BRANDL TALOS Attorneys at law > Vienna, Austria > Firm Profile

BRANDL TALOS Attorneys at law
Rechte Wienzeile 223/14th floor
1120 Vienna

Austria > Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud) Tier 2

BRANDL TALOS Attorneys at law‘s ‘highly specialised team’ frequently assists clients in criminal proceedings and internal investigations, demonstrating proficiency in matters concerning bribery, embezzlement, tax evasion and breach of trust allegations. The team is steered by ‘dedicated and experienced’ Christopher Schrank, who has a track record of representing banks and banking executives in criminal proceedings that benefit from his expertise in corporate and capital markets law. Praised by clients for his ‘hands-on mentality’, Alexander Stücklberger‘s caseload includes asset recovery, market abuse, and insider trading.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Schrank

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Stücklberger; Klaus Winhofer


‘The entire Brandl Talos team convinces with constant availability and an extraordinary service concept towards the client. In addition, we appreciate the expertise based on many years of experience and their always available global network.’

‘Christopher Schrank convinces with his well-considered approach, his outstanding communication skills and his detailed knowledge of numerous related legal areas. This makes him an excellent negotiator. Additionally, we would like to note the very good cooperation with Alexander Stücklberger, who impressed us with his hands-on mentality. ’

‘Excellent expertise and great economic understanding as well as empathetic support.’

‘Experienced and innovative practice.’

‘Christopher Schrank is a dedicated and experienced lawyer, always well prepared and a very good teamplayer. I love working with him.’

‘Experienced and committed white-collar crime time. Strong partner involvement. Reasonable pricing. ’

‘Christopher Schrank is one of the outstanding personalities in this legal field. Very committed and on the point with a good understanding of the business or commercial aspects involved.’

‘Highly specialised team in the field of white-collar-crime work.’

Key clients

BayWa AG

Work highlights

  • Defending Professor Graf, owner of Novomatic, in criminal proceedings pertaining to alleged bribery of members of the Austrian cabinet so as to receive gaming licenses in Austria, as well as alleged tax evasion.
  • Defending the former CEO of a social housing company with regard to accusations of embezzlement.
  • Advising BayWa AG on an internal investigation into an Austrian subsidiary for alleged fraud, breach of trust and tax evasion.

Austria > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

‘Delivering an outstanding service’, BRANDL TALOS Attorneys at law combines proficiency in corporate and capital markets law with particularly strong regulatory expertise. The practice is well known for high-quality advice in the gaming & entertainment sector, which is a specialism of Thomas Talos, who leads the team alongside Roman Rericha. Stephan Strass was promoted to partner in January 2023 and is described by clients as ‘one of the upcoming stars in the M&A market’.  

Practice head(s):

Roman Rericha; Thomas Talos

Other key lawyers:

Stephan Strass; Markus Arzt


‘Very dedicated team that combines profound legal knowledge with very good people skills and pragmatic solutions. They are very hands-on and pragmatic.’

‘Thomas Talos: Extremely knowledgeable, never uses too many words, and is able to really understand the client’s needs.’

‘Stephan Strass: young partner, extremely solid lawyer, but very business-minded and pragmatic. Has a great attitude and is always available. ’

‘The M&A team of is outstanding. They are delivering an outstanding service while focusing on commercially relevant issues. They always come up with good solutions when being confronted with obstacles.’

‘Thomas Talos is a star individual in the Austrian M&A market.’

‘Roman Rericha is a pleasure to work with, always constructive and respectful to the other side. ‘

‘Stephan Strass is definitely one of the upcoming stars in the M&A market. He is outstanding, very talented and focused on getting things done.’

‘Markus Arzt is one of the most talented professionals within the corporate/M&A market.’

Key clients


Ring International Holding AG

Tipico Group Limited

APEX Ventures


Exscientia GmbH

Quadrille Capital

MOSTLY AI Solutions MP GmbH

Hadean Ventures

AC Immune SA

LEA Partners

Cavalry Ventures

Invest Unternehmensbeteiligungs AG

Swarovski International Holding AG

Ready2order GmbH

KOMPAS Ventures

AGCF – Austrian Growth Capital Fund

Creandum VC

N26 GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Sportradar on the acquisition of Vaix Group and the formation of a joint venture with Ringier Group in 2022.
  • Advised Invest Unternehmensbeteiligung AG on several transactions, including an investment in an international company headquartered in Austria with subsidiaries and branches in Hungary, China, Mexico and the US.
  • Advised LEA Partners on its first transaction in Austria.

Austria > Banking and finance Tier 4

BRANDL TALOS Attorneys at law is sought out by banks, insurance companies, payment service providers and international financial service providers as well as investment funds for its notable strength in regulatory matters, especially in relation to innovative payment models and proceedings of the Financial Markets Authority. Exemplifying this focus in particular is ‘the go-to person for regulatory financial markets issues’, Raphael Toman, who spearheads the team alongside banking, capital markets and dispute resolution expert Ernst Brandl.

Practice head(s):

Ernst Brandl; Raphael Toman


‘Very focused on clients and their needs.’

‘I work with Raphael Toman. He has a very broad, in-depth knowledge in all financial matters. I really enjoy working with him and his team.’

