Awards & Accolades
The success we achieve for our clients has gained widespread recognition. In 2019, Chambers & Partners named us “Austria’s Client Service Law Firm of the Year”, the prestigious British magazine “The Lawyer” named us “Law firm of the year in Austria”, and for Legal 500 we are a “Leading Firm in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa”.
We are grateful to receive such positive feedback from our clients on the results we deliver. Far from resting on our laurels, we accept these distinctions as fortitude to launch us to even greater achievements. Our firm is the proud recipient of the following awards:
Chambers & Partners nominated us for this year's "Austria Law Firm of the Year" award, thus recognizing our firm’s pre-eminence in Austria. We feel honoured and hope to receive this award again.
The coveted Chambers Europe award reflects not just our law firm’s pre-eminence; it also highlights notable achievements over the past 12 months, our impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.
The German ranking JUVE named Eisenberger & Herzog "Austria Law Firm of the Year". Our team was present at the award ceremony in Frankfurt.
The Legal 500 2015 lists Eisenberger & Herzog as Leading Firm in Europe.
E+H Eisenberger + Herzog predominately acts for borrowers, although co-team head Marcus Benes is also experienced advising banks and investors on acquisition and real estate finance transactions as well as regulatory and restructuring-related matters. Benes, who also heads the firm’s insolvency and restructuring group, is noted for his restructuring expertise and is also a key contact for international finance and structured products. This segment received a further boost with the partner promotion of Laurenz Liedermann in July 2020. In addition to restructurings, Liedermann also has a significant focus on acquisition and real estate finance alongside corporate loans and portfolio transactions. Co-team head Peter Winkler complements the team’s banking and finance offering with solid expertise in capital markets and M&A.
‘From the case I know them, they have an experienced and committed team, looking to deliver solutions.’
‘Experience, legal and commercial background, understanding things beyond legal aspects; coming up with constructive proposals to solve problems.’
‘E&H is a very solid group of individuals. They stand out for having a wealth of market knowledge and are very dynamic lawyers who are able to handle multiple transactions and give pragmatic advice. We appreciate how quick and hard they work for us.’
‘We work with Peter Winkler on a regular basis. Peter Winkler is my first call any time I have a complicated matter. He is an excellent lawyer with a tireless attitude and plenty of experience. He is a phenomenal force in banking and finance.’
‘Laurenz Liedermann is a great lawyer who does an excellent job. He is always extremely responsive and can suggest efficient and practical solutions. He’s a collaborator and a consensus builder, who is always a pleasure to work with.’
E+H Eisenberger + Herzog has a core focus on matters at the intersection with corporate and finance and advises financial services institutions and corporates on various debt and equity capital markets transactions. This includes assistance with the update of debt issuance programmes, derivative master agreements and regulatory matters. Head of the firm’s corporate and M&A practice as well as its banking and finance team Peter Winkler is the key contact.
‘Very strong team with fantastic leadership of partners, exceptional knowledge of both legal issues and the market. Highest standards of professionalism.’
‘Exceptional availability, engagement and quality.’
‘Peter Winkler is an outstanding capital markets lawyer. Not only detailed legal expertise but also genius negotiator and strategist. He has a very strong team and co-partners. Strong orientation towards practical solutions.’
Eisenberger & Herzog boasts one of the largest competition teams in Austria. Dieter Thalhammer is a revered member of Vienna’s competition bar, and leads a team that prides itself on its ability to find innovative ways to tackle complex legal challenges.
E+H Eisenberger + Herzog is an excellent port of call for international transactions with an Austrian element. The strong bench around Peter Winkler and Alric Ofenheimer is highly involved in public as well as private M&A in addition to follow-on corporate work and corporate litigation. Winkler has a great reputation for capital markets and banking transactions, whereas Ofenheimer is well versed in private equity and cross-border matters. Clients from regulated industries such as energy and infrastructure count on Marco Steiner‘s sector expertise. The firm is dedicated to internal growth, as seen by the July 2020 partner-level promotion of real estate M&A expert Christopher Engel.
‘Very good team spirit, people work hand in hand.’
‘They are very easy to work with and make you feel like they are part of your business, it matters to them.’
‘Very professional team with highest standards. Profound legal expertise compared with efficiency, excellent client-communication and engagement.’
‘Alric Ofenheimer and Peter Winkler are definitely leading individuals in M&A and corporate law in Austria. Negotiations and strategy is a major asset of those two leading partners.’
