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Global Guide

Corporate/M&A — Austria


BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Corporate/M&A Department

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Michael Kutschera is a highly established figure in the Austrian market and is recognised as a senior M&A practitioner with solid experience in cross-border transactions. His extensive practical knowledge extends to such sectors as energy and consumer goods. "He is very reasonable, trying to find solutions," a source says, also praising his hands-on approach. Kutschera is also a widely respected arbitrator.

Thomas Schirmer is a well-recognised M&A lawyer experienced in advising on cross-border transactions, such as his recent assistance to Greenbriar Equity Group with its acquisition of Frauscher Sensortechnik. He often handles transactions in such industries as financial services, life sciences and IT. A peer describes him as somebody who is "good to work with."

Florian Khol focuses on public M&A transactions with experience extending across a broad selection of industry sectors. He recently advised Insight Venture Partners on acquiring a stake in Tricentis. Sources note his pragmatic approach.

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FOCUS M&A

Private mergers, disposals and acquisitions of companies, businesses and assets, auction processes (both on the buy and sell side), public takeover offers, private equity/venture capital, leveraged buy-outs and management buy-outs, corporate finance, privatisations, distressed M&A and reorganisations, strategic alliances and joint venture agreements, syndication, shareholders and voting agreements                                                                                                                                       

FOCUS CORPORATE

National and cross-border reorganisations such as mergers, reconstructions, spin-offs, divestitures, tax-driven reorganisations, corporate housekeeping, proxy contests, compliance, corporate governance, preparation of and representation in shareholders' meetings, advising of executive bodies (Managing Board, Supervisory Board), private trusts

FOCUS COMMERCIAL

Commercial contracts with a focus on cross-border projects, distribution contracts, outsourcing projects, bidding agreements in international invitations to tender, long-term service and supply contracts

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CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati - Corporate/M&A Department

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Albert Birkner is a top-tier, highly established transactional lawyer with extensive practical knowledge of large cross-border mergers, joint ventures and corporate restructuring mandates. A source says he is "very good technically and equally reasonable, focusing on important elements of transactions" as well as "practical and easy to work with." He recently advised RHI on the proposed cross-border merger with Magnesita Refratários that will establish RHI Magnesita. He has particular expertise in the CEE region.

Clemens Hasenauer is one of Austria's leading M&A lawyers with broad practical experience in handling public and private transactions as well as cross-border joint ventures. "Clemens is a great negotiator. I was very happy with him. He did a very good job in negotiating good compromises," a client says, adding: "He just made it work." He recently advised SABMiller on its planned disposal of several brands in Austria and a number of CEE countries to comply with EU competition requirements. He is triple-qualified in Austria, the USA and the UK.

Thomas Trettnak is a corporate lawyer, advising on transactions and corporate reorganisations, with particular experience in matters involving venture capital and private equity. He recently acted for LifeNet Health on its acquisition of AlloTiss. He is qualified in Austria and the USA.

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DORDA - Corporate/M&A Department

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Martin Brodey is a highly esteemed M&A practitioner, offering his extensive practical expertise on domestic as well as cross-border transactions, especially in the CEE region. He is described as "particularly committed and very creative when problems are to be overcome." He recently advised ORPEA on its high-profile acquisition of Dr. Wagner Group.

Andreas Mayr is a well-known figure in the Austrian corporate and M&A scene and has a particular focus on public M&A. He recently advised Petrus Advisers on the sale of its stake in conwert Immobilien Invest for EUR70 million.

Jürgen Kittel is a visible transactional lawyer who led the team on a range of key deals, including advising SAZKA Group on a number of strategic investments in the Austrian gaming sector. A client praises his hands-on and strategic approach: "He is really thinking two steps ahead, thinking along with the client," adding: "The transaction was really tough so he was spending day and night with us."

Christian Dorda is a highly revered senior partner who commands great respect among market sources. In addition to his strategic advice on complex M&A transactions, he is also a highly regarded arbitrator.

Foreign desks The firm's China desk includes partners and other lawyers with academic expertise in Chinese law who are also non-native Mandarin speakers. The team advises Chinese companies and investors as local counsel regarding acquisitions of Austrian companies as well as the establishment of joint ventures. Veit Öhlberger is a key contact.

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Corporate law and M&A is central to DORDA's activities. Our experts advise and assist domestic and international enterprises in all matters – from choosing the form of business organisation and its establishment, to complex national and international transactions. We assist strategic and financial investors in all aspects of private and public corporate acquisitions.

