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Banking & Finance — Austria


BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Banking & Finance Department

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What the team is known for Market-leading financing team advising prestigious domestic and international financial institutions as well as corporations. Covers the full range of issues, including banking regulation, syndicated loans, project finance and restructuring matters. Well known for handling large-scale acquisition financings as well as mid-sized deals. Offers strong international capabilities thanks to its solid links with top global firms. Recent client wins include financial services clients, such as Greenbriar Equity, and multinational companies, including Pandora.

Strengths Clients note the team's structured manner of communication, with a source mentioning "very good processing within the team."

Sources highlight the team's friendly attitude and high level of dedication, describing the team as "very friendly with very high commitment, fact orientation and good availability, which allows for timely target achievement."

Work highlights Assisted a consortium of UniCredit Bank Austria, KfW IPEX-Bank and DZ Bank with the financing of a EUR90 million public procurement project for KAV Wien.

Notable practitioners

Michael Binder is a renowned regulatory specialist whose practice covers restructurings of financial institutions and banking M&A. He acts for a number of clients on the restructuring process of the Austrian Volksbanken, and recently advised Verwaltungsgenossenschaft der start:gruppe.Gen on the sale of start:bausparkasse and IMMO-BANK.

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.

Stephan Heckenthaler is well respected for his banking regulatory expertise. He regularly handles cross-border M&A transactions involving financial institutions, and acted for Sberbank Europe on the sale of its Slovakian subsidiary to Penta Investments. One client remarks: "In all issues he takes into account the banking sector connections and provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects to be considered."

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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What the team is known for Global powerhouse with an outstanding reputation for its transnational banking and finance work. Advises on project and structured finance matters as well as restructuring and insolvency issues. Represents prominent international financial institutions as well as corporations in high-stakes finance transactions and contentious matters. Active throughout the CEE region and offers in-house English-law advice.

Strengths Sources praise the team's client-focused attitude, with a client reporting that it is "very nice dealing with them, it is always more about getting the deal done - egos are put to one side."

Work highlights Advised UniCredit Bank Austria and UniCredit SpA on regulatory, finance and corporate aspects of a large-scale restructuring case where UniCredit Bank Austria's CEE operations were spun off and merged into the Italian parent entity UniCredit SpA.

Notable practitioners

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.

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Schoenherr - Banking & Finance Department

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What the team is known for Exceptional banking and finance team with excellent capabilities and practical experience in the CEE region. Frequently acts for regional banks on the divestment of non-performing loan portfolios. Regularly co-operates with colleagues from the firm's highly esteemed M&A, real estate and insolvency departments. Offers strength in both regulatory matters and financing transactions and is increasingly active on derivatives matters. Advises on especially complex and large-scale mandates.

Strengths Commentators applaud the team's "well connected" international network that offers "strong coverage of the CEE jurisdictions," while a client highlights its capabilities of working on pan-European matters.

Work highlights In co-operation with its CEE offices, the team assisted five international banks with the Austrian, Romanian, Hungarian and Slovakian aspects of their EUR2.3 billion syndicated refinancing of the Schaeffler group.

Advised UNIQA on its large-scale corporate reorganisation, including advice on the merger of Raiffeisen Versicherung, Salzburger Landes-Versicherung and FinanceLife Lebensversicherung into UNIQA Österreich Versicherungen.

Notable practitioners

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 Zentralbank Österreich, which includes Austria as well as several CEE jurisdictions.

About the Team (content provided by Schoenherr)

Schoenherr advises on banking, finance (including project and acquisition finance), debt restructuring and refinancing, acquisition and disposition of distressed assets and loan portfolios, claims trading, capital market transactions involving equity (including equity linked and hybrid), debt (including high yield) and regulatory capital issuances, funds, derivatives, structured finance, securitisation, and other financial services. We provide transactional and regulatory advice.

In addition, we support our financial services clients in their litigation and dispute resolution needs, from high-profile disputes and major investigations, to reputational risk management and compliance issues.

