Senior Partner: Edith Hlawati
Contact Partners: Albert Birkner, Clemens Hasenauer
Number of lawyers worldwide: 190
Languages: Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish
CHSH is one of Austria’s leading corporate law firms, with an integrated Central and Eastern European practice. With a team of over 190 lawyers, CHSH offers clients expertise and experience in all areas of corporate and commercial law in Austria and CEE.
Main Areas of Practice:
M&A & Corporate:
The focus at CHSH is not only on classic M&A, but also on private equity transactions, and on resolving complex, often cross-border issues in a practical and commercially-oriented manner, as well as providing ongoing corporate legal advice and handling and overseeing corporate reorganisations. CHSH has particular expertise in public M&A, including takeover law and regulatory compliance under financial markets laws.
Over the past 20 years, CHSH has handled Austria’s largest privatisations in the fields of telecommunications, postal services, aviation, airports, tobacco, steel, energy and construction. Its experience includes structuring privatisations as spin-offs, the sale of majority or minority equity stakes, and IPOs.
Banking & Finance:
CHSH supports its clients in the borrowing and investment decisions they make, such as in the context of financial and liquidity planning and treasury operations. It advises both borrowers and lenders alike. Recognised as a leading corporate law firm in the regulatory sector, CHSH advises international banks on establishing Austrian branches and offices and with respect to selling and trading securities in Austria. As advisor to over 100 managed investment funds which it represents in Austria regarding trading and compliance issues, CHSH has extensive expertise in the banking and finance sector.
As one of the leading law firms specialising in capital markets law, CHSH has handled the largest capital markets transactions in Austria over the past 20 years and has set the standards for this area. It handles all aspects of IPOs, capital increases and bond issuances, advising potential issuers and underwriters on due diligence issues, as well as preparing prospectuses in accordance with international standards and drafting documentation for capital increases.
Real Estate & Construction:
CHSH supports its clients in everything from project development, negotiating and drafting financing agreements, preparing planning and construction agreements, to residential and commercial leases and claims management. CHSH has outstanding contacts with the major market players, enabling it to offer its clients project management services as well.
Litigation & Arbitration:
Whether it be construction disputes, unfair competition, contractual interpretation, insurance law, warranty issues or damages in contract or tort, CHSH’s success rate is enviable. The team at CHSH covers the entire spectrum of corporate and commercial law, and focuses on giving its clients a clear picture of the opportunities and risks involved. Members of the firm act as arbitrators, chairpersons and counsel.
CHSH provides first class legal advice on all aspects of employment law, from drafting contracts including options for greater flexibility in employment relationships, as well as implementing restructuring programs.
CHSH possesses an extensive network of contacts and offices, and many years’ experience in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. In addition, it maintains close relations with leading law firms in those jurisdictions where it does not have its own offices. Its offices in CEE primarily specialise in the areas of M&A, corporate and commercial law, banking and finance, and real estate and project development. Each office employs local, highly-qualified and multilingual staff. All of its CEE offices have continuous access to the resources of the entire CHSH network. CHSH has offices in Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Minsk, Prague, Sofia, Timisoara and Vienna.
Through its unique organisational structure which allies its core teams with specialists, CHSH is able to deliver first-class advice and unparalleled service to clients. Over the past 20 years, CHSH has played a leading role in virtually all significant transactions in Austria. This is what distinguishes it as one of the leading law firms in the fields of M&A, IPOs, privatisations, financings, real estate and construction, litigation and arbitration and employment law. This expertise – combined with years of experience in CEE and the Lex Mundi network – ensures that clients receive high-quality, intellectually rigorous advice, across disciplines and across borders.