Wolf Theiss

Corporate / M&A

If you come to the Wolf Theiss Corporate/M&A team, chances are that you're an ambitious type. It's our business to make your ambitions our own. Whether you represent a company or financial institution, or are a founder or investor in your own right, we can facilitate deal introductions and proactively work to find solutions and consensus to ensure that transactions are successful across Austria and CEE/SEE. The 13 offices we have across the region can provide you with specialised transaction, regulatory and industry lawyers; allowing you to pursue your professional ambitions.
 
Wolf Theiss has been at the vanguard of development of the private and public M&A markets across the region. Our lawyers have experience in successfully negotiating and closing all types of transactions ranging from share deals, asset deals, leveraged buyouts, management buy-outs, to management buy-ins including regulatory advice. Whether you're a buyer, seller or target, we represent boards and investors with the efficiency and sensitivity you need.

Any number of complex and unusual regulatory requirements can pop up in CEE/SEE. We have the specialist and industry teams throughout the region with the strength and experience to help you find consensus with the most exacting of regulators and stakeholders.

From the moment you appoint us, we consider ourselves to be part of your team.  From mergers and acquisitions and venture capital to private and public equity and debt offerings, we will accompany you through each transaction to identify and manage legal risk so that you have a firm groundwork on which your target can grow and flourish.

Contact
Horst
Ebhardt
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5100
F. +43 1 51510 665100
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Lawyers
Lana Sarajlić
Law Office Sarajlić - Independent Attorney at Law in Cooperation with Wolf Theiss
Norbert Bálint
Senior Associate
Mircea Ciocirlea
Senior Associate
Isabel Firneis
Senior Associate
Petra Heindl
Senior Associate
Rebeka Kleytman
Senior Associate
Nikolaus Loudon
Senior Associate
Anna Sekowska
Senior Associate
Ivo Stitic
Senior Associate
Jasmina Uzova
Senior Associate
Oksana Volynets
Senior Associate
Carina Wolf
Senior Associate
Jiayan Zhu
Senior Associate
Naida Čustović
Law Office Čustović - Independent Attorney at Law in Cooperation with Wolf Theiss
Areas of Specialisation

Private M&A

Founders, entrepreneurs and investors in privately held companies trust us for the success of their private M&A transactions. Our transaction, regulatory and industry lawyers know how to make cross-border transactions work in the globalised marketplace of today. We provide the depth of specialist knowledge and breadth of regional coverage needed to make your venture successful.

Public M&A

We are equally effective in public M&A matters. When consensus seems elusive, we find solutions with regulators and stakeholders in the most complex of matters, including executing the acquisition of controlling and minority stakes and both mandatory and voluntary bids. No matter what side of the transaction you're on, we advise on the structuring of due diligence, negotiations and approvals from regulatory authorities for bidders, sellers, targets and bondholders.

Distressed M&A

Distress in transactions doesn't have to mean stress in your company. In your time of need, we are there to help you calmly sort out effective options to reduce debt burden and optimise your legal position in reorganisations and turnarounds. We advise companies, international, national and regional financial institutions, lenders, alternative debt and equity providers as well as special situation funds in domestic as well as cross-border matters.

Privatisation & Liberalisation

Our expert advice is born of the practical business world that you work in: our specialist lawyers have worked in the financial services, telecommunications, airline and energy industries and make their insight into the drivers, challenges, valuation and structural issues of these sectors work for the success of your transaction. We advise clients and sovereigns on privatisation transactions in multiple bidder situations and have experience in negotiating with governments, their advisors, stakeholders and regulatory agencies.

 

Corporate Governance and Compliance

Compliance is hard enough as it is without accounting for the complications of different jurisdictions. We have the competence you need to deal with corporate law matters, implementing corporate governance regimes and compliance programmes across borders and jurisdictions. Listed companies, privately held groups, private equity fund managers and start-ups are just some of the kinds of entities we've helped guide through the compliance thicket.

Joint Ventures

Much of what we do at Wolf Theiss Corporate/M&A is to simplify the complex and to make it work for you. This is especially true for the complexities of joint venture partnerships. We routinely guide clients in investigating and implementing funding, management and governance mechanisms that mitigate potential disputes and difficulties. Our expertise runs the gamut of the joint venture lifecycle, from initial formation to regulatory approvals, financing, corporate governance and exit structures.

Private Equity

From fund formation to LP & GP agreements, regulatory compliance and governance and portfolio M&A, we know how to leverage your private equity in Austria and CEE/SEE and make it work for your future. Our M&A specialists facilitate and negotiate transactions, and execute other instruments, such as complex financings, strategic partnerships, leveraged buyouts, cross-border M&A, carve-out transactions, IPOs and  trade sale exits.

