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bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s ‘knowledgeable and professional’ team provides an ‘excellent service level’ to a broad blue-chip client base when handling merger control, antitrust and international cartel defence work. ‘Top antitrust expertAstrid Ablasser-Neuhuber, who ‘radiates trust and is very easy to work with’, and the Brussels-based Gerhard Fussenegger represented RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria in a merger control proceeding, while also assisting Imerys with a range of antitrust and merger control issues. Other key members include antitrust litigation head Florian Neumayr and EU law team head Christian Schneider.

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)’s ‘excellent’ team is a respected player in the market with substantial experience in handling the full spectrum of competition law, from antitrust and merger control work to state aid law matters and litigation. ‘Very good analyser’ and team head Franz Urlesberger continues to represent KONE Austria in damage claims proceedings, while ‘go-to lawyer for complex cases’ Hanno Wollmann advised Baumit Beteiligungen and Wietersdorfer on merger control proceedings in Austria, CEE and Russia following Baumit’s acquisition of Wietersdorfer’s construction materials division. Brussels-based Volker Weiss is ‘very reliable’.

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG covers the full spectrum of competition law, including cartel litigation, merger control and state aid work. Team head Andreas Traugott defended the escalator and elevator manufacturer Schindler against private enforcement claims before the European Court of Justice, and represented the chemicals company Sika in merger control proceedings pertaining to its acquisition of the waterproofing system manufacturer Bitbau Dörr.

Barnert Egermann Illigasch Rechtsanwälte GmbH routinely handles competition authority investigations, merger control filings, follow-on damage claims and compliance matters. ‘Smart and prompt’ team head Isabella Hartung, who provides ‘straightforward advice’, continues to advise Porr on various competition law matters including merger control filings. In another highlight, she obtained merger clearance for the freight forwarding logistics group Gebrüder Weiss with regards to its acquisition of Deutsche Transport-Compagnie Erich Bogdan (DTC).

The ‘very good and dedicated’ team at Binder Grösswanghandles complicated follow-on damage proceedings with ease’ and also has significant experience in merger control, abuse of dominance and compliance work as well as leniency applications. ‘Strategic thinker’ and team head Raoul Hoffer, who is praised for his ‘excellent communication skills’, advised Lenzing on various competition law matters, and assisted Novomatic with merger filing proceedings following the client’s acquisition of a shareholding in Casinos Austria. The ‘committed and pragmatic’ Christine Dietz is ‘superb’ and counsel Isabelle Innerhofer has ‘sharp analytical skills’. Johannes Barbist is also recommended.

The ‘quick, efficient and flexible’ team at CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati has ‘very broad knowledge and vast experience’ in merger control, state aid law and cartel investigations. ‘Highly dynamic’ ‘strategic thinker’ and team head Bernhard Kofler-Senoner advised SPAR on various competition law matters including abuse of dominance and merger control cases. In a 2017 highlight, he obtained clearance from the Austrian Federal Competition Authority for Dentsu Aegis following its acquisition of media.at. The ‘highly skilled’ and ‘pleasant to work with’ Michael Mayer made counsel in October 2017.

Eisenberger & Herzog has a strong profile for merger control, antitrust and private enforcement work as well as internal investigations. Recommended team head Dieter Thalhammer represented ÖBB-Infrastruktur and Wiener Hafen in phase II merger control proceedings, while the ‘very good and client-oriented’ Judith Feldner assisted Greenbrier Companies and Astra Rail with the establishment of a joint venture and subsequently represented the clients in merger proceedings before the Austrian Competition Authority. Andreas Zellhofer is ‘knowledgeable, very responsive and focused’.

Commended for its wide-ranging contentious and non-continuous experience, Wolf Theiss’ ‘very good’ team acts across various industry sectors with a focus on retail, financial services, pharmaceuticals, construction, transport and media. ‘Smart, pragmatic and commercially minded’ team head Günter Bauer represented WM Holding in merger control proceedings before the European Commission with regards to the acquisition of joint control, alongside private equity company Clayton Dubilier & Rice, over French home equipment retailer BUT.

