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The ‘very professional, reliable and goal-oriented’ team at Binder Grösswang is well equipped to guide clients through cross-border transactions and restructurings. Michael Kutschera and the ‘very quick’ Bernd Schneiderbauer advised gas operator Snam on the acquisition of a 49% stake in Gas Connect Austria from OMV and OMV Gas & Power. Thomas Schirmer and Markus Uitz are ‘commercially minded and very knowledgeable’.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s ‘highly qualified’ team is ‘very strong’ at dealing with matters at the intersection of corporate and finance law while also having notable experience in cross-border transactions and corporate litigation. Recent work includes advising the utility company EVN on the sale of a water treatment plant to the water supply and wastewater disposal company of the city of Moscow Mosvodokanal. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Thomas Zottl represented Bayern LB in a multibillion-euro corporate dispute resulting from the 2009 sale of Hypo Alpe Adria to the Republic of Austria.

Schoenherr’s ‘very good’ team is best known for its strong transactional practice, often interlinked with banking law. Christian Herbst represented Cubic in a public takeover to acquire all shares in C-Quadrat Investment not held by San Gabriel Privatstiftung, T.R. Privatstiftung or the other core shareholders. Alexander Popp heads the practice, which includes the ‘discreet and efficient’ Markus Piuk and newly promoted partner Roman Perner.

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati’s ‘commercially minded’ team gives ‘high-quality advice’ on cross-border M&A, other transactions and reorganisations. The ‘very responsiveClemens Hasenauer led advice to OMV on the sale of a 49% stake in Gas Connect Austria to a consortium formed by Allianz Group and Snam. Albert Birkner assisted Immofinanz with its acquisition of a 26% stake in CA Immobilien Anlagen from O1, a private equity and venture capital firm. Hasenauer and Benedikt Spiegelfeld are the practice co-heads.

CMS’ ‘very organised and responsive’ practice advised Union Investment on the acquisition of all shares in Volksbank Invest and on the purchase of a 95.5% stake in Immo Kapitalanlage. Peter Huber heads the team, which has been assisting energy provider EVN and other clients with cross-border restructurings. Johannes Trenkwalder ‘understands the needs of clients’. Wieland Schmid-Schmidsfelden left the firm to establish Schmid-Schmidsfelden Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH.

As one of the best firms in the market’, Dorda advises international corporates, investment banks and private equity houses on cross-border transactions and restructurings. Andreas Mayr and the ‘commercially mindedMartin Brodey are co-heads of the ‘responsive and pragmatic’ practice, which acted as lead counsel for the DIY chain bauMax on its restructuring measures, which included several transactions.

Eisenberger & Herzog’s ‘highly qualified’ team frequently serves as international lead counsel in cross-border transactions for clients including HETA Asset Resolution and Megatech. Marco Steiner assisted the latter with the acquisition of Boshoku Automotive from Toyota Boshoku. Other clients include Gigasport and an investor group led by Ronny Pecik. The ‘highly knowledgeablePeter Winkler heads the practice.

With ‘in-depth knowledge of the Austrian, Central and Eastern Europe markets’, Wolf Theiss focuses on cross-border transactions but also handles other contentious and non-contentious corporate work. Michael Lind advised Morgan Stanley on a joint venture with Falkensteiner Michaeler Tourism Group, while ‘client-focused’ practice head Horst Ebhardt assisted OBI as seller in a distressed asset transaction.

Providing ‘excellent value for money’, bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH handles the full spectrum of corporate and M&A work. Recent highlights include advising BP Europa on several consecutive mergers and assisting BAWAG P.S.K. with the acquisition of start:bausparkasse and Immo-Bank from Volksbanken Verbund. Thomas Lettau and practice head Hanns Hügel are recommended.

With a focus on M&A, Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG frequently acts for players in the financial services, energy, life sciences, IT and other IP-heavy sectors. Other areas of expertise include shareholder disputes and corporate restructurings. Team head Gerhard Hermann advised EDF International on the sale of its minority shareholding in Energie Steiermark to Macquarie.

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners’ ‘very good’ team focuses on M&A in the oil and gas and real estate sectors and has substantial experience of advising Austrian banks on divestments. The practice led by Markus Fellner assisted atms Telefon- und Marketing Services with the acquisition of sms.at mobile internet services. He also advised UniCredit Bank Austria on a divestment. Irena Gogl-Hassanin joined from Jarolim Flitsch Rechtsanwälte GmbH.

