Schindler Attorneys > Vienna, Austria > Firm Profile

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

Austria > Private client Tier 1

HNWIs regularly instruct Schindler Attorneys to act on their behalf with regard to tax and estate planning, immigration and citizenship issues and familial matters, in addition to seeking advice on the management of family-run businesses and foundations. The practice is well versed in handling cross-border matters, with a particular focus on the German market (where several team members are admitted to the bar) in addition to the wider CEE region, the UK and Brazil; the last of these jurisdictions is an area of particular expertise for founding partner and tax expert Clemens Schindler. Schindler leads the team alongside Philipp Hoyos, who assists with family and inheritance law issues in addition to handling litigious matters, and Martin Picherer, who handles real estate and succession planning. Katharina Schindler focuses on the niche area of art law in addition to assisting with inheritance matters.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Schindler; Philipp Hoyos; Martin Picherer

Other key lawyers:


‘Schindler provides an in-house combination of legal and tax advice which is not common on the Austrian market. Schindler is very experienced in international matters. From my experience the firm ensures senior/partner level attention for the clients.’

‘I work with Philipp Hoyos. His approach stands out because he works closely with his clients and keeps the utmost confidentiality. He fosters built-in trust through his calm understanding of their needs and good communication throughout the projects. He manages to advise clients on legal issues and arguments very well in order to reach the best possible solution. He is a very rare, excellent example of what a private client advisor and attorney should be. This merits great respect.’

‘Covering international consultancy especially between Europe and the USA, this law firm has an incomparable network.’

‘Clemens Schindler has impeccable negotiation skills in various languages.’

‘Best in class for family office advisory.’

Key clients

Hypo Alpe Adria Mitarbeiter Privatstiftung

Work highlights

  • Advised the Frey family on succession planning issues, as well as structuring the family’s real estate portfolio.
  • Advised the Latvian mezzo-soprano singer Elina Garanca on tax, real estate and residence matters.
  • Advised the Soravia family, one of the co-founders of a major Austrian real estate group, on estate and succession planning issues, in addition to real estate matters.

Austria > Tax Tier 2

Schindler Attorneys ‘has very deep knowledge of Austrian tax matters’, especially when it comes to issues surrounding the tax elements of M&A deals. Practice head and firm co-founder Clemens Schindler leads from the front with ‘outstanding know-how’ in M&A, private equity and reorganisations. The group’s clients include leading private equity funds, as well as large European and US companies. Large multinationals benefit from Maja Mayrhuber‘s previous experience as an international tax adviser.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Schindler

Other key lawyers:

Maja Petrovic; Maja Mayrhuber; Daniel Kropf


‘The firm has very deep knowledge of Austrian tax matters.’

‘Clemens Schindler is a very good attorney who is always looking to help the client with the issues brought to him.’

‘Daniel Kropf has very good knowledge of tax matters.’

‘Maja Mayrhuber provides very comprehensive and practical advice.’

‘Clemens Schindler has outstanding know-how. He is straight-up with clients.’

‘Clemens Schindler has broad know-how and entrepreneurial thinking. Very good international connections.’

‘Maja Petrovic is very enthusiastic and engaged.’

Key clients

Acer Europe

ACTS Group

AIG (listed)

Americá Móvil (listed)




AYKA Solutions GmbH

Be Charge

BTG Pactual

Christof Group

Eldorado Brasil



ERSTE Asset Management

Frey Group

FUJIFILM (listed)



Iochpe Maxion (listed)

J&F (listed)

Konica Minolta (listed)

Kühne+Nagel (listed)

OAS Group


Seaworthy GmbH




Work highlights

  • Representing the Acer Group in tax litigation proceedings.
  • Advising Kühne + Nagel International on a tax refund issue.
  • Advised Refurbed on the implementation of an EU-wide home office policy.

Austria > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

A standout feature of Schindler Attorneys‘s practice is its depth of experience in private equity mandates, and practice co-head Florian Cvak is a prominent practitioner in this area. Among the other experienced names in the practice is fellow co-head Clemens Schindler, who is praised as ‘a real expert in Austrian and international M&A and corporate areas’; much of his work is multi-jurisdictional, particularly within Europe.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Schindler; Florian Cvak

Other key lawyers:

Martin Abram; Katharina Schindler


‘Quality and capability of key players is excellent.’

‘Clemens Schindler is a real expert in Austrian and international M&A and corporate areas. What makes him different from other M&A lawyers is his knowledge and experiences in tax law, which enables him to provide clients with one-stop services in this area.’

Key clients

Aptean Corporation


Accent Equity

ACTS Group



Alba Communications


Alten SA


Armanda Investments

Asker Healthcare Group

AYKA Solutions

Be Charge s.r.l.

