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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.”