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Tax — Austria


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Tax

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading team renowned for providing stellar advice on tax issues relating to domestic and international M&A transactions and corporate restructurings. Assists with tax litigation, particularly concerning transfer pricing. Well-known for supporting financial institutions, clients in the gaming sector, transport companies and trusts. Noted expertise in international tax law and EU taxation policies.

Strengths "Freshfields is certainly an excellent firm with a focus on cross-border-driven mandates."

"We can recommend them when it comes to tax structuring work relating to financial instruments."

Work highlights Advised Generali Holding Vienna on the restructuring of the group that included significant tax aspects.

Significant clients Wiener Linien.

Notable practitioners

Department head Michael Sedlaczek offers first-rate support in a range of tax matters including litigation and instructions from private clients. "Michael is a very good adviser: he is very clear, he provides very good written advice and also over the phone. He is very commercial. He is one of the people I like to work with the most," a client reports.

Claus Staringer is famed for his profound academic knowledge of tax law and his distinguished corporate tax work. He advises a variety of domestic corporations with a focus on banking, insurance and industrial clients. He is also experienced in structured financing and tax litigation. Market commentators describe him as an "outstanding and active" practitioner.

Department profile by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Wolf Theiss - Tax

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Frontrunner with a dedicated team providing comprehensive tax support to financial institutions and multinational corporations. Remit of work covers corporate tax relating to M&A and restructurings as well as private client work concerning trusts and estate planning in and outside of Austria. Expertise also covers tax disputes, transfer pricing and financial product-related tax queries.

Strengths "We really appreciate their work, they are really reactive and client-focused. Their answers are short and clear. We always have urgent requests and they always answer in due time."

"When there's an international aspect, especially in CEE, we would go to Wolf Theiss. They are very strong there."

"They are excellent. We appreciate their responsiveness, completeness, clarity and quality."

Work highlights Advised Wells Fargo Bank International on tax as well as commercial and regulatory law issues in Austria with regard to the amendment of an existing receivables purchase agreement with Hewlett-Packard.

Significant clients Lukoil, Erste Group Bank, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Wittur.

Notable practitioners

Market-leading tax lawyer Niklas Schmidt is widely renowned for his activity in relation to the tax aspects of M&A transactions as well as private client work. He heads the firm's tax team and has solid experience of international tax law and financial products taxation.

Benjamin Twardosz is singled out by commentators for his pre-eminent tax litigation work. Market observers assert that "in this field he is one of the outstanding individuals in the Austrian market." Another client adds:"He responds fast on both strategic and operative implications." He is also frequently visible in the areas of corporate tax as well as advising on tax issues relating to M&A and financing matters.

Department profile by Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss has always been ahead of the curve, becoming one of the first law firms in Austria to provide advice on national and international tax law. From a quick glance at our clients, it's easy to see why we're still setting standards for tax advice in Austria and CEE/SEE. The Wolf TheissTax practice group does not shy from complex cases and is used to covering them from various tax and legal angles.

What distinguishes Wolf Theiss from other firms is that our lawyers specialize within their practice area and each lawyer has his or her specific fields of tax advice. Currently we offer the following kinds of tax services:

  • Corporate tax advice: M&A-related work, corporate restructurings including domestic and cross-border mergers and demergers, holding company structures, double tax treaties;
  • Tax planning for private clients: coming to Austria and leaving Austria, setting up of trusts and foundations, estate planning and asset protection;
  • Advice to financial institutions regarding financial products: debt and equity instruments, funds;
  • Tax litigation; and
  • Fiscal criminal law including voluntary self-disclosures.

Our partners have dual qualifications as certified public tax advisors and attorneys-at-law. They not only have years of experience, but also regularly hold lectures and publish on recent developments in this permanently changing field. This combination of practical experience, academic research and continuous training guarantees that
we anticipate trends.



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With 13 offices throughout CEE/SEE and contacts from around the world, the Wolf Theiss tax team can help with its experience in many different ways and in many different places.

