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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields’ Vienna office is one of 27 in its global network that spans Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia. The office comprises 80 lawyers including 13 partners and acts as a bridge between central and eastern Europe in the firm’s global plan.

FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER LLP
TOTAL LISTINGS: 20
       
Arbitration 2 Environment 1
Banking 2 Labour & Employment 1
Capital Markets 1 Life Sciences 2
Commercial Litigation 1 M&A and Governance 3
Competition 1 Private Client 1
Corporate Tax 2 Public Procurement 1
Energy 1 TMT 1

Corporate governance and M&A is a high-performing area for the firm with three names listed. Willibald Plesser heads the firm’s energy sector group in Vienna and specialises in multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions. He is a “consummate professional” who peers “greatly respect”. Thomas Zottl focuses his practice on public and private M&A transactions and is described as “user-friendly” and “innovative” by clients. Günther Horvath is praised for his “wealth of expertise” in disputes relating to M&A transactions, with a particular focus on energy and industrial engineering.

Horvath is also listed for his “market-leading” arbitration work and heads the firm’s international arbitration group in Vienna. Jenny Power is also recommended for her arbitration practice. She specialises in representing clients in joint venture and M&A disputes and is an “incredible talent” who impresses clients with her “quick grasp of complex issues”.

Corporate tax is another area in which the firm’s Austrian office excels. Claus Staringer deals with highly complex tax issues and offers “sound advice” to clients. Michael Sedlaczek is recommended for both his corporate tax and private client work. He is a “diligent worker” whose clients “wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him”.

Two banking lawyers are also highlighted in our research. The “exceptionally talented” Florian Klimscha is a debt financing transactions specialist, with a particular focus on acquisition finance and real estate finance. Friedrich Jergitsch is a “heavyweight” in the banking and capital markets sectors and his work in structured finance and derivatives is “well reputed”.

Two of the firm’s life sciences practitioners are selected for inclusion with Christof Pöchhacker “leading the field” in Vienna. He advises clients on the most effective strategies to protect their intellectual property and offers “creative solutions”. Thomas Kustor specialises in life sciences-related disputes and also features in our commercial litigation chapter. He is a “details-oriented” advisor who boasts an “impressive roster of clients”.

Another notable inclusion in this edition is Stephan Denk, who is recommended in three areas: energy, environment and public procurement. His “ability to get to the heart of an issue” and “bespoke solutions” make him a “top name” in the market.

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