Legal 500

2021

Commercial, Corporate and M&A. Transactional boutique Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte counts both private equity transactions and M&A among its core areas of expertise. The practice undertakes general coprorate and commercial work, corporate finance transactions and restructurings. Wolfgang Graf has knowledge of the IT sector and Bernd Taucher has additional banking and finance capabilites.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang Graf; Bernd Taucher

Testimonials

"The firm delivers what we need and when we need it."

"Wolfgang Graf stands out. He leads the corporate team and deals a lot with our sector (IT). Quick, efficient and reliable. Unique way of explaining legalese; once can tell that he is also a University lecturer."

"GPT is highly specialized corporate and finance boutique providing consistently high quality advice at efficient rates."

Key clients

Canopy Growth Corporation, Canada

DSIRF GmbH

APS Investments, Luxembourg

Renesola International GmbH, Austria

HEAD Group, Austria/UK

Soler & Palau Ventilation Group SL, Spain

Borealis AG, Austria

TTTech Computertechnik AG, Austria

Aramark Deutschland GmbH, Germany

innovation incubation center i2c TU Vienna, Austria

RENAFAN, Germany

Semizen, Austria

Work highlights

  • Supported Canopy Growth Corporation, Canada in the acquisition of Germany´s Cannabinioid flagship C3 Cannabinoid Compound Group.
  • Advised APS on the acquisition of VB-Leasing International Holding GmbH, an Austrian leasing company of the Volksbanken Group with subsidiaries in four southern European countries.
  • Supported Borealis in a US private placement transaction of USD/EUR notes with a value of EUR 200m.

Banking & Finance. Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwältes strength lies in a transactional work, where the team has recently been particularly active for borrowers. Recent work includes advice on acquisition, corporate, real estate and start-up finance as well as debt finance, most notably promissory loans, and various associated matters such as corporate and restructuring. Bernd Taucher heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Bernd Taucher

Key clients

HEAD Group

Raiffeisen Capital Management

Raiffeisen - Rent Vermögensberatung und Treuhandgesellschaft mbH

MyBucks S.A

RENAFAN Group

Jadeberg Partners AG

Hatfield Philips Germany (now part of Situs)

Telekom Austria AG

Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft

Borealis Group

Livin Farms Agrifood GmbH

FL3XX GmbH

Work highlights

  • Assisted Borealis AG on a US private placement transaction with a value of approximately € 200m.
  • Advised HEAD Group on a corporate finance transaction with UniCredit and Deutsche Bank.
  • Advised the aviation management start-up FL3XX on its first funding round - via a convertible loan structure - with investors from the United States.

Real Estate. Alexander Patsch heads up the team at Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte, which, based on Patsch´s combined real estate and construction law expertise, is well placed to handle various matters at this intersection such as transactions, lease agreements, project development issues and neighbourly disputes. Clients include hotel operators, project developers and private investors.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Patsch

Key clients

Bierwirth & Kluth Group, Germany

Bridge Group, Austria

Grutschgasse 1-3 GmbH, Austria

ÖAD Wohnraumverwaltungs GmbH, Austria

Perchtoldsdorf City, Austria

Prime Site Retail Immobilien AG, Austria

ZDU Holding GmbH, Germany

T-Centrum. CZ, a.s., Czech Republic

Nesta GmbH and other private investors

C.21.a Projektentwicklungs- und Errichtungsgesellschaft m.b.H., Austria

Renafan Group, Germany

Caelum Development GmbH

2020

Banking & Finance. Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte´s banking and finance group, led by Bernd Taucher, focuses on larger, international syndicated finance transactions. The client roster consists of borrowers, loan service providers and banks, with the team being most active on the borrower side, acting for industrial and enterprise borrowers, typically on cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s): Bernd Taucher

Testimonials

"Graf Patsch Taucher is a small sized firm with a well proven transactional track record. We have been working with the firm on numerous finance, M&A and general corporate projects. The team is very responsive and flexible, response time is great and the firm provides very good value for money. They also stand out in servicing interdisciplinary projects and we very much appreciate their way of handling transactions in general."

