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Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Banking and finance Tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG has carved out a strong practice advising banks, insurance companies and funds alongside other financial services institutions on real estate, acquisition and infrastructure finance as well as regulatory and contentious matters, while Andrea Gritsch has also been handling an increasing amount of fintech-related work. Recently, she assisted a fintech company with matters pertaining to the introduction of a payment solution in Austria. In other work, team head Markus Heidinger advised Bain Capital on the financing of the acquisition of the Diversey Care division from Sealed Air. The practice also includes Andreas Schmid, Leopold Höher, who made partner in July 2018, and Christine Siegl, who was appointed counsel in May 2018.

Capital markets Tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG is 'highly recommended' for debt and equity capital market transactions alongside regulatory matters, leading to regular mandates from investment banks, most notably in the CEE and SEE regions. With debt capital market expert Alexander Haas in the lead, the team advised Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI), Erste Group Bank and Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich on various bond-related matters; the team also assisted RBI with the issuance of its first green bond in July 2018. Claus Schneider advised J.P. Morgan Securities and other bookrunners on the issuance of a hybrid bond and Richard Wolf provided regulatory assistance to Bitpanda and its subsidiary in preparation for an ICO. Other key individuals include Markus Heidinger and Andrea Gritsch. Christine Siegl was appointed counsel in May 2018.

Construction Tier 1

Extremely competent in ‘the area of legal matters, but also technical understanding’ and offering 'very fast communication', Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG is able to achieve ‘unprecedented results’ for clients, which mainly consist of contractors, on significant construction projects such as property construction, infrastructure projects, and tunnel and power plant construction. Team head Wolfang Müller represented long-standing client Hochtief Infrastructure in proceedings against Asfinag in relation to highway construction disputes, and also acted for a construction company on the delivery of a high-profile cross-border underground railway project. Thomas Anderl and senior associate Clemens Schöfmann are advising Lenzing on an industrial building construction project, which includes the drafting and negotiation of all the necessary contractual documentation. Senior associate Hannah Schaflinger is also recommended.

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 1

With a strong presence in the CEE and SEE regions and particular expertise in the energy, construction, infrastructure and telecoms sectors, Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG regularly handles post-M&A, construction and commercial disputes alongside investment arbitration proceedings. The highly regarded Stefan Riegler, who joined the firm from Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG in November 2017, heads the team which includes counsel Venus Valentina Wong.

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

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG's white-collar crime team is integrated in the firm's dispute resolution practice, which makes it well equipped to guide companies and private clients through criminal defence proceedings, asset tracing and asset recovery matters as well as compliance issues and internal forensic investigations. Clemens Trauttenberg and Holger Bielesz are the main contacts.

Employment Tier 1

The 'experienced', 'customer-oriented' team at Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG specialises in restructuring work, and is noted for its strength in the financial services sector, as well as the retail and pharmaceutical industries. In a recent highlight, 'exceptional' practice head Ralf Peschek advised a financial institution on the employment law issues connected with its restructuring and the complex social plan negotiations with the works council. Peschek is also representing Österreichische Orient-Gesellschaft in a landmark case brought by a former language teacher challenging their termination of employment; Matthias Unterrieder (who 'finds brilliant solutions, especially in complex situations') is acting for Flowserve on the restructuring of its Austrian operations; and counsel Walter Pöschl ('a good negotiator') is acting for an Austrian engineering company in a sensitive case involving a workplace accident. Senior associate Isabel Firneis is recommended for her 'eye for detail' and ability to achieve 'pragmatic solutions'.

Private client Tier 1

Acting for domestic and international high-net-worth individuals and their families, Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG's private client team covers a wide array of estate planning, investments, tax and relocation matters, including dispute resolution. Moreover, the firm assists with the establishment and maintenance of private foundations, representing founders. Niklas Schmidt and Karl Binder jointly head the department.

Public procurement Tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG routinely acts for contracting authorities and bidders in public tender and procurement review proceedings. Manfred Essletzbichler, who jointly heads the team with Sebastian Oberzaucher and Silvia Fessl, acted for Porr in review proceedings before the Federal Administrative Court concerning the Brenner Basistunnel infrastructure project, and a consortium of construction specialists received advice on a tender procedure by Asfinag for construction works pertaining to the Karawanks tunnel, connecting Austria with Slovenia. Wolfgang Lauchner was appointed counsel in May 2018.

