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Banking & Finance — Austria


BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Stefan Tiefenthaler is a distinguished financing expert, especially well known for his experience in corporate financing and project finance transactions. A client describes him as "obliging and reliable as well as having profound knowledge." He recently advised a consortium of EIB and Erste Bank Austria on their EUR70 million financing of the Hof/Seibersdorf wind farm project.

Tibor Fabian is a reputable practitioner advising clients on a broad scope of financing transactions. Clients value him for his high level of experience in advising on large-scale and challenging transactions.

Emanuel Welten is a notable banking and finance lawyer, active in project and acquisition finance as well as refinancing. A client describes him as "incredibly solution-oriented." He recently advised J.P. Morgan on contributing to the financing of Lone Star's acquisition of Centrice Real Estate from HETA.

About the Team (content provided by BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH)

Austrian and international financial institutions and corporates appreciate the practical approach of the Binder Grösswang Banking & Finance team. Our clients benefit especially from the specific expertise and the flexibility of our team members in case of complex transactions or those that need to be completed under great time pressure. In addition, our experts have many years of experience in all areas of supervisory law.

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Loans and syndicated loans, acquisition finance, real estate finance, project financing and public-private partnerships, securitization transactions and factoring, structured finance and finance leasing, equipment and aircraft financing, cash pooling, restructuring and insolvency, derivatives, banking supervisory law, investment funds, insurance supervision law.

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National and international financial institutions and corporates

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Friedrich Jergitsch is one of the top finance lawyers in Austria in both transactions and regulatory matters. He acts for large Austrian banking institutions regarding large-scale restructuring projects, including contentious cases. He is also active on structured finance matters.

Florian Klimscha has extensive experience in complex transactions, advising both banks and companies. He assists with debt refinancing and is also active in restructuring and insolvency transactions. A client describes him as "very good technically," adding that on top of legal expertise he is also "very friendly." He recently advised on several international transactions, including refinancing and acquisition financing.

Blair Day is an Australian- and UK-qualified lawyer who leads the Vienna office's English law finance practice. He is particularly active in matters pertaining to the CEE region, where he advises on English-law aspects of finance and corporate transactions, including in distressed situations. He recently helped advise Raiffeisen Bank and the Bucharest branch of ING on English-law aspects of the financing of a leveraged buyout of La Fantana by ORESA and Mr Cristian Amza.

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Please visit the Freshfields website for more details about our work in this category: http://www.freshfields.com/en-gb/what-we-do/services/disputes-litigation-and-arbitration/banking-and-financial-services/

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Schoenherr - Banking & Finance Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Martin Ebner is a highly regarded banking and finance practitioner with considerable experience in transactions involving Austria and the CEE region. He is particularly valued for his availability and experience. He advised EIB and EIF as investors into Raiffeisen-Leasing's securitisation transaction.

Peter Feyl is a widely respected practitioner who is highly regarded for both his regulatory and transactional financing experience. He is picked out by clients as being amongst the best banking lawyers in the Viennese legal community. He acted as the lead partner for Raiffeisen Bank International on the regulatory aspects of the bank's merger with Raiffeisen Zantralbank Österreich, which includes Austria as well as several CEE jurisdictions.

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Wolf Theiss - Banking & Finance Department

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Markus Heidinger is a superb banking and finance practitioner who is active in both transactions and regulatory matters. A source describes him as "top-notch in Austria for banking and regulatory." He led the team advising Société Générale on the financing the cross-border takeover bid of conwert Immobilien by Vonovia.

Andreas Schmid is a highly experienced finance lawyer, particularly active on complex and large-scale transactions. Sources emphasise his strong commercial understanding. He recently advised Aareal Bank as Austrian counsel on a cross-border financing of EUR269 million for the acquisition of a hotel portfolio in Europe by Pandox group. He is also versed in financing matters pertaining to the CEE region.

Richard Wolf is a well-known transactional finance lawyer. He also assists with issues related to capital markets.

About the Team (content provided by Wolf Theiss)

The past few years have been some of the most challenging in the history of global financial markets. Fresh thinking is required as the markets adjust to changing economic, political and regulatory conditions.

Our Team

Known for its intellectual rigor, our Banking and Finance team draws on deep banking product expertise and works with our regulatory, litigation, restructuring and other specialist teams to develop innovative solutions for our clients, often incorporating complex financing techniques that lead the industry.

Our Cases

We are currently working with some of the biggest banks, insurers and financial institutions and their customers on issues from commercial lending, project financing and private equity to regulatory work, Medium Term Notes (MTN), Eurobonds, IPOs, takeovers, credit-linked notes, securitizations, de-listings and loan portfolios.