"Graf Patsch Taucher is a relatively small firm with an impressive team. We are very happy with their overfall performance. Their communication is exceptional, they always come back to us very quickly and with very useful advice. Recently we worked with them again on a large volume finance transaction and everything went perfect again."

"The team of Graf Patsch Taucher is exceptionally strong in providing seamless transaction services. Our lawyers at Graf Patsch Taucher provided extremely good value for money. They perfectly know their local environment, they do not engage in unnecessary theoretical discuccions but focus on a practicable and quick implementation which is great for everyone who is running (also multidisciplinary) transactions."

"Bernd Taucher ran all the numerous finance transactions for the us over the past years. Bernd is an outstanding lawyer. Not only has he a very impressive international track record in finance and M&A projects, he is also an exceptionally good listener, always watching out in order to keep transactions on track so as to close as quickly as possible. Solving complex legal issues looks quite easy when working with Bernd. We are very happy to have him "on board"."

"Bernd is alwys available if needed, communicates very well and with perfectly smooth routine with various transaction parties and helps to keep the focus on finalising the transaction. Bernd runs all finance related and M&A related parts of the transaction. We quickly realised that he is very experienced and provides sound and very reasonable advice. Bernd is an outstanding lawyer with exceptional international experience and knows exactly where to put pressure on in order to get negotiations into the right direction. We can recommend Bernd for Finance and M&A transactions without any restrictions really."

Work highlights

  • Supported Borealis on a US private placement transaction relating to assignment and assumption agreements with a substantial value.
  • Assisting HEAD with an international finance transaction.
  • Advised new client APS on the acquisition and the acquisition financing of VB-Leasing International Holding, an Austrian leasing company of the Volksbanken Group with subsidiaries in four southern European countries.

Commercial Litigation. Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte has particular strength with respect to commercial disputes in the areas of construction and real estate development. In addition to M&A and M&A-related litigation, the team is also noted for its proficiency in investors´claims, including investor claiming damages from misleading statements of issuers. Clemens Freisinger leads the practice, which also represents clients from the automotive and water purification industry, as well as suppliers of raw materials.

Practice head(s): Clemens Freisinger

Testimonials

"Graf Patsch Taucher is a relatively small firm with an impressive team. We are very happy with their overall perfomance. Their communication is exceptional, they always come back to us very quickly and with very useful advice."

"The team is rather young and ambitious. Unlike big firms, Graf Patsch Taucher´s litigation team does not "slow down" smaller cases, but takes care of these with the same effort and energy as the big ones. Further, Clemens Freisinger takes personal responsibility and has a great case management. His pre-trial evaltuations turn out to be true time and again."

"Clemens Freisinger, efficient with very good knowledge of arbitration procedures especially in Austria."

"Clemens Freisinger is an experienced and pleasant litigation lawyer. For corporate or M&A related matters, he teams up with Wolfgang Graf. Wolfgang has profound corporate and M&A experience and his skills with Clemens´procedural know-how is just great."

Work highlights

  • Acting for various claimants in six class actions against Volkswagen in the emissions scandal.
  • Representing Eller Consulting ZT GmbH, an Austrian civil engineering company, in a number of interconnected court proceedings, all around alleged planning and construction damages and deficiencies (real estate.)
  • Representing OÜ Pölva Piim, an Estonian dairy, in court proceedings against a major Austrian dairy.

Corporate and M&A. Led by "first-rate corporate lawyer" Wolfgang Graf and "outstanding lawyer" Bernd Taucher, "highly specialised boutique law firm" Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte is active in private equity transactions, M&A, general corporate and commercial work, corporate finance matters and corporate restructuring projects.

Practice head(s): Wolfgang Graf; Bernd Taucher

Testimonials

"Overall level of service is just great. Quick and straight advice. The Team of Wolfgang Graf (corporate, M&A) is reliable, well respected and flexible. The billing practice is transparent and fair to me."

"The firm is a highly specialised boutique firm which provides consistently high quality advice while being efficient at the same time."

"Graf Patsch Taucher provide high quality commercial cost effective advice."

"Our lawyers at Graf Patsch Taucher provided extremely good value for money. The perfectly know their local environment, they do not engage in unnecessary theoretical discussions but focus on a practicable and quick implementaion which is great for everyone who is running (also multidisciplinary) transactions."

