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We have been listed in the guide for more than 10 years. In its most recent edition (2021), we are recommended in the areas of Corporate/M&A and Real Estate. We are proud that Alexander Patsch and Wolfgang Graf are recommended individuals.

Wolfgang Graf is also recommended in Chambers‘ most recent global guide.

Banking & Finance

Clients are impressed with this compact team’s service, highlighting the close partner attention and the lawyers‘ uncomplicated communication style as some of its most attractive features. The firm is a relatively recent addition to Austria’s legal landscape, but has gathered a loyal following both from financial institutions and borrowers, including Sparkassen Immobilien, Barclays Capital and Borealis. Corporate finance and Real Estate finance are considerable strengths. Besides English and German, the team offers services in Polish and Russian, and acts for many clients from those markets and other CEE countries. Clients also note the firm’s useful ties with independent law firms in the region.

Well-regarded team offering strong skills in acquisition finance with notable activity in the Real Estate sector. Borrower-focused with clients including telecommunications providers as well as private equity funds and fintech start-ups. Active on cross-border transactions for Austrian and multinational clients. The team is acknowledged for its concise recommendations, with one client noting its „to-the-point advice – no lengthy theoretical statements.“ Advised RENAFAN on a high-value syndicated loan.

This solid independent law firm continues to handle the full range of Banking and Finance matters for its corporate clientele, which was recently bolstered by the addition of Vienna-listed sporting goods manufacturer Head.

Well-reputed team with a strong focus on advising the borrower side on project and acquisition financings. Clients include domestic and international corporates.

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Corporate | M&A

Active in a number of large-border transactions involving the CEE region and Germany. Experienced in financial services, Real Estate and TMT sector deals, particularly in relation to private equity and venture capital investments. Advised RENAFAN on its acquisition of an Austrian company active in the healthcare and elderly care sector and also assisted with the restructuring of its Austrian business.

Focused on mid-market M&A transactions for Austrian clients as well as assisting with large international restructurings. Additionally provides general corporate advice. Clients are typically investors or corporates stemming from diverse sectors, such as aviation, medicine, gaming, healthcare and IT. Further acts for start-ups and incubators. Particularly active on large international restructurings. Experienced in financial services, retail and technology sector deals, particularly in relation to private equity and venture capital investments. Also acts on corporate organisations and financing rounds for start-ups. 

This streamlined outfit has a strong practice in the mid-market, with a focus on the TMT, technology and sports sectors. It assists new client HTM Sport with general corporate and commercial matters, and also acts for names such as Borealis, Braintribe IT-Technologies and Veolia Water Systems. Sources highlight close partner contact, compact size and excellent client care as attractive features of the practice.

Graf Patsch Taucher has been busy handling cross-border transactions, particularly in CEE and Russia. It works with local firms in the region to provide a cross-border service. The firm has a good following among financial institutions, with clients including Sparkassen Immobilien, Barclays Capital and Allgemeine Sparkasse Oberösterreich Bank. Interviewees note that the team’s experience and language skills are instrumental in getting deals through in CEE.

Advances in the rankings this year as a result of strong feedback and increased visibility on the market. Respected team with strong corporate law expertise, active in joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Represents clients in TMT, energy, Real Estate and pharmaceutical sectors.

The firm offers advice in all areas of corporate law, but has particular expertise in M&A and joint ventures. Work consists largely of cross-border mandates. Clients include Borealis, Sparkassen Immobilien, Orange and Heraeus Electro-Nite International.

Since its inception in 2004, Graf Patsch Taucher has established a firm place for itself at Austria’s corporate/M&A table. Clients praise the firm for the personal service it provides, and it has gained a foothold through offering such a high level of client service. It has also been rewarded with some impressive instructions from clients such as Borealis, for which it has handled several acquisitions, and listed Swiss utility company Elektrizitätsgesellschaft Laufenburg, for which it handled a corporate restructuring.

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Dispute Resolution

Graf Patsch Taucher is beginning to gain a foothold within the field of dispute resolution. The firm handles cases of all kinds under the corporate and commercial umbrella. Complex M&A-related litigation has featured heavily of late. The firm acted on behalf of a former managing director of OEWV and the managing director of Braintribe IT-Technologies. Construction and Real Estate litigation, insolvency cases and insurance disputes have also contributed to the firm’s docket.

Real Estate

Well regarded for its work on complex lease agreements, including related disputes. Additionally active on development projects, sales and acquisitions. Visible in the hotel and residential property sectors, including acquisitions of culturally significant buildings. Also represents Polish and Russian entities in Real Estate disputes.

This firm counts many Russian and Polish companies amongst a client list that also includes domestic and international names. It is well versed in a broad range of Real Estate matters, including the selling and purchasing of property, negotiating lease agreements, and construction disputes. Notable work for the group includes acting for Rahlhof Errichtungs on the purchase of a building in Vienna, and continuing to assist Euro Immobilieninvest with the purchase and development of the former regional headquarters of an American company.

This firm has built a substantial construction practice, often representing Polish and Russian clients in disputes. On Real Estate transactions, the team is in demand amongst Russian investors, international developers and domestic players. It advised Swarovski Optik on the sale of a production facility and purchase of a larger site. It also assisted a client on the EUR10 million sale of a building as part of insolvency proceedings. Other clients include STRABAG and S-Immo.

This well-established firm continues to win notable instructions from domestic and international clients. The firm regularly advises Bauträger Austria Immobilien, a Real Estate development company belonging to UniCredit Bank Austria, on Real Estate projects and litigation. It recently acted for Kahles, part of the Swarovski group, on the sale of a production facility, and assisted Schmidgasse 14 Projektentwicklungsgesellschaft with the acquisition of a historic hospital building in Vienna.

This ambitious CHSH spin-off continues to increase its Real Estate profile in both Austria and the CEE region. The firm focuses on mid-sized transactions and has carved a sizeable niche in the market, where it is known for its “serious focus on Real Estate and strength in both construction and transactional work.” Sources laud the firm for the “amazing quality of its advice and wonderful flexibility.” Graf Patsch Taucher is known for high-profile work in connection with Russia, and throughout the rest of the CEE region. The firm is active in Poland, Russia, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine and the Czech Republic. It advises on project development, construction, Real Estate acquisitions and tenancy law. The team’s clients include Elektrizitätsgesellschaft Laufenburg, Orange Business Services and Braintribe IT-Technologies.

This mid-sized Real Estate outfit has had a prosperous year, despite the prevailing economic conditions. Forged by CHSH alumni, the team has increased in capacity and market visibility, proving its major-league ability in acquisitions, Real Estate M&A, financing and construction projects.

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