Firm Profile > Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG > Vienna, Austria

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG
SCHUBERTRING 6
1010 VIENNA
Austria

Banking and finance Tier 1

With an extensive network in the CEE and SEE region, Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG is regularly called upon by banks, insurance companies, funds and other financial institutions as well as borrowers on the full spectrum of financing transactions, most notably acquisition, real estate and project finance. Andreas Schmid is a key contact in the project finance sphere. Solid capabilities in the regulatory and litigation space complement this broad offering as does team head Nikolaus Paul's investment funds expertise, which includes the establishment of multi-jurisdictional fund structures. His team includes Markus Heidinger, whose wide-ranging banking law expertise includes dispute resolution alongside regulatory investigations and associated proceedings, and Matthias Schimka, who was promoted to the partnership in June 2020. He is well versed in handling DCM-related matters, which constitutes another key area of the team's expertise alongside financial restructuring work. Managing partner Andrea Gritsch is a key contact for fintech issues.

Practice head(s):

Nikolaus Paul

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Gritsch; Markus Heidinger; Andreas Schmid; Leopold Höher; Marcell Nemeth; Claus Schneider; Richard Wolf; Matthias Schimka

Testimonials

‘We have worked with the team on multiple deals with an Austrian law angle – very knowledgeable and responsive on aspects of fund marketing and specific Austrian investor requirements.’

‘Excellence in regulatory matters.’

‘Sensibility for both, commercial and regulatory matters.’

Key clients

Steinhoff Europe AG

Meridiam

Kommunalkredit Austria AG

DDM Group AG

B2 Holding

Cone Capital AG

KELAG-Kärntner Elektrizitäts-Aktiengesellschaft

Addiko Bank AG

UniCredit

Miba AG

Deposit Solutions

Munich RE Group

VTB Bank

Goldman Sachs

Intel Corporation

Capital markets Tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG is a respected player in the Austrian capital markets space and stands out for its extensive DCM and structured finance expertise, including derivatives, while also demonstrating expertise in ECM. This strength is not least based on the team's close intertwining with the firm's robust banking and finance practice led by Nikolaus Paul, who is also a key contact for capital market transactions. Matthias Schimka's promotion to the partnership in June 2020 underlines this DCM focus, which translates into regular instructions from issuers and includes programme work and regulatory matters. Counsel Christine Siegl is another key contact for the latter as is Claus Schneider, who is also experienced in debt, hybrid and structured capital market issues. Richard Wolf, whose expertise spans the intersection between corporate finance, capital markets and M&A, and DCM and structured finance expert Alexander Haas are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Nikolaus Paul

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Gritsch; Alexander Haas; Markus Heidinger; Claus Schneider; Richard Wolf; Matthias Schimka; Christine Siegl

Testimonials

‘Strong content focus, approachable and reachable at any time with swift and reliable advice.’

‘They are covering a huge portion of Austria’s capital markets transactions.’

‘Claus Schneider: outstanding advice in a calm and sensible manner, to the point and with swift reaction times.’

‘Claus Schneider: excellent industry knowledge, superb availability.’

‘Christine Siegl is a very dedicated lawyer; she always gives a swift and satisfactory response.’

Key clients

Addiko Bank AG

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Erste Group Bank AG

Volksbank Wien AG

Sava RE d.d.

HYPO NOE Landesbank für Niederösterreich und Wien AG

ABN AMRO

Deutsche bank

DZ bank AG

UBS Switzerland AG

Walton Street Capital LLC

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Eurex Clearing AG

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale Anstalt des öffentlichen Rechts

Construction Tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG has carved out a strong practice advising prominent construction companies on major national and international construction and infrastructure projects in the CEE and SEE region. Its cross-border capabilities are based on its close cooperation with various offices across the network while clients also benefit from the practice’s ability to call on colleagues from various other departments, most notably public procurement, litigation and arbitration. The latter translates into a steady flow of contentious mandates pertaining to, among other issues, construction defects, expenditure overruns and payment claims. This combined approach is also reflected in team head Wolfgang Müller’s expertise, which spans contentious and non-contentious construction and development law. Thomas Anderl covers a similarly broad spectrum and has a deep understanding of FIDIC contracts and Building Information Modelling (BIM). Senior associate Hannah Schaflinger, who is well versed in construction contract law, litigation and construction insurance law, provides additional support.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang Müller; Thomas Anderl

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Schaflinger

Testimonials

‘High clarity and very high level of expertise; able to answer complex legal questions in the relevant legal area; excellent speed in answering our request (meeting the given timelines).’

