restructuring & insolvency

Schoenherr's experts provide legal advice to lenders and distressed borrowers in all aspects of restructuring and insolvency matters.

"Schoenherr continues to be the absolute market leader in restructuring."



Schoenherr has an outstanding record of advising on restructurings and insolvency-related matters. A dedicated team does not only provide concise advice on insolvency law and related areas of law, but always considers the commercial implications. Well-regarded for its ability to efficiently handle complex, large-scale situations, the team advises on domestic and cross border restructurings, distressed transactions and insolvency-related litigation as well as all other areas of insolvency law.

Schoenherr advises distressed borrowers, lenders, potential investors and foreign insolvency administrators on all matters relating to insolvency law.

The team has acted for a number of Austrian banks, advising on proceedings under the European Union's Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive. In addition, in recent years the team has built a strong track record of advising investors on the acquisition of distressed businesses out of insolvency.

Schoenherr is also permanent counsel to international banking associations in connection with close-out netting issues.


our services

  • pre-insolvency reorganisations and refinancings
  • advising management of distressed companies
  • protection of creditors' rights in pre-insolvency and insolvency situations
  • distressed transactions, including acquisition of distressed companies and out of insolvency proceedings
  • representation in insolvency proceedings
  • insolvency-related litigation, in particular claw-back litigation
  • risk assessment for lenders
  • structuring transactions to be insolvency-remote
  • close-out netting
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23 February 2021


W.Höller M.Simsa M.Ebner

Newsflash: Keine Macht dem hold-out – die neue Restrukturierungsordnung

Am 23.02.2021 wurde der lang erwartete Entwurf der Restrukturierungsordnung veröffentlicht. Mit dem Entwurf soll die Richtlinie (EU) 2019/1023 (RestrukturierungsRL) in Österreich umgesetzt werden.


Restructuring tools for companies in economic crisis

Austrian tax law provides various reorganisation tools for companies in an economic crisis. Among others, these include shareholder contribution (in the broad sense), debt/equity swap, debt waiver, assumption of debt, letter of comfort, participation right, capital decrease, surety/guarantee, assumption of performance, silent partnership, debt mezzanine swap and restructuring trust. 

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06 November 2019



Schönherr berät den Vorstand der ÖBB-Holding beim Verkauf seiner Logistiktochter Q Logistics

Schönherr hat den Vorstand der Österreichische Bundesbahnen-Holding Aktiengesellschaft (ÖBB-Holding) beim Verkauf ihrer Logistiktochter Q Logistics GmbH beraten. 


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restructuring directive info corner

Check out our restructuring directive info corner for regular updates and legal insights on the implementation of the Restructuring Directive in CEE.





our team

Our restructuring & insolvency team consists of experienced lawyers across our offices in CEE.

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