TANNSale of the TANN Group to Mayr-Melnhof Packaging October 2018
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte advised and represented the TANN Group in connection with restructuring and the sale of its shares to Mayr-Melnhof Packaging.
The TANN Group is the global market leader in the development, production and sale of the specialty product tipping paper. It has a total global workforce of around 1,000 persons at eight production sites in seven countries. Externally sourced fine paper is made into premium cigarette filter paper through gravure printing and other processing and finishing steps.
The acquisition is still subject to the approval of the anti-trust authorities. The equity purchase price will be around EUR 275 million.
 Chambers 2018 Private Wealth Law July 2018
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte is the only law office to have been awarded a Tier 1 ranking in private wealth law by Chambers and Partners HNW, with Dr. Nikolaus Arnold being designated as a Tier 1 attorney in this area of law as well.
KikiLeiner Acquisition of KIKA/Leiner June 2018
On 21 June 2018, SIGNA signed the contracts for the acquisition of KIKA/Leiner. These contracts govern the acquisition of the operative retail business with approximately 6,500 employees and approximately 100 properties in Austria and CEE. Currently, the group employs a staff of around 5,000 persons at 77 group-owned properties in Austria and another 1,500 persons at 27 group-owned properties in Central and Eastern European countries.

SIGNA received comprehensive legal advice from ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte GmbH throughout this complex transaction, which involved a multitude of companies and properties. The details of this time-critical transaction have been reported in the media. The transaction is subject to merger control clearance. For further information, please see the ad hoc statement issued by Steinhoff.

“We are pleased that it was possible to successfully complete this far-from-typical transaction in a minimum of time,” says Nikolaus Arnold (ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte). “The interaction of our team was perfect. But I would also like to thank all the other advisors involved for their excellent cooperation.”

The ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte team was composed of the following members: Nikolaus Arnold (lead counsel, M&A), Florian Arnold (M&A, real estate), Andreas Eder (real estate law), Verena Stagl (insolvency law), Thomas Raubal (antitrust law), Roman Gruber (company law).

ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte has also represented SIGNA in other transactions, including the sale of the office complex “The ICON Vienna”, the acquisition, sale and development of the office complex “Austria Campus”, the acquisition of the property developer “BAI”, the acquisition of the Leiner flagship store at Mariahilfer Straße, and the sale of a shareholding in S IMMO.

Other legal counsels:
Steinhoff: fwp (Markus Fellner and his team)
Hemispere (real estate): Wolf Theiss (Peter Oberlechner and his team)
Creditors: Eisenberger & Herzog (Michael Strenitz and his team)

 Private Client Private Client May 2018
For 2018 ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte was awarded a Tier 1 ranking in private client law for the eighth year in a row by the Legal 500.
 Private Client– Leading lawyer Private Client– Leading lawyer May 2018
Nikolaus Arnold was distinguished as a leading lawyer in private client law for the seventh year in a row.
 Trend 2018-1 This Year’s Top-Ranking Lawyers – Trend Lawyer Rankings April 2018
Nikolaus Arnold ranked among the two most frequently mentioned lawyers in Austria in the cross-disciplinary ranking of all Austrian lawyers (“This Year’s Top-Ranking Lawyers”).
 Trend 2018-2 Tax Law and Private Clients/Foundation Law – Trend-Lawyer Rankings April 2018
According to the Trend lawyer rankings, Nikolaus Arnold is not only the top legal expert for tax law but was also awarded the highest ranking for private clients and founders.
 Trend 2018-3 Real Estate Law – Trend Lawyer Rankings April 2018
According to the Trend lawyer ranking, Florian Arnold is one of the top legal experts for real estate law.
 S ImmoAcquisition of a shareholding in S IMMO April 2018
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte GmbH successfully advised the SIGNA Group on the acquisition of a shareholding in S IMMO.
 Leiner ARNOLD advises on the acquisition of the Leiner flagship store January 2018
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte advised on the acquisition of the Leiner flagship store at Mariahilfer Straße. The transaction was completed within a few days.
