Management Board: Andrea Gritsch, Sebastian Oberzaucher, Claus Schneider, Richard Wolf
Number of partners: 73
Number of lawyers: approx. 320
Languages: Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Ukrainian
Wolf Theiss is one of the leading European law firms in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe (CEE/ SEE) with a focus on international business law. The complex, fast-developing markets of the CEE/SEE region require specialist knowledge and contacts – and the firm has plenty of both. Through its network of offices* in 13 countries, Wolf Theiss works with clients by combining business acumen and an understanding of the local culture to develop and execute solid business strategies while solving problems and creating opportunities.
Wolf Theiss was awarded The Lawyer’s Law Firm of the Year: For Austria in 2014 and 2017, for Eastern Europe & the Balkans in 2015, 2012 and 2009 and for Central Europe in 2014 and 2010, and IFLR’s Law Firm of the Year: For Austria in 2018, 2016, 2015, 2012 and 2011, for Czech Republic in 2010, for Hungary in 2009, as well as Chambers’ Austrian Law Firm of the Year for 2012, 2013 and 2018 Central European Law Firm of the Year for 2017, and Austrian Client Service Law Firm of the Year for 2011.
Main Areas of Practice:
Competition & Antitrust
Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions
Intellectual Property & Information Technology
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Infrastructure & Energy
Real Estate & Construction
Regulatory & Procurement
From pension funds to project financing, asset finance to capital market transactions, Wolf Theiss provides rigorous and reliable advice to international banks and insurance companies.
Competition & Antitrust:
In recent years, Wolf Theiss has developed one of the strongest competition and antitrust practices in the CEE/SEE region. The firm’s specialists regularly advise on EC and national competition law, as well as issues such as merger control, co-operation and distribution agreements, competition law infringement and state aid.
Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions:
The experience of Wolf Theiss covers the full range of corporate legal issues faced by its clients including international mergers and acquisitions and other complex transactions. The firm bases its advice on a close working knowledge of its clients’ business sectors – with experience that ranges from banking to energy, real estate to telecoms.
International employment law is a fascinating and increasingly complex field. The work of Wolf Theiss covers major cross-border transactions, as well as day to day employment issues such as managing incentive plans and pension schemes.
Intellectual Property & Information Technology:
Wolf Theiss offers advice and representation on a wide range of areas, including trademark law, patent law, design patent law, copyright law and unfair competition. The expertise extends to the fast-moving area of information technology, where the firm tackles issues ranging from e-commerce to interactive gaming.
Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution:
Wolf Theiss has the experience and know-how to handle even the most complex multi-jurisdictional cases. Recent examples have involved everything from insolvency law to inheritance disputes, competition law to contract award procedures, and white-collar criminal investigations.
Infrastructure & Energy:
The firm’s infrastructure and energy practice covers various legal fields including energy, natural resources, environment, transportation infrastructure, social infrastructure, telecommunications, media and technology, as well as water, wastewater and waste management and hospitality, tourism and leisure.
Real Estate & Construction:
The firm’s real estate practice encompasses construction, acquisition, project development, financing, landlord and tenant law, facilities management contracting and public law. Wolf Theiss acts as permanent counsel to major developers and investors in Austria and the CEE/SEE region.
Regulatory & Procurement:
As European and national regulatory requirements become ever more complex, Wolf Theiss helps its clients make sense of a range of day to day issues, as well as advising on their long-term strategic set-up. The work covers areas as diverse as life sciences, construction, insurance, banking, telecoms, gaming and others.
As one of the first Austrian firms to advise on national and international tax law, Wolf Theiss has developed an unrivalled range of expertise covering everything from stock option plans to VAT issues, and cross-border leasing to private foundations.
*By office the firm means a legal form that is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in that country.