Number of lawyers worldwide: 11
Languages: English, French, German, Italian
WEBER & CO. is one of the leading Austrian law firms. Its lawyers are highly specialised and committed to the highest standards of legal service and proficiency. On the basis of its long-standing tradition, WEBER & CO. offers legal services in all areas relevant to businesses, with a focus on corporate, finance and mergers and acquisitions. The firm’s approach is creative and pragmatic, helping its clients to assess and effectively manage legal risks and to find practical solutions in the relevant legal, business and, when necessary, political environments.
Main Areas of Practice:
M&A & Corporate:
WEBER & CO. is active across the whole range of mergers and acquisitions, including public takeovers, acquisition finance, management buyouts and buyins, as well as private equity and venture capital for Austrian and foreign corporate and financial institutions. The mergers and acquisitions group supports clients at all stages of the transaction. Services include pre-acquisition restructuring, process planning and schedule coordination, legal due diligence reviews, labour law aspects (such as negotiating and drafting post-acquisition social plans in case of mass redundancies), corporate structures, and merger clearance proceedings before the Austrian and EU authorities.
Capital Markets, Banking & Finance:
WEBER & CO. assists issuers and financial intermediaries in equity and debt financing in the capital markets (e.g. stock issues including IPOs and rights issues, secured and unsecured bond issues, high-yield bond and convertible bond issues, ABS and Tier 1 financing, hybrid and mezzanine financing, securitisations). The firm’s services include in particular the legal implementation, the international structuring of the product (e.g. via off shore facilities), the drafting of general terms and conditions for the securities, advice on regulatory matters, due diligence investigations, the drafting of private placement memoranda and prospectuses, the drafting of the legal documentation such as underwriting agreements, as well as support in selecting the stock exchange (in particular Vienna, Frankfurt, Luxembourg) and the preparation of road shows.
WEBER & CO. has recognised experience in advising on the supervision and regulation of banks, insurance companies, investment firms, brokers, exchanges and clearing houses. The firm’s lawyers provide support in all areas supervised by the Austrian Financial Market Authority. The firm’s financial regulation practice encompasses the legal structuring of new and innovative products, regulatory capital, eg Basel III, the establishment of financial services businesses such as banks and insurance companies, and e-banking structures. WEBER & CO. lawyers advise their clients in the application of regulatory rules in transactions, in regulatory investigations, and anti-money laundering matters. Further, the firm also advises with a particular view on AIFMD — compliance of structures.
Lawyers of the firm advise and represent domestic and foreign clients in international and Austrian arbitration proceedings, in particular under Vienna, ICC, UNCITRAL or DIS rules. Partners of WEBER & CO. serve as arbitrators or chair arbitral tribunals. Services offered include arbitration agreements, pre-arbitral negotiations, the conduct of arbitral proceedings, advocacy at trial, as well as the challenge and enforcement of arbitral awards. Lawyers of the firm also appear before courts to prosecute or defend applications for interim measures in support of arbitration proceedings.
WEBER & CO. offers real estate investors strategic assistance in all issues related to the acquisition, financing, and on-going administration of real estate. The firm regularly acts on behalf of listed real estate corporations, banks, insurance companies, investors, and developers and also assists domestic and foreign real estate funds in setting up fund structures and buying and selling real property located in Austria. WEBER & CO. offers building contractors and real estate developers solid knowledge of the typical real estate contractual stipulations, such as agreements with construction contractors, construction and work contracts, general contracting agreements, as well as public law.
WEBER & CO. has extensive experience in representing industrial clients, banks and insurance companies before civil and criminal courts, regulatory authorities, the European Commission, the European courts, and in arbitration proceedings. The main emphasis lies in complex disputes in commercial, criminal and corporate law matters. The firm provides investigations of economic crime or other violations of law, particularly where the integrity of board members has been called into question (forensic services). Services include regulatory investigations, competition and anti-trust, market abuse, contract compliance, warranty compliance, capital repayment, anti-money laundering, bribery and corruption, and fraud.
WEBER & CO. advises Austrian and foreign, large and medium-sized, public and private companies, as well as Austrian and foreign governments and governmental organisations. On the basis of the factual situation, together with the client, the firm prepares detailed risk and cost analyses and develops a comprehensive strategy, optimising the client’s position.
The firm’s partners have a wide range of experience in providing legal advice in the implementation of cross-border transactions, as well as in the structuring and legal co-ordination of companies’ activities in foreign countries. Through its network of excellent partner firms, WEBER & CO. regularly assists clients in their business strategies throughout Western as well as Central and Eastern Europe, the USA and the Middle East.
Furthermore, WEBER & CO. is frequently consulted as Austrian local counsel in cross-border transactions.