"I love the direct access to the competent partner. My lawyer of trust is Wolfgang Graf and I can actually reach him without being put off. This is one of the main asstes of this firm. Despite the outstanding quality and reliability."

"Wolfgang Graf is a first rate corporate lawyer."

"We quickly realised that Bernd Taucher is very experienced and provides sound and very reasonable advice. Bernd is an outstanding lawyer with an exceptional international exprerience and knows exactly where to put pressure on in order to get negotiations into the right direction. We can recommend Bernd for M&A and Finance transactions without any restrictions really."

Work highlights

  • Advised Canopy Growth Corporation on its €226m acquisition of the German cannabinoid flagship Bionicsa.
  • Assisted Czech APS with its acquisition of the Volksbanken leasing group, active in southern and central Europe.
  • Advised the Head group on its international corporate restructuring process

Real Estate. Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte acts for project developers and private investors on matters including acquisitions of commercial and retail property, and project development. Practice head Alexander Patsch led a team that advised the Czech T-Centrum on a project development and construction transaction, which includes an M&A share deal by which the centre intends to set up and construct a model railway project in the famous Viennese Prater. The team also assisted ÖAD Wohnraumverwaltung with a deal with Central European University concerning the provision of a large number of student hostel places for the University, which is currently moving to Vienna.

Practice head(s): Alexander Patsch

C.21.a Projektentwicklungs-und Errichtungsgesellschaft mbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Bierwirth & Kluth on the leasing of a hotel building next to the Vienna International Airport.
  • Assisted the Bridge Group with a residential real estate development project on the outskirts of Vienna.
  • Acted for Nesta and other private investors on the acquisition of six commercial retail locations in a deal worth €12m.

2019

Banking & Finance. Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte is particularly active in borrower-focused work and frequently advises on acquisition finance and refinancing matters alongside venture capital issues but also handles regulatory mandates. Bernd Taucher advised Head Group on several finance transactions with Erste Bank Group, including refinancing matters and a corporate funding transaction, and assisted the Austrian start-up Fittrack with two financing rounds where the financing was provided from international business angels, family offices and investors.

Corporate and M&A. Much of Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte´s work pertains to M&A and private equity transactions but the team is also well versed in handling corporate restructuring mandates as recently demonstrated by its advice to Head Group on various restructuring issues, including the negotiation of contribution, merger and asset purchase agreements; Bernd Taucher, who jointly heads the team with Wolfgang Graf, led the advice. Other work includes assisting start-ups with financing rounds and advising corporate clients on finance transactions and investment-related matters.

Real Estate. Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte advises investors, private clients and property developers on property transactions, lease agreements and real estate projects. Demonstrating its experience in the hotel sector, team head Alexander Patsch assisted Bierwirth & Kluth with the lease of a hotel near Vienna International Airport. Advising on residential property matters is another key area of expertise.

2018

Banking & Finance. Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte is particularly active in the hotel and residential property sectors, where it predominantly advises on lease agreements and transactions. Team head Alexander Patsch advised Bierwirth & Kluth on leasing matters pertaining to a hotel building near Vienna International Airport.

Corporate and M&A. With a focus on acquisition finance, corporate funding and regulatory work, Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte´s knowledgeable and highly skilled team acts for borrowers, banks and other credit providers. The "very professional" Bernd Taucher assisted the sports and clothing company Head with matters arising form a corporate funding transaction under a promissory notes agreement. 

Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte´s very responsive, knowledgeable and efficient team frequently handles M&A and restructuring mandates, where it is noted for its "straight answers" and its particular strength in dealing with matters at the intersection of banking and finance law. Wolfgang Graf advised Global TCAD Solutions and its Austrian shareholders on the partial sale of their shares to Silvaco and assisted a group of international investors with the acquisition of an Austrian skiing resort, while Bernd Taucher advised the sports and clothing company Head on international corporate restructuring matters.

Real Estate. Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte´s very competent, reliable and knowledgeable team always tries very hard to find the best solution and has commercial construction and real estate sector disputes at its core. "Very well-prepared" team head Clemens Freisinger defended archiguards, a group of architects and civil engineers, against alleged construction and planning deficiencies brought by its clients.

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 GrafBernd 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.