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Dorda’s sizeable team, including a number of arbitrators, is ‘excellent’ at handling corporate and commercial disputes such as arbitration proceedings on co-operation, distribution and trade agreements. The team is headed by the recommended Florian Kremslehner and also includes Gunnar Pickl, who was promoted to counsel in 2017. Christoph Stippl left the firm in 2017 to take a career break.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer stands out for its commercial and investment treaty dispute expertise, routinely acting for major industry players and financial institutions across the CEE and SEE regions. In co-operation with the firm’s Frankfurt office, the team acted as lead counsel for EVN in ICSID arbitration proceedings against the Bulgarian state with regards to the Austria-Bulgaria bilateral investment treaty following Bulgaria’s application of a regulatory framework for electricity pricing. Counsel Moritz Keller heads the team, which includes the highly regarded Günther Horvath.

Wolf Theiss’ ‘strong’ team is experienced in investment arbitrations and corporate and commercial disputes involving construction, energy and telecommunication sector players across the CEE and SEE region. After joining from Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG in November 2017, Stefan Riegler now heads the team, which includes ‘knowledgeable, diligent and very diplomatic’ counsel Venus Valentina Wong.

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG is a regular fixture in arbitration proceedings pertaining to investor-state and post-M&A disputes as well as energy and banking sector conflicts. Filip Boras represented the Austrian investor Georg Gavrilovic and the eponymous Croatian meat processing group in an ICSID proceeding against the Republic of Croatia pertaining to ownership rights. Alexander Petsche heads the team, while former co-head Stefan Riegler joined Wolf Theiss in November 2017.

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati has a strong profile for post-merger disputes and arbitration proceedings in the construction and energy sectors. Irene Welser, who heads the team and also acts as an arbitrator, represented a company in the power plant construction industry in two ICC arbitrations pertaining to a consortium agreement. Benedikt Spiegelfeld is another key individual and Susanne Molitoris was appointed senior counsel in October 2017.

Knoetzl’s ‘committed and knowledgeable’ team is recognised for its broad offering, handling investment arbitrations alongside commercial, corporate and construction disputes. Emmanuel Kaufman and the ‘outstandingFlorian Haugeneder represented Casinos Austria International in an ICSID investment arbitration against the Argentine Republic pertaining to a gaming licence. In a separate matter, Haugeneder acted for the Austrian State Printing House in an ICC arbitration against the Republic of Kosovo pertaining to the termination of a long-term supply contract. The ‘very organisedPatrizia Netal is recommended.

The ‘very responsive’ team at zeiler.partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH is particularly rated for its expertise in energy sector disputes and investment arbitrations, which leads to a regular flow of arbitrator appointments under VIAC, ICC and UNCITRAL rules. Key individuals include ‘fantastic court room performer’ Gerold Zeiler, the ‘very smart’ Lisa Beisteiner, who is also ‘pleasant to work with’, and the recommended Alfred Siwy.

Baier Rechtsanwälte’s team has strong arbitrator and arbitration counsel capabilities, acting in commercial and investment as well as construction and energy disputes with particular expertise in the CEE and CIS countries. Key individuals include ‘grand seigneurAnton Baier, the ‘friendly and well organisedMarko Szucsich, the ‘helpful, dedicated and well-respected’ Erhard Böhm and the ‘very responsiveGregor Grubhofer.

Binder Grösswang’s ‘very knowledgeable and professional’ team handles a wide range of commercial and insurance coverage disputes. Key individuals include Michael Kutschera and team head Christian Klausegger.

Graf & Pitkowitz has notable experience in representing energy sectors players, financial institutions and private clients in various commercial and corporate disputes, including post-M&A, contract and financial transaction conflicts. Nikolaus Pitkowitz heads the team.

Having the ability to think internationally’, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)’s ‘down-to-earth and hard-working’ team frequently acts in investor-state and commercial arbitration. Team head Christoph Lindinger represented the Austrian investor Kunsttrans and its Serbian subsidiary Kunstrans d.o.o. Beograd in ICSID investment arbitration proceedings against the Republic of Serbia. ‘Skilled communicator’ Anne-Karin Grill is praised for her ‘good working spirit’ and ‘great mediation skills’.

Handling construction sector arbitration is a key element of CMS’ practice, which also acts in shareholder and corporate disputes. Johannes Reich-Rohrwig and Daniela Karollus-Bruner are the key contacts.

At Hauser Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Wulf Gordian Hauser acts as arbitrator, tribunal chairman and party counsel. Recently, he handled a dispute over a long-term gas contract and a conflict pertaining to a share purchase agreement.

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) handles post-M&A and commercial disputes: in a recent highlight, ‘strong’ team head Markus Fellner represented SGS Industrial Services in ICC arbitration proceedings against a Chilean subsidiary of Andritz pertaining to outstanding payment obligations. Edwin Scharf made salary partner in October 2017.

Torggler Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s Hellwig Torggler routinely acts as arbitrator and chairman of arbitration tribunals.

Acting as counsel and arbitrator, Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte’s ‘professional’ team is ‘very skilled and experienced’ and is particularly active in disputes arising from M&A transactions, infrastructure projects, international finance as well as sales and distribution agreements. ‘Brilliant arbitrator’ and ‘fine strategist’ Nikolaus Vavrovsky heads the team.

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Legal Developments in Austria

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  • DORDA advises on the acquisition of Austrian office properties Denk Drei

    Stefan Artner , Partner and Head of the Real Estate Practice Group, and real estate attorney Klaus Pfeiffer of DORDA advised Austrian Real Estate Development GmbH ( ARE , a subsidiary of Bundesimmobilien-Gesellschaft, the Austrian privatization agency) on the acquisition of the Denk Drei office properties from IC Development . The successful closing of the forward purchase transaction took place on April 30, 2018. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
    - Dorda
  • Austrian "White List"

    Exceptions from the OBLIGATION TO CARRY OUT A data protection impact assessment
    - Dorda
  • 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.
  • Potential Hurdle for Acquisitions in Hungary by Non-EU and Non-EEA Investors

    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

    The Serbian Commission for Protection of Competition (the " Commissio n") recently intensified its antitrust activities before the new Administrative Act came into effect. In one week alone the Commission initiated four antitrust cases and conducted two dawn raids. 1. What/who will be on the Commission's radar?
  • 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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    - Dorda
  • Constitutional Court's Recent Judgments on Rent in Austria

    The Constitutional Court has recently provided two judgments on 28 June 2017 on the rent control legislation in Austria ruling that the current system for flats complies with Austrian Constitutional Law and the European Convention on Human Rights. The Constitutional Court visibly failed to take the opportunity to initiate a change to the current legislation. Further appeals to the Constitutional Court are likely and worthwhile with the Austrian parties currently involved in their campaigns for the general election in October 2017.
    - Dorda

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...
  • Austria: Schoenherr advises UNION Investment on prominent real estate transactions in Vienna

    Schoenherr has advised UNION Investment Real Estate GmbH, one of Europe's leading property investment management companies, on several prominent real estate acquisitions that the Hamburg-based group has made in Vienna. In addition to space2move, Schoenherr has also advised UNION Investment. read more...
  • 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...
  • fwp advises UniCredit Bank Austria AG on the sale of Immobilien Holding portfolio

    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...