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Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Banking and finance Tier 1

Nikolaus Paul heads up Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG's leading banking and finance team , which is 'a pleasure to work with' and routinely advises banks, insurance companies, funds and other financial institutions in Austria and the wider CEE/SEE region on a range of issues including commercial lending work, project financings, real estate financing matters, acquisition finance issues and infrastructure finance mandates. With 'exceptional knowledge of all fields of finance', Andreas Schmid specialises in securitisation and structured finance work, while Markus Heidinger is experienced in regulatory investigations, banking and financial markets, funds and corporate finance issues. Other noteworthy individuals include Andrea GritschLeopold Höher, who handles structured debt financing transactions, Marcell Nemeth and counsel Christine Siegl.

Practice head(s):

Nikolaus Paul


Very experienced and very short response times.’

Always there for the client; very knowledgeable, very well connected. work day and night, always hold to deadlines.

Andreas Schmid is one of the most experienced finance lawyers in Austria.

Nikolaus Paul is the best contract lawyer I have ever worked with. He pays very high attention to details and to every word, while being highly efficient.

Mimo Hussein is a rising star in the organisation.

Wolf Theiss maintains a strong internal network and team spirit with specialists on almost any matter, significantly decreasing reaction time for clients even in highly complex legal situations. Our Wolf Theiss partners were available to us also beyond usual business hours allowing us to carry an M&A project forward much faster than we would have expected.

Our Wolf Theiss team showed a high degree of professionalism and seniority, even in more junior positions and always ensured a complete and sound evaluation of questions and open topics from any possible perspective. Individuals displayed high business acumen and a strategic approach to contract preparation and legal settlements which enabled us to significantly strengthen our negotiation position.

Key clients

Raiffeisen Bank International

Bank of America Merrill Lynch International

Munich RE Group / ERGO International

Aareal Bank AG

Cash Payment Solutions

Erste Group Bank AG

Allianz Capital Partners GmbH


Advent International


Rosneft Oil Company



Miba AG


B2 Holding

Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV)


Kommunalkredit Austria AG

Capital markets Tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG's team, which is headed by Nikolaus Paul, is singled out by one client as 'the leading law firm in debt capital markets law'. It has notable strength assisting with debt issuance and, testament to this, the 'solution-oriented' Claus Schneider led advice to BMI Securities on the issue of international bonds by the Republic of Srpska. Regulatory matters in the capital markets space is another area of strength. Other key names to note at the practice are Alexander HaasAndrea GritschMarkus HeidingerRichard Wolf and 'excellent senior lawyersChristine Siegl, Matthias Schimka and Nikolaus Dinhof.

Practice head(s):

Nikolaus Paul


Wolf Theiss is the leading law firm in debt capital markets law. They are the only law firm in Austria which has two partners with a respective team dedicated predominantly to debt capital markets law. This set-up makes them unique compared to all other competitors in the market. They also have very high expertise in regulatory matters regarding capital market laws. They are the number one firm in Vienna in DCM.

Alexander Haas – very hands on, always available, up to speed. One of the most dynamic lawyers in Vienna. His dedication to DCM matters is impressive. Dr. Claus Schneider – still the leading individual in DCM law in Austria; very calm, solution-oriented and client focused. Also he has developed an outstanding regulatory practice. The team also comprises excellent senior lawyers such as Christine Siegl, Matthias Schimka and Nikolaus Dinhof.

We are extremely happy with Wolf Theiss’ capital markets practice. Apart from their excellent expertise and long-lasting experience, I would like to highlight their resources as one of their core strengths. The size of their team allows them to be highly responsive at any time and deal with matters of any size swiftly and efficiently. At the same time, they are very dedicated to client relationships so that you always feel valued and in safe hands. Their communication is persistently clear and to the point, no unnecessarily long statements, and no missing information. You receive tailor-made advice which always takes your individual and specific needs into account. Another key capability of the team is their sector-specific knowledge. They are top-notch for banking capital markets matters, and have expertise which is second to none in Austria.

We particularly appreciate their profound understanding of the commercial side of our business combined with their strong legal knowledge. Wolf Theiss generally provides a high level of solution-oriented service with quick response times. We also like the fact that Wolf Theiss works with a strong team of both partners and younger lawyers which means someone is always available. I would recommend Claus Schneider as the top lawyer in capital markets for anybody who is working in this field. He is extremely quick in grasping the essential points of any given matter and never loses sight of details. Furthermore, he is exceptionally responsive and always available for his clients.

Easily accessible, very hands on, short response times and good quality.

Both Alexander Haas and Nikolaus Dinhof are very pragmatic and deliver good quality support throughout all our matters.

