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About Mathias Lehner

Mathias is a Principal Associate and a member of our global transaction group. He specialises in finance law, with a particular focus on international banking transactions, asset finance, regulatory as well as investment funds law.

Since joining the firm in 2012, he has worked across many industries with a particular focus on financial institutions, asset finance and the real estate sector. Trained in both Austrian and English law, Mathias is frequently consulted in connection with cross-border transactions. During his time at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, he was on a three month client-secondment with Raiffeisen Bank International AG and spent three weeks on a mini-secondment at the Freshfields office in Paris, France.

Mathias has published several essays and articles and regularly presents on banking and finance matters both internally and externally. 

He speaks English, German and French.

Recent work

  • Advising an investment fund in connection with the EUR 85m acquisition of a real estate portfolio in Finland.
  • Advising an international investor in connection with the EUR 220m refinancing, restructuring and subsequent sale of two shopping malls in Croatia.
  • Advising a real estate investment fund in connection with the EUR 300m financing, de-merger and partial sale of a shopping centre in Vienna.
  • Advising a German airline with respect to restructuring and insolvency matters, including the sale of its business.
  • Advising a number of Austrian and international creditors in the HETA case.
  • Advising a leading Austrian credit institution in connection with two synthetic securitisations in an aggregate amount of USD 1.95bn.
  • Regularly advising a leading international investment fund on Austrian regulatory matters.

Qualifications

Education

  • London School of Economics: Master of International Business Law (LL.M, English and international commercial law)
  • University of Vienna: Diplomstudium Rechtswissenschaften (Master of Laws, Austrian and European law)
  • University of Kent: ERASMUS programme (Diploma in Law, English and European law)

Professional qualification

  • Admitted to the Vienna bar

Professional experience

  • Junior Assistant at the Department of Civil Law, University of Vienna (2009 - 2010)
  • More than 6 months of internships in the UK, France, Indonesia and Sweden (2004 - 2010)

Publications