‘The team creates an atmosphere based on trust, personal relations and open collaboration and provides added value for our company. What we especially value is their understanding and integration of the business perspective (e.g. potential effects on the business) in the considerations and legal explanations.’

‘Extensive specialist knowledge, extensive experience, fast response times.’

‘Very short response times and extensive practical experience which they also use to the benefit of customers.’

‘Good collaboration. Well organised team.’

‘What I like most about Wolf Theiss’ role as an advisor is strategy. This is more than pure legal advice.’

‘Extremely professional support. In-depth analysis, understandable translation of complex legal content.’

‘Personal care, friendly, eloquent, courteous and very reliable.’

‘Highly flexible and competent team with strong resources.’

‘High legal in-depth knowledge. Almost permanent availability.’

‘From the client’s perspective, it can be said that we have always found the cooperation with the construction team at Wolf Theiss consistently positive and felt well advised in every way.’

The team works together very well and is quick and detailed in answering our enquiries or dealing with spontaneous new requirements.

‘Thomas Anderl is our go-to-lawyer for construction issues. He is not only a lawyer but also a construction engineer. This gives him the opportunity to quickly touch base and build trust with technicians and engineers. His team always performs on time and delivers tailor-made solutions.’

‘The construction team of Wolf Theiss combines legal know-how, technical understanding and a practical hands-on approach. I think the size of their team with about 8 or 9 lawyers who deal 100% of their time with construction issues is quite remarkable. They are, thus, in a position to quickly handle even larger and complex cases on short notice. From what I have seen from them, they always aim for a practical and amicable solution.’

‘Wolf Theiss has one of the largest construction teams in Austria. This manpower makes them exceptionally strong, they are quick and solution-oriented. Additionally, all of their construction lawyers have a different specialisation, what makes them, in my view, also the best construction practice in Austria. They enjoy a great reputation in this field and I can only confirm this reputation. We regularly work with one of their partners, Thomas Anderl, who is based in Vienna and co-leads the firm-wide construction team.’

‘We regularly work with Thomas Anderl. He is both a construction engineer (with plenty of years’ of experience in the construction business) and a lawyer which makes him the perfect fit for us. He is reliable, quick and heads a smart team. I personally like his analytical ability which makes him a really strong force in this field.’

‘Thomas Anderl provides very valuable support for our company.  He is accessible and available, has an excellent back-up system in place, answers our requests and provides competent legal advice for our matters.’

‘Thomas Anderl is our go-to-lawyer for construction issues. He is not only a lawyer but also a construction engineer. This gives him the opportunity to quickly touch base and build trust with technicians and engineers. His team always performs on time and delivers tailor-made solutions.’

‘Thomas Anderl: high knowledge especially because of his double profession (master-builder AND lawyer). Because of this, he has a double perspective on the clients’ problems and is able to evaluate personally the core of the technical problem in combination with the legal possibilities.’

Specific stand-out partner: Wolfgang Müller.

Key clients

PORR Bau GmbH

BeMo Tunnelling GmbH

STRABAG AG

Marti Group

Boehringer Ingelheim RCV GmbH & Co KG

DYWIDAG Dyckerhoff & Widmann Gesellschaft m.b.H

Implenia Baugesellschaft m.b.H

Bernegger GmbH

Ing. Hans Bodner Baugesellschaft mbH & Co KG

G. Hinteregger & Söhne Baugesellschaft m.b.H

HABAU Hoch- und Tiefbaugesellschaft m.b.H.

