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Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte

Austria > Real estate Tier 1

Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte‘s real estate team takes on a range of domestic and cross-border transactions, with a notable following amongst Austria’s major real estate investors. The practice also advises property managers and developers on the ongoing the development of new facilities in the office, hospitality and retail sectors, assisting with planning, construction and leasing matters. ‘Problem solver’ Christian Marth heads the group, supporting clients engaged in cross-border real estate deals, including forward funding and purchase transactions. Linz office head Lisa Haslinger was made partner in January 2023, merging her knowledge of transactional and developmental real estate law and public economic law.

Practice head(s):

Christian Marth

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Haslinger; Daniel Gebauer


‘Christian Marth and his team do an outstanding job. He is always available for his clients and consistently delivers solutions. The collaborative and human approach is especially noteworthy.’

‘Christian Marth always seeks and finds the simplest, fastest, and most secure solution for his clients. We have never been disappointed.’

‘One of the leading law firms in real estate. 20 years of experience with global investors. Outstanding knowledge in real estate projects. Very high ability to solve problems during negotiations. Highly recognised.’

‘Great willingness to work hard for a successful deal. Goal-oriented and entrepreneurial-minded. Stand-out partner was Christian Marth.’

‘Christian Marth and Lisa Haslinger are very focused and efficient, and both have in-depth knowledge of real estate law.’

‘One of the rising stars in Austria, putting pressure on the “usual suspects.” Based on excellent legal knowledge and client communication, VHM has become a valid alternative if you want legal advice of investment-grade quality. Always approachable, quick and solution-driven.’

‘Christian Marth is a smart mind, a tough negotiator, and a problem solver. He gets things done.’

‘I would recommend Vavrovsky Heine Marth to anyone looking for an attorney. My experience with them was like no other, very compassionate, they take you through each and every step of your case very patiently, answering all the questions you have.’

Key clients

European Parliament

Raiffeisen Immobilien Kapitalanlage-Gesellschaft m.b.H.

LLB Immo Kapitalanlagegesellschaft m.b.H. (Liechtensteinische Landesbank)

ERSTE Immobilien Kapitalanlagegesellschaft m.b.H.

Bank Austria Real Invest Immobilien Kapitalanlage GmbH

Imfarr Beteiligungs GmbH

HT Group (vormals Hamburg Trust)

Ing. Hans Bodner Bau Ges. m.b.H. & Co. KG

Union Investment Group

3SI Immogroup

Immo-humana / Association for combatting the housing shortages of mothers

Mamma Real Estate GmbH & Co KG

Real One Group

Haring Group

UBM Development Österreich GmbH

GalCap Europe

TRIVALUE Management GmbH

Tecto Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Mamma Real Estate GmbH & Co KG on construction of the largest hotel at Vienna Airport.
  • Acted for the European Parliament on drafting and negotiating a lease agreement for a new location of the “Europa Experience” in Vienna.
  • Assisted Raiffeisen Immobilien Kapitalanlage-Gesellschaft m.b.H. on its acquisition of a property in a development area in Vienna via a share deal and forward purchase from SIGNA/ARE.

Austria > Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 2

Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte handles the full range of dispute prevention, representation before arbitral tribunals and the enforcement of judgements with strong legal and analytical skills’. Co-lead Nikolaus Vavrovsky, ‘one of Austria’s pre-eminent authorities in this field,’ excels in commercial arbitration and advises on post-M&A disputes, international commercial contracts, financial transactions and construction projects and regularly acts in cross-border matters, while co-head Florian Stefan focuses on technology, licensing and distribution-related matters and has experience in public international law and investor-state arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Nikolaus Vavrovsky; Florian Stefan


‘Perfect mix between strategic thinking and great execution.’

‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky always gives you the impression that you are the only client in focus.’

‘They certainly offer one of Austria’s premier international arbitration and dispute resolution practices. The team is well versed in all different aspects that come along with arbitration proceedings. It is astute and truly innovative in its submissions.’

‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky is one of Austria’s preeminent authorities in this field. He and Florian Stefan are dedicated to international arbitration. The counsels and associates include highly talented young lawyers.’

‘A good mix of senior partners and younger associates that interact in a perfectly organized manner.’

‘The team shows the highest degree of professional acumen with an ever-present human touch.’

‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky is very cooperative and knowledgeable. I’d recommend him for any arbitration at any time. ’

‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky is our trusted partner. Beside his legal expertise, he has excellent social skills in bringing the parties to the table, carefully weighs interests and supports quick and positive solutions.’

Austria > Construction Tier 3

Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte provides clients with ‘innovative contract solutions’ across the lifecycle of construction projects, supporting both the construction itself and subsequent sales, while also representing clients in disputes arising out of delays, cost overruns and defects. Transactions, including forward purchases and financing arrangements, form the spectrum of advice given by practice co-head Christian Marth, whose clients include developers and international real estate funds. Both litigation and arbitration proceedings are handled by co-head Nikolaus Vavrovsky, who acts for banks, investors, developers and public bodies.

Practice head(s):

Christian Marth; Nikolaus Vavrovsky

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Haslinger


‘Very responsive and customer-oriented. They think for the customer and come up with innovative contract solutions that benefit the customers without being obvious.’

‘We worked with Christian Marth who is highly competent, accessible 24/7 and responsive. Especially during time-constrained negotiations, this is a key factor.’

‘This is a firm with people who are very close to the client. They are very solution oriented, very accessible and very competent and professional.’

‘The cooperation is at eye level, the definition of tasks is very clear and the implementation is very fast.’

Key clients

European Parliament

Raiffeisen Immobilien Kapitalanlage-Gesellschaft m.b.H.

LLB Immo Kapitalanlagegesellschaft m.b.H. (Liechtensteinische Landesbank)

Bank Austria Real Invest Immobilien Kapitalanlage GmbH

Imfarr Beteiligungs GmbH

Ing. Hans Bodner Bau Ges. m.b.H. & Co. KG

Mamma Real Estate GmbH & Co KG

Haring Group

UBM Development Österreich GmbH

Wiener Komfortwohnungen GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Mamma Real Estate GmbH & Co KG on construction of the largest hotel at Vienna Airport to date.
  • Acted for Raiffeisen Immobilien Kapitalanlage-Gesellschaft m.b.H. on its acquisition of a property in a development area in Vienna via a share deal and forward purchase from SIGNA/ARE.
  • Advised Imfarr Beteiligungs GmbH on the sale of a property that was rented to the Republic of Austria, Austrian Parliamentary Directorate Division, and on the comprehensive renovation of an office building in Vienna’s second district.

Austria > Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 3

Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte operates across the spectrum of dispute prevention and resolution, including the representation of clients before national courts and arbitral tribunals, the enforcement of judgements and protection of rights, with a particular focus on litigation in the real estate and construction sectors. The team, under the leadership of Nikolaus Vavrovsky, ‘outstanding litigator’ Dieter Heine, and Florian Stefan, offers a cross-method approach, which also includes expertise in arbitration and mediation. Nina Sterzl is sought out for advice on the purchase and sale of real estate and is one of the firm’s key contacts for construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Nikolaus Vavrovsky; Dieter Heine

Other key lawyers:


‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky provides insightful guidance paired with high level legal analysis.’

‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky perfectly combines vast experience in both real estate and dispute related matters. He regularly works with Nina Sterzl, a rising star in construction dispute resolution.’

‘The overall impression of the team is very positive. As clients, we also feel that there is a suitable approach to every inconvenience that we might have.’

‘I have been working with Dieter Heine and his broad know-how and vast experience make us choose him and Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte over and over again. He is an outstanding litigator whose practice covers a wide range of disputes. We feel comfortable with him guiding us through any dispute and advising.’

‘The team shows strength in preparing strategy and documentation of the cases, especially towards the actual litigation in court. Written preparation of claims, pleadings and answers to a complaint is very well and quickly done.’

‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky: very quick and effective communication, excellent strategic and negotiation skills. Very strong in scenario analysis and preventive risk management.’

‘The overall impression of the team is very positive because of the structured way of work and the vast experience and know-how that especially Dieter Heine has.’

‘Dieter Heine is an outstanding litigator. I feel comfortable with him guiding us through any dispute, and I also feel that there is a suitable approach to every inconvenience we might have.’

Key clients

Geros Beteiligungsverwaltungs GmbH/Lifestyle Brands Investment Holding GmbH

Siemens AG Österreich

Novogenia GmbH

Salzburger Festspiele (Salzburg Festival)

Habeco Handelsgesellschaft m.b.H.

Energy Changes Projektentwicklungs GmbH

StreamView GmbH

Stadt Salzburg/City of Salzburg

Taxi 40100 Taxifunkzentrale GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Geros Beteiligungsverwaltungs GmbH on a multi-million-euro lawsuit regarding the recovery of alleged payments made by Steinhoff Europe to Geros.

Austria > Insolvency and corporate recovery

Vavrovsky Heine Marth keeps pace with challenging economic circumstances and the ever-changing market needs worldwide, which we are proving throughout our legal services in dispute resolution, real estate and restructuring and insolvency. We partner with our clients to help manage risk and solve business problems and always weigh business objectives against legal, commercial and reputational risk. They value that we analyse negotiating weaknesses and devise optimal procedural tactics or creative settlement approaches, executing as promptly and as cost effective as possible. The fusion of innovative thinking, strategy and profound know-how is our strength, which enables us being a flexible, trustworthy and understanding companion to our clients, while safeguarding their interests and determining the best path to their success.

We are highly engaged in dispute resolution by proving our field of activity in

    • dispute prevention
    • management to dispute resolution
    • representation before national courts and arbitral tribunals
    • the enforcement of judgments and protection of rights

Considered as one of the leading firms in Austria for (inter)national commercial litigation and international arbitration, our key services include:

    • contract and claim management
    • risk assessment
    • complex litigation
    • international arbitration
    • alternative dispute resolution
    • enforcement

Accompanying investors, developers and real estate funds in real estate and construction matters, we are focusing on national and cross-border transactions, especially forwards purchase/forwards funding projects.

Proving our field in restructuring and insolvency, we support our clients in processes regarding turnaround management as well as in avoiding corporate crisis.

Our clients mainly cover the following sectors:

    • real estate
    • construction and infrastructure
    • competition and IP law
    • corporate financing

Vast experience, constant development – not only of our legal expertise, but also of our understanding of the respective industry – and profound know-how in these fields make us involved in several milestone matters by counselling numerous major name players from the construction and real estate industry.

Department Name Email Telephone
Insolvency; Restructuring & Corporate Recovery; Private Clients Karl Ludwig Vavrovsky
Dispute Resolution (Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration); Real Estate & Construction; Restructuring & Corporate Recovery Nikolaus Vavrovsky
Dispute Resolution (Commercial Litigation, Consensual Dispute Resolution / Mediation); Unfair Competition; IP, IT & Media; Restructuring & Corporate Recovery Dieter Heine
Real Estate & Construction Christian Marth
Real Estate Lisa Haslinger
Dispute Resolution (Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration); Florian Stefan
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Lisa Haslinger photo Lisa Haslinger Lisa Haslinger is a partner at Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte and is…
Dieter Heine photo Dieter Heine Dieter Heine is a founding partner at Vavrovsky Heine Marth and advises…
Christian Marth photo Christian Marth Christian Marth is a founding partner at Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte in…
Daniela Pitzek photo Daniela Pitzek Daniela Pitzek is a partner at Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte in Vienna…
Florian Stefan photo Florian Stefan Florian Stefan is a partner at Vavrovsky Heine Marth in Vienna with…
Nikolaus Vavrovsky photo Nikolaus Vavrovsky Nikolaus Vavrovsky is a founding-partner at Vavrovsky Heine Marth in Vienna and…
Karl Ludwig Vavrovsky photo Karl Ludwig Vavrovsky Karl Ludwig Vavrovsky is a founding partner at Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte…
Number of lawyers : 25
at this office : >20
Other offices : Salzburg | Linz

Vavrovsky Heine Marth is using a business-led approach to diversity, by ensuring the representation of diverse talents with different backgrounds. When selecting workforce, we considerate principles of equality and difference and attach great importance to an open-minded attitude. Furthermore, fairness and transparency are of prime importance for us, which is why we focus on promoting diversity of our employees in all dimensions. Their know-how, experience and creativity contribute to our success. While we are creating a positive, inspiring work environment, we strongly believe that diversity and a corporate culture, characterized by tolerance and appreciation are one of the biggest determinants for innovation, stability and success in our firm. Strong values contribute to strengthening the team in our firm. Respect and mutual appreciation we take for granted. We attach great importance to corporate social responsibility by promoting a good work-life balance for our employees, enabling cost-efficient services for our clients and reinforcing customer relations.

The way we understand our employees and clients and the way we lead our business is driven by our corporate culture through embedding diversity, flexibility, efficiency and the promotion of further education. Our approach to diversity is not just an inherent part to meet the needs of the market and clients with our services and solutions, but also the commitment of our firm to assume responsibility towards our employees as a key factor. We place great emphasis on promoting the recognition and understanding of different cultures and various mindsets and widening the perspective through various jurisdictions. In order to guarantee a constant growth and continuing training in our field, we set highest priority in connecting to colleagues, expanding our network and promoting an appreciative leadership.

By supporting various non-profit organisations on a pro bono basis. This is how we pay a small contribution to our environment.

At Vavrovsky Heine Marth, we are committed to value-oriented action, integrity and autonomy. We feel confident, that a various team contributes to innovation as well as problem resolution and fulfils our potential as a whole.

COMPANY/FIRM: International firm in the technology industry
TESTIMONIAL: Vavrovsky Heine Marth understands how to run the business and adjusts to the needs of the market. Their outrageous expertise and experience contribute to success. Every time. In every matter.

CLIENT: President
COMPANY/FIRM: Austrian Cultural Institution
TESTIMONIAL: Karl Ludwig Vavrovsky, heading Vavrovsky Heine Marth’s Salzburg office, has a remarkable legal and economic know-how. His personal commitment and efficient way of working convinced us to pursue the collaboration with the law firm. His calm and reliable manner contributes to our success.

COMPANY/FIRM: International technology company
TESTIMONIAL: Nikolaus Vavrovsky proves his field in litigation and international arbitration and always manages to assert himself before court. He is a strong companion, excellent listener and understands the client’s problems. After giving him insight into our matter, we were confident that Nikolaus would face the challenges in this case and resolve our problem. We have decided to refer any legal matter in our company to Nikolaus Vavrovsky in the future.

CLIENT: Managing Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Austrian bank with international subsidiaries
TESTIMONIAL: Dieter Heine, specialising in dispute resolution and competition law, is not only a specialist when it comes to the resolution of commercial conflicts, but has an outstanding ability in preventing them. His solution-oriented thinking, the service quality and the commitment to clients contribute to succeed in each step of our matter.

CLIENT: Transaction Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: International real estate developer
TESTIMONIAL: Vavrovsky Heine Marth’s expertise in real estate development and transactions is unique in the market. The head of the real estate department, Christian Marth stands out through his vast know-how, not only in in the legal field. His economic background contributes to finding customized solutions to our challenging transactions, by analysing our needs and the market and finally devising strategies for our project plan. Christian Marth is a true companion – he is personally committed to his clients.

COMPANY/FIRM: Austrian real estate developer
TESTIMONIAL: With long-lasting experience, Daniela Pitzek has excellent legal know-how and advises our company successfully for many years. Vavrovsky Heine Marth’s real estate team is highly client-oriented and has an efficient working manner. Daniela stands out for her ability to work under the highest pressure and does not lose sight of our goal through the whole project. Efficiency, strong expertise and thoroughness describe Daniela the best.