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BRANDL TALOS Attorneys at law

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

BRANDL TALOS Attorneys at law has a strong profile for work at the intersection with corporate and capital markets law, which is not least due to team head Christopher Schrank's expertise in this area. This leads to regular instructions from banks, companies and executives, who require assistance with criminal defence proceedings as well as compliance matters and criminal investigations. Schrank is supported by associate Alexander Stücklberger, who specialises in defence and asset recovery cases, including those with cross-border elements.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Schrank

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Stücklberger


‘B&T has an amazing team of professionals who not only know what they do but do it with passion and dedication. Anything you put into their hands, you feel safe and very well taken care of. I have never seen this dedication to detail and passion to perform in other law firms I have been working with.’

‘In my opinion, the strength of Brandl & Talos lies in handling white-collar crime cases, because in addition to criminal law know-how, corporate law know-how is also necessary (which classical defense lawyers do not have). Brandl & Talos has very good references in this area, which is why I decided to work with Brandl & Talos for my case (a major criminal case).’

‘The strength of Brandl & Talos certainly lies at the interface of criminal law and corporate/capital market law. There are only a few law firms that offer this one-stop service.’

‘Christopher Schrank is an outstanding individual when it comes to white-collar crime, compliance or regulatory matters.’

‘I mainly worked with Christopher Schrank. In my opinion, he perfectly combines his background in corporate and capital market law with his experience in criminal law. Therefore, white-collar crime cases are in very good hands with him. In addition to his thoughts on procedural strategy, I was particularly impressed by the quality of his written submissions.’

‘My main contact person is Christopher Schrank. Due to his profound understanding of corporate law, he is able to perfectly analyse commercial activities in the field of criminal law and recognises the crucial points of a case. He knows how to handle big white-collar crime cases.’

Alexander Stückelberger has delivered amazing advice, timely and without mistakes.’

Key clients

Owner of Novomatic AG

BayWa AG

Several leading employees of STRABAG SE

Former CEO of Novomatic AG

Former board members of bwin AG

Banking and finance Tier 4

Attracting praise for its banking regulatory offering, BRANDL TALOS Attorneys at law provides Austrian banks, insurance companies, international financial services providers and investment funds with Austrian market entry advice and assistance with compliance matters and FMA proceedings. Its compliance work includes matters at the intersection with white-collar criminal law, such as anti-money laundering, and e-money issues. Ernst Brandl, who left the partnership at the end of 2020 and now acts as of counsel, heads the practice and acts for several national and international banks and financial services providers in arbitration alongside judicial and administrative proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Ernst Brandl

Other key lawyers:

Raphael Toman


‘Vast market knowledge and expertise; strong network in AT; focused and specialised on the key areas for us as a customer; takes the time to analyse every case in detail; open discussion and direct communication.’

‘The team covers the full range of banking and finance regulatory aspects, in particular compliance matters.’

‘Our company regularly needs assistance with financing and related regulatory issues. In this regard, we have found the perfect match in this law firm, whose business acumen, strategic vision and truly deep insight into the industry and the regulatory landscape truly makes a difference whenever we need them. The team is very thorough, which makes us feel well-protected from risks; and if a crisis comes we can always rely on a stable partner who offers functional, forward-thinking, and above all competent solutions. Ernst Brandl’s experience from having worked at the Financial Markets Authority has enabled him to build a diverse and able team around him.’

Key clients

card complete Service Bank AG

OVB Allfinanzvermittlung GmbH

Bank Winter

Capital markets Tier 4

BRANDL TALOS Attorneys at law is best known for advising funds, most notably venture capital funds, alongside investment companies and corporates on regulatory matters and capital markets law issues arising from financing rounds. The core team consists of founding partners Ernst Brandl and Thomas Talos as well as Christopher Schrank and Roman Rericha, who frequently act at the various crossovers between capital markets law and adjacent practice areas such as banking and finance, corporate and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ernst Brandl; Thomas Talos; Christopher Schrank; Roman Rericha


‘We mainly work with Ernst Brandl and Christopher Schrank, who have truly excellent expertise in this area. We value not only their reliability, but that they also understand our business and provide fast, clear and relevant advice.’

