Firm Profile > DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach > Vienna , Austria

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach
1010 WIEN

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 2

Acting for various Austrian and international banks, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach stands out for its expertise in financial services sector disputes, including negative interest proceedings and those at the intersection with white-collar criminal defence and also represents clients in investigations. Claudine Vartian and David Christian Bauer are the main contacts.

Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud) Tier 2

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach's white-collar crime offering includes assisting financial institutions, corporates and individuals with criminal investigations, criminal defence proceedings and compliance matters, and also providing advice on tax and fiscal criminal matters. Claudine Vartian and business criminal law expert Thomas Kralik jointly head the team.

Banking and finance Tier 3

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach has a strong profile for project finance work with particular focus on the CEE and SEE regions, while also handling banking litigation and regulatory matters, including sanctions and investigations, as well as cyber crime-related issues. Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik advised the Global Health Investment Fund on the financing of an Austrian biotech company, while Christoph Urbanek acted for UniCredit Bank Austria and Raiffeisen Bank International on the financing of one of Poland's largest business parks. Oskar Winkler heads the finance and projects group, which includes 'excellent' country managing partner David Christian Bauer.

Capital markets Tier 3

As an integral part of the firm's corporate group, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach's 'reliable' team is particularly strong at dealing with matters at the interface between corporate and capital markets law including debt and equity capital markets transactions. In a recent highlight, the 'knowledgeable and experienced' Christian Temmel advised UniCredit Bank Austria on matters pertaining to its role as the sole global coordinator for Voestalpine's €1bn debt issuance programme, and assisted a banking consortium in its capacity as global bookrunners with the €500m debt issuance by Voestalpine.

Private client Tier 3

Concentrating on succession planning for future generations, in particular asset protection and structuring, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach’s private client team assists domestic and international entrepreneurial families and high-net-worth individuals. Key areas of expertise are corporate, tax, family, inheritance and private foundation law. Christoph Mager heads the department and regularly acts as executor of wills, in addition to being a board member of various private foundations and representing these clients in court proceedings.

Projects and energy Tier 3

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach's 'knowledgeable and dedicated' team has a strong focus on international energy development work with particular geographical emphasis on the Middle East, SSE and Africa, while also handling local work, and typically acts for governments and private investors. In recent work, the group advised UniCredit Bank Austria on the financing of a wind farm in Parndorf, Burgenland. The 'tenacious' Andreas Gunst is the main contact for energy sector work and Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik is the name to note for infrastructure-related matters.

Tax Tier 3

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach is now led by the recommended Dimitar Hristov, who joined the firm in March 2018 from tax advisory firm LeitnerLeitner following the departure of former team head Franz Althuber to found ALTHUBER SPORNBERGER & PARTNER Rechtsanwälte. The team focuses on transactional and corporate tax alongside tax structuring.

Employment Tier 4

The team at DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach specialises in advising on restructuring and the cross-border transfer of employees, and is particularly active in the trade and transport sectors. Key clients include Metro Cash & Carry and a number of airlines such as Lufthansa Cargo and easyJet; group head Stephan Nitzl advised Wizz Air on a variety of employment law issues connected to its entry into the Austrian market. In another highlight, the team assisted HBB-Haas Beratung und Beteiligungen with the employment law aspects of the sale of its global group, headquartered in Austria, to Swiss company Bühler.

EU and competition Tier 4

Claudine Vartian heads the team at DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach, which specialises in investigations, merger control proceedings and abuse of dominant position cases. Many key clients are from regulated industries; among other matters, the team advised Energie-Control Austria on the separation of the Austrian and German electricity pricing zone. Other highlights include 'competent' and 'collegial' counsel Florian Schuhmacher advising HBB-Haas Beratung und Beteiligungen on the competition law aspects of the sale of its global group headquartered in Austria to Swiss-based technology corporation Bühler, and Porr on the competition law aspects of acquisitions in the construction industry.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

With a strong focus on transactional work, the 'dedicated' team at DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach is an attractive choice for corporates, family offices and private clients. Practice head Christoph Mager advised HBB-Haas Beratung und Beteiligungen on the sale of its global group headquartered in Austria to the Swiss company Bühler. Together with the firm's Shanghai office, he also assisted the Chinese conglomerate Wanfeng Auto Holding Group with the acquisition of Austrian aerospace manufacturer Diamond Aircraft Industries. Maria Doralt is another key individual.

Real estate Tier 5

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach has particular experience in handling real estate finance and transactional matters for real estate investors, developers and property management companies and is also active in litigation. Oskar Winkler is the main contact.

The firm: DLA Piper is a global law firm that provides its clients with legal and business solutions locally, regionally and internationally using integrated teams of lawyers with experience that spans a broad range of disciplines. DLA Piper is widely recognised for its pioneering approach and extensive geographic reach, which enables the practice to look after the business issues that matter to its clients – whether they are large or small. Clients of DLA Piper include single-owner startups, local and household name companies, multinationals, financial institutions, FTSE and Fortune 500 enterprises and their subsidiaries, public bodies and governments.

Areas of practice: The firm is highly acknowledged in its core areas of expertise (litigation, corporate and M&A, banking and finance) and advises its clients, as a full-service firm, in all relevant areas of business law.

The firm has well-established relations with clients of various backgrounds. The firm advises medium-sized enterprises as well as leading (often publicly listed) international and domestic industrial groups, service providers, banks and other financial institutions and individuals.

The firm has established a particular reputation for its ability to handle cases in international cross-border contexts. The firm is renowned for its expertise in the structuring and implementation of projects and transactions in Austria and internationally. It carefully monitors the ongoing developments in the central and eastern European region with the aim of combining the needs of the constantly changing international legal market and industry, while also upholding the high standard of service that the firm has always been able to offer to its clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking Christoph Urbanek
Banking Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik
Banking David Christian Bauer
Banking Armin Hendrich
Capital markets Christian Temmel
Commercial (general) and contract Christoph Mager
Competition Claudine Vartian
EU law Claudine Vartian
Employment Stephan Nitzl
General corporate Christoph Mager
General corporate Maria Doralt
Intellectual property Sabine Fehringer
Litigation David Christian Bauer
Mergers and acquisitions Christoph Mager
Project finance, financing Christoph Urbanek
Project finance, financing Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik
Property, real estate Oskar Winkler
Restructuring Oskar Winkler
Tax Dimitar Ganev
Telecoms, IT Claudine Vartian
White-collar crime David Christian Bauer
White-collar crime Thomas Kralik
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr David Christian Bauer  photo Dr David Christian Bauer
Dr Maria Doralt  photo Dr Maria Doralt
Mmag Sabine Fehringer  photo Mmag Sabine Fehringer
Mr Andreas Gunst  photo Mr Andreas Gunst
Dr Christoph Mager  photo Dr Christoph Mager
Mag Stephan Nitzl  photo Mag Stephan Nitzl
Dr Christian Temmel  photo Dr Christian Temmel
Dr Claudine Vartian  photo Dr Claudine Vartian
Dr Oskar Winkler  photo Dr Oskar Winkler
Dr Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik  photo Dr Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik
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at this office : 65
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