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Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Austria > Banking and finance Tier 3

Cryptocurrency and regulatory mandates have been among areas of recent growth for the team at Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH, which also stands out for its niche experience in the healthcare and public sectors, among others. Christoph Wildmoser is praised as a ‘go-to person for issues around credit risk mitigation in Austria‘, and leads the team alongside Christoph Herbst, who regularly works on a variety of financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Wildmoser; Christoph Herbst

Other key lawyers:

Wolfgang Schwackhoefer


‘Christoph Wildmoser is our go-to person for issues around credit risk mitigation in Austria. The team is providing exactly the advice we require and takes a very pragmatic approach.’

‘The team is professional.’

‘We work mainly with Wolfgang Schwackhoefer. He’s always calm, even when things get hectic, responsive and on point with content. Our clients love his work.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank AG, UniCredit Bank Austria AG and Goldman Sachs

ESIM Chemicals

AG Capital

Findos Investor

DZ Bank

Finance Copter

Blue Danube Loan Funding

BlackRock Inc

Westbahn Management GmbH

3i Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Pemberton and Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich Wien-AG as lenders in connection with the provision of an incremental facility to BE-terna.
  • Advised Invision AG as borrower on the financing of the acquisition of eduPRO Group.
  • Advises UniCredit Bank Austria AG on the issuance of legal opinions with respect to the qualification of non-mortgage loans secured by the Buyer Credit Guarantees issued by European Credit Agencies as cover assets under the Austrian Mortgage Bank Act and the new Austrian Covered Bond Act.

Austria > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH is a key name in the market for venture capital and start-up-related work, and is praised by clients as 'outstanding in what it does'. Names to note in the team at partner level are Philipp Kinsky, Phillip Dubsky, Florian Steinhart, Wolfgang Schwackhöfer, and Christoph Wildmoser. Carl Walderdorff is the key practitioner at associate level and has a breadth of knowledge spanning corporate, M&A, venture capital and start-up issues.

Practice head(s):

Phillip Dubsky; Philipp Kinsky; Florian Steinhart; Wolfgang Schwackhöfer; Christoph Wildmoser

Other key lawyers:


‘Herbst Kinsky is outstanding in what they do. Great and efficient collaboration. Very competent team and leadership. They have been consulting us very thoughtful and foresighted in legal matters.’

‘Philipp Kinsky is our main contact person. His profound know-how in venture capital has helped us get most efficiently through our financing rounds with the best outcome.’

‘Herbst Kinsky has depth of experience in advising ventures and start-ups across a range of topics.’

‘Christoph Wildmoser was an exceptional legal counsel throughout our founding journey. Always on call, and provided clear and succinct advice. His dedication to making our deals a success went far beyond what we would have expected from a lawyer.’

‘Florian is extremely reliable and always considers the right balance between the founder’s and investor’s interests. He also seeks simplicity and tries to reduce complexity.’

‘Very good accessibility when you need legal help. Very good team.’

‘Strong network and good expertise. A very good legal partner.’

Key clients

CAE. Inc

Equistone Partners Europe Limited

Molten Ventures

Nestle SA

Softbank Investment Advisers

Refurbed GmbH

Amaniki GmbH

Austrian Growth Capital Fund

Waterdrop Microdrink GmbH

PhagoMed GmbH

ams AG

MAIT Group

Work highlights

  • Advised CAE Inc on the €370m acquisition of the Sabre AirCentre portfolio from Sabre GLBL Inc.
  • Advised SoftBank Investment Adviser on its $120m investment in Adverity GmbH.
  • Advised the founding team as well as the other shareholders on the €150m sale of PhagoMed Biopharma GmbH to BioNTech SE.

Austria > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH stands out for its work in GDPR compliance and for its work advising start ups, as well as being prominent in the pharma, biotech and IT sectors. Practice head Sonja Hebenstreit is supported at associate level by Anna-Maria Minihold, who joined the group in April 2021 and is considered 'a stand out'. 

Practice head(s):

Sonja Hebenstreit

Other key lawyers:


‘Good knowledge about the topic with a reasonable/pragmatic, solution-driven approach.’

‘Accessibility and fast response times make it a good working relationship.’

‘Perfect team work, very sophisticated organisation, but most importantly, very experienced people with the best knowhow.’

‘We have worked with Anna-Maria Minihold who has excellent knowledge, a lot of experience, extreme flexibility, and displays an optimal performance in all required services.’