 Wirtschaftskammer New headquarters for the Vienna Economic Chamber December 2017
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte advised on the sale of the new headquarters of the Vienna Economic Chamber at the new Austria Campus and the acquisition of the building accommodating the Chamber’s trade section (Gewerbehaus) as well as the Festetics Palace. The currently ten locations of the Vienna Economic Chamber will be combined at its new headquarters.
 Austria Campus Verkauf ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte Advises on Largest Real Estate Transaction of the Year September 2017
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte GmbH successfully advised the SIGNA Group on one of Austria’s largest real estate transactions. On behalf of German and Swiss institutional investors, three land plots of the AUSTRIA CAMPUS project were sold to PGIM Real Estate. With a volume of over EUR 500 million, the sale represents the largest real estate transaction concluded in 2017 to date and one of the largest commercial property transactions ever made in Austria, demonstrating that Vienna is an attractive location for investors.
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte provided legal counsel throughout the project, from the acquisition through the structuring of the transaction under company law to the financing of the project, the real estate law aspects and substantial areas of the letting, and performed all other relevant legal services. The sale, for which ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte also represented the seller, took the form of a forward deal.
 Chambers 2017 Private Wealth Law September 2017
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte is the only law office to have been awarded a Tier 1 ranking in private wealth law by Chambers and Partners HNW, with Dr. Nikolaus Arnold being designated as a Tier 1 attorney in this area of law as well.
Prescreen ARNOLD Advises Prescreen on Restructuring and Exit July 2017
The career network Xing has acquired the Vienna-based start-up Prescreen, one of the fastest-growing providers of applicant tracking systems. ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte advised on the restructuring (contribution of assets) prior to the sale and also played a part in the exit. Legal counsel for Prescreen and its shareholders regarding the exit: SNP Schlawien Partnerschaft mbB (Munich)/ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte (Vienna).
ICON ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte Advises SIGNA on Sale of “The ICON Vienna” Project June 2017
The Allianz Group has acquired the office complex “The ICON Vienna” under a forward sale. ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte provided legal assistance throughout the entire project (including rentals, financing, structuring, etc.), and also advised on the sales transaction and conducted all necessary negotiations. The acquisition was one of the largest real estate transactions carried out in Vienna in recent years (> approx. 88,000 m2 gross floor area).
RE Global 2017 Real Estate Law Firm of the Year June 2017
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte was named Real Estate Law Firm of the Year in Austria by Global Law Experts.
Tax Global 2017 Tax Law Firm of the Year June 2017
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte was named Tax Law Firm of the Year in Austria by Global Law Experts.
Legal 500 1 Private Client May 2017
For 2017 ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte was awarded a Tier 1 ranking in private client law for the seventh year in a row by the Legal 500.
Legal 500 2 Private Client– Leading lawyer May 2017
Nikolaus Arnold was distinguished as a leading lawyer in private client law for the sixth year in a row.
 Trend 2017 1Best of the Best – Trend-Lawyer Rankings April 2017
Nikolaus Arnold ranked among the five most frequently mentioned lawyers in Austria in the cross-disciplinary ranking of all Austrian lawyers (“This Year’s Best of the Best”).
 Trend 2017 2 Tax Law and Private Clients – Trend-Lawyer Rankings April 2017
According to the Trend Lawyer rankings, Nikolaus Arnold is not only one of the top legal experts for tax law but was also awarded the highest ranking for private clients and founders.
Ferris Wheel ARNOLD Advises SIGNA on the Acquisition of the BAI Group January 2017
SIGNA and a group of investors led by Erwin Krause and Franz Kollitsch are taking over the renowned Viennese property developer BAI Bauträger Austria Immobilien GmbH in the context of a 50/50 joint venture. The acquisition also includes the developer’s own service companies for project development and property development (BAI) and real estate agents (BAReal) as well as a real estate management company (Donath). The new owners will continue operations of the companies, which employ a total of around 150 staff members.
