IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate
Schoenherr Slovenia

Austrian firm Schoenherr established an office in Ljublijana in 2001. The branch employs 14 lawyers, including four partners.

Established in 1950, Schoenherr is a leading Austrian firm with a European network that includes offices in 15 jurisdictions. 


Focusses / specialisms

The firm’s Slovenian branch has a strong financial and corporate offering especially in cross border banking and M&A. 

In the banking area the firm is experienced in advising on NPL sales and debt restructuring on the creditor side.


Key clients

The firm worked with important financial institutions including French bank Société Générale, KBC Insurance, the Belgian insurance group, and DDM group, a specialised acquirer of distressed assets. The firm also advised important domestic clients like DZS, the Slovenian publishing house, and SALUS, the Slovenian wholesalers of pharmaceutical products.  


Research period review: 30th edition (2019/2020) 

During the research period the firm was active across banking, capital markets, M&A and projects.

In banking work the firm advised lenders on refinancing and has been working with creditors on restructuring borrower’s debt and advised buyers in the acquisition of an NPL (non-performing loan) portfolios.

In the capital markets area it advised issuers in bond sales.

In M&A the firm advised sellers in cross border transactions in financial services and real estate, and assisted individual shareholders in the sale of shares. The firm advised companies on other corporate mandates including joint ventures, mergers and changes in corporate structure.

In project development the firm advised private parties on public tender contracts.


Deal highlights: 30th edition (2019/2020)

EOS and ALFI acquisition of NPL portfolio

Immofinanz acquisition of real estate portfolio 

OTP bank acquisition of SKB Banka

Pošta Slovenije €100 million acquisition of Intereuropa

Save Re acquisition of NLB Vita


Client feedback: 30th edition (2019/2020)


“The team at Schoenherr is organised, knowledgeable, good at record keeping and follow up, and good at providing useful answers to difficult, complicated legal questions.”

“High work ethic, professionalism, hard work.”

“We are really very satisfied Schoenherr. The quality of their service is surely the best on the Slovenian market. They take a very personal approach, they are knowledgeable and very solution oriented. They make sure they understand exactly what you need. They are technically excellent, responsive and we have absolute trust in them. Really nothing but praise for them.”

“They are really very impressive. Knowledgeable, quick, responsive, solution oriented. Best firm on the market in our opinion.”

“They delivered excellent legal services tailored to our needs and expectations. Their pragmatic and systematic way of doing things saved us time and money. It was a great experience working with them.”

“The firm handled the matter perfectly and even exceeded our expectations.”