Our recent advice to international clients includes advising private equity funds on investments into Austria, advising foreign banks on various debt and equity transactions in Austria, advising multinational groups on cross-border reorganisations, advising various foreign gaming operators on gaming taxes in Austria, advising foreign investment funds on the refund of Austrian withholding taxes.



BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Tax

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Expert team providing a wide range of tax advice concerning corporate transactions, reorganisations, financings and joint ventures as well as tax litigation. Also covers VAT and corporate income tax inquiries. Frequently advises financial institutions and large-scale organisations on international tax queries. Assists private clients.

Strengths "They are practical, reliable, fast and they are always thinking from our perspective."

"They are very responsive and creative and it has been a smooth, high-quality co-operation."

"They understood our overall risk appetite and were able to recommend proposals or alternatives that made sense to us."

New developments New clients include Johnson & Johnson, Crocs and Wendel.

Work highlights Advised the Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund IV on various corporate and tax matters in relation to its acquisition of a 25% stake in Energie Steiermark.

Acted for Xerox on the Austrian aspects of the global sale of its IT outsourcing business to Atos.

Significant clients Raiffeisen Property Holding International, Alcatel-Lucent, IPIC, Scout24, ARDIAN.

Notable practitioners

Christian Wimpissinger is admired by experts for his experience of international tax as well as his advice on the tax aspects of corporate financing and transactional matters. A client says: "He's amazingly good. What I really love is that he never tells me what isn't possible, but rather he tells me how we could do it another way. He really has the end goal in mind."

Andreas Hable is particularly known for handling the tax aspects of M&A transactions and corporate questions. He recently assisted Daimler with corporate and tax issues relating to its joint venture with Kamaz Trucks. Commentators remark that he "has deep knowledge of international tax law and is hands-on."

Department profile by BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Binder Grösswang gives advice on all issues of Austrian and international tax law. The experts of the Binder Grösswang tax team have many years of experience, both with national and cross-border tax matters, and act as an interface with other practice groups, such as Corporate/M&A, Banking and Finance and Dispute Resolution. We are regularly retained to examine difficult tax questions, in many cases also for providing a second opinion. In transaction matters, we offer our clients tax advice ranging from the due diligence review, the structuring of the transaction to the implementation of the transaction. We maintain excellent relations with tax authorities and stay in close contact with other service providers that render accounting or auditing services to our clients.  

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Tax advice in connection with M&A transactions, reorganisations, financing and capital market transactions and fund structures, tax analysis and structuring of capital market products and investment funds, tax advice for expatriates, structuring and implementation of employee participation programmes and stock option schemes, advice on private trusts and wealth succession, representation before tax authorities and courts, advice on tax criminal law

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We think and act in a global context. The majority of our assignments are transnational. Be it in Central and Eastern Europe or in the world's important financial centres, we work together with local experts, always selecting those who are best qualified for the matter at hand.
Our global network of partner firms enables us to provide our clients with flexible, customised solutions while meeting the highest standards of quality.


bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Tax

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly experienced tax advisers to domestic and international blue-chip companies in the energy, real estate and finance sectors. Assists with corporate tax matters relating to transactions, restructurings and reorganisations in both domestic and cross-border capacities. Also renowned for its tax litigation.

Strengths "They work in a very well-grounded way; they have the technical background but also good practical experience. It's a pleasant experience and it's good quality work from which you also get good results."

"They have an excellent service approach, it's a very straightforward interaction. If you need something, you get it on time."

"They have very good technical expertise and they also find practical solutions. We like their practical application of the rules; they find the solution that the client needs."

New developments New clients this year include BUWOG.

Work highlights Represented Müller Transporte in the division of the group between two family members that involved several transactions in a specially designed tax structure.

Advised ISS-Group on a tax litigation case.

Significant clients IMMOFINANZ, Nestlé, OMV, Valneva, BAWAG.

Notable practitioners

Leading tax expert Hanns Hügel is celebrated for his distinguished work on the tax aspects of corporate restructurings and M&A transactions. Clients assert that "technically he is very strong and he has a good theoretical understanding, and he is also innovative and convincing. He has a clear opinion, but he is also flexible, which makes him a very good advisor."

Gerald Schachner enters the rankings this year with numerous reviewers praising his first-rate client service. He is dual-qualified as both a lawyer and a tax advisor and is noted for his expertise in corporate and M&A taxation matters. Sources describe him as "a very sophisticated lawyer with a lot of experience in corporate restructuring and M&A taxation."

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CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati - Tax

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong tax division integrated into the firm's wider legal advisory practice of transactional deals, restructurings and financings. Enviable client roster includes major financial institutions, noteworthy investment funds and big-name retailers. Also covers tax litigation, complementing advice regarding both domestic and international corporate reorganisations.

New developments CORPUS SIREO, Datagroup and Tom Tailor are among the firm's new clients.

Work highlights Represented McDonald’s in a stamp duty appeal case before the Austrian Federal Tax Court relating to franchise agreements.

Assisted IVG Austria and IVG Institutional Funds with the tax-efficient integration of their Austrian subsidiaries.

Significant clients Fibria Celulose, Commerzbank, Raiffeisenlandesbank, Volkswagen Bank, Société Générale.

Notable practitioners

Johannes Prinz is a well-regarded head of the firm's tax team. He recently co-led the team advising Sete Brasil on tax queries in the restructuring of its subsidiaries in Austria.

Head of transactional team Clemens Hasenauer also provides advice in the field of M&A and corporate taxation. He was recently instructed by Voith and its Austrian subsidiary to provide tax advice regarding the divestment of its stake in GAW technologies.

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DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach - Tax

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected team with a full-service tax offering benefiting from the firm's global reach and tapping into its international know-how. Particular activity in tax criminal law, as well as matters relating to corporate acquisitions, joint ventures and tax structuring.

Strengths "DLA has a commercial, entrepreneurial approach. They don't just take a simple legal approach but also show that they are thinking on the same wavelength as the company. They are very fast, extremely efficient and very proactive."

New developments New client wins include Danaher, Torus Insurance and Gordon Brothers International.

Work highlights Assisted AINA Investment Fund with corporate and tax aspects of its acquisition of five-star hotels in Vienna.

Significant clients RBS, UniCredit Bank, REWE, Sony, Danaher Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Department head Franz Althuber is a respected practitioner with particular experience in the area of tax litigation, including criminal law, and also handles general tax queries. He recently advised CommVault Systems on the tax structuring issues relating to entry into the Austrian market. Clients describe him as a "pretty efficient" lawyer.

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DORDA - Tax

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable practice with a substantial cross-border tax offering. Active in a wide range of industries including energy and financial services, with the capacity to develop and implement complex tax structures. Strong experience in the taxation components of corporate and M&A transactions and joint ventures.

Strengths "They have a very good knowledge of how ruling structures work and how best to approach the Austrian tax authorities."

Work highlights Assisted Seadrill and Sapura Kencana Petroleum Berhad with the structuring and financing of their joint venture, including the tax details of the project.

Significant clients J.P. Morgan, Banco do Brazil, Banco Santander, Mahle, AES.

Notable practitioners

Leading tax practitioner Paul Doralt is renowned for his knowledge of transactional tax matters and is also highly involved in estate planning and private client representation. Market sources say: "He is very straightforward and very easy to deal with. He says it straight, he says what's manageable and what's not."

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Aigner Buzanich Rechtsanwälte OG - Tax

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners

What the team is known for Dynamic tax boutique assisting with Austrian and international tax matters. Advises on corporate tax planning, tax structures and income stream optimisation. Also assists with a wide variety of tax issues involving M&A and finance transactions as well as VAT, tax restructuring and tax litigation. Represents global manufacturing companies alongside regional and international financial institutions.

Strengths "They are really a fully-fledged general tax boutique."

