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Leading individuals

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    • Nikolaus Arnold - Arnold Rechtsanwaelte GmbH
    • Christian Grave - Jakobljevich & Grave
    • Johannes Reich-Rohrwig - CMS

Next generation lawyers

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    • Martin Melzer - MĂŒller Partner RechtsanwĂ€lte
    • Katharina MĂŒller - MĂŒller Partner RechtsanwĂ€lte

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A respected player in the market, Arnold Rechtsanwaelte GmbH is recognised by clients and peers alike for its strong private foundation law expertise, advising a large number of high-net-worth individuals and family-owned businesses. Clients routinely call upon the group’s tax capabilities and also benefit from its close co-operation with banks, particularly for matters pertaining to the development of new corporate structures. Nikolaus Arnold and Florian Arnold are the main contacts.

Recognised for its broad offering, CMS advises company owners, senior management, high-net-worth individuals, asset managers, family companies and private foundations such as Falco Privatstiftung. Key areas of expertise include the advice on corporate and tax matters, property and succession issues as well as family law and related litigation. Johannes Reich-Rohrwig heads the team.

Graf & Pitkowitz’s ‘professional’ team handles the full range of contentious and non-continuous wealth management and succession planning work for high-net-worth individuals, private trusts and private foundations. Regular instructions include real estate asset management and tax structuring issues, trusts and estate matters alongside wills and probate. The ‘pragmatic and reliable’ Armenak Utudjian heads the team.

Jakobljevich & Grave is best known for providing advice on trust and foundation law as well as inheritance and estate planning matters alongside related litigation. Christian Grave and Jörg Jakobljevich are the main contacts.

Siemer-Siegl-FĂŒreder & Partner, RechtsanwĂ€lte advises on wealth and general property management issues with a focus on corporate wealth structuring. Team head Hannes FĂŒreder assisted a private trust with trust structuring issues, and advised a high-net-worth individual on asset restructuring matters following a share transaction.

Noted for its ‘hands-on approach’ and international capabilities, Wolf Theiss assists high-net-worth individuals and families with a wide range of estate, tax and succession planning matters including investment advice and related litigation. Handling fiscal criminal matters constitutes another key element of the practice, which is co-led by Karl Binder and the ‘dedicated and professional’ Niklas Schmidt.

bpv HĂŒgel RechtsanwĂ€lte GmbH has notable experience in tax liability and estate planning matters alongside private foundations and corporate work. Florian Plattner is the key contact.

Much of Binder Grösswang's work load pertains to succession planning, including the establishment and structuring of foundations, investment, tax and real estate matters. Andreas Hable, who co-heads the team with Bernd Schneiderbauer, advised a family on the transfer of assets, succession and tax planning matters as well as a number of property purchases in and around Vienna.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach has asset structuring and asset protection work at its core and advises domestic and international high-net-worth individuals on private foundations law, succession planning and property purchases, while also handling contentious work. Christoph Mager heads the team.

Peter Csoklich at DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich RechtsanwÀlte GmbH is recommended for private foundations law matters, while Philipp Meran routinely provides inheritance law advice.

Dorda has a specialism in corporate succession work and frequently advises on private foundations and trusts matters including tax structuring. Paul Doralt, who co-heads the team with Elmar Drabek, advised the Schmidt Chiari Family Trust on family trust matters following the death of Guido Schmidt Chiari, former CEO of the Austrian bank Creditanstalt, and assisted a Russian high-net-worth individual with the establishment of an Austrian private foundation with his family members as beneficiaries.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s corporate prominence translates into a steady flow of investment, corporate governance, tax structuring and succession arrangement mandates, acting for family shareholders, including the Porsche family shareholders, and family offices. Konrad Gröller, Michael Sedlaczek and GĂŒnther Horvath are the key contacts.

MĂŒller Partner RechtsanwĂ€lte is well versed in advising high-net-worth individuals and family offices on the establishment of private foundations, succession planning and inheritance law. Katharina MĂŒller and Martin Melzer are the main contacts.

Torggler Rechtsanwälte GmbH advises on the administration and establishment of private foundations and trusts alongside inheritance law matters. Hellwig Torggler and Reinhard Kautz are the main contacts.

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Legal Developments in Austria for Private client

  • Individual Tax Rulings Now Possible in Moldova – And They're Binding!

    What previously was impossible and not foreseen by local legislation is now possible. Starting 1 January 2017, the Tax Code of Moldova (the " Tax Code ") was amended by Law 281/2016 to include a separate norm (Art. 136Âč) on individual tax rulings (" ITR ") for the benefit of entrepreneurs. Within the limits of its scope and in respect of a concrete beneficiary, an issued ITR is binding on the State Tax Service (the " STS "). The Government and the Ministry of Finance are expected to approve the secondary legislation to regulate the details of the procedure. read more...
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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.
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  • European Court of Human Rights: Employers have limited rights to monitor employee communications at

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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

    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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  • 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
  • Buy-to-Let Schemes in Austria

    Buy-to-let schemes reached the Austrian market several years ago and have gained increased popularity in the scenic alpine regions of Tyrol, Vorarlberg or Salzburg. Investors acquire condominium ownership in newly constructed hotel facilities and rent out the properties to hotel operators at – ideally – attractive rates. While buy-to-let-schemes can be very lucrative investments, they also raise complex legal and tax questions. With the economic and financial crisis falling into oblivion, investors, however, have become more and more willing to sail these waters.
    - Dorda
  • Hungary: Are Interim Measures Hard to Enforce?

    The Hungarian Parliament recently passed new legislation on arbitration ( Act LX of 2017 on Arbitration , the “2017 Act”) that will reform Hungarian arbitration law as of 1 January 2018.

Press Releases in Austria

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  • Slovakia: Schoenherr advises AlbĂ©a 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 KÀrntner 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...
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  • 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), Miloơ Laković (partner, Moravčević, Vojnović & partneri OAD in cooperation with Schoenherr; Belgrade) and Marko Pruơnik (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 KopeckĂœ joins Schoenherr as Counsel

    Leon KopeckĂœ has joined Schoenherr, a leading full-service law firm in Central and Eastern Europe, as Counsel in March 2015. Mr KopeckĂœ 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...