Venture Capital & Start-ups

Some say that we've entered the age of the start-up. A number of exciting opportunities for VC investors have led to the growth of a real start-up ecosystem in Austria and CEE/SEE. In such a rapidly and unpredictably developing field, you need proactive advice and advisers who can facilitate collaboration between entrepreneurs and venture capital investors. When time and costs are an issue, our industry specialists allow us to provide real deal value, ensuring successful transactions and a solid foundation for future growth.

 

 

 

 

 

Press Releases

Newssquare WOLF THEISS UND WILDMOSER/KOCH BERATEN BEI FRANZÖSISCH-ÖSTERREICHISCHER UNTERNEHEMENSTRANSAKTION

Wien/Warschau, 30. November 2017 – Wolf Theiss berät Saint-Gobain bei dem Erwerb von 90% Anteilen an dem auf die Produktion ökologischer Dämmstoffe...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS WARSAW CONFERENCE SEES VALUE IN ENHANCING WHISTLEBLOWING BEST PRACTICES IN POLAND

Warsaw, 30 November 2017 – Polish companies should intensify efforts to strengthen their internal whistleblowing systems, which increase value for all...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS CONTINUES ITS EXPANSION IN CEE: LANA SARAJILIC JOINS WOLF THEISS SARAJEVO

Vienna/Sarajevo, 15. November 2017 - After hiring new partners in Poland and Romania, Wolf Theiss continues its expansion course in Bosnia. Lana...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS BERÄT DATA INTELLIGENCE START-UP KIVU TECHNOLOGIES

Wien, 6. November 2017 – Das auf Anti-Terror-Software spezialisierte Wiener Start-Up Unternehmen KIVU Technologies setzt bei Unternehmensaufbau und...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS ADVISES RAIFFEISEN WARE AUSTRIA AND LAMB WESTON / MEIJER IN SALE OF FRISCH & FROST

Vienna, 5 October 2017 – VIVATIS Holding AG has acquired Frisch & Frost, which once again finds itself in Austrian ownership. The sellers, US and...

Newssquare THE STUDENT HOTEL ERRICHTET IN WIEN NEUES FLAGGSCHIFF MIT UNTERSTÜTZUNG VON WOLF THEISS

Wien, 29. September 2017 – "The Student Hotel" setzt bei seinem Markteintritt in Österreich auf die Expertise der österreichischen Anwaltssozietät...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS BEGLEITET DEN CHINESISCHEN AUTOHERSTELLER GREAT WALL MOTOR COMPANY AUF DEM SPRUNG NACH ÖSTERREICH

Wien, 26. September 2017 – Wolf Theiss berät den größten chinesischen SUV-Produzenten bei der Gründung seiner österreichischen Tochtergesellschaft....

Newssquare Wolf Theiss Panel: Quote im Aufsichtsrat – Frauenförderung oder Männerdiskriminierung?

Wien, 19. September 2017 – Gestern Abend diskutierte auf Einladung von Wolf Theiss ein hochkarätig besetztes Panel die ab 2018 auch in Österreich...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS ADVISES KOHLBERG & COMPANY IN PURCHASE OF WINTER SPORT DIVISION OF US COMPANY NEWELL BRANDS

Vienna, 4 August 2017 – The private equity investors Kohlberg & Company L.L.C. have relied on the expertise of Wolf Theiss in their purchase of the...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS ADVISES FACTSET ON THE ACQUISITION OF BISAM TECHNOLOGIES

4 May 2017 - Wolf Theiss has advised FactSet, a global provider of integrated financial information, analytical applications, and industry-leading...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS ADVISES JAPAN-BASED NIDEC CORPORATION IN ACQUISITION OF SECOP-GROUP

Vienna, 3 May 2017 – Wolf Theiss has advised Kyoto-based Nidec, one of the leading manufacturers of electric motors, components and accessories, in...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS NAMED "CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR" AT CHAMBERS EUROPE AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

Vienna/London – 11 April 2017 – Wolf Theiss has been named "Central and Eastern Europe Law Firm of the Year" in this year's Chambers Europe Awards....

Newssquare THE LAWYER EUROPEAN AWARDS 2017: WOLF THEISS IS THE "AUSTRIAN LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR"

Vienna/London, 17 March 2017 – Wolf Theiss has won in the Lawyer European Awards 2017 in the category "Law Firm of the Year: Austria". Horst Ebhardt,...

Newssquare M&A SPOTLIGHT: CEE – WOLF THEISS CORPORATE MONITOR FY 2016

Vienna/London, 16 February 2017 – 98 percent of dealmakers say they are more likely to invest in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe (CEE/SEE)...