Key clients

Erste Group Bank

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Goldman Sachs International

Volksbank Steiermark

J.P. Morgan Securities

Raiffeisen Bank International

Vorarlberger Landesbank-Holding

UniCredit Bank Austria

Vorarlberger Landes- und Hypothekenbank


Construction Tier 1

The construction practice at Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG is renowned for its professional team with technical backgrounds from within the construction industry itself. Areas of focus include contract drafting for construction projects, expert construction advice throughout projects and dispute resolution matters. Highlights included advising on the construction of the Koralmtunnel for PORR Bau; acting for Ing. Hans Bodner Baugesellschaft mbH & Co on a construction contract and in a construction dispute; and representing Rhomberg in two legal proceedings against its subcontractors. Wolfgang Müller manages the practice, Thomas Anderl and senior associate Hannah Schaflinger are also highly praised for their work.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang Müller


‘From my impression, Wolf Theiss has the largest and best construction team of all firms in Austria’.

‘The construction team of Wolf Theiss combines legal know-how, technical understanding and a practical hands-on approach.’

‘Wolf Theiss have a specialist team for construction. That’s highly valuable in our business; and they have an excellent track record in CEE/SEE countries’.

‘One of the best teams practising construction law in Austria’.

‘Thomas Anderl is definitely our go-to-lawyer in Austria for construction issues. He is always well-prepared and, in my opinion, very strong in the court room’.

‘We regularly work with Thomas Anderl. I personally like his analytical ability which makes him a really strong force in this field’. 

‘We are very satisfied with the service we receive from Wolfgang Müller. He is not only a brilliant lawyer, but his negotiation skills are outstanding as well’.

Key clients


Alu König Stahl GmbH

Boehringer Ingelheim RCV GmbH & Co KG

DYWIDAG Dyckerhoff & Widmann Gesellschaft m.b.H.

G. HINTEREGGER & SÖHNE Baugesellschaft m.b.H

Implenia Baugesellschaft m.b.H

Hochtief Construction Austria

Lenzing AG


Jäger Bau GmbH

Kostmann GmbH

Salini Impregilo

CA Immobilien GmbH

Doppelmayr Immobilien GmbH

CPI Immobilien GmbH

Octapharma Handels GmbH

JP Immobiliengruppe

Rhomberg Bau GmbH

Bernegger GmbH


Keller GmbH

Gebrüder Haider



Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 1

Praised for being 'unrivalled in terms of capabilities in Austria and CEE', Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG acts for clients in post-M&A, telecoms and construction disputes as well as investment arbitration proceedings, with notable expertise in the energy, construction, infrastructure and telecoms sectors. Stefan Riegler leads the team, which fields counsel Venus Valentina Wong, who is proficient in international arbitration and arbitration-related cross-border litigation.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Riegler


Unrivalled in terms of capabilities in Austria and CEE, very convenient one-stop-shop for multi-jurisdictional cases.

Venus Valentina Wong is very smart, efficient and dedicated.

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

As an integral part of the firm's disputes department, Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG's white-collar crime practice handles a wide variety of work including asset recovery issues, global asset tracing matters and internal investigations. Companies also rely on the firm's expertise in compliance issues, while individuals and corporations benefit from the group's proficiency in criminal defence work; the team has also seen increased activity is cybercrime mandates. Clemens Trauttenberg, who acts for a variety of Russian clients, leads the team. Holger Bielesz moved to Cerha Hempel in early 2020.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Trauttenberg


Wolf Theiss’ team provides legal advice in the most efficient way that take into account our goals despite the complexity of multi-jurisdictional affairs and transactions and schemes to be considered, analysed and solved.’

Very strong, ambitious team and know how to handle big cases.

Probably the leading Austrian firm in the space, with a deep understanding of the particular requirements of the near-universal cross-border nature of fraud, asset recovery and white collar crime work. All members of the team in my experience slot easily and confidently in any multi-jurisdictional team.

The team we worked with from the very beginning were able to show the deepest involvement in our matters with the thorough study and knowledge of all the details that allows them to represent our interests at the highest level.

Clemens Trauttenberg is handling the cases strategically and with foresight. 

Key clients

Petro Welt Technologies AG

Airbus Defence and Space GmbH

National Bank Trust

Employment Tier 1

The 'highly committed' and 'extremely commercial' Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG acts exclusively for employers, with expertise in acting for clients in service industries such as finance and retail. Practice head  MMag Dr Ralf Peschek leads a team with strong experience of litigation, such as defending ESIM Chemicals in a collective lawsuit on additional holiday claims. Dr Matthias Unterrieder is a lead partner in many contentious matters and 'provides a seamless service'. Senior associate Mag Isabel Firneis co-leads on high-profile litigation and restructuring mandates.

Practice head(s):

Ralf Peschek


‘Wolf Theiss has a very good reputation with a high expertise in employment law in Austria for very fair and competitive fares. This law firm is very responsive, they study all possible solutions to provide their customers with the best possible service to allow them to take the best decision. They are easily reachable, available and very engaged in finding the best legal advice. Matthias Unterrieder and Lisa Babler’s advice is always very clear and easy to understand.’

‘Clear about the risks. They also understand the business need beside the legal issue.’

‘Wolf Theiss’s employment practice in Austria is extremely commercial and responsive, and stands out from other employment lawyers I have worked with in Austria because they understand and focus on the business drivers for their clients. Anna Schwamberger is proactive, responsive and easy to work with. She has helped me to deliver several international projects for clients within tight timescales, and commercial constraints. Mattias Unterrieder provides partner level input on matters where needed, and always takes a sensible, business-friendly approach. He provides a seamless service when working alongside the rest of his team.’