Real estate Tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG's sizeable 'client-oriented, hands-on' team is a respected player in the market, regularly advising on major transactions and project developments. The team also stands out for its expertise in the new field of proptech, which merges real estate matters with IP, IT and data protection law. Practice head Peter Oberlechner was part of a team that advised Steinhoff Group on the sale of Kika-Leiner's real estate portfolio in Austria and various other CEE countries to Signa. The practice also includes the 'solution-oriented' Karl Binder, Erik Steger and Birgit Kraml, who made partner in July 2018. Gabriele Etzl joined Jank Weiler Operenyi in November 2017 and Karl Koller moved to PwC Legal Austria-oehner & partner in July 2018.

Administrative law and public sector Tier 2

The 'competent and friendlyKurt Retter leads the team at Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG, which is known for its 'great quality of advice with regard to the healthcare sector', as well as its focus on energy, infrastructure (particularly railways), gaming and telecoms. Highlights included advising T-Mobile on the regulatory issues, including licensing and data protection, surrounding its acquisition of UPC Austria. Newly promoted counsel Wolfram Schachinger is noted for his expertise in environmental law; he is advising the Austrian Power Grid and DLH Real Estate Management on potential environmental impact assessments, as well as acting for an increasing number of intensive livestock farmers. The arrival of senior associate Stefan Lampert from KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH has also strengthened the team's environmental and renewable energy law practice.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

'Providing to-the-point advice', Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG's team is 'very reliable', well equipped to guide clients through the entire corporate life cycle and and able to call upon colleagues in various other departments, such as tax and real estate. Together with the firm's real estate and restructuring groups, the team advised Hemisphere, a subsidiary of Steinhoff Europe, on insolvency and restructuring matters. In the transactional space, Hartwig Kienast and practice head Horst Ebhardt assisted T-Mobile with the acquisition of UPC Austria from Liberty Global. Sarah Wared joined from CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati in September 2018. The 'efficient' Christian Mikosch is 'easy to work with' and Dieter Spranz is also recommended. Eva Fischer left the team in January 2018 to work independently.

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG's 'highly motivated, diligent and cost-effective' team receives regular instructions from financial institutions and corporates to act in financial disputes, including those at the intersection with white-collar crime and internal investigations, alongside various commercial and corporate disputes. Team head Clemens Trauttenberg represented the National Bank Trust in a claim against an Austrian financial institution arising from various, allegedly fraudulent, transactions. Other key members include Holger Bielesz, Valerie Hohenberg and Eva Spiegel.

EU and competition Tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG is noted for advising on merger control proceedings, cartel investigations and damages cases, dawn raids, abuse of dominance cases and state aid matters across a range of industries, including retail, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, construction, transport (particularly airlines), chemicals and TMT. Practice head Günter Bauer is 'an outstanding lawyer in every aspect' and 'ensures his competition team meets the highest standard'. He represented two major telecoms companies in EU Commission merger control proceedings concerning one of the biggest transactions in the Austrian telecoms sector. Counsel Jochen Anweiler advised China-based producer of home appliances Hisense on the EU and national merger control aspects of its public takeover offer for the acquisition of all shares in Slovenian white goods manufacturer Gorenje. Other key clients include Airbus and the Kraft Heinz Company. Bucharest-based Adrian Ster and newly promoted counsel Robert Wagner are also recommended.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Noted for its ‘in-depth knowledge’, theextremely quick’ and ‘very precise’ team at Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG handles substantial restructuring mandates for bank syndicates and international funds in Austria and the CEE region with support from the firm’s corporate, finance and real estate departments. Eva Spiegel advised Hemisphere as co-lead counsel in connection with the sale of distressed Kika/Leiner’s real estate portfolio to Signa. Other team members include Nikolaus Paul, Andrea Gritsch, Claus Schneider and Andreas Schmid.