Barnert Egermann Illigasch Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s practice is headed by Michael Barnert, who is experienced in representing clients from the energy, media and private equity sectors. He advised Gruner + Jahr on the sale of its News Publishing Group shares to News manager Horst Pirker. Other clients include EVN and Wien Energie.

Philipp Kinsky heads the ‘motivated’ team at Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH, which has a strong profile advising banking and insurance sector players and technology-driven companies, such as investment advisory firm Invest and the founders of finderly. Recently promoted partner Florian Steinhart assisted the latter with selling its stake in Shpock to Schibsted Classified Media.

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partnersdoes a great job’ advising on M&A, restructurings and general corporate matters. Gerald Schmidsberger and Ernst Chalupsky co-head the practice, which assisted Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing (MSREI) with the acquisition of all shares in Wien Mitte Immobilien from UniCredit Bank Austria.

Advising on cross-border transactions is a significant element of Taylor Wessing Austria’s practice. Philip Hoflehner assisted Ufenau Capital Partners with the buyout of sauna business Eberl from its founder, Gerhard Eberl. Raimund Cancola heads the team, which also includes recent hire Albin Lohninger, who joined from an in-house role.

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH provides ‘first-class service’ and its practice centres on M&A and other transactions in the leisure and entertainment sector, mainly acting for investment funds and banks. ‘Amazing negotiatorThomas Talos heads the team, which advised bwin.party Digital Entertainment on the sale of its entire issued share capital to GVC Holdings.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbachalways tries to find solutions in complicated matters’ and is particularly active in cross-border transactions. Practice head Christoph Mager assisted packaging solutions provider Ardagh with the acquisition of 22 plants across Europe, Brazil and the US. Elisabeth Stichmann was promoted to the partnership.

Fiebinger Polak Leon & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH advises its clients on cross-border transactions, restructurings and joint ventures, most notably in the paper, energy and life sciences industries. Peter Polak is the key contact.

With M&A and other transactions, joint ventures, merger control and restructuring work at its core, Graf & Pitkowitz acts for clients across a range of industries, including energy, media, financial services and life sciences such as Lukoil and a UK-based investment fund. Practice head Ferdinand Graf is ‘an excellent negotiator’.

Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte is experienced in cross-border M&A and recent work includes assisting Jadeberg Partners with two private equity transactions. Bernd Taucher is ‘very professional and a good communicator’ and Wolfgang Graf is ‘very focused and pleasant to work with’.

PHH Rechtsanwälte has broadened its client base in the private equity and venture capital sectors. Rainer Kaspar, who co-heads the team with Hannes Havranek, advised Harold Primat on the acquisition of a 12% stake in tractive. Penta Investments is another client.

Pelzmann Gall Rechtsanwälte has notable experience in handling cross-border transactions alongside restructurings and joint ventures. The ‘knowledgeable’ Mario Gall assisted SVI Public Company with the acquisition of Seidel Electronics Group Companies. Helen Pelzmann is recommended.

Eckert Fries Prokopp Rechtsanwälte GmbH leverages its robust transactional practice to act for a number of clients in the food and beverages industry. Vitus Eckert advised S.Spitz on the sale of a 49% stake in Power Horse Energy Drinks.

Grama Schwaighofer Vondrak Rechtsanwälte provides transactional and general corporate advice, predominantly to private equity funds as well as companies in the real estate and media sectors. Bernd Grama is the key contact.

Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP) handles M&A, joint ventures and general corporate work. Clients include Casinos Austria and the Austrian railway operator ÖBB. ‘Great strategist’ Ronald Frankl is the main contact.

Providing ‘good value for money’, Siemer-Siegl-Füreder & Partner, Rechtsanwälte utilises its ‘deep corporate knowledge’ to advise clients on M&A and other transactions, as well as restructurings. Clients include insurance companies and private trusts. Practice head Hannes Füreder is ‘very pragmatic and loyal’.

Benn-Ibler Rechtsanwälte GmbH frequently handles transactions with a focus on the real estate and energy sectors. Ingo Braun joined from Specht & Partner, boosting the strong finance and corporate interface practice, which is headed by Stefan Eder. In July 2016, the firm opened a new office in Salzburg.

