Private equity (transactions)—Austria—Q&A guide

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  • Private equity (transactions)—Austria—Q&A guide
  • 1. What different types of private equity transactions occur in your jurisdiction? What structures are commonly used in private equity investments and acquisitions?
  • 2. What are the implications of corporate governance rules for private equity transactions? Are there any advantages to going private in leveraged buyout or similar transactions? What are the effects of corporate governance rules on companies that, following a private equity transaction, remain or later become public companies?
  • 3. What are some of the issues facing boards of directors of public companies considering entering into a going-private or other private equity transaction? What procedural safeguards, if any, may boards of directors of public companies use when considering such a transaction? What is the role of a special committee in such a transaction where senior management, members of the board or significant shareholders are participating or have an interest in the transaction?
  • 4. Are there heightened disclosure issues in connection with going-private transactions or other private equity transactions?
  • 5. What are the timing considerations for negotiating and completing a going-private or other private equity transaction?
  • 6. What rights do shareholders of a target have to dissent or object to a going-private transaction? How do acquirers address the risks associated with shareholder dissent?
  • 7. What notable purchase agreement provisions are specific to private equity transactions?
  • 8. How can management of the target company participate in a going-private transaction? What are the principal executive compensation issues? Are there timing considerations for when a private equity acquirer should discuss management participation following the completion of a going-private transaction?
  • 9. What are some of the basic tax issues involved in private equity transactions? Give details regarding the tax status of a target, deductibility of interest based on the form of financing and tax issues related to executive compensation. Can share acquisitions be classified as asset acquisitions for tax purposes?
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Private equity (transactions)—Austria—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to private equity (transactions) in Austria published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: December 2020).

Authors: Schindler Attorneys—Florian Philipp Cvak; Clemens Philipp Schindler

1. What different types of private equity transactions occur in your jurisdiction? What structures are commonly used in private equity investments and acquisitions?

Austria has seen the full spectrum of private equity transactions, from seed and growth capital to buyout transactions. Auctions have become quite unpopular with a lot of funds because of fierce competition. Negotiated deals, on the other hand, typically involve a large amount of management time. On the debt side, dedicated debt funds are becoming more and more active in Austria, most of them focusing on the term loan in a leveraged buyout (LBO) (with a commercial bank typically providing the working capital facility for the target) or standalone growth capital debt financings (with or without equity kicker). Non-performing loan transactions (that is, the purchase of secured and unsecured loans by a private equity fund from a financial institution aiming to restructure its balance sheet) and 'loan to own' transactions (that is, where a private equity fund acquires (often shareholder) debt or grants a loan with the ultimate aim to convert that debt into equity (which can either be through

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