Doppelmayr Immobilien GmbH

Alu König Stahl

ÖSTU-STETTIN Hoch- und Tiefbau GmbH

Art-Invest

Zinglbau GmbH

Steiner-Bau GmbH

Lenzing AG

CA Immobilien GmbH

Swietelsky BaugesmbH

GLS Bau und Montage GmbH

Mercury Engineering Unlimited Company

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

Individuals and corporations regularly retain Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG to assist with a range of white-collar criminal law matters, many of which feature cross-border elements, such as asset recovery and asset tracing, internal investigations and criminal proceedings pertaining to allegations of fraud and bribery. Commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defence expert Clemens Trauttenberg heads the practice, which includes Nikolaus Loudon, who was promoted to counsel in May 2020 and is noted for his experience in criminal defence work.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Trauttenberg

Other key lawyers:

Valerie Hohenberg; Nikolaus Loudon

Testimonials

‘I work with Wolf Theiss in Austria, Slovenia and Serbia on a complex internal investigation. I would highly recommend them for white-collar crime work in Eastern Europe. What stands out in particular is the strength of their lawyers in all these jurisdictions. They work very well as one team across offices and provide timely, thorough and practical advice.’

‘Strong team, good to work with, fast communication.’

‘Valerie Hohenberg stands out. She is very responsive, thoughtful and a practical thinker. She also exhibits business acumen and flexibility in her thinking which is much appreciated where clients have competing legal demands to contend with. I think this really distinguishes her from some other local counsels I have worked with, who tend to be very rigid in their views and approach.’

‘Clemens Trauttenberg works in a very detailed way.’

Key clients

Airbus Defence and Space GmbH

National Bank Trust

Cevdet Caner

Employment Tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG stands out in the market for its excellence across the full range of labour and employment services with a key focus on litigation and crisis management. In relation to Covid-19, the group has advised extensively on state measures and restructurings. The practice is headed by Ralf Peschek, who specialises in executive agreements, pension plans and manager liability. Matthias Unterrieder has responsibility for multinational projects throughout CEE and SEE regions and senior associate Isabel Firneis is a key name for restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Ralf Peschek

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Unterrieder; Isabel Firneis

Testimonials

‘The employment team of WT is big and thus, there is always someone available. Since they have many experienced senior lawyers in the team, they can also provide high standard answers on very tricky questions. They are quick in their responses.’

‘Matthias Unterrieder is very smart, quick in his responses and very practice-oriented. I have worked with many lawyers in the past. But he is outstanding. He speaks several languages fluently (including English, French, Croatian, Chinese, Arabic….). In my function as an in-house lawyer, I can confirm that his written and oral pleadings are always excellent.’

Key clients

Addiko Bank AG

Artesyn Embedded Technologies, Inc.

Beiersdorf Gesellschaft GmbH

Dyson Limited

FACC AG

AXA XL Austria (XL Catlin Services SE, Zweigniederlassung Österreich)

ING DiBa

Flowserve

Raiffeisenbank International

Bombardier Transportation Austria GmbH

Private client Tier 1

Private clients throughout Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe entrust Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG to take care of legal and tax-related issues. The wide service range includes estate planning, investment advice, and international tax planning as well as family law services. Tax expert Niklas Schmidt and real estate specialist Karl Binder jointly lead the department, which is also well versed in niche topics such as philanthropic projects and charitable organisations. Counsel Eva Stadler is of note for her tax advice to HNWI.

Practice head(s):

Niklas Schmidt; Karl Binder

Other key lawyers:

Eva Stadler

Testimonials

‘Great international network.’

‘Niklas Schmidt is well known and effective.’

‘Dr. Karl Binder and his team have excellent knowledge regarding real estate law in Austria and a very pragmatic approach to find solutions. All responses to our inquiries were in excellent quality and in time which helped us a lot to move forward in our projects. He supported us in many successful real estate acquisitions and sale and lease back deals. ’

‘Dr. Binder was tough in negotiations but always focusing on finding a common solution which makes his work very efficient. He always gave us a realistic point of view on our legal position. We appreciate his deep insights in the Austrian real estate market to get a good feeling what was common in the market in uncertain times during the corona crisis.’

‘Clients are assigned a first point of contact who knows the case and remains on top of everything.’

‘Dr. Karl Binder is capable, practice-oriented and a contact who gets back to you quickly.’

Public procurement Tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG is a popular choice for assistance with large tenders, both on the side of contracting authorities and bidders. In recent years, the firm has also expanded its niche knowledge to include the museum sector. The department is led by Manfred Essletzbichler, Sebastian Oberzaucher and Silvia Fessl. Essletzbichler excels in energy as well as infrastructure, transport, IT and health sector tenders. IT and health are also core areas for Oberzaucher, and Feßl adds PPP, architectural competitions and planning procedure expertise.

