What the team is known for
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer stands out as the most successful international law firm present in the Austrian market. The team based in Vienna offers full-service capabilities to homegrown entities and multinational clients, often working closely with Freshfields' outstanding German team, while offering clients the vast resources of its global network. The Vienna office acts as an important gateway for clients with activities in Central and Eastern Europe, and is also adept at advising on cross-border proceedings which reach beyond the continent.
Transactionally, the firm excels in a range of key areas. Austrian and overseas clients reap the benefits of market-leading M&A, banking and capital markets teams, all capable of providing expertise in relation to a multitude of industry sectors, including digital and tech markets, the automotive industry and the real estate sphere.
Freshfields also performs highly on contentious cross-border issues. The firm's Austrian disputes practice is enhanced by the team's close ties to German colleagues, and clients can call on a strong bench of arbitration and litigation specialists. The team is particularly active in investment treaty arbitration, representing both private entities and nation states. The group also demonstrates a strong track record of handling cross-border multiparty litigation, class actions and criminal proceedings.
Clients praise the firm's international footprint and cross-border experience. One comments: "Due to the international positioning of the law firm, there are good opportunities to have different jurisdictions covered by the firm." Another says: "Freshfields Austria has assisted with international and EU matters, showing very strong coordination between Freshfields offices and partner firms."
Another client, in a disputes context, praises various aspects of the firm's international expertise: "The cross-border experiences of the firm were extremely important in various aspects: their coordination of different offices on a daily basis; expert tailor-made legal advice from other jurisdictions; daily coordination with foreign lawyers working jointly; their coordination of international financial and technical experts; and the qualification and experience in the Swiss jurisdiction."