Our services include:

  • Transaction advice and implementation of corporate acquisitions
  • Strategic lead counsel for acquisitions outside Austria (e.g. Eastern Europe)
  • Corporate and tax law issues
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Takeover law
  • Advising board members and directors, as well as assessing matters of executive liability
  • Advice on shareholders' disputes
  • Designing and executing corporate restructurings (mergers, spin-offs, transformations, contributions)
  • Private equity and venture capital transactions
  • Management buy-out and leveraged buy-out transactions
  • Stock option plans

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Stellar lawyer Willibald Plesser is a renowned practitioner advising on complex cross-border transactions. He is described as a "top negotiator" who is "among the most influential professionals" in the Austrian legal market. He also regularly works on deals relating to the CEE region. He recently advised EVN on the sale of a water treatment plant in Russia to Mosvodokanal for EUR250 million.

Konrad Gröller is a well-established and widely respected M&A practitioner who often assists with transactions involving private equity clients as well as working on significant joint venture projects. He recently advised CA Technologies on its high-value acquisition of Automic Group.

Thomas Zottl is a highly regarded M&A lawyer with extensive experience in high-value cross-border transactions. His particular areas of activity include financial services, energy and real estate matters. He recently advised Vonovia on its EUR2.9 billion acquisition of conwert Immobilien Invest. He is valued for his cooperative negotiation style, as a client reports: "His great talent is that he always creates trust in a relationship."

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Schoenherr - Corporate/M&A Department

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Stellar practitioner Christian Herbst is one of the best M&A names in Austria with a solid track record in complex international high-value transactions. Sources note his diplomatic and impersonal approach to hostile situations and his ability to remain robust while also facilitating negotiations and closing deals. He recently led the team advising EQT VI on the high-value sale of Automic Software to CA Technologies.

Sascha Hödl is a top-tier lawyer who is especially active in financial services-related M&A transactions among other sectors. He recently represented Adler Real Estate in the sale of its share in conwert Immobilien Invest to Vonovia for EUR743 million. Clients particularly praise his commitment and proactive approach.

Alexander Popp is active on large-scale international transactions, often involving clients from the insurance and manufacturing sectors. He recently co-led the team advising Ball Corporation on a cross-border sale of its Enzensfeld manufacturing plant to Ardagh Group. He is particularly active in transactions involving the CEE region.

Florian Kusznier is a corporate M&A lawyer valued by interviewees for his practical advice and focus on the key issues. He recently advised Haniel regarding a joint venture with Rentokil Initial in several CEE countries.

Based in Sofia, Alexandra Doytchinova is the head of Schoenherr's corporate/commercial team in Bulgaria and assists with large multi-jurisdictional transactions as part of the firm's international network. She is dual-qualified in Austria and Bulgaria and regularly advises Austrian companies on their M&A activities in Bulgaria, in addition to assisting Bulgarian and CEE clients.

Markus Piuk divides his time between the firm's Vienna and Bucharest offices and focuses on transactions involving CEE jurisdictions. He is a member of Bar associations in Romania, Austria, Bulgaria, Moldova, Croatia and Liechtenstein. Clients appreciate his quick and efficient approach to negotiations.

Robert Bachner is an Austrian corporate lawyer advising on M&A transactions in the CEE region, including recent deals in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, where he regularly represents financial services clients. Recently, he advised Austrian client Greiner Aerospace on its acquisition of Bosnian company Cartrim Aircraft.

Christoph Haid is the managing partner of Schoenherr's Croatia office and often acts on M&A transactions involving several CEE jurisdictions. Sources appreciate his profound knowledge as well as his strong interpersonal skills.

Thomas Kulnigg enters the rankings on the back of positive market feedback. He is particularly active in deals relating to the financial services sector. He recently led the team advising HETA on the sale of its Italian unit, HARIT. Clients appreciate his commercial perspective and add that he contributes innovative solutions to improve the client's position.

Foreign desks The firm has particularly profound expertise in transactions involving the CEE/SEE region, and has a team in Vienna that includes partners as well as lawyers qualified in several jurisdictions. It frequently handles transactions for Austrian and international financial institutions, PE investors and retail companies, relating to Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia and Slovakia. Markus Piuk and Alexander Popp are key points of contact in Vienna.

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Wolf Theiss - Corporate/M&A Department

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Horst Ebhardt is a highly regarded corporate lawyer with a solid track record of cross-border transactions, particularly in relation to the CEE region. He recently co-led the team advising Allianz Capital Partners on a high-value transaction of acquiring OMV's 49% stake in Gas Connect Austria. He is described by a market observer as "very precise and thorough as well as completely reliable."

Christian Mikosch is recognised as an experienced M&A lawyer with a focus on large transactions involving the CEE region. He also heads the team's Kosovo and China desks. A source describes him as "very pragmatic."

Dieter Spranz has solid experience of assisting with significant local and cross-border M&A transactions and also acts on significant domestic instructions. Most recently, he advised Austrian Federal Railways, ÖBB, on establishing a joint venture between its subsidiary European Contract Logistics-Austria and Quehenberger.

