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Global Guide 2022
Austria Banking & Finance
Band 1

2 Ranked Lawyers


Provided by Wolf Theiss

Our outstanding track record in the banking and finance industry make us one of the leading Banking & Finance teams in Austria and in the CEE/SEE. In ever-challenging financial markets our Banking & Finance team is ready to support the growth of our clients' business through fresh thinking, quick adjustment to market conditions and thorough understanding of their business.

Our Team

Our team draws on deep banking product expertise and works with our regulatory, litigation, restructuring and other specialist teams to develop solutions for our clients, often incorporating pioneer financing techniques.

Our Cases

We advise banks, insurance companies, funds and other financial institutions, as well as borrowers and customers on issues ranging from commercial lending, project finance, real estate finance, acquisition finance, infrastructure finance and private equity, to regulatory work, regulatory litigation, debt issuances, IPOs and other capital increases, ICOs, securitizations, de-listings and loan portfolios.

Our Regulatory Expertise

With continuously increasing regulatory demands, we put our strong regulatory expertise readily available to our clients. We advise on compliance regulation related to blockchain, FinTech, PayTech and crypto-currencies, Basel IIICRR V/CRR 2, BRRD II/SRMR 2, MiFID II/MiFIR, MAD II/ MAR, the new EU prospectus regime, AIFM/UCITS, derivative structuring and trading (EMIR, SFT), Solvency II, and issues resulting from Brexit.

Chambers Review

Provided by Chambers
Banking & Finance - Austria
Band 1
What the team is known for

Prestigious law firm Wolf Theiss boasts an outstanding banking and finance practice which is regularly instructed on domestic and cross-border mandates, especially across the CEE region. The team is particularly active advising on project finance, with recent mandates in the infrastructure and renewable energy sectors. Additionally, clients can benefit from the firm's expertise in acquisition and real estate finance, as well as asset finance and ESG-linked products. Furthermore, Wolf Theiss is respected for its capabilities in regulatory issues, ranging from anti-money laundering and ownership control proceedings to fintech and licensing mandates. Its clientele of large financial institutions and corporates further demonstrates the firm's strong market coverage.

Notable Practitioners

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Andreas Schmid
Andreas Schmid
Band 1

Andreas Schmid is considered one of the leading experts in banking and finance law in Austria, advising on a broad array of complex transactions. Acting for both borrowers and lenders, he regularly assists with project and acquisitions finance agreements, particularly in the renewable energy sector, as well as ESG-linked. One client describes Andreas Schmid as "one of the most experienced in the market," adding: "He is well connected, pragmatic and solution-oriented."

Markus Heidinger
Markus Heidinger
Band 3

Markus Heidinger draws on extensive experience as a highly reputable adviser to both lenders and borrowers, covering the full spectrum of banking and finance law in Austria with a particular strength in regulatory issues. He has notable experience advising on the implementation of EU law in the financial services sector, including the Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2).

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Andreas Schmid
Andreas Schmid
Band 1
Markus Heidinger
Markus Heidinger
Band 3


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Andrea Gritsch

Claus Schneider

Leopold Hoeher

Marcell Nemeth

Marika Lomashvili

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Nikolaus Paul

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