Practice head(s):

Manfred Essletzbichler; Sebastian Oberzaucher; Silvia Fessl

Testimonials

‘We are extremely happy with Wolf Theiss.’

‘I would recommend Manfred Essletzbichler as the top lawyer in procurement for anybody who is working in this field. His decades of experience, his dedication and seemingly unlimited energy make him clearly stand out. He has a brilliant legal mind and is one of the smartest and most efficient lawyers I have ever encountered. 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.’

‘Sebastian Oberzaucher is an excellent strategist with outstanding legal expertise. I am impressed with his communication skills and his ability to break down the most complex legal matters, spot potential risks and find practicable solutions. I would not hesitate to put him in charge of any project. In addition, he is an excellent negotiator and practically unbeatable in court.’

‘I would highly recommend Silvia Feßl. She is a top expert in all public procurement as well as real estate-related matters. She specializes in the intersection of procurement, real estate and construction and has an impressive track record which clearly sets her apart from competitors. Given her sharp legal mind, her ability to find innovative approaches and her dedication to her clients, I always feel in safe hands with her. ’

‘Manfred Essletzbichler is extremely firm in his field of experience.’

‘We have worked with Wolf Theiss’ procurement practice and administrative law for many years and are more than happy with their team. Every single lawyer in the team is eminently qualified and efficient. We greatly appreciate their clear and on-point advice and their responsiveness. What in-house peers should know about the team is that they have in-depth sector-specific knowledge in any field and are able to grasp the essential needs of your business in no time. They also have a very sizeable team so that you always feel well taken care of as a client and can quickly build up a productive business relationship. In our view, the Wolf Theiss procurement team is without doubt the best choice in the Austrian market.’

‘Manfred Essletzbichler really stands out as one of the top procurement lawyers in Austria. His experience, his sharp legal mind and his knowledge of the market are practically unrivalled. He combines extreme precision with incredible speed and tactical skills. We have never been disappointed in trusting his judgement, and we would not hesitate to recommend him highly to anyone seeking procurement advice.’

‘Sebastian Oberzaucher belongs to the very few procurement lawyers in Austria who can take the lead on the most complex projects that include a multitude of legal fields. He has been one of the top experts on public procurement matters for years, and we are extremely impressed with his commitment and foresight. He brings a combination of experience, skill and enthusiasm to the table that make it a pleasure to work with him. ’

‘Big public procurement group with high expertise and sufficient resources.’

‘Manfred Essletzbichler: great experience, very well connected to the relevant public procurement players in Austria, always provides pragmatic solutions.’

Key clients

Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region (VOR) GmbH

Wiener Wohnen Kundenservice GmbH

Wiener Krankenanstaltenverbund / Wiener Gesundheitsverbund (Vienna Hospital Association)

Amt der Niederösterreichischen Landesregierung (Government of Lower Austria)

NÖ Landeskliniken-Holding

Albertina

KHM-Museumsverband

Museum für angewandte Kunst

Belvedere

KELAG Group

Delta Projektconsult GmbH

Vereinigte Bühnen Wien GmbH

University of Vienna

Flughafen Wien AG / Vienna International Airport (VIA)

Bauunternehmung GRANIT Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Schutzgebietsverwaltung Wildnisgebiet Dürrenstein

PORR Bau GmbH

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

Real estate Tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG's sizeable team, which combines real estate and construction law expertise, is a frequent fixture on cross-border mandates, including transactions, (hotel) lease agreements and development projects as well as associated tenancy, tax structuring and financing matters. Erik Steger is a key contact for hotel and leisure sector work, while team head Peter Oberlechner regularly advises on large-scale real estate developments and transactions. Karl Binder is another key contact for transactional matters spanning various asset classes such as office, retail, residential and logistics. Clients include real estate investors, retailers and real estate developers.

Practice head(s):

Erik Steger

Other key lawyers:

Peter Oberlechner; Karl Binder; Birgit Kraml

Testimonials

‘Fast direct communication; excellent knowledge in different fields; enough resources to work on different topics in parallel.’

‘Wolf Theiss excels at providing sensible, understandable advice in a timely fashion. Their attention to detail is excellent as is their ability to understand and negotiate complex arrangements. Their availability is always good and they are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Excellent advice given by excellent people.’

