Management Board: Andrea Gritsch, Sebastian Oberzaucher, Claus Schneider, Richard Wolf
Number of partners: 72
Number of lawyers: approx. 340
Languages: Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Ukrainian
Since starting out in Vienna in 1957, Wolf Theiss has grown into one of the largest firms in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe (CEE/SEE). The firm now employs around 340 lawyers, working across numerous practice areas in 13 countries. Wolf Theiss concentrates its energies on a unique part of the world: the complex, fast developing markets of the CEE and SEE regions. It’s an area that requires specialist knowledge and contacts — and the firm has plenty of both. Through its network of local offices, Wolf Theiss works closely with its clients to help them solve problems and create opportunities. Wolf Theiss was awarded The Lawyer’s‘Law Firm of the Year: For Central Europe’ in 2014 and 2010, Eastern Europe and the Balkans in 2009, 2012 and 2015, and Austria in 2014 and 2017, and IFLR’s Law Firm of the Year: Austria for 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2012 and 2011, ‘Law Firm of the Year: Czech Republic’ for 2010 and ‘Law Firm of the Year: Hungary’ for 2009, as well as Chambers’‘‘Austrian Law Firm of the Year’’ for 2012, 2013 and 2018 and ‘‘Central European Law Firm of the Year’’ for 2017 at the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
From pension funds to project financing, asset finance to capital market transactions, Wolf Theiss provides rigorous and reliable advice to lenders and borrowers, investors to issuers, as well as local and international banks and other financial services providers.
Competition & Antitrust:
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:
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.
The projects group’s mission is to deliver to project development clients a complete and fully integrated set of legal services in the fields of infrastructure, energy and natural resources, utilities and public-private partnerships.
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 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.