Work highlights Assisted a US life sciences group with the transactional and tax structuring aspects of its acquisition of an Austrian company with subsidiaries in the UK, the Netherlands and France.

Represented a non-Austrian credit institution in various tax litigation proceedings following refinancing agreements valued at EUR300 million.

Notable practitioners

Market sources acknowledge Hans-Jörgen Aigner for his strong investment fund taxation work. He is a founding partner of the firm and advises on corporate tax matters and tax litigation.

Founding partner Herbert Buzanich's activities cover international tax planning, tax issues surrounding corporate reorganisations and private client work. His clients include international pension funds and real estate investors.

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Arnold Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Tax

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Band 4

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Well-respected team noted for its strong presence in private client representation, including trusts-related instructions. Also active in tax litigation as well as corporate tax matters. Particularly knowledgeable in the tax aspects of real estate transactions.

Strengths "They are very well known for tax disputes."

"It's a small firm but the team is very knowledgeable and responsive."

Notable practitioners

Sources say Nikolaus Arnold is "outstanding in certain areas of tax such as private foundation law and tax litigation." He is frequently seen acting on behalf of private clients and offers additional expertise in trust law and stamp duty issues.

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Baker McKenzie - Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG - Tax

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable adviser to high-profile international companies on Austrian tax law and cross-border mandates. Capacity is strengthened by the firm's global know-how and its worldwide network. Experienced in niche tax areas such as VAT and customs law compliance. Clientele ranges from private individuals to international retailers and banking institutions.

New developments Christoph Urtz joined the team as a partner.

Work highlights Acted for EDF International on the sale of its minority shares in Energie Steiermark; the transaction also included tax advice.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Christoph Urtz is dual-qualified as attorney and tax adviser and highly respected for his technical background. Market commentators also extensively highlight his academic background and praise both his interpersonal skills and organisational capability.

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Schoenherr - Tax

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Integral part of the firm's broad offering of corporate and financial services, advising on tax aspects of prominent M&A transactions and corporate restructurings. Particularly experienced in advising on taxation issues relating to financial products. Frequently assists with transnational tax issues, especially in co-operation with its strong CEE-based network.

Strengths "They really described the legal situation in a very detailed way."

"The advice was very complete and up-to-date and they always responded promptly. We would definitely work with them again."

"Very responsive and delivered what was agreed."

Notable practitioners

Roman Perner is a key contact for clients.

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DORDA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Leading tax practitioner Paul Doralt is renowned for his knowledge of transactional tax matters and is also highly involved in estate planning and private client representation. Market sources say: "He is very straightforward and very easy to deal with. He says it straight, he says what's manageable and what's not."

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bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Leading tax expert Hanns Hügel is celebrated for his distinguished work on the tax aspects of corporate restructurings and M&A transactions. Clients assert that "technically he is very strong and he has a good theoretical understanding, and he is also innovative and convincing. He has a clear opinion, but he is also flexible, which makes him a very good advisor."

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Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market-leading tax lawyer Niklas Schmidt is widely renowned for his activity in relation to the tax aspects of M&A transactions as well as private client work. He heads the firm's tax team and has solid experience of international tax law and financial products taxation.

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Michael Sedlaczek

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Michael Sedlaczek offers first-rate support in a range of tax matters including litigation and instructions from private clients. "Michael is a very good adviser: he is very clear, he provides very good written advice and also over the phone. He is very commercial. He is one of the people I like to work with the most," a client reports.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Claus Staringer is famed for his profound academic knowledge of tax law and his distinguished corporate tax work. He advises a variety of domestic corporations with a focus on banking, insurance and industrial clients. He is also experienced in structured financing and tax litigation. Market commentators describe him as an "outstanding and active" practitioner.

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Christian Wimpissinger

BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christian Wimpissinger is admired by experts for his experience of international tax as well as his advice on the tax aspects of corporate financing and transactional matters. A client says: "He's amazingly good. What I really love is that he never tells me what isn't possible, but rather he tells me how we could do it another way. He really has the end goal in mind."