‘Extremely dedicated and fast, high expertise. Ralf Peschek – extremely experienced, far-sighted, can be reached any time, fast responses.’

‘The team of Wolf Theiss is highly committed, reliable and they are absolute experts in their fields. Each member of the team has a good understanding of the economic practice and gives legal advice that can be well applied. We especially appreciate that they are able to provide advice at short notice, if requested. We value the co-operation with Dr. Ralph Peschek and Mrs. Isabel Firneis especially, as they have provided us with valuable support in employment law related projects and questions to our utmost satisfaction.’

Key clients

Addiko Bank AG

Artesyn Embedded Technologies, Inc.

Beiersdorf Gesellschaft GmbH

CCI Valve Technology GmbH


General Electric Group



Raiffeisenbank International


Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG has 'an excellent international practice which is very helpful in cross-border insolvencies'. The practice has a particular focus on multi-jurisdictional restructurings in the banking and finance sector. Eva Spiegel is the key name to note for insolvency proceedings, and is part of a team advising the Steinhoff Group on its restructuring, including assisting with financing issues, insolvency law-related matters, and corporate and tax law issues. Also recommended are Nikolaus PaulAndrea GritschClaus Schneider and Andreas Schmid, who frequently acts for clients including Austrian banks and international acquirers of non-performing loans and the respective portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Nikolaus Paul


WT were always extremely responsive to requests on what was a very complex and challenging transaction. They were able to progress negotiations by discussions directly with their counterparts in Austria, and sought commercial solutions.

Very good cross-border team approach for Austrian/Southeast-European insolvency matters. Single point of entry for various jurisdictions with one responsible lead partner.

Eva Spiegel is an excellent team leader and provides good value for money.

They are the most skilled firm in this domain in Austria, and have a team with an excellent international practice which is very helpful in cross-border insolvencies.

In my view what makes them different is their proactivity and strategic approach.

Key clients

Steinhoff Group

Revetas Capital Fund

DDM Group AG and B2 Holding

Sempione Fashion AG

LCH Limited

Bain Capital Credit (European Advisors), Ltd.

Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen AG

Erste Group Bank AG

Erste Group Immorent International Holding GmbH

Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft

Private client Tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG acts for Austrian and international private clients throughout Central and Eastern Europe and Southeastern Europe. The service portfolio covers the whole spectrum of the practice area, with each team member demonstrating specialised expertise. Karl Binder undertakes primarily real estate transactions, estate planning and related inheritance law and Niklas Schmidt, who has a strong track record in tax law, assists with international tax planning relating to assets including villas and boats. Counsel and tax specialist Eva Stadler  is also prominent in this area of law. The group also advises on philanthropic projects, and acts for family owned businesses, trusts, private foundations and charitable organisations. Holger Bielesz manages contentious matters, for instance issues of estate planning or inheritance disputes.

Practice head(s):

Niklas Schmidt; Karl Binder


‘Niklas Schmidt is very reliable and responsive. He gives you the global picture but also pays attention to the details. He is not only versed in Austrian tax law but also has experience in international tax law, specifically with a focus on central Europe.’

Public procurement Tier 1

The sizeable team at Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG lays claim to an impressive degree of specialisation. Three partners head the practice: the renowned Manfred Essletzbichler applies his international expertise to life science, telecoms, infrastructure, railway and energy work; Sebastian Oberzaucher advises primarily on project planning and implementation in connection with complex construction, supply and service tenders; and Silvia Fessl focuses on complex public services contracts, architectural competitions and general planning procedures. Counsel Philipp Marboe is noted for his familiarity with the public transport sector, often applying his knowledge to PPP railway projects.

Practice head(s):

Manfred Essletzbichler; Sebastian Oberzaucher; Silvia Feßl


‘They are able to identify the various obstacles and potential problems when it comes to procurement procedures. Not only does that require a vast knowledge of the concerning law, but also a deep understanding of the business and technical background of our company.’

‘What makes Wolf Theiss so unique is its outstanding professionalism and understanding of all a project’s deeper issues.’

‘Excellent team with high expertise and professionalism; provides highly qualified advice to contracting authorities as well as bidders and contractors.’

‘Wolf Theiss is the most modern law firm in the market. It is always the first to inform us of relevant legal trends and changes and the necessary adaptions. We also appreciate the organisation of the firm, which allows us to receive comprehensive advice on any legal issue (not limited to one specific area of law) with one single point of contact.’

‘Manfred Essletzbichler has decades of experience in the field of procurement law and knows the major Austrian players in the public as well as in the private sector by heart.’

‘Manfred Essletzbichler is a highly renowned expert in public procurement law.’

‘Sebastian Oberzaucher is one of the best public procurement lawyers in Austria. He has an extraordinarily open mind and is always open to new ways of thinking outside the box.’ 

‘We happily trust Sebastian Oberzaucher with our procurement issues.’