Our Regulatory Expertise

Recent developments have shown that the trend is strongly focusing or driven by banking and financial markets regulatory issues. We have taken on a key forerunner position on current legal issues in Austria, advising on compliance regulation related to MiFID II, CRR, payment services, and data protection, Basel III, Basel IV, Solvency II, EMIR, MAD II, MAR, Investment Fund Regimes (UCITS IV, UCITS V) and AIFMD. Clients benefit from our team's excellent relationships with local regulators and government officials which are essential assets when adapting to a new regulatory world.

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CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Thomas Zivny is an experienced financing lawyer who is also active in capital markets deals. He recently acted as a lead counsel for IMMOFINANZ as the borrower of a EUR250 million loan.

Volker Glas is a finance lawyer, dual-qualified in Austria and the USA. He also assists with capital markets matters.

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DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik is active in various types of finance transactions for Austrian and international clients. Sources praise her tenacity, with one client valuing her "always going the extra mile" and another adding: "I can rely on the fact that in very complex contracts there is nothing missing." She is particularly active on deals involving CEE jurisdictions.

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DORDA - Banking & Finance Department

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Andreas Zahradnik is an accomplished practitioner who is renowned for his expertise concerning banking regulatory questions in addition to providing general financing advice.

Tibor Varga is a well-known banking and finance lawyer who is experienced in advising on multi-jurisdictional financings. His clients include banks and private equity funds. He also assists with cases involving DCM instruments.

About the Team (content provided by DORDA)

DORDA advises domestic and international banks, funds, corporates and public entities on all matters relating to finance and banking. We assist our clients in financial transactions, regulatory matters and bank contract law issues.

Our services include:

  • Acquisition and leveraged finance
  • (Syndicated) loan transactions
  • Project finance
  • Asset finance, leasing and cross-border leasing transactions
  • Securitisation and other structured finance transactions
  • Venture capital, private equity and mezzanine financing
  • Cash pooling
  • Financial product structuring, alternative investments
  • Regulatory advice to, and representation of, financial services providers
  • Advice on investment funds, pension and employee pension fund law
  • Bank agreements

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Eisenberger & Herzog - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Marcus Benes is well regarded in the banking and finance sphere and highly active in local as well as cross-border restructurings and lending. He is valued for his "collegial" approach. Another source adds: "He knows how to steer even the most challenging transactions in the right direction."

About the Team (content provided by Eisenberger & Herzog)

Banking & Finance

Due to our interdisciplinary approach, the specialists of our practice group have achieved a unique market position in Austria. This is because we combine our expertise with profound knowledge in Corporate and M&A, Restructuring and Finance. Our main legal practice lies in complex transactions requiring a high level of expert knowledge and experience. Furthermore, we act as legal counsels in the fields of cross-border deals relating to general banking law, security issues, regulatory issues, project finance, acquisition finance and investment funds.



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Baker McKenzie - Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG - Banking & Finance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Georg Diwok is recognised for his experience in restructuring and assists both domestic and large international financial institutions with varied finance transactions, including syndicated lending.

Dieter Buchberger is active in acquisition financing. He also regularly advises investment funds. A source describes him as "an attentive listener, solution-oriented and always on time." He recently acted as a co-lead partner on the financing of the Hilton Vienna acquisition by Betha Zwerenz & Krause and APM Holding from Raiffeisen Zentralbank.

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Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Ernst Brandl is renowned for his "wealth of experience" in relation to the banking regulatory field. Clients also value his proactivity and ability to anticipate regulatory changes that may affect business. He recently advised several financial services providers in relation to administrative investigations. He also assists with financing transactions.

About the Team (content provided by Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH)

Brandl & Talos has an incredible client base that includes eight of the ten largest Austrian banks, including UniCredit Bank Austria AG and Erste Bank Group AG. We also count leading insurance companies, international financial service providers and investment funds seeking to enter the Austrian market among our clients. Few law firms are able to lay claim to such a prestigious and diverse client base, a client base built on the twin pillars of service and dedication to our clients' needs.

Over the years, Brandl & Talos has built such a strong relationship with its clients that these leading Austrian banks regularly turn to the firm for advice in a variety of legal fields. We also provide regular advice to the CEOs of these banks in relation to compliance matters. The ongoing nature of our advisory role is clear evidence of the firm's expertise and success while showing the time and effort the firm invests in developing long-lasting relationships with its clients.

