Wolf Theiss


Wolf Theiss was ahead of the curve, becoming one of the first law firms in Austria to provide advice on national and international tax law. From a quick glance at our clients, it's easy to see why we're still setting standards for tax advice in Austria and CEE/SEE. We do not shy from large and complex cases – if your business has a cross-border element, our regional breadth and understanding of tax matters throughout the region is what you need. Mergers and acquisitions in particular can be tax minefields. We are there to help you navigate M&A transactions and reorganisations by assessing the tax ramifications of different tactics and customising a strategy optimised for your needs.

It pays to get creative. In the globalised economy of today, high net worth individuals and corporations are increasingly interested in diversifying their portfolios across different regions. With 13 offices throughout CEE/SEE and contacts from around the world, we can help you implement structures that optimise your tax burden. We are always on the lookout for creative solutions, tax incentives and any other vehicles the law provides without losing sight of the abuse of law doctrine or developments from the OECD.

If you ever find yourself at the centre of a tax challenge, dispute or audit, we will work to minimise back payments and penalties in as time-efficient a manner as possible. We guide you through negotiating audits and the finalisation of assessments and will always seek the best possible outcome for you. Fiscal criminal matters and voluntary self-disclosures for individuals and enterprises are particular areas of our expertise.

You also benefit from the fact that our partners have dual qualifications as certified public tax advisors and attorneys-at-law. They not only have years of experience but also regularly hold lectures and publish on recent developments in this continuously changing field. This combination of practical experience, academic research and continuous training guarantees that you and your organisation receive advice that doesn't just follow trends but anticipates them, so you can plan accordingly.

Niklas Schmidt
T. +43 1 51510 5410
F. +43 1 51510 665410
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Sokol Nako
T. +355 4 2274 521
F. +355 4 2274 521
Murat Toptani Street
1001 Tirana
Karolina Stawowska
T. +48 22 378 8900
F. +48 22 378 8901
ul. Mokotowska 49
00-542 Warsaw
Areas of Specialisation

Tax Advice in M&A

M&A transactions and reorganisations can sometimes seem like a maze. When you're standing at the crossroads of different tax structures, how do you know which way to go? We routinely advise investment banks and corporations on large transactions by assessing the tax ramifications of potential tax structures with an eye to producing tax savings for you. We will work to find you and your business savings anywhere we can, such as structures aimed at minimising taxable gains upon disposals, achieving the tax deductibility of acquisition-related interest expenses, utilising goodwill amortisation under the Austrian group taxation regime and avoiding stamp duties. Learn more about our Corporate, Commercial & M&A practice.

Tax Disputes & Litigation

We advise you on how to effectively handle and react to tax challenges at any stage in the process, from negotiations in tax audits to the finalisation of assessments. We work to help you avoid time-consuming disputes and to minimise back payments and penalties. We will defend your interests as far as we can, even up to having the Austrian Constitutional Court or the Austrian Administrative Court repeal or at least mitigate decisions from lower authorities.

Fiscal Criminal Law

A criminal proceeding is no place for you to skimp on your defence. We draw on the strength of our tax and dispute resolution experts to get you practical, helpful advice in your time of need. We have extensive experience in filing self-disclosures for individuals and business enterprises, in particular in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. We can also defend you from allegations of balance sheet fraud.

Tax Planning

High net worth individuals and corporations turn to us for cross-border tax planning. We implement structures aimed at lowering your overall tax burden; not by making use of off-shore locations but through various other vehicles, including Austrian private foundations (which offer substantial tax planning opportunities). And, with us, you don't need to fear too much of a good thing: we are always mindful of the restrictions imposed by the Austrian abuse of law doctrine and try to find creative ways to overcome obstacles.

Private Clients

Individuals come with individualised tax needs. Let us help you plan your succession matters as well as any cross-border relocation of residence issues that might come up – we specialise in German clients who for reasons of German inheritance tax decide to move to Austria. We can also help you with optimising tax implications associated with wealth structuring, realisation of potential tax savings through pension contributions and advice on tax aspects related to the creation and operation of foundations and trusts. Learn more about our Private Clients practice.

Financial Products

Are you looking at purchasing, holding or selling an investment? We advise individual and institutional investors on all aspects of tax for financial matters. Are you considering a creative solution, perhaps a new financial product? We can help you exploit opportunities in statutory law and counsel you on tax and other legal questions.

