Firm Profile > Schindler Attorneys > Vienna, Austria

Schindler Attorneys
Kohlmarkt 8-10
Entrance: Wallnerstraße 1
1010 Vienna
Austria

Private client Tier 2

The private client practice at Schindler Attorneys collaborates closely with other departments of the firm to offer family enterprises full-service assistance. In addition to foundation law, the department also excels in inheritance law, family law and art law and advises several international clients, with Germany one of the group's key markets. Clemens Philipp Schindler, Philipp Hoyos and Martin Picherer jointly head the team. Schindler is particularly sought after for his financial and economic expertise; Hoyos specialises in the structuring of family assets; and Picherer focuses on real estate and succession planning. Senior associate Katharina Schindler is of note for her art law and inheritance expertise.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Philipp Schindler; Philipp Hoyos; Martin Picherer

Other key lawyers:

Katharina Schindler

Testimonials

‘Schindler Attorneys, and in particular, its name partner Clemens Schindler, is a client-oriented and extremely experienced lawyer, very committed to his work and a pleasure to work with. He has earned peer recognition in the international tax arena for the firm and for himself, being quite young for such impressive achievement. Clemens has positioned the firm within the top-notch Austrian firms to go to for private wealth but also for corporate tax advice.’

‘They are always quick to respond and to clarify the parameters of their work. You are always given the impression that as a client you are valuable to them.’

‘Philipp Hoyos and Clemens Schindler have profound legal knowledge and can add strong empathy which is a key in private client matters. In addition, they have a pragmatic approach and are oriented towards solutions.’

‘Philipp Hoyos has the unique profile suitable for a private client lawyer with his quick understanding of the legal issue and in particular any family dynamics.

‘Clemens Schindler adds to the practice the international experience and elements of professionalism.’

‘I moved with Clemens Schindler when he set up his firm as he is a brilliant lawyer. Not only smart, he is good at listening to what the client wants, understanding the nuances of what they need making sure they get it and are protected in the process. He and his team are creative, extremely detailed orientated and trustworthy.’

‘Clemens Schindler is extremely smart. Completely committed to his clients. Creative, and this works so well because of his exceptional knowledge of the law and international taxes.’

‘Philipp Hoyos is structured, thoughtful and thorough, a very deliberate lawyer.’

‘I feel the team works very efficiently. Information flows precisely and in meetings the team is always perfectly organized. The firm has excellent expertise in M&A, real estate matters and tax law. By far better than any firm I have worked with so far.’

‘Dr. Schindler and his team are exceptionally hard-working professionals. They have handled my cases real estate and tax questions with care and preciseness in a fast matter. I would say precision and effectiveness makes Schindler Attorneys stand out. ’

‘Schindler Attorneys is a law firm with a multidisciplinary approach and an extraordinary service level.

‘Dr. Clemens Schindler’s professional skills and wide range of legal and economic expertise are one of a kind. His network is invaluable.’

‘The team works very customer-oriented and fast. The professional competence in foundation and tax law is impressive. But also corporate law or M&A for family offices is a core competence of the law firm.’

‘The team distinguishes itself from other law firms by its personal commitment and especially because they speak the language of the client.’

Key clients

Elina Garanca

Hypo Alpe Adria Mitarbeiter Privatstiftung

Frey Family

Tax Tier 2

Tax advice for start-ups, national and international clients is a key service at Schindler Attorneys. The department, which includes lawyers who are internationally trained and admitted to practice in multiple jurisdictions, is led by Clemens Philipp Schindler, who is also a certified public tax adviser and has a core focus on the tax aspects of corporate, M&A and restructuring. He receives key support from Edith Ludwig, an expert in VAT matters. Ludwig also handles tax audits and tax litigation as well as other standalone tax issues. Lars Gläser left the firm in August 2020 to start his own tax boutique firm.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Philipp Schindler

Other key lawyers:

Edith Ludwig

Testimonials

‘Schindler has a good knowledge of and contacts within the Austrian market’

‘The approach to combine the M&A practice with tax know-how is a ‘one-stop shop’ that makes absolute sense. The team is thus multi-dimensional and you get good and aligned services.’

‘I work with Clemens Schindler, the name partner, who is a top lawyer combining corporate / M&A with tax advisory experience.’

‘The team’s USP is that they do not only advise as support-service for M&A transactions, but they are a standalone tax practice with an excellent quality. This is what we need for our clients and it sets them apart from many other tax practices of law firms in Austria.’

‘Clemens Schindler is a very good corporate and tax lawyer, who knows how to deal with international clients. Edith Ludwig is handling a VAT case for us and does an excellent job.’

‘Outstanding expertise in tax and corporate structuring matters especially in complicated cross border issues Schindler Attorneys always stays in clear control.’

‘Outstanding knowledge of. Dr. Schindler in Tax and Corporate, especially cross border structuring.’

‘Creative solutions. Tax advice to the point and very service orientated.’

‘Effective work, good in transactional and tax work. My go-to firm for Austrian tax issues.’

‘Clemens Schindler is outstanding when it comes to transactions and taxes.’

‘The firm is very knowledgeable on tax matters pertaining to Brazil and Austria.’

‘Clemens Schindler is an excellent professional, always giving really good tax advices and solutions to his clients.’

‘They have a couple of Portuguese speakers in their team. The Schindler`team is always available via phone or whatsapp. Those are a couple of elements we value when choosing an international law firm. ’

‘The team’s outstanding understanding of client’s needs, their agile and efficient work attitude make them stand out from the crowd.’

‘Clemens Schindler excels at finding solutions to unprecedented issues and ensures that clients’ needs are met.’

‘Very responsive team, excellent expertise, one of the top firms in Austria.’

‘Clemens Schindler is very well connected and is good at finding solutions in difficult situations.

‘Schindler Attorneys combines great expertise in tax matters with expertise in other relevant areas, such as regulatory and corporate governance. They are very well connected internationally with a clear focus on Brazil ’

‘Clemens Schindler, as the founder certainly one of the advisors best plugged into the Austrian and International tax and legal arena. A very creative colleague with a fresh look on structuring topics combined with in depth knowledge of Austrian and International tax law ’

‘Strong success- and target-driven approach; best-practice approach combined with executable proposals; very strong in combination with M&A or Real Estate as combination of legal and tax one of the best shops in town’

‘Clemens Philipp Schindler: Strong background in both tax and legal. Good personal client approach and involved personally in major transactions. Well-balanced between conservative and aggressive and highly likely to achieve targets without the danger of stepping over red lines. ’

‘Highest quality standards, exceptional dedication, almost 24/7 availability, extensive expertise in corporate law, tax law as well as finance.’

‘Extensive experienced professionals on cross-border transactions, up-to-date with international taxation and foreign regulations. Sensibility to understand and communicate with international clients and their different cultures. Full availability despite time zone differences. Those soft skills are key when comparing to other firms.’

‘Clemens Schindler stands out by fully understanding client businesses, plans and goals.’

Key clients

Acer Europe

ACTS Group

AIG

Amazon

Americá Móvil

Ardian

Ares

Aston Martin

Banque PSA

Beachmajors

BTG Pactual

Daifuku

Deutsche Private Equity (DPE)

Frey Group

Futrue

Elvaston

Esim Chemicals

Etesco

Galvao

Hexagon

Iochpe Maxion

J&F

Konica Minolta

KSG Leiterplatten

Kühne+Nagel

OAS Group

Paragon

SNAM S.p.A.

Sotreq

Suzano Papel

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Schindler Attorneys earns particular praise for its M&A and private equity offering, where the department provides 'perfect support'. The team around Clemens Philipp Schindler and Florian Cvak often harvests its cross-selling capabilities with overlapping practice areas. The former is a Latin America expert and the latter shines in the group's core area, private equity.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Philipp Schindler; Florian Cvak

Other key lawyers:

Martin Abram

Testimonials

‘Combination of company law, transactions and tax. Complementary team, covering all areas.’

‘Clemens Schindler has an entrepreneurial mindset.’

‘Clemens Schindler covers both the tax and legal aspects, which allows a quick and comprehensive analysis of complex issues. This is a great support, particularly in the negotiations with international sports federations and the relevant licensing agreements.’

‘Martin Abram: Even complicated issues such as global distribution and sponsorship contracts are dealt with comprehensively and quickly, which is indispensable in the sport-event business.’

‘Dynamic, young team. Hard-working and entrepreneurial. Strong PE and M&A knowledge.’

‘Excellent M&A and PE know-how in the Austrian market and connected to the highest levels in government. ’

‘Not only top lawyers, but also excellent commercial sense with an impressive network.’

‘Schindler Attorneys are exceptional in the Austrian market, on one hand with their focus and outstanding expertise on M&A transactions, and on the other with the rare plus of corporate, finance and tax law. For us it was a perfect fit.’

‘During the whole process the individuals at Schindler Attorneys took over the lead and they gave us optimal advice and guidance about the execution. Their high-level professional attitude combined with sympathy and ease is outstanding.’

‘No hierarchy thinking, very customer focused and orientated.’

‘Dr. Schindler is unique, very hands-on, problem-solving rather the creating, very entrepreneurial approach and thinking.’

‘Schindler has shown an outstanding degree of professionalism, competence and commitment in the two transactions where we have worked closely with them. We engaged them for legal due diligence services for two M&A transactions in Austria as well as to help with drafting the Austria specific parts of the SPA. What impressed me most was their ability to think outside the box and to develop a tailored approach to our problems as well as their ability to keep to very short deadlines without reducing the quality of their output.’

‘In negotiations Clemens Schindler impressed me with his fast ability to grasp a complex situation and think through all implications while simultaneously drafting a wording that was just on the right side of acceptability for the other side. In comparison to competitors he showed not only great legal competence but enough pragmatism to move M&A negotiations to a successful conclusion whist still getting our major points included. ’

‘Clemens Schindler shows excellent knowledge (tax and legal) and problem-solving capacity for the major European countries. Perfectly linked with experts all over the world. Fast response behaviour.’

‘Martin Abram provides very good support for solving a tricky contract situation. Very fast response and deep knowledge in the corporate law area.’

‘Schindler Attorneys is the only law firm I know in Austria providing full scope transactional legal services, in particular, including transactional tax advice. This approach together with a good senior staff makes this practice unique.’

‘Efficient work at a very high legal level.’

‘The firm advised us both from a corporate and tax perspective, which I understand is rather rare on the Austrian market. One could see that intra-group reorganizations are one of their core areas and that they are experienced with cross-border matters. ’

‘We mainly worked with lead partner Clemens Schindler and his follow-partner Martin Abram. Both show a high degree of experience in such projects. Clemens stands out for his combined advise in corporate and tax matters, as well as his business minded approach. Martin did a great job in handling the local counsel firms across CEE. ’

‘Broad expertise in tax law company law and transactions not only in Austria but internationally, which is really exceptional for a law firm of that size.’

‘Clemens Schindler is an outstanding lawyer who is far beyond his age in experience as well as in personality.’

‘Florian Cvak has a great network which allows him to inform clients early on about new deals coming to market.’

Key clients

Allianz

ACTS Group

Alba Communications

Alten SA

Ardian

ARES

Beach Majors

Bird Rides Inc.

BTG Pactual

Capvis

Checkrobin

Christof Group

Daifuku Co., Ltd.

Deutsche Private Equity (DPE)

Deutsche Telekom

Do&Co

Equistone

Elvaston

Fritsch & Co.

Genui Partners

Getaround Inc.

Golden Tree

Goldman Sachs

Hexagon

Huawei

Increase AG

Innogy

JD Sports Fashion

J&F

Konica Minolta

Kühne + Nagel

Liberta Partners

Melrose Plc

NTT Data

OAS Group

OpCapita

Riverside

Sdiptech AB

Siemens

Steadfast Capital

Toyota Frey Group

United Energy Group

Vivaldi Bioscience

VR Equity Partner

Employment Tier 4

The employment practice at Schindler Attorneys continues to expand its market presence beyond add-on services to corporate work, providing ongoing labour advice to a growing client roster. Under the leadership of Barbara Klinger, the department advises on social plans, restructurings and the negotiation of collective  agreements as well as Covid-19 assistance. Other core areas are litigation, immigration and work time models.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Klinger

Other key lawyers:

Martin Lanner

Testimonials

‘Schindler besides strong legal skills had been very good at finding solutions. They make you aware of risk, but also give you recommendations and work-arounds.’

‘The team is able to create a really close connection with the client. Their complete availability, the prompt and immediate response and the professional, modern working methods is better compared to many other law firms.’

‘Barbara Klinger and Martin Lanner are specialists in employment law. Team responds quickly giving precise, well-founded answers and advices, leaving no doubts that provided alternatives and options are well deliberated upon our requests. Great team with profound knowledge quick support, support is always very clear.’

‘Barbara Klinger is very capable and tough, so I would always call her for employment matters ahead of any other lawyer that I used in the past.’

Barbara Klinger provides prompt and personal service. Reaction time is great, profound knowledge. Available any time required.’

Key clients

Glock

ASFINAG Autobahnen-Schnellstraßen-Finanzierungs AG

Technisches Museum Wien

Styria Media Group

OTIS

ESPRIT

International Insitute for Applied Systems Analysis

WOOM

Demner, Merlicek und Bergmann

BTO Forschung GmbH

Banking and finance Tier 5

Schindler Attorneys is best known for its solid fund practice, advising investment, private equity and debt funds as well as Austrian targets on investments including associated tax law aspects, while the team's strong cooperation with the M&A practice also leads to regular finance instructions, including acquisition and real estate finance. Florian Cvak is a key contact for sponsor-backed mezzanine finance and frequently represents sponsors in LBO financings, while Martin Abram, who also handles LBO and LMA finance, complements this offering with expertise in DCM and ECM-related matters. He shares this interface expertise with Christian Thaler.

Practice head(s):

Martin Abram; Florian Cvak; Christian Thaler

Testimonials

‘Professionalism, strong network, high level of diverse competencies.’

‘Integrity, thinks outside the box, strong commercial thinking and solution-oriented.’

‘It’s a boutique law firm, one has direct contact to the key partners at any time with no obstacles whatsoever.’

‘The partners care about fostering long-term and trust-based relationships.’

‘The availability of senior staff; the responsiveness of senior staff; outstanding written and spoken English; willingness to clarify complex matters in simple terms.’

‘Excellent service for a reasonable price, very easy to work with and very responsive.’

‘Martin Abram knows his turf, pragmatic and quick.’

‘The team around Christian Thaler is experienced in capital markets and related questions – without long research you can get a quick and profound answer.’

Key clients

checkrobin

Delinski

FACC

Frey Group

Innogy

Konica Minolta

Mezzanine

NKD Österreich Holding

Principal Real Estate Europe

OAS

Playerhunter

European Investment Fund

Semperit

STRABAG

Vivaldi

WEB Windenergie

Intellectual property Tier 5

Schindler Attorneys covers a wide array of IP work including patents, trade marks, copyright and design law. Counsel Julia Kusznier is the key team member and also heads the IP/IT practice. She has considerable knowledge of information technology, data protection and software law on top of her IP specialism.

Practice head(s):

Julia Kusznier

Key clients

Lindt & Sprüngli Austria GmbH

Beach Majors GmbH

ACTS Communications GmbH

Deutsche Telekom AG

Toyota Frey Holding

Checkrobin GmbH

Paragon GP GmbH

LexisNexis

Österreichische Marshallplan Jubiläumsstiftung

Sarah Thor

Singvogel GmbH

Christof Holding

Wingpaper GmbH

 

The firm

Schindler Attorneys is a leading Austrian law firm for transactional work with extensive experience in the fields of M&A, private equity, finance, real estate, corporate, employment, IP/IT and data protection, tax and securities law. Our ambition is to provide top quality services and to become an instrumental part of our clients’ business. We seek long-term, collaborative relationships with our clients and partner firms as we firmly believe that trusted cooperation is the key to success.

Our lawyers are regularly involved in highly sophisticated matters, representing public and private companies, private equity investors, financial institutions and private clients alike. By combining excellent legal advice with management skills and business acumen, we navigate our clients through the challenges of today’s business transactions. Because of our vast experience and personal contacts in the region, clients often involve us very early in the process and frequently seek our strategic advice.

Having one of the largest and most experienced tax practices among Austrian law firms, Schindler Attorneys is one of the few firms that can offer first class integrated legal and tax advice. Our tax lawyers get involved at all phases of transactions, from structuring to implementation, as well as also handle stand-alone contentious and non-contentious tax matters.

The firm is frequently involved in cross-border matters and co-ordinates multi-jurisdictional teams on a regular basis. Strong personal ties to leading firms and practitioners around the world allow us to take a flexible approach and combine teams of lawyers best suited for each specific task. We have particularly strong connections to CEE/SEE and Brazil, for which we maintain a dedicated desk.

Areas of practice

Corporate: Schindler Attorneys covers a broad spectrum of corporate law issues important to today’s businesses. We regularly advise public and private corporations and partnerships as well as their shareholders, administrators, management, supervisory and advisory boards. We have extensive experience in corporate governance and shareholder relations, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations, ownership and management transitions, executive compensation, financing transactions as well as commercial contracts.

Employment: At Schindler Attorneys we focus on employer and executive representation. We advise on the full range of employment and labor issues, advisory, transactional, contentious and non-contentious. This includes advising on issues related to working conditions, incentive plans, corporate transactions of all type, reorganizations, negotiations with trade unions and employment disputes.

Finance: The members of our Finance Practice represent borrowers and lenders in a wide variety of transactions. Our finance lawyers are also actively involved in the firm’s Private Equity Practice as well as its Capital Markets and Restructuring Practices, representing equity investors, buyout sponsors and borrowers, among others. This multi-disciplinary approach allows us to combine high expertise in a number of disciplines when advising on complex financing transactions.

IP/IT: At Schindler Attorneys we advise on the full range of IP/IT-related issues, such as copyright, trademarks (including trademark strategy, portfolio management and prosecution), designs, domain names, data protection, e-commerce and internet law, IT-law, product piracy, unfair competition law, patents, utility models and life sciences. We assist our clients both in contentious and non-contentious IP/IT-matters, further we offer transactional advice and assistance with respect to IP/IT-related agreements, in particular licence and software agreements.

M&A: Schindler Attorneys’ Corporate Practice advises public and private companies on all kinds of M&A transactions, including acquisitions of private and public companies, negotiated and unsolicited tender, exchange and combined offers, going private transactions, consolidations, spin-offs, minority investments as well as joint ventures. Our M&A lawyers are also active in the firm’s Private Equity or Finance Practice, which allows us to utilize our experience in the various disciplines when advising on complex M&A transactions.

Private Clients: Schindler Attorneys’ Private Client Practice combines the specialized know-how of our core areas with the personal dedication and specific experience that private clients require. Our clients are individuals or entire families, as well as single or multi-family offices, private foundations, trusts and private banks.

We assist in a wide range of areas, including estate planning, corporate governance and shareholder structures, succession planning, private foundations and trusts, asset management, asset protection, prenuptial agreements and divorces as well as citizenship and residency issues. Private clients particularly appreciate our in-depth knowledge of the various legal fields as well as our integrated legal and tax advice. Our practice is complemented by charity and philanthropy matters.

Private Equity: Schindler Attorneys has one of the most accomplished and experienced private equity practices among Austrian law firms covering all aspects in this very dynamic field. Members of our private team are generally also active in the firm’s Debt and Restructuring Practices representing banks and other lenders, among others. This multi-disciplinary approach of our Private Equity Practice utilizes our experience in the various disciplines when advising on complex aspects of private equity transactions.

Our Private Equity Practice is bolstered by our extensive experience in M&A transactions, finance transactions, corporate reorganizations, corporate governance matters and employment matters.

Real estate: Our Real Estate Practice focuses on real estate transactions and real estate finance. We advise on sale and purchase transactions of single properties, transfers of portfolios, equity investments in owners of real estate and joint ventures. Additionally, we advise on acquisition-related financing, distressed debt workouts, and real estate project financing. Like in other practice areas, clients benefit from our multi-disciplinary approach: we combine in-depth real estate knowledge with expertise in the areas of M&A, corporate and tax to deliver tailor-made solutions across a broad range of real estate transactions.

Reorganizations: We assist our corporate clients with domestic and cross-border corporate reorganizations of all kinds, as well as the related tax and governance implications. Such corporate reorganizations may involve related as well as unrelated parties (e.g., as a means to implement an acquisition or a joint venture). Recently, corporate migrations and inversions are also becoming a repeatedly inquired area of advice. Reorganizations are a field in which we also have an established practice of obtaining tax rulings, e.g., to ensure roll-over treatment for the transaction.

Restructuring & Insolvency: Schindler Attorneys frequently advises equity stakeholders (in particular private equity funds) as well as management, supervisory and advisory boards of financially troubled companies. Our Restructuring Practice also has substantial experience in representing private equity funds and other financial and strategic buyers regarding their investments in, or acquisitions of, distressed companies, assets or debt instruments and in defending such transactions from challenge in insolvency proceedings, including fraudulent conveyance litigation related to leveraged buyouts and refinancing.

Tax: Schindler Attorneys’ Tax Practice is among the largest ones of Austria-based law firms, and highly regarded. Our experts mainly work in three areas: First, tax planning and structuring in connection with domestic and cross border mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructurings, reorganizations, financings, executive compensation plans, and other sophisticated transactions. Second, tax audits, tax litigation, including mutual agreement and arbitration procedures, and voluntary self-disclosures vis-à-vis domestic and foreign tax authorities, in particular transfer pricing and BEPS issues. Our Tax team has also extensive experience in relation to tax rulings regarding restructurings and transfer pricing, an area that has steadily gained relevance. Third, Schindler Attorneys is also acting as pioneer regarding the analysis of tax aspects and structuring in the area of new businesses including, for instance, Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) regularly referred to as blockchain technology. Among our clients are many corporate clients and financial sponsors, domestic and non-domestic, listed or privately held, as well as executives and high-net-worth individuals.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate DDr Clemens Ph Schindler
Corporate Martin Abram
M&A DDr Clemens Ph Schindler
M&A Florian Cvak
Private Equity DDr Clemens Ph Schindler
Private Equity Florian Cvak
Tax DDr Clemens Ph Schindler
Tax Maja Petrovic
Corporate Isolde Klinger
Reorganisations DDr Clemens Ph Schindler
Reorganisations Katharina Schindler
Employment Barbara Klinger
Employment Martin Lanner
Restructuring & Insolvency Martin Abram
Restructuring & Insolvency Florian Cvak
Finance Martin Abram
Finance Florian Cvak
Real Estate Martin Abram
Private Clients Philipp Hoyos
Private Clients Dr Martin Picherer
Brazil DDr Clemens Ph Schindler
Brazil Lukas Rhomberg
Real Estate Dr Martin Picherer
Brazil Felipe Vallada
Number of lawyers : 12
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