Dr Nikolaus Paul > Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG > Vienna, Austria > Lawyer Profile

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG
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Work Department

Banking & Finance


Partner and head of the firm-wide Banking & Finance team. Nikolaus has a special focus on financing transactions, including financial restructurings, in Austria and the CEE/SEE region. Besides his financing and restructuring focus, Nikolaus has extensive experience in the field of investment funds (UCITS and AIF), including the establishment of multi-jurisdictional fund structures.


Nikolaus completed his studies at the University of Vienna (Mag. iur, 1999; Dr. iur. with honours, 2003).

Lawyer Rankings

Austria > Insolvency and corporate recovery

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.

Austria > Capital markets

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.

Austria > Banking and finance

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.

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Real estate and construction

Wolf Theiss – in cooperation with local lawyers is highlighted for its handling of high-value real estate transactions, construction projects and other cross-border work for large multinationals. The team advises foreign investors on large and complex energy and infrastructure projects, as well as their market entry. Naida Čustović leads the team, which includes Lana Sarajlić. Vienna-based Nikolaus Paul also plays a key role.

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Projects and energy

Wolf Theiss – in cooperation with local lawyers demonstrates strong capabilities in high-value projects and large-scale transactions in the renewable energy sector. Practice head and managing partner Naida Čustović works closely with other practitioners across the firm’s thirteen offices in the CEE region on high-value cross-border matters pertaining to project finance. Nikolaus Paul in Vienna is a key contact. On the corporate side, counsel Lana Sarajlić handles corporate transactions for domestic clients, notably healthcare sector clients.  The group also handles contentious work.

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Competition

At Wolf Theiss – in cooperation with local lawyers, the team is skilled in handling complex merger clearance matters for a wide range of international clients. The group is led by Naida Čustović and is experienced in competition-related transactions and corporate investigations for clients spanning across the CEE and SEE region. Cross-border work is facilitated by Vienna-based Nikolaus Paul. Counsel Lana Sarajlić, who is highly active in compliance-related matters, counts a number of healthcare companies as clients.

Bosnia & Herzegovina > Commercial, corporate and M&A

At Wolf Theiss – in cooperation with local lawyers, the corporate team is skilled in handling high-value project work and transactions for domestic clients. Naida Čustović leads the group, which is experienced in advising clients (particularly those in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector) on mergers with local subsidiaries, restructurings and intra-group reorganisations. It works closely with its office in Vienna, where the key contact is Nikolaus Paul. Counsel Lana Sarajlić is also recommended.