‘Wolf Theiss’ real estate practice is well known for its very good knowledge of the real estate marketplace. The team is very competent and pleasant to deal with. Apart from their excellent expertise, 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.’

‘Karl Binder has provided outstanding support on a long-running, complex acquisition and development matter in Austria. His understanding of the issues and ability to work effectively with our business and in-house legal teams has been second to none.’

‘I would recommend Erik Steger to anyone, who works in the hotel and leisure industry. His decades of experience, his dedication and energy make him stand out. He has an astute legal mind and is one of the smartest and most efficient lawyers I have ever worked with.’

‘Open minded and very much sharing values of the client.’

‘We are very happy with Wolf Theiss.’

‘Karl Binder and his team have excellent knowledge regarding real estate law in Austria and a very pragmatic approach to find solutions. All responses were an excellent quality and in time which helped us greatly to move forward with our projects.’

‘Karl Binder was tough in negotiations but always focused on finding a common solution which makes his work very efficient. He always gave us a realistic point of view on our legal position. We appreciate his deep insights in the Austrian real estate market to get a feeling what was common sense in uncertain times during the Covid-19 lockdown.’

‘Erik Steger is an excellent negotiator and solution-oriented. I like his communication skills and his ability to break down the complex legal matters, spot potential risks and find practicable solutions. I would not hesitate to put him in charge of any project.’

Key clients

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

AFIAA Real Estate Investment AG

OBI Group

ZBI Zentral Boden Immobilien Gruppe

Erste Group Immorent

REWE Group

Wiener Linien

GARBE Industrial Real Estate GmbH

McArthurGlen

Soravia

Takeda

Oracle

KGAL Investments

Adient Automotive

Trivium Immobilien Investment Gruppe

JP Immobilien

Administrative law and public sector Tier 2

When it comes to administrative and constitutional law, Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG puts a key emphasis on regulated industries. Although its niche expertise includes insurance supervisory and gaming, the team is also proficient in environmental and planning law. Regulatory specialist Kurt Retter is in charge of the practice and has experience advising on the spin-offs of state-run activities into corporate entities owned or controlled by the state.

Practice head(s):

Kurt Retter

Other key lawyers:

Dominik Engel; Georg Knafl

Testimonials

‘Outstanding regulatory expertise, in particular in the healthcare sector. ’

‘I regularly work with Dr. Kurt Retter who is known for his outstanding regulatory expertise, timely replies and accurate work products. ’

‘Orientated into solving the problem; hands on deck mentality in a very complex field of the law.’

‘The full-package service combined with high professionalism, timely manner and orientation on the needs of the client.’

‘Kurt Retter is a great professional, always getting to the point of clients.’

‘Kurt Retter is one of the best lawyers in Austria. He has a great team and always knows the best strategy to come to reach the goals!’

Key clients

VGH Insurance

Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

The core strong suit of the corporate practice at Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG is M&A work, where the group advises clients from a range of industries including private equity. Transactions regularly involve cross-border aspects, where the firm is able to work with colleagues in its CEE offices. The department is led by Horst Ebhardt, who specialises in matters involving the financial institutions, life sciences and private equity sectors. Clara Gordon is renowned for her M&A and restructuring skills and was promoted to partner in July 2020. At senior associate level, the team includes Michael Kienzl, a popular choice with TMT clients and financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Horst Ebhardt

Other key lawyers:

Michael Kienzl; Florian Kusznier; Sarah Wared; Christian Hoenig

Testimonials

‘The Wolf Theiss Corporate / M&A Team with its high level of quality lawyers is an excellent choice and our preferred partner for all matters of corporate law and transaction work.’

‘Excellent legal background, commitment and responsiveness, very precise drafting and capable of finding new solutions to legal issues.’

‘This is truly the premier corporate M&A team in the Vienna market. They have a deep understanding of the law, a very good commercial sense, are able to explain complex issues in a very down-to-earth, understandable manner and always meet their commitments.’

‘Horst Ebhardt is the gold standard for corporate lawyers in the Vienna market, if not the region. He is exceptionally smart, without being arrogant, and always available. He also empowers the team around him.’

‘Great practical thinking, combining business sense with excellent legal knowledge!’

