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Kai Ruckelshausen


CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz
Rechtsanwälte GmbH
Gauermanngasse 2
1010 Vienna
Languages German, English

Kai Ruckelshausen is an attorney-at-law specialising in the field of Banking & Finance. He has extensive experience in advising some of the largest Austrian banks and leading European financial institutions on various financial transactions. His areas of expertise include acquisitions and project finance as well as loan refinancing and restructuring. He handles Austrian and international projects and is frequently active in CEE. 

Ruckelshausen joined CMS in 2013. In 2012, he completed his law studies at the University of Vienna, and in 2017, he graduated from Columbia University in New York as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. During the programme, he gained an in-depth understanding of the connections between law and finance and wrote his thesis under a renowned professor of legal and financial theory. While studying in New York, he advised start-ups on legal issues as LL.M. Director of the Columbia Law and Entrepreneurship Society. Through the experience he gained and his secondment to an international technology group, he is highly familiar with corporate processes. 

Ruckelshausen is also admitted to the New York State Bar. 

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Memberships & Roles

  • Austrian Bar Association
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  • 2018 - Bar exam (with very good success) 
  • 2017 - New York Bar Exam 
  • 2017 - LL.M, Columbia Law School, New York (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar) 
  • 2012 - Mag. iur., Law, University of Vienna
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Real estate finance law in Austria
A. MORTGAGES  1. Can security be granted to a foreign lender?  Yes. There are no restrictions on the registration of mortgages for foreign lenders.  2. Can lenders take a mortgage over land and buildings...
CMS promotes 54 to global partnership
International law firm CMS is pleased to announce the promotion of 54 new partners. The new partners are based in 24 cities in 17 countries around the world, reflecting the firm's international strength and depth. Women account for 41% of all global promotions. Pierre-Sé­bas­tien Thill, CMS Chairman, comments: “Con­grat­u­la­tions to our new partners. In addition to their legal expertise and cutting-edge sector knowledge, they demonstrate deep curiosity about future business challenges and opportunities as well as help foster a culture of innovation, inclusivity and sustainability within our organisation. All these are traits needed to help our clients, and CMS, prepare for the world of to­mor­row.”CM­S's annual partner promotions take into account promotions that take effect between 2 May 2023 and 1 May 2024. The full list of new Partners can be found below:
CMS advises Sfakianakis Group on the acquisition of Ajar Car Rental
Press release - 15 March 2024 CMS Austria has advised the Greek Sfakianakis Group on the acquisition of Ajar Car Rental GmbH from the Saudi Arabian Al Jomaih Group, providing comprehensive legal advice on the project. Ajar Car Rental GmbH is the master franchisee of Enterprise, National, and Alamo in Austria, serving rent-a-car customers across the country. During the acquisition, the CMS Austria team provided significant support and advice on all areas of the transaction, including due diligence, employment, regulatory compliance, intellectual property, banking and finance, data protection and competition. Alexander Rakosi (Partner, Corporate/M&A) led the CMS core transaction team, which further consisted of Christoph Birner (Associate, Corporate/M&A) and Thomas Liegl (Associate, Corporate/M&A). Alexander Rakosi comments: “We are very pleased to have successfully supported the Sfakianakis Group on its market entry into Austria and to have contributed to our client's continued growth in the automotive industry."The CMS due diligence team included Rebecca Herlitz (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Mariella Kapoun (Partner, Real Estate), Hans Lederer (Partner, Intellectual Property), Andreas Lichtenberger (At­tor­ney-at-Law, Data Protection), Caroline Pavitsits (Associate, Employment), Kai Ruckelshausen (Partner, Banking & Finance), Sheldon Sookdeo (Associate, Banking & Finance), Maximilian Uidl (Associate, Real Estate), Marlene Wim­mer-Nistel­ber­ger (Partner, Regulatory), Jens Winter (Partner, Employment) and Dieter Zandler (Partner, Competition), as well as legal trainees Roman Namestek, Ferdinand Sima and Mattias Torggler. PHH Rechtsanwälte, led by Rainer Kaspar and Philip Rosenauer, provided legal support to Al Jomaih. About Sfakianakis Group Founded in 1958, Sfakianakis Group is one of the leading diversified business groups in Greece, with a core focus on the Automotive, Industrial and Consumer Retail sectors. Headquartered in Athens, Greece, the Group is 100% family owned and employs over 1,500 individuals across 14 countries in Europe. Within the Automotive sector, the Group operates one of the largest automotive retail businesses in the region, the distribution businesses of BYD and Suzuki, a leading long-term leasing business (Executive Lease), and a rapidly growing Rent-A-Car business as the Master Franchisee of En­ter­prise-Na­tion­al-Alamo in 14 countries.
New Austria’s Supreme Court decision on upfront fees
On 23 January 2024, the Austrian Supreme Court (OGH) issued a new decision (2 Ob 238/23y) on upfront fees (Kred­it­bearbei­tungs­ge­bühren) for consumer loans. The plaintiff sought an order prohibiting the...
CMS presents sustainable changes in international banking and capital markets...
Once a year, CMS invites financial sector companies as well as national and multinational borrowers and issuers to a Business Breakfast dedicated to the latest developments and challenges in the banking...
CMS European M&A Study 2014
In a review of more than 2,000 deals done between 2007-2013, CMS’ sixth annual M&A Study shows that the decline in the use of purchase price adjustments in M&A deals in Europe continued throughout 2013...
CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Advises Polypore International, Inc. on 120-Mil­lion-Dol­lar...
CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz has advised Polypore on the sale of the Microporous unit, especially providing legal advice on merger control, Austrian aspects of the takeover documentation and the re­or­gan­isa­tion...