Markus Bruckmüller is admitted to practice in Austria and Slovenia and heads the firm's Slovenian office in Ljubljana. He focuses on large, often cross-border transactions, including M&A, financing and real estate-related matters.

Foreign desks The team in Vienna includes a number of practitioners well versed in CEE-related work, including expertise regarding Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro. The team greatly benefits from its network of offices across the CEE/SEE region, with whom the Vienna team co-ordinates large cross-border transactions. Horst Ebhardt is a key contact.

The team in Vienna regularly assists Chinese companies with business transactions in Austria and the CEE/SEE region. It also acts for Austrian companies with business interests in China. Head of the firm's China desk Christian Mikosch is a key contact.

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Wolf Theiss has a Tier 1 ranked corporate and M&A team in Austria which is also the largest corporate team in the country. We were recently Highly Commended by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Award following our advice on a complex distressed M&A transaction that required a range of first-to-market legal solutions.

We regularly advise on the most complex transactions in Austria and are ideally positioned to do so by working closely with our other market-leading practices at Wolf Theiss, including regulatory, competition, employment, procurement, litigation. IP/IT, dispute resolution, financing, capital markets, tax and real estate.

As Austria's largest and most specialized law firm we can offer unparalleled sector coverage in Austria and across the markets that make up Central and Southeastern Europe, by assembling inter-disciplinary teams that ideally match our clients' requirements.

We regularly advise the global as well as the Austrian elite of investment banks, private equity, corporates and financial institutions on public and private M&A, corporate restructurings, corporate disputes and corporate governance matters. In addition, Wolf Theiss can provide fully integrated corporate and transactional support across 13 offices in Central- and Southeastern Europe, a capability that has just earned us the "Chambers CEE Law Firm of the Year Award 2017".



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Baker McKenzie - Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Gerhard Hermann is a well-established practitioner with a wealth of experience in corporate and M&A matters, including distressed assets transactions. He advised Ennoconn on its acquisition of a 27.8% share in S&T for EUR145.2 million. A client says that he "has a very good business understanding," adding that he is able to "convince the opposing side."

Up-and-coming Wendelin Ettmayer assists clients with significant deals and recently led the team advising Franklin Templeton on the sale of Helios Coatings to Kansai Paint. Sources highlight his commitment and knowledge of the market.

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bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Florian Gibitz is a well-recognised practitioner in the M&A field, advising clients on significant deals in a wide spectrum of industries. "In addition to the calm, deliberate approach, we have always been advised comprehensively and in a forward-looking way," a client says.

Elke Napokoj is involved in Austrian and cross-border M&A transactions in a range of sectors. She recently advised ELK Holding on the EUR70 million sale of its ELK Fertighaus to Gampen Fertighaus.

Thomas Lettau is active in local as well as cross-border M&A deals and also assists with other corporate matters. He recently advised AGRANA on the acquisition of a majority share in sugar producer Sunoko. "He made sure the client understood the issues at hand," a source says.

Gerhard Fussenegger is a Brussels-based expert in merger control and antitrust law who actively assists with the team's cross-border M&A transactions. He recently was part of the team advising RZB on its large-scale merger with RBI.

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CMS - Corporate/M&A Department

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Peter Huber is an outstanding corporate and M&A lawyer, active on significant local and cross-border deals, including those in relation to listed companies. He acted for AFCO on its acquisition of Thonhauser. A client states that he is "very experienced" and also highlights his "commercial understanding."

Johannes Reich-Rohrwig handles corporate restructurings and M&A transactions representing clients from various sectors, including banking, insurance and energy. He recently advised Niederösterreichische Versicherung on the divestiture of its shareholder structure by minority shareholders. He is also a well-regarded disputes lawyer and is particularly active in shareholder disputes.

Johannes Trenkwalder is reputed for his work on cross-border M&A, particularly in the CEE region. He recently advised Kiefel on its acquisition of Mould & Matic. One client notes his co-operative working style, saying that he has "high acceptance with our own managing directors as well as with the other side." He is also managing the firm's Kyiv office.

Alexander Rakosi is active in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. One client describes him as "commercial and easy to work with." His latest work includes advising HETA Asset Resolution on its sale of the Holiday Inn Sarajevo.

Qualified in both Austria and Serbia, Radivoje Petrikić heads the firm's Sarajevo and Belgrade offices from his Belgrade base, and also leads a number of the firm's corporate/M&A teams across the SEE region.

Döne Yalçın is the managing partner of CMS Istanbul and dual-qualified in Austria and Turkey. She is active on large-scale deals and is especially experienced in transactions pertaining to the energy and real estate sectors.