BAI’s portfolio currently comprises 18 projects with a total investment volume of approx. EUR 1.7 billion and a total project development volume of more than 440,000 m².
The team of ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte provided SIGNA with comprehensive legal advice and representation in this transaction, particularly in the fields of corporate/M&A, real estate and labor law.
 Österreichs beste Anwälte 2016 Austria’s Best Lawyers in 2016 Specializing in Foundation Law July 2016
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte has been chosen by the Viennese daily “Wiener Zeitung” and the Austrian business daily “Handelsblatt”, based on the “Best Lawyers” attorney rankings, as Austria’s best lawyers specializing in foundation law in 2016.
 Private Wealth Law Private Wealth Law June 2016
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte is the only law office to have been awarded a Tier 1 ranking in private wealth law by Chambers and Partners HNW, with Dr. Nikolaus Arnold being designated as a Tier 1 attorney in this area of law as well.
JV Hyatt ARNOLD advises SIGNA on conclusion of a joint venture with Hyatt April 2016
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte provided legal consulting services to the SIGNA Group on the conclusion of a joint venture with the Hyatt hotel chain. The joint venture is to focus on building and operating the “Andaz am Belvedere” boutique hotel. The parcel of land where the hotel is slated to be built is located in the area of the Vienna Central Railway Station earmarked for property development. The hotel complex, featuring 300 rooms, restaurants, conference rooms, a ballroom and a day spa, is scheduled for completion by 2019.
Legal 500 1 Private Client and Tax Law April 2016
For 2016 ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte was awarded a Tier 1 ranking in private client law for the sixth year in a row and a Tier 2 ranking in tax law by the Legal 500.
Legal 500 2 Private Client– Leading lawyer April 2016
Nikolaus Arnold was distinguished as a leading lawyer in private client law for the fifth year in a row.
Legal 500 3 Real Estate April 2016
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte has also been recommended by the Legal 500 for real estate law. Florian Arnold and Nikolaus Arnold were included among the recommended lawyers.
Trend 1 Top Ten – Trend-Lawyer Rankings April 2016
Nikolaus Arnold achieved second place in the cross-discipline rankings of all Austrian lawyers (“The All-Round Winners of the Year”).
Trend 2 Tax Law and Private Clients April 2016
According to the Trend Lawyer rankings, Nikolaus Arnold is not only one of the top legal experts for tax law but was also awarded the highest ranking for private client law.
Corp Intl 2016 Real Estate Law Firm of the Year in Austria March 2016
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte was selected “Real Estate Law Firm of the Year in Austria” by CorporateINTL. Nikolaus Arnold received the award “Tax Lawyer of the Year in Austria”.
REWE ARNOLD advises REWE International AG and its subsidiaries on acquiring former Zielpunkt supermarket outlets March 2016
The subsidiaries of REWE International AG, market leader in food and drugstore retailing, have acquired a number of supermarket retail outlets and the former central distribution center from the insolvency estate of Zielpunkt GmbH. The team at ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte provided comprehensive legal consulting and representation services to REWE for the legal due diligence review, the subsequent bidding process and in drawing up and concluding the purchasing agreements.
Chambers 2016 1 Real Estate and Tax February 2016
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte has now been recommended by Chambers Europe for the areas of real estate and tax law.
Livewire-2016 1 Best in Banking & Capital Markets, Tax Law Firm of the Year February 2016
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte was chosen “Best in Banking & Capital Markets” and “Tax Law Firm of the Year” by Corporate LiveWire.
FM Tax Law Firm of the Year January 2016
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte was selected “Tax Law Firm of the Year” by Finance Monthly.
Livewire-2016 2 Wills, Trusts & Estates January 2016
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte was chosen by Corporate LiveWire as the winner in the area “Wills, Trusts & Estates”
ACQ 2015 Real Estate Law Firm of the Year, Private Client Law Firm of the Year December 2015
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte was chosen “Real Estate Law Firm of the Year” by ACQ Law Awards for the second year in a row. Moreover, the law firm was selected “Wills, Trusts & Estates Law Firm of the Year” and “Private Client Law Firm of the Year”; Nikolaus Arnold was chosen “Tax Lawyer of the Year”.
PLOT Merger of PL.O.T EDV-Planungs- und Handels GmbH and CPB Software AG June 2015
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte provided comprehensive legal counsel to PL.O.T EDV-Planungs- und Handels GmbH in its merger with CPB Software AG. Both owner-led IT service providers specialized in offering complex software solutions in particular to banks and public authorities. The team at ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte provided PL.O.T EDV-Planungs- und Handels GmbH and its partners with legal advice and guidance throughout the transaction, from the LoI to the due diligence review, not to mention the integration of CPB Software AG under company law in the context of a capital increase against contributions in kind.
FormatTop Ten – The Overall Winners in the Format Ranking April 2015
Nikolaus Arnold holds third place in Format magazine’s cross-disciplinary ranking of all Austrian lawyers (“Die Gesamtsieger des Rankings”).
Legal 500Private Client and Tax Law April 2015
The 2015 edition of The Legal 500 ranked ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte tier 1 in the private client category for the fifth time in succession and tier 1 for tax law for the 15th time in succession.
FormatTax Law and Private Client April 2015
In the ranking of lawyers published by the Austrian Format magazine, Nikolaus Arnold was not only among the top-rated tax lawyers, but also came first in the private client category.
Legal 500Private Client and Tax Law – Leading Lawyer April 2015
For the fifth time in succession, Nikolaus Arnold was recognised in The Legal 500 as a leading lawyer in the categories of private client and tax law.
Legal 500Real Estate April 2015
The Legal 500 also recommended ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte GmbH as a real estate law firm. Florian Arnold and Nikolaus Arnold were among the recommended lawyers.
FormartARNOLD advised formart on the sale of a business unit of DURST-BAU March 2015
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte provided comprehensive legal advice to formart GmbH & Co. KG, one of Germany’s leading real estate developers, in connection with the sale of the revitalisation unit of its Austrian subsidiary DURST-BAU. Under an asset deal, the business unit was taken over from a former DURST-BAU manager in the course of a management buyout (MBO). The team of ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte structured the transaction and prepared and negotiated the entire sales documentation.
CorpINTL2015 Real Estate Law Firm Of The Year March 2015
Arnold Rechtsanwälte was named Real Estate Firm of the Year in the Corporate INTL Global Awards 2015.
CI2015Tax Lawyer of the Year March 2015
Nikolaus Arnold was named Tax Lawyer of the Year in the Corporate INTL Global Awards 2015.
Livewire-2015 Wills, Trusts & Estates February 2015
Arnold Rechtsanwälte was recognised in Corporate LiveWire in the categorie of Wills, Trusts & Estates.
 Finance Monthly 2015 Tax Law Firm Of The Year February 2015
Arnold Rechtsanwälte was named Tax Law Firm of the Year by Finance Monthly.
Leading Tax Law Firm January 2015
Arnold Rechtsanwälte was awarded the title Leading Tax Law Firm by Tax Directors Handbook.
Austria CampusSIGNA and RPR Private Foundation acquire Austria Campus from future anchor tenant UniCredit Bank Austria August 2014
SIGNA and investor Ronny Pecik, through his RPR Private Foundation, have acquired the Austria Campus, which will accommodate approx. 200,000 m2 of office space, from UniCredit Bank Austria AG. The acquisition makes them the new owners of the future Bank Austria headquarters to be built on the premises of the former Nordbahnhof railway station by the autumn of 2017.
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte provided comprehensive legal counsel to SIGNA on this transaction.
Gratis-GehaltskontoFree salary accounts exempt from payroll tax July 2014
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte successfully represented a credit institution in achieving exemption from payroll tax for its employees’ free salary accounts (VwGH [Austrian Administrative Court] 21.5.2014, 2010/13/0196).
SeesteARNOLD assists SIGNA in the acquisition of another premium property at Vienna Main Station Juni 2014
The SIGNA Group and SEESTE Real Estate GmbH have signed the contracts governing the SIGNA Group’s acquisition of building site A.05 on the highly sought-after premises of the new Vienna Main Station. The plans for the real estate with a total gross floor space of more than 60,000 m² include the construction of high-end condominiums and a hotel.
Livewire-2014 Tax Law Firm of The Year June 2014
Arnold Rechtsanwälte was awarded the title Tax Law Firm of the Year by Corporate LiveWire.
 capiton ARNOLD Advised capiton on its Acquisition of the Dynea Group June 2014
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte advised the financial investor capiton AG on its acquisition of the Austrian subsidiary of the Dynea Group. BMH BRÄUTIGAM & PARTNER Rechtsanwälte represented the company in Germany and were in charge of the overall structuring. Dynea, a Finnish chemical group, is the European market leader for phenolic resins with locations in Erkner (Germany), Finland, Great Britain, Poland, France, Austria and Ukraine. The company specialises in the production of formaldehyde-based adhesives used, for instance, in the automotive industry. With a staff of more than 300, the group generates annual revenue of EUR 220 million.
Best-Lawyer-2014 Wealth Management and Private Clients Practice June 2014
Best Lawyers® put Nikolaus Arnold on its list of Best Lawyers in Austria in the Wealth Management and Private Clients Practice category
Finance-Monthly-2014 Tax Law Firm of the Year June 2014
Arnold Rechtsanwälte was named Tax Law Firm of the Year by Finance Monthly.
AR_NEWS_1Park Hyatt Hotel Opening June 2014
The American Park Hyatt hotel group has recently opened a luxury hotel in Vienna. The team of ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte has provided legal services for the SIGNA Group throughout this project, encompassing the acquisition of the real estate, the entire development and rental process and the conclusion of a hotel operating agreement.
AR_NEWS_2Private Client and Tax Law May 2014
The 2014 edition of The Legal 500 ranked ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte tier 1 in the private client category for the fourth time in succession and tier 1 for tax law for the 14th time in succession.
AR_NEWS_3Private Client and Tax Law – Leading Individual May 2014
For the fourth time in succession, Nikolaus Arnold was recognised in The Legal 500 as a Leading Individual in the categories of private client and tax law. For the third time, Florian Arnold was also listed as a Leading Individual.
AR_NEWS_4Real Estate and Construction May 2014
The Legal 500 also recommended ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte GmbH as a law firm for real estate and construction. Florian Arnold and Nikolaus Arnold were among the recommended lawyers.
AR_NEWS_5Goldenes Quartier May 2014
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte have been involved in the acquisition and development of “Goldenes Quartier” (“Golden Quarter”), a premium retail, residential and office building complex in the very heart of Vienna. We have provided legal assistance regarding the acquisition of the real estate and during the entire rental process (Louis Vuitton, Prada, Miu Miu, Armani, Bottega Veneta, Brioni, Cavalli, Etro, Alexander McQueen, Mulberry, Pomellato, Valentino, Brunello, Church, Sergio Rossi, Seven, YSL) and in connection with the sale of the luxurious apartments and the renting of offices.
AR_NEWS_6Austria’s Best Lawyers April 2014
Nikolaus Arnold came second in Format magazine’s cross-disciplinary ranking of all Austrian lawyers (“Abräumer in der Anwaltsszene”).
AR_NEWS_7Private Client and tax law April 2014
In the ranking of lawyers published by the Austrian Format magazine, Nikolaus Arnold was not only among the top-rated tax lawyers, but also came second in the private client category.
AR_NEWS_8Sale of Juvenile Court April 2014
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte represented the sellers of the former juvenile court in Vienna, Rüdengasse.
AR_NEWS_9Madoff Victim Fund March 2014
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte provided legal assistance to numerous private investors who registered their claims with the Madoff Victim Fund.