‘Philipp Marboe has outstanding knowledge of the public transport sector and the various issues that can arise in projects. He pays great attention to detail, yet never loses sight of the overall project, which is an absolute must when it comes to large projects.’

‘Sylvia Feßl is a very competent and understanding legal counsel. She is sensitive to the specifications of the business activities, so the cooperation is excellent.’

Key clients


Amt der Niederösterreichischen Landesregierung (Government of Lower Austria)

Austrian Development Agency

Flughafen Wien Aktiengesellschaft (Vienna International Airport)


KHM – Museumsverband Kunsthistorisches Museum

ÖBB Group

ÖSTU-Stettin Hoch- und Tiefbau Gesellschaft m.b.H.


Vereinigte Bühnen Wien

Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region VOR

Wiener Krankenanstaltenverbund (Vienna Hospital Association)

Wiener Wohnen Kundenservice

Wiener Linien

Wiener Zeitung GmbH (and subsidiaries)

Real estate Tier 1

The sizeable team at Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG provides 'clear, comprehensive and commercial' advice across a wide range of real estate-related legal services. The team brings a 'very good knowledge of the RE market place' to high-value cross-border deals, including advising a leading international shopping centre developer on a complex up-stream merger and a subsequent cross-border merger to Luxembourg. Practice head Peter Oberlechner was part of a team that acted for BNP Paribas Real Estate on the acquisition of the first Leto Motel project in Vienna by means of a forward purchase share deal. Karl Binder, Erik Steger and Birgit Kraml are the other key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Peter Oberlechner


‘Quick reactions to inquiries, don’t just offer ways to solve problems but solve them, extremely qualified staff.’

‘Wolf Theiss consistently perform at a very high level. Their advice is always clear, comprehensive and commercial. They pursue matters diligently and are always prompt with their responses.’

‘I have worked extensively with Karl Binder and Iris Riepan. Both are highly competent and pleasant to deal with. Advice is always prompt, accurate and easily understood.’

‘The firm have been long time advisers to our company, led by Peter Oberlechner. They are commercial and proactive, with a very good knowledge of the RE market place.’

‘Peter Oberlechner understands our business and makes the effort to properly understand our commercial objectives and strategy – so he adds value beyond just legal advice.’

Key clients

Soravia Group

6B47 Wohnbauträger GmbH

TH Real Estate

Westcore Europe

Wiener Linien


Steinhoff Group

OEZ Outdoor Zentrum

Errichtungs GmbH



BNP Paribas REIM



KGAL Investment

Art Invest

Administrative law and public sector Tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG advises on Austrian administrative and constitutional matters as well as EU law issues relating to life sciences, regulated industries and insurance supervisory matters, among others. Practice head Kurt Retter has additional experience of regulatory law in relation to medical devices, medicinal products and nutrition, also advising on gambling law, data protection, aviation and infrastructure projects. Senior associate Stefan Lampert is an expert in renewable energy and particularly wind energy, with his practice also involving nature conservation issues and environmental impact assessments.

Practice head(s):

Kurt Retter


‘Kurt Retter and Florian Kusznier are strong partners and accepted advisors in the pharma and medical device industry.’ 

Key clients

DLH Real Estate Management


VGH Insurance

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

With a strong presence in the CEE/SEE region, Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG advises on large corporate and M&A transactions, and also handles medium sized and smaller deals. In addition, the group is able to draw on the strength of other practice groups including the tax, real estate, regulatory, GDPR, acquisition finance, IP, IT and employment departments. The team's diverse workload includes high growth and start-up technology matters, distressed company issues, energy deals, cross-border restructurings and corporate disputes. 'Very commercial lawyer' Horst Ebhardt leads the team, which also includes Hartwig KienastChristian MikoschDieter Spranz and senior associate Michael Kienzl, who specialises in cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Horst Ebhardt


The team has a very solid legal background and experience in large deals and industry-related knowledge.’

Absolute top law firm in Vienna/Austria, highest quality, best practice and unique experience in corporate law and M&A.

The local knowledge in CEE is extremely good besides the general M&A knowledge one would expect from a firm like Wolf Theiss.

Just good lawyers. They know what they are doing and are attentive to their clients. They understand international business.

Christian Hoenig – venture capital expert, more than 20 years experience in financing rounds, M&A and IPOs.

Doris Buxbaum – high quality partner in all questions of content in VC and corporate law.

Doris Buxbaum and Christian Hoeing are reliable and reactive – excellent expertise. They are also excellent people, which has made our relationship work so well.

Key clients


Goldman Sachs





Fibra Celulose S.A.



Lukoil International GmbH


Sberbank Europe AG

Tricentis GmbH

REWE International AG

BAIN Capital

Great Wall Motor Company Ltd.

Apollo Asset Management

Advent International


Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG advises a diverse range of clients across sectors including retail, infrastructure, banking and healthcare. The 'responsive and very practical' team brings its 'excellent expertise in multinational data protection compliance work' to a mix of contentious and non-contentious matters. The group also acted as an external data protection officer for the Austrian holding company of Addiko Group. The 'experienced and pragmatic' Roland Marko, who heads the practice jointly with Kurt Retter, conducted a GDPR compliance audit for the Adverity Platform in order to assess its eligibility for EuroPriSe certification.

