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Wolf Theiss

International & Cross-Border Capabilities

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What the team is known for

Wolf Theiss combines its leading reputation in Austria with an extensive coverage of Central and Eastern Europe, making it a strong offering on regional mandates. Beyond CEE, the firm forms close ties to international and overseas teams to handle larger multi-jurisdictional matters. The firm has developed a robust full-service model, offering cross-border expertise in a number of areas of law.

The firm is regarded as a dominant force across a number of transactional areas in Austria, with highly ranked teams providing cross-border expertise in areas such as finance, capital markets and M&A. The team is frequently sought out by Austrian and international private equity funds, particularly in relation to transactions involving CEE jurisdictions.

Adding to its transactional capabilities, Wolf Theiss also provides multi-jurisdictional support to clients facing contentious proceedings. The team has a highly regarded white-collar crime practice, with members frequently advising on cross-border criminal proceedings and investigations, notably those relating to Eastern Europe, the CIS and Russia. The firm's litigation practice is also international in scope, with members often advising on disputes arising out of the financial services sector and involving Russia.


Multiple sources praise the firm's international expertise and strong network in the CEE region. One says: "In coordinating across Europe and CEE countries, they show very good know-how and understanding of the different international views and cultures."Another client comments: "The team is very international and has the appropriate capacities. This enables the firm to use its know-how for the financial sector, especially for banks across borders."

In a disputes setting, one source says: "We almost exclusively deal with cross-border matters; Wolf Theiss is perfectly capable of handling such matters within their jurisdiction and more globally in cooperation with other law firms."

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CEE/SEE is brimming with opportunities. We were one of the first firms to recognise this and for decades have been building our regional network with an eye to growing businesses everywhere from Albania to Ukraine to Poland. And we have learned that you can only be successful here by anticipating changes before they happen. We have contributed to how laws and regulations are written, vital knowledge that we pass on to clients as they navigate this shifting legal and regulatory environment.

Our key strength is our truly integrated regional approach that helps us provide clients with seamless and comprehensive advice, wherever they are. We regularly work on large cross-border transactions, including all their legal aspects, and support clients with the growth of their businesses in the region. Thus, we have managed to become the go-to law firm for many international clients investing in CEE/SEE as well as for local clients expanding their business operations.   

Our team now brings together over 340 lawyers from a diverse range of backgrounds, working in offices in 13 countries throughout the CEE/SEE region. Apart from our offices in Albania, Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine, we also cover Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia. In addition, our desks support clients from China and Russia which are investing in the region.


Addiko Bank

ALSO Holding

Cellnex Telecom

Erste Group Bank


Goldman Sachs



J.P. Morgan

Jacobs Engineering



Munich RE Group


PORR Group

Raiffeisen Group

Royal DSM

Société Générale

Steinhoff Europe


The Blackstone Group International Partners

Thomson Reuters

UniCredit Group

Vienna Insurance Group


Yazaki Group


Automobiles & Parts



Consumer Product Manufacturing


Financial Services

Food & Beverage Producers

Forestry & Paper





Private Clients

Private Equity

Real Estate


Software & Computer Services





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