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Michael Kutschera

partner, Dr., M.C.J. (NYU)

Michael Kutschera is a partner in its corporate / M&A team and has more than 30 years of experience in advising on cross-border transactions and complex joint ventures. Apart from this, Michael Kutschera has extensive experience in international arbitration, primarily related to disputes on energy-related matters and complex international disputes, especially before US courts.

He focuses on

  • Cross-border transactions / joint ventures
  • Arbitration
  • International dispute resolution
  • Energy law

Michael is ranked as one of the leading Corporate and M&A lawyers and one of the Most in Demand Arbitrators by Chambers Global 2019. In the 2020 issue of the IFLR1000 Edition, Michael Kutschera is named "Expert consultant" and JUVE (Edition Austria 2018) ranks him among the leading names for Corporate/ M&A in Austria.

Michael has been with Binder Grösswang since 1981 and became a partner there in 1989. He was acting as Managing Partner between 2012 and 2020. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Vienna (Dr.iur.) in 1979 and postgraduate degree (M.C.J., Fulbright Fellow) from New York University Law School in 1983. He worked as Foreign Associate at the Shearman & Sterling offices in New York and Paris. He is admitted to the bar in both, Austria and New York from 1985 to 1987.

Michael is a member of the Council of the Vienna Bar Association and a delegate to the Council of the Austrian Bar Association. He represents both Bar Associations in the Council of the International Bar Association and is the Chairman of their Constitution Committee as well as a member of their Banking Law Committee Advisory Board. He has been a member of the Supervisory Board of voestalpine AG for 15 years, is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Wiesenthal Autohandels AG and a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA).

  • Advising Wiesenthal on the sale of Wiesenthal & Co and Wiesenthal Handel und Service to Swiss Mercedes Benz Distributor
  • Advising Daikin Group on the acquisition of AHT Group
  • Advising the Lenzing AG in many national and international co-operation and acquisition projects, last upon its formation of a Joint Venture with Duratex S.A to build a Dissolving Wood Pulp Plant in Brazil
  • Advising TIWAG concerning international long-term power supply contracts, in connection  with the construction of a transnational hydropower plant and numerous other projects
  • Advising Puratos-Group upon the acquisition of Diamant-Nahrungsmittel Group
  • Advising Novomatic upon the acquisition of Albanian Lotaria Kombëtare
  • Advising Snam upon the acquisition of 49% of Gas Connect Austria
  • Advising Al Habtoor Group upon the acquisition of Hotel "Imperial"
  • Advising Magna Steyr upon the sale of Magna Steyr Battery Systems to Samsung SDI
  • Advising BayernLB regarding claims against the selling shareholders in connection with the acquisition of Hypo Alpe Adria
  • Advising voestalpine upon the takeover of Böhler Uddeholm
  • Advising OIAG, voestalpine, Böhler-Uddeholm, Lenzing and other Austrian corporations and banks in regard to claims by former forced labourers and property claims of others inflicted by the national socialist regime, including in US Court proceedings
  • Advising IPIC in regard of the acquisition and the management of a strategic shareholding in OMV

Michael Kutschera is a partner in its corporate / M&A team and has more than 30 years of experience in advising on cross-border transactions and complex joint ventures. Apart from this, Michael Kutschera has extensive experience in international arbitration, primarily related to disputes on energy-related matters and complex international disputes, especially before US courts.

He focuses on

  • Cross-border transactions / joint ventures
  • Arbitration
  • International dispute resolution
  • Energy law

Michael is ranked as one of the leading Corporate and M&A lawyers and one of the Most in Demand Arbitrators by Chambers Global 2019. In the 2020 issue of the IFLR1000 Edition, Michael Kutschera is named "Expert consultant" and JUVE (Edition Austria 2018) ranks him among the leading names for Corporate/ M&A in Austria.

Michael has been with Binder Grösswang since 1981 and became a partner there in 1989. He was acting as Managing Partner between 2012 and 2020. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Vienna (Dr.iur.) in 1979 and postgraduate degree (M.C.J., Fulbright Fellow) from New York University Law School in 1983. He worked as Foreign Associate at the Shearman & Sterling offices in New York and Paris. He is admitted to the bar in both, Austria and New York from 1985 to 1987.

Michael is a member of the Council of the Vienna Bar Association and a delegate to the Council of the Austrian Bar Association. He represents both Bar Associations in the Council of the International Bar Association and is the Chairman of their Constitution Committee as well as a member of their Banking Law Committee Advisory Board. He has been a member of the Supervisory Board of voestalpine AG for 15 years, is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Wiesenthal Autohandels AG and a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA).

  • Advising Wiesenthal on the sale of Wiesenthal & Co and Wiesenthal Handel und Service to Swiss Mercedes Benz Distributor
  • Advising Daikin Group on the acquisition of AHT Group
  • Advising the Lenzing AG in many national and international co-operation and acquisition projects, last upon its formation of a Joint Venture with Duratex S.A to build a Dissolving Wood Pulp Plant in Brazil
  • Advising TIWAG concerning international long-term power supply contracts, in connection  with the construction of a transnational hydropower plant and numerous other projects
  • Advising Puratos-Group upon the acquisition of Diamant-Nahrungsmittel Group
  • Advising Novomatic upon the acquisition of Albanian Lotaria Kombëtare
  • Advising Snam upon the acquisition of 49% of Gas Connect Austria
  • Advising Al Habtoor Group upon the acquisition of Hotel "Imperial"
  • Advising Magna Steyr upon the sale of Magna Steyr Battery Systems to Samsung SDI
  • Advising BayernLB regarding claims against the selling shareholders in connection with the acquisition of Hypo Alpe Adria
  • Advising voestalpine upon the takeover of Böhler Uddeholm
  • Advising OIAG, voestalpine, Böhler-Uddeholm, Lenzing and other Austrian corporations and banks in regard to claims by former forced labourers and property claims of others inflicted by the national socialist regime, including in US Court proceedings
  • Advising IPIC in regard of the acquisition and the management of a strategic shareholding in OMV


Michael Kutschera offers clients long-standing expertise in corporate and commercial disputes, with a focus on post-M&A and contractual claims.

Chambers Global 2020, Dispute Resolution



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