Clients tell us that our reputation and experience in regulatory and compliance matters concerning banks was often the decisive factor in mandating us. Because the FMA continues to closely scrutinise insurance companies, our reputation has opened an all-new business area for the firm.

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CMS - Banking & Finance Department

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Günther Hanslik is a well-respected finance lawyer, predominantly advising creditors. A client says he keeps "a calm head over anything, even in very troubled situations. He stays focused." He recently assisted a consortium of banks with providing EUR1 billion revolving credit to Novomatic.

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Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners - Banking & Finance Department

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Markus Fellner is noted for his close relationship with banking clients. He holds a wealth of experience in complex restructurings. In addition to his work on insolvency cases, he is also active in contentious cases, representing financial services clients.

About the Team (content provided by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners)

We advise major Austrian banks, international corporations and financial institutions on financing projects. Our expertise has proven its worth repeatedly, not only in connection with project and acquisition financing, but also in regard to financing company reorganisations. Our Banking & finance team has been involved in some of the most innovative and complex financing transactions. We are also able to draw upon substantial experience gained in the financing of complex consortia.

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Barnert Egermann Illigasch - Banking & Finance Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Alexander Illigasch is a well-known finance lawyer who advises on local and cross-border matters, representing companies as well as banks.

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Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte - Banking & Finance Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Bernd Taucher is highly active in diverse financing transactions, including real estate acquisition financing, transactions relating to non-performing loan portfolios and start-up financing. Sources comment on his creative approach, with one client describing him as "an expert with all these good solutions at hand."

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Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Banking & Finance Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Practice head Otto Wächter is an experienced banking and finance lawyer, advising Austrian and global banks on financing, refinancing and contentious matters.

Stephan Schmalzl advises international financial services providers, investment funds and insurance companies, including in contentious matters. "He is not only looking at the legal aspects of any issues, but also does his best to understand and challenge the financial implications," a client says.

About the Team (content provided by Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH)

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. 


Graf & Pitkowitz provides advice on the full range of banking law and on all types of financing, in particular acquisition and project financing. In recent years, the firm has built a strong banking litigation practice involving banking, regulatory, and capital markets disputes - it has advised and represented in some of the largest cases/litigations in the aftermath of the financial crisis.



                                    




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Band 1

Schoenherr

From the Chambers Global guide

Martin Ebner is a highly regarded banking and finance practitioner with considerable experience in transactions involving Austria and the CEE region. He is particularly valued for his availability and experience. He advised EIB and EIF as investors into Raiffeisen-Leasing's securitisation transaction.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Global guide

Markus Heidinger is a superb banking and finance practitioner who is active in both transactions and regulatory matters. A source describes him as "top-notch in Austria for banking and regulatory." He led the team advising Société Générale on the financing the cross-border takeover bid of conwert Immobilien by Vonovia.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Friedrich Jergitsch

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Friedrich Jergitsch is one of the top finance lawyers in Austria in both transactions and regulatory matters. He acts for large Austrian banking institutions regarding large-scale restructuring projects, including contentious cases. He is also active on structured finance matters.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Global guide

Andreas Schmid is a highly experienced finance lawyer, particularly active on complex and large-scale transactions. Sources emphasise his strong commercial understanding. He recently advised Aareal Bank as Austrian counsel on a cross-border financing of EUR269 million for the acquisition of a hotel portfolio in Europe by Pandox group. He is also versed in financing matters pertaining to the CEE region.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Stefan Tiefenthaler

BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Global guide

Stefan Tiefenthaler is a distinguished financing expert, especially well known for his experience in corporate financing and project finance transactions. A client describes him as "obliging and reliable as well as having profound knowledge." He recently advised a consortium of EIB and Erste Bank Austria on their EUR70 million financing of the Hof/Seibersdorf wind farm project.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Eisenberger & Herzog

From the Chambers Global guide

Marcus Benes is well regarded in the banking and finance sphere and highly active in local as well as cross-border restructurings and lending. He is valued for his "collegial" approach. Another source adds: "He knows how to steer even the most challenging transactions in the right direction."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Markus Fellner is noted for his close relationship with banking clients. He holds a wealth of experience in complex restructurings. In addition to his work on insolvency cases, he is also active in contentious cases, representing financial services clients.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Schoenherr