Christoph Diregger’s team at Doralt Seist Csolkich Rechtsanwalts Partnerschaft covers contentious and non-contentious corporate and M&A matters, with a focus on the banking and real estate sectors. Clients include CA Immobilien Anlagen.

The ‘good and experienced’ team at Graz-based Griss & Partner is involved in various transactions and general corporate matters. Gunter Griss and the ‘very committedChristiane Loidl jointly head the team, which also includes the ‘solution-focusedPeter Griss.

Jank Weiler Operenyi’s ‘fast and hardworking’ team advises clients on M&A and general corporate matters, as well as representing them in related litigation. Alexander Operenyi and Maximilian Weiler are the practice co-heads.

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is frequently involved in transactions and routinely handles general corporate advisory work. Clients include MAHLE and system7. Gerold Wietrzyk and Jörg Zehetner are the key contacts.

Schindler Attorneys’ ‘efficient’ team has a focus on private equity and tax-driven corporate mandates, including acquisitions and restructuring. The ‘very responsive and knowledgeable’ Clemens Philipp Schindler and Florian Cvak jointly head the team, which acts for clients such as AGIC Capital and H.I.G. Capital.

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Legal Developments in Austria

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  • Stop! Wait! Move! – No longer Stamp Duty for Residential Homes

    On 12 October 2017, right in a last minute attempt to win undecided voters for one of the political parties, the leaving members of parliament enacted a new tax law. While fundamental changes to the Austrian Tenancy Law had been vividly discussed between the socialist and the conservative parties in recent years, the new law on the abolition of stamp duty falls completely short of what could have been achieved.
    - Dorda
  • European Court of Human Rights: Employers have limited rights to monitor employee communications at

    A landmark decision was issued yesterday (Judgement Bărbulescu v. Romania), a source of debate in the media , in which the European Court of Human Rights clarified the restrictions on monitoring employees in the workplace.
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    The Hungarian Ministry of the Interior recently submitted a legislative proposal to the Hungarian Government to amend the Act on Hungarian National Security Services (the " Proposal "). The Proposal suggests an amendment pursuant to which investors from non-EU and non-EEA countries who wish to invest in Hungary would have to obtain prior permission from the minister responsible for national security (the " Minister .
  • EU: High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance delivers early recommendations

    On 13 July 2017, the High-Level Expert Group (" HLEG ") on Sustainable Finance published its interim report (" Interim Report ") setting out concrete steps to create a financial system that supports sustainable investments. This Legal Insight is part of our dedicated newsletter series on the European Capital Markets Union (" CMU "). Background The growing awareness of environmental challenges and sustainability risks as well as the adoption of the UN 2030 Agenda and the conclusion of the Paris Climate Agreement by the EU in 2015 call for an EU strategy on sustainable finance. Establishing an EU strategy on sustainable finance is a priority action of the CMU. In December 2016, the HLEG was established to advise on the development of such an EU strategy . The recently published HLEG Interim Report was recently presented in a public hearing on sustainable finance on 18 July 2017. At the same time, the HLEG presented an online questionnaire on the Interim Report aimed at obtaining targeted feedback until 20 September 2017, which would be reflected in the final report of the HLEG scheduled for publication by the end of 2017.
  • Serbian Competition Authority Steps Up Antritrust Enforcement

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  • First Annual Privacy Shield Review to take place in September 2017

    One of the core principles of the EU-US Privacy Shield (" Privacy Shield ") is its Joint Review mechanism, which obliges the European Commission, the US Department of Commerce and the Federal Trade Commission to jointly review the functioning of the Privacy Shield on an annual basis, together with its national security and law enforcement aspects. The very first Joint Review is scheduled for September 2017. This first review is considered especially important, as it will be the first opportunity for US and EU regulators to closely analyse the operation of the Privacy Shield, address possible concerns about its functioning, and seek to ensure that the Privacy Shield continues to be a valid legal basis for transfers of personal data from the EU to the US.
  • The role of the supervisory board in investor relations

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  • Constitutional Court's Recent Judgments on Rent in Austria

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    - Dorda
  • Buy-to-Let Schemes in Austria

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    - Dorda
  • Hungary: Are Interim Measures Hard to Enforce?