Intellectual property Tier 2

With a particular focus on litigation, Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG’s IP team handles a wide range of IP work for clients in Austria and abroad, including patents, copyright, design rights and unfair competition, covering numerous industries such as life sciences, technology and retail. Owing to its additional IT capabilities, the team is also well equipped to advise on online IP matters. Department head Georg Kresbach defended YouTube in injunction proceedings brought against it for alleged copyright infringement and unfair competition, arguing that YouTube is not liable as a host provider. He is also acting for new client PopSockets, an American company manufacturing innovative extensible smartphone stands and complementary mounts, in patent, trade mark, design infringement and unfair competition litigation against various Austrian and Romanian retailers. Well-known German DIY home improvement retailer OBI is also among the practice's clients. Roland Marko is another key team member.

Projects and energy Tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG has a strong profile for national and cross-border project finance work but is also well equipped to guide clients through the full life cycle of infrastructure and energy projects. 'Very experienced' public procurement experts Manfred Essletzbichler and Sebastian Oberzaucher are assisting the Austrian Development Agency with construction contracts for a flood protection infrastructure project in Serbia. Andreas Schmid heads the team, which was strengthened by the arrival of senior associate Stefan Lampert from KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH in February 2018. Wolfram Schachinger was promoted to counsel in May 2018.

Tax Tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG's strength lies in dealing with tax law matters at the intersection with corporate, M&A and DCM but the team also handles contentious and private client-related work. Together with its corporate practice, team head Niklas Schmidt advised T-Mobile on various tax issues pertaining to its acquisition of UPC Austria from Liberty Global. In January 2018, tax litigation and fiscal criminal law expert Benjamin Twardosz moved to CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld HlawatiEva Stadler was made counsel in May 2018.

TMT Tier 3

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG is well equipped to guide clients through contentious and non-contentious matters at the intersection of IT and IP and also handles data protection and media law matters. Roland Marko, who jointly heads the team with Georg Kresbach, advised Addiko Bank Group on the implementation of an internal data protection compliance system, and assisted T-Systems, a Deutsche Telekom subsidiary, with data collection and data protection matters. In the media sector, the team advised Sky on signal transmission agreement matters. Consultant Martin Tauber joined the team from an in-house role in January 2018.

