Banking & Finance

Legal 500 - Banking & Finance (Tier 2)

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati’s ‘responsive, solution-oriented’ team is best known for its expertise in financing transactions, real estate financing, regulatory and bank contractual work. Edith Hlawati heads the practice, which advised AT & S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik on a €220m promissory note loan and assisted Sberbank Europe with the lending of commercial finance facilities to borrowers.

IFLR 1000 - Banking (Tier 2)

The finance team is praised by an in-house counsel at a bank for the “excellent knowledge and service oriented work of the partners,” highlighting Peter Knobl particularly for his“excellent knowledge in all banking related fields”. Work highlights for the team in the banking area include advising steel company Voestalpine on a €900 million refinancing; assisting one of the country’s larger lenders with a syndicated loan to a pan-European company; and advice to Immofinanz in regards to funding its €604 million purchase of around a quarter of CA Immo, which was achieved through raising a combination of bank and bond debt.

Chambers & Partners - Banking & Finance (Band 2)

What the team is known for Esteemed practice acting on major financing deals in the Austrian and CEE markets. Active on acquisition financings, structured finance and private equity transactions. Noted for its strong regulatory capabilities, and is frequently seen advising management and supervisory boards on compliance issues. Clients include banks, investment funds and corporates.

Work highlights Advised voestalpine on a significant refinancing of its existing loans.

Significant clients Hypo Alpe Adria Bank International, Österreichische Industrieholding, Telekom Austria, OMV, BAWAG.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Knobl has broad banking and finance expertise covering both transactional and regulatory advice. He is visible in securities work and is frequently seen acting as counsel to investment funds. He supported Commerzbank in a number of matters including its preparation for Austrian market entry in the area of investment services for corporate customers. 

Volker Glas offers combined financing and capital markets expertise. Clients value that "he has very quick reaction times and doesn't waste time with formalities, he gets very quickly to the point."

Thomas Zivny divides his time between financing and debt capital markets instructions. He recently advised IMMOFINANZ on the refinancing of its domestic commercial mortgage-backed securities structure. 


  • The Legal 500 2017: Europe, Middle East & Africa 
  • IFLR 1000  2017 - The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms 
  • Chambers & Partners 2017, Chambers Europe - Europe's Leading Lawyers for Business