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Press Releases in Austria

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  • Slovakia: Schoenherr advises Albéa on the acquisition of Scandolara Slovakia

    Schoenherr Bratislava has advised the Albéa group ("Albéa") on the acquisition of 100 % of the shares in SCANDOLARA TUB-EST, s.r.o. ("Scandolara"), a Slovak subsidiary of the Italian Scandolara Group, which produces laminate tubes. read more...
  • Schoenherr assists Republic of Austria in offer to HETA-creditors

    On Friday, 2 September 2016, the Austrian Finance Minister has given the green light to finance a public offer by Kärntner Ausgleichszahlungs-Fonds (KAF) to HETA creditors pursuant to § 2a of the Austrian Financial Market Stability Act. The offer will implement the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concluded in May 2016 between the Austrian Minister of Finance and a significant number of creditors of debt instruments issued by HETA ASSET RESOLUTION AG (HETA) that are subject to a regional law deficiency guarantee. The offer will be published by KAF on Tuesday, 6 September 2016.  read more...
  • Austria: Schoenherr advises banking consortium on issuance of EUR 500 million mortgage covered bond

    Schoenherr advised an international banking consortium comprising Commerzbank Ak-tiengesellschaft (technical lead), Barclays Bank plc, Crédit Agricole CIB and CaixaBank SA as Joint Lead Managers on the successful issuance of a EUR 500 million fixed-rate mortgage covered bond ( Pfandbrief ) by Vienna-based Erste Group Bank AG (closing date: 9 September 2015). The bond was placed with institutional investors and listed on the Second Regulated Market of the Vienna Stock Exchange.  read more...
  • Austria: JUVE confirms Schoenherr's leading role in Austrian legal market and among corporate/M&A pr

    JUVE, the premier German-language legal business publication, ranks Schoenherr as the  leading law firm in Austria  and recognises the firm's Corporate/M&A practice for being at the very  apex of the country's transactional practitioners . In the newly-released 2015 edition of its annual 150-page handbook on corporate law firms in Austria, JUVE identifies Schoenherr as having generated the highest revenues among the country’s 15 largest law firms, thanks not least to Schoenherr's advisory role in a large selection of the headline transactions and restructurings during 2014/15.  read more...
  • Austria: Schoenherr advises Allianz Capital Partners on its first acquisition of wind parks in Austr

    Schoenherr advised Allianz Capital Partners (ACP) on its acquisition of four wind parks in the Austrian state of Lower Austria from ImWind, one of the country’s largest wind farm operators, with a portfolio of 320 MW in operation. read more...
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  • Austria: Schoenherr advises Cimpress on its acquisition of Austria's Druck.at

    Schoenherr advised Cimpress N.V., a world leader in mass customization, on its acquisition of Druck.at, one of the leading web-to-print businesses in Austria. The transaction, which was announced on 18 March 2015, closed on 17 April 2015 following the successful achievement of various closing conditions including Austrian antitrust clearance. The acquisition supports Cimpress’ strategy of building a software-enabled operational platform that aggregates and optimizes the supply chain and production of mass customized products such as signage, printing, apparel and promotional products. read more...
  • CEE: Schoenherr named Leading Law Firm in South East Europe by Chambers

    Schoenherr has been recognized as " South East Europe Law Firm of the Year " (2015) by the renowned legal publisher Chambers and Partners . Schoenherr lawyers Monica Cojocaru (partner; Bucharest), Miloš Laković (partner, Moravčević, Vojnović & partneri OAD in cooperation with Schoenherr; Belgrade) and Marko Prušnik (partner; Ljubljana) accepted the award on behalf of the firm at the Chambers Europe Awards event held this past Friday evening at Amsterdam’s Hotel Okura. read more...
  • Austria: Arbitration expert Leon Kopecký joins Schoenherr as Counsel

    Leon Kopecký has joined Schoenherr, a leading full-service law firm in Central and Eastern Europe, as Counsel in March 2015. Mr Kopecký focuses on international commercial and investment arbitration, international litigation, and compliance matters. His clients are international firms in the construction, raw materials, infrastructure, finance, fashion and health care industries. He regularly advises clients on complex investment matters. read more...
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    Vienna, 16 January 2015. Business law firm Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) advises UniCredit Bank Austria AG on the multi-stage structured sale of the real estate portfolio it holds via Immobilien Holding GmbH. read more...