‘The team is highly capable in supporting in any kind of M&A transactions. The team knows the industry standards very well and gives very valuable advice not only on a legal basis but also taking into account the business view of the transaction. ’
‘Alric Ofenheimer is a very experienced lawyer with whom to negotiate is just a pleasure; better have him on your own side.’
‘The team is extremely experienced in different fields like competition & antitrust and M&A. Very focused on the work and can explain complex things in easy words.’
GDPR advice and compliance plays a key role in E+H Eisenberger + Herzog‘s data protection practice. Technology and automotive corporations in particular turn to Andreas Zellhofer and his group to review agreements and other documentation on data protection aspects. The team is also capable of handling litigation and managing IT projects with data privacy components. Helmut Liebel has a strong understanding of computer science.
E+H Eisenberger + Herzog provides ongoing HR and employment advice to Austrian companies on the drafting of contracts, crisis management and employment terminations. Practice head Jana Eichmeyer has additional experience of litigation and settlement negotiations in labour and employment law. She also played a crucial role in the development of LexisNexis collaboration project ContractMaster, a HR tool for contract generation.
The competition law team at E+H Eisenberger + Herzog is extremely capable at handling merger control as well as cartel proceedings both in Austria and at a European level. The team, which is led by Dieter Thalhammer, acts for a stellar client roster in the transport, infrastructure, pharmaceutical and energy industries and has recently increased its market share in the technology sector as well. The practice head has broad experience of cartel damages proceedings and abuse of damages cases. Judith Feldner is the name to note for cartel cases including dawn raids, e-discovery and leniency applications and Andreas Zellhofer focuses on vertical restraints and abuse cases.
‘The team is pragmatic and very responsive.’
‘Judith Feldner is doing a fantastic job. She is very responsive, digs into the details of the case and is still able to provide pragmatic advice. She is very experienced in proceedings before the BWB.’
‘Great availability and straight-forward advice.’
‘Judith Feldner is always approachable, gives very reliable, straight-forward advice.’
‘Proactive case management, excellent legal and also strategic input.’
‘Dieter Thalhammer is an absolute expert in his field.’
‘Judith Feldner made an incredible effort to support us with the highest-quality legal advice. ’
‘Very pragmatic, hands-on approach. Very business-oriented.’
‘Dieter Thalhammer stands out with his business acumen and to-the-point handling of the matter.’
‘E&H has a deep bench of talented practitioners. The competition team offers clear advice and absolutely understands our business and markets. They have exceptional technical skills and depth of experience. The lawyers deliver the best quality advice, and always come to the table with creative ideas.’
‘Dieter Thalhammer is one of the very top competition experts in the country. He provides sophisticated, strategic advice, with a creative and calm approach. He is a very smart lawyer who is a practical and strategic thinker.’
Thanks to its interdisciplinary approach and strong cooperation between the banking and finance and corporate teams in particular, E+H Eisenberger + Herzog has a strong profile for corporate and financial restructuring, which includes regular assistance with the acquisition and purchase of distressed loans alongside the restructuring of debt, bonds and loans. Marcus Benes is the key contact for finance-related work, while Michael Strenitz routinely handles work at the intersection with corporate and M&A. Clients include lenders and debtors.
‘Experienced team with legal and commercial background and a lot of experience in our wider region of operation (CEE).’
‘Excellent legal skills on all levels and high responsiveness.’
‘Marcus Benes is a highly skilled attorney. Extremely responsive and able to boil down complex problems so that they are understandable for clients not familiar with the Austrian legal system.’
The IP practice at E+H Eisenberger + Herzog acts for clients from a wide array of industries ranging from automotive and energy to media and technology. The group handles trade mark portfolio management and enforcement, both at a domestic and international level. Practice head Andreas Zellhofer also adds competition law expertise to the team.
‘Eisenberger Herzog has a strong IP background advising in all relevant IP fields which is definitely acting as one of the major player in IP law in Austria.’
‘Andreas Zellhofer was exceptionally well-prepared, had a strong focus on all the relevant facts, challenging legal arguments and profound knowledge of the relevant case law.’
‘In-house legal departments seeking solid, first-rate advice on matters of Austrian law need look no further than E&H. Andreas Zellhofer and Helmut Liebel take a business-savvy and comprehensive approach to legal solutions that is focused on both efficiency and thoroughness.’
