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DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH's 'highly professional' team provides 'outstanding advice' on national and cross-border real estate transactions but the 'efficient' team is also well versed in assisting clients, including several property companies, real estate funds and private investors, with various other contentious and non-contentious matters. Key contact Wilfried Seist 'demonstrates the highest level of personal integrity'.

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)'s full-service real estate offering is particularly attractive for investors and development companies, which routinely instruct the team to assist with transactions and project developments. In one highlight, the 'excellent' Michael Lagler, who jointly heads the team with Peter Madl, and counsel Arabella Eichinger advised Art Invest Real Estate on the acquisition of 390 apartments, forming part of Vienna's development project The Ensemble.

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG's sizeable 'client-oriented, hands-on' team is a respected player in the market, regularly advising on major transactions and project developments. The team also stands out for its expertise in the new field of proptech, which merges real estate matters with IP, IT and data protection law. Practice head Peter Oberlechner was part of a team that advised Steinhoff Group on the sale of Kika-Leiner's real estate portfolio in Austria and various other CEE countries to Signa. The practice also includes the 'solution-oriented' Karl Binder, Erik Steger and Birgit Kraml, who made partner in July 2018. Gabriele Etzl joined Jank Weiler Operenyi in November 2017 and Karl Koller moved to PwC Legal Austria-oehner & partner in July 2018.

Cerha Hempel routinely guides international open-end and closed-end funds, real estate companies and retail chains through the full life cycle of real estate projects. Manfred Ton advised Kgal Group on the acquisition of various retail parks for its Austrian retail park portfolio and team head Peter Vcelouch provides regular advice to Lidl Austria on real estate development projects and various acquisitions. 'Confident negotiator' Mark Krenn is 'fast at analysing risks and opportunities' and Matthias Nödl was appointed counsel in October 2017.

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH has carved out a strong transactional real estate practice and is also experienced in lease matters, advising several investment companies and funds, frequently in conjunction with the firm's finance and dispute resolution practices. Team head Stefan Artner acted for S Immo on the sale of OMV's Vienna HQ to Deka Group, and assisted Are Austrian Real Estate with the forward purchase of Denk Drei, a retail and office development in Vienna. Klaus Pfeiffer is also recommended.

Recognised for its 'considerable economic understanding', Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte acts for an extensive roster of Austrian open-real estate funds on real estate transactions and disputes. 'Real estate go-to lawyer', 'out-of-the-box thinker' and 'excellent communicator' Christian Marth leads the 'goal-oriented and efficient' team. Marth led advice to Union Investment Real Estate Austria on the acquisition of the Hatric retail park in Styria. Other work includes assisting new client Volksbank Wien with the sale of the company's headquarters in central Vienna. Key contact for contentious work Nikolaus Vavrovsky 'provides precise commercial judgement' and 'shows extraordinary foresight'. Daniela Kager is also recommended.

ARNOLD Rechtsanwaelte GmbH covers a wide spectrum of real estate work including transactions, development projects and leasing contracts. Nikolaus Arnold and Florian Arnold recently advised longstanding client Signa on the acquisition of Kika-Leiner's real estate portfolio from Steinhoff Group.

With a focus on transactional and project financing work, Binder Grösswang's 'highly professional' team advised Corestate Capital on the acquisition of the third Triiiple tower in Vienna. Alongside national and international real estate investment companies, the practice also advises financial institutions, corporates and private clients. Tibor Fabian jointly heads the team with the 'smart and very friendly' Markus Uitz.

Working closely with its construction practice, CMS receives regular instructions from property investors, hotel operators and owners, developers and banks to advise on various contentious and non-contentious matters including transactions, lease agreements, franchise and hotel-related contracts as well as project development issues. In the transactional space, Johannes Hysek assisted Allianz Real Estate Germany with the acquisition of the office project The Icon Vienna. Nikolaus Weselik heads the team.

Eisenberger & Herzog's strength lies in dealing with matters at the intersection with corporate and M&A, leading to regular transactional mandates. Alric Ofenheimer and Clemens Lanschuetzer acted for Immofinanz on the sale of its shopping centre portfolio in Russia to the Russian Fort Group, and together with Michael Strenitz, Lanschuetzer assisted a group of creditors of Steinhoff's subsidiary Hemisphere Properties with the sale of Kika-Leiner property assets in Austria and several CEE countries.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer covers the full spectrum of commercial real estate and routinely works in conjunction with other departments to assist investors, developers, retailers and property companies with various real estate investments and transactions while also handling lease-related work. Thomas Zottl and counsel Felix Neuwirther are advising UniCredit Bank Austria on various lease and other property-related matters pertaining to its HQ at the Austria Campus in Vienna.

Nemetschke Huber Koloseus Attorneys at Law has a strong focus on real estate developments, most notably in the residential sector, and assists developers, investors and funds with project management and transactional matters. Clients include C&P Immobilien, Forstinger Österreich and Erste Ifö Immobilienfonds für Österreich. Alfred Nemetschke and Alexandra Huber are the main contacts.

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG's 'balanced and client-oriented' team specialises in retail sector work alongside urban development and tourism-related matters and assists tenants, investors and developers with transactions and lease agreements. Highlights included advising Are Development on the development, structuring and sale of the urban development project Wildgarten in Vienna, and acting for Kerbler on the sale of its Omega Building in Vienna's Seestadt Aspern to Erste Immobilien Kag. Stephan Größ is now with EY Law Pelzmann Gall GrößRechtsanwälte GmbH.

Graf & Pitkowitz focuses on contentious and non-contentious retail and office-related real estate work and recently expanded its client roster with the addition of new client McArthurGlen; the designer outlet company instructed the practice, which is jointly headed by Martin Foerster and Nikolaus Pitkowitz, to act as Austrian counsel in matters pertaining to its designer outlet centres in Salzburg and Vienna. Other clients include Fleissner Group and Regus Group.

Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte advises investors, private clients and property developers on property transactions, lease agreements and real estate projects. Demonstrating its experience in the hotel sector, team head Alexander Patsch assisted Bierwirth & Kluth with the lease of a hotel near Vienna International Airport. Advising on residential property matters is another key area of expertise.

Much of Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)'s work pertains to real estate finance and M&A as well as disputes and development projects with clients praising its 'competence, focused approach and professional conduct in negotiations'. Practice head Immanuel Gerstner advised Soravia Equity on the conclusion of a building rights agreement with Austro Control with regards to the construction of the high-rise project Austro Tower; this instruction included assistance with lease agreements, public procurement and finance issues. Lukas Leitner made salary partner in October 2017.

The 'very knowledgeable' team at Bock Fuchs Nonhoff Rechtsanwälte OG handles transactions, development projects, leases and general real estate contracts and predominately acts for investors. Real estate investment company Deka Immobilien retained the team to advise on the sale of the A1 Telekom site in Vienna to Reitenburg Group. Johannes Fuchs and Gerhard Bock are recommended.

Providing 'an excellent service', BRAND Rechtsanwälte GmbH's client portfolio consists of developers, institutional investors and individuals, for which the team handles a wide variety of contentious and non-contentious residential and commercial real estate work including matters at the intersection with construction law. 'Excellent negotiator' Birgit Harasser advised Raiffeisen Immobilien on the forward purchase of a residential development in Vienna. She jointly heads the team with Gabriele Brand-Ogris and Michael Brand.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach has particular experience in handling real estate finance and transactional matters for real estate investors, developers and property management companies and is also active in litigation. Oskar Winkler is the main contact.

Paul Schmidinger's 'thorough' team at KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is built upon the strength of its construction law practice, leading to particular cross-disciplinary expertise and mandates pertaining to various development projects. Advising on real estate transactions is another key element of the practice.

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    Good things come to those who wait? Finally, the main implementing regulation for the Austrian Law on Network and Information System Security ( Netz- und Informationssystemsicherheitsgesetz , " NISG ") was published last week. It serves primarily to define which companies are actually affected by the NISG. Now it is getting serious for the operators of " essential services ". What does that mean?
    - Dorda

    Black Friday is unquestionable one of the most profitable and busiest days of the year for retail, particularly online. Worldwide almost all online store do offer sales or special promotions on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Already after this practice has established online, a trademark for " BLACK FRIDAY " was registered in Germany back in 2013. In 2016 a Chinese company acquired the trademark and then filed in 2017 for its extension to Austria. Based on the registered trademark, it granted exclusive rights to an Austrian company, which licensed usage rights to various partner stores against remuneration. Further, an exclusive " Black Friday-Cooperation Program " was established. Non-partners who used the event name or trademark were prosecuted and requested to either pay a license fee or refrain from running Black Friday promotions. Some followed the request and entered into license agreements. Some, however, did challenge the validity of the trademark. Finally, respective proceedings to check the actual protection of the trademark were initiated. Austrian courts now held that the trademark " BLACK FRIDAY " is not protected in Austria .
    - Dorda

    On 5th December 2018, the Austrian data protection authority ( Datenschutzbehörde , "DSB") issued a decision (DSB-D123.270/0009-DSB/2018) on data subject's right to data deletion according to Art 17 GDPR. In a nutshell, the DSB accepted consistent anonymisation as a valid alternative to physical and technical deletion. Beside the clear statement that anonymous data is not subject to the GDPR, the DSB provided detailed information on (technical) requirements of anonymisation methods:
    - Dorda
  • Consent or pay – a valid scheme under the GDPR?

    Media companies throughout Europe struggle with a difficult economic environment: Shrinking sales figures for print products, the digitalisation and consumer demand force publishers to offer their content also on the internet. However, generating money for online publications is not quite easy as – at least in Austria – online subscription against renumeration has not been well accepted by customers. This partially has its root in the lack of suitable micropayment means in the past and users thus getting acquainted to online information being offered for free. Thus, publishers have instead focused on financing their platforms by online marketing activities such as placement of banners. Nowadays such digital advertisement is usually targeted to the specific user. For this purpose, cookies are stored on the user's computer upon his first visit of the website, which then collect data about his location, technical equipment used and online behaviour. This finally allows to display specific, user targeted advertisements. However, such cookies may cause issues with applicable consent requirements under the telecommunication and data protection regulations:
    - Dorda
  • fwp expands know-how thanks to new junior partner

    Vienna, March 2019. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner GmbH (fwp) adds valuable competence and expertise to the team by welcoming Pavel Bachleda in its midst as a new attorney-at-law and junior partner.
  • fwp helps find a new mega arena location

    fwp helps find a new mega arena location

    Processing operations subject to the requirement of a data protection impact assessment.
    - Dorda
  • Rien ne va plus!

    - Dorda
  • 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
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    Exceptions from the OBLIGATION TO CARRY OUT A data protection impact assessment
    - Dorda

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  • fwp extends its expertise by appointing a new junior partner from its own ranks

    Vienna, September 2018. Motivated and energetic - this is how the new junior partner of Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner (fwp) presents himself. One of Austria’s leading law firms acclaims Clemens Gabriel’s new status as attorney-at-law registered since 19 September 2018.
  • fwp strengthens areas of competence by appointing a new junior partner from its own ranks.

    Vienna, September 2018. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner (fwp) adds valuable competence and expertise to the team by promoting Michael Froner to junior partner.
  • 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 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

    Schoenherr advised Cimpress N.V., a world leader in mass customization, on its acquisition of, 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...