The firm has regulatory frameworks within which it needs to comply. So by ‘presence’, we mean a legal form that is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in that country.

Areas of practice:Wolf Theiss’ full range of services covers financial services, competition and antitrust, compliance and investigations, corporate/mergers and acquisitions, employment law, energy and infrastructure, intellectual property and information technology, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, real estate and construction, regulatory and procurement, and tax. The firm’s dedicated practice teams provide in-depth specialist knowledge in their respective areas and collaborate closely to provide clients with seamless advice.

Austria: this is where it all began in 1957. The team is now one of the most recognised names in Austrian law and has received numerous recognitions and accolades of its excellence over the past years. Most of the lawyers are multilingual and have practiced abroad, so there’s a real multinational character to the office. Wolf Theiss Vienna – led by the firm’s managing partners Andrea Gritsch, Sebastian Oberzaucher, Claus Schneider and Richard Wolf – comprises over 140 lawyers (including 44 partners).

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial services Andrea Gritsch andrea.gritsch@wolftheiss.com +43 1 51510 5083
Competition/antitrust Günter Bauer guenter.bauer@wolftheiss.com +43 1 51510 5600
Corporate/M&A Florian Kusznier florian.kusznier@wolftheiss.com +43 1 51510 5590
Dispute resolution Stefan Riegler stefan.riegler@wolftheiss.com +43 1 51510 5470
Employment Ralf Peschek ralf.peschek@wolftheiss.com +43 1 51510 5230
Energy Bryan Jardine bryan.jardine@wolftheiss.com +40 21 3088 102
Intellectual property/TMT Georg Kresbach georg.kresbach@wolftheiss.com +43 1 51510 5090
Real estate Erik Steger erik.steger@wolftheiss.com +43 1 51510 5130
Regulatory & Administrative Law Kurt Retter kurt.retter@wolftheiss.com +43 1 51510 5240
Public procurement Manfred Essletzbichler manfred.essletzbichler@wolftheiss.com +43 1 51510 5350
Tax Niklas Schmidt niklas.schmidt@wolftheiss.com +43 1 51510 5410
Photo Name Position Profile
Markus Aigner photo Mag Markus Aigner Counsel, specialising in acquisition, project and real estate financing and debt restructuring.
Thomas Anderl photo Mag Thomas Anderl Partner, since 2017, specialising in construction law. Thomas is regularly involved in…
Guenter Bauer photo Dr Guenter Bauer Partner; specialised in EU competition law, national and CEE/SEE antitrust law (cartels,…
Karl Binder photo Dr Karl Binder Partner, specializing in Real Estate, Corporate, EC-Law, Inheritance-Law, Private Clients.
Doris Buxbaum photo Mag Doris Buxbaum Counsel; specialized in Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Restructuring, Project Management and…
Nicholas Coddington photo Mr Nicholas Coddington Partner; With over 20 years post-qualification experience, Nicholas has extensive expertise in…
Melanie Dimitrov photo MMag Melanie Dimitrov Consultant.
Nikolaus Dinhof-Renezeder photo Mr Nikolaus Dinhof-Renezeder Counsel.
Horst Ebhardt photo Dr Horst Ebhardt Partner; specialised in cross border M&A and corporate restructuring transactions in the…
Martina Edlinger photo Mag Martina Edlinger Senior Associate.
Dominik Engel photo Dr Dominik Engel Senior Associate.
Manfred Essletzbichler photo Mag Manfred Essletzbichler Partner; specialised in Public Procurement Law, Business Law, Competition and Antitrust Law.…
Claudia Fessler photo Mag Claudia Fessler Consultant, specializing in Litigation, Civil Law, Criminal Law.
Silvia Feßl photo Mag Silvia Feßl Partner, specializing in public procurement, state aid and contract law, as well…
Isabel Firneis photo Mag Isabel Firneis Counsel, specialising in extrajudicial advice and employment litigation, with a special focus…
Klara Fuchs photo Mag Klara Fuchs Senior Associate, since 2018, specialising in national and international procurement law.
Martin Gassler photo Dr Martin Gassler Senior Associate.
Clara Gordon photo Dr Clara Gordon Partner, since 2020, specialising in M&A transactions and corporate matters. She has…
Zeno Grabmayr photo Mag Zeno Grabmayr Partner.
Andrea Gritsch photo MMag Dr Andrea Gritsch Partner, since 2013; Andrea Gritsch is a member of the financial sector…
Markus Heidinger photo Dr Markus Heidinger Partner; specialised in finance and corporate finance, finance regulatory. Work includes all…
