Corporate / M&A

Corporate law and mergers & acquisitions have been a core competence of our firm from its very beginning. Our specialized team of partners Ferdinand Graf, Otto Waechter, and Andreas Edlinger provides comprehensive advice to companies and their board members on all aspects of corporate law; from the set-up of a company, to ongoing advice, and up to liquidation, we literally advise “from the cradle to the grave”. Among our clients are domestic and foreign companies from every industrial sector and of all sizes, including large global corporations, small and mid-sized businesses, as well as investors.

We advise and represent our clients on complex (often cross-border) corporate transactions such as restructurings, spin-offs, and transformations. Recent work includes advising Russian conglomerate LUKOIL on cross border restructurings and capital measures, as well as advising the Austrian publicly listed Andritz Group on the spin-off and subsequent merger of subsidiaries.

We have years of outstanding M&A experience – we advise our clients on simple acquisitions of participations as well as on complex cross-border M& A transactions. Among others, we have recently advised a buyer on the acquisition of a majority stake in the Austrian publishing company Verlagsgruppe News from German Publishing House Gruner + Jahr, as well as the Danish VKR Group on the sale of shares of an Austrian subsidiary.

Another core focus in recent years has been corporate litigation - we support our clients in corporate disputes and represent them in litigation - both in judicial and arbitration proceedings. We have recently represented the French / Belgian DEXIA Group in its 105 million-euro dispute involving Austrian Kommunalkredit AG in the aftermath of the financial crisis.

A key strength of our firm is the combination of corporate know-how with our renowned expertise in dispute resolution and insolvency law.

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Department head Ferdinand Graf is a well-regarded name on the Austrian transactional market. He is quick to grasp the essence of an issue, witty, worldly and delivers what he promises.

Chambers Europe (2017)


Ferdinand Graf

Dr. Ferdinand Graf

LL.M. (NYU) | Partner
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Otto Waechter

Dr. Otto Waechter

LL.M. (NYU) M.B.L.-HSG | Partner
T +43 1 401 17 - 0


Andreas Edlinger

Mag. Andreas Edlinger

LL.M. (LONDON) | Attorney-at-Law
Martin Foerster

Dr. Martin Foerster

LL.M. (LONDON) | Partner
Ferdinand Graf

Dr. Ferdinand Graf

LL.M. (NYU) | Partner
Axel Guttmann

Dr. Axel Guttmann

Alexander Isola

Dr. Alexander Isola

M.C.J. (NYU) | Partner
Marija Križanac

Mag. Marija Križanac

CIPP/E, CIPM | Attorney-at-Law
Gunter Nitsche

Dr. Gunter Nitsche

Univ.-Prof | Of Counsel
David Seidl

Dr. David Seidl

Otto Waechter

Dr. Otto Waechter

LL.M. (NYU) M.B.L.-HSG | Partner
Stefan Weileder

Mag. Stefan Weileder

LL.M. (DUK) | Partner
Jakob Widner

Mag. Jakob Widner

LL.M. (NYU) | Partner

Areas of expertise

  • Company set-up
  • M & A
  • Due Diligence
  • Corporate Restructurings, including Merger, Spin-off, and liquidation
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Distressed companies / Insolvency and Reorganization
  • Compliance
  • Joint Ventures
  • Start-ups


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