Qualified to practise in Austria as well as in England and Wales, Christopher Toms specialises in domestic and international M&A, private equity and reorganisations with a particular focus on cross border transactions.

He also is an expert in the field of commercial litigation, negotiations and drafting of contracts and legal structures, in particular in the areas and industries of energy, distribution, infrastructure, trade, IP and IT.

He advises on a wide variety of corporate transactions, including private acquisitions and disposals, public takeovers, joint ventures, restructurings and reorganisations. Christopher regularly gives general corporate advice, both to private and publicly quoted companies.

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2012 Solicitor of England and Wales
  • 2011 Bar Exam, Bar Association of London, UK
  • 2008 – 2016 Austrian Attorney (Bar Association of Vienna) in renowned City law firms in Vienna
  • 2006 Bar Exam, Bar Association of Vienna (Austria)
  • 2004 - 2008 Associate in renowned City Law Firms, Vienna
  • 2004 Dr.iur. (equivalent to Ph.D.), University of Vienna
  • 2003 - 2004 Postgraduate Master of Laws (LL.M.), University College London ("Corporate and Commercial"), London, UK
  • 2003 Blue Book Stagiaire, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2001 and 2003 Practical training at the courts
  • 2001 Magister iuris (Master of laws), University of Vienna
  • 1998 French Master Thesis „L’entreprise dans l’union européenne“ („The company within the European Union“)

Publications (Selection)

2014 „Finanzieller Nachteil einer gründungsprivilegierten GmbH bei hohen Gründungskosten“ („The financial disadvantage of the formation-privileged Private Limited“), RdW 2014, 699       

2012 Chapter "Establishment of the Public Limited“in "Handbuch der Aktiengesellschaft“(„Handbook of the Public Limited“), LexisNexis            

2009 "Anfall von Gebühren nur beim Ausdruck von Verträgen nach GebG? Die Entscheidung von UFS Linz vom 9. 10. 2009 (GZ RV/0253-L/09)”, in ZFR 2010/66 (“Accruing of charges only after printing documents under the Charges Act? The decision of the independent financial court of Linz of 9 Oct 2009”), co-author             

2009 "Der Aufsichtsrat als (Vertrags-)Partner des Vorstandes“, Aufsichtsrat aktuell 2009 H 3, 13 (”Supervisory board as (contractual) partner of the management board“), co-author

2009 "EuGH Rechtssache Cartesio - Noch ein steiniger Weg zur gesellschaftsrechtlichen Niederlassungsfreiheit“, GeS 2009, 48, (”ECJ legal matter Cartesio – Still a long and winding road to the freedom of establishment“), co-Author 

2005 ”Associations of lawyers in the European Union“ in European Business Law Review, Kluwer Law International,2005, Vol 16, 1