BARNERT EGERMANN ILLIGASCH is a full-service Austrian law firm with specific strengths in corporate/M&A, banking and finance, competition law and employment law. Our lawyers are consistently ranked in the highest tiers in the fields they are active in.


Our Corporate/M&A team has extensive experience in advising on M&A transactions in Austria and on a cross-border level. It acts for large Austrian and international corporates, financial institutions and funds. Team head Michael Barnert advises on various kinds of transactions, including MBOs, spin-offs and joint ventures with a broad range of structures and instruments, such as equity investments, hybrid instruments and mezzanine capital. He is also active in corporate restructurings and corporate litigation.

Banking and Finance

Our Banking and Finance team has extensive experience advising major Austrian and foreign companies and financial institutions in domestic and international banking and capital market matters, including regulatory matters. Team head Alexander Illigasch has advised on numerous high-profile acquisition finance, asset finance, project finance, structured finance and trade finance transactions.


Our Competition team has long-standing experience in advising national and international companies on all aspects of EU and Austrian competition law, including cartel investigations, merger control, compliance and distribution matters. The firm represents clients before the Austrian competition authorities, civil courts as well as the EU Commission. Clients include private sector companies, industry associations, public utilities and other public bodies/authorities.


Our Employment team represents before civil courts and advises renowned national and international businesses in all areas of employment law. Our lawyers also advise in the context of cross-border M&A transactions, including downsizing and remuneration changes. The team's track record includes, inter alia, structuring of group-wide company benefits, compensation systems and reward programs (executive and non-executive), advice on mobility strategies, employee assignments as well as domestic and cross-border transfers of employees.

Dispute Resolution

We advise national and international clients in litigation matters before Austrian courts as well as administrative authorities and in arbitration proceedings. Our dispute resolution team has special experience with labour law and corporate litigation.


Our Energy practice deals with regulatory matters, including proceedings before the regulatory authority E-Control and administrative courts. Our team is also experienced with competition-related issues (such as, for example, long-term contracts) and M&A deals in the energy sector.

Real Estate

Our track-record in Real Estate includes, amongst others, advice on commercial real estate development projects, advice on various hotel projects and advice to high-net-worth individuals on asset planning and structuring, in particular with regard to succession planning (such as the establishment of private foundations and re-structuring within group companies) with a focus on real estate issues.