‘Raphael Toman is extremely reactive and has a profound knowledge of the finance sector. His advice is straight to the point.’

‘We can highly recommend the firm for complex capital market law matters and contractual implementations.’

‘Special features are the high professional competence and precise implementation of requirements.’

‘Extensive knowledge of regulatory issues in Austria, working very responsive and solution-oriented.’

‘Raphel Toman is the go-to person for regulatory financial markets issues.’

‘Raphael Toman is an excellent expert in the banking and finance industry and has a high level of expertise in this area. ’

Key clients


Raiffeisenverband Salzburg eGen

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

card complete Service Bank AG

UNIQA Capital Markets GmbH

Schoellerbank Aktiengesellschaft

Liechtensteinische Landesbank (Österreich) AG

Kärntner Sparkasse AG

BNP Paribas SA

BNP Paribas Factor GmbH

N26 GmbH

Santander Consumer Bank GmbH

Convotis GmbH

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Convotis on a €40m facilities agreement with Muzinich & Co. regarding all Austrian aspects of the financing.
  • Advised an Austrian bank on its acquisition of promissory notes and on assessing the documentation under German law and its consequences for the client.
  • Advised a national bank on the implementation of Environmental Social Governance requirements in the securities business and defended the bank following an on-site visit by the FMA.

Austria > Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 4

BRANDL TALOS Attorneys at law is sought out by banks, insurance companies and financial service providers, and is reputed for its strength in handling player-side litigation for national and international gaming and betting operators. Practice lead Christian Lenz is adept at banking and insurance matters, including securities regulation, while Anela Blöch‘s expertise extends to real estate and compliance matters. Anna Katharina-Radschek is a key contact for cross-border disputes.

Practice head(s):

Christian Lenz

Other key lawyers:

Raphael Toman; Patrick Mittlböck; Anela Blöch; Anna Katharina Radschek


‘Brandl Talos has a very hands-on team, always understanding our needs and professionally and efficiently working on finding practical solutions.’

‘The individuals we work with stand out with a high level of expertise and know-how. They are very friendly and client focused.’

‘The Brandl Talos team is well structured and organised. This enables clients to have a bespoke team to handle instructions. Their use of different levels of lawyers enable a high level of service.’

‘Patrick Mittlböck’s legal language knowledge is unrivalled.’

‘Knowledge of the gaming industry, 24/7 availability, solution driven approach.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a substantial number of claimants regarding the collapse of Commerzialbank Mattersburg.

Brandl Talos ranks among the leading Austrian firms in the fields of capital markets, M&A, venture capital and start-ups, banking and finance, gaming and entertainment as well as white-collar crime. With its team of lawyers trained at leading US law and business schools and top international law firms, Brandl Talos has built an outstanding reputation in its areas of expertise. The firm has advised innovative start-ups from their first venture capital financing to successful IPOs, advised in large and complex international M&A transactions,
assists leading banks and financial service institutions as well as international gaming and betting operators on a regular basis and advises in complex white-collar criminal cases. Brandl Talos has a comprehensive client roster including major internationally listed companies and eight of the ten largest Austrian banks. Numerous international clients have made Brandl Talos acquire substantial experience and international exposure, which is particularly reflected in the firm’s growing track-record of high value, complex and innovative cross-border transactions.

Rechte Wienzeile 223/14th floor, 1120, Vienna
Tel: +43 1 522 5700 Fax: +43 1 522 5701

Department Name Email Telephone
Gaming & Entertainment | Corporate Law & Transactions Thomas Talos
Gaming & Entertainment Petra Thurner
Gaming & Entertainment Nicholas Aquilina
Venture Capital & Start Ups | Corporate Law & Transactions Roman Rericha
Corporate Law & Transactions | Bio-Tech Stephan Strass
Banking, Insurance and Securities Regulation Law Raphael Toman
Banking, Insurance and Securities Regulation Law Ernst Brandl
Litigation & Dispute resolution Christian Lenz
White-collar crime | Compliance & Internal Investigations Christopher Schrank
White-collar crime | Compliance & Internal Investigations Alexander Stücklberger
Photo Name Position Profile
Ernst Brandl  photo Dr Ernst Brandl Ernst founded the firm in 2000 together with Thomas Talos. He is…
Christian Lenz photo Mag Christian Lenz Christian represents several banks, insurers, and gaming companies in civil proceedings. His…
Roman Rericha photo Mag Roman Rericha Roman represents clients in complex cross-border M&A and private equity transactions. Austrian…
Christopher Schrank photo Mag Dr Christopher Schrank Christopher specializes in representing both corporations and executives in complex matters or…
Stephan Strass photo Mag Stephan Strass Stephan advises innovative start-ups, institutional and strategic investors and other companies on…
Alexander Stücklberger photo Mag Alexander Stücklberger Alex specializes in representing companies, as well as their managers, in complex…
Thomas Talos photo Dr Thomas Talos Thomas founded the firm in 2000 together with Ernst Brandl. He is…
Raphael  Toman photo Dr Raphael Toman Raphael represents financial services providers in matters before civil and administrative courts.…
Number of lawyers : 32
International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL)
Austrian Society for Bank Research
Contact :