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12. April 2023

sms.law ranked with the Legal 500 EMEA 2023 Edition

It is with great pride that we announce that our firm has once again been included in the Legal 500 EMEA 2023 Edition!

We congratulate our amazing lawyers and teams and would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all our clients and peers for their feedback, support, and ongoing involvement. Of course, we would also like to thank the Legal 500 for their research and recognition!

Without further ado, this year’s results:

sms.law EU and Competition – Tier 3

Once again Department Head and Partner Christian Mayer (Leading Individual) has led his team to a notable ranking – congratulations to our sms.law Competition/EU Law team: Partner Moritz Am Ende, of Counsel Christoph Bezemek, and Associates Lena Kersch, Laurenz Goetzinger and Sarah Wolfgruber.

‘In our experience, the firm offers outstanding expertise paired with an impressive service level. The team evidently holds itself to very high standards and often goes “the extra mile”.’ (The Legal 500 EMEA 2023, client feedback)

‘This law firm is a most positive example of excellent lawyers.’ (The Legal 500 EMEA 2023, client feedback)

‘Christian Mayer: exceptional specialist in antitrust law, has a solution-oriented economical approach combined with the ability to think quickly. Fast to grasp complex questions and legal situations, he sees the big picture, identifies and neither misses anything nor gets lost in detail. Uncommonly committed to his clients who he takes by the hand where necessary.’ (The Legal 500 EMEA 2023, client feedback)

sms.law Employment  – Tier 3

Congratulations to Partners and Department Heads Georg Schima (Hall of Fame) and Birgit Vogt-Majarek and their team: Attorneys Stefan Burischek, Andreas Kezer and Johanna Pinczolits, as well as Associates Stefan Knotzer, Nikola Kasapovic, Daniel Theiner and Legal Trainee Lena Noé-Nordberg.

‘The advice is characterised by a very high professional level but at the same time practical solutions at all times. In particular, the extensive knowledge of regional and also of commercial law peculiarities is a real asset, especially for international clients. The attorneys are experienced experts in their fields, but fortunately at all times very down-to-earth in their demeanour.’ (The Legal 500 EMEA 2023, client feedback)

‘The law firm meticulously works out legal problems, recognises and solves legal issues, even if they are not obvious at first sight. Problems are examined in a multi-layered and comprehensive manner, and solutions are pointed out.’ (The Legal 500 EMEA 2023, client feedback)

‘We have been working with the law firm for years and I am still amazed at how fast the response time is. The advice is appropriate for target groups and always prepared in such a way that follow-up work is not necessary.’ (The Legal 500 EMEA 2023, client feedback)

sms.law Projects and Energy – Tier 3

And of course to Partner and Department Head Thomas Starlinger (Leading Individual) and the Energy team: Partners Christian Mayer, Moritz Am Ende and Associate Laurenz Goetzinger!

‘Deep sectoral and institutional knowledge. An absolute go-to legal adviser for energy matters in Austria and also neighbouring CEE countries.’ (The Legal 500 EMEA 2023, client feedback)

‘Thomas Starlinger is an attorney who knows this sector like hardly anyone else in Austria. Dedicated, hard working, and extremely knowledgeable.’ (The Legal 500 EMEA 2023, client feedback)

‘Deep knowledge and experienced team in the energy sector.’ (The Legal 500 EMEA 2023, client feedback)


Additionally, we are very happy to share that our sms.law Real Estate team – Partners Markus Dax and Philipp Gamauf, as well as Attorney Anna Woschitz – have been included in this year’s edition as the ‘Firm to Watch’ for Real Estate in Austria!

Congratulations again and keep up the great work!

To see our full ranking summary and view the sms.law Legal 500 profile please follow this LINK