Newssquare TRUMP-PRÄSIDENTSCHAFT WIRD CHINAS INVESTITIONSPOLITIK BEEINFLUSSEN

Wien, 01.02.2017 – Beim heutigen Wolf Theiss China Breakfast herrschte unter den Experten Übereinstimmung, dass China seine Investitionen infolge der...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS ADVISES AUSTRIAN SOFTWARE COMPANY TRICENTIS ON USD 165 MILLION TRANSACTION WITH PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTOR INSIGHT VENTURE PARTNERS

Vienna, 30 January 2017 – Tricentis, a company specialising in automated software testing solutions, has gained a new financial investor in Insight...

Newssquare ÖBB SETZTEN BEI DER BESCHAFFUNG NEUER GÜTER-LOKS AUF WOLF THEISS

Wien, 27.1.2017 – Wolf Theiss hat die ÖBB bei der Ausschreibung zur Lieferung von bis zu 200 Güter-Lokomotiven in den Bereichen Vergabe- und...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS ADVISES QIA ON INVESTMENT IN BANVIT

Vienna, 16 January 2017 – Wolf Theiss has advised as Austrian counsel the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) on a joint venture between QIA and BRF, the...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS ADVISES REWE IN SALE OF BILLA CROATIA TO SPAR

Vienna/Zagreb, 22 December 2016 – REWE International AG is divesting itself from its Croatian supermarkets. Its 62 franchises under the BILLA brand...

Newssquare Wolf Theiss advised Amundi on the acquisition of Pioneer Investments

Vienna, 16 December 2016 - Amundi has acquired Pioneer Investments from Unicredit for an all-cash consideration of EUR 3.545 bn. Wolf Theiss advised...

Newssquare Mergermarket names Wolf Theiss CEE M&A Legal Adviser Of The Year 2016

Vienna, 9 December 2016 – Wolf Theiss was named the CEE M&A Legal Adviser of the Year 2016 by MergerMarket at an awards gala in London on 8 December....

Newssquare Wolf Theiss advises Harvia in purchase of Sentiotec

Vienna, 18 November 2016 – Wolf Theiss is advising Harvia Group Oy in its acquisition of sentiotec, the sauna and wellness division of abatec Group....

Newssquare Wolf Theiss advises Chinese Corporation in the purchase of its new European headquarters in Graz

Vienna, 8 November 2016 – China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), in collaboration with two other partners from China, is establishing...

Newssquare Wolf Theiss advises Filtration Group in its acquisition of the Industrial Filtration division of Mahle

Vienna, 2 November 2016 – Wolf Theiss has advised the Filtration Group, a subsidiary of the finance investor Madison Capital Partners, in all aspects...

Newssquare Wolf Theiss advises sellers of Heptagon in mega-deal with AMS AG

Vienna, 25 October 2016 – austriamicrosystems AG (AMS) has signed a contract for the acquisition of Singapore-based Heptagon Advanced Micro-Optics...

Newssquare Wolf Theiss advises Total S.A. in sale of Atotech B.V.

Vienna, 14 October 2016 – Wolf Theiss is advising TOTAL S.A. in the sale of its specialty chemicals subsidiary Atotech B.V. TOTAL S.A. decided to...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS IS RANKED AS ONE OF THE MOST INNOVATIVE LAW FIRMS IN EUROPE BY THE FINANCIAL TIMES

Wolf Theiss is the only Austrian law firm which was ranked among the top 10 most innovative law firms in Continental Europe by the FT Innovative...

Newssquare Wolf Theiss advises Heliad Equity Partners on its investment in MT Holding Gmbh

Vienna, 3 October 2016 – Wolf Theiss has advised Heliad Equity Partners on its acquisition of shares in Austria-based MT Holding GmbH. The previous...

Newssquare Wolf Theiss advises Allianz in its acquisition of a minority stake of Gas Connect Austria

Vienna, 23 September 2016 - OMV has signed an agreement selling a 49% minority stake of Gas Connect Austria (GCA) to a consortium of Allianz and Snam....

Newssquare Wolf Theiss und Jank Weiler Operenyi begleiten den Einstieg von Kellogg bei Vita+ Naturprodukte Gmbh

Wien, 19. September 2016 – Wolf Theiss und Jank Weiler Operenyi beraten bei der Akquisition von 51% an der Vita+ Naturprodukte GmbH durch Kellogg. Die...

Newssquare Austrian State Printing House wins with Wolf Theiss in investment protection arbitration proceedings against the Republic Of Kosovo

In arbitration proceedings relating to the breach of contract on the part of the Republic of Kosovo against the Austrian State Printing House...