Practice head(s):

Roland Marko; Kurt Retter


Great technical knowledge of data protection law, responsive and very practical.

Excellent expertise in multinational data protection compliance work, and is equally adept at handling security breaches, privacy matters, and local data protection issues.

Partner Roland Marko is very experienced, pragmatic, and easy to communicate with.

Key clients

Addiko Bank


Gazprom Neft Trading


Kapsch BusinessCom

Microsoft Corporation


Sberbank Europe

Sky Deutschland

Starbucks Coffee Company UK


ThyssenKrupp Aufzüge

TQSR Holding und Development

UBM Development


Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG' 'very dedicated' commercial litigation team has expertise across numerous practice areas, including IP/IT, employment, regulatory, construction, procurement and corporate. Additional stand-out features of the commercial litigation department is its involvement in high-profile cross-border disputes and the cooperation between the civil law and white-collar criminal departments. The team, which is led by Clemens Trauttenberg, handles corporate and shareholder disputes, asset tracing, financial services and banking litigation, product liability litigation, private enforcement, distribution law litigation, insurance litigation and interest groups claims, among other matters. Holger Bielesz, Valerie Hohenberg and Eva Spiegel are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Trauttenberg

Other key lawyers:

Holger Bielesz; Valerie Hohenberg; Eva Spiegel; Markus Taufner; Florian Pechhacker; Alexander Zollner


The office has access to international partners, which is used without any complications.

It is a very dedicated team that also works very personally for the needs of the client.

Key clients

National Bank TRUST

KA Finanz AG

Petro Welt Technologies AG

Aurea Software FZ-LLC

T-Mobile Austria GmbH

Barclays Bank PLC

VGH Versicherungen

EU and competition Tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG undertakes merger control and cartel investigations as well as abuse of dominance cases on a national and international level. The firm's varied service portfolio is enhanced by industry experience in retail, consumer products, pharmaceutical, construction, and transport. Department head Günter Bauer has experience in a wide variety of matters, specifically in dominance issues, distribution and other vertical agreements. Similarly, counsel Robert Wagner focuses his practice on vertical restraints, cooperation agreements, dominance issues and private enforcement of competition law.

Practice head(s):

Günter Bauer

Key clients


Boston Scientific Group



Deutsche Telekom/ T-Mobile





The Kraft Heinz Company

XXXLutz Group

Intellectual property Tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG handles trade mark and unfair competition work for household name international clients including Google, Microsoft and Lego. Facebook is another notable client; the firm continues to represent it in a high-profile copyright infringement dispute. The practice also advises companies in the consumer finance and pharmaceutical sectors on patent rights. Practice head Georg Kresbach is 'experienced and knowledgeable in data protection'.

Practice head(s):

Georg Kresbach


Very competent and effective.

Georg Kresbach: experienced and knowledgeable in data protection and related areas.

Wolf Theiss’s rates remain very reasonable in line with the (high) quality of work delivered.

Maren Jergolla has proved to be a very practically oriented, sharp negotiator who has helped our company achieve great success in Austria.

All of the firm’s attorneys have been quick and comprehensive in their way of working, making resolution of issues highly efficient.

Key clients

Banco do Brasil AG

B. Braun Melsungen AG

Colgate Palmolive

Crocs, Inc.

EMCOOLS Medical Cooling Systems GmbH




Lego GmbH

MCM Holding AG / Kaufhaus Steffl Betriebs AG / World of Mozart Museumsbetrieb GmbH



Österreichische Universitätenkonferenz – UNIKO


PopSockets LLC

Youtube LLC

Zimmer Biomet Austria GmbH

Projects and energy Tier 2

Project finance is one of the key areas of expertise for Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG's practice, with a particular focus on the infrastructure, energy and utilities sectors. The team is jointly led by Andreas Schmid, Manfred Essletzbichler, Silvia FeßlKurt Retter and Sebastian Oberzaucher; Oberzaucher recently led a team, which advised Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region on the comprehensive reorganisation of its public passenger transportation services with a value of €2bn.

Practice head(s):

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

Key clients



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


Allianz Capital Partners GmbH


Kommunalkredit AG

Erste Group AG

UniCredit Bank AG

Deutsche Bank AG

Tax Tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG handles corporate tax work including M&A-related issues and corporate restructurings, in particular domestic and cross-border mergers and demergers. Other areas of proficiency include providing tax planning advice to private clients, advising on real estate tax mandates including minimising real estate transfer taxes, and assisting financial institutions with financial products. Practice head Niklas Schmidt has notable expertise in cryptocurrencies and the taxation of cryptocurrencies. Counsel Eva Stadler is a key name for international tax law.

Practice head(s):

Niklas Schmidt


Professionalism, technical know-how and up to date, responsive and great follow-up.

Definitely number one tax practice in Austria.  Excellent technical skills and great quality of work.

Profound experience in international tax structuring, in particular for Real Estate transactions.