AR_NEWS_10Philips-Haus March 2014
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte advised the sellers of the real estate “Philips-Haus” in Vienna throughout the entire sale process.
AR_NEWS_11Tax Lawyer of the Year March 2014
Nikolaus Arnold was named Tax Lawyer of the Year in the Corporate INTL Global Awards 2014.
AR_NEWS_12Apartment Buildings in Prime Locations February 2014
We regularly advise and assist clients in buying and selling premium apartment buildings in Vienna’s prime locations. In most cases, we also establish the necessary contacts between the sellers and the buyers. Recent transactions concluded with our legal support include premium properties in 1010 Vienna (Gonzagagasse/Rudolfsplatz), 1020 Vienna (Hammer-Purgstall-Gasse), 1040 Vienna (Große Neugasse), 1060 Vienna (Otto-Bauer-Gasse), 1070 Vienna (Lindengasse), 1080 Vienna (Bennogasse), 1200 Vienna (Hellwagstraße) and many more.
AR_NEWS_13Real Estate and Tax February 2014
Chambers Global 2014 recommended ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte as lawyers for real estate and tax.
AR_NEWS_14Post Office Savings Bank December 2013
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte represented the buyer in the acquisition of the building housing the post office savings bank at Georg-Coch-Platz in Vienna’s first district from Bawag P.S.K. Built by Otto Wagner, the post office savings bank is a key building of Viennese modernism.
AR_NEWS_15Roland Berger Acquired Interest in SIGNA November 2013
The German entrepreneur Roland Berger acquired an interest in the Austrian real estate group SIGNA. The team of ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte provided legal assistance to SIGNA throughout the transaction.

AR_NEWS_16Stiftungshandbuch November 2013
The second edition (September 2013) of the “Stiftungshandbuch”, a handbook on foundations, by Arnold/Ludwig (eds.) was published. It aims at providing a compact and clear overview of all provisions under foundation law and tax law applicable to Austrian private foundations and Liechtenstein foundations.
AR_NEWS_17Construction Site A.01 Vienna Central Station October 2013
The team of ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte provided legal services regarding the acquisition of construction site A.01 of the Vienna Central Station, where, amongst other things, a spectacular office tower will be built.
AR_NEWS_18Juve Awards June 2013
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte was nominated (shortlisted) for the award Austrian Law Firm of the Year (JUVE Awards 2013).
AR_NEWS_19Commentary on Private Foundations Act June 2013
The third edition of the reliable commentary on the Private Foundations Law by Nikolaus Arnold was published (June 2013). It provides an updated and comprehensive overview of the legal situation regarding private foundations, paying special attention to relevant practical questions, disputed issues and areas not yet treated.
AR_NEWS_20Falcon Acquired Interest in SIGNA May 2013
ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte provided legal assistance regarding the capital increases of SIGNA Prime Selection AG, by means of which the renowned Swiss Falcon Private Bank acquired an interest in SIGNA Prime Selection AG.
AR_NEWS_21Cato Software Solutions March 2013
Cato Software Solutions, one of the leading providers of oncologic therapy planning, was taken over by the US pharmaceutical group Becton Dickinson. Throughout the transaction the sellers were assisted by the team of ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte.
AR_NEWS-22Karstadt Real Estate January 2013
The Signa Group acquired 17 Karstadt department stores, including Germany’s most famous department store, the Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) in Berlin. The ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte team assisted SIGNA in structuring the joint venture with BSG Real Estate.
AR_NEWS_23APA Acquired Gentics January 2013
The Austrian Press Agency (APA) took over Gentics, a company specialising in content management systems. The team of ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte provided legal services for the sellers in this transaction.
AR_NEWS_24ViewPoint Invested in Tricentis January 2013
The private equity investor ViewPoint Capital Partners provided several million euros to the Vienna-based Tricentis Technology & Consulting to finance the company’s growth. Tricentis was advised by the ARNOLD Rechtsanwälte team.