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Eisenberger & Herzog - Corporate/M&A Department

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Peter Winkler is a reputable figure in Austrian corporate and M&A circles. He is particularly experienced in handling high-value matters involving financial services and real estate clients. He recently acted for conwert Immobilien Invest on its voluntary public takeover by Vonovia, valued at EUR2.9 billion.

Alric Ofenheimer advised ProSiebenSat.1 Media on its acquisition of ATV. He is also well known for his activity in real estate transactions. One client praises his stamina in negotiations, saying: "He's an extremely strong negotiator. When I was beginning to get tired, he was only just getting started."

Up-and-coming Marco Steiner is visible on the firm's key deals. He recently led the team advising Macquarie Group on its bid for the acquisition of a 49% share in Gas Connect Austria.

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Corporate/M&A

Our practice group has a strong track record advising on all aspects in relation to corporate law and M&A and is widely recognized for high-profile transactions entrusted to our firm. Apart from private and public mergers and acquisitions, our firm handles strategic partnerships, joint ventures, auction sales and takeovers of listed companies. Our fields of expertise include: private M&A, public M&A, transactions and finance structures, private equity and venture capital, strategic alliances / mergers and joint ventures, privatizations, Public Private Partnerships (PPP), distressed M&A, restructuring, corporate reorganization, post-M&A litigation, post-M&A integration.

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Barnert Egermann Illigasch - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Michael Barnert is a well-known corporate and M&A lawyer, advising on public and private acquisitions as well as joint ventures. He is particularly active in media and telecommunications as well as the energy sector. "He is very communicative in general, which makes it easy to run transactions," a source says.

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Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Corporate/M&A Department

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Thomas Talos is active in corporate and M&A transactions and is particularly recognised for his experience in advising sports and gaming industry clients. He recently advised Centerbridge Partners as part of a consortium on its attempted acquisition of Tipico. "He never loses commercial focus," a source says.

Up-and-coming Roman Rericha is highly active in the start-up scene, where he advises technology and financial services clients on corporate structuring and venture capital transactions. One client reports that Rericha provided "constructive, alternative" solutions.

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Brandl & Talos is known for its unparalleled expertise in the entertainment and leisure sector. This is no idle claim. Our experience with large-scale, complex transactions in the gaming sector is truly unique in Austria and quite remarkable in Europe. The firm's partner, Thomas Talos, is a recognized specialist whose experience affords him a keen insight into the gaming sector. This is proven through the long-standing mandates of bwin.party and now also GVC Holdings, Century Casinos, Sportradar AG and, recently, by a mandate regarding the proposed acquisition of one of Germany's leading retail and online sports betting operators.

Furthermore, we have a strong focus in the industry of coatings and stationery products. As long-standing legal counsel of "Ring" International Holding, we have advised on almost all of their major transactions. Partner Roman Rericha coordinated and managed the acquisition of the Slovenian based Helios Domžale, the subsequent equity investment of two top-class international private equity firms, and the reorganisation of the group. Roman also regularly advises "Ring" International Holding on a number of corporate issues. Brandl & Talos therefore has an unequalled understanding of the industry.

We are also becoming increasingly involved in transactions in the biotechnology, real estate and financial services sectors.

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Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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Markus Fellner is particularly known for his experience in restructuring, including distressed M&A transactions. He often advises banks on M&A as well as a wider scope of transactions including distressed assets. Clients value his strong negotiation style, with one source describing him as "a man of concise words: he gets to the point and represents our position clearly."

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Developing optimal solutions in the corporate area requires extensive knowledge and vast experience in many different legal areas, including corporate law, tax law, capital market and takeover law, labour as well as tenancy law. We handle private and public transactions and advise national and international companies on a vast array of corporate law issues. In the corporate law area, accompanying clients on the sale and acquisition of companies is one of the core skills of fwp. Our work in this regard covers all aspects necessary for the successful conclusion of a transaction, beginning with the undertaking of legal due diligence up through negotiation of the SPA and resolution of anti-trust issues. In particular our broad experience in the private and public sectors, especially relating to cross-border transactions, takeover bids, private equity and venture capital, ensures the highest degree of efficiency and deal stability.

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DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach - Corporate/M&A Department

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Maria Doralt is an active figure in the corporate and M&A market, handling local and cross-border matters for clients from a diverse range of sectors. She recently advised Wipro on the acquisition of cellent valued at EUR73.5 million. Commentators especially note her negotiation skills, with one source appreciating that "she anticipated future topics," while another praises her focus on realistic win-win solutions.

Christoph Mager is particularly active in cross-border deals representing financial services, real estate and technology companies. He acted for Adler Real Estate on its sale of EUR460 million worth of shares in conwert Immobilien Invest to Vonovia. A client praises his assistance with difficult negotiations.