‘Andreas Zellhofer and Helmut Liebel work with the precision and balance of a team of surgeons. Together, they analyse difficult cases and form a strategic plan. Zellhofer’s dynamic energy and keen business sense, paired with Liebel’s ability in tackling even the most technical aspects, leads to seamless execution. Their capability inspires trust, and we know we are in good hands when working with them.’
“For over a decade, E+H has remained one of our top choices,” enthuses one brand owner. “As a corporate firm, it can cover all our bases; its partners know our business model and deliver top-level guidance”. Another satisfied client comments: “E+H has been instrumental in building up a legal toolbox that improves our efficiency. For example, it designed comprehensive and practical templates that aid the creation of complex IP contracts, which truly illustrates its commitment to commercially oriented solutions.” Practice head Andreas Zellhofer and Helmut Liebel regularly link up, assisting companies such as Immofinanz –the country’s largest stock-listed real estate developer – with its global portfolio and tackling infringers for Honda; they were also recently selected as exclusive counsel for Toyota Austria. “Zellhofer has a wealth of experience, and his ability to address legal challenges at the intersection of intellectual property and competition law really sets him apart. His engaging demeanour and gift of repartee are also always well received.” Liebel is in hot demand for his software licensing know-how, courtesy of his computer science background, and has been making waves on the legal landscape: “His meteoric rise to partner at a young age demonstrates his proficiency and dedication to the cause. He is a thorough analyst and attentive counsellor, exceeds expectations every time and is likely to continue this ascendant trajectory for decades tocome.”
The projects and energy group at E+H Eisenberger + Herzog draws on cross-practice expertise from M&A, finance and regulatory experts. Marco Steiner excels at transactional work and Ulrike Sehrschön is active in tender proceedings related to both infrastructure and energy projects, while renewable energy projects, specifically wind parks, fall within Tatjana Katalan-Dworak‘s area of expertise. The group is also adept at advising on upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas matters as well as conventional power generation and distribution issues.
‘The team is absolutely customer-orientated and has a deep knowledge especially in renewables in Austria and were involved in a huge number of projects especially in the southern part of Austria. They have outstanding partners which lead the process and are always available for the costumer and take care of their wishes.’
‘Mrs. Tatjana Katalan-Dworak is an outstanding partner with deep knowledge in renewables and a very practical approach which is often necessary for a successful completion of a project. Her practical approach and way of working makes the biggest difference compared to competitors.’
‘The team is well organized and very skilled in particular matters concerning energy and infrastructure projects in all of Austria’s provinces. They keep track of due dates, react in a reasonable time, recommend smart strategical concepts and serve clients very well. E&H have international experience and this yields extra quality to their work, compared to other (local) law firms. ’
‘Dr. Tatjana Katalan-Dworak: She is for sure amongst the best lawyers concerning energy and infrastructure matters in Austria. She (and her team) knows all the particularities of the different Austrian provincial law schemes. She knows decision makers in the industry and amongst the authorities personally. She knows to define a smart strategy and recommends very well in tactical matters. She knows to sum up complex content and informs clients in short, but specific words. She is very tough at negotiations, but still never crosses a red line.’
‘Very straightforward approach, target-oriented, strong experience in renewable energy, excellent market understanding.’
‘Tatjana Katalan-Dworak is deeply involved in most wind power projects in the region; excellent knowledge about (key) stakeholders, authorities, solution-oriented.’
‘Marco Steiner is an excellent M&A advisor, hands-on, focuses on the key points, target-oriented, excellent knowledge about wind power industry.’
Matters relating to industrial infrastructure, energy and utilities, and the procurement of services are the three pillars of the public procurement department at E+H Eisenberger + Herzog. Ulrike Sehrschön advises clients from highly regulated sectors on tender proceedings including enforcement before public authorities and judicial bodies, and Tatjana Katalan-Dworak is an expert in road and railway construction, zoning, mining, and environmental law; the duo head the team.
E+H Eisenberger + Herzog puts significant emphasis on real estate M&A, advising on joint ventures, acquisitions and disposals, including distressed transactions, alongside associated matters such as financing. Other regular work includes lease agreements and real estate issues pertaining to energy projects. The transactional focus is reflected in the practice lead shared by Alric Ofenheimer and Michael Strenitz, with the latter focusing on transactions in the logistics and commercial property sectors, and was further strengthened by the partner promotion of Christopher Engel in July 2020. Clients include funds, investment management companies and developers.
