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Law firm for banking law & financial law

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz’s banking and finance law team consists of dedicated experts who assist our clients in legal and tax matters with regard to transactions, regulatory issues and all other banking and financial issues. We are an experienced and well-known business partner who—in cooperation with other CMS experts from other European countries—has been directly involved in many ground-breaking developments and transactions in Europe.

Financial Law: Legal advice for banks and financial service providers

Our goal is to always be one step ahead of market developments and to establish a lasting business relationship with our clients. In order to ensure the long-term success of your company, first-class project management and specialist knowledge go hand in hand. Expertise, diligence and innovation over the entire spectrum of banking contract law and banking supervisory law are indispensable for comprehensive legal advice. Our advice therefore spans the following areas:

  • financing transactions:
    • acquisition financing,
    • real estate financing,
    • project financing,
    • asset finance and leasing,
    • structured financing and securitisation, and
    • loan portfolio transactions;
  • banking supervision law;
  • corporate restructuring and reorganisation;
  • litigation in the financial sector; and
  • capital markets law.

Banking law—not just for banks

No matter which industry you’re in—recognising trends in the banking and financial sector at an early stage is crucial for your company’s success. Our team of experts therefore advises you on:

  • Austrian and international banks and insurance companies;
  • International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and Development Finance Institutions (DFIs);
  • mutual funds;
  • issuing banks, stockbrokers and financial advisors;
  • major national and multinational borrowers and issuers; and
  • finance providers and equipment leasing.

Comprehensive European expertise in banking and finance law

Our network consists of over 500 attorneys in Europe who specialise in banking and finance law and who have repeatedly proven their European-wide know-how over many years of cooperation.

Whether you are looking for local advice or want to make use of our cross-border expertise, our lawyers guarantee seamless guidance. We put together tailor-made teams for you that optimally meet your requirements.

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Capital Markets
Legal questions regarding capital markets are of concern to investors and issuers alike. At the same time, the ever-increasing number of new EU direct


