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.

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

Dr. Sylvia Freygner, LL.M.

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

Sylvia has been a licensed attorney in Liechtenstein, Austria and Switzerland since 2007 and is an expert in European competition and international tax law. For more than ten years, Dr. Freygner has specialised in trademark law, vertical distribution channels, as well as concession and licensing models. Further, Dr. Freygner focuses on tax arrangements regarding assets, companies and international licensing systems. She also lectures in the Masters Program in International Tax Law at the University of Vaduz.

As a certified expert in fiscal criminal law, Dr. Freygner provides clients with professional and empathetic support in sophisticated and challenging fiscal criminal cases.

For the last five years, Dr. Freygner has led an independent research institute in Vienna that addresses topics related to European competition, liberalisation, and privatisation of state services.

In establishing the first Public Social Responsibility Institute for government services in Europe, Dr. Freygner initiated a new school of thought in the field of European business, competition, and procurement law. The resulting Public Social Responsibility Charta and the Public Social Responsibility Code provides the impetus for a European dialogue with all stakeholders. Furthermore, Dr. Freygner supports the Committee of the Centre of Excellence for the Public Economy, Infrastructure and Public Service e. V. at the University of Leipzig.

In 2017, she completed the Course on Strategic Leadership held by the Austrian Ministry of the Interior.

Dietmar Erwin Ruttensteiner

Market entry and expansion to Austria

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.

And this is the advantage of my services:

I serve as a local interface for you; my team and I can identify potential customers or business partners for you; I can devise a strategy to enable you to operate successfully on the Austrian market; I can establish a site for you and position your company in line with your goals. If you want to drive your expansion through company acquisitions, I can support you by providing background information. If there are any issues to be addressed at a political level, I can make contact with the relevant political bodies for you.

The key thing is that you will have an informal representative of your company in Austria in the form of me and my team, providing you with much easier access to the information and business you require. I can provide the following:

  • Faster access to new business
  • Faster access to new partners
  • Strategies tailored to Austria
  • Information about the Austrian market
  • Financial & economic data about potential customers and partners
  • Support with business set-up and authorisation procedures

With some 630,000 companies, around 4.3 million employees, public tenders worth 35 billion euros and a GDP of approx. 428 billion USD, Austria is an attractive location as a springboard or gateway to other countries as well as being an independent market and a strategic and profitable option.

If you want to operate successfully on the Austrian market, request an initial appointment with us in the form of a telephone conference or suggest a date when we can meet in person. We would be happy to accept your invitation and visit you at your company premises.

Dr. Monika Hupfauf

Dr. 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 and reference her profile page.

Industry Focus:

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.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” ~ Albert Einstein

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.

Mag. Anton Becker, LL.M.

In 2009, I established my own law firm specialising in commercial law. Increasingly I found clients approaching me with questions relating also to their private lives. Commercial and private matters often intertwine, it seems. As a consequence, I successfully tackled divorce and alimony cases and developed my knowledge and skills in these areas of law, too.

Now clients can additionally rely on my expertise in such matters. Clients have come to appreciate and, indeed, expect an all-round service that includes an admixture of fine negotiation skills, a diplomatic touch and dogged perseverance. They get what they expect.

I go beyond the call of duty. Providing legal advice is where it starts. However, it is not enough to achieve a satisfactory legal result. A keen eye has at all times to be kept on its practicality and cost. It is essential that one should not lose sight of the bigger picture, particularly when the wood gets lost in a forest of complex legal detail.

Moreover, thanks to my extensive work for some of the most renowned Austrian and international legal firms, I have become accustomed to working to the highest possible standards: nothing less is acceptable. This experience in a small practice translates into personalised, tailor-made and hands-on service that achieves results.

Firm Overview:

Clients rely on my expertise in divorce and alimony cases. They have come to appreciate and, indeed, expect an all-round service that includes an admixture of fine negotiation skills, a diplomatic touch and dogged perseverance. They get what they expect.