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Global Guide 2022
Austria Corporate/M&A
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Spotlight

4 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss has one of the largest corporate and M&A teams in Austria. We regularly advise on the most complex transactions in Austria and are ideally positioned to do so by working closely with our other market-leading practices at Wolf Theiss, including regulatory, competition, employment, procurement, litigation. IP/IT, dispute resolution, financing, capital markets, tax and real estate.

We regularly advise the global as well as the Austrian elite of investment banks, private equity, corporates and financial institutions on public and private M&A, corporate restructurings, corporate disputes and corporate governance matters. In addition, Wolf Theiss can provide fully integrated corporate and transactional support across 13 offices in Central- and Southeastern Europe, a capability that has just earned us the " Law Firm of the Year: Austria Award 2022" from The Lawyer.

We have also built a strong and growing regional foreign direct investment control practice, clearing transactions under a CFIUS-like clearance regime aimed at protecting critical industries from being taken over by non-EU buyers. In addition, we have expanded our offering by providing dedicated ESG advice, both in a transactional context (including ESG diligence) and from a corporate governance perspective.

Chambers Review

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Corporate/M&A - Austria
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What the team is known for

Top-rated firm, particularly strong in the CEE and SEE countries, benefiting from its network of local offices and the cross-border experience of the Austrian team. The team assists with cross-border M&A transactions and restructuring issues, and is particularly active in the insurance, life sciences, finance and technology sectors. Wolf Theiss advises corporates as well as institutional investors.

Foreign desks

The firm's China desk is headed from Vienna and advises Chinese clients on acquisitions and the creation of subsidiaries in Austria. The desk includes several native Chinese speakers. Christian Mikosch is the main contact.

Notable Practitioners

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Markus Bruckmüller
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Markus Bruckmüller
Expertise based abroad in Slovenia

Markus Bruckmüller heads Wolf Theiss' corporate practice in Slovenia from his base in Ljubljana. He frequently works on transactions involving Austria.

Horst Ebhardt
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Horst Ebhardt
Head of Corporate/M&A
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Horst Ebhardt advises clients from a range of industries including insurance and telecommunications, as well as private equity investors, on acquisitions. Clients appreciate his extensive experience in M&A projects and describe him as "very well organised, hard-working and super-responsive."

Florian Kusznier
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Florian Kusznier
Head of Corporate/M&A
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Band 3

Florian Kusznier acts on cross-border transactions in the life sciences, real estate and technology sectors. He also assists investors with acquisitions of startups. Clients highlight his negotiation skills, saying: "In addition to excellent legal expertise, he was particularly convincing due to his very confident mastery of the difficult negotiation situations. He is committed, always clear and determined, and masterfully confident."

Christian Mikosch
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Christian Mikosch
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Band 4

Christian Mikosch advises private equity companies and clients from the technology sector on transactional mandates, including acquisitions and sales. One client states: "Christian is a real problem solver and happy to take on complex transactions. He is very easy to deal with, has a good rapport with everyone and communicates easily and efficiently."

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Horst Ebhardt
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Horst Ebhardt
Head of Corporate/M&A
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Band 2
Florian Kusznier
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Florian Kusznier
Head of Corporate/M&A
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Band 3
Christian Mikosch
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Christian Mikosch
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Band 4
Markus Bruckmüller
Markus Bruckmüller
Expertise based abroad in Slovenia

Members

Provided by Wolf Theiss

Christian Hoenig

Clara Gordon

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Florian Kusznier

Head of Department

Hartwig Kienast

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Horst Ebhardt

Head of Department

Sarah Wared

Clients

Provided by Wolf Theiss

Bain Capital Private Equity

Blackstone

CPI Property Group

Elvaston

KKR

RWA International

Raiffeisen Bank International

T-Mobile

Tricentis

Vienna Insurance Group (VIG)

Waterland Private Equity Investments

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Provided by Wolf Theiss

Automobiles & Parts

Banks

Chemicals

Consumer Product Manufacturing

Energy

Financial Services

Food & Beverage Producers

Forestry & Paper

Healthcare

Insurance

Media

Pharmaceuticals

Private Clients

Real Estate

Retail

Software & Computer Services

Sports

Technology

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