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Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte - Corporate/M&A Department

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Wolfgang Graf is a respected transactional lawyer, assisting clients from a variety of industries. "He led negotiations smoothly, but held the line. To me he predicted the other side's move with impressive certainty so that we could prepare ourselves way ahead," a client says, while another client adds: "He does not beat around the bush." He recently led the team advising Global TCAD Solutions and its Austrian shareholders on the sale of shares to Silvaco.

Bernd Taucher is active in high-value cross-border corporate matters and M&A transactions. A market source describes him as "very pragmatic and responsive." He recently advised AGCO on the Austrian aspects of its acquisition of Cimbria.

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Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Corporate/M&A Department

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Ferdinand Graf is active in advising clients from a range of sectors on cross-border M&A transactions and corporate restructurings. He recently advised Marchfelder Bank on its spin-off from the Austrian Volksbanken group of banks.

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Graf & Pitkowitz was founded in 1994 and is one of the leading independent Austrian commercial law firms with offices in Vienna and Graz. The full service firm advises in all fields of Austrian and European business law. with a client base from all sectors of industry – both domestic and foreign – and public authorities. Graf & Pitkowitz has 40 qualified lawyers including 7 partners – most are recognized experts in their field and have years of international experience. The firm is internationally known for its hard work approach and efficient and creative way of handling complex cases in a solution-oriented manner. 

From the very beginning corporate law and mergers & acquisitions have been a core competence of Graf & Pitkowitz. The firm’s specialists advise on all matters of corporate law – often on complex corporate transactions such as restructurings, spin-offs, mergers and transformations – both in Austria and cross-border. Recent work highlights include advising a prominent Russian conglomerate on cross border restructurings and capital measures and advising one of the largest Austrian publicly listed corporations on the spin-off and subsequent merger of subsidiaries.
The firm has gained a strong practice in corporate litigation supporting clients in corporate disputes and representing in corporate litigation - both in judicial and arbitration proceedings.



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PHH Prochaska Havranek Rechtsanwälte - Corporate/M&A Department

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Rainer Kaspar is active in corporate restructurings as well as regular M&A transactions in Austria and beyond. "He helped me very much in better understanding the legal part and he was always available," a client reports. He recently acted for Baitone on the sale of a 90% share in Best Gaming Technology to Playtech.

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Fiebinger Polak & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 5

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Peter Polak is a well-known figure in the Austrian M&A market. His clients also benefit from his litigation skills.

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Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

In addition to his M&A expertise, Philipp Kinsky is also known for his involvement in capital markets and private equity venture capital deals. He advised TourRadar on its Series A financing round with a number of investors.

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Schindler Attorneys - Corporate/M&A Department

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Clemens Philipp Schindler is a well-known corporate and transactional lawyer and is highlighted by clients for his high level of availability. Recently, he advised Alba Communications on its acquisition of PR International - Hirnigel. He is also active on transactions connected to the Brazilian market.

Florian Cvak is active in advising Austrian and international companies on M&A deals, including in relation to distressed assets. He is also recognised for his experience in relation to Poland. "He cares about the entire project and not just his work stream," a source says, adding that he "thinks ahead and identifies relevant issues early on."

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Taylor Wessing - Corporate/M&A Department

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Particularly known for advising private equity clients. International clients benefit from the firm's extensive European network. Raimund Cancola is a key contact for clients.

Foreign desks The Vienna-based team has Italian speakers who assists with Austro-Italian cross-border deals and assist Italian clients in Austria. Dieter Natlacen is a key contact for clients.

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Senior Statesperson

DORDA

From the Chambers Global guide

Christian Dorda is a highly revered senior partner who commands great respect among market sources. In addition to his strategic advice on complex M&A transactions, he is also a highly regarded arbitrator.

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Star Individuals

Schoenherr

From the Chambers Global guide

Stellar practitioner Christian Herbst is one of the best M&A names in Austria with a solid track record in complex international high-value transactions. Sources note his diplomatic and impersonal approach to hostile situations and his ability to remain robust while also facilitating negotiations and closing deals. He recently led the team advising EQT VI on the high-value sale of Automic Software to CA Technologies.

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Star Individuals

Willibald Plesser

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Stellar lawyer Willibald Plesser is a renowned practitioner advising on complex cross-border transactions. He is described as a "top negotiator" who is "among the most influential professionals" in the Austrian legal market. He also regularly works on deals relating to the CEE region. He recently advised EVN on the sale of a water treatment plant in Russia to Mosvodokanal for EUR250 million.

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Band 1

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati

From the Chambers Global guide

Albert Birkner is a top-tier, highly established transactional lawyer with extensive practical knowledge of large cross-border mergers, joint ventures and corporate restructuring mandates. A source says he is "very good technically and equally reasonable, focusing on important elements of transactions" as well as "practical and easy to work with." He recently advised RHI on the proposed cross-border merger with Magnesita Refratários that will establish RHI Magnesita. He has particular expertise in the CEE region.