‘Horst Ebhardt sticks out as being a “rock in an ocean” – great crisis management, great availability and quick thinking!’

‘The full-package service combined with high professionalism, timely manner and orientation on the needs of the client.’

‘Very in-depth knowledge of all relevant legal concepts which enables them to provide truly thorough and value added advice in any kind of commercial, corporate and M&A dealings. Also, very focused on transaction and on the client and diligent in whatever they render as their service. Truly remarkable partners. ’

‘Sarah Wared is tough in negotiations, extremely intelligent, commercially oriented, fast thinking, gives you numerous proposals during so that you never feel like there is no exit from any deal breaking issue. Truly great lawyer. ’

‘Compared to other law firms and departments, we particularly noticed the courteous and appreciative interaction with one another.’

‘Clara Gordon has great M&A experience. She pays attention to details without losing sight of the goal. Above all, we appreciate her intelligence, her ambition and her perseverance. Dr. Gordon pays attention to details without losing sight of the goal.’

‘Wolf Theiss is an internationally active law firm with Partner law firms in many European countries. Even complex issues relating to different areas of law can be dealt with quickly and efficiently.’

‘Large and capable team.’

‘Sarah Wared has broad expertise in M&A and is exceptionally service-minded.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Expedia

Clariant

Lone Star

Huawei

Baxter AG

Warburg Pincus

Blackstone

DSM

Kohlberg

Allianz Capital Partners

Jacobs Engineering

KKR

Ascensia

Flextronics

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG assists with data protection compliance systems and the implications of user tracking. The team also runs GDPR compliance audits, defends clients against alleged non-compliance and frequently takes on the role of external data protection officer. IT and data security specialist Roland Marko heads the practice. Senior associate Paulina Pomorski also shines in IT and data protection law, particularly in relation to the consequences of GDPR on employee data.

Practice head(s):

Roland Marko

Other key lawyers:

Paulina Pomorski

Key clients

Österreichische Post AG (Austrian Post)

ÖBB Infrastruktur

Petro Welt Technologies

UBM Development

Varner AS

Gianni Versace

Addiko Bank

Microsoft Corporation

Sberbank Europe

Adverity

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 2

Known for its strong cross-border capabilities, Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG is notably active in the CEE and SEE region, handling proceedings under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, VIAC, CCIR, CAS, DIS and Swiss rules. Representing construction and energy sector clients is a particular area of expertise - and part of team head Stefan Riegler's skill set - but the practice's client portfolio also includes private clients and players from various other sectors. Counsel Venus Valentina Wong is noted for her expertise handling Greater China-related matters and also provides assistance with the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards, an area the team has recently been particularly active in.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Riegler

Other key lawyers:

Venus Valentina Wong; Thomas Anderl

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 2

Working in close junction with various other practice areas and offices across its network enables Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG to handle a wide range of disputes, most notably financial services and banking litigation, insolvency-related disputes, corporate and shareholder disputes alongside contentious product liability and competition law matters. Stefan Riegler heads the dispute resolution practice and is experienced in litigation and arbitration with a focus on energy, construction and infrastructure sector work. In December 2019, litigation and white-collar criminal law expert Holger Bielesz joined Cerha Hempel.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Riegler

Other key lawyers:

Valerie Hohenberg; Eva Spiegel; Clemens Trauttenberg

Testimonials

‘It is a top-quality team, from partners down, that is knowledgeable, pragmatic and very approachable. Its advice is fast, sharp and to the point, and 24/7 availability is the norm to expect from Wolf Theiss.’

‘Eva Spiegel goes the extra mile to ensure the client is always aware what is going on before it happens.’

‘Eva Spiegel is the ideal partner to have as a client.’

Key clients

National Bank Trust

KA Finanz

Cevdet Caner

T-Mobile

Erste Bank

EU and competition Tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG handles a diverse array of competition work, particularly in the contentious space. Clients from the retail, consumer products and TMT sectors also count on the firm in merger control proceedings. Additional industry expertise in food, chemicals, energy and transportation is evident in team head Günter Bauer's practice. Robert Wagner, who specialises in private enforcement, distribution and abuse of market dominance, was promoted to partner in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Günter Bauer

Other key lawyers:

Robert Wagner

Key clients

ALSO

Carlyle

Clariant

Deutsche Telekom/ T-Mobile

Eckes Granini

KKR & Co. Inc.

