Partner, Co-Head Corporate/M&A

Elke Napokoj is partner and co-head of the Corporate/M&A practice group. She specialises in national and international M&A transactions, corporate law, restructurings, private equity and capital markets. She advises strategic and financial investors across a range of industry sectors and has over 20 years of professional experience in corporate transactions, particularly in the pharmaceutical and life sciences, aviation, banking, insurance, energy and industrial sectors.

Selected mandates include:

  • Dutch Specialist Group International B.V. on the establishment of STAR Stadlmann GmbH and the acquisition of the labour leasing division of Stadlmann Tec GmbH.
  • German Cloudflight Group on the acquisition of the Austrian mobile agreements GmbH, a company in the field of consulting for digital strategy and business model development
  • Voyageurs du Monde (France) on the acquisition of a majority stake in the Austrian Eurofun Group, a company with shareholdings in Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and France.
  • Microsoft Venture Fund M12 and Point72 Ventures on their $20M funding in, the creator of first semantic 3D digital twin of the entire Earth
  • German Würth Group in the acquisition of the Upper Austrian C.I.C.M.P. Vertriebs-GmbH, a leading company focusing on hydraulic connection technology and the assembly of hydraulic hoses.
  • Zeus Packaging Group Limited on the acquisition of the Petruzalek Group and 11 subsidiaries of Petruzalek in the CEE region.
  • 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

  • Vice-President of the Association for Corporate Growth, Austrian Chapter
  • 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
  • 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, lecturer at the University of Vienna, and regularly gives lectures at other universities, institutions, congresses and seminars.

Rankings and Awards

  • Legal 500 (2022 edition) lists Elke Napokoj as „leading individual“ in commercial, corporate and M&A;
  • Chambers & Partners (2022 edition) lists Elke Napokoj as top-ranked lawyer (Clients say: “She is a tough negotiator and always wants to get the best for her clients, while staying friendly, respectful and fair to her counterparts at all times.”)
  • Juve (Handbuch 2022/2023) lists Elke Napokoj since many years among the leading names in corporate M&A (Clients say „tough negotiator“, „professionally very fit“; and competitors say: “ausgezeichnete Anwältin für M&A und Gesellschaftsrecht“)
  • IFLR (2022 edition) „Highly regarded“

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 since 2007 and co-head of the corporate M&A practice group.

German, English

Elke Napokoj is the author of several books and articles: