Schindler Attorneys > Vienna, Austria > Firm Profile

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

Austria > Private client Tier 1

Family-owned businesses and high-net-worth individuals benefit from Schindler Attorneys‘ tightly structured internal network, allowing the private clients practice to call on the firm’s expertise in other areas. The structuring of family syndicates, succession planning as well as inheritance law and private foundations are part of the team’s broad range of experience. Clemens Schindler, who covers family-related corporate law issues, litigation and inheritance expert Philipp Hoyos and Martin Picherer, who is particularly focused on real estate and succession planning, are the practice heads. Katharina Schindler is noted for her knowledge of art law. In September 2021 the team welcomed Daniela Steiner, previously at PwC Legal Austria-oehner & partner.

Testimonials

‘Practical advice, they understand the client’s needs and focus on them.’

‘We worked with Clemens Schindler and Philipp Hoyos, they are very good lawyers. Their recommendations helped us to propose the client a strategy and instruments for using in his situation. I can recommend them in estate planning and tax matters.’

‘Fine corporate/private client boutique.’

‘Dr. Clemens Schindler – extremely well connected in Austria. Very quick. Broad legal experience.’

‘In the private client sector the firm is a well-established advisor in Vienna for international estate planning and family business matters. The firm is also known for tax planning. The private client team is very professional and responsive.’

‘Philipp Hoyos handles cases with the appropriate combination of professional skills and understanding for the clients‘ expectations. He is very active in the estate planning and the private foundation sector.’

‘Excellent private client service. Diligence, insight, original thinking and discretion. Communication with their clients is excellent, built in trust and understanding.’

‘Philipp Hoyos’s understanding and way with clients stands out, he actively listens, understands and accompanies clients through transitional moments.’

Key clients

Elina Garanca

Hypo Alpe Adria Mitarbeiter Privatstiftung

Frey Family

Peter Bosek

Markus Schindler

Work highlights

  • Advisin Family Frey on ongoing legal matters, recently in relation to succession planning as well as corporate structuring of family assets.
  • Advising Hypo Alpe Adria Mitarbeiter Privatstiftung on private foundation law as well as in litigation proceedings.
  • Advising Peter Bosek on certain asset transfers and real estate planning in connection with his migration to Estonia.

Austria > Tax Tier 2

The team at Schindler Attorneys has a core focus advising on the tax-related aspects of M&A, where the group acts for private equity funds and large domestic and international corporations. In addition, assistance with due diligence, restructuring and start-up investments are also among the firm’s workload. Clemens Schindler has expertise in corporate and tax with dual-qualifications as an attorney and certified public tax advisor.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Schindler

Other key lawyers:

Maja Petrovic

Testimonials

‘Clemens Schindler is a superb tax lawyer with an innovative approach.’

‘Clemens Schindler is the partner we use to work since we engaged the firm. He is very skilled in the tax area and very reliable.’

‘We appreciate the combined offer of legal and tax services that Schindler Attorneys provides.’ 

‘In the case of Clemens Schindler, his combined practice with corporate is an additional asset.’

‘Our main contact is and always has been Clemens Schindler, with Maja Petrovic recently being intensely involved in our project. We like the transactional approach as well as the hands-on mentality. Also their network with local banks and international PE funds is remarkably large.’

‘Lawyers at Schindler Attorneys are well recognised in particular with regards to M&A transactions and international tax with outstanding reputation.’

‘Schindler Attorneys offer extensive experience and top quality services which one would only expect from large international law firms but with direct contact to decision-making professionals at senior level and flexibility typically only smaller firms are able to provide. In particular the combination of corporate and tax may be considered as an added value.’

‘The entire team  at Schindler Attorney – with no exceptions – provides legal services at highest quality standards, timely, accurate and always striving for the best solutions, combining excellent legal advice with top class management skills and business acumen.’

Key clients

Acer Europe

ACTS Group

AIG

Americá Móvil

Aptean

Ardian

Ares

Aston Martin

Beachmajors

BTG Pactual

Daifuku

Elvaston

ERSTE Asset Management

Frey Group

IIASA

Iochpe Maxion

J&F

Konica Minolta

Kühne+Nagel

OAS Group

Paragon

SKS365

Sotreq

Work highlights

  • Acting for electronics manufacturer Acer Group in a tax audit and tax litigation proceedings.
  • Represented Iochpe-Maxion in relation to a bond offering of the client, jointly with affiliates of the client, in the total amount of USD 400 million.
  • Advised WEKA Group (portfolio company of Paragon), as an Austrian target group, on a reorganisation after the acquisition by a private equity fund.

Austria > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Schindler Attorneys' 'key strength is its multidisciplinary ability to advise the client, being strong not only in core legal issues but also in financials and with an entrepreneurial mindset'. The firm specialises in private equity matters, corporate reorganisations, shareholder syndicates and joint ventures as well as M&A transactions. Among its clients are investors, listed companies as well as family businesses, and the work often includes multiple European jurisdictions. Practice co-head Clemens Schindler furthermore has Latin America know-how. He leads the group together with Florian Cvak, who is a key contact for private equity.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Philipp Schindler; Florian Cvak

Other key lawyers:

Martin Abram; Katharina Schindler

Testimonials

‘Despite the broad range of services they are real experts. But also their strong network abroad recently has been very helpful for us. We have 100% trust in them!’

‘We mainly work with Martin Abram and Clemens Schindler. It is great to have strong lawyers at the table. Clemens Schindler is a real high performer and deal maker. When it comes to tax issues, other lawyers need to call an expert while he solves the problem. He has a great teamwork with Martin Abram, who deals with all the day to day issues on such projects and had been very diligent with the contracts and paperwork.’

‘Katharina Schindler – She has a great know-how in the art sector.’

‘A key strength of the firm is its multidisciplinary ability to advise us, being strong not only in core legal issues but also in financials and with an entrepreneurial mindset. Also having two partners as counterparts is very helpful to us as clients since responsiveness is always ensured. Also, the way they partner up the team combines the strength.’

‘Clemens Schindler – His legal skills are top, but likewise important is that he really gets the things done.’

‘Martin Abram is a true delight to work with. He is very knowledgeable too.’

‘Katharina Schindler – You could see that she is a specialist in that topic. The other involved advisors were impressed by her know-how.’

Key clients

Aptean Corporation

Allianz

Accent Equity

ACTS Group

AIG

Alba Communications

Alten SA

Ardian

ARES

Beach Majors (Red Bull Affiliate)

Bertelsmann

Bird Rides Inc.

BTG Pactual

Carlyle Group

Capvis

Checkrobin

Christof Group

Daifuku Co., Ltd.

Deutsche Telekom

Do&Co

Egeria Capital

Equistone

Elvaston Capital

FIEGE

Frey Holding GmbH

Global Attractions SPI and Accent Equity

Genui Partners

Getaround Inc.

Goldman Sachs

Hexagon

Huawei

IDS Group L.P.

ILOS Capital

Increase AG

Innogy

JD Sports Fashion

J&F

Konica Minolta

Kühne + Nagel

Liberta Partners

OAS Group

OpCapita

Paragon Partners

Riverside

Sanmina INC

Schirmer, Maximilian

Sdiptech AB

Siemens

Steadfast Capital

SPIE Deutschland & Zentraleuropa GmbH

Toyota Frey Group

United Energy Group

Vivaldi Bioscience

VR Equity Partner

Wood & Co.

Work highlights

  • Advising Agnaten SE & Lucresca SE as co-lead counsel on the relocation of the two holding companies incorporated as European Companies (SE) from Austria to Luxembourg.
  • Advising Carlyle as lead transaction counsel on the acquisition of AGILOX Group.
  • Advising Global Attractions SPI (GASPI) and Accent Equity as co-lead counsel in relation to the acquisition of five subsidiaries in Austria, Germany and Slovakia.

Austria > Employment Tier 4

Collective and individual employment law are covered by Schindler Attorneys’ employment practice, with other strengths including advice on group restructurings and reorganisations, outsourcings, and corporate acquisitions. Practice head Barbara Klinger has extensive experience in employment litigation and immigration law as well as employment matters at the intersection with transactional matters. Martin Lanner is specialised in migration law and data protection and is also well versed in matters relating to working time models.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Klinger

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Strong team and good collaboration.’

‘Good knowledge, individual treatment, professional dealing.’

‘Individual consulting, personal contact, friendliness.’

‘Great people, great skills.’

Key clients

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

ASFINAG Autobahnen-Schnellstraßen-Finanzierungs AG

Technisches Museum Wien

BDO Austria Holding Wirtschaftsprüfung GmbH

BTO Forschung GmbH

Elfenkleid

Gorenje

TriLite Technologies GmbH

Verdino

Woom

C&A Mode GmbH & Co. KG

Demner, Merlicek und Bergmann

BWM Architects

Inetum Österreich GmbH

Wombats Holding GmbH

Styria Media Group

Work highlights

  • Advised IIASA on the implementation of shop agreements on WFH and on performance management
  • Advised ASFINAG on negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement.
  • Advised VERDINO on the implementation of an almost exclusive WFH scheme.

Austria > Banking and finance Tier 5

Schindler Attorneys' banking and finance group is co-led by Martin Abram and Christoph Urbanek, who joined the firm in July 2021 from DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach. The team has a key strength handling banking work at the intersection with transactional and tax matters, while mandates involving debt capital instruments are also part of its day-to-day business. Funds and investment firms make up a large share of its client portfolio but it also includes companies. Christian Thaler left the firm at the end of 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘High level of responsiveness and high attention at partner level.’

‘Highly solution-oriented; manages complexities efficiently.’

‘Excellent knowledge in real estate financing, always solution-driven approach.’

‘Christoph Urbanek is always available, has decades of experience and is always focused to reach the “goal” in time.’

Key clients

Ares Management Limited

AYKA Solutions GmbH

Balkan Property Partners

checkrobin

Delinski

Erste Group

FACC

Frey Group

Fritsch & Co.

Helios Logistik

Innogy SE

Iochpe-Maxion

J&F Investimentos

J&T Bank

Konica Minolta

Mezzanine Management

NKD Österreich Holding

Principal Real Estate Europe

OAS

Playerhunter

European Investment Fund

Vivaldi Bioscience

Work highlights

  • Advising the European Angels Fund, which is funded by the European Investment Fund/ the European Investment Bank, on multiple co-investments with different business angels.
  • Advising Konica on its investment in Wikitude, a mobile augmented reality (AR) technology provider for smartphones, tablets and digital eyewear.
  • Advising Ares Management Limited on multi-jurisdictional real estate financing.

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, eg to ensure roll-over treatment for the transaction.

Restructuring and 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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
Tax Daniel Kropf
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
Finance Christoph Urbanek
Finance Kevin Luiki
Real Estate Martin Abram
Real Estate Dr Christoph Urbanek
Real Estate Dr Martin Picherer
Private Clients Philipp Hoyos
Private Clients Dr Martin Picherer
Private Clients Daniela Steiner
Brazil DDr Clemens Ph Schindler
Brazil Lukas Rhomberg
Family Business Governance Daniela Steiner
Foundations Daniela Steiner
IP/IT Dr Philipp Spring
Foundations Daniela Steiner
Competition & Antitrust Dr Philippe Kiehl
Merger & Investment Control Dr Philippe Kiehl
Compliance Dr Philippe Kiehl
Number of lawyers : 16
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