KOTANYI

PORR

Siemens

The Kraft Heinz Company

XXXLutz Group

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Working in close conjunction with various other practices, most notably banking and finance, corporate and dispute resolution, Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG is adept at handling large-scale and cross-border financial and corporate restructurings as well as distressed M&A transactions, and predominately acts for creditors. The team has particular expertise in financial restructurings, leading to regular instructions concerning the restructuring of non-performing loans, debt and investments as well as associated claim enforcements. Financing transaction specialist Nikolaus Paul heads the practice, which includes key contact for insolvency-related litigation Eva Spiegel.

Practice head(s):

Nikolaus Paul

Other key lawyers:

Eva Spiegel; Andrea Gritsch; Andreas Schmid

Testimonials

‘Very efficient cross-border insolvency practice for Austria and Eastern European countries.’

‘Strong team of associates and partners. Excellent, practical advice. Reasonable fees in relation to excellent service.’

‘Eva Spiegel coordinates the team very well and serves as a very efficient and pragmatic single point of contact.’

‘Andreas Schmid: professional and practical – with consistently thoughtful advice.’

Key clients

Steinhoff Europe AG

Revetas Capital Fund

DDM Group AG and B2 Holding

Sempione Fashion AG

LCH Limited

Bain Capital Credit (European Advisors), Ltd

Erste Group Bank AG

Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft

Galapagos Group

MiBa AG

Intellectual property Tier 2

Digital industry clients in particular seek out Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG for assistance with IP law. The group also act for life sciences, new media and retail companies. Department head Georg Kresbach also assists with unfair competition and trade secrets issues. Senior associate Maren Jergolla-Wagner is of note for her trade mark expertise. The department also handles contentious work at a domestic and European level, particularly for its tech clients.

Practice head(s):

Georg Kresbach

Other key lawyers:

Maren Jergolla-Wagner

Testimonials

‘Excellent team leader Georg Kresbach with a very good standing in the market. Covers many jurisdictions in Eastern Europe.’

‘A big advantage of Wolf Theiss is that this law firm delivers the same high level of service in all its locations, and we can therefore be sure that we get the same high quality from Wolf Theiss everywhere. ’

‘We have been working with Georg Kresbach, who heads the IP practice group, for almost 20 years; We especially like his availability and the fact that he handles our requests very conscientiously.’

‘The team is easily approachable, quick in responding and provides sharp practical advice. The team has a good understanding of the company’s business and focus and is therefore able to provide valuable legal guidance.’

‘I highly recommend Maren Jergolla. She has a keen knowledge of the relevant market and is able to provide advice on tactics and strategy with a sharp focus on what is important to our business and protection of our IP rights. ’

‘Georg Kresbach and his team have ample experience in cross border trademark litigation. Georg Kresbach is the first stop shop for trademark and copyright protection in the courts in Vienna. He enjoys a high reputation with the judges, and his initiative and creative thinking and drafting can make a real difference. We worked with him in several international cases and would always come back.’

‘Dr Georg Kresbach has particular expertise in tech industry litigation.’

‘Dr Georg Kresbach provides seasoned, measured calm consideration and gives practical, commercial advice.’

Key clients

Apple

Colgate Palmolive

Crocs, Inc.

Facebook

Google

Instagram

Lego

Microsoft

OBI

YouTube

Walt Disney

WhatsApp

Projects and energy Tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG has a cross-disciplinary approach to its projects and energy work, which was recently extended to also support clients with issues in relation to the European Green Deal. Procurement specialist Manfred Essletzbichler is frequently involved in infrastructure and PPP projects. Sebastian Oberzaucher is also a core member of the procurement team and has additional construction experience. Regulatory work falls to Kurt Retter, who has expertise in infrastructure and environmental law, among others.

Practice head(s):

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

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

Allianz Capital Partners GmbH

Meridiam

Kommunalkredit AG

Erste Group AG

UniCredit Bank AG

Vienna Airport (Flughafen Wien AG)

Tax Tier 2

The tax practice at Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG has a strong skill set in corporate tax advice, tax planning for private clients and real estate-related tax assistance. Other services include tax litigation as well as fiscal criminal law and voluntary self-disclosures. Niklas Schmidt heads the team and has a niche specialism in the relatively nascent area concerning the taxation of cryptocurrencies. Counsel Eva Stadler is also of note and often assists with the tax aspects of corporate restructurings and M&A.