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Band 1

DORDA

From the Chambers Global guide

Martin Brodey is a highly esteemed M&A practitioner, offering his extensive practical expertise on domestic as well as cross-border transactions, especially in the CEE region. He is described as "particularly committed and very creative when problems are to be overcome." He recently advised ORPEA on its high-profile acquisition of Dr. Wagner Group.

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Band 1

Clemens Hasenauer

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati

From the Chambers Global guide

Clemens Hasenauer is one of Austria's leading M&A lawyers with broad practical experience in handling public and private transactions as well as cross-border joint ventures. "Clemens is a great negotiator. I was very happy with him. He did a very good job in negotiating good compromises," a client says, adding: "He just made it work." He recently advised SABMiller on its planned disposal of several brands in Austria and a number of CEE countries to comply with EU competition requirements. He is triple-qualified in Austria, the USA and the UK.

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Band 1

Schoenherr

From the Chambers Global guide

Sascha Hödl is a top-tier lawyer who is especially active in financial services-related M&A transactions among other sectors. He recently represented Adler Real Estate in the sale of its share in conwert Immobilien Invest to Vonovia for EUR743 million. Clients particularly praise his commitment and proactive approach. 

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Band 1

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

Peter Huber is an outstanding corporate and M&A lawyer, active on significant local and cross-border deals, including those in relation to listed companies. He acted for AFCO on its acquisition of Thonhauser. A client states that he is "very experienced" and also highlights his "commercial understanding."

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Band 1

Eisenberger & Herzog

From the Chambers Global guide

Peter Winkler is a reputable figure in Austrian corporate and M&A circles. He is particularly experienced in handling high-value matters involving financial services and real estate clients. He recently acted for conwert Immobilien Invest on its voluntary public takeover by Vonovia, valued at EUR2.9 billion.

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Band 2

Barnert Egermann Illigasch

From the Chambers Global guide

Michael Barnert is a well-known corporate and M&A lawyer, advising on public and private acquisitions as well as joint ventures. He is particularly active in media and telecommunications as well as the energy sector. "He is very communicative in general, which makes it easy to run transactions," a source says.

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Band 2

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Global guide

Horst Ebhardt is a highly regarded corporate lawyer with a solid track record of cross-border transactions, particularly in relation to the CEE region. He recently co-led the team advising Allianz Capital Partners on a high-value transaction of acquiring OMV's 49% stake in Gas Connect Austria. He is described by a market observer as "very precise and thorough as well as completely reliable."

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Band 2

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Markus Fellner is particularly known for his experience in restructuring, including distressed M&A transactions. He often advises banks on M&A as well as a wider scope of transactions including distressed assets. Clients value his strong negotiation style, with one source describing him as "a man of concise words: he gets to the point and represents our position clearly."

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Band 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Konrad Gröller is a well-established and widely respected M&A practitioner who often assists with transactions involving private equity clients as well as working on significant joint venture projects. He recently advised CA Technologies on its high-value acquisition of Automic Group.

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Band 2

Baker McKenzie - Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

From the Chambers Global guide

Gerhard Hermann is a well-established practitioner with a wealth of experience in corporate and M&A matters, including distressed assets transactions. He advised Ennoconn on its acquisition of a 27.8% share in S&T for EUR145.2 million. A client says that he "has a very good business understanding," adding that he is able to "convince the opposing side."

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Band 2

Michael Kutschera

BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Global guide

Michael Kutschera is a highly established figure in the Austrian market and is recognised as a senior M&A practitioner with solid experience in cross-border transactions. His extensive practical knowledge extends to such sectors as energy and consumer goods. "He is very reasonable, trying to find solutions," a source says, also praising his hands-on approach. Kutschera is also a widely respected arbitrator.

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Band 2

DORDA

From the Chambers Global guide

Andreas Mayr is a well-known figure in the Austrian corporate and M&A scene and has a particular focus on public M&A. He recently advised Petrus Advisers on the sale of its stake in conwert Immobilien Invest for EUR70 million.

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Band 2

BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Global guide

Thomas Schirmer is a well-recognised M&A lawyer experienced in advising on cross-border transactions, such as his recent assistance to Greenbriar Equity Group with its acquisition of Frauscher Sensortechnik. He often handles transactions in such industries as financial services, life sciences and IT. A peer describes him as somebody who is "good to work with."

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Band 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Thomas Zottl is a highly regarded M&A lawyer with extensive experience in high-value cross-border transactions. His particular areas of activity include financial services, energy and real estate matters. He recently advised Vonovia on its EUR2.9 billion acquisition of conwert Immobilien Invest. He is valued for his cooperative negotiation style, as a client reports: "His great talent is that he always creates trust in a relationship."