With a focus on advising regulated industry players, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach is well versed in handling abuse of dominant market position instructions, investigations and merger control proceedings. Recommended senior counsel Florian Schuhmacher advised Blue Ocean Entertainment on its merger control filing in Austria following its acquisition of Pabel-Moewig Verlag, and assisted Pfizer with various competition and antitrust matters pertaining to its Austrian operations. Claudine Vartian heads the ‘experienced’ team.

Dorda predominantly acts across the healthcare, life sciences, energy and transport sectors and frequently advises on merger control proceedings and cartel investigations. ‘Excellent’ competition and antitrust practice head Heinrich Kühnert advised Sazka on merger control matters pertaining to the acquisition of shares in Casinos Austria, and represented the healthcare provider Orpéa and its Austrian subsidiary SeneCura in merger control proceedings before the Austrian Competition Authority. Axel Anderl heads the unfair competition group.

Reidlinger Schatzmann Rechtsanwälte GmbH handles a broad range of contentious and non-contentious competition and antitrust work. Recommended practice head Axel Reidlinger defended Semperit Technische Produkte in competition proceedings before the Austrian Cartel Court pertaining to its exclusive distribution right in Europe for its medical gloves, and also advised Austrian Post on merger control matters pertaining to various acquisitions. Other clients include ORF and Holding Graz.

Starlinger Mayer Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s ‘well connected’ team provides an ‘impressive service level’ as well as ‘quick responses’ and acts for a number of energy, infrastructure and media sector players. ‘Ambitious and solution-oriented’ team head Christian Mayer, who has ‘vast experience in dealing with the Austrian competition authorities’ and ‘is able to find the needle in a haystack when setting up a defence strategy’, advised KURIER Zeitungsverlag und Druckerei Gesellschaft on competition law issues pertaining to its acquisition of Schau-TV. Moritz am Ende is recommended.

Particularly active in the construction and food retail sectors, Taylor Wessing Austria’s team assisted Ankerbrot with merger control proceedings before the Austrian competition authorities with regards to its acquisition of a majority share in Linauer & Wagner. Other work includes competition compliance and contentious work. Martin Eckel heads the group.

Becker Günther Polster Regner Rechtsanwälte GmbH regularly assists clients, most notably from the energy, telecommunication and rail sectors, with merger control filings and compliance issues. Stephan Polster is the main contact. ÖBB is a key client.

CMS stands out for its ‘business-oriented approach’ and is particularly active in merger control proceedings, antitrust investigations and compliance matters. Team head Bernt Elsner and the ‘clear and concise’ Dieter Zandler, who made partner in 2017, advised Heraeus on merger control and state aid law issues pertaining to its acquisition of the Swiss Argor-Heraeus group.

Handling merger control, cartel investigations and abuse of dominance investigations constitute key elements of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s practice which is led by Berlin-based Thomas Lübbig. The team advised RHI on merger control issues pertaining to its acquisition of a majority stake in the Brazilian Magnesita Refratarios and the planned merger between these two companies.

Haslinger/Nagele & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH assists clients with a broad range of contentious and non-contentious competition and antitrust matters including abuse of dominance proceedings and internal antitrust investigations. Martin Stempkowski and Martin Oder are the key contacts.

Peter Thyri at eponymous boutique Dr. Peter Thyri represents clients in cartel proceedings as well as advising them on merger control and compliance matters.

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)’s ‘experienced’ team has ‘great negotiation skills’ and advises on a range of competition law and state aid law matters including merger control filings. Team head Christina Hummer, who divides her time between Vienna and Brussels, advised Hofer on various competition law matters pertaining to supplier relationships, and represented Pierer Industrie in two merger control filings in Austria and Germany following the acquisition of all shares in the German automobile supplier SHW.

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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...