‘Herbst Kinsky’s practice is very practical and the recommendations are clear and easy to implement. You always get a clear answer to a question.’

‘We value Herbst Kinsky’s strong expertise and in-depth knowledge of data protection/privacy law. The team is very client-oriented and combines excellent legal knowledge with a pragmatic approach.’

‘We work with Sonja Hebenstreit who is a true expert in data protection matters, is extremely responsive and is pragmatic. Her out-of-the-box thinking usually finds solutions we had not even thought of. Cooperation with her is always a pleasure. Anna-Maria Minihold stands out – she combines excellent knowledge of data protection law with a very pragmatic approach and a special understanding for all tech-related matters. Also very pleasant to work with.’

Key clients



Next Research GmbH

Gilead Sciences GmbH

Boritea GmbH

Timebite Solutions GmbH

EBG Medaustron GmbH

Probando GmbH

Donhauser GmbH/Vapiano

Work highlights

  • Advises CIRSE and its various entities on their GDPR implementation and compliance processes regarding their different fields of activity.
  • Advising Borealis AG and its Austrian entities in GDPR compliance questions on a permanent basis
  • Supported Boritea GmbH with contracting and data protection matters regarding their development and launch of their software for the execution of tests.

Austria > Employment Tier 3

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH‘s employment practice is helmed by Christoph Ludvik, who has latterly been particularly involved in issues at the intersection of new technologies, collective employment law and data protection. As well as advising clients on labour law matters related to outsourcing, M&A, and privatisation of public enterprises, the team also provides representation in contentious matters before various courts, including the ECJ.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Ludvik


‘You get clear recommendations, they speak in a business language not just in a legal language.’

‘They react really fast to special requests.’

‘Christoph Ludvik: competent and sympathetic.’

‘Very professional.’

‘Very good technical legal background. Very reliable from preparation to execution.’

Key clients



CAE Inc.

GIS Gebühren Info Service GmbH

GF Casting Solutions (e.g. GF Casting Solutions Altenmarkt GmbH & Co KG)


Österreichischer Genossenschaftsverband (Schultze-Delitzsch) – ÖGV

accilium GmbH

Constantia Services GmbH

AIG Europe S.A.

Raiffeisen Informatik GmbH

cargo-partner gmbh

Work highlights

  • Handling ongoing contentious and non-contentious employment law issues on behalf of VIVATIS Holding.
  • Advising ams-OSRAM on employment-related matters relating to a cross-border merger.
  • Advised CAE Flight Services Austria on employment issues relating to the acquisition of Sabre’s AirCentre solutions.

Austria > Administrative law and public sector Tier 4

The team at Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH support clients seeking advice with regard to public health, energy and procurement matters and represents businesses before the administrative courts. Under the leadership of founding partner and constitutional court member Christoph Herbst, the team handles the public law aspects of international transactions. Valerie Mayer is valued by clients for her understanding of public commercial law, in particular procurement and investment questions.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Herbst

Other key lawyers:


‘The administrative law and public sector practice group at Herbst Kinsky is outstanding because of its broad and profound knowledge in all fields of public law, but with a strong focus on energy law, public procurement law and investment control law (FDI).’

‘The combination of the very experienced constitutional judge Christoph Herbst and the young, dynamic hands-on attorney Valerie Mayer makes the team unique and highly competitive with regard to the largest Austrian law firms as well as to specialised boutique firms.’

‘My favourite individual at Herbst Kinsky is Valerie Mayer, who mainly assists us in the fields of public procurement law and investment control law. Valerie has excellent expertise in these areas and is very client-focused. Besides, Valerie is a strong-willed and assertive person with a good sense of humour, while being highly empathetic at the same time.’

‘The colleagues we worked with on a cross-border transaction were very pleasant to work with and supported the joint interest wherever and whenever possible.’

‘Valerie Mayer has proven to be a very pleasant person to work with and is professionally on top of her game.’

‘The Administrative law and public sector practice team at Herbst Kinsky is highly experienced in public law matters such as foreign direct investment (FDI) approvals. The team supported us during the whole process in a very efficient and independent way.’

‘In the Administrative law and public sector practice team of Herbst Kinsky, Valerie Mayer stands out as a very competent, motivated and reliable lawyer. She has shown deep expertise in foreign direct investment (FDI) related topics, which has been very valuable to us in combination with her strong understanding of the economic situation and the transaction.’

‘The attorney I worked with the most was Valerie Mayer. She had the lead on the project and was always available if I had any questions. Without her relentless reminders, the opposite side would have prolonged the process at least a few additional months. The summaries were easy to understand and thorough, so I knew I was in good hands all the way.’

Key clients


NÖLKH Wiener Neustadt

GIS – Gebühren Info Service GmbH

VAMED Standortentwicklung und Engineering GmbH

Invision AG

IPS International Project & Safety Consulting GmbH

MAIT Group

Province of Lower Austria

3i Group

Work highlights

  • Advised GIS Gebühren Info Service GmbH – a 100% affiliate of ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) – on various proceedings in connection with the VAT charges on ORF TV fees.
  • Advised longstanding client illwerke vkw AG with respect to water rights of its joint ventures with municipalities of the Austrian Province of Vorarlberg.
  • Advised NÖ Landesgesundheitsagentur regarding all public law and procurement aspects in connection with the contractor for Universitätsklinikum St. Pölten.

Austria > Capital markets Tier 4

The array of instructions handled by the team at Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH include IPOs, cryptocurrency issues, and blockchain and bitcoin mandates, as well as advising listed companies on various capital market mandates, undertaking regulatory work and advising clients on compliance matters. Jointly leading the practice are firm founder Philipp Kinsky and Phillip Dubsky, who handle banking and finance work as well as corporate and M&A mandates that intertwine with capital markets issues.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Kinsky; Phillip Dubsky


‘Long standing relationship, personal contact with broader team.’

‘Combination of capital markets expertise and a good understanding of our company.’

Key clients

Biogena Group Invest AG

IST – CUBE (IST-Austria)

Wolftank-Adisa Holding AG

SpeedInvest GmbH

Marinomed Biotech AG

Neoh Invest AG

Rendity GmbH

Blue Sky Energy GmbH

Austrian Growth Capital Fund

illwerke vkw AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Biogena GmbH & Co KG on the issuance of a bond in the amount of up to €10m in two tranches via the platform Invesdor including an international capital market prospectus for Germany and Austria.
  • Advised IST Cube funds on its final closing (IST cube (EuVECA) GmbH und Co KG) with main investors.
  • Advised Marinomed Biotech AG on the course of the issuance of a convertible loan note to Nice & Green.

Austria > Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 4

While the team represents clients from a broad spectrum of sectors, including energy and manufacturing, Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH is best known for acting in disputes arising from the public sector. Frequent mandates pertain to contractual, corporate and product liability issues. Practice head Stephan Lenzhofer is appreciated for his expertise at the intersection of public and insurance law.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Lenzhofer

Other key lawyers:


‘They react really fast.’

‘Stephan Lenzhofer: calm, sympathetic, meticulous, thinks strategically, diligent, competent.’

Key clients

GIS Gebühren Info Service GmbH

Optimist Inc.

Mahmoud Charr

Deloitte Tax Wirtschaftsprüfungs GmbH

ESIM Chemicals GmbH

Stona Immobilien GmbH

Hofer Möbel GmbH

SPSC GmbH Deutschland

Supply Chain Partners GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing GIS in a class-action against the client and ORF concerning allegations of the unauthorised collection of 10% VAT.
  • Representing former members of the supervisory board of the nationalised bank Kommunalkredit Austria in proceedings regarding the alleged breach of the duty of care before and during the financial crisis.
  • Representing Deloitte against claims of the former Minister of Finance with respect to the provision of alleged wrong advice.

Austria > Intellectual property Tier 4

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH is a go-to advisor for clients from the healthcare, pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors, whom the firm advises on trade mark, copyright and licensing matters, in addition to Austrian advertising restrictions. The firm is a member of BIOLAW Europe, a network of firms which specialise in advising the healthcare and surrounding sectors. Working closely with the corporate and M&A team, the practice supports clients with the registration of IP claims and protection of existing copyrights, patents and trade marks against infringement attempts. Sonja Hebenstreit, who focuses on IP and IT, data protection, licensing issues and cases of unfair competition, leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Sonja Hebenstreit


‘Very good knowledge in the area of life sciences, very commercial approach.’

‘HK has a very quick, efficient and knowledgeable IP team which serves all our client’s needs when it comes to trademark clearance, prosecution and litigation. They are just fantastic!’

‘Sonja Hebestreit has been my contact for years. She is very responsive, friendly and an IP pro.’

‘We work with Sonja Hebenstreit, whose team always delivers good quality, on time and value for money.’

‘Sonja Hebenstreit is very responsive, makes sure that nothing falls between the cracks and very professional – a pleasure to work with.’

‘Herbst-Kinsky has a broad team in Vienna with experienced lawyers and also young up-and-comers, who approach problems very quickly and accurately as a team.’

‘We highly appreciate Herbst Kinsky’s excellent expertise and in-depth knowledge of IP matters, in particular in the field of know-how and software licensing matters. The team around Sonja Hebenstreit is smart, reliable and combines excellent legal knowledge with hands-on advice. Communication with the team is easy and the billing transparent and fair.’

‘Sonja Hebenstreit is a dedicated IP lawyer with extensive knowledge and experience in her field. She always provides high quality, concise advice and she is very pleasant to work with. I would recommend her without reservation.’

Key clients

Lifecare Essential GmbH


imD Biotech GmbH

timebite Solutions GmbH

Seasy GmbH

Ribbon Biolabs GmbH

Refurbed GmbH


Lifetree Asset Management GmbH

Quantro Therapeutics

Boritea GmbH

xRoad Media GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised refurbed on its €45.5m Series B financing round, assisting with commercial, data protection, trade mark and unfair competition matters.

Herbst Kinsky, founded in 2005, has become one of Austria’s leading law firms. In less than a decade, we have earned a reputation for providing the highest quality legal advice and representation to our clients. We specialize in matters that require extensive experience, a high level of sophistication and individual attention by our partners. Our firm with more than 28 lawyers consistently ranks at or near the top of the market in each of our core practice areas.

In 2005, our founding partners combined their talents to create a new type of law firm, built on an ethic of hard work, commitment and quality that has nurtured the firm’s dynamic growth. Yet we are not, and do not strive to become, the largest Austrian firm measured by number of lawyers. We operate at a ratio of partners to associates far above that of our major competitors, and matters undertaken by our firm receive the direct personal attention of partners having expertise and sophistication with respect to these issues.

What motivates us on every single day is the curiosity and openness we espouse with regard to new developments in the field of law and business, and our enjoyment of working to provide legal satisfaction. Our success is the result of the quality of our lawyers. From its beginning, our firm has strived to develop the most broadly and deeply trained collection of attorneys. We accomplish this by hiring only exceptional law students who participate in our unique training system: rather than limiting our associates to specialize early on, we make every effort to ensure that each of our team members works on a broad range of transactions. We believe that the experience our attorneys have makes them well-rounded counselors to our clients. The result are attorneys with diverse areas of knowledge and extraordinary professional judgment.

Department Name Email Telephone
Public Law Christoph Herbst christoph.herbst@herbstkinsky.at +4319042180-0
Commercial, Corporate Law and M&A; Capital Markets Law Philipp Kinsky philipp.kinsky@herbstkinsky.at +4319042180-0
Commercial, Corporate Law and M&A, Banking and Finance Wolfgang Schwackhöfer wolfgang.schwackhoefer@herbstkinsky.at +4319042180-0
Commercial, Corporate Law and M&A; Capital Markets Law Phillip Dubsky phillip.dubsky@herbstkinsky.at +4319042180-0
Commercial, Corporate Law and M&A, Banking and Finance Christoph Wildmoser christoph.wildmoser@herbstkinsky.at +4319042180-0
IP; Data Privacy and Data Protection Sonja Hebenstreit sonja.hebenstreit@herbstkinsky.at +4319042180-0
Commercial, Corporate Law and M&A Florian Steinhart florian.steinhart@herbstkinsky.at +4319042180-0
Commercial, Corporate Law and M&A; Capital Markets Law Johannes Frank johannes.frank@herbstkinsky.at +4319042180-0
Dispute Resolution; Administrative and Public Law Stephan Lenzhofer stephan.lenzhofer@herbstkinsky.at +4319042180-0
Commercial, Corporate Law and M&A, Banking and Finance Carl Walderdorff carl.walderdorff@herbstkinsky.at +4319042180-0
Photo Name Position Profile
Christoph Herbst photo Dr Christoph Herbst Partner
Philipp Kinsky photo Dr Philipp Kinsky Partner
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