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  1. TMT
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Hall of Fame

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Leading individuals

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    • Markus AndrĂ©ewitch - AndrĂ©ewitch & Simon
    • Thomas Höhne - Höhne, In der Maur & Partner RechtsanwĂ€lte GmbH & Co KG
    • Rainer Knyrim - Knyrim Trieb RechtsanwĂ€lte OG

Next generation lawyers

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The ‘outstanding’ team at Dorda is an ‘excellent partner in difficult times’, providing ‘exceptional service’ and utilising its ‘deep knowledge’ to advise on the full spectrum of technology, media and telecoms law with a focus on IT and data protection. ‘Intelligent and pragmaticIT specialist’ and team head Axel Anderl, who is noted for his ‘excellent negotiation skills’ and is ‘pleasant to work with’, advised Kommunalkredit on outsourcing and data protection matters. Other key members include Felix Hörlsberger and Heinrich KĂŒhnert. Also recommended are Bernhard Heinzl and the ‘knowledgeable’ Nino Tlapak, who were both promoted to junior partner in 2017.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has a strong profile for IT, telecoms, data protection and data privacy work. Bertram Burtscher is the main contact.

IT and IP boutique Geistwert ‘stands out for its pragmatic approach’ and handles a wide range of IT, data protection, media and telecommunication work alongside related litigation. The team assisted ASFiNAG with various e-commerce issues as well as data protection and data privacy matters pertaining to its implementation of electronic road tolling. Max Mosing and Alexander Schnider advised the Austrian National Library on two litigations pertaining to a failed IT project, while the technology company GoPro retained the team to advise on data protection issues. Constantin Kletzer is recommended.

Andréewitch & Simon has a fine reputation for software matters, including software protection, licence management and auditing, but the team also assists with data protection, outsourcing and online law matters. The recommended Markus Andréewitch is the main contact.

Binder Grösswang is particularly active in the IT and telecoms space, advising on IT outsourcing projects and data protection matters. Team head Ivo Rungg advised KIA Austria on an IT outsourcing project including website hosting issues. Other areas of expertise include e-commerce and domain law matters.

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati has a strong profile for IT and data protection work: in recent highlights, the group assisted retail chain company SPAR with various data protection and data security issues, and advised Hewlett-Packard on IT and data privacy law. Other clients include Microsoft, ASFiNAG and Semperit. The ‘very knowledgeable and experienced’ Hans Kristoferitsch heads the team.

Höhne, In der Maur & Partner RechtsanwÀlte GmbH & Co KG is a respected player in the media law market but also handles contentious and non-contentious IT and data protection work. The team, which includes the recommended Thomas Höhne, acts for a number of press, publishing, radio and television companies.

In early 2017, Rainer Knyrim and Gerald Trieb founded Knyrim Trieb RechtsanwÀlte OG after leaving Preslmayr Attorneys at Law. The practice is noted for its deep expertise in data protection, IT and e-commerce law and has a strong client base from the energy and pharmaceutical sectors.

Wolf Theiss’ ‘knowledgeable’ team covers IT, data protection and e-business work. The recommended Roland Marko advised Sberbank Europe on the implementation of a data protection management system, and assisted Orange Business Services with licensing, data retention and data protection issues alongside user monitoring matters. In other work, the team advised Kelag on issues arising from the operation of an online platform. Georg Kresbach heads the practice.

Significant areas of Baker McKenzie ‱ Diwok Hermann Petsche RechtsanwĂ€lte LLP & Co KG’s expertise include advising on cloud computing, data protection and software licensing matters. Associate and team head Lukas Feiler, who is noted for his ‘very strong technical knowledge’, represented a manufacturer in the healthcare sector in global data processing agreement negotiations with a cloud service provider, while also assisting the client with data protection matters.

CMS has IT at its core and frequently assists clients with data protection matters and software contracts. Johannes Juranek advised an Austrian client on the partial outsourcing of its IT infrastructure to a cloud provider and on international data protection issues. Other clients include Ikea and Heta Asset Resolution.

Eisenberger & Herzog is particularly active in the IT space, most notably in outsourcing projects, but also advises on data protection issues. Team head Andreas Zellhofer assisted Microsoft with its roll-out of cloud computing services to Austrian customers and with software licensing issues.

Dedicated to media law, Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP) continues to advise the publishing house Bohmann on production contracts for television funding and online services, among other issues. In other work, team head Gerald Ganzger assisted news networld internetservice with a number of media law issues, and advised the regional broadcaster Schau TV on broadcasting contracts. Franz Lippe joined Preslmayr Attorneys at Law.

Since early 2017, Preslmayr Attorneys at Law has been in the process of rebuilding its practice: after Gerold Pawelka was appointed as a judge at the Federal Administrative Court, and Gerald Trieb and Rainer Knyrim left the firm in early 2017 to found Knyrim Trieb RechtsanwÀlte OG, associate Franz Lippe joined from Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP) to take on the practice lead. With a focus on data protection, the team advises a broad range of clients, including a bank, a leasing company and an international pharmaceutical company.

Schoenherr (Schönherr RechtsanwĂ€lte)’s newTech team acts for clients across a range of industries with a focus on the insurance sector and routinely advises them on data protection, outsourcing and software matters alongside domain name registrations and licensing issues. Wolfgang Tichy assisted insurance company UNIQA with the development, implementation and operation of a group-wide IT system. Other key individuals include the two counsels GĂŒnther Leissler and Michael Woller.

Brauneis Klauser PrÀndl RechtsanwÀlte GmbH covers IT, e-commerce and data protection work, including software licensing, domain registration and computer project agreements. Felix PrÀndl is the key contact.

Dr Norbert Wiesinger, Law Offices advises a wide range of national and international telecommunication, infrastructure and utility companies on various telecommunications law matters and represents clients in procedures before the Austrian regulatory authority. Norbert Wiesinger advised telecommunications company Verizon on fixed line origination fees, and represented atms Telefon- und Marketing Service in proceedings before the regulatory authority with the aim to lower mobile origination charges. Other clients include Inmarsat and Austrian Broadcasting Services ORS Österreichische Rundfunksender.

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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
  • 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
  • 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.

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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 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...
  • 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), 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...