Managing Partners: Markus Fellner, Michael Hecht
Number of partners: 25
Number of lawyers: >60
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) is one of Austria’s leading business law firms, offering with its 60 lawyers full legal services to its clients. The firm’s clients include banks and other financial institutions, privately and publicly owned companies, industrial manufacturers and public sector authorities. The firm’s expertise covers the full spectrum of industry sectors.
fwp’s approach to providing legal services places particular emphasis on combining in-depth legal expertise and well-founded business knowledge with an entrepreneurial focus to meet client needs. In addition to their legal expertise, the firm’s lawyers have either supplementary degrees in economics, complementary professional experience or have studied or worked abroad.
fwp has an established international practice and handles on an on-going basis major cross-border matters, with a particular focus on the CEE region. In advising on transactions outside of Austria the firm is assisted by other leading local firms within its extensive best friends network.
Main Areas of Practice:
Antitrust & Competition:
fwp has extensive experience in advising national and international companies on anti-trust aspects of mergers and acquisitions. fwp has successfully defended many of its clients in merger control and antitrust proceedings before Austrian antitrust authorities, courts and the European Commission.
Banking & Finance:
fwp advises major banks on financing issues on an on-going basis, not only in connection with project financing, but also in connection with funding complex consortiums and financing for company reorganisation purposes. fwp is able to anticipate the legal challenges and issues, and guide its clients accordingly.
fwp’s capital markets expertise includes handling initial public offerings, capital increases and corporate bonds. The firm also has a wealth of experience in structuring alternative forms of investments, such as private placements. fwp advises potential issuers as well as underwriting banks. The firm further provides on-going advisory services to listed companies on matters ranging from stock exchange laws and regulations and corporate governance to dealing with the competent supervisory authorities.
Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions:
Developing optimal solutions in these fields requires extensive knowledge and vast experience in many different legal areas, including corporate, tax, capital market, labour and tenancy as well as numerous other fields. fwp advises national and international companies in the acquisition and sale of companies as a core strength of the firm. The services cover everything from legal due diligence to antitrust regulations – and fwp’s wide experience in the private and public sector, especially relating to cross-border transactions, takeover bids, private equity and venture capital – ensures the highest degree of efficiency and deal stability.
fwp’s expertise ranges from environmental due diligence to applying for licenses required for industrial facilities and other businesses and in planning real estate development projects. Furthermore, fwp assists the public sector extensively in implementing environmentally relevant EU directives and drafting legislation as well as more specialised tasks, such as assessing the scope for consideration of environmental aspects when awarding public contracts.
Infrastructure & Procurement:
fwp has successfully handled both motorway and railway projects, and has provided valuable support for large-scale construction projects such as shopping centres, office and residential buildings. Know-how and experience in real estate, as well as financing and public procurement, have made fwp Austria’s market leader in infrastructure law. fwp also advises Austria’s authorities on public procurement procedures as well as bidders participating in contract award procedures.
Insolvency & Restructuring:
fwp advises both national and international banks on financings, structured finance and restructurings. One of fwp’s core areas of financing expertise is the establishing of a sound legal basis for consortia and to provide continuing support for their further development. Supporting the financing or recapitalisation of listed companies via bonds, participation rights, mezzanine capital and other financing instruments also belongs to fwp’s core area of expertise.
fwp has extensive experience in both protecting and exploiting, but also defending, intellectual property rights. This covers the assessment of advertising campaigns, motions for temporary injunctions, the preparation of licensing agreements as well as IT outsourcing. fwp’s clients include telecommunications and media as well as trading companies.
fwp advises companies on labour matters extensively, including the preparation and negotiation of employment contracts (both for employees and top executives) and the negotiation of works agreements. fwp also advises on compensation plans prepared in connection with the shutdown of plants and personnel reduction. fwp further represents employers in legal disputes before courts of law, as well as before conciliation boards, the Federal Equal Treatment Commission and public authorities.
Litigation & Arbitration:
fwp helps domestic and international clients navigate commercial disputes. The firm regularly advises clients on high-end litigation and arbitration matters, including in the areas of M&A and joint venture disputes, financing issues, corporate malfeasance, supply agreement disputes and claims based on antitrust violations.
fwp regularly advises on cutting-edge real estate transactions, increasingly in a cross-border context. The firm is unrivalled in its ability to handle all public law aspects involved in the implementation of infrastructure projects, which also often requires an abundance of real estate planning and zoning expertise.
fwp regularly acts as lead counsel on cross-border transactions, with a focus on M&A, banking and finance, real estate and joint ventures. The firm also frequently assists foreign law firms and clients on Austrian legal issues. Over the years, fwp has developed an established best friends network with other firms worldwide, particularly in the CEE region.