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.
Eisenberger & Herzog is well-regarded for its financial restructuring knowledge, real estate transactional expertise and public takeover financing work, and frequently acts as lead counsel and also local counsel in cooperation with high-profile international law firms. The department, under the joint leadership of Peter Winkler and Marcus Benes, benefits from its seamless cooperation with the firm’s insolvency and restructuring team as well as its banking regulatory practice group. Ulrike Sehrschön also specialises in public procurement and regulatory work, Josef Schmidt focuses on capital markets transactions, and Philipp Schrader is an independent lawyer associated with the firm’s Vienna office.
‘The team are very good working with both Austrian and cross-border transactions. They understand the expectations of international clients and their requirements. The firm offers a nice blend of very experienced lawyers, a commercial approach and flexible pricing.‘
‘Marcus Benes and his team are the go-to team for banking and finance in Austria. Hands-on, pragmatic, smart, and responsive at all times. All levels of seniority are well integrated in the team and work for one goal – the client.‘
‘Marcus Benes is outstanding and unique in the Austrian finance and banking law environment. Technically a perfectionist and very well connected in a small world enabling the client to realise its transaction seamlessly.‘
‘Marcus Benes has a wealth of experience in cross-border and other, complicated transactions and is very responsive in his work. He communicates issues well and provides solutions to problems as they arise.‘
Led by Peter Winkler, the team at Eisenberger & Herzog advises on the whole spectrum of capital markets matters, including bond issuance, regulations compliance, derivatives, and squeeze-outs of minority shareholders. Testament to its particular focus on advising clients from regulated industries, the firm has added new names including ImmoFonds, Black Pine Capital, and Arvato Payment Solutions to its client roster. Recent highlights include advising the Pecik Group on the €400m sale of the largest share package in Sparkassen Immobilien to Immofinanz. Another key contact is Josef Schmidt.
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.
Eisenberger & Herzog is well-versed in handling international transactions across a multitude of industry sectors, particularly regulated industries including the energy and infrastructure, banking and financial services and telecoms sectors. Peter Winkler and Alric Ofenheimer jointly lead the practice group, which also fields Josef Schmidt and Marco Steiner, who is active in the transport, infrastructure and regulated industries.
‘The teams’ grasp of the law and ability to influence and drive negotiation of key terms in the transaction.‘
‘Very responsive and thorough. Incredibly thoughtful and hard-working. Seamless transaction coverage between the team members.’
‘Compared to other law firms we know, we can be absolutely sure that all specialists of Eisenberger & Herzog, which are needed for our problem, addressed all aspects and can be dealt with in one appointment. There are thus no delays in troubleshooting and in the past has always resulted in an effective and fast solution.‘
‘Peter Winkler and Nidal Karaman’s grasp of the law and ability communicate and influence others are second to none. They were able to achieve favourable results for us on our transaction and influence the other side to accept our position.‘
‘The accessibility and availability of the employees is to be emphasised, also the large experience in the area of corporate law.‘
‘Clemens Lanschuetzer – excellent and commercially-minded M&A lawyer who focuses on what’s important.‘
‘Michael Strenitz – very knowledgeable and provides great strategic advice.‘
The sizeable team at Eisenberger & Herzog has ‘a profound knowledge of IT-related legal questions, in particular data protection law’. Practice head Andreas Zellhofer, who ‘comes up with practical solutions without losing sight of the essentials’, and the ‘professional and knowledgeable’ Helmut Liebel act as local counsel for the entire Microsoft Group in Austria. Other matters include assisting clients with GDPR compliance projects, data subject access requests, handling data breaches and data processing agreements.
‘In my experience, the team has a profound knowledge of IT-related legal questions, in particular data protection law, and a solution-oriented approach at all times. The cooperation has always been very positive and professional.‘
‘Andreas Zellhofer is a well-known specialist in IT/IP law who very quickly comes up with practical solutions without losing sight of the essentials.‘
‘Helmut Liebel is a proven data protection expert with whom one can exchange opinions about GDPR and cross-border data traffic. Especially in the drafting of data protection contracts, his accurate way of working is evident.‘
‘The people at Eisenberger & Herzog were very professional and comfortable to work with. Any questions or inquiries where answered immediately. Even if I had issues or questions late in the evening they took the time to help me.‘
‘My main contacts were Helmut Liebel and Alissa Forstner, who were both very professional and knowledgeable.‘
Eisenberger & Herzog takes on a broad range of work, including defending employers against claims by unions and works councils; the firm handles collective agreements and disputes after mass redundancies. The small team also deals with M&A work and management and employment contracts. Practice head Dr Jana Eichmeyer advised on employment law issues of a company restructuring after a merger.
