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Griss & Partners / Graz

Initial public offering of BDI Biodiesel

The independent publication Legal500 has been reporting about our firm from 2004 till 2017 free of charge:

Banking and finance

Griss & Partner has extensive experience in US-related law, advising US corporations on financial issues within Austria. Christiane Loidl is recommended. (2013 – tier 5)

Griss & Partner has a solid roster of industrial clients and recently advised BioEnergy International and Binder + Co. Gunter Griss leads the team. (2012 – tier 5)

Griss & Partner has a ‘superb ability to convert technical issues into clear legal language’ and is ‘straight and constructive in its work’. Gunter Griss leads the team, which continues to advise Steiermärkische Bank and Sparkassen. (2011 – tier 5)

In Graz we recommend Griss & Partner, which provides ongoing advice to a leading national bank on its expansion into CEE, and is handling some significant insider-trading disputes. (2007)

Griss & Partner is a Graz-based firm, whose recent banking work includes advising a local bank in connection with a refinancing involving a US debtor. (2005)

Griss & Partner has been acting for an Austrian bank in the structuring of an equity and debt participation in a US high-yield bond fund. Gunter Griss and Gabriele Krenn are recommended. (2004)

Capital markets

Graz-based Griss & Partner recently advised BDI – BioDiesel International AG in connection with its IPO on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. One client said ‘we are certain that we could not have got legal services of higher quality from one of the major Vienna-based law firms’. (2007)

Central and Eastern Europe

Griss & Partner works in co-operation with firms in Slovenia and Croatia. Gunter Griss is acting as sole arbitrator in a dispute involving a construction contract in SEE. (2014 – tier 4)

Gunter Griss covers all central and eastern Europe matters at Griss & Partner, which has ‘a perfect understanding of business-to-business matters’. (2013 – tier 4)

Griss & Partner is ‘excellent, the way that they keep hundreds of real estate transactions organised always meets the highest professional standards’, says one client. Gunter Griss is recommended for cross-border CEE matters. (2012 – tier 4)

Griss & Partner is noted for its ‘first-class level of service’. Gunter Griss leads the team, which had an active 2010 advising a leading bank in relation to its expansion into Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia. (2011 – tier 4)

Name partners Gunter Griss and Peter Griss are known for providing comprehensive CEE-based dispute resolution advice at Griss & Partner. (2010 – tier 3)

Griss & Partner’s practice ‘provides excellent legal services’, and is highly rated for its advice on dispute resolution across the CEE. Peter Griss and Gunter Griss are recommended. (2009)

Griss & Partner’s CEE practice is mainly focused on disputes. Peter Griss and Gunter Griss are recommended, having handled two international disputes involving IP-related issues. (2008)

Griss & Partner has advised a company with worldwide activities on acquisitions in CEE involving sensitive reprivatisation issues. (2005)

Griss & Partner has considerable projects expertise. (2004)

Corporate and M&A

The ‘good and experienced’ team at Graz-based Griss & Partner is involved in various transactions and general corporate matters. Gunter Griss and the ‘very committed’ Christiane Loidl jointly head the team, which also includes the ‘solution-focused’ Peter Griss. (2017 – tier 7)

’Good and experienced’ Graz-based firm Griss & Partner acts for clients across a range of industries such as the automotive, energy, recycling and pharmaceutical sectors. Gunter Griss, who shows good business acumen, heads the practice with Christiane Loidl. (2016 – tier 7)

Graz-based Griss & Partner advises manufacturers and energy sector clients. Gunter Griss and Christiane Loidl are structuring a joint venture for a client in the renewable energy sector. (2015 – tier 7)

Graz-based Griss & Partner has a particular focus on advising industrial equipment manufacturers. Gunther Griss and Christiane Loidl lead the practice. (2014 – tier 7)

Griss & Partner’s corporate practice is led by Gunter Griss and Christiane Loidl. It has ‘very good industry knowledge’, and recently handled the sale of an Austrian software company to an industry leader in the US. (2013 – tier 4)

Griss & Partner ‘combines the advantages of a smaller firm – personal attention of the senior partner – with the qualities one expects of a major firm: first-rate legal service and a highly motivated team of lawyers’. The firm has a strong industrial client base that includes Binder + Co and BDI BioEnergy. Gunter Griss is ‘poised and calm’. (2012 – tier 4)

Graz-based firm Griss & Partner provides ‘pragmatic and common-sense’ advice that is ‘delivered in a timely manner’, and has some solid industrial and manufacturing clients such as Binder + Co, BDI BioEnergy and Swiss Line Fashion. Clients single out Gunter Griss and Christiane Loidl for praise: ‘They are always able to come up with creative solutions and have a good work ethic.’ (2011 – tier 4)

Griss & Partner is recommended for corporate governance among the shareholders, the organization of Austrian and international subsidiaries and national and international joint ventures. Christiane Loidl, Gunter Griss and Peter Griss are noted. (2010 – tier 5)

Griss & Partner provides ‘excellent legal services’, and clients are highly satisfied with the ‘personal attention and responsiveness’ they receive from the firm. Christiane Loidl and Gunter and Peter Griss are recommended. (2009)

Graz-based Griss & Partner has expertise in energy-related M&A work, with Christiane Loidl, Gunter and Peter Griss acting for BDI – BioDiesel International AG in a number of acquisitions. (2008)

Graz-based Griss & Partner has good links to the automotive, biotech and steel industries. Gunter Griss is appreciated for his commercial approach, while Christiane Loidl’s clients say ‘her analysis and advice are both creative and concise’. Her experience and understanding of US law is particularly useful, while clients appreciate both partners’ ‘personal commitment’ to matters. (2007)

Graz-based Griss & Partner acts for a substantial share of the local industry and local subsidiaries of foreign companies. It has been advising a car engine developer on the acquisition of the development division of a German industry group, and advised the largest hotel group in Graz on a complete restructuring.
One international client said: ‘Despite the fact that the firm is not located in Vienna, the quality of legal work is at least equal to that of Vienna firms.’ (2006)

It is worth noting that Graz-based Griss & Partner Christiane Loidl is currently involved in advising an industry-leading US company on the consolidation of its European operations. (2005)

Dispute resolution

Griss & Partner has an increasing number of transport-related or medical malpractice defence matters. Gunter Griss continues to work as an ICC arbitrator as well as arbitration counsel. (2015 – tier 4)

Graz-based firm Griss & Partner covers both litigation and arbitration. Gunter Griss is currently acting as sole arbitrator in a dispute involving a major construction contract in SEE. (2014 – tier 4)

Griss & Partner’s capabilities lie in personal injury and medical malpractice cases, and transport-related disputes. Gunter Griss has ‘outstanding experience’ in arbitration. (2013 – tier 4)

Griss & Partner was busy with medical malpractice and railway disputes, representing insurers as well as injured individuals. Clients appreciate that ‘rates are still below the rates of the bigger firms while maintaining the quality of legal work’. Gunter Griss is the main contact for arbitration, and Edwin Mächler is also recommended. (2012 – tier 4)

At Graz-based Griss & Partner, Gunter Griss is regularly involved in international arbitration proceedings and clients praise his ‘absolute commitment’ to his work. Edwin Mächler also has experience representing clients in front of the Austrian Supreme Court. (2011 – tier 4)

At Griss & Partner, Gunter Griss is regularly involved in international arbitration proceedings in both party representative and arbitrator capacity. (2010 – tier 4)

The Griss & Partner dispute resolution team is well versed in contentious claims, and also has capability advising on ADR work. Gunter Griss is very well thought of in the market. (2009)

Griss & Partner’s dispute resolution team focuses heavily on liability and personal injury cases, although Peter Griss also handled commercial cases for national and international corporate clients over the past year. Edwin Mächler is also recommended, particularly for real estate matters. (2008)

At Griss & Partner, Gunter Griss has been sitting as an arbitrator in three ICC cases, one of which involved a Japanese claimant and an Italian respondent.
The firm has also been acting for a bank in dispute over liability in securities investment transactions, and for a leading Austrian company in connection with litigation in France over the construction of a manufacturing facility.
Edwin Mächler has good experience in litigation involving finance transactions. (2004)

EU and competition

Clients appreciate the ‘practicability’ of Griss & Partner’s advice. Christiane Loidl is highlighted for her ability to ‘present technical matters in a nutshell’. Its litigation experience includes product piracy, unfair advertising, and trade-related issues. (2013 – tier 4)

Griss & Partner advises on merger control matters and has good links to the EU authorities. (2012 – tier 4)

Griss & Partner is well placed to advise on merger control and competition issues, with good connections to the EU authorities. (2011 – tier 5)

Griss & Partner has excellent connections to the EU authorities, and is thus well placed to advice on merger control and competition issues. It is particularly adept at handling work that involves an eastern European element. (2010 – tier 5)

Griss & Partner has great links to EU authorities, and enviable experience advising on antitrust, competition, and consumer protection issues. The team is also recommended for its niche expertise in south east European trade matters. (2009)

Peter Griss is the name of note at Griss & Partner, often advising on disputes on an international scale, particularly in connection with unfair competition issues. The practice is geared toward trade mark and domain matters. (2008)


Griss & Partner is recommended for its contentious know-how, with Gabriele Krenn and Gunter Griss picked out for praise. (2009)

Employment litigation forms the crux of Griss & Partner’s practice, with leading names Gabriele Krenn and Gunter Griss. The team notably represented the Austrian government on a major labour dispute. (2008)

… Griss & Partner has growing employment law expertise under Gabriele Krenn … (2007)

Intellectual property and media

Gunter Griss leads Griss & Partner’s IP offering, which largely focuses on trade mark work. (2009)

Griss & Partner’s Gunter Griss is knowledgeable in this area, having represented a German company in its acquisition of all European trade marks of a US-based organisation. (2008)

Griss & Partner’s Peter Griss and Edwin Mächler represent international clients in trade mark and unfair competition disputes … (2007)

Griss & Partner has been advising on the trade mark rights of an industry-leading US company and its Austrian subsidiary.
On the media side, it has attracted significant new clients in the entertainment industry. (2005)

Private client

Griss & Partner is experienced in establishing private foundations. Gunter Griss and Peter Griss are recommended. (2012 – tier 3)

Griss & Partner has experience advising on private foundations. Gunter Griss and Peter Griss are recommended. (2011 – tier 3)

Griss & Partner’s Gunter Griss and Peter Griss are recognised for private trust and foundation work. (2010 – tier 2)

Griss & Partner’s clients are ‘highly satisfied with the quality of work, the personal attention paid to matters and the responsiveness of partners’. 2008 saw Gunter Griss and Peter Griss advise a large real estate fund and a private foundation. (2009)

Gunter Griss at Griss & Partner continues to provide long-term advice to a number of major private foundations, including one large industry holding. (2008)

Other second-tier recommendations are: … Gunter Griss at Griss & Partner … (2007)

Griss & Partner’s Peter Griss, who is based in Graz, has been advising a large real estate fund, and has substantial experience in handling industry holdings and private foundations. (2006)

Griss & Partner’s Gunter Griss is working on the restructuring of corporate pension plans for a large private foundation and a leading regional bank. (2004)

Real estate and construction

Graz-based Griss & Partner has a strong environmental practice. Peter Griss and Edwin Mächler are advising on a large environmental liability case relating to pollution, following a real estate acquisition. (2006)