Ludwig Hartenau and Maria Dreher Promoted to Partner at Freshfields in Austria

Ludwig Hartenau and Maria Dreher Promoted to Partner at Freshfields in Austria

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Austrian lawyers Ludwig Hartenau and Maria Dreher are among 22 members of Freshfields's 22-strong global partnership promotion round.

Hartenau, who is a member of Freshfields' Global Transactions practice, joined the firm in 2006, and obtained his J.D. from the University of Vienna in 2007. According to Freshfields, he focuses on "private and public M&A transactions, reorganizations of corporate structures, and joint ventures, particularly for financial institutions.

He has considerable experience with cross-border and highly complex transactions. While being active mainly in the financial services sector, Ludwig also has considerable knowledge of the automotive, retail and family-owned business sectors. His analytical understanding and hands-on approach help clients to achieve their ambitions and get the deal through.

Ludwig's experience includes corporate governance issues and equity capital markets transactions.

On LinkedIn, he declared himself "very happy, humbled and proud to have been appointed as a partner of this fantastic firm. It‘s a great honor and privilege and I am very much looking forward to contributing to shaping our future."

Dreher, who specializes in Antitrust, Competition and Trade, heads the firm's Austrian Antitrust practice, and divides her time between Vienna and Brussels. She graduated from the University of Vienna in 2008, and joined Freshfields in 2010.

Commenting on the promotions, Freshfields Senior Partner Georgia Dawson said, “I am delighted to welcome such a strong group of colleagues to Freshfields’ global partnership. Our new partners bring diverse thinking, backgrounds and experience to our partnership, all critical to helping our clients navigate the ongoing complexities of the legal and business landscape. The promotion of our new partners reflects the firm’s focus on diversity over several years and I look forward to working with each of them as we continue to build our firm for the future.”

Like all 22 new partners in the round, Hartenau's and Dreher's promotions become effective on May 1, 2021.