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financial institutions

Schoenherr's experts advise financial institutions on all legal questions emerging across CEE.

"It’s a top-class firm. Schoenherr is a full-service firm and are a top firm for transactions of all kinds."
Chambers 2020



Rapidly changing regulatory environments, disruptive technologies and global economic uncertainties are some of the challenges faced by financial institutions. Schoenherr has a leading practice, both on a cross-border/international level and national level in each of its jurisdictions, advising our financial institution clients across CEE/SEE and beyond on a broad spectrum of matters that go to the core of their businesses.

Relevant areas include transactions (debt and equity, including financial institutions consolidation), regulatory matters (including proceedings in front of national and European regulatory authorities), resolution and restructuring, outsourcing, corporate governance, dispute resolution, investigations, compliance and reputational risk management as well as legal assistance in day-to-day operations.

Our clients include banking organisations and investment banks, private equity and hedge funds, real estate investment funds, investment advisers, fund and asset managers, broker dealers, development banks and export credit agencies, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, fintechs, payment services providers, outsourcing and other third-party service providers and other participants in the financial sector. We work with many of the leading EU, global and regional international financial institutions active in CEE/SEE.

Chambers (2020), IFLR1000 (2021), Legal 500 (2020) and Germany's JUVE (2020) have all ranked Schoenherr's banking and finance practice as top tier.

our services

Schoenherr advises financial institutions on a broad spectrum of legal matters, including:

  • banking law and banking regulation, including CRR
  • financial services and securities regulation
  • pension funds regulation
  • insurance supervisory, governance, contracts/products and litigation
  • trading platforms / MTFs regulation
  • asset and fund management
  • payments services and systems, market infrastructure providers
  • fintech, including crypto assets / cryptocurrencies regulation and payment services
  • set-up, licensing and daily operations for banking and non-banking financial institutions
  • regulatory compliance, risk management and assistance in extraordinary circumstances / crisis management
  • executive compensation and employment matters
  • outsourcing/insourcing strategies and implementation
  • regulatory capital and own funds legal advice
  • financial institution consolidation, including mergers, acquisitions and ownership control proceedings
  • internal governance legal advice and corporate reorganisations
  • loan sales and other forms of deleveraging, portfolio transactions and special situations
  • securitisations (true sale and synthetic of various asset classes, incl. loan, leasing and trade receivables)
  • bank recovery and resolution as well as recovery and resolution planning
  • financial services litigation, including in front of regulatory authorities
  • investigations, including governmental enforcement proceedings
  • regulatory change initiatives
  • lender liability and other commercial dispute resolution
  • all forms of capital markets, structured finance and derivatives transactions
  • derivatives and other financial products litigation
  • debt finance products, including leveraged lending, project, asset and trade finance
  • consumer lending, including prepaid cards, e-wallets and other legal aspects of cryptocurrencies
  • restructurings, work-outs and insolvencies


relevant legal areas

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press release

05 October 2021


C.Moser A.Fischer

Austria: Schoenherr advises Joint Lead Managers on issue of EUR 250m covered bank bonds by Kommunalkredit Austria AG

Schoenherr advised the Joint Lead Managers on the successful issue of EUR 250m 0.01 % covered bank bonds due 2028 by Kommunalkredit Austria AG.


27 September 2021


Limited network exemption under PSD2 – EBA consults on Draft Guidelines

In summer 2021 the European Banking Authority (EBA) published Draft Guidelines on the limited network exemption (LNE) under the Payment Service Directive 2 (PSD2) for consultation (available here). The Draft Guidelines are meant to foster supervisory convergence amongst the EU's national competent regulators (NCAs).

press release

06 September 2021


C.Moser U.Rath S.Schulz

Austria: Schoenherr advises Wienerberger AG on the successful placement of 2.5 million treasury shares through accelerated bookbuilding

Schoenherr advised Vienna Stock Exchange listed Wienerberger AG, a leading international supplier of building materials and infrastructure solutions, on the EUR 81.25m placement of treasury shares with institutional investors.




our team

Across all our CEE offices, highly experienced lawyers provide legal advice in the sector of financial institutions.

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