From the Chambers Global guide

Peter Feyl is a widely respected practitioner who is highly regarded for both his regulatory and transactional financing experience. He is picked out by clients as being amongst the best banking lawyers in the Viennese legal community. He acted as the lead partner for Raiffeisen Bank International on the regulatory aspects of the bank's merger with Raiffeisen Zantralbank Österreich, which includes Austria as well as several CEE jurisdictions.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Florian Klimscha has extensive experience in complex transactions, advising both banks and companies. He assists with debt refinancing and is also active in restructuring and insolvency transactions. A client describes him as "very good technically," adding that on top of legal expertise he is also "very friendly." He recently advised on several international transactions, including refinancing and acquisition financing.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

DORDA

From the Chambers Global guide

Tibor Varga is a well-known banking and finance lawyer who is experienced in advising on multi-jurisdictional financings. His clients include banks and private equity funds. He also assists with cases involving DCM instruments.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Andreas Zahradnik

DORDA

From the Chambers Global guide

Andreas Zahradnik is an accomplished practitioner who is renowned for his expertise concerning banking regulatory questions in addition to providing general financing advice.

^ See whole ranking table

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Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Global guide

Ernst Brandl is renowned for his "wealth of experience" in relation to the banking regulatory field. Clients also value his proactivity and ability to anticipate regulatory changes that may affect business. He recently advised several financial services providers in relation to administrative investigations. He also assists with financing transactions.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Baker McKenzie - Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

From the Chambers Global guide

Georg Diwok is recognised for his experience in restructuring and assists both domestic and large international financial institutions with varied finance transactions, including syndicated lending.

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Band 3

BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Global guide

Tibor Fabian is a reputable practitioner advising clients on a broad scope of financing transactions. Clients value him for his high level of experience in advising on large-scale and challenging transactions.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

Günther Hanslik is a well-respected finance lawyer, predominantly advising creditors. A client says he keeps "a calm head over anything, even in very troubled situations. He stays focused." He recently assisted a consortium of banks with providing EUR1 billion revolving credit to Novomatic.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Alexander Illigasch

Barnert Egermann Illigasch

From the Chambers Global guide

Alexander Illigasch is a well-known finance lawyer who advises on local and cross-border matters, representing companies as well as banks.

^ See whole ranking table

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Rautner Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Global guide

Uwe Rautner of Rautner Rechtsanwälte GmbH is an established banking and finance lawyer who is active in cross-border loan transactions in Austria and the CEE region. He also represents finance clients in contentious matters before courts, including the ECJ. Sources praise his understanding of the financial services industry.

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Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Global guide

Practice head Otto Wächter is an experienced banking and finance lawyer, advising Austrian and global banks on financing, refinancing and contentious matters.

^ See whole ranking table

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BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Global guide

Emanuel Welten is a notable banking and finance lawyer, active in project and acquisition finance as well as refinancing. A client describes him as "incredibly solution-oriented." He recently advised J.P. Morgan on contributing to the financing of Lone Star's acquisition of Centrice Real Estate from HETA.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Global guide

Richard Wolf is a well-known transactional finance lawyer. He also assists with issues related to capital markets.

^ See whole ranking table

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CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati

From the Chambers Global guide

Thomas Zivny is an experienced financing lawyer who is also active in capital markets deals. He recently acted as a lead counsel for IMMOFINANZ as the borrower of a EUR250 million loan.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Dieter Buchberger

Baker McKenzie - Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

From the Chambers Global guide

Dieter Buchberger is active in acquisition financing. He also regularly advises investment funds. A source describes him as "an attentive listener, solution-oriented and always on time." He recently acted as a co-lead partner on the financing of the Hilton Vienna acquisition by Betha Zwerenz & Krause and APM Holding from Raiffeisen Zentralbank.

^ See whole ranking table

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CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati

From the Chambers Global guide

Volker Glas is a finance lawyer, dual-qualified in Austria and the USA. He also assists with capital markets matters.

^ See whole ranking table

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Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Global guide

Stephan Schmalzl advises international financial services providers, investment funds and insurance companies, including in contentious matters. "He is not only looking at the legal aspects of any issues, but also does his best to understand and challenge the financial implications," a client says.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Global guide

Bernd Taucher is highly active in diverse financing transactions, including real estate acquisition financing, transactions relating to non-performing loan portfolios and start-up financing. Sources comment on his creative approach, with one client describing him as "an expert with all these good solutions at hand."

^ See whole ranking table

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Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

From the Chambers Global guide

Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik is active in various types of finance transactions for Austrian and international clients. Sources praise her tenacity, with one client valuing her "always going the extra mile" and another adding: "I can rely on the fact that in very complex contracts there is nothing missing." She is particularly active on deals involving CEE jurisdictions.

^ See whole ranking table