‘Goal-oriented. Fair and competent.’
‘The team has a comprehensive and unique understanding at the interface of real estate law, M&A and tax structuring. The commercial interests of the client are always in focus. The team works extremely efficiently and with a high level of responsiveness.’
‘Alric Ofenheimer: an outstanding business lawyer. He gets to the point, is fast, pragmatic and commercially driven. He has extensive knowledge in the field of real estate M&A and joint ventures. He is a smart negotiator. It is a pleasure to work with him. You could not wish for a better lawyer.’
‘Marco Steiner takes good care of our topics. We often provide our opinion and a rough solution before we start to work on the contracts etc. so that he knows what we have in mind. He always tries to follow our ideas even if they are uncommon.’
E+H Eisenberger + Herzog advises across the full range of tech, media and telecoms, with a notably strong suit in technology matters. The client list includes both international and domestic household names. Andreas Zellhofer appears handles IP/IT and unfair competition matters, while also leading the TMT team. He receives key support from Helmut Liebel, who also covers work at the intersection between IP and IT.
‘Very capable team, one of the few Austrian law firms having true IT specialization.’
‘Andreas Zellhofer is very experienced and hands-on.’
Well-established team assisting with individual bond and facility restructurings as well as comprehensive financial and corporate restructuring mandates, including refinancing, asset sales and group liquidations. Further expertise includes damages claims and insolvency filings, often acting for leading clients across different industry sectors. Cooperates with notable international law firms and advises on cross-border cases, such as those involving Germany, CEE jurisdictions and the UK.
Strengths: Reflecting on the firm’s comprehensive expertise on cross-border mandates, one client says: “Our matters are often connected to CEE, and it was important to have someone by your side who was able to ‘translate’ the local legal codes of the Eastern European jurisdictions. This way we were aware of the critical topics in the region.”
Strong team that regularly appears on high-value individual and portfolio transactions, acting for both sellers and buyers. Visible on cross-border transactions and forward purchase matters. Also active on bids for PPPs and developments. Particular experience in advising hotel groups, energy companies, developers and real estate firms.
Strengths: One client notes that they are “very well positioned for cross-border activities from our perspective,” adding that “they have a good network and can lead in transactions with multiple players.”
Another client asserts: “The team worked flawlessly together and coped with a tight schedule, offering good cooperation and excellent service.”
Excellent law firm with particular expertise in planning and environmental law as well as complex procurement matters. Well known in the market for planning approval procedures and EIAs for renewable energy projects, flood protection and drinking water supply throughout Austria. Active in representing clients in contentious court proceedings in front of the Federal Administrative Court. Further expertise encompasses procurement mandates including award, tender and review proceedings concerning vaccines and gas and water supplies as well as large office and waterway construction projects. Regularly consulted by leading Austrian energy, construction and financial clients as well as public authorities.
Thriving corporate practice with in-depth expertise in the financial services, energy and transport sectors. Visible on significant domestic and cross-border transactions, with additional experience in restructuring matters. Frequently acts for bidders on tender processes. Possesses further prowess in joint venture matters.
Strengths: One interviewee describes the team as “pragmatic and solution-driven with a sound commercial understanding of the client’s objectives.”
One impressed client simply says: “They are first choice for me. I can really recommend them.”
Comprehensive team offering an all-encompassing range of competition advice including cartel investigations, bid-rigging, abuse of dominance and merger control mandates. Assists with damages claims and compliance schemes as well as distribution agreements. Increasingly active on state aid matters. Clients include national and international corporations in the energy, airline, automotive and media sectors.
Strengths: Aware of the firm’s ability to handle difficult cases and authorities, one client says: “They are very quick and they have a big treasure of experience. They are active and they know what clients want due to their experience; it’s a great pleasure to work with them.”
Dynamic practice offering a wealth of experience in the sector, acting on both domestic and cross-border mandates for financial institutions. Assists clients with acquisition and real estate financing matters, with additional strength in debt restructuring. Also active in banking M&A, as well as offering regulatory advice.
Strengths: Sources rate highly the practice’s status within its field, describing the lawyers as “extremely hard-working and very well connected in the market.”
A client says the team are “pragmatic and solution-driven, and they have a sound commercial understanding of the client’s objectives.”