Reg­u­la­tion on for­eign sub­sidies is head­ing for the fin­ish line - European...
Since 5 May 2022, EU tri­logue ne­go­ti­ations have been un­der­way on the first Reg­u­la­tion to lim­it the ef­fect of sub­sidies from third coun­tries to com­pan­ies act­ive in the EU. That an agree­ment will be reached...
CMS Next
What’s next? In a world of ever-ac­cel­er­at­ing change, stay­ing ahead of the curve and know­ing what’s next for your busi­ness or sec­tor is es­sen­tial.At CMS, we see ourselves not only as your leg­al ad­visers but also as your busi­ness part­ners. We work to­geth­er with you to not only re­solve cur­rent is­sues but to an­ti­cip­ate fu­ture chal­lenges and in­nov­ate to meet them.With our latest pub­lic­a­tion, CMS Next, our ex­perts will reg­u­larly of­fer you in­sights in­to and fresh per­spect­ives on a range of is­sues that busi­nesses have to deal with – from ESG agen­das to re­struc­tur­ing after the pan­dem­ic or fa­cing the di­git­al trans­form­a­tion. We will also share with you more about the work that we are do­ing for our cli­ents, help­ing them in­nov­ate, grow and mit­ig­ate risk.To be able to provide you with the best sup­port, we im­merse ourselves in your world to un­der­stand your leg­al needs and chal­lenges. However, it is equally im­port­ant that you know who we are and how we can work with you. So, we in­vite you to meet our ex­perts and catch a glimpse of what is hap­pen­ing in­side CMS.En­joy read­ing this pub­lic­a­tion, which we will up­date reg­u­larly with new con­tent.CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
SF­DR’s Prin­cip­al Ad­verse Im­pacts In­dic­at­ors on course to change
The European Com­mis­sion has giv­en the European Su­per­vis­ory Au­thor­it­ies (“ES­As”) a man­date to re­view the SF­DR Del­eg­ated Reg­u­la­tion in­dic­at­ors for prin­cip­al ad­verse im­pact and the fin­an­cial product...
SF­DR con­tin­ues to evolve: more gran­u­lar dis­clos­ures to be pro­posed on in­vest­ments’...
Fin­an­cial products with ex­pos­ures in fossil gas and nuc­le­ar en­ergy are likely to have more gran­u­lar re­port­ing re­quire­ments un­der the Sus­tain­able Fin­ance Dis­clos­ure Reg­u­la­tion (“SF­DR”). The European...
EU and UK Sanc­tions against Rus­sia: a fo­cus on the Fin­an­cial Sec­tor
In re­cent days the EU and the UK have ad­op­ted and ex­pan­ded a num­ber of  sanc­tions meas­ures against Rus­si­an and Be­larus­i­an in­di­vidu­als and com­pan­ies. This art­icle fo­cuses on re­strict­ive meas­ures dir­ec­ted...
CMS and KP­MG Leg­al Ad­vise on Grein­er’s Sale of Ex­tru­sion Di­vi­sion to Nim­bus
CMS has ad­vised Grein­er on the sale of its ex­tru­sion di­vi­sion, in­clud­ing op­er­a­tion­al as­sets in Aus­tria and the Czech Re­pub­lic, to Nim­bus. KP­MG Leg­al ad­vised Nim­bus.Grein­er is an Aus­tri­an plastics and foam spe­cial­ist com­pany.
An in­ter­na­tion­al ex­pert team from CMS ad­vises Grein­er AG on the suc­cess­ful...
Shortly be­fore the be­gin­ning of the year, CMS Aus­tria sup­por­ted the Aus­tri­an plastics and foam spe­cial­ist Grein­er AG on the suc­cess­ful sale of its ex­tru­sion di­vi­sion, in­clud­ing the as­so­ci­ated op­er­a­tion­al real es­tate in Nußbach, Up­per Aus­tria, and Trhové Sv­iny, Czech Re­pub­lic. On 21 Decem­ber 2021, the Ger­man Fed­er­al Car­tel Of­fice ap­proved the sale of the Aus­tri­an- based Grein­er Ex­tru­sion Group (GEG) to the Dutch-Ger­man in­vest­ment com­pany Nim­bus – the ma­jor­ity own­er, amongst oth­er things, of bat­ten­feld-cin­cin­nati, one of CEG’s com­pet­it­ors with sub­si­di­ar­ies in Ger­many, Aus­tria, the USA and China. The now af­fil­i­ated com­pan­ies in­tend to ex­ploit syn­er­gies in pur­chas­ing, at least. Oth­er­wise, both en­tit­ies will re­main in­de­pend­ent com­pan­ies with their or­gan­isa­tion­al struc­tures and mar­ket pres­ence. As part of the trans­ac­tion, the ex­perts of the CMS ad­vis­ory team, led by Al­ex­an­der Rakosi, Flori­an May­er and Anna Hiegel­sper­ger, had to nav­ig­ate nu­mer­ous com­plex leg­al top­ics on trans­ac­tion-re­lated as­pects as well as in the areas of real es­tate law and an­ti­trust/com­pet­i­tion law. The in­ter­na­tion­ally ex­per­i­enced team of ex­perts at CMS Aus­tria also in­cluded Di­eter Zand­ler (an­ti­trust law), Vanessa Hor­aceck (com­pet­i­tion law), Hans Le­der­er (trade­mark law), Jo­hannes Hysek (real es­tate law), Mar­i­ella Ka­poun (real es­tate), Sibylle Novak (in­ter­na­tion­al tax law), Thomas As­pal­ter (tax law), Cor­ne­lia Kreuth (M&A), Chris­toph Birner (fin­an­cing) and Al­ex­an­dros Hant­asch (cor­por­ate trans­ac­tions). In ad­di­tion, the Aus­tri­an ad­vis­ory team was also sup­por­ted by col­leagues from oth­er CMS of­fices. The in­ter­na­tion­al CMS team con­sisted of Stepan Hav­ranek (CZ), Eva Bryn­dova (CZ), Mi­chael Mun­zinger (PRC), Lei Shi (PRC), Dipesh Santilale (UK), Sabby Ken­zie (UK), Mar­gaux Deuchler (F), Thomas Hains (F), Blazej Zagor­ski (PL) and Marta Os­owska-Buba (PL). Lead part­ner Al­ex­an­der Rakosi hap­pily notes: “In­ter­na­tion­al trans­ac­tions bring multi-fa­ceted chal­lenges. We are glad to have been able to provide com­pre­hens­ive leg­al ad­vice to the Grein­er Group from pro­ject kick-off to its suc­cess­ful clos­ing across all coun­tries.”
