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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's 'exceptional' practice 'always has everything under control' and covers the gamut of tax law, from transactional and corporate tax structuring work, VAT and transfer pricing to contentious tax law matters. Principal consultant Claus Staringer, who jointly heads the team with Michael Sedlaczek, assisted Air Berlin and its subsidiary Niki Luftfahrt with various tax law matters concerning the sale of their assets following the client's insolvency.

Binder Grösswang's corporate prominence translates into a steady flow of mandates at the intersection of tax and corporate law but the 'responsive' team also handles international tax including base erosion and profit shifting matters, tax litigation and private client issues. 'Commercially savvy' co-head Christian Wimpissinger advised Constantia Flexibles on tax law issues pertaining to the sale of its Labels division to Multi-Color, and co-head Andreas Hable acted for Heitkamp Construction in proceedings concerning the recovery of tax withheld by Alpine Bau, the Swiss subsidiary of Alpine Bau GmbH.

Companies, including several blue-chips and energy sector players, and high-net-worth individuals alike routinely instruct bpv Hügel's 'very responsive, experienced and dedicated' team to assist with corporate and transactional tax law matters alongside estate planning, private foundation and contentious matters. The 'hardworking and structured' Kornelia Wittmann, who made partner in July 2018, is a key name for contentious work. Other key individuals include Christoph Nauer and Walter Loukota, who joined the firm in May 2017 from Binder Grösswang, and jointly heads the team with the 'highly efficient' Gerald Schachner, who is 'an outstanding tax lawyer and negotiator with brilliant knowledge and a high level of commitment'.

In January 2018, CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati increased its bench strength by adding Benjamin Twardosz from Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG; he now jointly heads the 'prompt and professional' practice with Johannes Prinz. While this addition boosted the team's litigation capabilities, other key elements of expertise include corporate and transactional tax, investment tax and stamp duty law, real estate transfer tax and tax matters pertaining to wages. The Brazilian pulp producer Fibria Celulose and its Austrian subsidiary Fibria International Trade retained the team to advise on export prepayment facility and stamp duty matters and, in the contentious space, Twardosz successfully represented Concord Card Casino in various appeal proceedings before Austrian courts concerning gaming taxation.

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG's strength lies in dealing with tax law matters at the intersection with corporate, M&A and DCM but the team also handles contentious and private client-related work. Together with its corporate practice, team head Niklas Schmidt advised T-Mobile on various tax issues pertaining to its acquisition of UPC Austria from Liberty Global. In January 2018, tax litigation and fiscal criminal law expert Benjamin Twardosz moved to CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati. Eva Stadler was made counsel in May 2018.

Aigner Buzanich Rechtsanwälte handles the full spectrum of tax law including litigation. Hans-Jörgen Aigner, who jointly heads the team with Herbert Buzanich, advised Axro Bürokommunikation Distribution Import Export on various tax structuring issues pertaining to a cross-border merger, and assisted IK Investment Partner with tax law issues concerning its post-acquisition restructuring.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach is now led by the recommended Dimitar Hristov, who joined the firm in March 2018 from tax advisory firm LeitnerLeitner following the departure of former team head Franz Althuber to found ALTHUBER SPORNBERGER & PARTNER Rechtsanwälte. The team focuses on transactional and corporate tax alongside tax structuring.

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH has a specialism in cross-border tax matters, most notably those involving transactional, corporate and finance elements, and private client work. 'Creative and knowledgeable' team head Paul Doralt advised GP Investments and Rhone Capital on various tax issues concerning the merger of their subsidiary Magnesita with RHI.

'Providing an excellent service', Schindler Attorneys  is experienced in international tax structuring matters, most notably those concerning the Bilateral Income Tax Treaty between Austria and Brazil, transfer tax, VAT, transactional and corporate tax alongside tax litigation and private client work. Clemens Schindler, who jointly heads the practice with counsel Lars Gläser, advised Mexican telecoms company América Móvil on Austrian withholding tax issues. Counsel Edith Ludwig is recommended for VAT matters.

'Very experienced' tax law boutique ALTHUBER SPORNBERGER & PARTNER Rechtsanwälte was formed in March 2018 by former DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach practice head Franz Althuber and Martin Spornberger, formerly head of tax litigation at PwC Austria. The firm focuses on tax litigation, tax criminal law and tax risk management and receives regular instructions from domestic and international corporate clients, private foundations, members of management boards and high-net-worth individuals.

ARNOLD Rechtsanwaelte GmbH is particularly rated for its expertise in advising private clients on private trust and foundation law matters, including tax schemes, while also handling disputes and stamp duty work alongside corporate and transactional tax matters, most notably in connection with real estate transactions. Nikolaus Arnold is recommended.

At Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG, Christoph Urtz's team is well equipped to guide clients, such as RSM Austria Steuerberatung and Fal-Con Steuerberatungsgesellschaft, through various tax law matters including corporate and transactional tax, transfer pricing, VAT and wealth management issues. Fiscal criminal law matters are routinely handled in co-operation with its criminal law practice.

CMS has transactional and corporate tax at its core but also handles private client work, including tax structuring and private foundations issues, VAT and investment funds-related matters. Team head Sibylle Novak advised VTB Bank on various tax issues pertaining to the client's merger with its European operations, and assisted Synergie International Employment Solutions with tax law aspects concerning the acquisition of an 80% stake in Völker Personalbereitstellung.

Taylor Wessing Austria puts significant emphasis on transactional and corporate tax structuring work, which is frequently handled in close co-operation with colleagues from various other departments. Michaela Petritz-Klar's team also handles criminal tax proceedings.

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Legal Developments in Austria for Tax

  • 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. 136Âą) 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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  • THE NATIONAL REGULATION ON THE SECURITY OF "NIS" IN AUSTRIA SHOULD BE OF INTEREST TO YOU

    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" - NOW FREELY USABLE FOR PROMOTIONS IN AUSTRIA

    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
  • AUSTRIA: ANONYMISATION ACCEPTED AS VALID DATA DELETION METHOD

    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.
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  • AUSTRIAN DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY ISSUED THE "BLACK LIST"

    Processing operations subject to the requirement of a data protection impact assessment.
    - Dorda
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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

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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 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...