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Leading individuals

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    • Roland Gerlach - Gerlach RechtsanwĂ€lte
    • Bernhard Hainz - CMS
    • Stefan Köck - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Georg Schima - Kunz Schima Wallentin RechtsanwĂ€lte GmbH

Next generation lawyers

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CMS has ‘one of the most recognised employment practices in Austria’ and almost exclusively acts for employers. Bernhard Hainz, who co-heads the team with Christoph Wolf, represented the Viennese Burgtheater and its shareholders in a dispute with the former director and vice director over the executive’s duty of care. Other clients include Österreichische Post and A1 Telekom Austria. Jens Winter was promoted to partner.

Kunz Schima Wallentin RechtsanwĂ€lte GmbH has particular expertise in working time regulations, collective bargaining and restructuring matters. Key clients include Austrian railway operator ÖBB, Austrian Airlines, Wien Energie and Johnson & Johnson. Georg Schima and Birgit Vogt-Majarek are the key contacts along with recently promoted partner Katharina Körber-Risak.

Binder Grösswang is ‘very good’ at employment termination cases, group restructurings and management contract drafting. Practice co-heads Angelika Pallwein-Prettner and Horst Lukanec advised Eaton Austria on the closure of a plant, which involved mass redundancies and negotiation of a social plan with the works council. Other clients include MAN Truck & Bus and Metrostav.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advises international corporate clients on the European Works Council Directive, compensation schemes, pensions, the use of leased personnel and working hour arrangements. Stefan Köck advised UniCredit Austria on the restructuring of its direct pension plan and transfer to the state pension scheme. Porsche and BP Europe are also clients.

Gerlach RechtsanwĂ€lte stands out for advising employers and employees on conflict prevention, restructuring matters, social compensation plans and collective agreements. The ‘outstanding’ Roland Gerlach assisted a specialist chemicals manufacturer with employment matters linked to the company’s downsizing and restructuring. He also assisted more than 150 Bank Austria employees with collective agreement and benefit issues. Branco Jungwirth is recommended.

Wolf Theiss’ ‘very good’ team has a strong profile for Central and Eastern European cross-border projects in the banking sector. Practice head Ralf Peschek successfully defended an Austrian bank against discrimination claims brought by three former employees. Other clients are Infineon Technologies Austria and ÖBB Postbus.

zeiler.partners RechtsanwĂ€lte GmbH focuses on benefit and pension matters and has expertise in employment litigation. ‘Very good’ co-heads Martin Huger and Hans Georg Laimer advised an international chocolate producer and retailer on pension issues arising from the firm’s joint venture, among others.

Handling restructuring-driven employment work constitutes a key element of work for Baker McKenzie ‱ Diwok Hermann Petsche RechtsanwĂ€lte LLP & Co KG’s ‘very quick’ team, which also routinely handles compliance matters and litigation. ‘Smart and experienced’ practice head Philipp Maier assisted bx Alpha with mass dismissals and negotiations with the works council and trade unions as part of a restructuring.

Barnert Egermann Illigasch RechtsanwĂ€lte GmbH provides ‘quick and clear advice’ primarily to employers but also acts for executives. The ‘knowledgeable’ Clemens Egermann acts for clients such as TARW Consulting Personalleasing and BNP Paribas.

Employment law boutique Burgstaller & Preyer RechtsanwÀlte GmbH focuses on representing employers, including banks and insurance companies, but also acts for company executives on relocations and plant closures. Helmut Preyer and Gerald Burgstaller are the key contacts.

Julian Feichtinger heads the ‘pragmatic’ team at CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati, which has substantial experience of negotiating collective bargaining agreements for clients such as Asfinag and Unibail-Rodamco Austria Management. Other areas of expertise include contentious, restructuring and contractual work.

Dorda covers a wide spectrum of employment law, including terminations and mass lay-offs. Thomas Angermair heads the practice, which often acts for cultural institutions.

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners is well versed in advising employers on collective and individual employment law matters and also represents its clients in litigation. Kurt Wratzfeld acted for BÀckerei Ströck bakery chain in an Administrative Court proceeding against an appeal brought by trade unions.

The ‘service-oriented’ team at Schoenherr advises employers on restructurings, works and collective agreements and represents clients – including the Vienna General Hospital – in labour court matters and industrial tribunals. Recently promoted partner Stefan KĂŒhteubl heads the practice.

Dr Alexandra Knell has a core focus on advising employers on mass redundancies, while also covering restructurings and litigation. Clients include Baxter, ELK Fertighaus and Hewlett-Packard.

BLS RechtsanwÀlte Boller Langhammer Schubert GmbH frequently assists local and international corporations with collective bargaining, compliance issues, employment contract terminations and related litigation. Thomas Boller heads the team.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach assists large domestic and international players, including Metro Cash & Carry Österreich and Qualcomm, with restructurings, transactions and the transfer of employees. Stephan Nitzl is the key contact.

Eisenberger & Herzog’s practice head Jana Eichmeyer acted for Austrian Airlines in several termination of employment proceedings and advised refractory products manufacturer RHI on executive employment contracts.

FreimĂŒller/Obereder/Pilz RechtsanwĂ€lt_innen GmbH is best known for representing employees, whether in contentious or non-contentious matters. The firm also has a strong insolvency practice. Alois Obereder is the key contact.

Graf & Pitkowitz’s ‘reliable and professional’ team advises employers on collective redundancies, social plans, restructurings, transfer of undertakings and pension schemes, among other contentious and non-contentious work. The ‘very skilled’ Jakob Widner heads the practice.

The ‘very pragmatic and helpful’ Franz Marhold heads the ‘quick’ team at Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH, which assisted Brau Union Österreich with benefit regulations, termination-related issues and collective bargaining issues. Other clients include DO & Co and ORF.

Mosati handles the full spectrum of Austrian and European employment law, including social security matters, and mainly acts for employers but also for management board members. Andreas Tinhofer is recommended.

The ‘very cooperative and experienced’ Silva Palzer heads Stolitzka & Partner RechtsanwĂ€lte OG (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)’s team, which frequently assists employers with employee termination issues. Other areas of expertise include working time regulations and data protection.

Taylor Wessing Austria’s team is led by Wolfgang Kapek, who is experienced in various forms of employment and often advises on collective employment law issues. Walstead Investments is among the clients.

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