Michael Ibesich

Michael Ibesich is our exclusively recommended Civil Law expert in Austria on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Michael directly using the contact details listed above.

As a lawyer committed to professionalism and excellence, reliability and discretion, Michael advises my clients – both private individuals and companies – and help them to deal with their legal problems by providing solutions tailored to each individual case. His main areas of expertise include civil law disputes, the drafting and review of contracts, family and matrimonial law and criminal law, particularly white-collar crime.

Michael’s work as a lawyer is characterised by discretion. He attaches great importance to personal consultation.

Rather than “only” providing his clients with legal advice on individual questions, it is his aim to work with his clients to find a suitable and satisfactory overall solution for their particular problem.

As a lawyer and defence counsel in criminal matters, Michael represents his clients in all phases of civil, administrative and criminal proceedings. His clients include private individuals as well as companies and organisations and he also provides advice and support in extrajudicial matters, such as drafting contracts or setting up a new companies.

Michael’s previous professional activities in Austria and abroad have provided him with access to a network of experts from various fields. If necessary, he can call on notaries, tax consultants, management consultants, auditors, expert witnesses, PR experts and detectives. As a lawyer, he cooperates on a regular basis with the renowned law firm OBLIN Rechtsanwälte GmbH. This network of experts enables him to handle even extensive and complex cases for his clients in the best possible way.


It is Michael’s goal to provide his clients with comprehensive advice in all legal matters. His particular focus lies on representing clients in contentious and non-contentious civil and administrative proceedings. In addition, he is also an experienced defence attorney in criminal and white-collar crime cases.

Over the course of his legal career, he has developed the following areas of expertise:

  • Dispute Resolution, Civil Law and Contract Law
  • Family and Matrimonial Law, Law of Succession
  • Real Estate Law
  • Criminal Law, White-Collar Crime
  • IT-, E-Commerce- and Media Law
  • Commercial and Corporate Law


  • German
  • English


  • Vienna Bar Association
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Association for Austrian Defence Attorneys
  • Scientific Interest Group for Information Law (IG IT-LAW.AT)
  • Viennese Legal Society
  • Alumni Association of the University of Vienna and the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna

Dr. Johannes Hochleitner

Johannes Hochleitner is our exclusively recommended Mergers & Acquisitions Law expert in Austria on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Johannes directly using the contact details listed above.

The practice of Dr. Johannes Hochleitner focuses on corporate law and the areas of the law related with it. In particular, Dr Johannes Hochleitner is an expert regarding group reorganisations, mergers & acquisitions, and other complex transactions.

Johannes is also supporting shareholder meetings and consulting advisory boards as well as management boards on sophisticated legal questions. Moreover, Johannes is an expert in corporate litigation.

Johannes graduated from the University of Salzburg law school in July 1981. After his practical training at the Eferding district court and the Wels regional court from August 1981 to April 1982, Johannes Hochleitner worked in his father’s law firm as an associate from May 1982 to August 1986.

Besides his activity as a lawyer Johannes was a member of the community board of the city of Eferding as a city councillor from 1989 to 1999, where he was responsible for the building department and the department of real estate.

In 2002 and 2007 Johannes contributed to the further development of the law firm by establishing its offices in Perg and Linz.

In 2002, Johannes Hochleitner has been appointed as examination commissioner at the Linz Higher Regional Court for bar examinations.

Firm Overview:

Hochleitner Rechtsanwälte is connecting tradition with innovation. Our law firm is able to look back on many years of experience, but does not hesitate going new ways with our clients.

What makes us special is our expertise and skills in connection with individual care. This is made possible by our lawyers and employees, distributed on multiple locations in the whole economic region of Upper Austria.

Austria, officially the Republic of Austria, is a landlocked country in the southern part of Central Europe, located on the Eastern Alps. It is composed of nine federated states, one of which is Vienna, Austria’s capital and largest city.

Maximilian Höltl

Maximilian Höltl is our exclusively recommended Financial Law expert in Austria on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Maximilian directly using the contact details above.

Vienna, Austria’s capital, lies in the country’s east on the Danube River. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The city is also known for its Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence. In the MuseumsQuartier district, historic and contemporary buildings display works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists.

After studying business administration and law in Vienna and Sweden, I have gained vast experience in all areas of financings over several years as a member of the Banking & Finance team of an Austrian top tier law firm. Since 2020 I am advising clients with my own law firm.