Carlyle Group



Christof Group

Evoco AG


Work highlights

  • Advising Aptean on the acquisition of Ramsauer & Stümer Software GmbH, an Austrian developer of ERP software.
  • Advised Evoco AG on the acquisition of minority stakes held by aws Mittelstandsfonds Beteiligungs GmbH & Co KG in three Austrian companies, namely A.M.I. Holding GmbH, Document.One GmbH and Communi5 Technologies GmbH.
  • Advising FUJIFILM on the parallel acquisition of its local distributors in Austrian and Slovenia.

Austria > Employment Tier 4

Barbara Klinger oversees the employment practice at Schindler Attorneys, supported by senior associate Martin Lanner. The team advises on the entire spectrum of non-contentious employment law issues, and also represents clients before courts and public authorities. Company closures, flexible working hours and conditions, and home office agreements have been areas of focus for the firm recently. Immigration law and mobility are other key areas.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Klinger

Other key lawyers:


‘I always get answers and help very quickly and without complications.’

‘Barbara Klinger and Martin Lanner are very pragmatic and very human. We get quick feedback and all the important information we need.’

‘Strong team and collaboration.’

‘Good know-how and the technical expertise.’

‘Barbara Klinger’s understanding, expertise and solution-focused approach should be mentioned.’ 

‘Super fast response, reliable, practical advice, reasonable fees.’

‘Martin Lanner – very responsive and reliable.’

‘Capable team with a lot of expertise, oriented towards seeking solutions (as opposed to just presenting risks to clients but not focusing on how to overcome these risks).’

Key clients

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

ASFINAG Autobahnen-Schnellstraßen-Finanzierungs AG (ASFINAG)


Dutch Ophthalmic Research Center (D.O.R.C.) GmbH

BWM Architektur & Design

Demner, Merlicek und Bergmann

Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories GmbH

Technisches Museum Wien mit österreichischer Mediathek

Woom GmbH

Work highlights

  • Drafted and reworked several internal policies, guidelines and template employment agreements for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.
  • Advised Porticus on the introduction of a home office arrangement.
  • Advised Woom on the implementation of a system to control Covid-19-related requirements in the workplace.

Austria > EU and competition Tier 4

Schindler Attorneys' competition department is run and headed by Philippe Kiehl, who assists national and international clients with a wide range of competition law matters across several industries. Most notably, his work includes merger control matters, FDI screenings, and related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Kiehl


‘We valued the fact that Philippe Kiehl is a real expert about EU and Austrian competition law as well as foreign investment control areas. He proactively communicated with us and provided us with clear and reasonable directions and detailed instructions, which helped us very much to make our deal to be completed by the intended timeline.’

‘Philippe Kiehl knows our field of business well and we get advice tailored to our situation. He does this efficiently and is to the point.’

Key clients

Aptean Corporation

Dermapharm AG


Knapp GmbH

MAN Truck & Bus

Work highlights

  • Representing Fujifilm in merger control and investment control proceedings in Austria, and co-ordinating investment control proceedings in Slovenia relating to the client’s acquisition of its former distributors in Austria and Slovenia.
  • Represented Aptean in an FDI proceeding in Austria relating to the client’s acquisition of MN IT Beteiligung, resulting in Phase II clearance.

Austria > Banking and finance Tier 5

The practice at Schindler Attorneys, noted for its ‘pro-active approach‘, has a strong focus on private equity issues, acquisition loans, LBO mandates and financing transactions in the CEE region. Martin Abram and Christoph Urbanek jointly lead the team, and Urbanek has been instrumental in further developing the real estate financing and mezzanine financing work that the team undertakes. Mezzanine financing is also a key area of practice for Florian Cvak.

Practice head(s):

Martin Abram; Christoph Urbanek

Other key lawyers:


‘Schindler provides excellent service and knowledge with a pro-active approach in finding the right answers.’

Work highlights

  • Advising AYKA/Helios on the acquisition project financing of a 210,000m2 property at Vienna Airport for the development of a logistics centre.
  • Assisting Iochpe Maxion Austria GmbH with a complex multi-jurisdictional financing transaction for the world’s leader in the production of automotive wheels and a leading producer of automotive structural components in the Americas that issued a corporate bond through an Austrian subsidiary and recently prepared retap transactions.
  • Assisted 6B47 Group / 6B47 Real Estate Investors AG with negotiating the loan agreements as well as coordinating and negotiating the documentation between the lender consortium and the mezzanine financiers.

Austria > TMT

With the addition of Philipp Spring from Binder Grösswang in August 2021, Schindler Attorneys advises telecoms companies and major internet clients on IT projects, data protection including GDPR, and TMT-related transactions.