Eisenberger & Herzog has an extensive internal investigations and cartel investigations practice, as part of which the firm also represents clients in national and European courts. Sector strengths include retail, pharmaceutical, media and gambling. Merger control and cartel damages proceedings as well as abuse of dominance and cartel cases form team leader Dieter Thalhammer‘s area of expertise. Judith Feldner is particularly knowledgeable in cartel cases and the coordination of leniency applications, also advising on compliance programmes and internal investigations.
Eisenberger & Herzog provides an interdisciplinary service and its ‘dedicated and hardworking’ practice frequently combines with the firm’s corporate, M&A, capital markets, restructuring, and finance teams. The team’s ‘practical, solution-oriented lawyers’ frequently represent creditors in Austrian insolvency proceedings. Other areas of expertise for the practice include restructuring of listed bonds and loan enforcement. The group acted for QuadraCir on the restructuring of its financial debt, the sale of its assets, and its liquidation, in a matter worth €1bn. Marcus Benes stands out for his ‘great knowledge of the market’ and ‘exceptional service’. The other key names to note are Michael Strenitz and Peter Winkler.
‘Very dedicated and hardworking team, highly experienced, high-quality expertise. Very client-focused, high commitment to client service. Practical, solution-oriented lawyers.‘
‘Marcus Benes and Laurenz Liedermann: great knowledge of the market, provide exceptional service, good grasp of where the market is, very experienced, problem-solving skills, detail-oriented in their approach to legal advice, deliver great service in a timely fashion, able to work under stressful time circumstances.‘
Eisenberger & Herzog‘s three-partner team, which covers both IP and IT, acts as counsel for high-profile clients including Microsoft, Samsung and Toyota. It takes on both contentious and non-contentious matters, spanning unfair competition proceedings, licensing agreements and IP matters in M&A, among other areas. The practice has handled cross-border trade mark management for Immonfinanz Group, supervising the company’s portfolio in the EU and CEE jurisdictions. Andreas Zellhofer heads the team.
‘Very quick answers with comprehensive legal background and understandable. You can trust and rely on Eisenberger & Herzog!‘
‘Highly professional, excellent expertise, very easy-going. Furthermore E&H has experts in every division and is responding quickly to every question and issue we have. Never had any problems.‘
“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 to come.”
The projects and energy team at Eisenberger & Herzog consists of energy and infrastructure specialists from the firm’s M&A, finance and regulatory practices. Combining the expertise of several practice groups, the team is able to provide specific industry and market knowledge across a number of areas including conventional power generation, transmission and distribution work, renewable energy issues, oil and gas matters, and large-scale plant engineering and construction mandates. The team, which is jointly led by Marco Steiner and Ulrike Sehrschön, also covers the entire life cycle of energy and infrastructure assets. Tatjana Katalan-Dworak is a key name for public law matters and infrastructure projects.
The public procurement group at Eisenberger & Herzog acts for public contracting entities and bidders, particularly on industrial infrastructure, complex services, energy and utilities. The team’s service offering is enhanced by its collaboration with the firm’s real estate practice, for instance in matters concerning PPP projects. Department co-head Wilhelm Offenbeck is based in Graz and regularly assists publicly owned awarding authorities with large-scale procurements.
‘Ulrike Sehrschön shows a strong focus on the clients individual demands and specific industry knowledge.’
‘Ulrike Sehrschön offers a very broad and hands on experience in public procurement matters as well as pragmatic, individual solutions in complex and very specific causes.’
‘Stefanie Vonbank is always very committed and extraordinarily competent in implementation.’
Eisenberger & Herzog‘s ‘incredibly thoughtful and hardworking’ team stands out for its ‘seamless transaction coverage between team members’ and it is particularly skilled in dealing with real estate matters which intersect with M&A. ‘Commercially-minded M&A lawyer’ Michael Strenitz advised the major creditors (banks and hedge funds) of the Hemisphere Group on the sale of the entire real estate portfolio of the Kika/Leiner Group in Austria and various CEE countries by Hemisphere to the Signa Group. Alric Ofenheimer is another key contact.
‘Very responsive and thorough. Incredibly thoughtful and hard-working. Seamless transaction coverage between the team members.‘
‘Clemens Lanschuetzer: excellent, commercially-minded M&A lawyer who focuses on what’s important.‘
‘Michael Strenitz: very knowledgeable and provides great strategic advice.‘
Eisenberger & Herzog is the longstanding local counsel to a number of leading multinational corporations in the TMT sector, including Microsoft and Samsung. Led by Andreas Zellhofer, the team has particular expertise in IT matters but also has a focus on media mandates and licensing agreements. A recent highlight saw the team acting as lead counsel for Samsung on a strategic investment in Austrian high-tech company TTTech for autonomous driving.
‘Eisenberfer & Herzog is one of the few law firms in Austria that really do technology and telecoms work.‘
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.”