Petra Heindl photo Dr Petra Heindl Counsel specialising in Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking & Finance, Corporate Law.
Leopold Hoeher photo Mag Leopold Hoeher Partner, since 2018, specializing in financing and capital market transactions with a…
Daniel Hoehnl photo Mr Daniel Hoehnl Senior Associate.
Christian Hoenig photo Dr Christian Hoenig Partner since 1992. Christian is an internationally recognised specialist in corporate/M&A, private…
Valerie Hohenberg photo Mag Valerie Hohenberg Partner, Wolf Theiss, since 2017, specialising in Corporate Litigation, D&O Liability and Life…
Florian Horak photo Mag Florian Horak Consultant, since 2018, specialising in civil & commercial litigation and white collar…
Stefan Horn photo Mag Stefan Horn Counsel.
Mimo Hussein photo Mag Mimo Hussein Counsel, specialising in banking, investment funds and capital markets law with a…
Johann Hwezda photo Mag Johann Hwezda Counsel.
Maren Jergolla-Wagner photo Dr Maren Jergolla-Wagner Senior Associate; specialised in Intellectual Property (in particular trade mark law, design…
Christopher Juenger photo Mr Christopher Juenger Counsel.
Emmanuel Kaufman photo Mr Emmanuel Kaufman Counsel, specialising in international commercial and investment arbitration as well as construction…
Hartwig Kienast photo MMag Hartwig Kienast Partner, specialised in mergers & acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and day-to-day corporate matters.…
Martin Kind photo Dr Martin Kind Of Counsel, Wolf Theiss, since 2011; specializing in environmental law, EU policy…
Thomas Klicka photo Univ Prof Dr Thomas Klicka Of Counsel specializing in Civil Procedure Law and International Civil Procedure Law.
Georg  Knafl  photo Mag Georg Knafl Senior Associate.
Dominik König photo Mr Dominik König Senior Associate.
Sofia Kovacevic photo Ms Sofia Kovacevic Senior Associate
Birgit Kraml photo Dr Birgit Kraml Partner; specialised in planning and environmental proceedings, lease agreements, planning and construction…
Georg Kresbach photo Dr Georg Kresbach Partner; specialised in Intellectual Property (Trademarks, Patents, Copyrights, Designs), TMT (software, service…
Stephan Kugler photo Mag Stephan Kugler Counsel.
Florian Kusznier photo Dr Florian Kusznier Partner
Wolfgang Lauchner photo Mag Wolfgang Lauchner Partner, member of the Wolf Theiss public procurement team since 2010.
Marika Lomashvili photo Mag Marika Lomashvili Partner, since 2021, specialising in banking, finance and capital markets. During her…
Nikolaus Loudon photo Mag Nikolaus Loudon Partner.
Nikolaus Loudon photo Mag Nikolaus Loudon Partner.
Ingrid Makarius photo Mag Ingrid Makarius Counsultant, Wolf Theiss, since 2012, specialising in public procurement and public business…
Philipp Marboe photo Dr Philipp Marboe Counsel, since 2015, specialising in public procurement law, in particular on planning…
Roland Marko photo Mag Roland Marko Partner, specialised in information technology law, data protection law, intellectual property law,…
Tanja Melber photo Dr Tanja Melber Senior Associate.
Christian Mikosch photo Dr Christian Mikosch Partner specialising in corporate law, international commercial law and mergers & acquisitions…
Michael Mueller photo Dr Michael Mueller Counsel, specialised in construction law. Michael focuses on project-related legal advice on…
Wolfgang Mueller photo Mag Wolfgang Mueller Partner, Wolf Theiss, since 2012, specializing in Civil and Company Law; Building…
Peter Oberlechner photo Dr Peter Oberlechner Partner; specialised in Mergers & Acquisitions, General Corporate, Real Estate.
Sebastian Oberzaucher photo Mag Sebastian Oberzaucher Partner, Wolf Theiss, since 2014, specializing in Public Procurement Law, PPP, Construction…
Nikolaus Paul photo Dr Nikolaus Paul Partner and head of the firm-wide Banking & Finance team. Nikolaus has…
Ralf Peschek photo MMag Dr Ralf Peschek Partner; specialised in Agreements with Executives, Austrian and Eastern European Employment Law,…
Lukas Ploesch photo Mr Lukas Ploesch Senior Associate
Elisabeth  Poetscher photo Ms Elisabeth Poetscher Senior Associate.
Paulina Pomorski photo Mag Paulina Pomorski Counsel, Wolf Theiss, specialising in intellectual property law, unfair competition law, information technology…
Kurt Retter photo Dr Kurt Retter Partner, since 2001. Kurt has practiced in various fields of regulatory law…