Practice head(s):

Niklas Schmidt

Other key lawyers:

Eva Stadler

Testimonials

‘The firm has an exceptionally strong tax practice, we are very much satisfied with the high level of their services, deep knowledge and commercial approach. ’

‘Eva Stadler from Wolf Theiss’s tax department is a very experienced and skilled Austrian lawyer, reliable and available on 24/7 basis.’

‘Eva Stadler delivers great quality advice within the agreed budgets.’

Key clients

Blackstone

GARBE Industrial Real Estate GmbH

TMT Tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG is retained by numerous internationally renowned clients in all areas of TMT and accompanies them through this ever-changing area of law in Austria and the CEE region. The practice is jointly led by Georg Kresbach, who handles IP/IT work and has a specialism in social media and streaming; regulatory specialist Kurt Retter; and Roland Marko, who undertakes the full range of IT work including outsourcing and e-commerce.

Practice head(s):

Georg Kresbach; Kurt Retter; Roland Marko

Testimonials

‘The geographical scope (Austria and CEE) of this firm combined with a high level of quality lawyers makes this law firm our preferred partner. ’

‘Georg Kresbach is very well known on the market as a strong and ambitious litigator and having him on your side makes the case even stronger for you.’

Key clients

Apple

Airbnb

Facebook

Google

Instagram

Microsoft

Samsung Electronics

Tencent

Tricentis

The Walt Disney Company

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YouTube

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’, 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, 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 36 partners).

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial services Nikolaus Paul nikolaus.paul@wolftheiss.com +43 1 51510 5430
Competition/antitrust Günter Bauer guenter.bauer@wolftheiss.com +43 1 51510 5600
Construction Wolfgang Müller wolfgang.mueller@wolftheiss.com +43 1 51510 5490
Corporate/M&A Horst Ebhardt horst.ebhardt@wolftheiss.com +43 1 51510 5100
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 and infrastructure Andreas Schmid andreas.schmid@wolftheiss.com +43 1 51510 5030
Intellectual property/IT 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
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…
MMag Melanie Dimitrov  photo MMag 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…
Mr Victor-León Eggenberger  photo Mr Victor-León Eggenberger Senior Associate
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…
 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…
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 Martina Hiebl  photo Mag Martina Hiebl Senior Associate.
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…
Mag Nikolous Loudon  photo Mag 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…
Mag Wolfgang Mueller  photo Mag Wolfgang Mueller Partner, Wolf Theiss, since 2012, specialising in Civil and Company Law; Building…
Dr Michael Mueller  photo Dr Michael Mueller Senior Associate, specialized in construction law. Michael focuses on project-related legal advice…
Dr Marcell Nemeth photo Dr 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…
Dr Nikolaus Paul  photo Dr Nikolaus Paul Partner and head of the firm-wide Banking & Finance team. Nikolaus has…
Mag Florian Pechhacker  photo Mag 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 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 Senior Associate
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 Sandra Seldte  photo Mag Sandra Seldte Senior Associate
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 Senior Advisor
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 &…
Mr Harald Strahberger  photo Mr Harald Strahberger Senior Associate
Mag Judith Szabo  photo Mag Judith Szabo Of Counsel and a member of the Banking and Finance practice group.…
Mag Anja Tauchen  photo Mag Anja Tauchen Senior Associate, specialising in particular in trademark law, contract law, M&A and…
Dr Markus Taufner  photo Dr Markus Taufner Senior Associate
Dr Andreas Theiss  photo Dr Andreas Theiss Senior Advisor 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…
MMag Dr Adolf Zemann  photo MMag Dr Adolf Zemann Consultant
Mag Jiayan Zhu  photo Mag Jiayan Zhu Counsel
Dr Carolin Ziegler photo Dr Carolin Ziegler Consultant, Wolf Theiss, since 2016. Carolin Isabel Ziegler is an experienced lawyer…
Mag Alexander  Zollner  photo Mag Alexander  Zollner  Counsel.
Number of lawyers : 340
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

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.

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.


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
  • LUKOIL
  • 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