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Austria’s M&A Market Post-COVID-19: What Can We Expect? [Video]

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shake the world, dealmakers continue to rise to the challenge and adapt to new market conditions. Their resilience has required tremendous determination and creativity to move M&A deals ahead. Austrian M&A lawyer Christian Ritschka shares how he sees the M&A market moving forward.

Austria M&A 2021

With the worst hopefully soon in the rear-view mirror, Austria is among many countries around the world attempting to slowly and safely reopen and return to normal. The COVID-19 health crisis impacted Austria’s economy with a 6.6 percent contraction in 2020 and disrupted the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) environment. Right now, M&A dealmakers are developing tactics to manage corporate goals to ensure continuity in an environment of uncertainty.

To learn more about the trends and opportunities in the Austrian market, I spoke with Christian Ritschka, partner at DORDA Attorneys at Law, specializing in M&A and restructuring.

During our insightful discussion, Christian candidly shares his position and expectations for the Austrian M&A market in 2021.

When I asked how companies can use dealmaking to accelerate strategic shifts after the COVID-19 crisis, he shares that he frames conversations with clients in a particular way. “M&A was, is and will [always] be among us,” says Christian. “With the situation at hand, it is super important to think ahead and to realize, okay, I may run out of cash in six months and [would] rather talk to an investor now than in five months.”

Watch our 15-minute conversation below to learn Christian’s views on current deal dynamics in Austria.

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