Stefan Riegler photo Dr Stefan Riegler Partner, head of the firm-wide Disputes practice.
Hannah Schaflinger photo Mag Hannah Schaflinger Senior Associate, since 2014, specialising in construction law.
Matthias Schimka photo Mag Matthias Schimka Partner, since 2020, specialising in banking law and debt financing transactions.
Andreas Schmid photo Dr Andreas Schmid Partner; specialised in Structured Finance; Projects (Infrastructure, Energy & Utilities); Restructuring Andreas…
Niklas Schmidt photo MMag Dr Niklas Schmidt Partner; specialised in International Tax Law, Tax Planning of International Groups, Mergers…
Claus Schneider photo Dr Claus Schneider Partner; specialised in capital markets, debt and structured finance, bank regulatory law,…
Anna Schwamberger photo Mag Anna Schwamberger Senior Associate.
Sandra Seldte photo Mag Sandra Seldte Senior Associate
Christine Siegl photo MMag Christine Siegl Counsel, specialised in Banking Law, Regulatory Law, Capital Markets Law, Corporate Law…
Eva Spiegel photo Mag Eva Spiegel Partner; specialised in insolvency law and commercial litigation. Work includes representation of…
Karin Spindler-Simader photo Dr Karin Spindler-Simader Consultant. Karin specialises in corporate tax law and tax aspects of reorganisations, international…
Dieter Spranz photo Dr Dieter Spranz Senior Advisor
Eva Stadler photo Dr Eva Stadler Counsel, since 2018, specialising in private clients, international tax law, taxation of…
Natascha Stanke photo Dr Natascha Stanke Consultant
Erik Steger photo Dr Erik Steger Partner; specialised in Central and Eastern Europe, Real Estate Law, Mergers &…
Harald Strahberger photo Mr Harald Strahberger Counsel. He regularly advises national and international clients in all fields of…
Judith Szabo photo Mag Judith Szabo Of Counsel and a member of the Banking and Finance practice group.…
Philipp Szelinger photo Mag Philipp Szelinger Senior Associate.
Markus Taufner photo Dr Markus Taufner Counsel.
Petra Trauntschnig photo Mag Petra Trauntschnig Consultant; specialised in Insurance, Litigation.
Clemens Trauttenberg photo Dr Clemens Trauttenberg Partner; specialised in commercial litigation, white collar criminal defence and investigations, crisis…
Matthias Unterrieder photo Dr Matthias Unterrieder Partner; specialised in Employment Law in Austria and CEE/SEE, cross-border staff assignements,…
Lothar Wachter photo Dr Lothar Wachter Partner; specialised in Real Estate, Construction and Building Law, Leasing, Contracts, Development…
Robert Wagner photo Mag Robert Wagner Partner specialising in EU and Austrian competition law, in particular cartel investigations,…
Sarah Wared photo Dr Sarah Wared Partner, specialising in cross-border transactions in the field of M&A, corporate, and…
Stefan Wartinger photo Mag Stefan Wartinger Partner. Stefan’s practice includes complex cartel and abuse of dominance cases before…
Heimo Weiss photo Mr Heimo Weiss Senior Associate.
Theresia Welser photo Mag Theresia Welser Senior Associate
Richard Wolf photo Dr Richard Wolf Partner; specialised in Equity Capital Markets, Financial Regulatory, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking…
Venus Valentina Wong photo Dr Venus Valentina Wong Partner, specialising in international arbitration. Valentina has acted as counsel, arbitrator (sole…
Phillip Wrabetz photo Mag Phillip Wrabetz Senior Associate.
Adolf Zemann photo MMag Dr Adolf Zemann Counsel.
Magdalena Ziembicka photo Ms Magdalena Ziembicka Consultant, specialising in employment law matters related to contract design, restructurings, corporate M&As,…
Alexander  Zollner  photo Mag Alexander Zollner Counsel.
Angelika Zotter photo Dr Angelika Zotter Senior Associate.
Number of lawyers : 390
at this office : 140
Albanian
Arabic
Bosnian
Bulgarian
Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese)
Croatian
Czech
English
French
German
Hungarian
Italian
Polish
Romanian
Russian
Serbian
Slovak
Slovenian
Spanish
Ukrainian
Contacts : Andrea Gritsch (management board)
Contacts : Sebastian Oberzaucher (management board)
Contacts : Claus Schneider (management board)
Contacts : Richard Wolf (management board)
Other offices : Belgrade
Other offices : Bratislava
Other offices : Bucharest
Other offices : Budapest
Other offices : Kyiv
Other offices : Ljubljana
Other offices : Prague
Other offices : Sarajevo
Other offices : Sofia
Other offices : Tirana
Other offices : Warsaw
Other offices : Zagreb