Areas of specialisation:

  • Financing and Syndicated Financing
  • Acquisition Finance
  • Project Finance
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Securitisation and Factoring
  • Cash Pooling
  • Restructuring and Insolvency

Due to my optimised cost structure I am in a position to offer competitive hourly rates. On the basis of a clearly defined scope of work, I am also prepared to agree on fee caps for my services.

Mag. Andreas Valsky, LL.M.

Mag. Andreas Valsky has worked as a self-employed tax consultant for more than ten years together with his team. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration from the WU Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration), he worked at KPMG Plantreuhand and completed his postgraduate studies in International Tax Law (LL.M.) at the WU Wien. In 1997 he founded the CTS Tax Consulting Office in Stockerau and in 2001 expanded his business to Vienna where he caters to clients from around the world. We consider ourselves as full-service consultants. Your success is our common goal. We provide the services you need to achieve sustained success. These services range from consultation during the formative stage to legal advice on employment and social security matters, payroll and accounting as well as preparation of annual financial statements and tax returns. CTS services also include expert advice on reorganization, support in company tax audits and representation in tax litigations. To get a better idea about us, please contact Mag. Andreas Valsky for a free initial consultation.

Firm Overview:

CTS consults businesses of all sizes and sectors. We focus on international clients advising them on tax and trust-related matters.

Our team is made up of highly specialized consultants who have a clear customer focus and offer excellent quality of support. We offer a wide range of services in the areas of tax and business consulting, accounting and payroll and can provide professional advice through years of experience.

We are a full-service provider, all our consulting services come from a single source.

Our expertise:

  • Business consultancy
  • Trust services
  • Annual tax accounting
  • Accounting

Dietmar Erwin Ruttensteiner

Dietmar Erwin Ruttensteiner is our exclusively recommended Market Entry Services expert in Austria on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Dietmar directly using the contact details listed above.

Physical borders are becoming ever less important due to new technologies but everyday technologies are not so simple to apply in the real world of business.

We can now communicate with the whole world thanks to digital media but it is not possible to establish a business with new customers in Austria on a digital basis alone. After all, business is still done between people and this means that you need to meet people in person and build up mutual trust. You will also find lots of networks and relationships in Austria which, despite the use of new technologies, you will be unable to exploit without an on-site partner. Each country has its own specific peculiarities in terms of how to do business. One of the peculiarities of Austria is that people prefer to choose the second-best deal with a familiar company than the best deal with an unknown company with no contact partner in Austria. In addition to these informal challenges, there are also various ‘formal’ hurdles to be overcome in terms of requirements, guidelines and regulations.

This explains why many companies which have been successful in other countries have failed to achieve the required results in Austria because they have nobody to advise them, represent their interests or help them secure an appropriate positioning.

Dr. Monika Hupfauf

Monika Hupfauf is our exclusively recommended Life Sciences Law expert in Austria on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Monika directly using the contact details listed above.

Austria, officially the Republic of Austria, is a landlocked country in the southern part of Central Europe, located on the Eastern Alps. It is composed of nine federated states, one of which is Vienna, Austria’s capital and largest city.

Comprehensive accompanying legal advice in the development of pharmaceuticals and medical devices up to market launch of technology companies in connection with research and development projects research centres and consortia.

Education & Experience:

1999 / 2000: Diploma at the University of Cardiff / Wales /// 2001: University of Innsbruck – Master of Laws (Mag. iur.) /// 2006: University Innsbruck – Doctor of Laws (Dr. iur) /// 2008: Bar exam at the Higher Regional Court of Vienna /// 2008: Falk Business Mediation – registered economic mediator at WIPO /// 2011: Admission as a judge at the Higher Regional Court of Innsbruck.

Experience as an Attorney-at-Law and trainee at both national and international law firms; further work experience at a patent lawyer’s office and a cancer research centre.

Firm Overview:

Taking the long view.
We have a deep understanding of our respective fields of expertise and enjoy finding creative solutions which are tailored to your needs.

Solution oriented.
We want to see your business succeed. Companies in the life sciences and real estate sectors often choose to obtain legal advice from us due to our extensive experience in these areas.

Getting the job done.
As a dynamic team of experienced lawyers, we are a reliable partner when implementing the legal aspects of your projects.