Niklas Schmidt is an excellent lawyer but Eva Stadler stands out – she should be on the partner level next year.

Melanie Dimitrov – good cross border knowledge Germany/Austria.

Key clients

Takeda Group

DDM Group AG

Tricentis GmbH

Hemisphere International Properties B.V.

Erste Group Bank AG

Volksbank Wien AG

TMT Tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG's TMT practice combines IP, media law, e-business, data protection, competition, regulatory, corporate and dispute resolution work. The 'young and dynamic' team has particular expertise in IT outsourcing, cloud computing, e-commerce, online entertainment and media, data protection/information security and telecoms. The team is led by Georg Kresbach and the 'experienced and pragmatic' Roland Marko. Recent highlights include representing Facebook in civil and criminal proceedings in Austria as well as at the CJEU. The team also represented YouTube in a liability dispute concerning the monetisation of videos on its platform. Senior associates Paulina Pomorski and consultant Martin Tauber provide additional support.

Practice head(s):

Georg Kresbach; Roland Marko


Young and dynamic, knowledgeable and easy to work with.

Very professional and very helpful.

Very dedicated lawyers with great technical knowledge.

The team provides quick and pragmatic advice and is capable of dealing with highly complex IT and IP matters and is highly recommended for both national and international projects.

They are very good communicators.

Roland Marko is very experienced and pragmatic. Easy to communicate with.

Key clients






YouTube LLC

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 340 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.

*As a technical aside, the firm has regulatory frameworks within which it needs to comply. So by ‘presence’, it is meant 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, corporate/mergers and acquisitions, corporate investigations, 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 practised 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 140 lawyers (including 40 partners).