CEE/SEE is brimming with opportunities. We were one of the first firms to recognise this and for decades have been building our regional network with an eye to growing businesses everywhere from Albania to Romania to Poland. And we have learned that you can only be successful here by anticipating changes before they happen. We have contributed to how laws and regulations are written, vital knowledge that we pass on to clients as they navigate this shifting legal and regulatory environment.

Our key strength is our truly integrated regional approach that helps us provide clients with seamless and comprehensive advice, wherever they are. We regularly work on large cross-border transactions, including all their legal aspects, and support clients with the growth of their businesses in the region. Thus, we have managed to become the go-to law firm for many international clients investing in CEE/SEE as well as for local clients expanding their business operations.

Our team now brings together over 390 lawyers from a diverse range of backgrounds, working in offices in 13 countries throughout the CEE/SEE region:

  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Hungary
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Ukraine

In addition, our desks cover Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia and support clients from China which are investing in the region.


At Wolf Theiss, we strongly believe that in a global marketplace, a company that employs a diverse workforce (both men and women of several generations and from ethnically and racially diverse backgrounds) is better able to understand the marketplace it serves, offers better and more unique perspectives and thus, is better equipped to thrive in that marketplace than a company that has a more limited range of employee demographics.

For us, uniting people and overcoming cultural divisiveness is part of our philosophy. By respecting each other, we have created a unique workplace camaraderie that spills over into our daily lives. Wolf Theiss considers itself to be politically liberal, not biased in any direction and imposing no restrictions on its workforce in terms of political view, religion, way of life, race, language and sexual orientation.

Our leadership team is comprised of 35% female partners, one of them within our management board, and 48% of our senior lawyers are women. We strive to stand at the forefront in the region, when it comes to gender diversity. We were one of the first law firms in the region to implement a maternity policy. Innovation initiatives at our firm are driven by female talent. We also encourage our lawyers to spend part of their daily work on firm-wide non-billable initiatives.

Wolf Theiss is proud to have been awarded the Best in Central Europe Award at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2023 and to have been recognised as “Best in Austria” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2022, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012, “Best in Croatia” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 & 2013 and “Best in Romania” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2016, 2015 & 2014.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

At Wolf Theiss we believe that success is a two-way street. Our financial success depends in large part on our doing quality work for our clients, so they come back to us and recommend us to others. But our success also depends on the support of the local communities where we live and work. They provide us with a great deal of input and impulses, including the talented lawyers and assistants who make it possible for us to do what we do. We all think it is essential that we give something back to the community.

One way to show our commitment to the community is by providing legal advice on a pro bono basis to clients who need legal help, but are unable to pay for our services. Our pro bono work is directed at clients whom we consider to be very deserving or who face legal issues that we believe are especially important to our communities or to society as a whole.