Dr Christoph Nauer > bpv Hügel > Vienna, Austria > Lawyer Profile

bpv Hügel
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Work Department

Corporate/M&A, Capital markets, Banking & Finance


Partner in the practice areas corporate/M&A, capital markets and banking&finance. His practice focus on M&A, mergers/spin-offs, takeover situations, ECM (equity/equity-linked) and banking regulatory. He represented international/Austrian blue chips across various industries. Top 5 in the Individual 10 yrs. League Table of Mergermarket per value for Austria till 2018 (with total deal value of €9,286bn last 10yrs).

– €390mn strategic acquisition in listed S IMMO by IMMOFINANZ
– R-IT on its sale of global operating COMPAREX to KKR backed SoftwareONE
– €760mn sale by IMMOFINANZ of stake in listed CAI to Starwood Capital
– RZB on its merger with listed RBI (highest profile banking sector transaction in Austria/CEE in 2017)
– €1.6bn Spin-off of BUWOG (first from an ATX company)


With bpv Huegel since 2009. Prior with Cheyne Capital, London (leading Europe alternative investment fund manager).


German, English


International Bar Association


University of Vienna (1998 Mag. iur., 2002 Dr. iur.), Vienna University of Economics and Business (2006 LL.M. International Tax Law)

Lawyer Rankings

Austria > Capital markets

With a particular focus on ECM, bpv Hügel regularly advises issuers and underwriters on public offerings of shares and private placements, while also handling delistings. Christoph Nauer advised Immofinanz on its reverse stock split at a ratio of 10:1, combining ten existing shares into a single share. Autobank is also a client. Elke Maria Napokoj heads the team, which works in close co-operation with its corporate group.

Austria > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Handling the full spectrum of corporate and M&A work, bpv Hügel benefits from its strong tax practice, which it is able to call upon to advise on matters involving tax structuring and tax reorganisation issues. Christoph Nauer advised Immofinanz on the sale of its approximately 26% stake in CA Immobilien Anlagen to Starwood Capital, and Elke Maria Napokoj assisted International Airlines Group and Vueling Airlines with the intended takeover of Niki Luftfahrt; while the clients’ bid was unsuccessful, it led to a follow-on mandate where the team assisted the client with the set-up of Austria-based new airline Level. Thomas Lettau, Florian Gibitz and Stefan Gaug are other key members of the team.

Austria > Tax

Companies, including several blue-chips and energy sector players, and high-net-worth individuals alike routinely instruct bpv Hügel‘s ‘very responsive, experienced and dedicated‘ team to assist with corporate and transactional tax law matters alongside estate planning, private foundation and contentious matters. The ‘hardworking and structuredKornelia Wittmann, who made partner in July 2018, is a key name for contentious work. Other key individuals include Christoph Nauer and Walter Loukota, who joined the firm in May 2017 from Binder Grösswang, and jointly heads the team with the ‘highly efficientGerald Schachner, who is ‘an outstanding tax lawyer and negotiator with brilliant knowledge and a high level of commitment‘.