2021

Corporate and M&A. What the team is known for. 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, healthcare and IT. Further acts for start-ups and incubators.

Notable practitioners. Wolfgang Graf advises on transactions, as well as handling general and post-acquisition corporate matters for IT companies and retailers.

Strengths. One impressed interviewee states: "It´s a corporate-boutique and the cooperation is great, our clients are always satisfied. They are very pleasant and efficient."

Another client also appreciates the boutique structure, saying: "The advantage of smaller structures ist that you have direct contact with one to two people and everybody has the same information."

Working highlights. Assisted Canopy Growth with the Austrian aspects of its EUR 226 million acquisition of the C3 Cannabinoid Compound Group.

Real Estate. Alexander Patsch is a notable real estate lawyer with solid transactional experience advising hotel and residential developers on cross-border financing mandates. He is also well versed in domestic lease law. One client attests that "he is at home in the cross-border area."

2020

Banking & Finance. Bernd Taucher offers experience in domestic and cross-border corporate finance and restructuring matters. One client appreciates his "personal approach and the effort to explain the differences in the legal concept of Austrian law compared to other jurisdictions."

Corporate and M&A. What the team is known for. Focused on mid-market M&A transactions for Austrian clients as well as assisting with large international restructurings, as well as providing general corporate advice. Clients are typically investors or corporates stemming from diverse sectors, such as aviation, medicine and gaming.

Strengths. One client appreciates the "very good and effective" team for "making the effort to find quick solutions."

Another source describes the team as "responsive and very efficient."

Working highlights. Acted for APS on the EUR 111million acquisition of VB-Leasing. 

Notable practitioners. Wolfgang Graf advises on cross-borders M&A and restructurings for a broad range of clients, including those active in the aviation and energy sectors.

Real Estate. Alexander Patsch advises on transactions involving residential projects as well as hotel and leisure properties. He also assists with leases.

2019

Banking & Finance. Bernd Taucher of Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte advises on a range of financing deals including corporate finance, project finance and NPL transactions. Taucher assisted Renafan Group with a mandate concerning a large volume syndicated loan. Clients praise him as "very efficient, accurate and proactive."

Corporate and M&A. Bernd Taucher provides corporate and funding advice to Austrian start-ups as well as assisting international clients with FDI transactions into Austria. He also acts on international restructuring mandates, including the co-ordination of multiple jurisdictions. He represented HEAD Group in global restructuring process worth EUR 100million. 

Wolfgang Graf assists domestic and international clients with corporate restructuring and commercial matters. Also represents clients in mid-level cross-border M&A transactions. He advised TTTech Computertechnik on its strategic partnership with Samsung. A client highlights that he "brings the topic to the point, is available at an time and deadlines are met."

Real Estate. Alexander Patsch of Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte advises on real estate transactions and development projects in both the residential and retail sectors. He also represents clients in real estate disputes. Patsch advised Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft on a development project in Vienna, creating new residential properties. "He is attentive, understanding, patient, reliable, and wie alway receive immediate feedback," reports a satisfied client. 

What the team is known for. Focused on mid-market M&A transactions for Austrian clients as well as advising foreign investors and corporations on Austrian corporate law. 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. 

Strengths. A client sums up: "The firm has an excellent response rate and provides us with uncomplicated corporate and M&A support." Another client emphasises the team´s straight forward advice, praising its "objective representation of the problems with appropriate solutions."

Working highlights. Advised T-Centrum.CZ on an EUR 11million share transaction for a project development in Vienna´s Prater amusement park.

2018

Banking & Finance. What the team is known for. 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. Bernd Taucher is highly active in diverse financing transactions, including real estate acquisition financing, transactions relating to non-performing loan portfolios and start-up financing. Sources comment on his creative approach, with one client describing him as "an expert with all these good solutions at hand."

Corporate and 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. Clients are especially happy with the attention they receive from the partners, with a client saying that the received "a very high service level and a very client-oriented service". 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. Wolfgang Graf is a respected transactional lawyer, assisting clients from a variety of industries. "He led negotiations smoothly, but held the line. To me he predicted the other side´s move with impressive certainly so that we could prepare ourselves way ahead", a client says, while another client adds: "He does not beat around the bush." He recently led the team advising Global TCAD Solutions and its Austrian shareholders on the sale of shares to Silvaco.