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Band 3

bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Global guide

Florian Gibitz is a well-recognised practitioner in the M&A field, advising clients on significant deals in a wide spectrum of industries. "In addition to the calm, deliberate approach, we have always been advised comprehensively and in a forward-looking way," a client says.

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Band 3

Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Global guide

Wolfgang Graf is a respected transactional lawyer, assisting clients from a variety of industries. "He led negotiations smoothly, but held the line. To me he predicted the other side's move with impressive certainty so that we could prepare ourselves way ahead," a client says, while another client adds: "He does not beat around the bush." He recently led the team advising Global TCAD Solutions and its Austrian shareholders on the sale of shares to Silvaco.

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Band 3

Wulf Gordian Hauser

Hauser Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Global guide

Wulf Gordian Hauser of Hauser Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH is an established figure in both M&A as well as international arbitration. He recently advised Mondi on a EUR4.7 million acquisition of Uralplastic from Rusnano and a private investor. "It's very easy to work with him: his documents and conclusions are very thorough, he tailors his advice to us," a client says.

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Band 3

BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Global guide

Florian Khol focuses on public M&A transactions with experience extending across a broad selection of industry sectors. He recently advised Insight Venture Partners on acquiring a stake in Tricentis. Sources note his pragmatic approach.

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Band 3

Fiebinger Polak & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Global guide

Peter Polak is a well-known figure in the Austrian M&A market. His clients also benefit from his litigation skills.

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Band 3

Schoenherr

From the Chambers Global guide

Alexander Popp is active on large-scale international transactions, often involving clients from the insurance and manufacturing sectors. He recently co-led the team advising Ball Corporation on a cross-border sale of its Enzensfeld manufacturing plant to Ardagh Group. He is particularly active in transactions involving the CEE region.

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Band 3

Johannes Reich-Rohrwig

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

Johannes Reich-Rohrwig handles corporate restructurings and M&A transactions representing clients from various sectors, including banking, insurance and energy. He recently advised Niederösterreichische Versicherung on the divestiture of its shareholder structure by minority shareholders. He is also a well-regarded disputes lawyer and is particularly active in shareholder disputes.

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Band 3

Clemens Philipp Schindler

Schindler Attorneys

From the Chambers Global guide

Clemens Philipp Schindler is a well-known corporate and transactional lawyer and is highlighted by clients for his high level of availability. Recently, he advised Alba Communications on its acquisition of PR International - Hirnigel. He is also active on transactions connected to the Brazilian market.

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Band 3

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Global guide

Dieter Spranz has solid experience of assisting with significant local and cross-border M&A transactions and also acts on significant domestic instructions. Most recently, he advised Austrian Federal Railways, ÖBB, on establishing a joint venture between its subsidiary European Contract Logistics-Austria and Quehenberger.

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Band 3

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Global guide

Thomas Talos is active in corporate and M&A transactions and is particularly recognised for his experience in advising sports and gaming industry clients. He recently advised Centerbridge Partners as part of a consortium on its attempted acquisition of Tipico. "He never loses commercial focus," a source says.

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Band 3

Johannes Trenkwalder

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

Johannes Trenkwalder is reputed for his work on cross-border M&A, particularly in the CEE region. He recently advised Kiefel on its acquisition of Mould & Matic. One client notes his co-operative working style, saying that he has "high acceptance with our own managing directors as well as with the other side." He is also managing the firm's Kyiv office.

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Band 4

Schindler Attorneys

From the Chambers Global guide

Florian Cvak is active in advising Austrian and international companies on M&A deals, including in relation to distressed assets. He is also recognised for his experience in relation to Poland. "He cares about the entire project and not just his work stream," a source says, adding that he "thinks ahead and identifies relevant issues early on."

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Band 4

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

From the Chambers Global guide

Maria Doralt is an active figure in the corporate and M&A market, handling local and cross-border matters for clients from a diverse range of sectors. She recently advised Wipro on the acquisition of cellent valued at EUR73.5 million. Commentators especially note her negotiation skills, with one source appreciating that "she anticipated future topics," while another praises her focus on realistic win-win solutions.

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Band 4

Pelzmann Gall Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Global guide

Mario Gall of Pelzmann Gall Rechtsanwälte GmbH is a transactional lawyer representing clients from a variety of sectors, including financial services as well as manufacturing and technology. He recently advised Ventana Holding on its public takeover bid to shareholders of Frauenthal.

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Band 4

Immanuel Gerstner

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)

From the Chambers Global guide

Immanuel Gerstner of Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) is acknowledged for his leading role in the firm's corporate and M&A practice. "We were made aware of potential dangers and risks," a client says, adding that the advice helped in the negotiation process. He recently advised Baumit Beteiligungen on its EUR120 million acquisition of w&p Baustoffe from Wietersdorfer.