Newssquare Mergermarket recognizes Wolf Theiss as an M&A leader in Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland

Mergermarket has recognized Wolf Theiss as one of the top law firms in M&A transactions in Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.

Newssquare Wolf Theiss advises Eurazeo in its acquisition of a hotel portfolio from Accor and other investors

In a cross-border transaction, Eurazeo Patrimoine has acquired from Accor Hotels and other investors 85 hotels under the brands Ibis Budget, Ibis...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS ADVISES CONSOLIDATED PRECISION PRODUCTS ON ITS FIRST POLISH ACQUISITION

Wolf Theiss Warsaw has advised Consolidated Precision Products Corp. on its successful acquisition of two casting facilities located in Rzeszow,...

Newssquare Wolf Theiss advises Dynacast on its acquisition of all shares in Schlieper Gmbh

Wolf Theiss has advised Dynacast, a global producer of complex precision parts, on its acquisition of all shares in the Austrian company Schlieper...

Newssquare Wolf Theiss advises Vis Mundi and Levant Capital in acquisition of company shares of Power Horse Energy Drinks GmbH

Wolf Theiss has advised the investors Vis Mundi and Levant Capital in their purchase of a 49% stake in shares of Power Horse Energy Drinks GmbH.

Newssquare Wolf Theiss advises Sportradar in acquisition of core business of Sportsman Media Group

Wolf Theiss has advised the leading provider of innovative data and media products, the Swiss company Sportradar AG, in its acquisition of the core...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS HAS ADVISED ROCKAWAY CAPITAL SE ON THE ACQUISITION OF INVIA FROM MCI.TECH VENTURES

Prague, 24 March 2016 - Wolf Theiss has represented and advised Rockaway Capital SE on its acquisition of the Czech Republic-based online travel...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS AND MERGERMARKET RELEASE INSIDE CORPORATE STUDY ON M&A

Vienna, London 17 March 2016 – Poland, the Czech Republic and Romania are the most likely Central and Eastern European (CEE) and South Eastern...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS SUCCESSFULLY ADVISED JOHNSON CONTROLS ON A NEW AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTION FACILITY

Vienna, 2 February 2016 - Wolf Theiss has successfully advised Johnson Controls in a third major investment contract with the Government of Macedonia.

Newssquare MERGERMARKET RECOGNIZES WOLF THEISS AS THE LEADER IN M&A RANKINGS IN AUSTRIA, SLOVENIA, CROATIA AND ROMANIA

Vienna, 25 January 2016 – Wolf Theiss is the top legal adviser for 2015 in M&A transactions in several countries, according to Mergermarket, the...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS SUCCESSFULLY ADVISED ERG RENEW AND LUKOIL ON THE MUTUAL SEPARATION OF THE LUKERG RENEW JV

Vienna, 13.01.2015 – At the end of December, Wolf Theiss successfully advised on the closing of the mutual separation of LUKERG Renew, a 50-50 joint...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS SUCCESSFULLY ADVISED THE FOUNDERS OF FADATA AD ON THE SALE OF MAJORITY STAKE TO RIVERSIDE AND CHARLES TAYLOR

Vienna, 12 January 2016 – Wolf Theiss successfully advised the entrepreneurs and founders of the Bulgarian company Fadata AD on the sale of a majority...

Client Alerts / Newsletters

Newssquare NEW MANDATORY REGISTER FOR COMPANIES IN AUSTRIA

The EU Commission, further incited by the Paris terrorist attacks, has declared the fight against tax avoidance, money laundering and terrorist...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS ADDS THREE PARTNERS TO WARSAW OFFICE, STRENGTHENING REAL ESTATE, BANKING, AND CORPORATE PRACTICE GROUPS

Poland becomes top market for expansion in emerging Europe

 

In response to the growing demand for legal advisory services in Poland, Wolf Theiss has...

Newssquare Watch out: fee to be introduced for the registration and annual maintenance of ".ro" domains

In December 2016, the Board of Directors of the National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics ("ICI") issued a decision for the...

Newssquare Reminder regarding deadline in Romania for risk analysis for physical security: July 1st, 2017

According to the Government Decision no. 301/2012 on the approval of the Methodological Norms for the application of Law no. 333/2003 regarding the...

Newssquare Companies' European Unique Identifier

Following the adoption of the Law no. 152/2015 (amending and supplementing the national legislation regarding the registration procedure with the...