Our lawyers act for major international and regional banks, other financial institutions (insurance companies, funds and asset managers), corporates (issuers, borrowers and sponsors), sovereigns and quasi-sovereigns



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Wolf Theiss - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly impressive banking and finance team active on project financing and commercial lending, advising leading international and domestic financial services providers as well as major corporations. Strong in high-stake financing, in both individual and syndicate transactions, and offers additional expertise in banking regulatory matters. Equipped with substantial experience in real estate finance. Clients benefit from the firm's network of offices across the CEE and SEE regions.

Strengths Clients value the team's practical guidance, with one client praising the "clear advice on how to act further."

Clients highlight the team's "deep knowledge of the Austrian and surrounding CEE market."

Work highlights Advised Raiffeisen Bank International as local counsel on a EUR480 million financing to the SIGNA Group for the development and construction of a shopping centre in Berlin. The Austrian branch of the SIGNA Group acted as guarantor.

Notable practitioners

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 matters." He led the team advising Société Générale on the financing of the cross-border takeover bid of conwert Immobilien by Vonovia.

Andreas Schmid is a highly experienced finance lawyer, particularly active in 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.

Claus Schneider is a prominent name in the banking regulatory field. He is singled out for his strength in high-profile financial disputes, and represented over 30 creditors in proceedings relating to the restructuring of HETA Asset Resolution.

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 in Central and East and Southeast Europe 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, EMIR, MAD II, Investment Fund Regimes (UCITS IV, UCITS V) and AIFMD. Clients benefit from our team's excellent relationships with local regulators, stock exchanges 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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What the team is known for Esteemed practice acting on major financing deals in the Austrian and CEE markets. Active in acquisition financing, structured finance and private equity transactions. Noted for its strong regulatory capabilities, and frequently seen advising management and supervisory boards on compliance issues. Clients include banks, investment funds, insurance and real estate companies.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's high standard of work. One states: “We are really satisfied with the quality and timeliness of the service. Very complex issues are dealt with efficiently in a short time frame. The team is straightforward and focused.”

Work highlights Assisted the SIA Group with the banking regulatory aspects of its cross-border acquisition of UniCredit's card transaction business.

Advised the Soravia Group on a EUR55 million refinancing.

Notable practitioners

Peter Knobl is experienced across the full spectrum of banking regulatory matters, including advice on MiFID regulations and e-money systems. He advised the Vienna branch of Commerzbank on a range of issues, including market entry into Austria, Austrian banking secrecy, data protection and outsourcing law. "He is a go-to guy for all regulatory topics," a client confirms.

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 US. He also assists with capital markets matters.

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DORDA - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected banking and finance team representing international and domestic lenders as well as borrowers in LBOs and real estate financing. Also active in banking M&A and pre-insolvency restructuring measures. Advises banks and investors on contentious matters and on regulatory issues. Collaborates closely with the firm's highly regarded corporate and restructuring departments.

Strengths The team receives praise for its ability to work to strict deadlines, with a client noting that "very good results can be achieved even under extreme time pressure."

Work highlights Advised BAWAG on a contentious finance matter against the City of Linz concerning a derivative swap that both parties wish to withdraw from and are seeking compensation for.

Assisted Montagu Private Equity with the financial regulatory aspects of the acquisition of Universal-Investment.

Notable practitioners

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)

What the team is known for Impressive banking and finance practice acknowledged for its experience in acquisitions, restructurings and banking litigation. Also advises on securitisation and capital markets-related banking queries. Acts for a number of prominent borrowers, particularly in the field of construction, as well as financial institutions. Works closely with its respected corporate group. Often instructed as local counsel by foreign firms on multi-jurisdictional consortium loans and other projects.

Strengths One commentator remarks that the team's "key strengths are their broad experience with restructuring, their excellent network and their willingness to innovate."

Work highlights Advised HETA Asset Resolution on the sale of its Centrice loan portfolio and its shares in Centrice.

Notable practitioners

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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What the team is known for Solid team recognised for its advice on acquisition finance, securitisation and real estate and project financing. Also covers regulatory advice and restructuring schemes, and has practical experience in the transactional sphere including banking M&A. Assists domestic and global financial institutions as well as international corporations. Clients benefit from the firm's large global network.