Key clients

Wolftank-Adisa Holding AG

GoLending AT GmbH

Biovertis AG

VMS (VMS-REB 3 Beteiligungen GmbH)

APEX Ventures GmbH

capital300 GmbH

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

BRANDL TALOS Attorneys at law stands out for its outstanding expertise in highly regulated sectors such as gaming, entertainment and medical marijuana. Thomas Talos is frequently retained to handle M&A and corporate issues in international gaming law. He shares responsibility for the team lead with Roman Rericha, who is involved in venture capital and private equity transactions.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Talos; Roman Rericha


‘The team is highly accessible and second to none in the Austrian market. Brandl & Talos always delivers straight to the point advice, very focused and is always on top of things. While many other firms tend to work in big teams which leads to distraction, they work in small and very dedicated teams which makes the cooperation very efficient. Believe that Brandl & Talos is the hidden champion in the Austrian M&A market and still underestimated.’

‘The M&A department is headed by Thomas Talos who is one of the most experienced M&A lawyers in Austria. He is known for his advice in large-scale transactions in particular in the gaming, leisure and entertainment sector. He is very focused and clear in communication but always respectful and constructive.’

‘Roman Rericha is a pleasure to deal with, an adroit negotiator with commercial acumen, and has an ability to anticipate opposing counsel.’

‘We have been quite impressed with B&T.’

‘From our perspective, B&T have all qualities that we are looking for in our best friends network of international law firms: outstanding personal commitment, excellent expertise and a sound and reliable network in their home jurisdiction.’

‘ It’s impressive that the firm can act with deep expertise on both the M&A/Corporate and the gaming sectors. Such a strong combination is in my view unique.’

‘The level of service we receive from Brandl & Talos is simply outstanding. They understand our business which allows them to provide fast, clear and to the point advice. Due to their sector experience, they know our needs, anticipate our questions and are always very focused on finding solutions.’

‘Their international regulatory expertise and network is very good.’

‘Thomas Talos is the main partner we work with. Thomas is an excellent lawyer, profoundly experienced, professional, with a wealth of knowledge in the gaming business that is difficult to come by. He has unparalleled experience in combining regulatory advice and M&A, with the ability to weigh all factors are the winning aspects in complex matters.’

Key clients



“Ring” International Holding AG (including BOA Group)

aws Fondsmanagement GmbH (AWS Mittelstandsfonds and AWS Gründerfonds)

Novalpina Capital

GVC Holdings PLC

APEX Ventures

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 4

BRANDL TALOS Attorneys at law is best known for its work representing banks and other financial services providers in financial and regulatory disputes, including proceedings against consumer protection associations, while representing international gaming and betting operators constitutes another key area of expertise. Ernst Brandl, who left the partnership at the end of 2020 and now acts as of counsel, jointly heads the practice with Christian Lenz, who specialises in capital markets, banking and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Christian Lenz; Ernst Brandl

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.

Mariahilfer Straße 116, 1070
Tel: +43 1 522 5700 Fax: +43 1 522 5701

Department Name Email Telephone
Gaming & Entertainment Nicholas Aquilina
Venture Capital & Start Ups | Corporate Law & Transactions Markus Arzt
Banking, Insurance and Securities Regulation Law Ernst Brandl
Litigation & Dispute resolution Christian Lenz
Venture Capital & Start Ups | Corporate Law & Transactions Roman Rericha
White-collar crime | Compliance & Internal Investigations Christopher Schrank
Gaming & Entertainment | Corporate Law & Transactions Thomas Talos
Number of lawyers : 25
International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL)
Austrian Society for Bank Research
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In 2017, Dr Ernst Brandl, one of the founding partners of Brandl & Talos, began the “Honey4Charity” initiative. The honey is produced on Dr Brandl’s family farm which, since 2009, has dedicated itself to sustainable and bee-friendly honey production. Proceeds are donated to the House Immanuel which provides transitional housing for homeless domestic and foreign women and children. The firm covers the costs of sale, so all proceeds go directly to House Immanuel. The website may be found at:

Brandl & Talos Supports Neunerhaus

Roman Rericha, Partner at Brandl & Talos, and his team have been committed to Neunerhaus through voluntary legal advice, such as drafting contracts and general employment matters. Based in Vienna, this innovative social organization enables homeless and poverty-endangered people to lead a self-determined and decent life and provides much-needed medical care. The aim is to help those affected to help themselves in order to sustainably improve their life situation.

