finance & corporate finance

Schoenherr's experts advise on all finance, corporate finance, structured finance-related and derivatives matters across the region.

“Their preparation is always highly precise and of high quality. [...] all colleagues at Schoenherr are highly competent and committed to their jobs, and these qualities can only result in them meeting the clients’ instructions and demands at the highest professional level."



Schoenherr advises on all relevant product groups of finance work, including origination (bilateral and syndicated, recourse and non-recourse as well as secured and unsecured loan transactions), refinancing transactions, debt restructuring, performing and distressed bank assets (including trading and servicing), regulatory capital issuances, funds, structured finance, derivatives and securitisations.

Its focus areas cover, in particular, acquisition, project and asset finance as well as green and ESG-linked finance products. Our lawyers act for major international and regional banks, direct lenders, other financial institutions (insurance companies, funds and asset managers), corporates (issuers, borrowers and sponsors), sovereigns and quasi-sovereigns. Chambers (2020), IFLR1000 (2021), Legal 500 (2020) and Germany's JUVE (2020) have all ranked Schoenherr's banking and finance practice as top tier.


We have a proven track record in respect of all types of facilities (including syndicated lending) for a variety of purposes, e.g. bridge and/or super senior financing in the context of restructurings, financing for private acquisitions of equity or assets, financing for public takeovers, project finance (in particular energy and infrastructure), but also investment grade corporate lending as well as green and ESG-linked finance. Schoenherr is experienced in advising various parties: (arranging) lenders, (public and private sector) borrowers as well as sponsors (including private equity funds). The team has been on the forefront of many innovative transactions and is used to finding solutions to complex financing issues.

corporate finance

The group has significant and long standing know-how and experience in all types of acquisition finance (including financing in public takeover situations). Together with Schoenherr's corporate team, Schoenherr's banking team combines the various streams of a transaction (being mindful of timelines, takeover rules, stock exchange rules, ownership control regulation and securities laws). In this context, the team is also used to dealing with derivative instruments (such as options). We have a proven track record of financings combining a bond with a loan (and a common security pool). In addition, we regularly act for borrowing and issuing groups on other aspects of corporate finance, including cash pooling arrangements.

asset finance

Our dedicated team for asset finance combines industry know-how and expertise in particular with a track-record of real estate and property development finance, but also various other asset classes such as aircraft finance, rolling stock finance or commodity finance (e.g. natural gas, oil or grains). The team has advised borrowers, senior lenders as well as mezzanine providers and regularly facilitates transactions with AIFs, pension funds, insurance companies or other institutional investors acting as sponsors.

derivatives and structured finance

Being counsel to a number of industry organisations, amongst them ISDA, FIA Europe, the British Banker's Association, Bundesverband Deutscher Banken e.V. and the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKO), the team draws on a breadth of experience and expertise in the area of derivatives. We are consistently involved into derivatives transactions with international, Austrian and CEE counterparties. The team also advises on structured finance transactions including securitisations (true sale and synthetic) of various types of asset classes, and other forms of repackaged debt, where we have pioneered a number of new structures, as well as covered bonds transactions.

our services

  • finance
  • corporate finance
  • real estate and other project and asset finance
  • derivatives, structured finance and securitisation
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press release

09 December 2020


M.Ebner M.Pressler

Austria: Schoenherr advises Hypo Vorarlberg on EUR 330m synthetic securitisation to boost energy-efficient buildings

Schoenherr advised Hypo Vorarlberg on the synthetic securitisation of a EUR 330m portfolio of loans to small and medium-sized enterprises, corporate borrowers or certain private individuals. The transaction is designed to achieve regulatory capital relief under CRR (II) / CRD IV (V). The transaction builds upon a similar securitisation completed with Schoenherr's support at the end of 2017. It is a part of the European Investment Bank's response to support the Austrian economy following the COVID-19 pandemic.


Secured lending CEE

With more and more players active in the corporate lending and secured finance markets across the CEE region, and multi-jurisdictional CEE transactions happening on a regular basis, counsels are challenged to navigate their clients through fragmented legal frameworks in various jurisdictions often with different sets of secured lending rules and must-knows.


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Financing in times of crisis

Banking and finance analysis: The banking and finance experts of Schoenherr Attorneys at Law have compiled a comprehensive Central and Eastern European overview of the practical legal implications to be considered in finance transactions in the context of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic (COVID19).


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