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Walter Gapp

Attorney-at-law for capital market law

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

Specialization in capital markets law, financial market regulation

Walter Gapp is an attorney-at-law who has specialized for many years in the fields of capital markets law and financial market regulation. He regularly advises on preparing issuance programmes as well as  bonds issuanceand regulatory capital instruments. He also focuses on the structuring and support of securitization transactions, new business models proposed by financial service providers, as well as giving comprehensive regulatory advice to banks, insurance companies and securities firms.


His clients include Austrian issuers, Austrian and international investment banks, commercial banks, insurance companies and securities firms, domestic and foreign funds as well as buyers and sellers of receivables.


Walter Gapp lectures on securitizations as part of the LL.M. in Banking and Financial Market Law programme at the University of Liechtenstein.


Walter Gapp is repeatedly mentioned as a leading lawyer in the field of capital markets law and banking regulation, he has been described as "highly regarded" (IFLR 1000) and placed on the list of "best lawyers (banking and finance law)" (Handelsblatt 2019).

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Memberships & Roles

  • Austrian Society for Bank Research
  • Vienna Bar
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  • Cross-border banking transactions without a domestic branch - Points of reference and licensing requirements, ecolex 2003/4
  • Deposit insurance design - Deposit insurance in Austria and international best practice, ÖBA 2003/10
  • Innovative Tier I - The issue of hybrid financial instruments under the Austrian Banking Act, ÖBA 2005/1 
  • Internal governance for credit institutions and investment firms - Organisational requirements under Basel II, ÖBA 2007/3
  • Transparency obligations under MiFID, ecolex 2007/4
  • New legal framework for commodity derivatives, ecolex 2008/1After Basel II: Reform of the definition of own funds? - Current legal issues and trends, ZFR 2008/1
  • Payment Services Act I: Supervisory law: licensing requirements, own funds, internal organization, ZFR 2009/5
  • Payment Services Act II: Information obligations, framework contract and payment transactions, ZFR 2009/5
  • New CET1 instrument. From participation capital to 'bank shares' and back? - A first assessment, ZFR 2013/7
  • Chapter on Austria in Zerey, Financial Derivatives 2013
  • Chapter on Securitization in Dellinger/Blume, CRR 2019
  • Payment moratoria under COVID-19 legislation - Impact on securitisation structures - EBA clarification, CMS Law-Now, 2020
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  • 1999-2000: Universities of Geneva and Lausanne (LL.M., Droit Européen et Droit International Économique)
  • 1997-1998: University of Geneva (Annual Scholarship of the Swiss Confederation).
  • 1994-1995: Institut Supérieur de Traducteurs et Interprètes ISTI, Brussels.
  • 1992-1999: University of Innsbruck (Mag. phil., translation studies French/English)
  • 1992-1998: University of Innsbruck (Mag. iur., legal studies)
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