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Partner, Co-Head Corporate/M&A
Office Vienna

Elke Napokoj specialises in national and international M&A transactions, corporate law, reorganisations, restructurings, private equity and capital markets. She is a Partner and Co-Head of Corporate M&A.

Elke has been advising national and international companies for over 20 years and has extensive experience in corporate M&A, private equity and capital markets, particularly in the pharmaceutical and life sciences, aviation, banking, insurance, energy and industrial sectors.

Selected mandates include:

  • International Aviation Group and Vueling Airlines on the offer to acquire Niki Luftfahrt GmbH and in connection with the formation of Level Airlines in Austria
  • Sapura Offshore Sdn Bhd in connection with an Austrian joint venture with Seadrill Seabras UK Limited
  • ALLISTRO CAPITAL Fonds, Germany, in connection with the acquisition of the Hofer Medical Group, an Austrian manufacturer of medical products
  • GXT Vermögensverwaltung GmbH & Co KG and Fundula Beteiligungs GmbH in connection with the sale of their stake in The Siesta Group Schlafanalyse GmbH, an Austrian service provider for the measurement of sleep, alertness and brain activity in clinical trials
  • ELK Holding AG on the sale of ELK Fertighaus GmbH
  • Valneva SE in the cross-border merger of Intercell AG and in the subsequent procedure for reviewing the appropriateness of the exchange ratio

Board Seats and Memberships

  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Sanochemia Pharmazeutika AG
  • Chairwoman of the Foundation Board of the Waleria Private Foundation
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Bausparkasse der österreichischen Sparkassen Aktiengesellschaft
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Austrian Association of Company Law (GVÖ)
  • International Bar Association
  • Vienna Bar Association
  • King’s College London Alumni Association
  • VGR Scientific Association for Corporate and Company Law
  • Association for Corporate Growth
  • International Women´s Forum

Teaching activities and lectures
Elke is a lecturer at the Department of Economic Law and European Integration of the Danube University Krems and regularly gives lectures at other universities, institutions, congresses and seminars.

Rankings and Awards
Current rankings in lawyer directories such as Chambers (“She is willing to listen to all parties involved in the contractual negotiation and proactively tries to address any divergent opinions of different parties and find an acceptable compromise,” a client reports), Legal 500 (“perfect team player”), IFLR 1000 (“Highly regarded”), JUVE (lists Elke as the only woman among the leading names in corporate and M&A law (Juve Handbuch 2018/2019)) as well as the Austrian capital market magazine “Der Börsianer” recommends Elke  as a leading lawyer in the areas of corporate/M&A and capital market law.

Education and professional background
Elke Napokoj graduated from the University of Vienna in 1999 (Dr.iur.) and holds an LL.M. in banking and financial law from King’s College London. In 2018, Elke Napokoj completed an Excellence Programme for Supervisory Boards at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. She has been a Partner at bpv Huegel and Co-Head of the Corporate M&A practice group since 2007.

German, English

Elke Napokoj is the author of several books and articles: