Start-ups, Venture Capital and Private Equity

From Wild West to Regulated Frontier: The Impact of MiCAR on Europe’s Crypto Markets

The "Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation" (MiCAR) intends to close existing gaps in the EU's financial services legislation by creating a uniform system of standards for the regula-tion of cryptocurrencies within the EU. It was designed, in this context, as part of a more comprehensive regulatory effort (i.e. the EU's Digital Finance Package), which includes fur-ther initiatives such as the Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA) and the Transfer of Funds Regulation (TFR).

Virtual Meetings – Austrian Act on Virtual Meetings

On 26 July 2021, the ReO (Restrukturierungsordnung), which transposed the requirements of the EU Directive on Restructuring and Insolvency ("RIRL") on a preventive restructuring framework in Austria, was published. The RIRL entered into force retroactively on 17 July 2021. The RIRL already met with criticism at the European level. In particular, it was debated whether it was needed at all.

ICOs – The future of start-up funding?

Increasing implementation of blockchain technology into business and everyday life eliminates the requirement for trusted third parties to act as intermediaries, for example, for financial transactions and introduces novel ways to raise capital.


The range of applications for blockchain technology is continuously expanding, with so-called "DAOs" being just one such example of this. DAO stands for decentralised autonomous organisation.

New rules for crowdfunding in the EU

The EU has taken the initiative by adopting the Crowdfunding Service Provider Regulation (ECSP Regulation) at the EU level.

New “Investment Control Act” in the pipeline

When the coronavirus crisis first started, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs unveiled details of a new investment control law intended to prevent a "sell-off" of Austrian companies. This law has now been passed by the Austrian National Council and Federal Council and will enter into force shortly after its ratification by the Federal President and subsequent announcement (publication) in the Federal Law Gazette. However, what changes will the new law introduce and what impact will it have on corporate transactions?

A Venture Capital Fund Act for Austria?

Austrian companies in need of capital often resort to bank loans in view of lacking adequate alternatives. In order to provide domestic companies with new and attractive options for equity financing, a more active risk capital market in Austria would be extremely helpful. For a long time inter alia experts from AVCO are demanding a new venture capital fund law with the primary intent to create a legal framework meeting international standards, too.

EUR 50 million COVID-19 Start-Up Assistance Fund established

Starting with immediate effect, applications for financial support can now be made by Austrian start-ups to the COVID-19 Start-Up Assistance Fund.

COVID Aid Package

The Austrian start-up scene is demanding tailor-made solutions for start-ups, as existing aid measures such as the provision of guarantees do not adequately take into account the specific set of conditions that young, innovative companies on the market are faced with!

Vision 2025

Austrian Angel Investors Association (aaia), AustrianStartups and Austrian Venture Capital and Private Equity Organisation (AVCO) have developed visions for a sustainable and digital future for Austria. The joint vision paper contains a series of recommendations to the government in order to ensure Austria develops into a "leading international location for capital markets and start-ups" by 2025.