BTP – Nährboden

In 2016, partner Roman Rericha launched the start-up/Venture Capital program “BTP – Nährboden “. The program is an initiative by Brandl & Talos, pursuant to which start-ups are afforded the opportunity to take advantage of expert legal advice at discounted rates. The start-ups also gain access to the firm’s network of key players in the Austrian start-up industry as well as potential investors. The website may be found at:

General Pro Bono & Charitable Contributions

In addition to the aforementioned initiatives, Brandl & Talos also engages in regular pro-bono work and also contributes to the Special Olympics in Austria.

CLIENT: Principal at a Private Equity Firm

COMPANY/FIRM: A European Private Equity Firm

TESTIMONIAL: Brandl & Talos was our first choice due to the unique combination of transactional experience and in-depth expertise in the Gaming sector. We knew by reputation, and later saw on practice, a team that is able to work on a complex cross-border acquisition, stay on top of important regulatory matters across numerous jurisdictions, and provide competent advice on both AML/Compliance and Social Responsibility/Governance matters. They were also a reliable ally in obtaining bank funding. The team led by Thomas Talos combines boutique-level expertise in the Gaming sector with the competence and quality of an international corporate law firm.


CLIENT: Head of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs

COMPANY/FIRM: A Gaming Multinational

TESTIMONIAL: The firm’s display of in-depth knowledge of Austrian and European gaming law, the high level of skill and impeccably professional work results have us regularly coming back to Brandl & Talos in the matters, amongst others, of cross-border issues and obtaining licenses in regulated markets. Brandl & Talos are capable of combining their detailed understanding of gaming laws from various jurisdictions, including EU law, with a strong practical business sense.


CLIENT: Managing Partner

COMPANY/FIRM: A European VC Fund

TESTIMONIAL: BTP is a firm of many talents. We have been collaborating with Roman Rericha and his team for several years and on a range of projects. From the structuring of a new EuVECA VC fund, to corporate law support, from the fund FMA registration and AML compliance, to advice on new investments. Roman is all-around competent when it comes to financing rounds, with good contacts among the best and biggest international PE players, plenty of experience in the European startup scene, and knows the corporate and regulatory ins and outs of the deep-tech and innovative companies.


CLIENT: Chairman of the Supervisory Board

COMPANY/FIRM: Holding Company – Coatings and Industrial Elements

TESTIMONIAL: Brandl & Talos were our lead legal counsel in an international acquisition. The project targeted a large mechanical manufacturer with an extensive international network of subsidiaries, which we acquired during its insolvency proceedings. As such, the project concerned multiple cross-border legal issues, a complex network of jurisdictions, corporate, regulatory and financial matters – all of which the firm handled brilliantly, to the highest standard, with meticulous attention. We have been working with Thomas Talos, Roman Rericha and their team for many years and are as always pleased with the results.


CLIENT: Member of the Management Board


TESTIMONIAL: The firm’s ability to converge legal expertise in various fields such as banking, capital markets law and litigation together with a broad understanding of the market, as well as their quick and straightforward approach to problems makes this firm’s work exceptional. We particularly enjoy the high quality of Dr. Ernst Brandl’s legal advice and his team’s ability to provide a great result within a very short time, also under tight deadlines and pressure.


CLIENT: Individuals Accused of Trading Fraud

COMPANY/FIRM: A Trading Platform

TESTIMONIAL: My partners and I were falsely accused of fraud. Brandl & Talos were able to get us out of focus of the investigation and prove that we were not involved. What impressed me most of Dr. Schrank is his thorough knowledge and experience in every aspect of economic law. I think, his main strength is the combination of profound legal knowledge with excellent connections to the officials, attorneys, universities and other important sources, which enabled his team to get important information, which other lawyers wouldn’t get. I can describe the firm in short words: “Empathy and support in every aspect”.