Press Releases

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss advises Erste Group Bank AG on two Benchmark Issues

Vienna, 23 April 2019 – Wolf Theiss advised Erste Group Bank AG as issuer on the issue of EUR 500,000,000 Additional Tier 1 Notes and the issue of EUR...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss advises Takeda Group with its Acquisition of Plasmapunkt Favoriten and Donaustadt

Vienna, 16 April 2019 – Wolf Theiss has advised the Takeda Group with its acquisition of the plasma donation center Plasmapunkt Favoriten and...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss Partner Niklas Schmidt publishes Reference Book on Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains

Vienna, 14 March 2019 – Hot off the press! Tax expert Niklas Schmidt wrote a reference book on the technical, economic and legal aspects of...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss sees increasing risk of tax penalties for Polish board members

Warsaw, 5 October 2018 – As Poland has tightened up its tax system over the past few years, the number of criminal proceedings initiated by the tax...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss: M&A Market in CEE remains robust

Warsaw, 09 October 2018 – M&A activity in Central and Eastern Europe remains strong, and the solid growth of the region’s economies bodies well for...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss: Poland needs clear rules to protect Crypto Investors

Warsaw, 13 September 2018 – As cryptocurrencies grow in popularity in Poland, legislators and regulators are struggling to keep up with the changing...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss Expands Warsaw Tax Practice, Appointing Karolina Stawowska As Head Of Team

Warsaw, 7 May 2018 – Wolf Theiss has strengthened its Tax Practice Group in Warsaw, appointing Karolina Stawowska as a Partner and head of the team....

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss Warsaw Conference Discusses Management Liability in M&A Transactions

Warsaw, 28.03.2018 – Increased volatility on financial markets is putting pressure on company management teams when setting valuations in M&A...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss Supports Young Lawyers’ Career Development

Warsaw, 14 March 2018 – Members of the Wolf Theiss Warsaw team attended the Law Career Fair (Prawnicze Targi Praktyk i Pracy) on March 13, presenting...

Newssquare  Bitpanda Setzt Bei Pantos ICO Auf Wolf Theiss

Wien, 12. März 2018 – Bitpanda bringt sein neues Open-Source Forschungsprojekt Pantos mittels Initial Coin Offering (ICO) auf den Markt. Wolf Theiss...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss Forum Sees Polish Proptech Growth Accelerating

Warsaw, 09 March 2018 – Polish companies providing digital technology for the real estate industry are set for rapid growth, as they benefit from...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss berät RBI bei der Emission von EUR 500.000.000 Additional Tier 1 (AT 1)

Wien, 29.1.2018 - Die Raiffeisen Bank International AG hat am 24.1.2018 weiteres zusätzliche Kernkapital (Additional Tier 1) mit unbegrenzter Laufzeit...


Vienna, December 22 2017 – Wolf Theiss has advised mobile operator T-Mobile on the acquisition of UPC Austria. Liberty Global plc, the largest...


Vienna, 5 July 2017 – Today, RBI closed an issuance of €650,000,000 6.125% AT1. Wolf Theiss and Linklaters advised RBI in this issuance, which was met...


Vienna, 30 May 2017 – The currently discussed "Malta Files" are confirming, according to Wolf Theiss, changing trends in how tax planning is...


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


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 Finance & Tax Breakfast: Geldwäschebekämpfung bei Banken

Wien, 15. September 2016 – Die bevorstehende Umsetzung der 4. EU-Geldwäsche-Richtlinie bringt für den österreichischen Finanzmarkt einige Änderungen...

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...


Wien – Über 150 Teilnehmer informierten sich beim WOLF THEISS Brexit-Stresstest über mögliche rechtliche Konsequenzen des künftigen Austrittes der...


An analysis by the tax expert of Faludi Wolf Theiss Attorneys at Law on reliable taxpayer classification. As of 1 May 2016, the classification of...


Budapest, 24 February 2016 – The reduction of the VAT on new houses to 5% stands out from among the tax changes in 2016 from more than one point of...

Client Alerts / Newsletters

Newssquare  TAX NEWSLETTER - AUSTRIA 1/2019

We hope you are curious to read the next issue of our International Tax Newsletter. The first edition this year covers the following topics from the...

Newssquare  TAX NEWSLETTER - AUSTRIA 4/2018

We hope you enjoyed the holidays and are now curious to read the next issue of our International Tax Newsletter. In this edition, we have included...