Newssquare Lex Mercator Passed in Slovenia in Response to Agrokor's Distress

The New Law Aims at Protecting Entities against the Negative Effects of Insolvency by their Majority Owners

Newssquare SPECIAL LEGISLATION AIMED AT RESCUING AGROKOR IS NOW IN FORCE

On 6 April 2017 the Croatian Parliament passed the Act on Special Administration Procedure for Companies of Systemic Importance for the Republic of...

Newssquare Update on Mandatory Electronic Mailboxes for Legal Entities

As of 1 August 2016, the Slovak Republic instituted the mandatory use of electronic mailboxes (accounts) (hereinafter the "emails") for legal...

Newssquare Draft law to watch: mandatory electronic mailboxes for professionals

The Romanian Senate adopted a draft law regarding the "electronic headquarters of economic operators" (the "Draft Law"). The Draft Law regulates the...

Newssquare THE BULGARIAN COMMERCE ACT AMENDED TO PREVENT FALSIFICATION OF DOCUMENTS

On 2 January 2017, amendments to the Bulgarian Commerce Act (the "Act") entered into force in Bulgaria. Amongst the aims of the Act is to prevent...

Newssquare Wolf Theiss Contributes to the Amcham Guidelines on Third Parties Anti-Corruption Due Diligence

Wolf Theiss contributed to the preparation of the AmCham Guidelines on Third Parties Anti-Corruption Due Diligence

Newssquare Significant improvements in the Ukrainian merger filing process

On 20 September 2016, the Ukrainian competition authority (the "AMC") announced the extension of its so-called amnesty program for merger control...

Newssquare Mandatory electronic mailboxes for legal entities

As of 1 August 2016, the Slovak Republic instituted the mandatory use of electronic mailboxes (accounts) (hereinafter the "emails") for legal...

Newssquare ESMA - ADVISES ON EXTENSION OF FUNDS PASSPORT

The European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) has published its second set of advice (the “Advice”) on the possible extension of the...

Newssquare REDUCED V.A.T. RATE FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

The Ministry of Public Finances and Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development issued order no. 1155/868/2016 establishing those agricultural...

Newssquare Restrictions on off-shore companies relaxed in Bulgaria, facilitating fund investment

On 1 July 2016 an Act amending and supplementing the Act for Economic and Financial Relations with Companies Registered in Jurisdictions with...

Newssquare How retailers can avoid fines from the Consumer Protection Authority

The National Authority for Consumer Protection ("ANPC") imposed sanctions during Q1 2016 upon clothing retailers in Romania, in the aftermath of...

Newssquare Cancellation of registration of foreign investments in Ukraine

On 31 May 2016, the Parliament of Ukraine adopted amendments to several Ukrainian legislative acts resulting in cancellation of the registration of...

Newssquare Shareholder Agreements in Austria: new regulations won't offer full protection

Assume nothing. New regulations for civil law partnerships won't prevent a contracting party from terminating a shareholder agreement. Protect...

Newssquare Inside Legal - Newsletter

Are you aware of the newly established system of alternative dispute resolution which will speed up and simplify the settlement of disputes between...

Newssquare Whistleblowing – a new must within the FSA and the financial sector

EU legislation that will enter into force in July 2016 brings new obligations for the FSA and the financial market entities.

Newssquare Bosnia and Herzegovina: New system of corporate income taxation in Federation of BiH

The Parliament of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has recently adopted new Law on Corporate Income Tax. Hoping to increase the public revenues,...

Newssquare Cat de sigure si previzibile juridic sunt contractele GAFTA pentru industria agri?

Avem placerea sa va impartasim cateva noutati in legatura cu contractele GAFTA, urmare in special a unor decizii luate de instantele arbitrale GAFTA...

Wolf Theiss Guides

Newssquare M&A SPOTLIGHT: CEE / WOLF THEISS CORPORATE MONITOR

Welcome to the newest edition of the WOLF THEISS Corporate Monitor’s M&A Spotlight on Central and Eastern Europe ("CEE"), which we are proud to...

Newssquare INSIDE CORPORATE - Corporate Monitor FY 2015

Together with Mergermarket, we have analysed the main drivers and challenges for corporate transactions in 2016 and beyond in each of the countries...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS Corporate Monitor FY 2014

INSIDE CORPORATE is a study of M&A activity - alongside macroeconomic and legal developments - in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe (CEE and...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS Corporate Monitor HY/2 2013

We are delighted to announce that the second edition of the INSIDE CORPORATE – WOLF THEISS CORPORATE MONITOR report was published on February 6, 2014...

Newssquare WOLF THEISS Corporate Monitor HY 1 / 2013

The Corporate Monitor will be released semi-annually and summarises key developments in “our” 13 jurisdictions. In cooperation with CEEMEA, we shed...

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