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BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andreas Hable is particularly known for handling the tax aspects of M&A transactions and corporate questions. He recently assisted Daimler with corporate and tax issues relating to its joint venture with Kamaz Trucks. Commentators remark that he "has deep knowledge of international tax law and is hands-on."

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Benjamin Twardosz

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Europe guide

Benjamin Twardosz is singled out by commentators for his pre-eminent tax litigation work. Market observers assert that "in this field he is one of the outstanding individuals in the Austrian market." Another client adds:"He responds fast on both strategic and operative implications." He is also frequently visible in the areas of corporate tax as well as advising on tax issues relating to M&A and financing matters.

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Hans-Jörgen Aigner

Aigner Buzanich Rechtsanwälte OG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market sources acknowledge Hans-Jörgen Aigner for his strong investment fund taxation work. He is a founding partner of the firm and advises on corporate tax matters and tax litigation.

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DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Franz Althuber is a respected practitioner with particular experience in the area of tax litigation, including criminal law, and also handles general tax queries. He recently advised CommVault Systems on the tax structuring issues relating to entry into the Austrian market. Clients describe him as a "pretty efficient" lawyer.

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Arnold Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources say Nikolaus Arnold is "outstanding in certain areas of tax such as private foundation law and tax litigation." He is frequently seen acting on behalf of private clients and offers additional expertise in trust law and stamp duty issues.

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Robert Briem Rechtsanwalt-GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Single practitioner Robert Briem of Robert Briem Rechtsanwalt-GmbH is noted for his continuous work in the area of private foundations. He has extensive experience in advising private clients.

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Aigner Buzanich Rechtsanwälte OG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Founding partner Herbert Buzanich's activities cover international tax planning, tax issues surrounding corporate reorganisations and private client work. His clients include international pension funds and real estate investors.

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CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati

From the Chambers Europe guide

Johannes Prinz is a well-regarded head of the firm's tax team. He recently co-led the team advising Sete Brasil on tax queries in the restructuring of its subsidiaries in Austria.

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Clemens Philipp Schindler

Schindler Attorneys

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clemens Philipp Schindler of Schindler and Partners is an M&A specialist who also has strong knowledge of tax matters, including in cross-border transactions. "He is very open and direct with a client. He says if something should be done differently," a client says, with another adding: "He is a very good negotiator."

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Clemens Hasenauer

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of transactional team Clemens Hasenauer also provides advice in the field of M&A and corporate taxation. He was recently instructed by Voith and its Austrian subsidiary to provide tax advice regarding the divestment of its stake in GAW technologies.

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Baker McKenzie - Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Christoph Urtz is dual-qualified as attorney and tax adviser and highly respected for his technical background. Market commentators also extensively highlight his academic background and praise both his interpersonal skills and organisational capability.

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Grama Schwaighofer Vondrak Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Philip Vondrak of Grama Schwaighofer Vondrak Rechtsanwälte GmbH is qualified as both an attorney and a tax adviser and assists with domestic and cross-border tax queries. Clients praise his fast response times and his "clean-cut explanations," adding that "even if you're not an expert, you understand what he is saying."

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KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gerold Wietrzyk of KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is experienced in advising on the tax features of corporate undertakings. He is also active in tax litigation, including criminal tax law.

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Up and Coming

Michaela Petritz-Klar

Taylor Wessing

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michaela Petritz-Klar has joined Taylor Wessing from Schoenherr in early 2017. She advises on domestic and international tax law matters and is described by clients as "very much to the point and she can easily explain what the main points are that you have to look at."

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bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gerald Schachner enters the rankings this year with numerous reviewers praising his first-rate client service. He is dual-qualified as both a lawyer and a tax advisor and is noted for his expertise in corporate and M&A taxation matters. Sources describe him as "a very sophisticated lawyer with a lot of experience in corporate restructuring and M&A taxation."

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