Newssquare  Adótörvény változások 2019 - Őszi adócsomag

A Kormány 2018. október 19-én nyújtotta be 2019-es őszi adótörvény módosítási csomagját. A lényegesebb változásokat az alábbiakban foglaltuk össze.

Newssquare  TAX NEWSLETTER - AUSTRIA 3/2018

We hope you enjoyed the summer months and are now curious to read the next issue of our International Tax Newsletter. The third edition covers the...

Newssquare  TAX NEWSLETTER - AUSTRIA 2/2018

Summer has already arrived - this means it's time for the next issue of our International Tax Newsletter. In this edition, we have included major...

Newssquare  Adótörvény módosítási javaslatok 2019

A Kormány 2018. június 19-én nyújtotta be 2019-es adótörvény módosítási csomagját, amely több területen is jelentős változásokat irányoz elő.


Newssquare  Latest Amendment to the National Court Register Act

The latest amendment to the National Court Register Act ("Act") introduces many changes that will significantly affect its functioning and obligations...

Newssquare  Criminal Liability Of Companies Under Romanian Legislation

1. General Criminal Liability Of The Companies Under Romanian Legislation


General Conditions of Criminal Liability of Companies

All legal persons...

Newssquare  The Impact of the New Tax Evasion Regulations on Escrow Agreements

To counteract tax evasion, Polish authorities have recently introduced legislation (the Act) and digital systems allowing tax authorities to analyze...

Newssquare  TAX NEWSLETTER - AUSTRIA 1/2018

As we've arrived at the end of the first quarter, this means it's time for the next issue of our International Tax Newsletter. For 2018 we are pleased...

Newssquare  Romanian Law Implementing The GDPR Has Been Submitted To The Senate

On March 14, 2018 the Romanian law for implementing measures on EU Regulation no. 2016/679 on the protection of individual rights with regard to the...

Newssquare  Trading Bitcoins Subject To Taxation In Poland

On 6 March 2018, the Administrative Supreme Court (NSA) issued the first ruling concerning taxation of income made from trading bitcoins by...

Newssquare  Polish Employee Capital Plans

On February 8th, 2018, the Polish Ministry of Finance released the long-awaited first draft of the bill on employee capital plans (Ustawa o...

Newssquare  TAX NEWSLETTER - AUSTRIA 4/2017

As we've arrived at the end of the fourth quarter, this means it's time for the next issue of our International Tax Newsletter Austria.


Newssquare  A new Tax on commercial Real Estate to be introduced in Poland

In early October a draft bill introducing a tax on certain types of commercial real estate was submitted by the Ministry of Finance to Parliament for...

Newssquare  The Debate on Contributions and Personal Income Tax is Now Opened

On October 4, 2017, The Federal Ministry of Finance in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) has announced the opening of the public debate on...

Newssquare  TAX NEWSLETTER - AUSTRIA 3/2017

We hope you all enjoyed the summer time! Here in Vienna, summer is over (unfortunately too early), but the good news is that we are happy to announce...

Newssquare  WOLF THEISS International Tax Newsletter - Austria 2/2017

The summer heat in Vienna has reached its climax, which means that we've arrived at the end of the second quarter. Also, this means that we are...

Newssquare  The Austrian authorities have requested information on UBS account holders resident in Austria

The Austrian authorities have requested information from the Swiss Federal Tax Administration on UBS account holders resident in Austria, to check if...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss International Tax Newsletter - Austria 1/2017

We've arrived at the end of the first quarter, which means it's time for the next issue of our International Tax Newsletter Austria.

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss International Tax Newsletter - Austria 4/2016

We've arrived at the end of the fourth quarter, which means it's time for the next issue of our International Tax Newsletter Austria.

Wolf Theiss Guides

Newssquare  Tax Handbook - Investing in Ukraine 2019

The purpose of this handbook is to provide basic legal information for investors seeking to conduct business in Ukraine. This is the fourth edition of...

Newssquare  Tax Handbook - Investing in Ukraine

The purpose of this handbook is to provide basic legal information for investors seeking to conduct business in Ukraine. This is a third updated...

Newssquare  Tax Handbook 2015: Investing in Ukraine

The purpose of this handbook is to provide basic legal information for investors seeking to conduct business in Ukraine. This is a second updated...

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