Corporate, M&A and Venture Capital/Private Equity
Corporate law, board room advice, support in shareholders’ meetings
We advise large, medium-sized and listed companies as well as subsidiaries of multinational corporations on all corporate law matters. Services include the establishment and reorganisation of partnerships and corporations as well as joint ventures, the national and international reorganisation of groups of companies through measures such as mergers, spin-offs or contributions, the restructuring of companies, the representation in disputes among shareholders or between the company and its shareholders. One focus is legal structuring for entrepreneurs through means such as private trusts or holding companies.
As part of our corporate law practice, we issue expert opinions on specific legal issues regarding joint-stock corporations and holding structures, regularly advise management and supervisory board members (board room advice) and support in shareholders’ meetings for listed corporations.
Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)
WEBER & CO. advises on the whole range of M&A matters, including share or asset deals (either on the purchaser or seller side), company succession, acquisition finance, management buy-outs and buy-ins. The advice is tailored to each specific transaction. We support our clients at all stages of the transaction. Services include individual contractual solutions, pre-acquisition restructuring, process planning and schedule coordination, legal due-diligence reviews, corporate structuring, merger control clearance proceedings before the Austrian and EU authorities, as well as labour law aspects.
By maintaining long-term and close working relationships with the leading experts in other jurisdictions, WEBER & CO. is able to offer clients seamless cross-border service in multi-jurisdictional acquisitions and divestments.
In addition, partners of WEBER & CO. have comprehensive expertise in public takeover matters and represent bidders as well as target companies in relation to proceedings at or investigations conducted by the Austrian Takeover Commission (Übernahmekommission).
Venture Capital / Private Equity
WEBER & CO. regularly advises Austrian and foreign private equity funds as well as their targets and partners on all aspects of the funds’ investments. Our client base includes private equity funds, family offices, business angels and strategic investors. Founders and digital growth companies are advised on all relevant legal aspects of their business model as well as their relationships with investors, suppliers, customers, on their regulatory licensing and on compliance matters.
Our services in the area of venture capital and private equity range from thoroughly evaluating the investment strategy and structure, reviewing acquisition proposals to the forming of acquisition vehicles, the structuring, drafting, and negotiating of the acquisition and financing agreements, including senior and mezzanine financing, the establishment of employee participation programs (Stock option, phantom stocks, trustee solutions) as well as the structuring and implementing of the exit strategy, such as through a public offering (IPO) or a via secondary buy-out, also in the form of an auction.