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Peter E.J. Winkler

Partner – Area: Banking & Finance, Corporate & M&A

Peter E.J. Winkler is a partner and head of our corporate and M&A practice group, as well as the banking & finance practice group. He focuses on large-scale M&A, capital markets, and banking transactions.

Peter started his professional career as a business consultant with McKinsey & Co. Inc. in Frankfurt. Before joining E&H as a partner, he worked for many years at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (in Vienna and in London), and for the renowned Wall Street law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York and London.

Peter holds law degrees from the University of Innsbruck (Mag iur, Dr iur; both summa cum laude) and from Harvard Law School (LLM 1998). He is also admitted to practice in the State of New York.

He speaks German, English and French.


“‘Superstar M&A lawyer’ Peter Winkler receives excellent feedback from market commentators and clients alike, who regard him as one of the most active and visible figures in the market. Interviewees praise his ‘tough’ negotiation style.”
Chambers & Partners 2015

“Peter Winkler is someone ‘you can 100% rely on and it will be a fantastic contract if it is made by him’.”
Chambers Global 2019

“A reputable figure in Austrian corporate and M&A circles”
Chambers & Partners 2018

“Knows the Austrian market inside-out”
Chambers & Partners 2017

“He’s very solution-oriented and he always sought a solution that was best for all parties.”
Chambers & Partners 2017

“Very knowledgeable and commercially minded”
Legal500 2017


  • Winkler/Benes, Wichtige Neuerungen bei Finanzierungen, Verlagsbeilage, Wirtschaftsblatt, 15. März 2011
  • Egermann/Winkler, Zur Herabsetzung von Mehrheitserfordernissen für HV-Beschlüsse in de Satzung, ecolex 2003, 597
  • Egermann/Winkler, Die errichtende Umwandlung – eine Haftungsfalle? RdW 2002/338
  • Egermann/Winkler, Gewährleistung neu beim Unternehmenskauf, RdW 2002/191
  • Egermann/Winkler, „Immobilisierung“ des Kommanditanteils? Zur Vormännerhaftung bei Kommanditanteilsabtretung, wbl 2002, 541
  • Winkler, Kaufman quo vadis?: zur geplanten Reform des Kaumannbegriffs. Bd 13, Studien zum Unternehmens- und Wirtschaftsrecht, Wien 1999