Corporate and M&A. Bernd Taucher is active in high-value cross-border corporate matters and M&A transactions. A market source describes him as "very pragmatic and responsive." He recently advised AGCO on the Austrian aspects of its acquisition of Cimbria.

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. Clients speak highly of the team´s clear and concise approach, stating: "They give timely and to-the-point advice and proactively support us." Other sources note: "You always have the impression they are working on all matters thoroughly and you feel like you are in a sage pair of hands." Advised Bierwirth & Kluth on the leasing of a hotel property near Vienna International Airport. Alexander Patsch regularly acts on real estate transactions and leasing issues and is particularly focused on Russia and the CEE region. Clients appreciate that "in negotiations he is very calm and personable, but also authoritative with the other side."

2013

Banking & Finance. 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.

KEY INDIVIDUALS. Bernd Taucher is recommended in this field, winning praise from clients for his efforts "to meet the business needs of the customers."

Corporate and M&A. 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.

KEY INDIVIDUALS. Clients are quick to praise Wolfgang Graf for his international outlook and attentiveness. His main areas of focus are M&A and capital markets law.

Real Estate. 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.

KEY INDIVIDUALS. The "reliable, attentive and helpful" Alexander Patsch is praised for his work in this field. He has considerable experience of assisting Russian and Polish clients with real estate matters.

2012

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. Sources say: "Responsive, fast and straightforward."

KEY INDIVIDUALS. Bernd Taucher is the main contact for finance work, and most appreciated for his accessibility and his straightforward approach.

Corporate and M&A. 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.

Sources say: "I'd always go to this firm because the lawyers have the right mentality and put their clients’ interests first."

KEY INDIVIDUALS. Clients report good experiences with Wolfgang Graf: "He's a pleasant, co-operative and no-nonsense lawyer." His practice includes corporate law, M&A and capital markets.

Real Estate. 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.

KEY INDIVIDUALS. "Reliable, attentive and helpful," Alexander Patsch heads the department. His Russian and Polish language skills make him a popular choice for clients from those jurisdictions.

2011

Banking & Finance. Bernd Taucher of Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte has “excellent negotiation skills and a broad experience.” A client enthused: “I always have the feeling that I come first.”

Corporate and M&A. 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.

Sources say: "Down to earth, uncomplicated and quick."

KEY INDIVIDUALS. Wolfgang Graf is singled out as “a practical and to-the-point practitioner.” His practice spans M&A, corporate and capital markets.

Real Estate. 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. Known as "a fast and excellent quality lawyer," Alexander Patsch is also well reputed for his Russian language skills.

2010

Banking & Finance. Bernd Taucher of Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte is "highly experienced in negotiating financing transactions with international banks," according to clients. He is "very business-driven and quickly understands clients’ needs."

Corporate and M&A. 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.

Sources Say: “The almost permanent access, flexibility and speed of response are key strengths.”

KEY INDIVIDUALS Wolfgang Graf comes highly recommended as an “uncomplicated, solutions-focused and strategically minded” lawyer.

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. Bernd Taucher is the contact for the practice.

Real Estate. 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. Alexander Patsch is head of the department. He divides his time between transactional work and construction. Peers recommend him for his “very knowledgeable approach and great expertise in the CEE region.”

2009

The Firm. 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. The firm is making a particular impact in construction work in Poland and the Commonwealth of Independent States, partly thanks to real estate leader Alexander Patsch’s linguistic ability in the region. Clients commend this “good-value lawyer” for is efficient, solution-focused approach. He recently advised A.M. Alpha on the acquisition and financing of a historical building in Vienna; other clients include Bauträger Austria Immobilien and Commerz Real AG Germany.

2008

The Clients. The firm is active in Russia, where it handled construction contracts for Strabag in relation to its plans for redeveloping the iconic Hotel Moskva. It also handles construction, development and acquisition financing for clients such as Commerz Grundbesitz Investmentgesellschaft, A.M. Alpha Verwaltungsgesellschaft, and Bank Austria Creditanstalt Group’s Bauträger Austria Immobilien.

The Lawyers. Alexander Patsch is the real estate partner at the firm. Observers note his visibility in national litigation and contentious work and also point out that “he speaks excellent Russian and Polish.” He is thought of as a lawyer who “inspires confidence and trust.”