Strengths Clients note that the lawyers are "fast, committed, pragmatic and stick to the price framework."

Work highlights Acted for Amundi on financing the acquisition of Pioneer Investments from UniCredit.

Notable practitioners

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)

What the team is known for Highly experienced finance team that stands out for its excellent regulatory and financial litigation capabilities. Regularly acts for leading global and domestic banks, and offers compliance advice and legal opinions. Also assists with general lending, including mezzanine loan transactions.

Strengths Several clients point to the team's notable focus on clients' needs, with a source lauding the lawyers' understanding "of the procedures and demands of its clients and their business."

Notable practitioners

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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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly active team with a strong foothold in Austria and CEE, where it regularly advises banks and international corporations on acquisitions, project financings and restructurings, as well as regulatory matters. Also acts on non-performing loan transactions and represents a number of private equity clients.

Strengths Market observers describe the team as a good choice for cross-border instructions, with a client noting that the team is "well prepared for the workload of large international transactions."

Clients also note the team's "extremely dedicated" approach.

Work highlights Assisted an international consortium of banks, including Commerzbank, with a EUR1 billion revolving credit facility to Novomatic.

Notable practitioners

Günther Hansli k 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.

About the Team (content provided by CMS)

Our dedicated team of experts that can provide legal and tax advice on all transactional, regulatory and other issues that arise across the full spectrum of banking and finance activity. We are an experienced and well-known business partner, having been directly involved in many ground-breaking developments and transactions in Europe and beyond.

The CMS Banking and Finance group advises clients in the following areas:

  • Acquisition finance
  • Corporate lending
  • Real Estate finance
  • Project finance
  • Asset finance and leasing
  • Capital markets
  • Derivatives
  • Structured finance and securitisation
  • Banking regulation and supervision
  • Financial services and products
  • Corporate restructuring and recovery
  • Distressed debt trading
  • Banking litigation

We work with a wide range of clients – from small, privately held institutions to global corporations. We advise banks, financial service providers and other financial institutions and advisers. Our range of clients includes:

  • Retail and investment banks
  • Building societies and other lending institutions
  • IFI’s and DFI’s
  • Mutual investment fund companies
  • Asset management houses
  • Underwriters, brokers and financial advisers
  • Finance and operating lessors
  • Asset operators and manufacturers
  • Governments and state entities
  • Major national and multi-national borrowers and issuers

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DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach - Banking & Finance Department

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What the team is known for Notable team offering significant international capacity, particularly in the CEE and SEE regions. Recognised for its work in acquisition and project financing and refinancing, often in relation to cross-border matters and involving real estate. Further recognised for its activity in banking litigation and advice on regulatory matters. Primarily represents creditors.

Strengths Clients remark on the benefits of the firm's international network of offices, with a source saying it ensures "solid knowledge of local regulations as well as of the European framework."

Sources value the team's ability to comprehensibly convey information, with one client saying: "What I particularly appreciate is their ability to present the matter in a way that is clear and easy for a business person to understand."

Work highlights Advised Allianz Real Estate on a EUR154 million loan to a Korean investor for acquiring the IZD Tower in Vienna.

Notable practitioners

Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik is active in various types of finance transactions for Austrian and international clients. Sources say: "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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Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners - Banking & Finance Department

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What the team is known for Solid team best known for its strength in banking litigation as well as large-scale restructurings, particularly in cases of insolvency. Boasts additional experience in project and acquisition financing. Offers strong borrower-side representation and advises a number of significant international and domestic banks and investment funds.

Work highlights Assisted Semper Constantia Privatbank with the liquidation of its fiduciary beneficiary, Teak Holz International, including the negotiation of an out-of-court settlement with the liquidator.

Notable practitioners

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.

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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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What the team is known for Notable banking and finance team regularly seen representing both borrowers and lenders in local and global corporate and structured finance projects and facility agreements. Also active on real estate financings. Known for its strong client base in the transport sector, including recent client win Aves One.