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
Photo Name Position Profile
Mag Thomas Anderl  photo Mag Thomas Anderl
Dr Jochen Anweiler  photo Dr Jochen Anweiler
Dr Guenter Bauer  photo Dr Guenter Bauer
Dr Karl Binder  photo Dr Karl Binder
Mag Doris Buxbaum  photo Mag Doris Buxbaum
 Melanie Dimitrov  photo Melanie Dimitrov
 Nikolaus Dinhof  photo Nikolaus Dinhof
Dr Horst Ebhardt  photo Dr Horst Ebhardt
Mag Katrin Eisler  photo Mag Katrin Eisler
Mag Manfred Essletzbichler  photo Mag Manfred Essletzbichler
Mag Silvia Fessl  photo Mag Silvia Fessl
Mag Claudia Fessler  photo Mag Claudia Fessler
Mag Isabel Firneis  photo Mag Isabel Firneis
Mag Anton Fischer  photo Mag Anton Fischer
 Christian-Maurice Frick  photo Christian-Maurice Frick
Mag Klara Fuchs  photo Mag Klara Fuchs
Dr Clara Gordon  photo Dr Clara Gordon
Mag Zeno Grabmayr  photo Mag Zeno Grabmayr
MMag Dr Andrea Gritsch  photo MMag Dr Andrea Gritsch
Mag Alexander Haas  photo Mag Alexander Haas
Mag Georg Harer  photo Mag Georg Harer
Dr Markus Heidinger  photo Dr Markus Heidinger
Dr Petra Heindl  photo Dr Petra Heindl
Dr iur Angelika Hellweger  photo Dr iur Angelika Hellweger
Mag Leopold Hoeher  photo Mag Leopold Hoeher
Dr Christian Hoenig  photo Dr Christian Hoenig
Mag Valerie Hohenberg  photo Mag Valerie Hohenberg
Mag Florian Horak  photo Mag Florian Horak
Mag Stefan Horn  photo Mag Stefan Horn
Mag Mimo Hussein  photo Mag Mimo Hussein
Mag Johann Hwezda  photo Mag Johann Hwezda
Dr Maren Jergolla-Wagner  photo Dr Maren Jergolla-Wagner
MMag Hartwig Kienast  photo MMag Hartwig Kienast
Mag Michael Kienzl  photo Mag Michael Kienzl
Dr Martin Kind  photo Dr Martin Kind
Univ Prof Dr Thomas Klicka  photo Univ Prof Dr Thomas Klicka
Dr Birgit Kraml  photo Dr Birgit Kraml
Dr Georg Kresbach  photo Dr Georg Kresbach
Dr Florian Kusznier  photo Dr Florian Kusznier
Mag Wolfgang Lauchner  photo Mag Wolfgang Lauchner
Mag Marika Lomashvili  photo Mag Marika Lomashvili
 Nikolous Loudon  photo Nikolous Loudon
Mag Ingrid Makarius  photo Mag Ingrid Makarius
Dr Philipp Marboe  photo Dr Philipp Marboe
Mag Roland Marko  photo Mag Roland Marko
Dr Tanja Melber  photo Dr Tanja Melber
Dr Christian Mikosch  photo Dr Christian Mikosch
Dr Michael Mueller  photo Dr Michael Mueller
Mag Wolfgang Mueller  photo Mag Wolfgang Mueller
Mr Marcell Nemeth  photo Mr Marcell Nemeth
Dr Peter Oberlechner  photo Dr Peter Oberlechner
Mag Sebastian Oberzaucher  photo Mag Sebastian Oberzaucher
Mag Walter Pöschl  photo Mag Walter Pöschl
Dr Nikolaus Paul  photo Dr Nikolaus Paul
 Florian Pechhacker  photo Florian Pechhacker
MMag Dr Ralf Peschek  photo MMag Dr Ralf Peschek
Mag Cynthia Pfister  photo Mag Cynthia Pfister
Mag Paulina Pomorski  photo Mag Paulina Pomorski
Dr Kurt Retter  photo Dr Kurt Retter
Dr Stefan Riegler  photo Dr Stefan Riegler
Mag Iris Riepan  photo Mag Iris Riepan
Mag Hannah Schaflinger  photo Mag Hannah Schaflinger
Mag Matthias Schimka  photo Mag Matthias Schimka
Dr Andreas Schmid  photo Dr Andreas Schmid
MMag Dr Niklas Schmidt  photo MMag Dr Niklas Schmidt
Dr Claus Schneider  photo Dr Claus Schneider
Mag Anna Schwamberger  photo Mag Anna Schwamberger
MMag Christine Siegl  photo MMag Christine Siegl
Mag Eva Spiegel  photo Mag Eva Spiegel
Dr Dieter Spranz  photo Dr Dieter Spranz
Dr Eva Stadler  photo Dr Eva Stadler
Dr Natascha Stanke  photo Dr Natascha Stanke
Dr Erik Steger  photo Dr Erik Steger
Mag Michal Stofko  photo Mag Michal Stofko
Mag Judith Szabo  photo Mag Judith Szabo
Mag Martin Tauber  photo Mag Martin Tauber
Mag Anja Tauchen  photo Mag Anja Tauchen
 Markus Taufner  photo Markus Taufner
Dr Andreas Theiss  photo Dr Andreas Theiss
Mag Petra Trauntschnig  photo Mag Petra Trauntschnig
Dr Clemens Trauttenberg  photo Dr Clemens Trauttenberg
Dr Matthias Unterrieder  photo Dr Matthias Unterrieder
Dr Lothar Wachter  photo Dr Lothar Wachter
Mag Robert Wagner  photo Mag Robert Wagner
Dr Sarah Wared  photo Dr Sarah Wared
Dr Richard Wolf  photo Dr Richard Wolf
Dr Venus Valentina Wong  photo Dr Venus Valentina Wong
Mag Jiayan Zhu  photo Mag Jiayan Zhu
Ms Carolin Ziegler  photo Ms Carolin Ziegler
Mag Alexander Zollner  photo Mag Alexander Zollner
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 22% female partners and 60% of our senior associates 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.

Wolf Theiss is proud to have been recognised as “Best in Austria” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012, “Best in Croatia” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 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. We are proud that Euromoney Legal Media Group honoured us with the ‘2014 Best National Firm for Pro Bono Work’.