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Band 4

Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Global guide

Ferdinand Graf is active in advising clients from a range of sectors on cross-border M&A transactions and corporate restructurings. He recently advised Marchfelder Bank on its spin-off from the Austrian Volksbanken group of banks.

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Band 4

PHH Prochaska Havranek Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Global guide

Rainer Kaspar is active in corporate restructurings as well as regular M&A transactions in Austria and beyond. "He helped me very much in better understanding the legal part and he was always available," a client reports. He recently acted for Baitone on the sale of a 90% share in Best Gaming Technology to Playtech.

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Band 4

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Global guide

In addition to his M&A expertise, Philipp Kinsky is also known for his involvement in capital markets and private equity venture capital deals. He advised TourRadar on its Series A financing round with a number of investors.

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Band 4

DORDA

From the Chambers Global guide

Jürgen Kittel is a visible transactional lawyer who led the team on a range of key deals, including advising SAZKA Group on a number of strategic investments in the Austrian gaming sector. A client praises his hands-on and strategic approach: "He is really thinking two steps ahead, thinking along with the client," adding: "The transaction was really tough so he was spending day and night with us."

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Band 4

Schoenherr

From the Chambers Global guide

Florian Kusznier is a corporate M&A lawyer valued by interviewees for his practical advice and focus on the key issues. He recently advised Haniel regarding a joint venture with Rentokil Initial in several CEE countries.

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Band 4

bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Global guide

Thomas Lettau is active in local as well as cross-border M&A deals and also assists with other corporate matters. He recently advised AGRANA on the acquisition of a majority share in sugar producer Sunoko. "He made sure the client understood the issues at hand," a source says.

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Band 4

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

From the Chambers Global guide

Christoph Mager is particularly active in cross-border deals representing financial services, real estate and technology companies. He acted for Adler Real Estate on its sale of EUR460 million worth of shares in conwert Immobilien Invest to Vonovia. A client praises his assistance with difficult negotiations.

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Band 4

Christian Mikosch

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Global guide

Christian Mikosch is recognised as an experienced M&A lawyer with a focus on large transactions involving the CEE region. He also heads the team's Kosovo and China desks. A source describes him as "very pragmatic."

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Band 4

bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Global guide

Elke Napokoj is involved in Austrian and cross-border M&A transactions in a range of sectors. She recently advised ELK Holding on the EUR70 million sale of its ELK Fertighaus to Gampen Fertighaus.

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Band 4

Eisenberger & Herzog

From the Chambers Global guide

Alric Ofenheimer advised ProSiebenSat.1 Media on its acquisition of ATV. He is also well known for his activity in real estate transactions. One client praises his stamina in negotiations, saying: "He's an extremely strong negotiator. When I was beginning to get tired, he was only just getting started."

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Band 4

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

Alexander Rakosi is active in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. One client describes him as "commercial and easy to work with." His latest work includes advising HETA Asset Resolution on its sale of the Holiday Inn Sarajevo.

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Band 4

Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Global guide

Bernd Taucher is active in high-value cross-border corporate matters and M&A transactions. A market source describes him as "very pragmatic and responsive." He recently advised AGCO on the Austrian aspects of its acquisition of Cimbria.

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Band 4

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati

From the Chambers Global guide

Thomas Trettnak is a corporate lawyer, advising on transactions and corporate reorganisations, with particular experience in matters involving venture capital and private equity. He recently acted for LifeNet Health on its acquisition of AlloTiss. He is qualified in Austria and the USA.

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Up and Coming

Wendelin Ettmayer

Baker McKenzie - Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

From the Chambers Global guide

Up-and-coming Wendelin Ettmayer assists clients with significant deals and recently led the team advising Franklin Templeton on the sale of Helios Coatings to Kansai Paint. Sources highlight his commitment and knowledge of the market.

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Up and Coming

Schoenherr

From the Chambers Global guide

Thomas Kulnigg enters the rankings on the back of positive market feedback. He is particularly active in deals relating to the financial services sector. He recently led the team advising HETA on the sale of its Italian unit, HARIT. Clients appreciate his commercial perspective and add that he contributes innovative solutions to improve the client's position.

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Up and Coming

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Global guide

Up-and-coming Roman Rericha is highly active in the start-up scene, where he advises technology and financial services clients on corporate structuring and venture capital transactions. One client reports that Rericha provided "constructive, alternative" solutions.

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Up and Coming

Eisenberger & Herzog

From the Chambers Global guide

Up-and-coming Marco Steiner is visible on the firm's key deals. He recently led the team advising Macquarie Group on its bid for the acquisition of a 49% share in Gas Connect Austria.

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