Editors Reception and Awards

The Chambers Editors' Reception offers distinguished networking opportunities with ranked lawyers and clients. This evening will also see awards given to top rankings firms and individuals from the region.

chambers - forum - vienna- highlights- 2019

Chambers Austria Awards - Shortlists 2019

M&A:

Schönherr

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Wolf Theiss

Banking & Finance

Schönherr

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Wolf Theiss

Dispute Resolution

BINDER GRÖSSWANG

DORDA

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Boutique

KNOETZL

Gassauer-Fleissner

Client Service

Eisenberger & Herzog

DORDA

Corporate M&A – Schönherr

Schoenherr stands out as a leading firm on the Austrian M&A market, and is particularly praised for its work on major cross-border transactions in the CEE region. The team houses some of the leading transaction lawyers in the market for restructuring and public as well as private takeovers and is active in a range of industries, including real estate, banking, food and beverage and energy. The Schoenherr team advised RBI on the merger with its parent company RZB, simplifying its structure in Austria and the CEE, constituting the largest ever Austrian reorganisation in the banking sector. Several clients recommend Schoenherr for cross-border transactions and attest that “Schoenherr offers a service level that is comparable to, larger international firms.”

Banking & Finance – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields in Austria houses a leading banking and finance team that garners praise for its top-rated service covering all aspects of financing. Freshfields has won instructions on the borrower side for some of the largest deals in the market including the EUR1.2 billion acquisition financing of a majority stake in Porsche Automobil by the Porsche family, but the team has also represented bilateral lenders and syndicates on major international financings. Freshfields are also at the forefront in new markets, drawing on its regulatory expertise, for example its representation of Oberbank in the set-up of frameworks for finance agreements with banks in Iran following the easing of sanctions. The team is praised for its in-house international capabilities with clients saying “I really like the international strength. When an English law topic comes up it works incredibly well in the Freshfields Vienna office,” as well as for its ability to work alongside its international branches in its capacity of “a very strong team that is well connected with the other Freshfields offices and seamlessly coordinated.”

Dispute Resolution – DORDA

DORDA’s disputes team has had an extremely successful year and has provided counsel in settlements and court proceedings in some of the larger investment disputes in the market, including representation of Volkswagen in proceedings going up to the Supreme Court in Austria regarding jurisdiction for investor claims, and acting for IMMOFINANZ in a dispute against 3000 investors resulting in the largest mass claim settlement in Austria. The litigation team has also represented clients in high-profile insurance claim as well as administrative proceedings. Furthermore DORDA also houses sought-after arbitrators and counsel and our interviewees attest that “the arbitration team of DORDA is surely one of the leading ones in Austria.”

Boutique – KNOETZL

Disputes boutique KNOETZL was founded a mere 3 years ago, but immediately set a footprint in the disputes market of Austria with its collection of seasoned litigators and arbitrators as described by an interviewee: “The firm is young, but the team is not young in the market.” The team continues to grow through the retention of qualified trainees as well as the attracting of talent from some of the leading disputes practices in the market. After entering the Chambers and Partners rankings already after its first year of practice, the team has advanced to a respectable band 2 ranking in the Dispute Resolution table, and last year also joined the White Collar Crime rankings. KNOETZL handles a broad range of litigation and arbitration matters including investment claims, product liability cases and contract disputes. Clients praise the firm’s outstanding service, stating: “They are excellent compared to other firms. The work is highly professional as we expected, and is in no way inferior to the major law firms, but offer the same quality while at the same time being closer to the client.”

Client Service – Eisenberger & Herzog

Eisenberger Herzog is a highly respected firm, active across a range of corporate practice areas in Austria. The firm garners extensive praise from its clients who state:

“We know Eisenberger & Herzog as much more diligent, innovative and flexible than other large corporate law firms, and would always use them unless we were conflicted.”

“They have a great understanding of our business and always provide high-quality work which is exactly what we need.”

“The lawyers are always available, have a good economic understanding and extreme transaction experience. As a client you feel safe and in good hands. The partners enjoy the highest reputation in the Austrian legal community, and open doors for us.”

Outstanding Contribution: Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber of bpv Huegel

Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber has for several years been at the absolute forefront in the Austrian Competition Law market, and is regularly recommended by clients and in-house counsels as a “leading individual in Austria on EU and competition law matters.” Her “outstanding” reputation in the market stems from her work on major merger control and cartel proceedings in front of Austrian as well as European authorities before which she has managed to shape legislation in Austria as well as EU-wide through driving landmark rulings. Ablasser-Neuhuber has led high-profile matters across a range of sectors including media, energy, banking and technology earning respect and influence from market leaders in an array of industries as well as from domestic and international authorities.