Legal 500

2013

Banking & Finance. The ‘outstanding’ team at Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte maintains a good relationship with Borealis, which it advised on the purchase agreements relating to a private placement by the company. Bernd Taucher is ‘able to handle significant transactions’ and has ‘a high level of professionalism’.

Corporate and M&A. At Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte, ‘the overall level of service is outstanding, and good value for money’. The small team is able to handle complex, cross-border transactions, and is led by the ‘down-to-earth’ and ‘cost-efficient’ Bernd Taucher. The firm continues to foster a good relationship with Borealis, recently assisting on the restructuring of one of its main production and distribution units, in its fertilizer business.

Dispute Resolution. Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte is ‘quick to get to the essence of a matter’, and the firm’s ‘overall level of service is extraordinary’. It has particular expertise in construction cases. Wolfgang Graf gives ‘detailed advice’, and is ‘really impressive’.

Real Estate. Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte has been active advising a variety of developers on new building projects in Vienna. Alexander Patsch, who is fluent in Russian and Polish, is popular among east European investors in Austria.

2012

Banking & Finance. Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte’s entrepreneurial and dynamic team impresses its clients: ‘the overall level of service is outstanding and offers real value for money; response times are great, which is crucial’. The team recently advised new client Head USA on a senior secured credit facility. Practice head Bernd Taucher ‘can translate business needs into agreements and understands the crucial parts of a transaction quickly’.

Corporate and M&A. Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte provides ‘great service for a better rate than the big firms. You always get one of the partners and there is little fluctuation, so the lawyers know you and your business’. The team recently advised a subsidiary of Head USA on corporate matters including distribution agreements and licensing. Bernd Taucher and the ‘smart and strategic’ Wolfgang Graf are recommended.

Dispute Resolution. Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte recently advised a German construction company in a dispute relating to the construction of an open-air theatre in Spain. ‘Fees are below the level of the bigger firms and we get high-quality advice’, says one client. Clemens Freisinger is a ‘very efficient and cool-headed litigator’.

Real Estate. Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte is ‘highly responsive, commercial and practical, with reasonable fees’. The firm has a strong record advising on Vienna real estate transactions and is developing a niche advising Russian investors purchasing property in Vienna. Alexander Patsch is recommended.

2011

Banking & Finance. Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte ‘offers its services at more competitive prices than the big firms’, and is noted for the ‘personal involvement of the partners’. The team, led by Bernd Taucher, is rated for its advice in cross-border matters. In 2010 the practice advised a plastics manufacturer on a €75m credit agreement with a European investment bank.

Corporate and M&A. Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte is ‘efficient and provides a cost-effective service’, with clients praising the partner-level input on deals. In 2010 the firm saw an up-tick in M&A work and advised an international investor in the acquisition of a share in an Austrian-listed flight carrier. Wolfgang Graf`s ‘powers of analysis are superb’, and he ‘has outstanding business instincts and is experienced in both corporate work and international transactions’. Bernd Taucher is also highly rated.

Real Estate. Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte benefits from being ‘not being too big but not too small’ and is ‘still “hungry” enough to provide a massive client with excellent advice’. The team is headed by Alexander Patsch and has developed solid experience advising Russian clients.

2010

Banking & Finance. Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte’s banking practice is led by Bernd Taucher, whose ‘quality of the work is outstanding. He competes with the bigger firms in Austria and adds a very personal note to his services, having excellent expertise in finance matters, is very business driven and quickly understands a client’s needs’. The firm has some excellent client relationships, and advised new client Sparkassen Immobilien on a high-value property finance deal.

Corporate and M&A. Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte’s Wolfgang Graf provides ‘fast response time, accurate and a very professional service’. 2009 saw the group advise one of Austria’s leading construction companies on setting up a joint venture in Austria and Russia. Bernd Taucher also comes highly recommended.

Real Estate. Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte advised a major Austrian construction company on a series of lease agreements for infrastructure projects in the CEE. Alexander Patsch is rated.

2009

Corporate and M&A. Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte has a „friendly and informal atmosphere“ according to clients, who are quick to praise Wolfgang Graf and Bernd Taucher. The team has experience in restructuring, spin-offs, shareholders agreements and joint venture work.

Real Estate. Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte „provides very high quality at all stages; its lawyers are very ambitious and smart”, with one client commenting that “the advantage of this firm is that you don’t have to deal with many different lawyers on one transaction so invoices are decent and you always know who is working on your case.” Alexander Patsch heads the real estate department, and is well known in the market for his CEE experience. Over the past year the firm has advised A.M. Alpha, a CEE-based real estate developer, in the financing and acquisition of an historical building in central Vienna.

2008

Banking & Finance. Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte is said to provide ‘uncomplicated, business-friendly counsel that goes further than just providing legal advice’. The team handled some noteworthy work over the last year, including acting for HVB Bank, Czech Republic and German company Eurohypo Aktiengesellschaft on a multimillion-euro real estate refinancing transaction. The firm has particular experience advising foreign companies on the Austrian legal aspects of domestic and foreign investment. Leading individuals include Bernd Taucher and Wolfgang Graf. Bernd Taucher is recommended as ‘clearly experienced in finance matters on an international level. He is strong in drafting agreements, revealing first-rate communication and team-playing skills’.

Corporate and M&A. Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte’s team is said to be very ‘well-connected internationally’, advising clients such as British Telecom on a number of commercial agreements in Austria. Lead partners Wolfgang Graf and Bernd Taucher are viewed as ‘ practitioners who are very hands-on and flexible in meeting the demands of the business’.

Real Estate. BAI, the main real estate development company of Bank Austria Creditanstalt, is a marquee client for Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte. Strabag also kept the firm busy over the past year, instructing Alexander Patsch’s team in relation to a number of construction projects across Russia and the CIS. Clients are pleased with ‘ the good reputation of the firm, and its network and knowledge across Eastern Europe’.

Capital Markets. Wolfgang Graf is the name of note at Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte, predominantly advising a significant number of largely German and international investors on Austrian capital markets issues.