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Stephan Heckenthaler

partner, Dr., LL.M. (NYU)

Stephan Heckenthaler is a partner in the firm's Banking & Finance team and has extensive experience in advising national and international banks, financial institutions, insurance companies and other undertakings (such as fintechs) on the increasing regulatory requirements. In the context of M&A transactions, restructuring and reorganisation in the financial markets sector (e.g. the acquisition or sale of banks and insurance companies and bank restructurings) he advises on all aspects of financial services regulation.

He focuses on

  • Financial services regulation
  • Insurance regulation
  • capital markets law
  • Structured finance

Stephan Heckenthaler is recognized by Chambers Global 2019 as one of the leading Banking & Finance lawyers and as a "Highly regarded Lawyer" in the 2020 edition of IFLR1000 Edition.

Before joining Binder Grösswang in 2010, he worked for the US law firm Debevoise & Plimpton in Frankfurt. He received his PhD from the University of Vienna in 2005 and his postgraduate degree (LL.M.) from New York University in 2008. He is admitted to the bar in both Austria and New York.

Stephan Heckenthaler is a member of the German-American Lawyers Association (DAJV) and the New York State Bar Association. He regularly publishes on banking law topics.

  • Advising Emirates NBD on the acquisition of DenizBank
  • Advice to the Austrian Volksbank sector in connection with its restructuring
  • Advising creditors in connection with the HETA moratorium
  • Advice on the cross-border merger of Hellobank BNP Paribas Austria AG into BNP Paribas S.A.
  • Advising banks subject to direct supervision of the ECB on banking supervisory issues (in particular SSM)
  • Advising banks / fintechs on regulatory requirements (e.g. digital banking)
  • Advice to Austrian branches of EU credit institutions
  • Advising on a deposit guarantee scheme in connection with ESAEG (Austrian Deposit Protection and Investor Compensation Act)
  • Advice to Schaeffler in connection with its EUR 8 billion refinancing (high yield bonds and syndicated facility agreement)

Stephan Heckenthaler is a partner in the firm's Banking & Finance team and has extensive experience in advising national and international banks, financial institutions, insurance companies and other undertakings (such as fintechs) on the increasing regulatory requirements. In the context of M&A transactions, restructuring and reorganisation in the financial markets sector (e.g. the acquisition or sale of banks and insurance companies and bank restructurings) he advises on all aspects of financial services regulation.

He focuses on

  • Financial services regulation
  • Insurance regulation
  • capital markets law
  • Structured finance

Stephan Heckenthaler is recognized by Chambers Global 2019 as one of the leading Banking & Finance lawyers and as a "Highly regarded Lawyer" in the 2020 edition of IFLR1000 Edition.

Before joining Binder Grösswang in 2010, he worked for the US law firm Debevoise & Plimpton in Frankfurt. He received his PhD from the University of Vienna in 2005 and his postgraduate degree (LL.M.) from New York University in 2008. He is admitted to the bar in both Austria and New York.

Stephan Heckenthaler is a member of the German-American Lawyers Association (DAJV) and the New York State Bar Association. He regularly publishes on banking law topics.

  • Advising Emirates NBD on the acquisition of DenizBank
  • Advice to the Austrian Volksbank sector in connection with its restructuring
  • Advising creditors in connection with the HETA moratorium
  • Advice on the cross-border merger of Hellobank BNP Paribas Austria AG into BNP Paribas S.A.
  • Advising banks subject to direct supervision of the ECB on banking supervisory issues (in particular SSM)
  • Advising banks / fintechs on regulatory requirements (e.g. digital banking)
  • Advice to Austrian branches of EU credit institutions
  • Advising on a deposit guarantee scheme in connection with ESAEG (Austrian Deposit Protection and Investor Compensation Act)
  • Advice to Schaeffler in connection with its EUR 8 billion refinancing (high yield bonds and syndicated facility agreement)


Excellent knowledge of industry and regulation, easy to reach and highly responsive. Very good practical approach when it comes to problem solving. Excellent negotiator in both English and German.

IFLR1000 2020, Banking & Finance


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