Firm Profile > Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH > Vienna, Austria

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH

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

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH routinely defends individuals against various white-collar crime accusations such as embezzlement, bribery and breach of trust but also assists companies with criminal proceedings, compliance matters and criminal investigations. Christopher Schrank and Thomas Talos defended a former board member of bwin against allegations of breach of trust and bribery concerning an off-shore money transfer. Volkert Sackmann left the firm in April 2018 to work independently.

Banking and finance Tier 3

Praised for its 'deep understanding of the industry', Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH's 'responsive and proactive' team advises many of Austria's largest banks but its client roster also includes insurance companies, international financial services providers, investment funds and bank CEOs. With substantial expertise in the regulatory and contentious space, much of its instructions cover banking licensing, compliance, MiFID II and Austria market entry matters, as well as Financial Market Authority proceedings. Practice head Ernst Brandl is 'highly experienced and very knowledgeable'.

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 3

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH has carved out a strong practice acting for banking and finance sector players in proceedings pertaining to the alleged provision of negligent advice on financial products and closed-end funds, while also handling contentious matters at the intersection of corporate and capital markets law, including those involving white-collar crime allegations. The team, which is led by senior associate Christian Lenz and Ernst Brandl, has deep expertise in proceedings against consumer protection associations.

Capital markets Tier 4

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH has regulatory and litigation work at its core and is well equipped to advise clients on bond issuances as well as matters pertaining to crypto currencies and blockchain-based technologies. 'Top governance and compliance specialist' Christopher Schrank, who jointly heads the team with Thomas Talos and Roman Rericha, defended a former board member of an ATX-listed company against allegations of infringement of the Austrian Stock Corporation Act.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH's 'very diligent and thoughtful' team has substantial expertise in handling M&A transactions in the gaming sector but is also becoming increasingly active in the stationery and coatings space alongside biotech, real estate and financial services industries. 'Very experienced' main contacts Roman Rericha and Thomas Talos advised Ring International on the sale of its coatings business to Kansai Paint through a structured auction process. Other work includes assisting Apex Ventures with the establishment of a venture capital fund and other venture capital-related matters.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Ernst Brandl
Banking and finance Christian Lenz
Capital markets Thomas Talos
Capital markets Ernst Brandl
Capital markets Christopher Schrank
Capital markets Roman Rericha
Corporate, M&A Thomas Talos
Corporate, M&A Roman Rericha
Gaming Thomas Talos
Private equity/venture capital Thomas Talos
Private equity/venture capital Roman Rericha
Investment funds Ernst Brandl
Litigation Ernst Brandl
Litigation Christian Lenz
Dispute resolution Ernst Brandl
Dispute resolution Christian Lenz
White-collar crime Christopher Schrank
White-collar crime Ernst Brandl
Compliance Ernst Brandl
Compliance Christopher Schrank
Number of lawyers : 25
International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL)
Austrian Society for Bank Research
Contact : Thomas Talos (



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”.