Work highlights Advised Wienerberger as the borrower as well as acting for the group of lender banks and the agent, Raiffeisen Bank International, on a EUR150 million financing transaction.

Notable practitioners

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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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded team offering strong skills in acquisition finance with notable activity in the real estate sector. Borrower-focused with clients including telecommunications providers as well as private equity funds and fintech start-ups. Active on cross-border transactions for Austrian and multinational clients.

Strengths The team is acknowledged for its concise recommendations, with one client noting its "to-the-point advice – no lengthy theoretical statements."

Work highlights Advised RENAFAN on a high-value syndicated loan.

Notable practitioners

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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What the team is known for Active banking and finance team recognised for its experience in banking litigation. Also assists with financing matters, including project finance, and advises on regulatory issues. Instructed by both Austrian banks and international financial institutions. Involved in cross-border matters.

Strengths Many sources note the team's high availability and responsiveness, underlining the team's ability to provide "a quick but thorough assessment of the client's situation and potential solutions to it."

Notable practitioners

Practice head Otto Wächter is an experienced banking and finance lawyer, advising Austrian and global banks on financing, refinancing as well as 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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Rautner Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Specialist financing boutique active in real estate lending and restructurings, both domestically and in a cross-border context, particularly with clients from Germany. Additionally engaged in banking regulatory matters and litigation. Clients include Austrian and global banks and investment funds. Also active in capital market transactions.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "very solution-oriented and creative even in highly complex situations."

Work highlights Assisted UniCredit Bank Austria with the financing of a shopping centre in Russia, including regulatory and enforceability advice.

Notable practitioners

Walter Gapp is recognised for his experience in banking regulatory matters, advising clients on financial regulations, crowdfunding and investment law issues, as well as capital markets transactions. He assisted HSBC as bookrunner with the EUR125 million issuance of subordinated notes by PORR.

Uwe Rautner 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 EJC. Sources praise his understanding of the financial services industry.

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Band 1

Schoenherr

From the Chambers Europe 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.

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Band 1

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Europe 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 matters." He led the team advising Société Générale on the financing of the cross-border takeover bid of  conwert Immobilien by Vonovia.

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Band 1

Friedrich Jergitsch

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe 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.

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Band 1

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andreas Schmid is a highly experienced finance lawyer, particularly active in 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.

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Band 1

Stefan Tiefenthaler

BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe 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.

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Band 2

Eisenberger & Herzog

From the Chambers Europe 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."

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Band 2

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

From the Chambers Europe 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.

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Band 2

Schoenherr

From the Chambers Europe 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 Zentralbank Österreich, which includes Austria as well as several CEE jurisdictions.

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Band 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe 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.

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Band 2

DORDA

From the Chambers Europe 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.

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Band 2

Andreas Zahradnik

DORDA

From the Chambers Europe guide

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

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Band 3

Raimund Bollenberger

Doralt Seist & Csoklich

From the Chambers Europe guide

Raimund Bollenberger of Doralt Seist & Csoklich is well regarded for his long-standing work for clients from the financial sector, including representation in contentious matters, often related to insolvencies. Sources also praise his academic expertise.

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Band 3

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe 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.

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Band 3

Baker McKenzie - Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

From the Chambers Europe 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 Europe 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.

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Band 3

CMS

From the Chambers Europe 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.

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Band 3

Alexander Illigasch

Barnert Egermann Illigasch

From the Chambers Europe guide

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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Band 3

Rautner Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Uwe Rautner 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 EJC. Sources praise his understanding of the financial services industry.

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Band 3

Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

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

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Band 3

BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe 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.

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Band 3

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Europe guide

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

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Band 3

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati

From the Chambers Europe 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.

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Band 4

Dieter Buchberger

Baker McKenzie - Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

From the Chambers Europe 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.

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Band 4

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati

From the Chambers Europe guide

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

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PHH Prochaska Havranek Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wolfram Huber of PHH Prochaska Havranek Rechtsanwälte is a name in financing matters. He is qualified in Austria and the UK.

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Band 4

Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe 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.

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Band 4

Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe 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."

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Band 4

Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik is active in various types of finance transactions for Austrian and international clients. Sources say: "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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