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial services Nikolaus Paul
Competition/antitrust Günter Bauer
Corporate/M&A Horst Ebhardt
Dispute resolution Stefan Riegler
Employment Ralf Peschek
Energy and infrastructure Andreas Schmid
Intellectual property/IT Georg Kresbach
Real estate and construction Wolfgang Müller
Regulatory & Administrative Law Kurt Retter
Public procurement Manfred Essletzbichler
Tax Niklas Schmidt
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Mag Thomas Anderl  photo Mag Thomas Anderl Partner, since 2017, specialising in construction law. Thomas is regularly involved in…
Dr Jochen Anweiler  photo Dr Jochen Anweiler Counsel specializing in EU Competition Law, Austrian and CEE Competition Law, Multi-national…
Dr Guenter Bauer  photo Dr Guenter Bauer Partner; specialised in EU competition law, national and CEE/SEE antitrust law (cartels,…
Dr Karl Binder  photo Dr Karl Binder Partner, specializing in Real Estate, Corporate, EC-Law, Inheritance-Law, Private Clients.
Mag Doris Buxbaum  photo Mag Doris Buxbaum Counsel; specialized in Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Restructuring, Project Management and…
 Melanie Dimitrov  photo Melanie Dimitrov Consultant.
 Nikolaus Dinhof  photo Nikolaus Dinhof Senior Associate.
Dr Horst Ebhardt  photo Dr Horst Ebhardt Partner; specialised in cross border M&A and corporate restructuring transactions in the…
Mag Katrin Eisler  photo Mag Katrin Eisler Counsel, since 2017, specialising in corporate law and Mergers & Acquisitions in…
Mag Manfred Essletzbichler  photo Mag Manfred Essletzbichler Partner; specialised in Public Procurement Law, Business Law, Competition and Antitrust Law.…
Mag Silvia Fessl  photo Mag Silvia Fessl Partner, specializing in public procurement, state aid and contract law, as well…
Mag Claudia Fessler  photo Mag Claudia Fessler Consultant, specializing in Litigation, Civil Law, Criminal Law.
Mag Isabel Firneis  photo Mag Isabel Firneis Senior Associate, specialising in extrajudicial advice and employment litigation, with a special…
Mag Anton Fischer  photo Mag Anton Fischer Senior Associate.
 Christian-Maurice Frick  photo Christian-Maurice Frick Senior Associate.
Mag Klara Fuchs  photo Mag Klara Fuchs Senior Associate, since 2018, specialising in national and international procurement law.
Dr Clara Gordon  photo Dr Clara Gordon Partner, since 2020, specialising in M&A transactions and corporate matters. She has…
Mag Zeno Grabmayr  photo Mag Zeno Grabmayr Senior Associate.
MMag Dr Andrea Gritsch  photo MMag Dr Andrea Gritsch Partner, since 2013; specialising in transactions in banking and capital markets law,…
Mag Alexander Haas  photo Mag Alexander Haas Partner, specializing in Banking & Finance, Debt Capital Markets, Corporate. Legal advice…
Mag Georg Harer  photo Mag Georg Harer Senior Associate
Dr Markus Heidinger  photo Dr Markus Heidinger Partner; specialised in finance and corporate finance, finance regulatory. Work includes all…
Dr Petra Heindl  photo Dr Petra Heindl Counsel specialising in Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking & Finance, Corporate Law.
Dr iur Angelika Hellweger  photo Dr iur Angelika Hellweger Counsel, specialized in complex commercial disputes, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law, Internal…
Mag Leopold Hoeher  photo Mag Leopold Hoeher Partner, since 2018, specializing in financing and capital market transactions with a…
Dr Christian Hoenig  photo Dr Christian Hoenig Partner since 1992. Christian is an internationally recognised specialist in corporate/M&A, private…
Mag Valerie Hohenberg  photo Mag Valerie Hohenberg Partner, Wolf Theiss, since 2017, specialising in Corporate Litigation, D&O Liability and Life…
Mag Florian Horak  photo Mag Florian Horak Consultant, since 2018, specialising in civil & commercial litigation and white collar…
Mag Stefan Horn  photo Mag Stefan Horn Senior Associate.
Mag Mimo Hussein  photo Mag Mimo Hussein Senior Associate, specialising in banking, investment funds and capital markets law with…
Mag Johann Hwezda  photo Mag Johann Hwezda Counsel.
Dr Maren Jergolla-Wagner  photo Dr Maren Jergolla-Wagner Senior Associate; specialised in Intellectual Property (in particular trade mark law, design…
MMag Hartwig Kienast  photo MMag Hartwig Kienast Partner, specialised in mergers & acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and day-to-day corporate matters.…
Mag Michael Kienzl  photo Mag Michael Kienzl Senior Associate.
Dr Martin Kind  photo Dr Martin Kind Of Counsel, Wolf Theiss, since 2011; specializing in environmental law, EU policy…
Univ Prof Dr Thomas Klicka  photo Univ Prof Dr Thomas Klicka Of Counsel specializing in Civil Procedure Law and International Civil Procedure Law.
Dr Birgit Kraml  photo Dr Birgit Kraml Partner; specialised in planning and environmental proceedings, lease agreements, planning and construction…
Dr Georg Kresbach  photo Dr Georg Kresbach Partner; specialised in Intellectual Property (Trademarks, Patents, Copyrights, Designs), TMT (software, service…
Dr Florian Kusznier  photo Dr Florian Kusznier Partner
Mag Wolfgang Lauchner  photo Mag Wolfgang Lauchner Counsel and a member of the Wolf Theiss public procurement team since…
Mag Marika Lomashvili  photo Mag Marika Lomashvili Counsel, since 2017, specialising in banking, finance and capital markets. During her…
 Nikolous Loudon  photo Nikolous Loudon Counsel
Mag Ingrid Makarius  photo Mag Ingrid Makarius Counsultant, Wolf Theiss, since 2012, specialising in public procurement and public business…
Dr Philipp Marboe  photo Dr Philipp Marboe Counsel, since 2015, specialising in public procurement law, in particular on planning…
Mag Roland Marko  photo Mag Roland Marko Partner, specialised in information technology law, data protection law, intellectual property law,…
Dr Tanja Melber  photo Dr Tanja Melber Consultant.
Dr Christian Mikosch  photo Dr Christian Mikosch Partner specialising in corporate law, international commercial law and mergers & acquisitions…
Dr Michael Mueller  photo Dr Michael Mueller Senior Associate, specialized in construction law. Michael focuses on project-related legal advice…
Mag Wolfgang Mueller  photo Mag Wolfgang Mueller Partner, Wolf Theiss, since 2012, specialising in Civil and Company Law; Building…
Mr Marcell Nemeth  photo Mr Marcell Nemeth Partner since 2017, specializing in banking and capital markets. During his career he…
Dr Peter Oberlechner  photo Dr Peter Oberlechner Partner; specialised in Mergers & Acquisitions, General Corporate, Real Estate.
Mag Sebastian Oberzaucher  photo Mag Sebastian Oberzaucher Partner, Wolf Theiss, since 2014, specializing in Public Procurement Law, PPP, Construction…
Mag Walter Pöschl  photo Mag Walter Pöschl Counsel, in the Employment Practice Group. He is involved in many significant…
