Firm Profile > Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH > Vienna, Austria

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Austria > Administrative law and public sector Tier 3

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH fields a wide variety of administrative law expertise ranging from state aid and regulatory matters to public banking, trade law, energy and waster matters. Christoph Herbst, who is an expert in financing transactions for public entities, is the key name; he leads the team in addition to his role as a judge at the Austrian Constitutional Court.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Herbst

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


Illwerke AG

Niederösterreichische Landeskliniken Holding und Land Niederösterreich

GIS Gebühren Info Service GmbH

Bundesanstalt Statistik Österreich

Austria > Banking and finance Tier 3

Advising lenders and borrowers, Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH has acquisition and asset finance, most notably aviation and rail financing, at its core. Its work regularly includes cross-border elements as well as refinancing and structured finance issues. Aviation and rail finance expert Christoph Wildmoser jointly heads the practice with banking law specialist Christoph Herbst.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Wildmoser; Christoph Herbst


‘Very commercially thinking team members, who provided helpful and clear advice at a reasonable price. Very good advice and good response times.’

‘We often work with Herbst Kinsky. In particular, we have worked together on a major project in connection with the sale of trains. Herbst Kinsky has also assisted us in the passporting of several financial companies from Germany to Austria.’

The team has a pragmatic and high-quality approach and works excellently on an international level.

‘The team works incredibly hard and is also incredibly efficient. I know that any matters that I entrust them with will be well looked after which makes my life a lot easier.’

‘I mostly work with Christoph Wildmoser and his team. He works to the highest standards, is pragmatic, fast, reliable and a really pleasant guy.’

‘Christoph Wildmoser was extremely responsive, understood the issues and provided helpful advice.’

‘Christoph Wildmoser provides accurate advice quickly and is extremely responsive.’

Key clients

WESTbahn Management GmbH

DPE Deutsche Private Equity

Blackrock Investment Management

Marinomed Biotech AG


ARES Management und Rabo Bank


Standard Chartered Bank

Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW)


Austria > Capital markets Tier 3

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH has a fine reputation in the fintech and start-up space, advising clients on various capital markets matters such as prospectus preparations, cryptocurrency issues, IPOs and ICOs, FMA proceedings and compliance. Typically, its work lies at the intersection with finance, corporate and venture capital, which is a reflection of co-team heads Philipp Kinsky's and Phillip Dubsky's expertise.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Kinsky; Phillip Dubsky


‘Legal knowledge and practical approach.’

‘Very good legal knowledge, availability, case management and communication.’

‘Philipp Kinsky is a go-to-guy for capital markets for young entrepreneurs and start-ups; he has established a decent track record for start-up capital market transactions.’

‘Philipp Kinsky is sharp-minded, commercial and committed and goes extra miles for clients.’

‘Philipp Kinsky is unique in terms of quality, commitment and personality.’

Key clients

ams AG



4 IST-Cube/IST Austria (Institute of Science and Technology Austria)

Marinomed Biotech AG

Apeiron Biologics AG



Round 2 Capital

C & P Immobilien

Austria > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Over the last couple of years, Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH has managed to build a solid reputation for venture capital and private equity work in the corporate space. The practice also has a strong showing in tech and biotech-related M&A as well as in advice to start-ups. The practice is jointly headed by VC expert Philipp Kinsky, PE connoisseur Phillip Dubsky and all-rounders Christoph Herbst and Wolfgang Schwackhöfer.

Practice head(s):

Phillip Dubsky; Christoph Herbst; Philipp Kinsky; Wolfgang Schwackhöfer

Key clients

ams AG

Apeiron Biologics

AUCTUS Capital Partners

Senova Capital & Project A

Westbahn Management


Waterland Private Equity



DPE – Deutsche Private Equity




Marinomed Biotech

Themis Biotech




Austria > Employment Tier 3

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH assists with a wide range of employment matters such as mergers and acquisitions or social security matters, to name but a few. Group leader Franz Marhold and his team also represent clients in court and have particular experience of handling cases before the European Court of Justice. Associate Christoph Ludvik and Tanja Lang provide key assistance.

Practice head(s):

Franz Marhold

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

ams AG

Vienna Philharmonic

Evotec SE

OMV Refining & Marketing GmbH

Apollo Optik

Leder & Schuh AG

Österreichischer Genossenschaftsverband (Schultze-Delitzsch)

Rudolf Ölz Meisterbäcker GmbH & Co KG

Vector Austria GmbH

Raiffeisen Informatik

Austria > Intellectual property Tier 3

On top of traditional IP work, Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH is especially adept at supporting biotech and life sciences clients with a wide array of licensing matters. Sonja Hebenstreit leads the team, which is also active in litigation and has additional skills in issues surrounding pharmaceutical advertising and unfair competition. Among several innovation initiatives, the department acts as co-initiator and counsel of START:IP, which supports the commercialisation of patented cutting-edge technologies.

Practice head(s):

Sonja Hebenstreit

Key clients

P4Therapeutics GmbH

Novartis Pharma GmbH

Tower 10 GmbH/Tom Storyteller GmbH

Kvell Group

Cirse Society

Ashoka Deutschland GmbH

World4You Internet Services GmbH

Refurbed GmbH

ams AG

Legal Tech Services GmbH


Camerata Salzburg

Tower 10

Austria > Data privacy and data protection Tier 4

GDPR implementation and compliance are the pillar of the data protection department at Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH. The group also works closely with the firm's corporate and M&A team, for instance in investments with a data privacy aspect. Sonja Hebenstreit, who has additional know-how in software licensing, is in charge of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Sonja Hebenstreit

Key clients

Borealis AG


Senovo and Project A


Allcyte GmbH

Probando GmbH

Familia Austria – Austrian Society for Genealogy and History


Class Ninjas

Austria > Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 4

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH is adept at handling public and banking sector-related work as well as representing individuals in manager liability proceedings. This offering reflects team head Stephan Lenzhofer's key areas of expertise. Other recent work stems from the construction, manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Lenzhofer

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

MEIKO Austria GmbH

GIS – Gebühren Info Service GmbH

Land Niederösterreich (Province of Lower Austria)

Deloitte Tax Wirtschaftsprüfungs GmbH

Dubai Aerospace

ASV Siegendorf

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 +4319042180-0
Commercial, Corporate Law and M&A; Capital Markets Law Philipp Kinsky +4319042180-0
Commercial, Corporate Law and M&A, Banking and Finance Wolfgang Schwackhöfer +4319042180-0
Commercial, Corporate Law and M&A; Capital Markets Law Phillip Dubsky +4319042180-0
Commercial, Corporate Law and M&A, Banking and Finance Christoph Wildmoser +4319042180-0
IP; Data Privacy and Data Protection Sonja Hebenstreit +4319042180-0
Commercial, Corporate Law and M&A Florian Steinhart +4319042180-0
Commercial, Corporate Law and M&A; Capital Markets Law Johannes Frank +4319042180-0
Dispute Resolution; Administrative and Public Law Stephan Lenzhofer +4319042180-0
Commercial, Corporate Law and M&A, Banking and Finance Carl Walderdorff +4319042180-0
Commercial, Corporate Law and M&A Felix Kernbichler +4319042180-0
Employment Franz Marhold +4319042180-0
Employment Tanja Lang +4319042180-0
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Christoph Herbst photo Dr Christoph Herbst Partner
Dr Philipp Kinsky photo Dr Philipp Kinsky Partner
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