CMS heads in­to the fu­ture stronger with new lead­er­ship
Jo­hannes Jur­anek and Gün­ther Hans­lik will take over man­age­ment re­spons­ib­il­it­ies at the Vi­enna law firm CMS on 1 Feb­ru­ary 2022. To­geth­er they want to make the firm fit to face the chal­lenges of the fu­ture. CMS Reich-Rohr­wig Hainz Recht­san­wälte GmbH will have a lead­er­ship duo as of 1 Feb­ru­ary 2022 com­pris­ing data pro­tec­tion spe­cial­ist Jo­hannes Jur­anek, who has already led the firm suc­cess­fully for the past three years, and bank­ing part­ner Gün­ther Hans­lik. They have been elec­ted by the firm’s part­ners as man­aging part­ners for the next three years. CMS Aus­tria already has a lead­ing po­s­i­tion in Cent­ral and South­east Europe and has of­fices in Vi­enna, Bel­grade, Brat­is­lava, Istan­bul, Ky­iv, Ljubljana, Podgor­ica, Sa­ra­jevo, Skopje, Sofia and Zagreb. To­geth­er, the new man­age­ment duo wants to fur­ther strengthen the po­s­i­tion­ing of the law firm, one of the most renowned in Aus­tria. To this end, they will ex­pand the firm’s core com­pet­en­cies, make CMS an even more at­tract­ive em­ploy­er for the best law­yers in the coun­try, ad­vance di­git­al­isa­tion, and con­tin­ue to over­see the suc­cess­ful im­ple­ment­a­tion of the “Vis­ion 2025” strategy. Jo­hannes Jur­anek will be re­spons­ible for IT and the de­vel­op­ment of new in­nov­at­ive tech­nic­al tools over the next three years and con­tin­ue to rep­res­ent the com­pany in the CMS glob­al Ex­ec­ut­ive Com­mit­tee. Gün­ther Hans­lik will be re­spons­ible for Hu­man Re­sources, Mar­ket­ing & Com­mu­nic­a­tions, Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment in both Aus­tria, and the com­pany's loc­a­tions in the CEE coun­tries. The fin­an­cial area is jointly su­per­vised by the two. CMS is one of the most tech­nic­ally in­nov­at­ive law firms in the coun­try. For ex­ample, Lupl.com, an in­ter­na­tion­al plat­form for the ex­change of in­form­a­tion between leg­al de­part­ments and law firms, was de­veloped to­geth­er with ex­tern­al part­ners and very suc­cess­fully launched on the mar­ket. Jo­hannes Jur­anek: “New tech­no­lo­gies and di­git­al of­fers are of great im­port­ance to our cli­ents and ap­pre­ci­ated by com­pan­ies and pub­lic au­thor­it­ies alike. In re­cent years, we have re­peatedly proven that we are among the mar­ket lead­ers in the di­git­al­isa­tion area. We want to fur­ther strengthen this po­s­i­tion and ex­pand it in all areas.” Gün­ther Hans­lik: "We are con­stantly im­prov­ing the qual­ity of our ser­vices. All em­ploy­ees have been act­ively in­volved in our pro­cess of change as we set course for a thriv­ing fu­ture to­geth­er." The new man­age­ment will also fo­cus on the top­ics of sus­tain­ab­il­ity, in­creased CEE in­teg­ra­tion and di­versity. Gün­ther Hans­lik: “At CMS, we are mind­ful of re­sources in all de­part­ments. We are also the first law firm to have an eco-profit cer­ti­fic­ate.” The bar is also set high for the new man­age­ment team in terms of eco­nom­ic suc­cess: CMS Aus­tria achieved the highest turnover in its his­tory in 2021. “This is a great chal­lenge for us, which we gladly ac­cept, and which mo­tiv­ates us to be­come even bet­ter to meet the high de­mands,” says Jo­hannes Jur­anek.
Schrems II: Re­ac­tions to the judge­ment and the su­per­vis­ory au­thor­it­ies'...
“Schrems II”: Opin­ions of the su­per­vis­ory au­thor­it­ies on Schrems II and re­com­mend­a­tions on the im­ple­ment­a­tion of the judge­ment in in­ter­na­tion­al data trans­fers On 16 Ju­ly 2020, the Court of Justice...
Min­im­um tax­a­tion of groups and shell en­tit­ies: two new draft dir­ect­ives...
On Decem­ber 22, 2021, the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished two draft dir­ect­ives: the first one is the European ad­apt­a­tion of the mod­el rules pub­lished two days earli­er by the OECD in or­der to guar­an­tee a...
Fin­an­cing COP 26 out­comes
It was a wa­ter­shed mo­ment, ac­cord­ing to Mark Car­ney. The UN Spe­cial En­voy for Cli­mate Ac­tion and Fin­ance was in­tro­du­cing the Glas­gow Fin­an­cial Al­li­ance for Net Zero (Gfanz): over 450 banks, as­set man­agers...
E-sig­na­tures in fin­ance and NPL trans­ac­tions in Aus­tria
1. E-con­tract­ing, e-state­ments and e-sig­na­tures in bank­ing & fin­ance trans­ac­tion con­tracts and leg­al state­ments 1.1 Which are the typ­ic­al doc­u­ments (con­tracts, leg­al state­ments, etc.) where writ­ten...