Dr Nikolaus Paul  photo Dr Nikolaus Paul Partner and head of the firm-wide Banking & Finance team. Nikolaus has…
 Florian Pechhacker  photo Florian Pechhacker Senior Associate
MMag Dr Ralf Peschek  photo MMag Dr Ralf Peschek Partner; specialised in Agreements with Executives, Austrian and Eastern European Employment Law,…
Mag Cynthia Pfister  photo Mag Cynthia Pfister Senior Associate
Mag Paulina Pomorski  photo Mag Paulina Pomorski Senior Associate, Wolf Theiss, specialising in intellectual property law, unfair competition law, information…
Dr Kurt Retter  photo Dr Kurt Retter Partner, since 2001. Kurt has practiced in various fields of regulatory law…
Dr Stefan Riegler  photo Dr Stefan Riegler Partner and head of the firm-wide Disputes practice at Wolf Theiss.
Mag Iris Riepan  photo Mag Iris Riepan Consultant.
Mag Hannah Schaflinger  photo Mag Hannah Schaflinger Senior Associate, since 2014, specialising in construction law.
Mag Matthias Schimka  photo Mag Matthias Schimka Partner, since 2020, specialising in banking law and debt financing transactions.
Dr Andreas Schmid  photo Dr Andreas Schmid Partner; specialised in Structured Finance; Projects (Infrastructure, Energy & Utilities); Restructuring Andreas…
MMag Dr Niklas Schmidt  photo MMag Dr Niklas Schmidt Partner; specialised in International Tax Law, Tax Planning of International Groups, Mergers…
Dr Claus Schneider  photo Dr Claus Schneider Partner; specialised in capital markets, debt and structured finance, bank regulatory law,…
Mag Anna Schwamberger  photo Mag Anna Schwamberger Consultant, specialising in Employment law. With her background in corporate law Anna…
MMag Christine Siegl  photo MMag Christine Siegl Counsel, specialised in Banking Law, Regulatory Law, Capital Markets Law, Corporate Law…
Mag Eva Spiegel  photo Mag Eva Spiegel Partner; specialised in insolvency law and commercial litigation. Work includes representation of…
Dr Dieter Spranz  photo Dr Dieter Spranz Partner; specialised in M&A, in particular in the fields of energy, healthcare,…
Dr Eva Stadler  photo Dr Eva Stadler Counsel, since 2018, specialising in private clients, international tax law, taxation of…
Dr Natascha Stanke  photo Dr Natascha Stanke Consultant
Dr Erik Steger  photo Dr Erik Steger Partner; specialised in Central and Eastern Europe, Real Estate Law, Mergers &…
Mag Michal Stofko  photo Mag Michal Stofko Senior Associate, specialising in all aspects of EU and Austrian competition, antitrust…
Mag Judith Szabo  photo Mag Judith Szabo Of Counsel and a member of the Banking and Finance practice group.…
Mag Martin Tauber  photo Mag Martin Tauber Consultant, specialising in data protection & compliance; IP/IT; and media & entertainment…
Mag Anja Tauchen  photo Mag Anja Tauchen Senior Associate, specialising in particular in trademark law, contract law, M&A and…
 Markus Taufner  photo Markus Taufner Senior Associate
Dr Andreas Theiss  photo Dr Andreas Theiss Partner and founding member of Wolf Theiss.
Mag Petra Trauntschnig  photo Mag Petra Trauntschnig Consultant; specialised in Insurance, Litigation.
Dr Clemens Trauttenberg  photo Dr Clemens Trauttenberg Partner; specialised in commercial litigation, white collar criminal defence and investigations, crisis…
Dr Matthias Unterrieder  photo Dr Matthias Unterrieder Partner; specialised in Employment Law in Austria and CEE/SEE, cross-border staff assignements,…
Dr Lothar Wachter  photo Dr Lothar Wachter Partner; specialised in Real Estate, Construction and Building Law, Leasing, Contracts, Development…
Mag Robert Wagner  photo Mag Robert Wagner Partner specialising in EU and Austrian competition law, in particular cartel investigations,…
Dr Sarah Wared  photo Dr Sarah Wared Partner, specialising in cross-border transactions in the field of M&A, corporate, and…
Dr Richard Wolf  photo Dr Richard Wolf Partner; specialised in Equity Capital Markets, Financial Regulatory, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking…
Dr Venus Valentina Wong  photo Dr Venus Valentina Wong Counsel, since 2016, specialising in international arbitration. Valentina has acted as counsel, arbitrator…
Mag Jiayan Zhu  photo Mag Jiayan Zhu Senior Associate.
Ms Carolin Ziegler  photo Ms Carolin Ziegler Consultant, Wolf Theiss, since 2016. Carolin Isabel Ziegler is an experienced lawyer…
Mag Alexander Zollner  photo Mag Alexander Zollner Senior Associate
Number of lawyers : 340
at this office : 140
Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese)
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

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 in a region where, in some cases, it has previously experienced first-hand war-time prejudice 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 25% female partners, one of them within our management board, and 53% 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 recognised as “Best in Austria” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 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.


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.

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 in a region where, in some cases, it has previously experienced first-hand war-time prejudice 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 25% female partners, one of them within our management board, and 53% 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 recognised as “Best in Austria” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 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. 




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.  

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 Ukraine 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 340 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 and Russia which are investing in the region.

We assist our clients in a wide variety of sectors, including, inter alia:

  • Automobiles & Parts
  • Banks
  • Chemicals
  • Construction
  • Consumer Product Manufacturing
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Food & Beverage Producers
  • Forestry & Paper
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Media
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Private Clients
  • Private Equity & other funds
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Software & Computer Services
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Travel & Leisure

Some of our recent clients include:

  • Canadian Tire Corporation
  • DDM Group
  • Erste Group Bank
  • Eurasia Invest Holding
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • Hisense Group
  • Munich RE Group
  • NIS – Naftna industrija Srbije (part of Gazprom)
  • National Bank Trust
  • Panoro Tunisia Production AS
  • PORR Group
  • Raiffeisen Bank International
  • Steinhoff Europe
  • T-Mobile
  • Tricentis
  • VISA Europe