Wolf Theiss

From its beginnings in Vienna over 50 years ago, Wolf Theiss now has an extensive network of 13 offices covering Central, Eastern and south-east Europe. The firm’s focus and in-depth experience of working in the developing markets of the CEE/SEE region ensures it is “highly sought after”. In this edition the firm achieves 35 listings in 19 practice areas.

Arbitration 1 Labour & Employment 1
Asset Recovery 1 Life Sciences 2
Banking 4 M&A and Governance 5
Business Crime Defence 1 Mediation 1
Capital Markets 2 Patents 1
Commercial Litigation 1 Private Client 2
Competition 2 Private Funds 2
Corporate Tax 2 Real Estate 3
Environment 1 TMT 2
Insurance & Reinsurance 1

The firm’s corporate/M&A practice is “stellar”: its lawyers have handled some of the biggest transactions in Austria, as well as Central and Southeastern Europe. Recent deals include advising Unicredit Group in relation to the structuring and the implementation of the cross-border merger of Unicredit Slovakia into Unicredit Czech Republic. Horst Ebhardt heads the practice group corporate/M&A and specialises in cross-border transactions. He is “sensational” and clients appreciate his “remarkable knowledge” and “strong commercial acumen”. Christian Hoenig has experience working on transactions in the energy, steel, railway, automotive, tobacco, banking, real estate, and TMT industries. He is a “great negotiator”. The “excellent” Dieter Spranz heads the corporate and mergers and acquisitions practice group while Andreas Theiss, a founding member of the firm is lauded for his “depth of experience” in complex transactions. He also advises a number of private clients and is a “trusted adviser”.

Wolf Theiss’ banking and finance practice is headed by Richard Wolf, a leader in corporate finance, capital markets and M&A transactions. Claus Schneider concentrates on debt, hybrid and structured capital market issues and also provides regulatory advice to financial institutions. Nikolaus Paul heads the real estate fund initiatives team and the alternative investment fund management team, he is a “true specialist” in investment funds and regularly advises on the establishment of multi-jurisdictional fund structures. Markus Heidinger also has a strong reputation in the private funds sphere. He specialises in dispute resolution and regulatory investigations work within the banking and finance sector. Andreas Schmid is head of the firm’s projects practice and he is noted as an “incredible finance lawyer”.

In the real estate sector, three names are highly recommended. Peter Oberlechner is a “pre-eminent lawyer” in the real estate market advising on the most complex and high-profile transactions. Lothar Wachter assists clients with real estate, leasing, construction and building law contracts. He is also highly knowledgeable on landlord-tenant law and land register law. Gabriele Etzl has extensive experience in cross-border real estate transactions in Austria and the CEE region.

Bettina Knoetzl stands out in our research for her broad disputes practice encompassing asset recovery, business crime defence, commercial litigation and mediation. She is “head and shoulders above the competition” according to clients. Head of the IP and IT practice group Georg Kresbach is also highly recommended. He features in our life sciences, patents and TMT chapters; and has experience handling sensitive high-stakes patent cases.

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