What the team is known for
Schoenherr maintains a presence at the top of the Austrian market, offering expertise across a full suite of practice areas. The firm stands out for its impressive coverage of Central and Eastern Europe, having established a comprehensive network of teams based throughout the region. Beyond CEE, the firm works in conjunction with local counsel and international firms to meet the cross-border needs of its clientele, and is held in high regard for its ability to work on the Austrian or Eastern European elements of large multi-jurisdictional matters.
The firm's corporate and finance specialists are highly accustomed to advising on an international scale. The team is particularly popular among private equity clients, who benefit from the firm's excellent CEE practice and expertise relating to Germany. TMT specialists also skilfully work in a cross-border context, and are sought out for the implementation of multi-jurisdictional data and IT projects, particularly those encompassing a number of Eastern European jurisdictions.
Schoenherr also provides cross-border expertise to clients facing contentious proceedings. Internationally, the team concentrates in particular on investment treaty arbitration and is known to adeptly advise nation states, governmental entities and private businesses. The team's litigators are known for advising international and multinational clients on a range of local disputes.
In a transactional context, sources highlight the firm's ability to work effectively across borders. One source comments: "We were impressed with the Schoenherr team’s knowledge of the international offering process, which included cross-border elements and multiple legal jurisdictions." Another says: "Schoenherr specialises in cross-border work, and the collaboration always works smoothly."
For international disputes matters, a client praises the firm's regional strength: "Schoenherr has a very dense network of local offices in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe with very capable and knowledgeable lawyers. From the client’s perspective, they provide an ideal package of key contacts in the lead office (in our case, Vienna) and large resources and local law expertise in the background. They are definitely frontrunners in this respect in this geographic area."