That’s how we’d sum up Wolf Theiss. The European Legal 500 described us as “arguablythe best Austrian firm in Central and Eastern Europe”. Chambers agreed, naming us“Law Firm of the Year for Central & Eastern Europe” in 2017. It’s a reputation we’vetaken 60 years to build. Since starting out in Vienna, we have grown into the largestfully integrated firm in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe (CEE and SEE). Ourteam now brings together over 340 lawyers from a diverse range of backgrounds,working in offices in 13 countries. During that time, we have worked on many casesthat have broken new ground.
We concentrate our energies on a unique part of the world: the complex and dynamicmarkets of the CEE and SEE regions. It’s an area that requires specialist knowledgeand contacts – and we have plenty of both. Through our network of local offices, wework closely with our clients to help them solve problems and create opportunities.
In addition to our 13 offices, we have regional desks covering Kosovo, Macedonia andMontenegro. Our desks focus on smaller jurisdictions and help us to serve your needs –even in countries where we might not have an office. This means that we can providelegal services seamlessly across the region, ensuring that our clients don’t spend theirvaluable time coordinating with different advisers in a multitude of jurisdictions.
We offer our clients a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the following areas:
-Banking & Finance
-Competition & Antitrust
-Construction & Infrastructure Projects
-Corporate, Commercial & M&A
-Data Protection & Cybersecurity
-Insolvency & Restructuring
-IP & IT
CLOSER TO OUR CLIENTS –AND CLOSER TO THE ACTION
SMART PEOPLE WORKING ON CHALLENGING PROJECTSFOR INSPIRING CLIENTS IN FASCINATING PLACES.
Many law firms talk about having a presence in multiple countries. But that oftenmeans they simply have links to other firms in the region. We prefer to have a realpresence on the ground. It leads to closer client relationships and a better workingknowledge of regional jurisdictions. That’s important when you’re working in sucha constantly evolving part of the world.
THE WOLF THEISS
SETTING PRECEDENT –BREAKING NEW GROUND
SOME OF OUR HIGH-PROFILE CASES:
-Largest transaction in the banking sectorsince 2008: acquisition of Hypo Alpe-Adria’s SEE assets by Advent International
-One of the largest telecom deals in Austriaand Central Europe: Acquisition of UPCAustria by mobile operator T-Mobile.
-One of the largest infrastructure M&Atransactions in Austria to date: AllianzCapital Partners and SNAM’s EUR 600million acquisition of a 49% stake in GasConnect Austria from OMV
-First ever secondary insolvencyproceeding in Bulgaria and Sloveniaopened under the EU CrossborderInsolvency Regulation: collapse of AlpineBau, one of Austria’s largest constructioncompanies.
-Largest Croatian privatization to date:Croatia Osiguranje.
-Largest single tenant lease on the Austrianmarket thus far: Erste Group Bank’s intra-group lease of the entirety of the “ErsteCampus” in Vienna
-First Additional Tier 1 Notes Programme inthe European Union – Erste Group Bank’sEUR 2 billion Additional Tier 1 NotesProgramme
-First PPP project in the healthcare sector inPoland: design, construction, equippingand financing of the regional hospital inZywiec
-First issuance of notes admitted to tradingon the regulated market of the PragueStock Exchange by a fund of qualifiedinvestors
-Largest single-asset deal recorded inCentral Europe thus far: HannoverLeasing’s EUR 570 million sale of amultifunctional complex and shoppingcentre in Prague
-First ever multi generating unit cascade ofhydropower plants in Kosovo providingclean energy from a renewable energysource
-Largest highway PPP project in the SlovakRepublic: construction of the D1. It was thefirst infrastructure project to benefit from abond refinancing in CEE and was thelargest unwrapped bond financing for
a PPP project in Europe.
-Largest energy infrastructure project inEurope: The development of the SouthStream gas pipeline from Russia toBulgarian under the Black Sea.
-First issuance of Eurobonds by theRepublic of Albania valued at
EUR 300 million
-First formulation of terms & conditions onthe definition and classification of an ICOproduct in Austria: ICO of Bitpanda.
-First school PPP in Vienna: the City ofVienna’s tender for the development,construction and operation of a largeschool project
-Single biggest office property transactionin Hungary in 2015: Sale and transfer ofthe Duna Tower flagship property inBudapest
-Largest M&A transaction in Slovakia andone of the largest energy M&A transactionsin Europe in 2015: acquisition of a stake inSlovenske elektrarne from ENEL
-First general tender for the exploration ofonshore oil and gas reserves in Croatia
-First local denomination and local listingcorporate bond transaction in Serbia: Issueof RSD 2,5 billion Floating Rate Bonds due5 December 2019.
-Largest forestry deal to date in Romania,both by value and size of the forest: IKEA’sacquisition of Greengold Value Forests
-Largest medical facility privatization inCEE: Medicover Hospital in Warsaw
OUR AWARDS SPEAK
SEE Real Estate Awards “Law Firm of the Year” 2018
Most Innovative Law Firm of the Year: Austria 2018
Austrian Law Firm of the Year 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 & 2018
Czech Law Firm of the Year 2010
Hungarian Law Firm of the Year 2009
Law Firm of the Year: Central Europe 2010 & 2014
Law Firm of the Year: Eastern Europe & The Balkans 2009, 2012 & 2015
Law Firm of the Year: Austria 2014 & 2017
Austrian Law Firm of the Year 2018
Austrian Client Service Law Firm of the Year 2011
Austrian Law Firm of the Year 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013 & 2018
Eastern European Law Firm of the Year, 2006
Central & Eastern Europe Law Firm of the Year, 2017
INTERNATIONAL TAX REVIEW
Austrian Tax Law Firm of the Year 2010, 2011 & 2014
CEE M&A Legal Advisor of the Year, 2016
WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT US
“Clients appreciated a ‘high level of contact with partners’ and the firm’spresence in CEE once again proves to be a major draw, with market sourceshabitually agreeing that this is ‘the firm you would want to work with goingabroad, they’re bigger and more experienced than others’.”
“Sources admire the firm's ability to advise clients in different jurisdictions,stating: "They are able to handle sophisticated clients on cross-border situationswhile also understanding local specifics. They have a long track record ofworking in emerging markets, are solution-oriented and are able to guideclients as to what is really important.
“Austrian giant Wolf Theiss is one of the most prominent names in the regionand, according to one client, ‘offers a consistently high level of serviceregardless of where we are doing business’.”
“One client put it simply: ‘Wolf Theiss is the best law firm in Austria.’ The clientadded: ‘They are flexible, they understand our business and they have aregional network that corresponds to ours – so we only have to deal with onefirm which is convenient.’ (…) Clients and competitors alike are impressed withthe firm’s ability to consistently deliver at a regional level.”