Banking & Finance:

Barnert Egermann Illigasch is perceived on the market as 'a young firm doing high-profile work.' Sources go on to report that it 'has a well-defined foothold in the area.' The team offers a full banking service to clients, with the exception of pure workout work. The practice group primarily represents investors in domestic and international transactions. Its team is known for its provision of responsive and cost-effective service. It advised Fortis as local Austrian counsel with regards to its integration into the BNP Paribas group. Alexander Illigasch led the deal and is recommended as 'a very active and successful banking lawyer.' He is focused on syndicated lending.


Competition / European Law:

This small but mighty boutique punches well above its weight in various areas of law, including competition. It wins effusive praise from clients and rival practitioners for its flourishing practice, which includes cartel litigation, state aid and competition law advice. The personal service and 'a strong enthusiasm for and curiosity about the subject matter' set the firm apart, say clients. Isabella Hartung acted for one of the defendants in a cartel investigation into the freight-forwarding sector, and she represented a defendant in similar proceedings over bids for plumbing services. She further defended an arthouse cinema in a state aid case. Clients note her 'keen perception, and ability to quickly find the core of the matter,' as well as her 'excellent knowledge of EU and competition law.' Her good working relationships with the competition authorities are considered yet another strength.


Corporate / M&A:

This compact team focuses on Austrian and international business law. It is recognised for its solid client base in the energy sector, which includes ENERGIEALLIANZ AUSTRIA, EVN and Gazprom Neft Trading. The firm has good working relationships with foreign firms, allowing it to also cover the CEE market.

Sources say: 'A successful and strong firm. The team finds practical solutions and is very responsive.'

Michael Barnert is commended by clients for his 'impressive knowledge, experience and hands-on approach.' His practice includes corporate, M&A and competition law.



This compact team, made up of Clemens Egermann and an associate, packs a punch in the employment arena, sources agree. He continues to act for the former employees of the Austrian trade union federation ÖGB in a class action over pension claims. On the advisory side, Egermann recently handled various employment issues for Avcon Jet and Gebrüder Weiss. He receives praise for his flexibility, accessibility and legal prowess. 'I always pass more sophisticated issues on to Clemens,' one client says. He also has experience in corporate, insolvency and real estate law, and the breadth of his experience is greatly appreciated by clients.